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€2,200 EPT National High Roller



€2,200 EPT National High Roller
Day 1 Completed

PokerStars Team Pro Fatima Moreira De Melo Through to Day 2; Ben Jones Claims Chip Lead

poolshir • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Fatima Moreira De Melo is Through to Day 2
Fatima Moreira De Melo is Through to Day 2

After more than fifteen hours, 143 players have bagged chips to take into Day 2 of the €2,200 EPT National High Roller here at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague that takes place in the Hilton Prague. After eights levels of registration and reentry time, 954 entries were collected, crushing last year’s number by more than 50%!

Claiming the Day 1 chip lead is the UK’s Ben Jones with 680,000 in chips. Jones was actually responsible for bursting the bubble in the thirteenth round of hand-for-hand play which lasted almost two hours in total. His victim was Daniel Ulvrell from Sweden who couldn’t win with pocket fours as Jones had turned a pair of queens.

Jones is closely followed by Artem Kobylynskyi with 679,000 in chips. The Ukranian player won a 473,000 pot during the bubble against Andrea Ricci which propelled him into the chip lead but lost some of those chips towards the end of the day.

PokerStars Team Pro Fatima Moreira De Melo had a great start of the day and even though she lost some of her chips at one point, she finished strong, bagging 418,000 in the end. Fellow Team Pro, Maria Konnikova wasn’t as lucky as her pocket tens failed to earn her a double-up when she shoved her last 17 big blinds against her opponent.

2013 WSOP Main Event Champion, Ryan Riess managed to double up twice during the bubble. First, he found ace-king on the button and shoved for less than twenty big blinds and was called by Miguel Iglesias in the big blind. Then he found aces against the queens of Alexandru Papazian. Ludovic Geilich was getting short and got his chips in with queens against Anton Wigg’s ace-five on the four-deuce-six flop. Wigg held a gutshot straight draw to burst the bubble but Geilich avoided a trey to double up in the final hand of the night.

Other notable players making it through to Day 2 include Kenny Hallaert, Dean Hutchison, Jeff Hakim, Dong Guo, Francois Evard, Davidi Kitai, Thorben Vellrath, Bryan Paris, Viliyan Petleshkov, Ben Dobson, Fahredin Mustafov, Amar Begovic, and many others. Anders Bisgaard was short during the bubble and was happy to make the money stages as he was able to put one single 1,000-value chip into a seal bag and will need a lot of help on Day 2 to ladder up.

Unfortunately not everyone could make it through, players like Javier Zarco, Jack Sinclair, Alexandre Reard, Ismael Bojang, Sam Greenwood, Jean-Noel Thorel, Markus Durnegger, Joao Barbosa, Daniel Rezaei, Norbert Szecsi, Matthias De Meulder, Guiliano Bendinelli, Sam Grafton, Steve O’Dwyer, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Preben Stokkan, Jasper Meijer Van Putten, Frederik Jensen, Maxim Lykov, Joao Vieira, Max Silver, and many others failed to win their final all-ins.

Play will continue at noon local time on Wednesday, December 12, in the Chez Luis tournament room and play down to a winner. When the 143 remaining players return, they will all already be in the money and the full payout details will be announced too. Level 18 features a small blind of 4,000, big blind of 8,000, and a big blind ante of 8,000. Who will win the €2,200 EPT National High Roller? Find out tomorrow as the PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand to bring you all the updates from the floor!

Tags: Alexandre ReardAlexandru PapazianAmar BegovicAnders BisgaardAndrea RicciBen DobsonBen JonesBryan ParisDaniel RezaeiDaniel UlvrellDavidi KitaiDean HutchisonDong GuoFahredin MustafovFatima Moreira De MeloFrancois EvardFrederik JensenGuiliano BendinelliIsmael BojangJack SinclairJasper Meijer van PuttenJavier ZarcoJeff HakimJoao BarbosaJoao VieiraKenny HallaertLudovic GeilichMaria KonnikovaMarkus DurneggerMatthias De MeulderMax SilverMaxim LykovMiguel IglesiasNorbert SzecsiOrpen KisacikogluPreben StokkanRyan RiessSam GraftonSam GreenwoodThorben VellrathViliyan PetleshkovArtem Kobylynskyi

Chip Counts (full)

DegenOnTour • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Ben Jones gb
Ben Jones
gb 680,000
Artem Kobylynskyi ua
Artem Kobylynskyi
ua 679,000 679,000
Thorben Vellrath de
Thorben Vellrath
de 677,000 87,000
Dean Hutchison gb
Dean Hutchison
gb 643,000 373,000
Pascal Hartmann de
Pascal Hartmann
de 638,000 253,000
Jose Ignacio Aguilera Uguet De Resayre
Jose Ignacio Aguilera Uguet De Resayre
557,000 557,000
Sinisa Bodrozic hr
Sinisa Bodrozic
hr 538,000 32,000
Francois Evard ch
Francois Evard
ch 531,000 59,000
Dong Guo cn
Dong Guo
cn 531,000 131,000
Ryan Riess us
Ryan Riess
us 516,000 74,000
Pasi Sormunen fi
Pasi Sormunen
fi 507,000
Martin Olali ie
Martin Olali
ie 503,000 38,000
Ilari Tahkokallio fi
Ilari Tahkokallio
fi 464,000 464,000
Valentin-Marius Cristea RO
Valentin-Marius Cristea
RO 448,000 448,000
Davidi Jacob Kitai
Davidi Jacob Kitai
443,000 443,000
Konstantinos Thomas Asgoudakis
Konstantinos Thomas Asgoudakis
439,000 439,000
Eduard Gabriel Norel
Eduard Gabriel Norel
439,000 439,000
Fatima Moreira De Melo nl
Fatima Moreira De Melo
nl 419,000 42,000
Bryan Paris us
Bryan Paris
us 415,000 145,000
Sergi Reixach es
Sergi Reixach
es 412,000 137,000
Pedro Ventura ES
Pedro Ventura
ES 400,000 81,000
Mario Llapi al
Mario Llapi
al 381,000 76,000
Sonny Marcel Jean Franco
Sonny Marcel Jean Franco
356,000 356,000
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
be 355,000 96,000
Evangelos Bechrakis gr
Evangelos Bechrakis
gr 351,000 176,000

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Play Ended

poolshir • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

After a strenuous bubble, all 143 remaining players have now bagged up their chips for Day 2 which will commence at noon local time, Wednesday, December 12. A recap and full chip counts are to follow.

The Bubble Finally Bursts

poolshir • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

There were three all-in and call situations during the thirteenth round of hand-for-hand play:

Ludovic Geilich had raised to 20,000 from the button and Anton Wigg called. The flop came {4-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{6-Hearts}, Wigg check-called the 29,000 shove of Geilich. Geilich held {q-Hearts}{q-Spades} and Wigg had {a-Spades}{5-Diamonds}. The rest of the board was completed with the {4-Spades} on the turn and the {6-Clubs} on the river to double Geilich up.

Denis Karakashi had raised from under the gun to 12,000 and Jonathan Therme shoved on the button for 25,000 which Karakashi called.

Jonathan Therme: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}
Denis Karakashi: {9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}

The board ran out {q-Spades}{4-Hearts}{10-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} to keep the pocket aces of Therme ahead for his double-up.

Then the final hand of the round was taking place between Ben Jones and Daniel Ulvrell. Ben Jones was sitting in the small blind and Ulvrell in the big blind. The board read {10-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} and Ulvrell hadn't even looked at his cards yet. Jones had already picked up the side-pot and Ulvrell and he was playing for the main pot of 22,000. Once it was their turn, Jones tabled {q-Hearts}{4-Spades} for the pair of queens. Ulvrell turned over {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts} for the smaller pair and that meant he was eliminated as the bubble boy.

The rest of the field cheered as they were finally done for the day.

Ben Jones gb
Ben Jones
gb 680,000 140,000
Anton Wigg se
Anton Wigg
se 256,000 -14,000
Denis Karakashi it
Denis Karakashi
it 252,000
Ludovic Geilich gb
Ludovic Geilich
gb 113,000 24,000
Jonathan Therme fr
Jonathan Therme
fr 65,000
Daniel Ulvrell se
Daniel Ulvrell
se Busted

Tags: Anton WiggBen JonesDaniel UlvrellDenis KarakashiJonathan ThermeLudovic Geilich

Nothing in the Eleventh Either

poolshir • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

No all-ins and call in the eleventh round of hand-for-hand play either.

Tenth Round Done

poolshir • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

During the tenth round of hand-for-hand play, no all-ins and calls have taken place.

Ninth Round Done

poolshir • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

During the ninth round of hand-for-hand play, no all-in and calls have taken place.

Eighth Round Done

poolshir • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

During the eighth round of hand-for-hand play, no all-in and calls have taken place.