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Albert Draher Leads 2014 partypoker WPT Merit North Cyprus Classic Into Day 2

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Albert Daher
Albert Daher

Day 1b of the 2014 partypoker World Poker Tour Merit North Cyprus Classic Main Event attracted 203 entries, bringing the total to 374. That's most likely not the final number though, as players still have the option to enter and reenter for the first level of Day 2. Even without the possible additional latecomers, the event's numbers already easily surpass last years 262, though last year a maximum of two entries per player were possible, while this year it's four.

No player that we know of who survived Day 1a, tried again on Day 1b. A whole lot of people who busted once or twice Friday tried again, though. Toby Lewis was one of them, and he did survive Saturday's nine one-hour levels and will return with 35,400. Paul Tedeschi is one more example of a player who got eliminated on Day 1a, but did manage to make it through Day 1b. The Frenchman bagged 83,500.

European Poker Tour Monte Carlo champion Nicolas Chouity put just a little more in his bag at the end of the day. The Lebanese all-time money leader check-raised left and right, turned a full house, and got a massage while doing all of that for about the entire day.

Another player that enjoyed a massage pretty much all day was Albert Draher. The Lebanese high roller busted in the first level of the day, but did much better on his second bullet. He amassed a whopping 219,200 in chips, with big bluffs and nicely-sized value bets.

Another familiar face that faired well was Sam Trickett. He made his entrance after the dinner break, after spending the morning flyboarding in the Mediterranean Sea. He quickly doubled with pocket aces in a spot where someone isolated a short stack's shove with pocket nines. "And I said call," laughed Trickett.

Fortune didn't end there for the Brit, he flopped bottom set on an {A-}{Q-}{3-} flop, and got it in against two opponents. One of them had flopped top-two, and the other had a flush draw with jack-seven. Blanks on turn and river made for a 140,000-chip stack for Trickett at the end of the day.

Play resumes Sunday at 1 p.m. local time. PokerNews will again be on sight for all of your coverage. Let's see if everyone recovered in time from the party that's going on as we speak, and most likely will take all night.

Assorted End of Day Chip Counts

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All the official chip counts, and the table draw for Day 2, will follow as soon as the tournament organization releases it.

Albert Daher lb
Albert Daher
lb 219,200 69,200
Dmitry Samoylenko UA
Dmitry Samoylenko
UA 182,700 182,700
Sam Trickett gb
Sam Trickett
gb 140,000 73,000
Marco Tommasino
Marco Tommasino
121,000 121,000
Simon Higgins gb
Simon Higgins
gb 103,400 20,400
Ilan Boujenah il
Ilan Boujenah
il 90,300 37,300
Anton Astapau by
Anton Astapau
by 89,900 89,900
Nicolas Chouity lb
Nicolas Chouity
lb 84,500 -18,000
Paul Tedeschi fr
Paul Tedeschi
fr 83,500 53,500
Alexey Rybin ru
Alexey Rybin
ru 82,900 43,300
Rumen Nanev bg
Rumen Nanev
bg 77,900 47,900
Mikhail Korotkikh ru
Mikhail Korotkikh
ru 71,700 55,700
Sofia Lövgren SE
Sofia Lövgren
SE 56,700 20,700
Onur Unsal tr
Onur Unsal
tr 54,000 24,000
Charles Chattha GB
Charles Chattha
GB 49,400 19,400
Maxim Panyak ru
Maxim Panyak
ru 39,600 1,600
Toby Lewis gb
Toby Lewis
gb 35,400 7,400
Ludovic Riehl fr
Ludovic Riehl
fr 31,700 700
Andrey Shatilov ru
Andrey Shatilov
ru 25,000 -14,000
Antonio Buonanno it
Antonio Buonanno
it 20,200 -30,800
Luca Moschitta it
Luca Moschitta
it 14,000 -9,300

Three More Hands

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And it's done for the day. Back in a bit with some end of day chip counts, and a recap of today's action.

Pre Flop Raising War Ends With Gulyy Increasing His Stack By 25%

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Yury Gulyy opened the cutoff, Gabriel Schaucash three bet from the small blind, Gulyy four bet to 10,500, Schaucash five bet to 25,000, Gulyy shoved for 51,800.

"You have aces? Kings no good? asked Schaucash. Gulyy did not reply.

The clock was called, and Schaucash eventually laid it down.

Yury Gulyy ru
Yury Gulyy
ru 78,400 26,600
Gabriel Schaucash LB
Gabriel Schaucash
LB 49,000 -16,000

Taguri: Gabriel SchaucashYury Gulyy

Half Of 'Em Remaining

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From 160 players, with 41 re entries, just 100 players remain. There's 25 minutes left on the clock, not long before the floor will announce how many more hands to be played.

"Y'have it?"

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"Sorry John, I don't remember."

Well Chouity did have it, and we do remember.

On a {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} board, small blind Andrey Shatilov check called a 3,200 bet from Nicolas Chouity in the big blind.

The river came the {3-Spades} and Shatilov checked again. Chouity now bet 7,500, and Shatilov reluctantly called.

Chouity turned over {J-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and took it down as Shatilov mucked.

Nicolas Chouity lb
Nicolas Chouity
lb 102,500 20,500
Andrey Shatilov ru
Andrey Shatilov
ru 39,000 -2,600

Taguri: Andrey ShatilovNicolas Chouity

Queen-Five Is Good Enough

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We don't know what happened before the flop, we have no idea what happend on the flop, let alone the turn. We missed all the important details, but we did catch the river action in a hand between Albert Daher and Luca Mischitta.

Daher bet out 4,600 from the big blind on a board of {J-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}. Mischitta made the call, but mucked as soon as he was shown {Q-Spades}{5-Spades}.

Albert Daher lb
Albert Daher
lb 150,000 20,000
Luca Moschitta it
Luca Moschitta
it 23,300 -8,700

Taguri: Albert DaherLuca Moschitta

The 25's Are Gone

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Forever! Well, at least till the next WPT that is. The 25 chips are no longer needed, and have been removed from play in the last break. It's just 100, 500, 1,000, and 5,000 chips right now.