€1,100 EPT National
€1,100 EPT National
Day 1b Completed

Gediminas Uselis Leads After Day 1b; Viktor Blom Among the Big Stacks

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Viktor Blom
Viktor Blom

A massive field was expected for the second of three starting days of the 2019 PokerStars EPT Prague €1,100 EPT National and the entire main tournament area along with the outer tables were filled as poker enthusiasts from near and far headed to their seats at the Hilton Prague. Ultimately, a field of 1,248 entries emerged for Day 1b and the top 187 ended up reaching Day 2.

It took just over 17 levels of 40 minutes each to whittle down the field to the top 15% and a close race for the chip lead vaulted Lithuania's Gediminas Uselis into the top spot with 768,000, followed by several other players with more than half a million in chips including Gabriele Guerrini (702,000), Dan Serban Borlan (682,000), Aleksandr Levashov (613,000), Gregory Armand (597,000) and Vasyl Zabrodskyy (521,000).

Armand has sweet memories of the previous €1,100 EPT National Main Event as he finished 14th for € 34,770 at Casino Barcelona in August 2019. Carlos Branco, who also bagged up an above-average stack of 372,000, scored a career-best payday of €242,560 for his 5th place finish in the 2018 EPT Prague €10,300 Main Event here at the Hilton Prague and seems poised for another deep run in the Czech capital.

One particular player to watch out for near the top of the Day 1b leaderboard is online legend Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, who claimed 460,000 to his name and will have more than two times the average at his disposal when the action for Day 2 resumes at noon local time with 4:18 remaining in Level 17 (3,000/6,000/6,000). Once the blinds increase, the level duration will switch to 60 minutes each for the rest of the tournament.

Other notables that made the cut on Day 1b include Josep Galindo (469,000), Andrei Konopelko (362,000), Josh Reichard (359,000), Felix Schulze (288,000), 2016 EPT Prague Main Event champion Jasper Meijer van Putten (209,000) and former WSOP Main Event finalist Martin Staszko (148,000).

Many others were not as fortunate with such big names as the PokerStars ambassador Felix Schneiders, Ramon Colillas and Kalidou Sow, 2018 EPT National Barcelona champion Jean-René Fontaine, Julien Martini, Jason Gray, Sebastian Malec, Arsenii Karmatckii, Markku Koplimaa, and 2017 winner Georgios Vrakas departed before the bubble.

The money bubble for Day 1b burst without hand-for-hand mode going into effect as the field was cut down in rapid succession. Jean-Serge Baril saw his hopes vanish when he ran nines into pocket tens and busted right after just two spots shy of making Day 2.

Shalev Halfa (white top)
Shalev Halfa bubbles Day 1b

Not all tables had finished their current hand yet when another all-in and call was announced. Ylva Thorsrud looked up Shalev Halfa (pictured above in the white top) on a queen-ten-four flop with two hearts and her set of tens had Halfa with pocket aces in a world of pain. A gutshot opened on the turn but the river blanked to let all remaining 187 Day 1b survivors bag and tag for the night.

The top 15% of each Day 1 will combine to a single field for the first time as of noon local time and 367 players out of 2,452 entries remain. While a new record for this very event in Prague was missed by just three dozen entries, it created a stunning prize pool of €2,353,920 and Day 2 is expected to play up to 10 levels of 60 minutes each.

Stay tuned to find out who gets one step closer to victory in Prague as the PokerNews team will be on the floor from start-to-finish until a champion is crowned.

Tournament Room
The tournament room at the Hilton Prague

Tags: Aleksandr LevashovAndrei KonopelkoArsenii KarmatckiiCarlos BrancoDan Serban BorlanEPT PragueFelix SchneidersFelix SchulzeGabriele GuerriniGediminas UselisGeorgios VrakasGregory ArmandJasper Meijer van PuttenJosep GalindoJosh ReichardJulien MartiniKalidou SowMarkku KoplimaaMartin StaszkoRamon ColillasSebastian MalecShalev HalfaVasyl ZabrodskyyViktor BlomYlva Thorsrud

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

poolshir • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Gediminas Uselis lt
Gediminas Uselis
lt 768,000 291,000
Gabriele Guerrini it
Gabriele Guerrini
it 702,000 -18,000
Dan Serban Borlan ro
Dan Serban Borlan
ro 682,000 102,000
Aleksandr Levashov ru
Aleksandr Levashov
ru 613,000 33,000
Gregory Armand us
Gregory Armand
us 597,000 -3,000
Vasyl Zabrodskyy ua
Vasyl Zabrodskyy
ua 521,000 119,000
Semen Kravets ru
Semen Kravets
ru 494,000 -2,000
Josep Galindo es
Josep Galindo
es 469,000 29,000
Giulio Mascolo it
Giulio Mascolo
it 465,000 385,000
Ionut Dragomir gb
Ionut Dragomir
gb 463,000 38,000
Georgi Karagogov CZ
Georgi Karagogov
CZ 460,000 -80,000
Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
se 460,000 -30,000
Vladimir Alekseev ru
Vladimir Alekseev
ru 438,000 -28,000
Ylva Thorsrud no
Ylva Thorsrud
no 429,000
Dieter Aebi ch
Dieter Aebi
ch 379,000 55,000
Carlos Branco pt
Carlos Branco
pt 372,000 81,000
Andrei Konopelko by
Andrei Konopelko
by 362,000 82,000
Josh Reichard us
Josh Reichard
us 359,000 310,000
Philipp Heinke DE
Philipp Heinke
DE 353,000 353,000
Yehoshua Saadon il
Yehoshua Saadon
il 352,000 207,000
Alexandre Viard fr
Alexandre Viard
fr 345,000 176,000
Giorgiy Skhulukhiya ge
Giorgiy Skhulukhiya
ge 343,000 53,000
Silma Macalou fr
Silma Macalou
fr 340,000 340,000
Ahmed Ibrahimi nl
Ahmed Ibrahimi
nl 335,000 20,000
Sirzat Hissou de
Sirzat Hissou
de 329,000 -41,000

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Day 1b Completed

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

All remaining 187 players from the second flight are currently bagging their chips. A recap of today's action along with the chip counts are to follow.

Shalev Hafa Bubbles Day 1b

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Shalev Halfa (white top)
Shalev Halfa (white top)

With 75,000 in the middle and the flop showing {q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}, Ylva Thorsrud and Shalev Halfa had gotten their stacks in as hand-for-hand mode had not commenced yet. Halfa was the player at risk for 131,000 and once all other tables were completed, the showdown took place.

Shalev Halfa: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}
Ylva Thorsrud: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}

The {k-Spades} turn gave Halfa some more outs with the gutshot but the {8-Clubs} river came a blank to let the bubble on Day 1b burst.

Ylva Thorsrud no
Ylva Thorsrud
no 429,000 349,000
Shalev Halfa il
Shalev Halfa
il Busted

Tags: Shalev HalfaYlva Thorsrud

Baril Out Two Before The Money

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

Jean-Serge Baril was all-in for the last 2,000 and three active players checked the {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} flop in Vlada Stojanovic and Mikolaj Zawadzki in the blinds, as well as Emmanouil Sarris on the button. The {3-Clubs} turn was checked to Sarris and he bet 24,000 to isolate.

Jean-Serge Baril: {k-Clubs}{4-Spades}
Emmanouil Sarris: {3-Spades}{3-Diamonds}

The {j-Diamonds} river sent Baril to the rail two off the money and the tournament will switch to hand-for-hand mode shortly.

Emmanouil Sarris gr
Emmanouil Sarris
gr 315,000 135,000
Vlada Stojanovic rs
Vlada Stojanovic
rs 140,000 10,000
Mikolaj Zawadzki pl
Mikolaj Zawadzki
pl 111,000 -65,000
Jean-Serge Baril ca
Jean-Serge Baril
ca Busted

Tags: Mikolaj ZawadzkiVlada Stojanovic

Baril Left Short

poolshir • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

A player in the middle position raised to 12,000 and Jean-Serge Baril shoved from the hijack for 71,000. He was called by Antal Roth in the cutoff while the rest of the table folded including the initial raiser.

Jean-Serge Baril: {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}
Antal Roth: {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

The board ran out {4-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{a-Spades} for Rothto hold with the higher pocket pair to double up with.

Antal Roth hu
Antal Roth
hu 158,000 158,000
Jean-Serge Baril ca
Jean-Serge Baril
ca 2,000 -208,000

Tags: Antal RothJean-Serge Baril


Pyzara Folds Aces

zedmaster84 • Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

A big pot of more than 200,000 was brewing close to the money bubble and Aleksandr Levashov pushed the {8-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} river against Kacper Pyzara. A long tank followed and the clock was called on Pyzara, who was given one minute to act. Pyzara eventually folded the {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs} face-up and Levashov dragged in a very healthy pot.

Gregory Armand us
Gregory Armand
us 600,000 120,000
Aleksandr Levashov ru
Aleksandr Levashov
ru 580,000 140,000
Kacper Pyzara pl
Kacper Pyzara
pl 90,000 -270,000

Tags: Aleksandr LevashovKacper Pyzara