2013 PokerStars.com EPT Prague

€5,300 Main Event
Day: 4
Event Info

2013 PokerStars.com EPT Prague

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
100,000 / 200,000

Level: 26

Blinds: 20,000/40,000

Ante: 5,000

Level: 25

Blinds: 15,000/30,000

Ante: 4,000

€5,300 Main Event

Day 4 Completed

Max Silver Leads Final 22 Players in the EPT Prague Main Event

Level 24 : 12,000/24,000, 3,000 ante
Max Silver
Max Silver

At the start of the fourth day of the PokerStars.net European Poker Tour Main Event in Prague there were only 61 players left from the 1,007 runners that began the event. The goal was to play down to 16, or make it through five full levels. After five 90-minute levels of play, the players called it quits and 22 players packed their bags with chips and hopes of eternal EPT glory.

At the beginning of the day, many supporters might have expected Ludovic Lacay to be one of the players to make the transition to the fifth day. Not only did the Frenchman and former EPT winner already have lots of experience, he also had more chips than anyone else left. But for Lacay, today was one of those days you don't want as a poker player. Everything went wrong. Lacay did everything he could, but the poker gods had a different story in mind. Instead of a tale of successful hero calls and monster bluffs, it became a nightmare full of coolers, bad beats and ill-timed bets that wouldn't have the right outcome.

Right of the bat, Lacay faced off with Lasell King where Lacay couldn't continue in a four-bet pot where the flop came king high. Not much later, Max Silver got the best of Lacay with aces versus kings. Before we knew it, Lacay was one of the medium stacks in the room as opposed to the monstrous chip leader he once was. Ori Hasson finally laid down the hammer when his nine-ten made two pair against Lacay's top pair and top kicker.

Most of that other favorites that progressed did live up to the high hopes of the fans on the rail. All eyes were on Ole Schemion at the beginning of the day and he passed with flying colors. People expected a show from the 21-year-old high roller, and he didn't disappoint.

All day long he was the center of attention at the live-streamed feature table, but he did not succumb to the pressure. He opened every other hand, raised and check-raised like his life depended on it and made light value bets like he was recording an instructional video. Schemion once more showed the world why he's on the verge to become the Global Poker Index Player of the Year. Go figure, the German youngster isn't even old enough to compete in the World Series of Poker yet, but he's about to overtake poker superstar Daniel Negreanu in the GPI POY race.

There was one person today who was able to get the best of Schemion more than once, though. Max Silver is the class example of the dream envisioned by PokerStars coming true. PokerStars thought it would be good to have local tours in as many countries as possible with tournaments that had lower buy-ins to get players ready for the big leagues. Silver did exactly that in the UKIPT and made the transition to the EPT where he is now a regular. Most players might not want to admit it, but players like Schemion can be intimidating, a player you might want to avoid and certainly not look up. Not Silver, though, who apparently couldn't wait to cross swords with his German opponent. Silver won the better half of the pots played between the two, a combination of controlled audacity, a good feel for the game and maybe a bit of run good. Silver seemed to have Schemion's game figured out and hit the right cards at the right time, too.

Stephen Chidwick is the next of the well-known names to make it to Day 5. Chidwick, who has been playing and winning online for years now, really seems to have the hang of playing live now. Last summer alone, he cashed a staggering nine times at the WSOP, and right before this EPT Prague Main Event he finished third in the Eureka Prague Main Event for €92,500. He continues his streak with a deep run here, showing a stone poker face akin to the likes of Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius. Chidwick is no longer the young online star trying to pull the same tricks that work so well online. He has evolved to a confident live player with a death stare that would even impress Doyle Brunson.

Chidwick was playing side by side with Dimitri Holdeew. The two of them have plenty of history this week as they faced each other in the Eureka Prague Main Event. After Chidwick finished third, Holdeew won it. Now, they're back at it again

Like Chidwick, Holdeew wasn't holding back at all. He showed an agressive playing style the German group of regular players are so well known for. Holdeew might not yet be a household name, but he could very well be in two days. He has the mindset and skills of a champion, which has proved clear after seing him play days of poker at the highest level.

And then there's Andrew Chen.

The soft-spoken Canadian is making another deep run in an EPT Main Event, on track to make his fourth final table. Back in 2008, he finished third here in the Czech capital, the year Salvatore Bonavena won. Will this year be the time he can really seal the deal? He has a North American Poker Tour title to his name, but a title here would match him with his good friend, PokerStars Team Online member Mickey Petersen. Nothing would be sweeter for Chen than the trophy and those €889,000 that are awaiting the winner.

During the fourth day of an EPT, there's not only room for the succes stories you've read above. While there are people that thrive, there are others that get unlucky; outdrawn at that one super-important moment in their tournament life or looked up light by someone that wasn't supposed to be in the hand in the first place.

"Oh wow, sh*t!" we heard, for example, coming from former World Poker Tour champion Jonathan Roy as he saw his dream of becoming winning an EPT winner crushed when he ran his kings into Chidwicks aces. Or Ana Marquez, who saw her ace-king get outdrawn by ace-five. Rudi Johnsen lost aces to king jack-suited, and Jesper Winserling lost with aces to Ciaran Burke's ace-jack on a jack-high flop.

Some players are probably still shaking their heads now. Others have their chins up and are dreaming of reaching that final table.

Day 5 Table and Seat Draw

11Jorma Nuutinen1,508,000
12Nikita Nikolaev678,000
13Tomasz Kowalski764,000
14Zdravko Duvnjak874,000
15Georgios Sotiropoulos888,000
17Ole Schemion2,700,000
18Dimitri Holdeew1,200,000
21Erwann Pecheux872,000
23Ori Hasson1,758,000
24Andrew Chen1,134,000
25Sigurd Eskeland1,264,000
26Lasell King1,065,000
27Tapio Vihakas1,574,000
28Ka Kwan Lau1,350,000
31Max Silver3,987,000
32Tamer Kamel522,000
33Romain Chauvassagne603,000
34Stephen Chidwick2,084,000
35Radek Stockner1,246,000
36Ihar Soika889,000
37Artem Metalidi322,000
38Julian Track3,010,000

On the fifth day, play will finish when there's only eight players left. Level 25 (15,000/30,000/3,000) will begin 12 p.m. CET on Tuesday, Dec. 17. You can follow the action right here on PokerNews.com, both in writing and on the live stream page where PokerStars is again showing every hand of the feature table.

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 24 : 12,000/24,000, 3,000 ante

An end of day recap will follow.

Player Chips Progress
Max Silver gb
Max Silver
3,987,000 247,000
Julian Track de
Julian Track
3,010,000 160,000
EPT 1X Winner
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
2,700,000 148,000
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
2,084,000 -677,000
Ori Hasson il
Ori Hasson
1,758,000 258,000
Tapio Vihakas fi
Tapio Vihakas
1,574,000 374,000
Jorma Nuutinen fi
Jorma Nuutinen
1,508,000 988,000
Ka Kwan Lau hk
Ka Kwan Lau
1,350,000 -150,000
Sigurd Eskeland no
Sigurd Eskeland
1,264,000 1,264,000
Radek Stockner cz
Radek Stockner
1,246,000 -104,000
Dimitri Holdeew de
Dimitri Holdeew
1,200,000 -860,000
Andrew Chen ca
Andrew Chen
1,134,000 34,000
Lasell King de
Lasell King
1,065,000 -51,000
Ihar Soika by
Ihar Soika
889,000 639,000
Georgios Sotiropoulos gr
Georgios Sotiropoulos
888,000 88,000
Zdravko Duvnjak hr
Zdravko Duvnjak
874,000 24,000
Erwann Pecheux fr
Erwann Pecheux
872,000 -190,000
Tomasz Kowalski pl
Tomasz Kowalski
764,000 -96,000
Nikita Nikolaev ru
Nikita Nikolaev
678,000 70,000
Romain Chauvassagne fr
Romain Chauvassagne
603,000 -204,000
Tamer Kamel gb
Tamer Kamel
522,000 -278,000
Artem Metalidi ua
Artem Metalidi
322,000 -203,000

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Anders Dahlin Eliminated in 23rd place (€29,600)

Level 24 : 12,000/24,000, 3,000 ante
Lars Anders Dahlin
Lars Anders Dahlin

Just three hands before the end of play Anders Dahlin was knocked out by Tapio Vihakas. The Swede moved in for 157,000 from under-the-gun+1, Vihakas called from middle position and everybody else folded.

Vihakas: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}
Dahlin: {A-Spades}{6-Spades}

The {4-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{4-Hearts}{K-Spades} board kept Vihakas in front and leaves us with 22 players in the main event.

Player Chips Progress
Anders Dahlin se
Anders Dahlin

Schemion Gets the Best of King (Again)

Level 24 : 12,000/24,000, 3,000 ante

If Silver is Schemion's nemesis, King is his best friend. So far Schemion is getting the better of King and just now again some chips exchanged between the two Germans.

Romain Chauvassagne opened under the gun to 50,000 and rteceived calls from Stephen Chidwick in the hijack and Lasell King in the cutoff before action was on ole Schemion in the big blind. Schemion squeezed to 189,000 which made the Frenchman fold rather quickly. Chidwick and King wanted to see a flop though and called.


Schemion continued with a bet of 235,000. Chidwick folded but King made the call once again. That made for a 1,120,000 pot and King had about as much behind. The {A-Clubs} fell on the turn and Schemion bet 345,000. King didn't think about it too long, he checked his cards one last time and threw them in the muck.

Player Chips Progress
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
2,552,000 752,000
Lasell King de
Lasell King
1,116,000 -224,000

No Flops No Drops

Level 24 : 12,000/24,000, 3,000 ante

On the two outer tables flops have been scarce and showdowns even rarer. That's not to say there hasn't been action but that any three-bets and all-ins have been met with folds rather than calls.

23 player left them which coincidentally is how many minutes are left in the day.