A casual observer of the poker room of the EPT Prague Main event would be totally unaware that 61 players sat down to play for a top prize of €889,000.
After a long and tumultuous day of poker, 22 players bagged their chips and will return for Day 5.
Max Silver, continues the excellent run that started almost four years ago with his UKIPT Dublin win as he emerged as chip leader at the end of the day.
A large portion of Silver’s winning came at the expense of Ludovic Lacay who started the day as chip leader.
Both players got it all in pre-flop, with Lacay holding pocket Kings to Silver’s pocket Aces. The hand crippled Lacay who exited in 33rd place.
Lacay first reaction to his elimination portrayed most poker players’ feelings when running Kings into Aces, but he was ready to take his loss in stride and move on shortly.
Bon ca va mieux, je pense que je dois fold la derniere main. Merci pour le soutien mais ce n’est pas encore fini… http://t.co/Ch8cbacNJZ
— Ludovic Lacay (@Cutsybaby) December 16, 2013
Or ” Hey it’s better, I think I have to fold the last hand. Thank you for the support but it is not yet finished in Prague, late reg Highroller or the WPT noon tomorrow?
Perhaps the most interesting story of the EPT is that of Julian Track. Track will go to Day 5 only a million chips behind Silver. The German has no recorded tournament wins and no other major results. Track held the chip lead several times on Day 4 and is within easy striking distance of Silver.
Even with a far above average chip stack and a sizeable lead, Silver faces formidable competition during his quest to take the title. Additionally, Stephen Chidwick has played excellent poker all week in Prague.
Canadian Andrew Chen is trying for his fourth EPT final. Chen knocked out four players on Day 4 including Vit Blachut and Sotirios Koutoupas, last year’s runner up. Chen bagged 1,134,00 chips to head into Day 5.
Ole Schemion is also eyeing knocking off current points leader Daniel Negreanu and claiming the GPI Player of the Year title. Schemion needs a 17th or better finish to accomplish that feat, which seems likely considering his 2,700,000 chip stack.
As the players prepare for Day 5, chip leader Silver showed the quiet composure of someone who had been there before:
Ended day 4 of #EPTPrague with 3,987,000 chips. Average is 1.3 and playing down to final tomorrow.
— Max Silver (@max_silver) December 16, 2013
The players will play down to the final table on Day 5.
1. Max Silver – 3,987,000
2. Julian Track – 3,010,000
3. Ole Schemion – 2,700,000
4. Stephen Chidwick – 2,084,000
5. Ori Hasson – 1,758,000
6. Tapio Vihakas – 1,574,000
7. Jorma Nuutinen – 1,508,000
8. Ka Kwan Lau – 1,350,000
9. Sigurd Eskeland – 1,264,000
The Remaining Payouts
1st – 889,000
2nd – 536,700
3rd – 378,000
4th – 283,800
5th – 218,300
6th – 160,200
7th – 118,200
8th – 84,600
9th – 66,050
10th – 11th – 54,900
12th – 13th – 49,200
14th – 15th – 44,300
16th – 17th – 39,400
18th – 20th – 34,500
21st – 23rd – 29,600