We thought it would happen and indeed it has as the 609 entrants on Day 1b of the European Poker Tour Prague Main Event have confirmed it as the largest EPT Prague Main Event of all time. This is due to those 609 and the 389 from Day 1a bringing a total of 998 registrations across both opening day flights.
Day 1b finished up with just 369 players with 2013 November Niner Amir Lehavot leading the chip counts going into Day 2. He racked up 229,300 to put him almost 50k ahead of second place man on the day Sigurd Eskeland. He also has more than the chip leader from Day 1a Tiberu-Florian Georgescu and will start Day 2 as the chip leader.
Also surviving Day 1b were some household poker names with the likes of Team PokerStars Pros Luca Pagano, Eugene Katchalov, Dag Palovic, Bertrand Grospellier, Daniel Negreanu, David Williams, Alex Kravchenko, Christophe and Mathias De Meulder, Mickey Petersen all doing enough to progress.
74,600 to end day 1 #EPTPrague my peak was sitting on about 25-30 most of day. Avg is 50k in a massive 1000 player field
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) December 13, 2013
Not all of the Team PokerStars Pros could make it through though as we lost Theo Jorgensen, Isaac Haxton, Richard Toth, Marcin Horecki, Liv Boeree and Martin Hruby on the day.
Busto. Trying to decide whether I should play the 2K tomorrow or take the day off and do some sightseeing
— Isaac Haxton (@ikepoker) December 13, 2013
Busted in the very last hand of the day. The mistake here is most likely to even call pre. Blinds are 300/600 and… http://t.co/Y9YlfRrRLW
— Theo Jorgensen (@Theo_Jorgensen) December 13, 2013
The action continues with Day 2 again starting at 12pm local time in Prague and seeing that field again whittled down even further and closer to the paying places.
The Top Ten From Day 1b
1st) Amir Lehavot – 229,300
2nd) Sigurd Eskeland – 184,600
3rd) Kirill Shugai – 169,100
4th) Ori Hasson – 157,600
5th) Bernard Latouff – 156,000
6th) Jonathan Roy – 149,800
7th) Valentino Konakchiev – 149,000
8th) Sylvain Loosli – 148,000
9th) Jan Sjavik – 142,400
10th) Marius Heiene – 141,900