Dia 1 Terminado
Dia 1 Terminado
Chips were flying everywhere and chairs were squeaking left and right as the best of the best battled it out on the first day of the last-ever PokerStars Championship Prague €10,300 High Roller. 191 players showed up at the glamorous Hilton Hotel Prague, with each of them putting up a hefty €10,300 to play. 56 of them reached even deeper in their pockets to fire a second bullet, creating a total field of 247 entries. After ten hours of play, 103 of them survived the first day of this three-day event.
In the end, several players were jockeying for pole position and it turned out to be a very close affair. It was Russia's Roman Emelyanov who eventually eeked out the tiniest of margins to claim the Day 1 chipleader badge. Emelyanov, who finished 11th in the High Roller in Prague three years ago, bagged 285,700, just one big blind more than Guillaume Davy (283,400) and not even two big blinds over accomplished pro Anthony Zinno (282,000). JC Alvarado, fresh off last night's second place in the €25,500 Single-Day High Roller, finished in fourth place with 272,200, just six big blinds shy of the chip lead.
Others that made it to Day 2 include Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, who had a strong showing with 201,400. Cody was joined by Ryan Riess (199,900), Sam Greenwood (168,900), Antoine Saout (168,600), Kenny Hallaert (159,100) and David Peters (80,400). These names are just the tip of the iceberg, though, as the stacked field contains so many familiar names still in contention dozens more could be named here.
Ben Heath is one of them and sits strong after Day 1 with 243,600 in chips. In one of the biggest hands of the day, Britain's poker prodigy found himself on the right end of a setup against Italy's icon Mustapha Kanit. Kanit six-bet shoved ace-king into Heath's aces and wasn't able to survive, ending the exuberant Italian's run just like that. Frenchman Davy had the same luck on his side: his aces held up against Tibor Nagygyorgy's ace-king to end up in the aforementioned second place.
Top 10 Chip Counts
|6||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||243,600|
|7||Artan Dedusha||United Kingdom||232,000|
Last year, this event was billed as the last ever EPT High Roller. However, with PokerStars bringing the much-loved EPT-brand back in 2018, instead, this year's event will mark the end of the PokerStars Championship era. Right off the bat, around 40 players took their seats, and their numbers quickly rose up as a slew of well-known high rollers entered the poker arena. Many of them weren't shy to reach in their pockets to fire a second bullet worth €10k, but for Steve O'Dwyer, Akin Tuna, Ludovic Geilich, David Laka, Timothy Adams and Stefan Schillhabel neither the first nor second attempt proved successful. Jasper Meijer van Putten, who won both last year's EPT Main Event in Prague as well as this year's opening €10,300 High Roller, fired two bullets as well but to no avail.
Defending champion Will Kassouf won this event in 2016 after a deal that fell under some scrunity from the poker community. Billed by some as "buying the title", Kassouf struck a deal heads-up which handed him the trophy and the official win, despite being a at big chip disadvantage. The outspoken Brit was back this year to defend his title but joined the ranks of familiar faces that failed to advance to Day 2 after busting out late at night.
In total, 102 out of 247 players survived Day 1 of this three-day event. Day 2 will commence at 12:30 p.m. local time and blinds will resume at 1,000/2,000 with a running ante of 300. Late registration is still open until cards are in the air and those who jump in at the latest possible time will get 25 big blinds to work with. The total prize pool and payout information will be announced as soon as late registration has closed. As always, PokerNews will be on hand to provide all the live coverage of this exciting event.
The players are done for the night: 247 entries have been made and 107 of them will advance to Day 2. All chip counts and an extensive recap will follow.
With the turn showing , Adrian Mateos moved all in out of the big blind. There were 25,000 in the middle and Stefan Schillhabel in early position had around 28,000 left. The German used one time bank extension and called it off.
The fell on the river and that improved Mateos to a full house, while Schillhabel waved goodbye and headed into the Christmas holidays. He had already fired two bullets without success and won't be allowed to re-enter before the start of Day 2.
Oliver Weis was all in for 43,800 with the and Ping Lin had him dominated with pocket jacks. However, the board came and Weis turned a straight to double.
Lin had 3,400 left and moved in the next hand, Raul Martinez called in the cutoff and Weis' reraise to 10,000 on the button isolated successfully.
The board came and Lin avoided the elimination. Guillaume Davy sent an opponent to the rail one table over and may have secured the overnight lead, while Anthony Zinno also has a very similar stack.
The clock has been paused with 15 minutes remaining. The field will play the last hands together until chips are bagged and tagged for the night.
According to Markus Durnegger, Tibor Nagygyorgy had lost his big stack with ace-king against the pocket aces of Guillaume Davy in a preflop all in and the story of the Hungarian would end with his aces getting cracked by Durnegger.
Nagygyorgy faced a raise to 3,500 by Michel Dattani and he three-bet to 9,500 from the hijack. Liviu Ignat four-bet to 21,000 from the cutoff and forced a fold.
The next hand Nagygyorgy opened to 3,600 and Durnegger called on the button, as did Davy in the big blind. On the flop, Davy checked and subsequently folded to a bet of 6,800 by Nagygyorgy and the call of Durnegger. The on the turn brought the shove of the Hungarian for around 32,000 and Durnegger snap-called.
The on the river was a blank and a disappointed Nagygyorgy left the tournament area, while the Barcelona €10,300 High Roller runner-up further increased his decent stack.
Avraham Azulay raised to 6,400 and Matthias Eibinger defended his big blind. On the flop, Eibinger checked and called a bet worth 11,000 before the fell on the turn. Eibinger checked once more and Azulay shoved for 30,000 into a pot of around 37,000. The Austrian called and both players tabled their cards.
As soon as the fell on the river, Azulay started swearing. "Why does this always happen to me? In every single tournament?" More words followed and he eventually grabbed his belongings and left the tournament area.
There appears to be no dominating chip leader with several players near or above 200,000 in chips. This will be the last level of the night as everyone gets to bag and tag in one hour from now.