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Season 9 EPT Prague Day 2: Iosif Beskrovnyy Leads As Money Bubble Looms

Iosif Beskrovnyy

Day 2 of the European Poker Tour Prague Main Event came to an end after six 75-minute levels of intense poker were played out at the Hilton Prague Hotel on Tuesday. Leading the way going into Day 3 is Iosif Beskrovnyy and his 625,200 chips.

When play recommenced just after 12:00 CET, 462 players were spread across 52 tables, but the hopes and dreams of more than half of those players were dashed as only 161 managed to navigate the day’s proceedings with their chip stacks intact.

The fast and loose approach adopted by a large percentage of the field resulted in a number of large stacks won, lost, and won again. Martin Hanowski was just one of many players who managed to accumulate a mountain of chips over the seven-and-a-half hours of poker. The flamboyant German started the day with 115,800 chips but ended with over four times that number. Hanowski will begin Day 3 in second place with 484,000 chips.

American pro Todd Terry had the welcomed problem of trying to figure out how to fit 392,300 chips into a solitary chip bag when the curtain came down on proceedings. Terry began Day 2 with a substantial stack and increased it further when he won a massive pot midway through the day. Terry found himself on the right side of an aces-versus-kings scenario, which catapulted him over 400,000 chips, and he never looked back after that.

Other notable players to keep an eye out for during play on Wednesday include Team PokerStars Pros Pier Paolo Fabretti (175,500), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Johnny Lodden (67,500), Fabrice Soulier (396,200), Christopher Brammer (389,900), Ramzi Jelassi (306,600), Vincent van der Fluit (294,500) and Jeff Sarwer (211,700).

Of course, we should also remember those players who returned to their seats but failed in their quest to progress in this spectacular event. Hitting the rail at various times during the day were Chris Moorman, Toby Lewis, Craig McCorkell, Jake Cody, Fabian Quoss, Martin Finger, David Peters, Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier, Toni Judet, Eugene Katchalov, Richard Toth, Marcin Horecki and Alex Kravchenko.

Day 3 will kick off at 12:00 CET on Wednesday and will likely play between five and seven 90-minute levels. With only 167 players remaining and the top 128 players being paid, the money bubble should burst relatively early on Wednesday. To sweat the action, visit the PokerNews Live Reporting pages as the Live Reporting Team bring you updates of all the action as it happens in the EPT Prague Main Event.

Todd Terry will return for Day 3.
Todd Terry will return for Day 3.

End of Day 2 EPT9 Prague Top Ten Chip Counts

1Iosif Beskrovnyy625,000
2Martin Hanowski484,000
3Sergio Aido Espina416,400
4Cesar Garcia Dominguez410,900
5Robert Kokoska403,400
6Fabrice Soulier396,200
7Todd Terry392,300
8Christopher Brammer389,900
9Mads Amot377,400
10Dany Parlafes375,000

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