Aurimas Stanevicius Leads OlyBet Showdown Vilnius Ace Breaker Main Event After Day 1a

Poker Jason Glazer 31.01.2024

Tuesday was a huge day at the OlyBet Showdown Vilnius Ace Breaker as the €555 Main Event kicked off the first of three opening flights. Local hero Aurimas Stanevicius already has one big title under his belt in Vilnius after shipping the OlyBet Vilnius Showdown €555 Main Event in June 2023 for €34,975 and now has positioned himself for potentially another run at gold after bagging the chip lead.

Meanwhile, Finland’s Jukka Juvonen broke the streak of Lithuanian titles after shipping the €120 Tuesday Knockout Express with local players winning the first six trophy side events.

Read on to learn more about what transpired on Monday:

Stanevicius Attempting a Second Main Event Title in Vilnius

As we already mentioned in the intro, Aurimas Stanevicius is aiming to make Lithuanian history by winning two out of the past three Main Events. Day 1a of the €555 Main Event attracted a vibrant field of 164 entries with 50 players surviving after a dozen blind levels of play.

Stanevicius managed to advance with 270,800 to lead the Day 1a survivors with four other players also advancing with more than 200,000 from their 30,000 starting stack including Marek Zigel (251,000), Lithuanian poker baller Paulius Vaitiekunas (245,500), Edgaras Truskauskas (238,000), and Paulius Zilinskas (228,000).

Turkey’s Ant Gokcek, who calls Vilnius his home, was the chip leader most of the second half of the day before losing a big pot to Zilinskas. Despite the setback, Gokcek is also in good shape with 127,500.

Meanwhile, famous Lithuanian trap artist OG Version Dominykas Jezerys was in the mix. He will have his work cut out for him as he advanced with slightly less than a starting stack with 29,500.

Jezerys was still more fortunate than Game of Gold’s Olga Iermolcheva, who lost her stack near the end of the day. Iermolcheva has shared that she plans to get right back into the mix on Day 1b in hopes of adding a Vilnius Ace Breaker Main Event title to her already impressive poker resume.

Juvonen Breaks Lithuanian Streak

There were six trophy winners leading into Tuesday, each of which from the local country of Lithuania. Streaks were meant to be broken and Finland’s Jukka Juvonen couldn’t be any happier that he was the first player traveling from another country to fly home with a trophy.

With the Main Event being most of the focus, a total of 39 entries got into the mix in Event #12: €120 NLH Knockout Express for €672 plus knockouts after defeating Justina Andriukeviciute heads-up.

Meanwhile, Eligijus Asmena continued his hot streak. He won two of the first six trophies in the only two events he played. The nightly specialist may not have won on his third attempt but did cash for the third time with a fourth-place performance.

OlyBet Showdown Vilnius Ace Breaker Event #12: €120 NLH Tuesday Knockout Express

39 entries, €3,822  prize pool (including bounties)

  1. Jukka Juvonen (Finland) – €672
  2. Justina Andriukeviciute (Lithuania) – €470
  3. Sarunas Leonavicius (Lithuania) – €330
  4. Eligijus Asmena (Lithuania) – €240
  5. Mazylis Simonas (Lithuania) – €160

** Prizes above do not include knockout prizes. **

Wednesday Schedule (Jan. 31, 2024)

The focus on Wednesday will primarily be the €555 Main Event with the final two opening flights taking place at 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively.

Wednesday also boasts a €30 satellites to the €1,100 High Roller at 4 p.m., while Asmena and others will have another shot at a trophy this evening with the fun €150 Win the Button Progressive Knockout kicking off at 10 p.m.

Best of luck to all of the players at cracking aces on Sunday in the OlyBet Showdown Vilnius Ace Breaker at Olympic Casino Lietuva and stay tuned tomorrow for the next daily recap.

Jason Glazer

Poker journalist Jason Glatzer boasts more than a decade in experience in poker media and operations. He is well-known in Europe for providing quality reporting, editorial, and commentating at a wide variety of events from around the world including at all major events at our flagship venue Olympic Park Casino


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