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Zinno, Alvarado, Cody Bag Big on Day 1 of the PokerStars Championship Prague €10,300 High Roller

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Anthony Zinno
Anthony Zinno

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

PlacePlayerHome CountryStack
1Roman EmelyanovRussia285,700
2Guillaume DavyFrance283,400
3Anthony ZinnoUSA282,000
4JC AlvaradoMexico272,200
5Fahredin MustafovBulgaria250,000
6Ben HeathUnited Kingdom243,600
7Artan DedushaUnited Kingdom232,000
8Bernhard HaiderAustria213,000
9Boris KolevRussia208,700
10Benjamin ChalotFrance205,000

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.

Jake Cody
Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody had a strong showing on Day 1

End-of-Day Chip Counts (Completo)

KaleGozer • Nível 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Roman Emelyanov ru 285,700 285,700
Guillaume Pau Davy FR 283,400 3,400
Anthony Zinno us 282,000 2,000
JC Alvarado mx 272,200 2,200
Fahredin Mustafov bg 250,000 50,000
Ben Heath gb 243,600 13,600
Artan Dedusha gb 232,000 42,000
Bernhard Haider at 213,000 3,000
Boris Kolev bg 208,700 -1,300
Benjamin Chalot fr 205,000 205,000
Rocco Palumbo it 204,700 94,700
Jake Cody gb 201,400 6,400
Ryan Riess us 199,900 -10,100
Markus Durnegger at 189,900 -25,100
Lander Lijo es 185,700 35,700
Xiaoyang Luo cn 182,000 12,000
Pascal Hartmann de 177,400 27,400
Matthias Eibinger at 176,400 66,400
Sam Greenwood ca 168,900 13,900
Antoine Saout fr 168,600 -41,400
Tue Ullerup Hansen DK 163,800 163,800
Fady Kamar lb 163,400 75,400
Ryan McEathron ca 163,400 93,400
Caufman Talley us 163,000 -7,000
Samu Riihela FI 162,000 62,000

Leia tudo

Mateos Rivers Schillhabel

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With the turn showing {8-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{4-Spades}{4-Clubs}, 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.

Stefan Schillhabel: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}
Adrian Mateos: {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}

The {9-Diamonds} 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.

Adrian Mateos es 123,000 -2,000
Stefan Schillhabel de Eliminado

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Weis Bags a Late Double

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Oliver Weis was all in for 43,800 with the {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} and Ping Lin had him dominated with pocket jacks. However, the board came {10-Hearts}{9-Spades}{8-Spades}{6-Clubs}{A-Spades} 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.

Ping Lin: {K-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}
Oliver Weis: {A-Spades}{J-Hearts}

The board came {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{9-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} 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.

Anthony Zinno us 280,000 110,000
Guillaume Pau Davy FR 280,000 170,000
JC Alvarado mx 270,000 25,000
Oliver Weis de 83,000 83,000

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Clock Paused

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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.

Nagygyorgy Eliminated

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Tibor Nagygyorgy
Tibor Nagygyorgy

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 {K-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} flop, Davy checked and subsequently folded to a bet of 6,800 by Nagygyorgy and the call of Durnegger. The {9-Spades} on the turn brought the shove of the Hungarian for around 32,000 and Durnegger snap-called.

Tibor Nagygyorgy: {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}
Markus Durnegger: {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

The {3-Hearts} 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.

Guillaume Pau Davy FR 248,000 138,000
Markus Durnegger at 215,000 60,000
Liviu Ignat ro 140,000 62,000
Michel Dattani pt 105,000 105,000
Tibor Nagygyorgy hu Eliminado

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Azulay Gets Rivered

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Avraham Azulay raised to 6,400 and Matthias Eibinger defended his big blind. On the {A-Spades}{9-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop, Eibinger checked and called a bet worth 11,000 before the {5-Diamonds} 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.

Avraham Azulay: {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts}
Matthias Eibinger: {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

As soon as the {10-Spades} 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.

Matthias Eibinger at 110,000 110,000
Avraham Azulay IL Eliminado

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Last Level of the Night

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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.

JC Alvarado mx 245,000 75,000
Guillaume Davy FR 230,000 110,000
Ben Heath gb 230,000 -20,000
Antoine Saout fr 210,000 -5,000
Boris Kolev bg 210,000 15,000
Ryan Riess us 210,000 40,000
Fahredin Mustafov bg 200,000 145,000
Anthony Zinno us 170,000 43,000
Markus Durnegger at 155,000 -15,000
Hossein Ensan de 85,000 52,200