Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Heinke Tops 32 Survivors on Day 2; Meijer Van Putten Second in Chips
The second-biggest €1,100 EPT National Prague is one step closer to crowning a champion at the 2019 PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague festival and just 32 players out of a field of 2,452 entries remain after 10 full levels of 60 minutes on Day 2. All remaining hopefuls are aiming for a big slice of the €2,353,920 prize pool and have €7,390 locked up for the efforts thus far while the winner can look forward to a payday of €375,000.
Leading the survivors after Day 2 is Germany's Philipp Heinke, who is one of two players that have bagged up more than five million in chips. Heinke doesn't have any live cashes to his name yet but ended up on top of the leaderboard with 5,855,000 in chips. Second in chips is Jasper Meijer Van Putten who claimed 5,135,000 to his name and has fond memories of previous trips to the capital of the Czech Republic.
The top four career results of Meijer Van Putten were all recorded at the Hilton Prague, highlighted by his victory in the EPT13 Prague Main Event in 2016 for a top prize of €699,300 after he cut a deal in heads-up with Marton Czuczor. His other three top scores in Prague are all final-table appearances and the Dutchman seems poised to make it five final tables within four years.
Jussi Mattila follows in third place with 4,980,000 and is one of two Finns in the top 10 as nine different nationalities are represented at the top of the leaderboard. Notables with big stacks include Nikita Kuznetcov (3,935,000), Gregory Armand (3,225,000), Andrei Konopelko (3,150,000), Alexandre Viard (2,900,000), 2019 EPT Open Sochi runner-up Giorgiy Skhulukhiya (2,860,000), and Jakub Oliva (2,580,000).
Top 10 Counts After Day 2
|2||Jasper Meijer Van Putten||Netherlands||5,135,000|
|7||Gregory Armand||United States||3,225,000|
Other familiar faces of the European poker circuit such as Narcis Nedelcu (2,265,000), Micha Hoedemaker (1,900,000), Pierre Calamusa (1,300,000) and Grzegorz Wyraz (1,225,000) will also be in the mix when the action resumes on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019, as of noon local time. The recommencing blinds will be 40,000-80,000 with a big blind ante of 80,000 and ten levels are scheduled or down to the final six, whichever of the two comes first.
The Action from Day 2 at a Glance
In the first two hours of play, the field of 367 Day 1 survivors was quickly whittled down to fewer than 200 hopefuls and among those to head to the payout desk were the PokerStars ambassadors Ramon Colillas and Steve Enriquez, along with Triple Crown Champion Davidi Kitai, Felix Schulze, Antoine Labat, Marcin Horecki, Jussi Nevanlinna, and Artur Rudenkov to name just a few.
Jose Quintas, who had reached the final table of the EPT National during the previous festival at Casino Barcelona, came up short with king-jack against the ace-jack of Catalin Rusu and bowed out in the third full level of the day. The eliminations kept pouring in at a rapid pace and former EPT champion Jan Bendik, Simone Miracoli and 2018 EPT Prague Main Event finalist Carlos Branco were just some of the notables that busted early in the day.
Online legend Viktor "Isildur1" Blom ran with pocket fours into the pocket kings of Michael Kramer and exited in 84th place, just ahead of 2018 finalist Danilo Velasevic and minutes before Andrej Desset ran out of chips. Mihails Morozovs lost one of the biggest pots of the day when his gutshot and flush draw failed to get there against the top set of Gregory Armand on a seven-high flop, and the Latvian had to settle for 76th place.
In the late stages of the day, 2019 WSOP bracelet winner Anatolii Zyrin came up short when he lost a flip with ace-jack versus nines and former French player of the year Erwann Pecheux was left drawing dead on the flop when he was at risk with ace-king versus ace-king suited. For Yiannis Liperis, it was all over in a three-way all-in when his jacks clashed with the kings of Andrei Konopelko and Michal Janczarski could not find any help with ace-queen either.
Towards the end of the night, several players were gunning for the overnight lead. Philipp Heinke was the first above five million when he won a crucial hand to bust Wei Huang and he held onto the top spot eventually. Jasper Meijer van Putten and Jussi Mattila, one of the most talkative players left in the field, came close after raking in a lot of pots in the final two levels to assume a prime position for the race to the final table.
Tune back in tomorrow right here on PokerNews to find out who reaches the final day in the 2019 PokerStars EPT Prague €1,100 EPT National!
Day 3 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Name||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|2||3||Patrick El Kallas||Jordan||1,455,000||18|
|2||6||Jakub Oliva||Czech Republic||2,580,000||32|
|3||5||Gregory Armand||United States||3,225,000||40|
|4||4||Vojtech Susta||Czech Republic||1,245,000||16|
|4||5||Jasper Meijer Van Putten||Netherlands||5,135,000||64|
End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)
Play has concluded on the four remaining tables with 32 players set to return for Tuesday's Day 3 at noon local time. Stay tuned for official chip counts and a full recap of the day's action.
Skhulukhiya Calls Correctly With King High
Action folded around to Marcin Lesniewski in the small blind and he completed. Giorgiy Skhulukhiya was in the big blind and checked his option, bringing a flop of . Lesniewski bet 60,000 and Skhulukhiya called.
The turn was and Lesniewski continued, betting 150,000. Skhulukhiya put in a raise to 500,000, sending Lesniewski into the tank for a bit before sliding out chips to make the call.
The river fell and Lesniewski led out, firing 425,000. Skhulukhiya then went into the tank for close to a minute, ultimately deciding on a call.
Lesniewski tabled for pure air and Skhulukhiya turned over , taking down the pot with his king kicker to the board's pair of fours.
Viard Chips Up
Nikita Kuznetcov raised to 125,000 from the button and was called by Alexandre Viard in the small blind.
The flop came , Viard check-called the 60,000 continuation-bet of Kuznetcov.
The turn was the , Viard checked again and Kuznetcov now bet 225,000. Viard called to see the complete the board. They both checked. Viard tabled and that was enough to scoop the pot.
The Last Five Hands
Just before the last five hands of the night were announced, Nazar Buhaiov pulled some chips back in a battle of the blinds with Nikita Kuznetcov.
Buhaiov check-called a bet of 180,000 on the turn and checked the river. Kuznetcov eventually checked back and mucked when he was shown the .
Heinke Raises the Turn
Gregory Telman opened to 120,000 from middle position and received a call from Philipp Heinke, who was on the button. The two saw a flop of and Telman made a continuation-bet for 180,000. Heinke called.
The turn came and Telman continued with a down-bet, firing out 150,000. Heinke thought for about a minute and then pushed forward a raise to 455,000.
Telman then thought for a few moments and proceeded to send his hand to the muck.
Laasonen Doubles Up
Lyudmil Ivanov raised to 120,000 from under the gun and Giulio Mascolo called on the button. Timo Laasonen shoved from the big blind and Ivanov quickly folded. Mascolo asked for a count and the dealer confirmed Laasonen had 1,310,000 behind. Mascolo called.
The board ran out for Laasonen to double up with.