The World Poker Tour has come to Prague for its second ever showing, with it starting up last night with the first of three opening day flights. Day 1a saw 115 players paying out €3,300 for their seats with 55 of them managing to survive long enough to head into Day 2. The current leader at the end of Day 1a is the Finnish Pro Pasi Heinanen who ended up just 2000 ahead of Shannon Shorr with a total of 193,800.
Last year’s event was the first WPT event held in this city, with the winner on that occasion being the Russian pro Andrey Pateychuk after he skillfully navigated his way past a total of 570 players to take home the life changing sum of €450,000.
Shorr Cruising Until Edged Off Of Top Spot!
It very much looked like Shannon Shorr would be the player at the top of the charts at the end of Day 1a, as he was in that position for the majority of the day. One of his best hands occurred when he found a pair of pocket aces and used them to eliminate Bryn Kenney who was holding pocket nines; this grew his stack at that point to 160k.
He had that lead right the way through until the very last level of the night when Heinanen was able to just pip him to the post. Heinanen has been on the poker circuit for around seven years, yet hasn’t really set the scene alight as of yet with just $500k in cashes to his name so far and no titles.
Shorr whilst also not having won a major event has accrued tournament earnings that are just shy of the $500k mark, with 25 cashes coming in the WSOP alone.
Other Notables Taking Part In Day 1a!
Though many of the big names are expected to make a showing in the other coming Day 1 flights, there still were some big names deciding to enter early. These included Mike Watson, Max Silver, Jonathan Duhamel, Ana Marquez, Keven Stamman and the ever talkative Faraz Jaka.
Many of them were actually eliminated, but because this is a re-entry event, they can come back and have another go on Day 1b if they so wish, whilst they can even try again on Day 1c if things again do not go right for them today.
The Current Standings:
Pasi Heinanen – (193,800)
Shannon Shorr – (191,800)
Pawel Brzeski – (173,100)
Sebastien Garrasi – (143,900)
Oleksii Khoroshenin – (129,800)
Yngve Steen – (109,200)
Roman Kolenev – (95,900)
Marco Lang – (93,700)
Mike Watson – (88,400)
Julian Herold – (84,100)