At the end of Day 1A of the WPT DeepStacks Sydney Opening Event, 274 entries were whittled down to 50 survivors, with Romain Morvan topping the counts.
Romain’s day was almost something out of a Hollywood script, as the Frenchman had actually been eliminated by John Yacoub in the very first hand.
Romain took advantage of the single re-entry per flight allowed, and with his second bullet he carved his way through the field to ultimately bag up 531,000, making him the only player to finish with over half a million. He is followed by Andrew Kitchen, who bagged 440,000, and Rob Kwan, who bagged 386,000 to round out our top three.
Speaking to PokerMedia Australia at the end of day, Romain was reserved in his assessment.
“[It’s] just another step, I have to take things nice and slow,” he said. “You can’t win the tournament on the first day. I made a big mistake on the first hand, and it does feel fantastic to have bagged up the chiplead for the day.”
Asked if he had any plans for Day 2, Romain said that he played Day 1A for a reason. “I’m going to get some rest over the next couple of days, that was the plan with playing today instead of a different flight … the goal is just to go as far as I can!”
Romain has had a stellar 2022 already, despite it not even being halfway through the year; claiming victory in 6-Max events at both the APLPT Melbourne and APT Sydney series and is now in contention for a career best score this weekend if he can convert the big bag into a deep run.
Other notables going through to Day 2 include David Saab, Mina Elias, Gary Benson, John Caridad, and Todd Sekli, while it was a tough day on the felt for Ratul Sayak, Lloyd Locsin, Andrej Senic, Brendon Rubie, Hanna Azimai, and Will Davies. They are still able to re-enter, with two more Day 1 flights to play, and we are expecting a large field.
PMA will be returning tomorrow from 3.30pm AEDT to bring you full coverage of Day 1B from buy-in to bust-out.