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Season 9 PokerStars.net EPT Prague Day 1a: Beskrovnyy, Sordo Among Leaders

Season 9 of the PokerStars.net European Poker Tour continued on Sunday with Day 1a of EPT Prague. Leading the remaining 180 players is Iosif Beskrovnyy, who bagged 239,000 chips, but a handful of players are biting at his heels, including Jose Alastuey, Mikhail Zabrovskiy, Jose Manuel Nadal Sordo, and Malte Monning.

Top Ten Counts

PlaceNameCount
1Iosif Beskrovnyy239,000
2Jose Alastuey177,500
3Mikhail Zabrovskiy172,700
4Jose Manuel Nadal Sordo167,200
5Todd Terry162,400
6Jason Helder159,000
7Bulat Bikmetov147,000
8Oleg Perepletchkitov144,600
9Oleksii Kovalchuk137,400
10Diego Gomez Gonzalez135,200

Beskrovnyy shot up the charts during the last level of the evening and appears to be the only player who crossed the 200,000-chip threshold.

Sordo’s day began with a bang. In Level 2, he had Antonin Duda, who recently finished seventh in the EPT Barcelona Main Event, all in and at risk. Duda was well ahead with {k-Hearts}{k-Spades} against Sodo’s {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}, and remained ahead on the flop ({2-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}) and the turn ({6-Diamonds}), but the {a-Clubs} spiked on the river. Duda hit the rail while Sordo shot up to 70,000 chips. Then he crossed the century mark and maintained one of the bigger stacks in the room throughout the rest of Day 1a.

Kovalchuk, a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, started slow, dropping to as low as 12,000 chips. He bolted up the counts during the last level of the evening and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the coming days.

Monning won a massive pot off of Antonio Guerrero right after the dinner break. With the blinds at 250/500/25, Monning opened to 1,125, and Guerrero three-bet to 3,100. The action folded back to Monning, who four-bet to 7,625, and Guerrero five-bet to 21,100. Monning moved all in for 65,800, and Guerrero quickly called.

Monning: {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}
Guerrero: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}

The board ran out {4-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{k-Spades}{j-Spades}{q-Clubs}, giving Monning a set on the river, and he suddenly was sitting on a massive stack.

Other notable players who advanced to Day 2 were Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Richard Toth, Eugene Katchalov, Juha Helppi, Fabrice Soulier, Todd Terry, and Eoghan O’Dea.

Day 1a casualties included Liv Boeree, Jonathan Duhamel, John O’Shea, Nachman Berlin, Steve O’Dwyer, Ionel Anton, Alex Bilokur, Guillaume Darcourt, and Arnaud Mattern.

Mattern, who busted on the last hand of play, wasn’t the only former EPT Prague champion to bust on Day 1a. Jan Skampa, who won this event in Season 6, was also in contention but fell in the last level of play. He and Souheil Mansour took a flop of {a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. Skampa led out for 4,500, Mansour raised to 17,000, and Skampa called. Skampa checked after the {4-Hearts} turned, and Mansour quickly fired 22,400. Skampa moved all in for around 35,000, Mansour called, and Skampa turned over {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}. He was in poor shape against Mansour’s {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and was eliminated when the river brought the {5-Spades}.

Martin Finger, the defending champion of this event, made it through.

Boeree bowed out in Level 4 after taking several tough beats. According to her Twitter account, she ran the nut flush into a full house. In another hand, she lost with {a-}{q-} against {j-}{j-} on a flop of {q-}{3-}{2-}. And in her final hand, she was all in preflop with {k-}{k-} but lost to {j-}{j-}.

“Very sad panda,” she wrote.

William Davis, who appeared as a Loose Cannon on the PokerStars.net Big Game, was in the field, as well. With the blinds at 100/200/25, he opened to 425 from the hijack seat. Roman Korenev three-bet to 1,225 from the small blind, and Ismail Erkenov cold-called from the big blind. Davis called and the flop came {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{q-Clubs}. Korenev led for 2,000, and only Davis called. The turn was the {5-Clubs}, Korenev checked, and Davis fired 3,000. Korenev folded, and Davis picked up the pot en route to bagging 66,600 chips.

Day 1a attracted 336 players, and with a large field expected on Monday for Day 1b, the Season 8 record of 722 entrants for this event is in danger. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team on Monday for continuing coverage of EPT Prague.

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