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€10,300 No-Limit Hold'em
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€10,300 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 Completed

Toma Takes First Chip Lead in the €10,300 NLHE at EPT Prague

poolshir • Level 10: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Tsugumari Toma
Tsugumari Toma

The first chip leader of the 2019 European Poker Tour Prague is Tsugunari Toma from Japan with 219,000 in chips in the €10,300 No-Limit Hold’em event in Hilton Prague. The first event of a whopping 47 on offer over almost two weeks attracted 54 entries which easily surpassed the 38 entries it collected in 2018 and the 49 in 2017. Out of those 54 entries, 27 players bagged chips for Day 2 which will start at 1 p.m. local time on Saturday, December 7.

Toma joined the field in the third level of the day and steadily kept building up his stack throughout the day. Toma is a regular at the PokerStars events and collected his biggest cash ever when he finished in 5th place in the €100,000 Super High Roller in EPT Barcelona a few months ago for €496,740. His second-biggest cash was worth €191,840 when he finished as the runner-up in the 25,000 Single-Day right here in Prague last year behind Corentin Ropert.

Toma is followed in the chip counts by Orpen Kisacikoglu. Kisacikoglu’s first bullet was stopped by Jorryt van Hoof who flew into Prague fresh from a high roller win in Amsterdam. But Kisacikoglu’s second bullet went way more successful as he collected 162,000 in chips for Day 2 which will be worth 65 big blinds at the start of the day.

Closing out the podium are two players with the same exact stack of 160,500: Anton Yakuba and Michael Soyza. Yakuba earned a double-up through Yake Wu at some point during the day and kept adding on chips while Soyza made a splash during the later levels of the day. Thomas Boivin, Daniel Dvoress, and Davidi Kitai all cashed in this event last year and bagged chips for Day 2 to try and repeat or better their previous results.

€10,300 No-Limit Hold'em Top 5 Chip Counts after Day 1

PlacePlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Tsugunari TomaJapan219,00088
2Orpen KisacikogluTurkey162,00065
3Michael SoyzaMalaysia160,50064
4Anton YakubaRussia160,50064
5Kahle BurnsAustralia151,50061
Akin Tuna
Akin Tuna won't be winning again

The defending champion Akin Tuna fired two bullets today and both missed their targets. He first lost all his chips to Toma and then got his last entry busted by Van Hoof. More players who fired twice today and won’t be back are Wu, Sam Grafton and Ben Heath. Players like Sam Greenwood, Stephen Chidwick, and Sergio Aido busted once today but registration is still open until the start of Day 2, so they could still return to the felt to try again.

High Roller regulars like Matthias Eibinger, Jean-Noel Thorel, and Adrian Mateos are also still in. Seth Davies busted in one of the last hands of the night but reentered just to bag up his chips for Day 2. Steve O’Dywer also bought in at the end of the day and bagged his chips immediately for Day 2 instead of playing.

As mentioned before, Day 2 will start at 1 p.m. local time in the Chez Louis salon on the mezzanine level of the hotel. The day will commence with Level 11 which features a small blind of 1,000, big blind of 2,500, and a big blind ante of 2,500. The players bagged up their remaining 30-second time bank cards from today and another three will be added at the start of play. Another three will be handed out to them when they reach the final table. A 15-minute break has been scheduled after every three levels and play will continue until the first winner in Prague can be crowned.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be there from the moment the first bag gets opened until the final card has been dealt, so make sure to return for all the action!

Tags: Adrian MateosAkin TunaAnton YakubaBen HeathCorentin RopertDaniel DvoressDavidi KitaiJorryt van HoofMatthias EibingerMichael SoyzaOrpen KisacikogluSam GraftonSam GreenwoodSergio AidoSeth DaviesStephen ChidwickThomas BoivinTsugunari TomaYake Wu

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

poolshir • Level 10: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Tsugunari Toma jp 219,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr 162,000 112,000
Anton Yakuba ru 160,500 -21,500
Michael Soyza my 160,500 66,600
Kahle Burns au 151,500 29,500
Daniel Dvoress ca 150,500 22,500
Matthias Eibinger at 127,000 -33,000
Jean-Noel Thorel fr 126,000 -14,000
Scott Margereson gb 122,000 72,000
Yuan Li cn 121,000 57,000
Davidi Kitai be 113,000 76,800
Bertrand Grospellier fr 107,500 46,500
Quan Zhou cn 105,500 -22,500
Pauli Ayras fi 94,000 -40,000
Jorryt van Hoof nl 92,000 -16,000
Adrian Mateos es 92,000 16,000
Artur Martirosian ru 82,000 32,000
Thomas Boivin be 71,500 35,900
Istvan Birizdo hu 68,000 6,000
Ognjen Sekularac rs 57,500 7,500
Arsenii Karmatckii ru 53,000 3,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie 50,000
Seth Davies us 50,000
Derek Ip hk 49,000 -1,000
Andrey Kotelnikov ru 44,500 29,400

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Play Ended

poolshir • Level 10: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

The 25 remaining players have bagged up which means that at least 27 players will return for Day 2 at 1 p.m. local time on December 7 in the Chez Louis room in the Hilton Prague.

The full chip counts and a recap are to follow.

Four More Hands

poolshir • Level 10: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

The tournament clock has been paused and four more hands need to be played before the remaining players can bag and tag for Day 2.

Ip Ousted by Zhou

poolshir • Level 10: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Derek Ip
Derek Ip

Derek Ip raised to 5,000 from the cutoff and Quan Zhou three-bet to 16,000 on the button. The blinds folded and Ip shoved for 46,000 which Zhou called.

Derek Ip: {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}
Quan Zhou: {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}

The board ran out {3-Spades}{9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} for Zhou to hold with the king-kicker to eliminate Ip.

Quan Zhou cn 128,000 74,000
Derek Ip hk Busted

Tags: Derek IpQuan Zhou

Thorel Shoves

poolshir • Level 10: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

The board read {7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} with around 50,000 in the middle already.

Jean-Noel Thorel checked in the big blind and so did Tsugunari Toma from under the gun. Derek Ip bet 28,000 from the button and Thorel responded with a shove for more. Toma quickly folded but Ip needed a bit more time before folding in the end.

Tsugunari Toma jp 200,000 -13,000
Jean-Noel Thorel fr 140,000 64,000
Derek Ip hk 46,000 -9,000

Tags: Derek IpJean-Noel ThorelTsugunari Toma