MSPT Deadwood 2021 NJSCOOP 2021 MISCOOP
€5,300 Main Event
€5,300 Main Event
Day 1b Completed

PokerStars EPT Prague Sets New Record in Final Go

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante
Ronald Morandini
Ronald Morandini

European Poker Tour Prague has been around since way back in Season 4 of the PokerStars EPT, but it's never been quite this big before. With a monster Day 1b turnout of 934 players added to the 244 who fired on Day 1a of the freezeout, the turnout has been pushed to 1,178, besting the 1,107 who played in 2014.

And there's still time for more. The final event in the history of the EPT will keep registration open until Day 2 kicks off Thursday at noon local time.

Day 1b saw another eight levels of play, and this time, little-known American player Ronald Morandini emerged as the chip leader with a late surge that pushing him to 237,400. That's good for the overall lead ahead of Day 1a star Henrik Hecklen. Matas Cimbolas (215,100), Anton Petrov (214,800) and Maxim Lykov (180,400) also finished with heavy bags. A pair of former EPT Prague champs, Ensan Hossein (2015) and Roberto Romanello (2010) also made it through.

Others among the 474 who punched Day 2 tickets were Ari Engel, Patrick Leonard, Mustapha Kanit, Philipp Gruissem, and PokerStars-sponsored players Felipe Ramos, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Luca Pagano, Vanessa Selbst and Gabriel Nassif.

William Kassouf, whom the ESPN TV cameras made a star or a villain at the World Series of Poker, depending on one's point of view, was among the Day 1b runners who weren't so fortunate. Kassouf tried to get his table talk game going but never seemed to be much above the starting stack. Down to just over 10,000 at 250/500/75, Kassouf got it in with {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} and found himself staring at an opponent's tens.

"Nine high like a boss," was one of Kassouf's catch phrases on camera, but it did him no good in this instance when he merely paired a nine and busted out against the tens.

Other notable Day 1b eliminations included Oliver Price, Andrey Zaichenko, Antoine Saout, Max Silver, Gaelle Baumann, Sebastian Pauli and Benny Glaser.

When the Day 1a and Day 1b survivors combine at noon, there will be 591 runners remaining plus whatever players elect to enter the tournament at last call. More EPT action is on tap for Thursday, and PokerNews will again be your source for live coverage.

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Some End of the Day Chip Counts

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante
Ronald Morandini US 237,400 -22,600
Matas Cimbolas lt 215,100 215,100
Anton Petrov ru 214,800 214,800
Maxim Lykov ru 180,400 180,400
Marton Czuczor hu 161,600 106,600
Roberto Romanello gb 153,100 111,100
Kristof de Bruycker BE 143,900 143,900
Vítězslav Čech cz 109,800 -5,200
Ari Engel ca 108,800 -26,200
Ofer Zvi Stern us 105,200 105,200
Benjamin Pollak fr 102,300 32,300
Kakwan Lau HK 98,100 98,100
Patrick Leonard gb 98,000 24,500
Felipe Ramos br 94,500 37,500
Mustapha Kanit it 92,000 36,000
Andy Black ie 90,800 37,400
Philipp Gruissem de 90,100 -4,900
Jake Cody gb 89,700 89,700
Shiva Dudani us 80,300 19,300
Jason Wheeler us 69,500 33,500
Luca Pagano it 65,500 500
Michael Howard gb 65,300 -14,700
Farid Yachou ma 63,400 63,400
Walter Treccarichi it 59,300 59,300
Theo Jorgensen dk 59,200 17,700

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Bicknell Lets a Big Pot Go

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante
Kristen Bicknell
Kristen Bicknell

Kristen Bicknell was facing a sizable wager of 27,000 from a player in the cutoff on a board of {k-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} when we got to her table. After thinking for about three minutes, she finally decided to fold and preserve her remaining stack of around 40,000.

Bicknell comes into the event on a hot streak after claiming her second bracelet and almost $300,000 in the summer's World Series of Poker and following that up with a third-place finish at WPT DeepStacks Montreal for nearly $100,000 more.

Kristen Bicknell ca 39,100 -4,900

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Engel Calls a Bluff Just Before the End of the Day

Jaxon • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

We are now on the final few hands, however, just before that was announced Ari Engel tanked for several minutes on a {7-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{3-Spades} board facing a bet of 11,500 with about the same in the pot.

Several times it appeared he was about to toss in his cards. He asked how many chips his opponent had, which was a stack of around 11,200.

Ari eventually called with {q-Spades}{10-Spades} and caught his opponent who was bluffing with {8-Clubs}{6-Clubs} on a busted straight draw.

Ari Engel ca 135,000 21,000

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Nassif and Roberts Fighting to Survive

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

Gabriel Nassif got the last of his chips in with {a-Clubs}{a-Spades} and was up against a player holding {a-}{j-}. The board ran out clean for Nassif and he doubled up past 25 big blinds and back to a workable stack.

At the next table over, Brian Roberts is looking for a double of his own. He jammed in one hand to steal the antes and blinds but remains dangerously short-stacked.

Gabriel Nassif FR 22,000 8,300
Brian Roberts us 13,000 -29,300

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Morandini Pacing the Field

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

At this late stage of Day 1b, American Ronald Morandini appears to be in the chip lead with about 260,000. If the hand we saw is any judge, he's not been afraid to use his stack to bully opponents. Morandini raised to 3,100 after the player in the small blind completed and followed up with a continuation-bet of 3,700 on the {4-Spades}{5-Clubs}{6-Hearts} flop. That was enough to get a fold and earn the pot for Morandini.

Ronald Morandini US 260,000

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