2019 PokerStars EPT Prague

€2,200 EPT National High Roller
Day: 1
Event Info

2019 PokerStars EPT Prague

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
125,000 / 250,000
Players Info - Day 1
Players Left

€2,200 EPT National High Roller

Day 1 Completed

Conor Beresford Takes Day 1 Chip Lead at €2,200 EPT National High Roller

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante
Conor Beresford
Conor Beresford

Day 1 of the 2019 PokerStars EPT Prague €2,200 EPT National High Roller saw nearly 18 full levels come and go with 970 entries tallied to generate a total prize pool of €1,862,400. The field was set to play down to 15% in order to make the money, and that number for the hard stop was determined to be when 143 players remained.

When the magic number was reached, Conor Beresford led the way with a stack of 769,000.

Beresford was seen with one of the largest stacks in the room as the day turned to night, eclipsing the half-million mark about three hours before play finished. He continued to climb from there, hitting a high mark of 980,000 at one point after a double knockout, before losing a bit back to finish the day at his resting total.

As for the happenings through the day, players such as Dietrich Fast (508,000), Sam Grafton (451,000), Julien Martini (256,000), Kristin Bicknell (159,000) and Viktor Blom (86,000) all found their ways into Day 2.

Defending champion Yaniv Peretz and PokerStars Ambassadors Fatima Moreira de Melo, Kalidou Sow, and Ramon Colillas were just a few of those to have not made it through the day’s action. Fabrice Soulier also did not advance after his aces were cracked by Bjorn Kozenkai’s king-jack suited in an all-in preflop situation. Kozenkai flopped the nut flush when the flop came ace-high with all clubs, also giving Soulier top set. However, he was unable to improve from there and found himself eliminated from the tournament shortly before the end of the night.

The bubble then loomed near, and hand-for-hand play was called with two eliminations needed to end the night in order to stop rampant stalling that began to occur. A few hands went by with several doubles, with one of which occurring when Claudio Lucchini shoved pocket queens into Simon Brandstrom’s pocket tens. Lucchini held and Brandstrom found himself with just a couple of big blinds.

A few hands later, Brandstrom got all in with king-jack suited and lost to Vladimir Bozinovic’s jack-seven when a seven hit on the turn. Meanwhile, another all-in situation arose at an adjacent table on the same hand. Per Backlund opened from the hijack and called off the rest of his chips when Jose Quintas shoved over him from the button. Backlund had pocket kings and was unable to hold against Quintas’ jack-nine suited after Quintas flopped a nine and backed into a flush, resulting in 145 players becoming 143 in one hand to end the night with eight minutes remaining on the clock in Level 18 (3,000/6,000/6,000).

Simon Brandstrom and Vladimir Bozinovic
Simon Brandstrom and Vladimir Bozinovic

The 143 to advance will come back Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. local time to get back at it at the felt, with the play scheduled to continue until a winner has been declared. All who return will have locked up a first-level payout of €3,465 with a full day’s journey ahead between that and the €342,810 that is up top.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand for the entirety of the tournament, so make sure to come back and see who reigns supreme.

Tags: Claudio LucchiniConor BeresfordFabrice SoulierFatima Moreira De MeloJose QuintasKalidou SowPer BacklundRamon ColillasYaniv Peretz

End of Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Conor Beresford gb
Conor Beresford
Bjorn Kozenkai hu
Bjorn Kozenkai
703,000 46,000
Julijan Rados hr
Julijan Rados
615,000 170,000
Remi Wyrzykiewicz pl
Remi Wyrzykiewicz
Freek Scholten nl
Freek Scholten
598,000 508,000
Mario Navarro es
Mario Navarro
557,000 557,000
Kayhan Mokri Roshanfekr no
Kayhan Mokri Roshanfekr
524,000 315,000
Dietrich Fast de
Dietrich Fast
Alexey Losev ru
Alexey Losev
473,000 473,000
Kai Wattenberg de
Kai Wattenberg
467,000 -23,000
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
Jon Vallinas es
Jon Vallinas
Nikita Kuznetcov ru
Nikita Kuznetcov
428,000 428,000
Aidan Hynes ie
Aidan Hynes
420,000 360,000
Jeonggyu Cho kr
Jeonggyu Cho
392,000 392,000
Markus Durnegger at
Markus Durnegger
392,000 32,000
Gab Yong Kim kr
Gab Yong Kim
390,000 390,000
Tobias Heinsdorf de
Tobias Heinsdorf
388,000 350,100
Dominykas Mikolaitis lt
Dominykas Mikolaitis
387,000 322,000
Jeremy Routier fr
Jeremy Routier
380,000 380,000
[Removed:102] fr
380,000 380,000
Ghassan Yared lb
Ghassan Yared
Jan-Eric Schwippert de
Jan-Eric Schwippert
370,000 103,000
Jose Quintas pt
Jose Quintas
355,000 20,000
Kacper Pyzara pl
Kacper Pyzara
352,000 352,000

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Brand and Backlund Become Bubble Boys

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante
Per Backlund
Per Backlund

Two simultaneous all-in preflop situations arose with Simon Brandstrom all in for the last of his chips having received action from Vladimir Bozinovic on one table, while Per Backlund raised to 12,000 in the hijack and called off the rest of his chips when Jose Quintas shoved over the top of him from the button.

Hand #1:

Jose Quintas: {j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
Per Backlund: {k-}{k-}

The board ran out {9-}{10-Clubs}{5-}{4-Clubs}{5-Clubs} to give Quintas a flush on the river, cracking Backlund's kings to eliminate him from the tournament.

Hand #2:

Simon Brandstrom: {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts}
Vladimir Bozinovic: {j-Clubs}{7-Spades}

The board ran out {a-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} to give Bozinovic a pair of sevens on the turn to eliminate him at the same time as Backlund. The double-elimination brought the field from 145 down to 143, the exact number needed for play to end on the night as the tournament has officially reached the money.

Simon Brandstrom
Simon Brandstrom
Player Chips Progress
Jose Quintas pt
Jose Quintas
335,000 335,000
Vladimir Bozinovic rs
Vladimir Bozinovic
276,000 276,000
Simon Brandstrom se
Simon Brandstrom
EPT 1X Winner
Per Backlund nl
Per Backlund

Tags: Jose QuintasPer BacklundSimon BrandstromVladimir Bozinovic

A Bubble Double

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

With two other all ins and calls having been dealt out, Joao Ferreira was all in for 21,000 in the big blind and awaiting his fate on {a-Spades}{3-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}. Remi Wyrzykiewicz had him at risk in the hijack, and when the supervisor finally ordered the hand finished, they showed their cards.

Wyrzykiewicz: {4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}
Ferreira: {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}

"Oh la la," Wyrzykiewicz said. "No good."

The turn and river were a {9-Hearts} and {k-Spades}, and Ferreira collected a double before receiving news he'd doubled into the money because of two bustouts.

Player Chips Progress
Remi Wyrzykiewicz pl
Remi Wyrzykiewicz
609,000 409,000
Joao Mestre Ferreira mx
Joao Mestre Ferreira

Tags: Remi WyrzykiewiczJoao Ferreira

Yared Doubles on Bubble

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

Ghassan Yared opened to 34,000 from the cutoff and action folded to Luigi D Alterio in the big blind, who shoved all in to effectively put Yared to a decision to his stack.

Ghassan Yared: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}
Luigi D Alterio: {a-Clubs}{6-Spades}

Yared was way out in front but the flop {4-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} did give D Alterio chop outs to the board double pairing. The turn {8-Spades} gave D Alterio another four outs at a gutshot, but the river {2-Hearts} was safe for Yared and he scored the double as hand-for-hand play continues.

Player Chips Progress
Ghassan Yared lb
Ghassan Yared
377,000 377,000
Luigi D Alterio it
Luigi D Alterio
140,000 140,000

Tags: Ghassan YaredLuigi D Alterio

Wattenberg Picks Off Zarco

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

As the tournament approached the bubble, frequent tanking has been occurring at nearly every table. Clocks have been called constantly, but a different sort of tank occurred at Table 13, this one on the river.

In a battle of blinds, the board read {j-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{5-Spades}{a-Spades} and Javier Zarco bet 75,000 into about 90,000 from the small blind. Kai Wattenberg went deep into the tank, thinking for several minutes.

"You really look like you want to call," Zarco finally said. "You want to see one?"

Wattenberg had counted out calling chips but couldn't seem to pull the trigger. Finally, he stuck them in.

"Good call," Zarco conceded, showing {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}.

Wattenberg pumped his fist and slapped down {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}. He pointed at his head and indicated he kept thinking Zarco had ten-nine.

"Yeah, ten-nine," Zarco quipped. "That's all I have there."

Player Chips Progress
Kai Wattenberg de
Kai Wattenberg
490,000 490,000
Javier Zarco es
Javier Zarco

Tags: Javier ZarcoKai Wattenberg