Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Jasper Meijer Van Putten will return for the final day of the €10,300 EPT Prague High Roller as the chip leader after he bagged 2,297,000.
When the action gets backs underway at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, December,18, at the Hilton Prague there will be 18 players taking their seats with a shot at the €503,700 first-place prize.
Henrik Hecklen (1,512,000), Niall Farrell (1,404,000), Alexandre Reard (1,133,000), and Max Silver (912,000), who won the €10,300 EPT Barcelona High Roller in August for €600,924, complete the top five stacks.
Michael Addamo (815,000), Ole Schemion (702,000), Daniel Dvoress (622,000) and short stack Charlie Carrel (97,000) will alsp be a part of the stella Day 3 line-up.
"The variance is with me here!" Van Putten told PokerNews after bagging up. "I started with 20 bigs today and blasted off from there. There was a huge hand when someone shoved four times the pot with a straight into my full house."
The hand in question occurred when the board was down jack-ten-eight-jack, and Johnny Nedved moved all in for 280,000 and Van Putten snap-called. Nedved held queen-nine for the flopped nut straight, but Van Putten had turned the house with pocket tens.
"From there I just went straight up," he said with a smile. "The cards that I got were all it took, nothing more nothing less."
Van Putten is no stranger to success in Prague having won the 2016 EPT Main Event for €699,300, as well as a gold medal in the €10,300 No-Limit Hold'em event in 2017 for €150,000 and a runners-up spot in the €2,200 No-Limit Hold'em event for €111,600 just two days ago!
"I love playing in EPTs here in Prague and Barcelona. That's where the Dutchies can play tax-free, so that's why I'm only going to these two stops."
Danny Tang, who took down last year's PokerStars Championship Prague €10,300 High Roller, will also return with the chance of completing an incredible back-to-back win. Tang secured a vital double up in the final orbit of the day after Tomas Paiva shoved into Tang on the river holding king-jack for two pair, only to see Tang call with a set of fours.
Action of the day
Day 2 got underway with 99 players returning, but with late registration available up until the play began, several players rejoined including Steve O'Dywer and brought the total entrants for the event up to 259.
Thomas Boivin, who took down the first €25,000 Single-Day High Roller of the festival for €375,520, secured a double up within the first few hands of the day but was unable to build on that momentum and departed just an hour later.
Also heading to the exit early on was Akin Tuna, who won the €10,300 No-Limit Hold'em Opener at the Hilton Prague for €125,330 his week, and he was followed out the door by Michael Soyza and O'Dwyer.
Gianluca Speranza started the day as the chip leader but was among the list of departures shortly after the second break of the day. Speranza was all in pre-flop and saw both Joao Vieira and Simon Pedersen call. After Pedersen had pressured Vieira into folding on the river, Speranza saw that his seven-nine was no good against Pedersen's pocket sixes.
The players returned from their dinner break knowing that just three of the remaining 42 would not find a place in the money, and hand-for-hand play began. Throughout the hour, Jussi Nevanlinna and Scott Margereson had departed meaning it was time for the stone-cold bubble.
And the unlucky man was to be Krasimir Yankov.
Yankov opened to 20,000 and Hon Cheong Lee three-bet all in for around 250,000 from the small blind. Yankov called and was all in. The cards were turned over, with Yankov in a good position for a double with pocket kings against Lee's ace-queen.
But the flop came ace-ace-ace giving Lee quads and leaving Yankov drawing dead and confirmed as the bubble boy.
As expected there was then a flurry of departures within a short space of time with Sam Grafton, Patrik Antonius, Joao Vieira, Timothy Adams and Joao Barbosa among those to miss out on a place at the final three tables.
Andrija Robovic, Tomas Jozonis, Ran Ilani, Andre Lommel, Davidi Kitai, and Zhong Chen were then unable to last until the end of all ten levels and missed out on a place in the final day.
PokerNews as always will be bringing you all the final day coverage right down to the crowning of the winner, so be sure to check back in with us from 12:30 pm local time.
The play has concluded in Day 2 with 18 players bagging chips for the final day.
A full list of end-of-day chip counts followed by a recap of the day's action will be available shortly.
The action folded to Jan Nader Zadeh on the button, and he moved all in for 165,000. Charlie Carrel folded in the small blind, and Tomas Paiva called from the big blind.
Jan Nader Zadeh:
Nader Zadeh had found himself in an unfortunate situation and on the verge of elimination in the dying minutes of Day 2.
But when the flop came ace-high, he hit top pair and held to secure a vital double up.
The flop was down , and Charlie Carrel checked from the blinds. Tomas Paiva bet 22,000 and Danny Tang called before Carrel folded.
The turn was the , and Tang called a 100,000 bet from Paiva, leaving himself with 190,000 behind.
The river was the , and after Paiva asked to see Tang's stack, he placed 500,000 into the middle.
Tang snap-called and Paiva revealed for top two pair. Tang revealed for the set and secured a full double up to 700,000.
On a board Bahram Chobineh check-called 120,000 from Ole Schemion and the river brought the .
Chobineh checked again and Schemion moved all in for 225,000. Chobineh used two time extensions before calling.
Schemion had flopped a set and rivered a full house and doubled to well over 800,000 in chips.
Zhong Chen moved all in for 168,000 from the hijack and saw Niall Farrell call from the small blind before Max Silver folded in the big blind.
Farrell took the lead on the flop after he hit top pair, and held as the board completed.
Chen made his way to the cash desk and claimed his €27,130 prize money for a 19th place finish in the EPT Prague High Roller.
Andre Lommel is the latest player to bust the €10,300 High Roller at the hands of Max Silver. It's unclear when it went in, but Lommel's was good on a flop against Silver's , and on the turn. However the river swung things the direction of Silver who sent Lommel to the rail.
Meanwhile big stack Jasper Meijer Van Putten had shoved from the small blind with Davidi Kitai and his 150,000 stack in the big blind. Kitai called and the cards were turned over.
Jasper Meijer Van Putten:
The flop gave Kitai a gutshot straight draw and the turn gave him a flush draw as well. However, he failed to hit anything on the river and he was eliminated.
A player got all his chips into the middle preflop, and Henrik Hecklen was happy to call.
Hecklen had won the race and even improved to a straight on the river.
The Anonymous Player departed in 22nd place for €24,620, and Hecklen saw his stack sore up to 1,780,000.