Main Event

Updated Chip Counts

Steve O'Dwyer 75,000 38,000
Mike Watson 70,000 18,000
Mustapha Kanit 56,000 14,000
Michael Benvenuti 51,000 1,000
Ilan Boujenah 50,000 13,000
Jason Wheeler 45,000 -5,000
Vitaly Lunkin 42,700 700
Richard Toth 37,400 12,400
Martins Adeniya 36,000 12,000
Martin Staszko 34,000 -9,700
Fernando Brito 33,000 3,500
David Peters 33,000 16,000
Casey Kastle 31,500 1,000
Iikka Tahkokallio 25,000 -6,000
Tristan Clemencon 23,500 -6,000
Daniel Cates 21,000 -15,000
Zimnan Ziyard 16,000 -13,000
Luke Schwartz 12,000 -7,000

Jaros Gets There

• Level 5: 150-300, 25 ante

The player under the gun opened to 625, but he'd end up folding preflop. Chris Lastiwka flatted in middle position, but he too would be forced out before the flop. That's because Petr Jaros reraised to 2,050, and Daniel Carter reraised right back up to 5,300. When it folded back to Jaros, he shoved, and Carter called off the small remainder of his stack.

Jaros: {A-Spades} {K-Spades}
Carter: {A-Diamonds} {K-Hearts}

With his suited Big Slick, Jaros was just a small favorite. And this was one of those times when it mattered. The board ran out {7-Diamonds} {5-Spades} {7-Spades} {2-Spades} {5-Hearts}, and the flush sends Carter packing.

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The Czechs Again

Petr Jaros 73,750 44,250
Petr Targa 60,700 15,700
Martin Staszko 43,700 9,700
Jiri Horacek 30,600 600
Jan Bohata 25,900 1,100
Josef Samanek 18,800 3,600

Break Dance

• Level 4: 100-200, 25 ante

Four levels down, four to go. We're at the halfway marker, and the players have been sent off for their second break. Back in a flash!

Ruh-Roh, Roberto

Roberto Romanello
Roberto Romanello

Well, things are not going so well for our former EPT Prague champions here today. We've already lost Jan Skampa in very short order, and now Roberto Romanello is down to his last few chips after a tangle with Fabrizio Baldassari.

There was heavy preflop action between the two before Baldassari shoved all in for 29,075. Romanello snap-called with just a slightly larger stack, and his {A-Hearts} {A-Spades} had Baldassari's {K-Hearts} {K-Clubs} crushed. The dealer had plans for the Italian, though, running out a {3-Clubs} {K-Spades} {5-Spades} {6-Hearts} {7-Diamonds} flop to rob most of the defending champ's chips. He's left with just 1,925 of them now, and he's just taken a little frustrated lap around the table in between hands.

Fabrizio Baldassari 60,000 38,000
Roberto Romanello 1,925 -28,575

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Big Slick


Jiri Horacek check-called 525 from Scott Baumstein on the {J-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{5-Spades} flop before the {A-Diamonds} landed on the turn. Horacek checked, Baumstein bet 1,200 and Horacek check-raised to 2,650. Baumstein reraised to 4,800 and Horacek called.

The river went check, check after the {10-Hearts} fell to complete the board.

Baumstein showed the {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts} and Horacek mucked his hand, unable to beat it.

Scott Baumstein 40,000 -2,000

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Everything Pain-Free So Far For Akenhead

Every time we've walked past James Akenhead today, his count has been a bit higher than it was the last time we checked. A moment ago, we wandered by just in time to see him make a river bet on a {J-Hearts} {5-Spades} {A-Hearts} {J-Spades} {9-Clubs}. There was about 12,000 in the pot, and Akenhead's bet of 9,250 was eventually paid off by his heads-up opponent.

At showdown, the Brit's {5-Hearts} {5-Diamonds} was the best hand, and the baby full house moves him up even further. It looks like he's at about 65,000 now -- the biggest stack on our board.

James Akenhead 65,000 20,000

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Kenney Alive and Well

We saw Bryn Kenney's name on our Day 1a registration list, but we hadn't seen him in the building until just a moment ago. The American has shown up rather tardy for today's action, but there's a good excuse. Sometime in the very wee hours of the Prague morning, Kenney was shipping the $109 Rebuy on PokerStars, good for $59,570.

Kenney has caught a few hours of shut-eye, and now he's taken his seat at the EPT to try for a live PokerStars title. Incidentally, that moves the total number of players up to 234 for the day.

Bryn Kenney 28,000

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