As we mentioned in yesterday’s report of the European Poker Tour Prague Main Event Day 1a, we were expecting a much larger field than the 336 that took part yesterday. Well, even we are amazed at just how many more came into Day 1b as 528 took to the felt to register an incredible 864 for this EPT event.
This attendance has now broken the record for this event, quite easily too. This attendance has created a huge prize pool of €4,190,400 with the biggest slice of €835,000 going to the player that manages to win every poker chip in the event.
As the day ended, that field was shortened by 228 players, which meant that there were 300 survivors. The player that sits right on top of the players from Day 1b is Vadim Belov who accrued 179,300 chips, though he is only just ahead of Luis Rodriguez with 176,800.
Those stacks are not enough to send them to the top of the overall leader board though as the chip leader from Day 1a managed to amass 239,000 on a day where everything went right for him.
Notables Still In The Hunt From Day 1b!
There are some massive poker names that decided to give the EPT Prague a go yesterday too, with names like Jason Mercier, Martin Hruby, Pier Paolo Fabretti, Dag Palovic and Johnny Lodden all suffering varying outcomes. We also saw Toby Lewis, Chris Brammer, Alex Kravchenko, Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, Dan Smith, Marvin Rettenmaier, Mike McDonald and Shannon Shorr, just to further emphasise the quality of this field of players.
Rodrigo Romanello is another big name in the field; in fact he is the only former EPT Prague champion left in the event as Jan Skampa, Martin Finger and the ever aggressive Arnaud Mattern were all eliminated.
The 300 remaining from Day 1b will now join the 162 survivors from Day 1a to create a field of 462 for Day 2. With regards to the bubble, there will be just 128 of these players that will take some form of payout from this event with the minimum being €8,000.
The action is to kick off at 12pm local time, with the action promising to be of the very highest quality.
The Top Ten Going Into Day 2!
Iosif Beskrovnyy – 239,000
Vadim Belov – 179,300
Jose Alastuey – 177,500
Luis Rodriguez – 176,799
Mikhail Zabrovskiy – 172,700
Jose Manuel Nadal Sordo – 167,200
Todd Terry – 162,400
Jason Helder – 159,000
Sergio Aido Espina – 158,000
Mariusz Klosinski – 153,800
Come back tomorrow as we bring you the full report on Day 2, letting you know just who is causing waves in the event, whilst who is dumped out with no pay.