Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Day 2 of the 2019 PokerStars EPT Prague €10,300 EPT High Roller has seen 10 one-hour levels played to their completion and a field including many of the world’s best turned up with their sights set on advancing to the final day of one of the most prestigious events on the European Poker Tour.
Late registration was open until the start of play this afternoon, and 10 players showed up to add their names to the Day 2 roster of 117 that advanced from the 245 entries that were logged on the opening day of the tournament. That number was whittled down to 17, with Simon Lofberg (2,205,000) leading the way.
EPT Prague €10,300 High Roller Seating Draw
|Seat||Table 1||Chip Count||Table 2||Chip Count||Table 3||Chip Count|
|1||Sam Greenwood||110,000||Rainer Kempe||505,000||Tsugunari Toma||410,000|
|2||Bhavin Khatri||425,000||Daniel Dvoress||185,000||Simon Pedersen||505,000|
|4||Gianluca Speranza||720,000||George Wolff||1,115,000|
|5||Simon Lofberg||2,205,000||Kemal Aslan||850,000|
|6||Ludovic Geilich||675,000||Matthias Eibinger||605,000|
|7||Yunye Lu||1,085,000||Fahredin Mustafov||460,000|
|8||Thi Nguyen||595,000||Arsenii Karmatckii||665,000|
|Place||Payout (EUR)||Payout (USD)|
Other Big Stacks
Following in the counts are Masato Yokosawa (1,685,000), George Wolff (1,115,000), and Yunye Lu (1,085,000). Those four are the only ones above 1 million in chips, but they are far from the only familiar names set to return for Day 3.
The Day 3 lineup is loaded from top to bottom, even for a tournament of this stature. Ludovic Geilich (675,000), Matthias Eibinger (605,000), and Rainer Kempe (505,000) are a few more of the players to have bagged come the end of Day 2.
Tsugunari Toma (410,000), Daniel Dvoress (185,000), and Sam Greenwood also had chips in play when Day 2 ended, with the trio set to enter Day 3 as the bottom three on the leader board.
Day 2 Action
Players like Ryan Riess, Nick Marchington, Ognyan Dimov, and Jorryt van Hoof were among the Day 2 registrants, coming into the day just 25 big blinds. All of them found their ways to the rail before too long, bowing out with others like Jan-Eric Schwippert, Jose Quintas, and Adrian Mateos during the first few levels of play on the day.
Day 1 chip leader Omar Lakhdari was another player unable to get anything going, starting the day by doubling Michael Soyza and then losing a huge coin flip to Gianluca Speranzawhen his pocket tens were unable to hold against Speranza’s ace-queen to find himself down to 65,000. In total, his day lasted for less than three levels of play before finding the rail long before the tournament got into the money.
Meanwhile, Soyza, Sam Grafton, Jimmy Guerrero, and Uri Reichenstein built stacks to put them near the top of the counts. Arsenii Karmatckii joined the crowd moments later and would stay there as the rest would all find their ways to zero before the money was reached.
Big Stacks and Bubble Bursts
Ludovic Geilich and Matthias Eibinger were a couple of the reasons for big stacks falling, as Geilich doubled through Reichenstein in a hand where both players got stacks in with a flush. Geilich faded the one out Reichenstein had to a straight flush and sent him to the rail. Geilich remained a fixture near the top of the counts for the rest of the night, while Eibinger was able to tread water as the number of players left in the field continued to drop.
The bubble was reached near the end of Level 17, an hour after the dinner break, and it lasted only one hand as Ghattas Kortas got the last of his chips in with ace-queen suited and ran into Ashkan Fattahi’s pocket kings. Fattahi would subsequently later be eliminated in 18th place, just a handful of minutes before play ended for the evening.
Defending Champion Hecklen Bows Out
Anatoly Filatov and Viktor Katzenberger were also among the largest stacks in the room at different points in the day, and both players got into the money before stalling out.
Defending champion Henrik Hecklen’s run at defending his title ended when he finished the tournament in 28th place. Dvoress, on the other hand, started the day with a stack of 50,000. and rode a roller coaster that got him as high as 190,000 and back down to 60,000 before the second break of the day.
When the tournament reached the money, he was near the bottom of the counts with just 275,000 during Level 19 (6,000/12,000/12,000).
Field of Stars
Dvoress was among the company of EPT Prague High Roller champions Sam Greenwood and Tsugunari Toma when the redraw occurred. And they were not the only ones to have experienced success in earlier events: Eibinger, George Wolff, and Yake Wu were also present in the final 24.
Less than two full levels of play remained when the final three tables were reached, but the action didn’t stop. Katzenberger and Wu were just a couple of the eliminations over the final chunk of play in the evening, with Wu falling from grace after one point holding the chip lead with 1.3 million.
There was still time for a miraculous Greenwood revival, but he will still start the final day with just five big blinds.
Play will resume at 12:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday for Day 3 and is set to continue until a winner has been determined. Be sure to come back to PokerNews for continuing coverage of all the action along the road to victory as this tournament and the entire 2019 PokerStars EPT Prague festival looks to come to a close.
Arsenii Karmatckii opened to 35,000 in middle position and picked up three callers along the way. The flop came and Karmatckii continued for 60,000. Rainer Kempe folded and Daniel Dvoress called on the button. Gianluca Speranza check-raised all in for 247,000 and Karmatckii shoved over the top. Dvoress asked for counts but elected to lay his hand down.
Speranza was in the lead with top pair but Karmatckii had an overcard and a flush draw. The on the turn and the on the river both bricked off to allow Speranza to double up.
The end of the level was reached during the hand and the remaining 17 players will now bag up their chips to return on Day 3.
Sam Greenwood was all in pre-flop for around 25,000. Meanwhile there was action in a side pot between Thi Nguyen and Ludovic Geilich.
The pair checked the flop and the turn was the . Geilich check-folded to a bet of 40,000.
"I have a ten," said Greenwood tabling and was ahead of the of Nguyen.
The river was the and Greenwood chipped up to well over 100,000.
Simon Lofberg opened to 35,000 and Lu three-bet to 115,000. Sam Greenwood used five time extensions before calling. Lofberg also called.
On a flop Lofberg check-folded to a bet of 80,000.
Greenwood feared the worst with but was pleasantly surprised to see . The turn was the and the river ensured that he chopped to stay alive.
The action folded to Ashkan Fattahi in the small blind who shipped all in for 160,000. George Wolff looked down at his cards in the big blind and quickly called.
Fattahi found himself dominated and the flop of didn't provide much help. The on the turn gave him a straight draw but the on the river confirmed his elimination.
Sam Greenwood raised from under the gun and Yunye Lu called in the small blind. The big blind called also.
The rainbow board checked to Greenwood who continued for 24,000 and Lu was the only caller.
Lu bet 50,000 on the turn and Greenwood called.
The river was another and Lu checked. Greenwood bet 296,000 leaving himself 8,000 behind and Lu called with . Greenwood was forced to show for the bluff and Lu chipped up.
From a peak of 1.3 million, former chip leader Yake Wu's High Roller tournament has imploded and he is now out after tangling, again, with Simon Lofberg.
Wu opened to 35,000 on the button and Lofberg three-bet to 120,000 in the small blind. Wu four-bet all in for 460,000 and Lofberg snap-called with
Wu held but received no help on the board and he was eliminated in 19th place.
Simon Pedersen raised to 32,000 and Ashkan Fattahi shoved all in for 160,000 on his left. The action folded back to Pedersen who confirmed the count before calling.
Fattahi turned over and Pedersen was happy to be flipping with . The board ran out and Fattahi's pocket nines held on for a double up.
A few hands later, Fahredin Mustafov and George Wolff were heads-up on a flop of . Wolff checked from from middle position and Mustafov bet 76,000 from the cutoff into a pot of over 100,000. Wolff check-raised all in for 433,000 and Mustafov called.
Wolff flipped over which was dominating Mustafov's . The on the turn and the on the river changed nothing and Wolff's kicker played to earn him a double up.