Dia 1a Terminado
Dia 1a Terminado
A long Day 1a wrapped up at 2018 PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague with about 170 of 371 entries making it through, and a poker legend is among those at the top of the counts.
Finnish high-stakes veteran Patrik Antonius bagged up 209,600, good for an unofficial top-five stack, at the conclusion of 10 levels of play.
Antonius has made a triumphant return to tournament poker this year with nearly $5 million in cashes after several years of minimal tournament results. The EPT in particular has been good to him as he has two cashes in EPT Main Events already, including a sixth-place finish at EPT Monte Carlo for €139,050.
The chip lead, meanwhile, belongs to John Sarailis. The Greek player held a big lead over the final couple of levels and it only got bigger at the end when he was dealt pocket kings and busted an unfortunate opponent who grinded through the long day only to run his ace-king into the cowboys. That late hand pushed Sarailis to 297,400.
Other notables finished with big stacks included Xixiang Luo (241,900), Niall Farrell (200,300), Parker Talbot (191,900) and Andras Nemeth (159,900).
Nemeth came over midway through the day after busting in second to Matthias Eibinger in the €50,000 Super High Roller. He experienced some huge swings late but finished on a high note when he made a flush with pocket queens in a sizable pot to recoup some losses from when he ran into queens himself with pocket nines.
Players running dry on chips included Niklas Astedt, Jean-Noel Thorel and Charlie Carrel. Provided they've only fired once, they'll still be able to take a crack at this prize pool with Day 1b or Day 2 registration, as the tournament permits two entries total per player.
Day 1b gets rolling at noon local time here at Hilton Prague once again, and a big field is expected after a solid Day 1a turnout. Tune in to PokerNews for all of your live coverage needs.
Photos by Neil Stoddart.
|Parker Talbot||PokerStars Ambassador||191,900||6,900|
|Javier Fernandez Alonso||144,000|
|Ramon Miquel Munoz||144,000|
Andras Nemeth was in the hijack facing a bet of 20,000 into about 32,000 on . He opted to call after some thought and the river brought the . The player in early position checked, and Nemeth checked back.
"Straight," the first player said.
Nemeth tabled for a flush.
Five more hands will be played at each table.
Conor Beresford opened for 2,500 in middle position and Andras Nemeth raised to 7,000 on the button. Beresford came back with 19,000 and Nemeth shoved all in for a covering stack of 70,200 effective. Beresford wasted no time before calling with . He was dominating and the board did nothing for Nemeth.
Patrik Antonius was in the cutoff and bet 33,000 into about 55,000 on a completed board of . Laszlo Bujtas took some thinking time then tossed in a chip to call. He couldn't beat , though.
After an under the gun open and a shove from the next player for 8,700, Julian Thomas clicked back to 14,700. Everyone folded back to the opener, who mucked to signal a showdown.
The board saw Thomas make a set of aces to bust his opponent.
|Parker Talbot||PokerStars Ambassador||185,000||15,000|
|Hon Cheong Lee||49,000||13,000|