The city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is currently witnessing an epic series hosted by one of the top poker brands in the world, partypoker LIVE. The partypoker MILLIONS South America is underway at the Copacabana Palace Hotel and is scheduled between 15-24 March 2019. Poker legend Phil Hellmuth is also expected to arrive at the venue and hold ‘The Phil Hellmuth Master Class’ on 18th March.
Day 1 of the series went into the books yesterday. The opener event of the series is the $1,100 Rio Open which saw its first starting flight being hosted. Day 1A of the Rio Open attracted a total of 125 entries out of which only 33 progressed.
Leading the 33 was Carlos Chadha (pictured above) of USA who bagged a whopping 11,130,000 chips at the end of the day. He has chip stack the size of 11 starting stacks. He is followed, not so closely, by Nazar Buhaiov with 8,600,000 chips and Rodrigo Perez with 7,050,000 chips.
There was also an online starting flight hosted for the Rio Open on 10th March on the partypoker client, which saw 20 players advancing to Day 2. The total for now who will enter Day 2 comes to 53 players. Some of the notables to run yesterday and qualify were Anton Morgenstern, Paul Michaelis, Walter Treccarichi¸ and others.
While these players advanced to Day 2, several notables fell to the ground yesterday including partypoker Team Online Pro Jeff Gross, partypoker Sponsored Pros Dzmitry Urbanovich, Lui Martins, Day Kotoviezy, and others.
Coming to the chip leader, Chadha hails from Washington DC, USA and has over $900k in live cashes till now. Among his recent live cashes include cashes from 2019 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open ME, PCA Main Event, etc. He won his best live cash for winning 2018 Potomac Poker Open Main Event in his home country.
Top 10 Chip Counts on Day 1A:
Day 1B of the Rio Open begins today at 12 pm local time. The $10,300 Main Event will start from 19th March. Stay tuned to GutshotMagazine.com for more such tournament updates, roundups and for general poker news from around the world.
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