Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
It appears that 274 of the 488 Day 1b starters survived long enough to bag and tag. Here's how they stacked up at night's end:
Today was a record-setting day at the PokerStars.com EPT Prague. Yesterday's Day 1a flight had drawn 234 runners to the felt, and this Day 1b session pulled an impressive 488 additional players to round out the field at 722. That's far and away the largest major poker tournament ever hosted by the Czech Republic, and it puts a first prize of €775,000 up for grabs.
At the end of the eight levels, Andrey Saenko has emerged from this flight with the most chips, and his 200,800 put him in the overall lead heading into the combined Day 2. He's the only player to tick over the 200,000-chip mark over the course of the two starting days.
The Team PokerStars Pros were out en masse on Day 1b, including the other half of the Team Czech Republic contingent, Martin Hruby. Slovakia's Dag Palovic was here, too -- and dressed in drag, no less. Both of those men survived their opening days, as did Liv Boeree, Lex Veldhuis, Jude Ainsworth, Luca Pagano, Bertrand Grospellier, and 2010 World Champ Jonathan Duhamel.
For other unlucky souls, though, the eliminations came at a torrid pace as the day dragged on. 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Pius Heinz could not escape; neither could his countrywoman Sandra Naujoks, neither could Salvatore Bonavena, Arnaud Mattern, Dario Minieri, nor serial EPT qualifier and all-around friendly chap, Pierre Neuville.
It looks like very close to 300 players have survived this Day 1b, and they'll join the 133 Day 1a survivors for a big Day 2 on Wednesday. We'll be back here to pick up the action at noon CET, and we hope you'll join us then!
Until tomorrow, all that's left is goodnight.
Dmitry Stelmak raised to 1,300 from under the gun and Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis flat-called in middle position. The next player to act also called before Najib Kamand reraised to 4,300 in the hijack seat. Action then folded back to Stelmak and he reraised to 9,700. Veldhuis didn't budge. Instead he took his time before sliding out a lot of chips for a reraise to over 50,000. The next player and Kamand folded before Stelmak called all in for 41,975.
The board ran out and Veldhuis sent over the chips.
The clock has been paused and this magical time of the evening, and a card has been drawn. We'll play seven more hands at each table, then we're bagging and tagging for the night.
We've just seen Max Silver stacking a big pot to move up to about 170,000, and that's good enough for second place overall right now. He's still trailing the big stack of Andrey Saenko, though.
As always, these have been provided to us and you from EPT photographer extraordinaire Neil Stoddart.
From the hijack seat, Michael Tureniec raised to 1,350. David Sonelin flat-called on the button before PokerStars qualifier Christian Grundtvig reraised all in from the big blind. Grundtvig was all in for 7,125 and Tureniec reraised all in. His reshove knocked Sonelin out of the way and left things heads-up.
The flop, turn and river ran out and Grundtvig doubled up.
With the monotone flop in the middle of the table, Mads Wissing checked to Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel. Duhamel fired 2,100 and Wissing made the call.
The turn was the and Wissing checked again. This time, Duhamel bet 3,850. Wissing called.
The completed the board and Wissing checked. Duhamel fired 8,850 and Wissing snap-called.
Duhamel tabled the for a bluff. Wissing held the for a straight and won the pot.