A record number of players for an EPT event in Prague was set yesterday with the total number of entrants standing at 998. With registration still open until noon today we could still break the magic four figures.
Amir Lehavot from the USA, who finished third in the WSOP Main Event in November this year, is the clear chip leader finishing at the top of the pack on Day 1b with 239,300. He is ahead of Day 1a leader Tiberu-Florian Georgescu who has 191,100, followed closely behind by Sigurd Eskeland (184,600) and Ari Engel (172,800).
Team PokerStars Pros have made a very strong showing so far in the Main Event and leading the way for them is Luca Pagano with 137,600 chips. Pagano really had to tough it out yesterday but came through strongly in the end to remain in contention. Other remaining Team PokerStars pros are Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu (74,600), Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier (79,700), Christophe De Meulder (40,100), Matthias De Meulder (25,200), Eugene Katchalov (81,900), Dag Palovic (79,900), and Jonathan Duhamel (16,100).
Some of the other well know players that we’ll be keeping an eye on include former EPT Prague champion Martin Finger (58,600), Ireland’s Steve O'Dwyer (60,200), Shannon Shorr (40,400), Juha Helppi (34,400), Max Silver (87,100), and rising star Sergio Aido (81,200).
We begin with 549 players who have made it through to Day 2 and they face six levels of play today. There will be no dinner break, so it will be a relatively early night. There’s sure to be some interesting dynamics early on as the big stacks seek to exert some pressure, and the short stacks look to get an early double up to give themselves a chance of staying ahead of those ever increasing blinds.
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