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EPT12 Prague Main Event Day 1a: No One Bags Bigger Than Astapau

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Anton Astapau
Anton Astapau

Day 1a of the 2015 EPT Season 12 Prague €5,300 Main Event saw 254 players take to the felt, but after eight 75-minute levels of play, 144 punched their ticket to Day 2, including EPT regular Anton Astapau, who leads the pack with 190,600 in chips.

Others to make it through the day were Ghattas Kortas (151,200), EPT11 Grand Final champ Adrian Mateos (150,200), Rainer Kempe (137,400), Donnacha O'Dea (72,400), and Byron Kaverman (67,900).

Of course not everyone was lucky enough to bad chips. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Craig McCorkell was the first elimination of the day after running kings into the pocket aces of Charlie Carrel in the first level. Before long, he has company on the rail including Pierre Neuville, who was fresh off his seventh-place finish in the 2015 WSOP Main Event; WSOP Millionaire Maker champ Jonathan Dimmig; 2014 WCOOP champ Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz; and WSOP Europe champ Kevin MacPhee.

Shortly before the dinner break, a big four-way hand went down that involved Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari and resulted in a double elimination.

It began when Antonio Costa Alfaia opened for 650 and [Removed:30], a former footballer for Crystal Palace FC, called from the hijack. The player on the button came along, Akkari did the same from the small blind, and a short-stacked Muzaffer Akin called from the big to make it five-way action to the {10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{9-Spades} flop.

Akkari checked, Akin shoved all in for 5,575, and Alfaia moved all in over the top for 12,875. Kebe thought for a moment before making the call, the players on the button folded, and Akkari hit the tank before also calling. Akkai and Kebe then checked the {7-Diamonds} turn, and then Akkari checked for a third time on the {Q-Spades} river. Kebe fired out 20,000, and Akkari thought for a bit before releasing the {2-Spades}{2-Clubs} for a flopped set.

Kebe then tabled the {a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for the nuts, which of course bested the {9-}{4-} of Akin and {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts} of Alfaia.

Others who fell before the end of the day were Martin Finger, Dominik Nitsche, Dario Minieri, Davidi Kitai, Jonathan Little, Mustapha Kanit, and Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier.

On the flip side, some of the players who will return for Day 2 at Noon local time on Saturday are Charlie Carrel (120,500), Team PokerStars Pro Martin Hruby (58,200), Andre Akkari (34,600), and Liv Boeree (14,600), as well as Friend of PokerStars Natalie Hof (15,700)

Tomorrow, a whole new flight of players will visit the Hilton to take their shot at poker glory. Cards will be in the air at Noon local time, and the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture all the action. Until then, check out this video from last night's EPT12 Prague Player Party:

Tags: Anton Astapau

Big Stacks and Notables

YorkshirePud • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

With play having ended for the night, we've scoured the tournament floor for the biggest stacks in the room, and those not so large but that belong to household names. Is your favorite player on the list?

Anton Astapau BY
Anton Astapau
BY 190,600 75,600
Ghattas Kortas se
Ghattas Kortas
se 151,200 -8,800
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
Winamax Team Pro
es 150,200 42,200
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 137,400 137,400
Sonny Franco fr
Sonny Franco
fr 129,900 29,900
Charlie Carrel gb
Charlie Carrel
gb 120,500 35,500
Preben Stokkan no
Preben Stokkan
no 116,000 116,000
Andy Hwang us
Andy Hwang
us 99,200 -40,800
Anton Wigg se
Anton Wigg
se 90,000 12,525
Ilkin Amirov az
Ilkin Amirov
az 85,000 85,000
Ezequiel Kleinman AR
Ezequiel Kleinman
AR 79,800 79,800
Andrew Chen ca
Andrew Chen
ca 74,400 14,400
Donnacha O'Dea ie
Donnacha O'Dea
ie 72,400 4,400
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
Winamax Team Pro
pt 72,100 -27,500
Ariel Mantel ar
Ariel Mantel
ar 70,700 70,700
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
us 67,900 30,500
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
ru 64,200 25,200
Jorma Nuutinen fi
Jorma Nuutinen
fi 64,200 19,200
Konstantin Puchkov ru
Konstantin Puchkov
ru 62,400 40,400
Jani Sointula fi
Jani Sointula
fi 59,700 -10,300
Martin Hruby cz
Martin Hruby
cz 58,200
Iaron Lightbourne gb
Iaron Lightbourne
gb 47,100 -26,900
Thomas Muhlocker (Thomas Muehloecker) DE
Thomas Muhlocker (Thomas Muehloecker)
DE 42,500 42,500
Alex Kravchenko ru
Alex Kravchenko
ru 35,000 -5,000
Andre Akkari br
Andre Akkari
br 34,600 20,600

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Three More Hands

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed down to the floor to capture any last-minute action and to compile a list of chip counts. Stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the day's action.

Ung Among Late Night Eliminations

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Senh Ung was just eliminated from the tournament after a player in early position raised and Ung three-bet jammed for his last 7,000 from the button. Both blinds folded, the original raiser called with pocket jacks, and they held against the ace-queen of Ung.

Rumen Nanev bg
Rumen Nanev
bg Busted
Stevan Chew au
Stevan Chew
au Busted
Martin Finger de
Martin Finger
de Busted
Kamran Aliyev AZ
Kamran Aliyev
AZ Busted
Matthias Kuerschner DE
Matthias Kuerschner
DE Busted
Carl Martel ca
Carl Martel
ca Busted
Joao Brito PT
Joao Brito
PT Busted
Kitson Kho hk
Kitson Kho
hk Busted
Anirudh Seth us
Anirudh Seth
us Busted
Yucel Eminoglu tr
Yucel Eminoglu
tr Busted
Marek Uharcek SK
Marek Uharcek
SK Busted
Senh Ung GB
Senh Ung
GB Busted

Jaka Loses a Sizeable Pot Late in the Day

YorkshirePud • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Faraz Jaka
Faraz Jaka

Hady El Asmar raised to 1,300 from late position and Faraz Jaka three-bet him to 3,400 from the small blind. El Asmar called, and the dealer placed the {7-Clubs}{2-Spades}{10-Clubs} flop onto the felt.

Jaka bet 4,100, El Asmar raised all-in for 18,825 in total, and Jaka called.

Jaka: {Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs}
El Asmar: {Q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

Jaka needed a club or jack to avoid doubling El Amsar's stack, but it was El Asmar who improved, catching the {10-Spades} on the river after the turn fell {9-Hearts}.

Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
us 55,000 26,000
Hady El Asmar lb
Hady El Asmar
lb 39,000

Tags: Faraz JakaHady El Asmar

A Pair of Eliminations

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

On our way back up to the media area, we passed through the lobby where two familiar faces were lounging about. This led us to believe they'd been eliminated from the tournament, and sure enough a check with them confirmed it.

Dominik Nitsche explained that he had run queens smack dab into kings to bust in a pot of 80 big blinds.

Meanwhile, Rob Schiffbauer was the victim of a set-over-set flop. According to him, he raised under the gun with pocket sixes and his opponent in the small blind just called with pocket kings. The {k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} flop saw the small blind check-call a bet, and then check for a second time on the {9-Hearts} turn. Schiffbauer bet again, his opponent check-raised, and Schiffbauer shipped.

A call was made and the {8-} river was not the case six Schiffbauer needed to stay alive.

Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
de Busted
Rob Schiffbauer US
Rob Schiffbauer
US Busted

Tags: Dominik NitscheRob Schiffbauer

Blomlie Pushes Kurganov Off the Hand

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Igor Kurganov limped from the under-the-gun position and Mikal Blomlie did the same from the cutoff. The player in the big blind checked his option and three players saw a flop of {q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{k-Spades}. The big blind checked, Kurganov bet 1,500, and only Blomlie called to see the {5-Spades} turn.

Kurganov bet again, this time 4,500, and Blomlie thought a bit before moving all in. Kurganov, who has 10,300 behind, snap-folded.

Mikal Blomlie no
Mikal Blomlie
no 55,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru 10,300 -19,700

Tags: Igor KurganovMikal Blomlie

New Life for Newey?

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

It appeared Paul Newey, who has been nursing a short stack most of the day, got his last 4,825 all in preflop against Thomas Muehloecker, who was fresh off his fifth-place finish in the €50,000 Super High Roller.

Newey: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Muehloecker: {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}

Newey was in need of some help, and he got it on the {a-Spades}{9-Hearts}{10-Clubs} flop. The {A-Clubs} turn improved him to trips, and the {9-Clubs} river a full house for the double.

Thomas Muehloecker at
Thomas Muehloecker
at 26,000 -4,000
Paul Newey gb
Paul Newey
gb 10,000 5,200

Tags: Thomas MuehloeckerPaul Newey