Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
Six Remain in €1,100 EPT National Prague; Kravets Leads, Nedelcu, Meijer van Putten in the Hunt for €375,000
Day 3 of the €1,100 EPT National Prague at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague has concluded with just six out of a field of 2,452 remaining. Each of them is already guaranteed €70,265 for their efforts when they'll return on Wednesday, December 11 at noon local time. They'll be playing for the lion's share of the €2,353,920 prize pool with the €375,000 top prize as the biggest slice up for grabs.
Russia's Semen Kravets bagged as the overnight chip leader with 18,325,000 in chips, followed by Romanian pro Narcis Nedelcu (13,975,000). EPT13 Prague champ Jasper Meijer van Putten, who held a monster chip lead throughout the day, sits in third place after a late-night slump bumped him down the leaderboard (13,100,000). The final table is rounded out by Yin Liu (11,300,000), Jussi Mattila (11,125,000), and Gregory Telman (5,675,000).
While Meijer van Putten, with more than $1.5M in lifetime winnings, is the biggest name at the final table, the others are certainly no slouches. Kravets already tasted EPT success along the way, coming off a fourth-place finish in a €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em event at the EPT Barcelona worth €34,070. It was Krevets' biggest cash up till today, and he'll walk away with at least double of that on Wednesday.
Those that follow the European circuit closely will notice two familiar regulars in Nedelcu and Mattila among the final six. Nedelcu, with over $400K in lifetime winnings, will crush his personal best either in this tournament. Mattila, supported by Ilari 'Ziigmund' Sahamies and Patrik Antonius at times, will also set a new career-high with the €70,265 guaranteed for each finalist.
The final six emerged from a field of 32 that came back at noon on Day 3 of this event. Pierre Calamusa (31st - €8,735), Alexandre Viard (22nd - €12,525), Jakub Oliva (18th - €14,875), Micha Hoedemaker (14th - €19,585), and Grzegorz Wyraz (8th - €38,770) were among those that busted out on the penultimate day.
€1,100 EPT National Prague Final Table Seating & Chip Counts
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|3||Jasper Meijer van Putten||Netherlands||13,100,000||44|
Meijer van Putten Tumbles from Massive Lead
While Kravets bagged the overall lead at the end of the night, it was Meijer van Putten who was the center of attention throughout the day. During the first levels of the day, the Dutchman seemingly could do no wrong, winning every showdown and all-in along the way whether ahead or behind. At the final table, at one point Meijer van Putten even held 45% of the chips before a series of lost hands sent him tumbling down the leaderboard.
It was a lost coinflip against Narcis Nedelcu — his first lost showdown six hours into the day — that started the Dutchman's descent, who was unable to win any showdown from that point onwards. Meijer van Putten's lead evaporated in the span of just one level, even dropping far below the average stack at some point. A big hand against Kravets, where Meijer van Putten paid off Kravets' two pair, shifted the momentum and the chip lead over to the Russian.
Meijer van Putten was able to halt the slide in the final hand of the night, eliminating Rafael Alkhouri with ace-ten against ace-king. The rundown was nothing short of brutal for the Swede: while the flop brought a king, the turn and river were both tens to see Meijer van Putten come out ahead in dramatic fashion and end the day on a high note. He'll be challenging for another EPT title from an above-average stack when all players return on Wednesday at noon.
€1,100 EPT National Prague Remaining Payouts
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (EUR)||Prize (USD)|
|9||Patrick El Kallas||Jordan||€29,540||$32,669|
The final day of the €1,100 EPT National Prague will kick off on Wednesday at noon local time with over 13 minutes left in level 34, with blinds at 150,000/300,000. The PokerNews live reporting team will be right back on the floor to cover all the action, so make sure to check back regularly!
End-of-Day Chip Counts
Play ended with 13 minutes and 44 seconds left in Level 34 which features a small blind of 150,000, big blind of 300,000 and a big blind ante of 300,000. A recap of today's action is to follow.
Rafael Alkhouri Eliminated in 7th Place (€53,670)
Jasper Meijer van Putten raised to 700,000 from under the gun. It got folded to Rafael Alkhouri in the big blind, who three-bet shoved all in for 4,575,000. Meijer van Putten took around thirty seconds before calling it off for more than half his stack.
Jasper Meijer van Putten:
Alkhouri started the hand with a sizable lead and all but secured the double-up on a flop. The on the turn, however, opened one of the miracle backdoors for the Dutchman, and, much to everyone's shock, the landed on the river to improve Meijer van Putten to trip tens.
Alkhouri, briefly stunned, got up from the table and had to make his way out in 7th place. The remaining six players bagged for the night and will return on Wednesday at noon local time.
"You're Drawing Dead"
Narcis Nedelcu raised to 700,000 from the middle position and the only one to make the call was Yin Liu in the hijack.
The flop came , Nedelcu continued with a bet of 500,000 and Liu called.
The turn brought them the and Nedelcu bet 1,500,000. Liu took his time, looked at his cards again, and then folded.
"You're drawing dead," Nedelcu commented before flashing for trip aces and the nut flush draw.
Mattila Over Meijer van Putten
Jasper Meijer van Putten raised the small blind to 950,000 and Jussi Mattila defended the big blind. Meijer van Putten bet 1,300,000 on the flop and Mattila quickly called. Both players tapped the table in quick succession on the turn and river.
Meijer van Putten flashed the and an unknown lower card for a queen-high, Mattila turned over for top pair and shooped the pot.
A Bit More for Kravets
Yin Liu raised to 700,000 from the hijack and Semen Kravets defended his big blind.
The flop came , Kravets check-called the 700,000 continuation-bet of Liu.
They both checked through the on the turn to the on the river. This time, Kravets bet 1,500,000 and that was enough to get Liu to fold his hand.
A Turned Straight
Jasper Meijer van Putten completed his small blind and Jussi Mattila opted to check in the big blind.
They both checked through the flop and the on the turn to the on the river. Meijer van Putten bet 700,000 and Mattila called but mucked when Meijer van Putten tabled for the turned straight.
Mattila Once Again on the River
Jussi Mattila raised to 750,000 on the button and found customers in blinds Semen Kravets and Gregory Telman. The flop came down and Kravets checked. Telman opted to lead with a swift bet of 400,000 and received two equally fast calls. The turn was checked around.
On the river, Kravets checked a third time. Telman now bet 1,100,000, Mattila made a quick call and Kravets folded. Telman showed but Mattila had him with the for a rivered set.
Losing Streak for Meijer van Putten
Yin Liu raised to 750,000 from the button and Jasper Meijer van Putten three-bet-shoved from the big blind. Liu called for the 7,450,000 he had behind.
Jasper Meijer van Putten:
The board ran out for Liu to hold and double up.
The hand after, Narcis Nedelcu raised to 700,000 from the hijack and Meijer van Putten shoved in the small blind to get Jussi Mattila to fold his big blind and Nedelcu to also give up on the hand.