2019 PokerStars EPT Prague

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€10,300 EPT High Roller
€10,300 EPT High Roller
Dia 2 Terminado

Simon Lofberg Bags Day 2 Chip Lead at 2019 PokerStars EPT Prague €10,300 EPT High Roller

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Simon Lofberg
Simon Lofberg

Day 2 of the 2019 PokerStars EPT Prague €10,300 EPT High Roller has seen 10 one-hour levels played to their completion and a field including many of the world’s best turned up with their sights set on advancing to the final day of one of the most prestigious events on the European Poker Tour.

Late registration was open until the start of play this afternoon, and 10 players showed up to add their names to the Day 2 roster of 117 that advanced from the 245 entries that were logged on the opening day of the tournament. That number was whittled down to 17, with Simon Lofberg (2,205,000) leading the way.

EPT Prague €10,300 High Roller Seating Draw

SeatTable 1Chip CountTable 2Chip CountTable 3Chip Count
1Sam Greenwood110,000Rainer Kempe505,000Tsugunari Toma410,000
2Bhavin Khatri425,000Daniel Dvoress185,000Simon Pedersen505,000
3  Masato Yokosawa1,685,000  
4  Gianluca Speranza720,000George Wolff1,115,000
5Simon Lofberg2,205,000  Kemal Aslan850,000
6Ludovic Geilich675,000Matthias Eibinger605,000  
7Yunye Lu1,085,000  Fahredin Mustafov460,000
8Thi Nguyen595,000Arsenii Karmatckii665,000  

Remaining Payouts

PlacePayout (EUR)Payout (USD)

Other Big Stacks

Following in the counts are Masato Yokosawa (1,685,000), George Wolff (1,115,000), and Yunye Lu (1,085,000). Those four are the only ones above 1 million in chips, but they are far from the only familiar names set to return for Day 3.

The Day 3 lineup is loaded from top to bottom, even for a tournament of this stature. Ludovic Geilich (675,000), Matthias Eibinger (605,000), and Rainer Kempe (505,000) are a few more of the players to have bagged come the end of Day 2.

Tsugunari Toma (410,000), Daniel Dvoress (185,000), and Sam Greenwood also had chips in play when Day 2 ended, with the trio set to enter Day 3 as the bottom three on the leader board.

Ludovic Geilich
Ludovic Geilich

Day 2 Action

Players like Ryan Riess, Nick Marchington, Ognyan Dimov, and Jorryt van Hoof were among the Day 2 registrants, coming into the day just 25 big blinds. All of them found their ways to the rail before too long, bowing out with others like Jan-Eric Schwippert, Jose Quintas, and Adrian Mateos during the first few levels of play on the day.

Day 1 chip leader Omar Lakhdari was another player unable to get anything going, starting the day by doubling Michael Soyza and then losing a huge coin flip to Gianluca Speranzawhen his pocket tens were unable to hold against Speranza’s ace-queen to find himself down to 65,000. In total, his day lasted for less than three levels of play before finding the rail long before the tournament got into the money.

Meanwhile, Soyza, Sam Grafton, Jimmy Guerrero, and Uri Reichenstein built stacks to put them near the top of the counts. Arsenii Karmatckii joined the crowd moments later and would stay there as the rest would all find their ways to zero before the money was reached.

Sam Grafton
Sam Grafton

Big Stacks and Bubble Bursts

Ludovic Geilich and Matthias Eibinger were a couple of the reasons for big stacks falling, as Geilich doubled through Reichenstein in a hand where both players got stacks in with a flush. Geilich faded the one out Reichenstein had to a straight flush and sent him to the rail. Geilich remained a fixture near the top of the counts for the rest of the night, while Eibinger was able to tread water as the number of players left in the field continued to drop.

The bubble was reached near the end of Level 17, an hour after the dinner break, and it lasted only one hand as Ghattas Kortas got the last of his chips in with ace-queen suited and ran into Ashkan Fattahi’s pocket kings. Fattahi would subsequently later be eliminated in 18th place, just a handful of minutes before play ended for the evening.

Ghattas Kortas Was Eliminated by Ashkan Fattahi on the Bubble
Ghattas Kortas Was Eliminated by Ashkan Fattahi on the Bubble

Defending Champion Hecklen Bows Out

Anatoly Filatov and Viktor Katzenberger were also among the largest stacks in the room at different points in the day, and both players got into the money before stalling out.

Defending champion Henrik Hecklen’s run at defending his title ended when he finished the tournament in 28th place. Dvoress, on the other hand, started the day with a stack of 50,000. and rode a roller coaster that got him as high as 190,000 and back down to 60,000 before the second break of the day.

When the tournament reached the money, he was near the bottom of the counts with just 275,000 during Level 19 (6,000/12,000/12,000).

Henrik Hecklen
Henrik Hecklen

Field of Stars

Dvoress was among the company of EPT Prague High Roller champions Sam Greenwood and Tsugunari Toma when the redraw occurred. And they were not the only ones to have experienced success in earlier events: Eibinger, George Wolff, and Yake Wu were also present in the final 24.

Less than two full levels of play remained when the final three tables were reached, but the action didn’t stop. Katzenberger and Wu were just a couple of the eliminations over the final chunk of play in the evening, with Wu falling from grace after one point holding the chip lead with 1.3 million.

There was still time for a miraculous Greenwood revival, but he will still start the final day with just five big blinds.

Play will resume at 12:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday for Day 3 and is set to continue until a winner has been determined. Be sure to come back to PokerNews for continuing coverage of all the action along the road to victory as this tournament and the entire 2019 PokerStars EPT Prague festival looks to come to a close.

Tags: Adrian MateosAnatoly FilatovArsenii KarmatckiiAshkan FattahiDaniel DvoressGeorge WolffGhattas KortasJimmy GuerreroJorryt van HoofJose QuintasLudovic GeilichMasato YokosawaMatthias EibingerMichael SoyzaNick MarchingtonOgnyan DimovOmar LakhdariRainer KempeRyan RiessSam GraftonSam GreenwoodSimon LofbergTsugunari TomaUri ReichensteinViktor KatzenbergerYake WuYunye Lu

End of Day Chip Counts

[user339872] • Nível 20: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Simon Lofberg se 2,205,000 455,000
Masato Yokosawa jp 1,685,000 600,000
George Wolff us 1,115,000 -5,000
Yunye Lu cn 1,085,000 75,000
Kemal Aslan TR 850,000 590,000
Gianluca Speranza it 720,000 -10,000
Ludovic Geilich gb 675,000 25,000
Arsenii Karmatckii ru 665,000 45,000
Matthias Eibinger at 605,000 210,000
Thi Nguyen vn 595,000 -80,000
Simon Pedersen dk 505,000 40,000
Rainer Kempe de 505,000 -80,000
Fahredin Mustafov bg 460,000 135,000
Bhavin Khatri gb 425,000 -60,000
Tsugunari Toma jp 410,000 -240,000
Daniel Dvoress ca 185,000 -3,000
Sam Greenwood ca 110,000 -35,000

Speranza More than Doubles on the Last Hand

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Gianluca Speranza
Gianluca Speranza

Arsenii Karmatckii opened to 35,000 in middle position and picked up three callers along the way. The flop came {8-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{2-Spades} and Karmatckii continued for 60,000. Rainer Kempe folded and Daniel Dvoress called on the button. Gianluca Speranza check-raised all in for 247,000 and Karmatckii shoved over the top. Dvoress asked for counts but elected to lay his hand down.

Gianluca Speranza: {8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}
Arsenii Karmatckii: {j-Clubs}{7-Clubs}

Speranza was in the lead with top pair but Karmatckii had an overcard and a flush draw. The {3-Hearts} on the turn and the {q-Diamonds} on the river both bricked off to allow Speranza to double up.

The end of the level was reached during the hand and the remaining 17 players will now bag up their chips to return on Day 3.

Gianluca Speranza it 730,000 55,000
Arsenii Karmatckii ru 620,000 -410,000
Daniel Dvoress ca 188,000 -462,000

Tags: Arsenii KarmatckiiDaniel DvoressGianluca SperanzaRainer Kempe

Greenwood Back in Business?

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Sam Greenwood was all in pre-flop for around 25,000. Meanwhile there was action in a side pot between Thi Nguyen and Ludovic Geilich.

The pair checked the {4-Spades}{10-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop and the turn was the {2-Clubs}. Geilich check-folded to a bet of 40,000.

"I have a ten," said Greenwood tabling {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and was ahead of the {a-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} of Nguyen.

The river was the {q-Diamonds} and Greenwood chipped up to well over 100,000.

Thi Nguyen vn 675,000 -185,000
Ludovic Geilich gb 650,000 -150,000
Sam Greenwood ca 145,000 125,000

Tags: Ludovic GeilichSam GreenwoodThi Nguyen

Greenwood Chops to Stay Alive

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Simon Lofberg opened to 35,000 and Lu three-bet to 115,000. Sam Greenwood used five time extensions before calling. Lofberg also called.

On a {j-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{a-Clubs} flop Lofberg check-folded to a bet of 80,000.

Greenwood feared the worst with {k-Spades}{9-Hearts} but was pleasantly surprised to see {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. The turn was the {8-Hearts} and the river {8-Diamonds} ensured that he chopped to stay alive.

Simon Lofberg se 1,750,000 -100,000
Yunye Lu cn 1,010,000 -90,000
Sam Greenwood ca 20,000 -5,000

Tags: Sam GreenwoodSimon LofbergYunye Lu

Ashkan Fattahi Eliminated in 18th Place (€29,190)

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Ashkan Fattahi
Ashkan Fattahi

The action folded to Ashkan Fattahi in the small blind who shipped all in for 160,000. George Wolff looked down at his cards in the big blind and quickly called.

George Wolff: {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
Ashkan Fattahi: {a-Spades}{3-Spades}

Fattahi found himself dominated and the flop of {a-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} didn't provide much help. The {2-Hearts} on the turn gave him a straight draw but the {8-Hearts} on the river confirmed his elimination.

George Wolff us 1,120,000 145,000
Ashkan Fattahi ir Eliminado

Tags: Ashkan FattahiGeorge Wolff

Greenwood Left With a Small Blind

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Sam Greenwood raised from under the gun and Yunye Lu called in the small blind. The big blind called also.

The {q-}{q-}{3-} rainbow board checked to Greenwood who continued for 24,000 and Lu was the only caller.

Lu bet 50,000 on the {10-Hearts} turn and Greenwood called.

The river was another {q-} and Lu checked. Greenwood bet 296,000 leaving himself 8,000 behind and Lu called with {6-}{6-}. Greenwood was forced to show {k-}{j-} for the bluff and Lu chipped up.

Yunye Lu cn 1,000,000 400,000
Sam Greenwood ca 8,000 -507,000

Tags: Sam GreenwoodYunye Lu

Yake Wu Eliminated in 19th Place (€29,190)

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Yake Wu
Yake Wu

From a peak of 1.3 million, former chip leader Yake Wu's High Roller tournament has imploded and he is now out after tangling, again, with Simon Lofberg.

Wu opened to 35,000 on the button and Lofberg three-bet to 120,000 in the small blind. Wu four-bet all in for 460,000 and Lofberg snap-called with{q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

Wu held {a-Clubs}{j-Spades} but received no help on the {3-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{3-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} board and he was eliminated in 19th place.

Simon Lofberg se 1,850,000 730,000
Yake Wu cn Eliminado

Tags: Yake WuSimon Lofberg

Wolff and Fattahi Double Up

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Simon Pedersen raised to 32,000 and Ashkan Fattahi shoved all in for 160,000 on his left. The action folded back to Pedersen who confirmed the count before calling.

Fattahi turned over {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} and Pedersen was happy to be flipping with {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. The board ran out {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} and Fattahi's pocket nines held on for a double up.

A few hands later, Fahredin Mustafov and George Wolff were heads-up on a flop of {j-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{2-Spades}. Wolff checked from from middle position and Mustafov bet 76,000 from the cutoff into a pot of over 100,000. Wolff check-raised all in for 433,000 and Mustafov called.

Wolff flipped over {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts} which was dominating Mustafov's {j-Clubs}{8-Clubs}. The {a-Hearts} on the turn and the {a-Spades} on the river changed nothing and Wolff's kicker played to earn him a double up.

George Wolff us 975,000 490,000
Simon Pedersen dk 465,000 -22,000
Ashkan Fattahi ir 335,000 20,000
Fahredin Mustafov bg 325,000 -565,000

Tags: Ashkan FattahiFahredin MustafovGeorge WolffSimon Pedersen