Just when Prague was quieting down yesterday with the completion of both the WPT Prague and Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Events, another took off straight away with the EPT Prague. Day 1a saw a massive 336 players turning up, with many of them probably coming straight over from the other events.
With Day 1b set to be even busier tomorrow, the EPT are expecting a larger combined entry than last year’s 722, we to believe that will be the case considering the numbers that took part in the other Prague events.
By the end of Day 1a, it was Iosit Beskrovnyy who holds the chip lead over that monster field as he bagged up 239k in chips which has him 50k clear of Jose Alastuey in second place currently.
The EPT Prague certainly got off to a bang as Sordo knocked out Antonin Duda within the first couple of levels in a K-K vs A-K situation with his pocket kings holding up and sending his opponent to the rail. This got Sorda off to a great start, with him staying amongst the chip leaders throughout the day.
Another player that finished the day successfully was double WSOP bracelet holder Olekseii Kovalchuk, who finished up with 137,400 chips despite starting the day quite lowly.
There were plenty of other players that made it through to Day 2, with many of them being huge names in the poker scene. There was Bertrand Grospellier, Eoghan O’Dea, PokerStars Team Pro Eugene Katchalov, Todd Terry and Juha Helppi heading into the second days action.
On the flip side, whilst there were some big names making it through, there were also plenty who failed to get to the end of the day such as Liv Boeree, Steve O’Dwyer, Jonathan Duhamel, Arnaud Mattern and John O’Shea.
PokerStars Team Pro Liv Boeree had a disastrous day at the felt before being eliminated, she tweeted her followers that she suffered three big bad beats that ultimately saw her sent home from she claims she lost when holding a nut flush but an opponent has a full house, she then held the A-Q but it didn’t improve to beat a J-J and her biggest beat was when her pocket kings were beaten by pocket jacks.
The Current Top Ten!
Iosif Beskrovnyy – 239,000
Jose Alastuey – 177,500
Mikhail Zabrovskiy – 172,700
Jose Manuel Nadal Sordo – 167,200
Todd Terry – 162,400
Jason Helder – 159,000
Bulat Bikmetov – 147,000
Oleg Perepletchikov – 144,600
Oleksii Kovalchuk – 137,400
Diego Gomez Gonzalez – 135,200
Day 1b is to start at noon local time today, with an even bigger crowd expected for the second flight of Day 1. We will be here to bring you a full report so make sure you pop back for an update.