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Herold and Ji Lead the Pack After Day 2; Kenney and Calamusa Among the Big Stacks

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Bryn Kenney is third in chips after Day 2

An exciting day of poker at the Hilton Prague has concluded as Day 2 of the 2019 PokerStars EPT Prague €5,300 EPT Main Event has come to an end after five levels of 90 minutes. Another 19 players entered with a fresh stack of 30,000 to boost the field size of the flagship event in the Czech capital to 1,154 entries, and the third-biggest EPT Prague Main Event in 13 years has subsequently created a prize pool of €5,596,900.

Before the cards got in the air, there was excitement in the tournament area as the PokerStars online qualifiers who made it to Day 2 took part in a Crazy Pineapple Flipout for a Platinum Pass. Russia's Evgenii Shibaldin, who has just one live cash for fewer than $2,000 to his name, was the fortunate winner but didn't fare as well in the Main Event after and busted well before the money.

Several hours later in the last level of the night, it was a different kind of excitement as the bubble burst and more than two dozen hopefuls headed to the payout desk while 141 survivors have made it one step closer to becoming the next EPT Main Event champion.

Roman Herold was a big stack throughout the day and bagged up 769,000 to his name, a single chip ahead of Xiaqing Ji (768,000) as the duo pulled ahead of Bryn Kenney (656,000) at the very end. Other notables with big stacks include 2019 EPT Open Sochi runner-up Giorgiy Skhulukhiya (634,000), Luke Marsh (626,000), Giuseppe Carbone (611,000), start-of-day chip leader Pierre Calamusa (601,000) and Teun Mulder (573,000).

Top 10 Stacks After Day 2

PlacePlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Roman HeroldGermany769000154
2Xiaqing JiChina768000154
3Bryn KenneyUnited States656000131
4Giorgiy SkhulukhiyaRussia634000127
5Luke MarshUnited Kingdom625000125
6Pierre CalamusaFrance601000120
7Teun MulderNetherlands573000115
8Laurent MichotFrance550000110
9Fidan ZahitiSweden543000109
10Akin TunaGermany536000107

Several former EPT champions had a strong showing on Day 2 such as Dominik Panka (497,000), Ognyan Dimov (313,000), Aliaksei Boika (220,000), Hossein Ensan (180,000), Mikalai Pobal (162,000), Sebastian Sorensson (148,000) Martin Finger (118,000), Steve O'Dwyer (101,000), Davidi Kitai (93,000), and PokerStars ambassador Kalidou Sow (70,000) kept their hopes of a second EPT Main Event title alive.

Among the big names that didn't make it through and bowed out before the money were former champions Jan Bendik, Arsenii Karmatckii, Sebastian Malec, Maria Lampropulos, Bertrand Grospellier, and former EPT finalists such as Parker Talbot, Per Linde, David Boyaciyan and Gleb Tremzin to name just a few.

The money bubble burst in the last level of the night and it was Sami Shokry that became the last player to leave empty-handed without anything to show for when he flopped top pair with jack-six suited in three-way action. Yehuda Cohen had the best of it with pocket aces and that secured all remaining 167 players a min-cash of €8,960.

Sami Shokry
Sami Shokry bubbled the Main Event in Prague

Two former EPT champions were among those to settle for exactly that amount as Simon Brandstrom and Adrian Mateos were among the casualties before bagging and tagging. Mateos was primed for a double up with ace-king against the ace-queen suited of Tomas Paiva but a queen on the flop spelled the end for Spaniard, who had already won a High Roller event during the festival.

Ultimately, only 141 players bagged up for the night and will return to their seats at 12 p.m. noon local time for Day 3, which will recommence with blinds of 2,000-5,000 and a big blind ante of 5,000. Another five levels of 90 minutes each are expected to be played to whittle the field down further.

Stay tuned for all the action right here on PokerNews to find out who will lift the trophy on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019.

2019 EPT Prague Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Hiroki NawaJapan66,00013
12Akin TunaGermany536,000107
13Dan Serban BorlanRomania435,00087
14Lin RuidaChina34,0007
15Francesco DelfocoItaly172,00034
16Pim GielesNetherlands282,00056
17Gaby LivshitzIsrael301,00060
18Valery YantsevichBelarus74,00015
      
21Felix KurmayrAustria218,00044
22Freek ScholtenNetherlands197,00039
23Raphael WimmerAustria207,00041
24Tomasz CybulskiPoland268,00054
25Laurent MichotFrance550,000110
26Nazim ShalaSweden127,00025
27Bryn KenneyUSA656,000131
28Petr HlavacekCzech Republic118,00024
      
31Hady El AsmarLebanon282,00056
33Harry RossUK139,00028
34Teun MulderNetherlands573,000115
35Ognyan DimovBulgaria313,00063
36Mateusz SzymanskiPoland217,00043
37Serhii LeonovUkraine254,00051
38Vlastimil PustinaCzech Republic243,00049
      
41Roman HeroldGermany769,000154
42Yehuda CohenIsrael209,00042
43Tomas PaivaPortugal237,00047
44Zinan XuChina35,0007
45Vasileios TsaknisGreece228,00046
46Steve O'DwyerIreland101,00020
47Bryan ParisUSA139,00028
48Nikita LebedevRussia148,00030
      
51Giuseppe ZarboItaly429,00086
52Sorin FluturRomania334,00067
53Kimmo KurkoFinland181,00036
54Nariman YaghmaiIran156,00031
55Stefan JedlickaAustria82,00016
56Niklas Lehnert-RappelAustria51,00010
57Ouri CohenFrance66,00013
58Sebastian Percy-SmithDenmark185,00037
      
61Michael SoyzaMalaysia411,00082
62Gab Yong KimSouth Korea365,00073
63Sven KriegerGermany123,00025
64Sylvain LoosliFrance171,00034
65Gereon SowaGermany71,00014
66Gaelle BaumannFrance343,00069
67Henrik HecklenDenmark385,00077
68Andrei StoenescuRomania236,00047
      
71Michael O'GradyAustralia226,00045
72Norbert SzecsiHungary190,00038
73Yake WuChina100,00020
74Timothy AdamsCanada332,00066
75Dominik PankaPoland497,00099
76Jukka PaloniemiFinland85,00017
77Glib KovtunovUkraine335,00067
78Sergei KoliakovRussia76,00015
      
81Ionut VoineaRomania132,00026
82Orpen KisacikogluTurkey438,00088
83Antonio SmeragliaItaly58,00012
84Xiaqing JiChina768,000154
85Hossein EnsanGermany180,00036
87Philipp ZukernikCanada215,00043
88Przemyslaw GlanerPoland254,00051
      
91Juan PardoSpain84,00017
92Pieter AertsBelgium370,00074
93Markus DurneggerAustria407,00081
94Stefan EgermannGermany287,00057
95Jakub KrawinskiPoland54,00011
96Kalidou SowFrance70,00014
97Vitaly KarayvanRussia57,00011
98Stanislav KolenoSlovakia357,00071
      
101Ricardo Da RochaBrazil120,00024
102Fedor KruseGermany324,00065
103Antonin TeisseireFrance57,00011
104Jean-Philippe PiquetteCanada304,00061
105Oshri LahmaniIsrael50,00010
106Thomas BoivinBelgium254,00051
107Raymond HibertLuxembourg185,00037
108Pierre CalamusaFrance601,000120
      
111Mikalai PobalBelarus162,00032
112Boris KuzmanovicCroatia286,00057
113Ranno SootlaEstonia198,00040
114Andrew HulmeUK232,00046
115Victor BogdanovRussia292,00058
116Andrea DatoItaly117,00023
117Dario SammartinoItaly364,00073
118Erwann PecheuxFrance184,00037
      
121Simon MattssonSweden98,00020
122Aleksandr SheshukovRussia58,00012
123Sebastian SorenssonSweden148,00030
124Roland ChassingFrance349,00070
125Erdal GulsevenTurkey383,00077
126Joe MouawadLebanon317,00063
127Paul NeweyUK97,00019
128Waldemar PeterGermany56,00011
      
131Stephen ChidwickUK70,00014
132Luke MarshUK625,000125
133Ibrahim SenoussiFrance28,0006
134Aleksandr MerzhvinskiyRussia169,00034
135Diego ZeiterSwitzerland75,00015
136Erwan LouerFrance310,00062
137Joao Mestre FerreiraPortugal427,00085
138Alessio Di CesareItaly237,00047
      
141Fulvio SansanelliGermany102,00020
142Dinesh AltSwitzerland271,00054
143Kemal AslanTurkey52,00010
144Mustafa BizTurkey269,00054
145Wei TsoHong Kong240,00048
146Dietrich FastGermany177,00035
147Dominykas MikolaitisLithuania74,00015
148Renato HysenbelliItaly219,00044
      
151Johann ZeitounFrance243,00049
152Hariton TonchevBulgaria170,00034
153Giorgiy SkhulukhiyaRussia634,000127
155Gianluca SperanzaAustria417,00083
156Luigi ShehadehItaly160,00032
157Bart LybaertBelgium296,00059
158Davidi KitaiBelgium93,00019
      
161Paul HoeferGermany120,00024
162Andreas BoellingGermany323,00065
163Paul HongNew Zealand197,00039
164Paul TheobaldGermany221,00044
165Giuseppe CarboneItaly411,00082
166Fidan ZahitiSweden543,000109
167Martin FingerGermany118,00024
168Krasimir YankovBulgaria317,00063
      
171Francesco CandelariItaly421,00084
172Cristinel SanduRomania195,00039
173Vojtech RuzickaCzech Republic63,00013
174Tom VogelsangNetherlands139,00028
175Fredrik AnderssonSweden235,00047
176Marius GicovanuRomania101,00020
177Wing Sang LeeHong Kong425,00085
178Denys ShafikovUkraine361,00072
      
181Carl ShawUK213,00043
182Morten HvamDenmark301,00060
183Ran AzorIsrael90,00018
184Mohamed MokraniFrance444,00089
185Ngoc Minh HoangCzech Republic297,00059
186Aliaksei BoikaBelarus220,00044
187Claudio Di GiacomoItaly310,00062
188Jakub OlivaCzech Republic469,00094

Tags: Adrian MateosAliaksei BoikaArsenii KarmatckiiBertrand GrospellierBryn KenneyDavid BoyaciyanDavidi KitaiDominik PankaGiorgiy SkhulukhiyaGiuseppe CarboneGleb TremzinHossein EnsanJan BendikKalidou SowLuke MarshMaria LampropulosMartin FingerMikalai PobalOgnyan DimovParker TalbotPer LindePierre CalamusaRoman HeroldSami ShokrySebastian MalecSebastian SorenssonSimon BrandstromSteve O'DwyerTeun MulderTomas PaivaXiaqing JiYehuda Cohen

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