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Highlights

€5,300 EPT Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Calamusa Crushes Day 1a of the 2019 EPT Prague Main Event

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Pierre Calamusa
Pierre Calamusa

After ten levels of 60 minutes each, the first of two starting days of the €5,300 Main Event at the 2019 PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague has concluded with Pierre Calamusa towering above the competition. The French pro plowed his way through a Day 1a field that drew 391 entries — 20 more than last year — and ultimately put 457,000 in his bag, nearly twice the size of his nearest competitor.

Seemingly sporting a massive stack throughout the day, Calamusa did need both of his bullets to amass his piles. After coming up short on his first try early in the day, he fared much, much better with his second chance. Having already racked up over $1.2M in lifetime winnings, Calamusa will be in the driver's seat to add plenty more when the 127 remaining players will return on Friday at noon for Day 2.

While one man hogged the spotlights and stole the show, other notables sporting healthy stacks advanced as well. Rozvadov, Czech Republic's local massage parlor owner Yehuda Cohen, notorious under his alias "ChiKKita BanAAna", bagged a top-five stack with 213,700. Irish transplant, high stakes legend and former EPT champion Steve O'Dwyer also nestled himself among the top stacks in the room and bagged 206,400 to kick off his tournament in style. Stefan Egermann (285,100) and Roland Chassing (248,600) rounded out the top five with 200k+ stacks as well.

Big names such as Aliaksei Boika (156,000), Fahredin Mustafov (138,000), Arsenii Karmatckii (119,500), Dietrich Fast (105,200), Adrian Mateos (104,100), Hossein Ensan (94,800) and Rainer Kempe (23,200) will also be back on Friday after finding a bag after ten levels of 60 minutes.

PokerStars ambassador Kalidou Sow, the 2017 EPT Prague Main Event winner, was one of the two representing the Red Spade on Day 1a, together with PSPC champ Ramon Colillas who busted out. In a big hand with fellow EPT-winner Boika, Sow and Boika both held ace-king against Kimmo Kurko's pocket jacks. The dealer fanned out four wheel cards to keep both Boika and Sow in the tournament, and the pair chopped up most of Kurko's chips in the process. Sow ultimately survived the day with 79,000 in chips and will be back on Friday.

Kalidou Sow
PokerStars ambassador Kalidou Sow made it through to Day 2

The EPT Main Event offers a single reentry and among those that ran out of one or both of their bullets today were the likes of Davidi Kitai, Sam Greenwood, Ole Schemion, Joris Ruijs and the defending champ, Paul Michaelis. Those that have their second bullet left can opt to reenter on Day 1b, or up until the start of Day 2 if they do so desire.

Day 1b kicks off at noon on Thursday and, like Day 1a, will feature ten levels of 60 minutes each, with a 75-minute dinner break after level 6. Make sure to check back regularly to PokerNews for all the latest from the European Poker Tour in Prague!

Tags: Adrian MateosAliaksei BoikaArsenii KarmatckiiBhavin KhatriDavidi KitaiDietrich FastFahredin MustafovHossein EnsanJoris RuijsKalidou SowOle SchemionPaul MichaelisPierre CalamusaRainer KempeRamon ColillasRoland ChassingSam GreenwoodStefan EgermannYehuda Cohen

End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
fr 457,000 27,000
Stefan Egermann de
Stefan Egermann
de 285,600 15,600
Roland Chassing FR
Roland Chassing
FR 248,600 -1,400
Yehuda Cohen il
Yehuda Cohen
il 213,700 33,700
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie 206,400 16,400
Bhavin Khatri gb
Bhavin Khatri
gb 199,600 69,600
Yehia Said EG
Yehia Said
EG 195,000 195,000
Przemyslaw Glaner pl
Przemyslaw Glaner
pl 194,700 194,700
Mikalai Pobal by
Mikalai Pobal
by 192,600 112,600
Mustafa Jukovic se
Mustafa Jukovic
se 189,900 -40,100
Wei Tso hk
Wei Tso
hk 186,500 11,500
Roman Herold de
Roman Herold
de 180,600 180,600
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli
fr 166,000 6,000
Antal Roth hu
Antal Roth
hu 161,000 -19,000
Kent Roed no
Kent Roed
no 158,200 158,200
Aliaksei Boika by
Aliaksei Boika
by 156,000 -4,000
Thi Xoa Nguyen fr
Thi Xoa Nguyen
fr 150,000 150,000
Morten Hvam dk
Morten Hvam
dk 146,100 146,100
Anton Suarez SE
Anton Suarez
SE 145,500 145,500
Dinesh Alt ch
Dinesh Alt
ch 145,400 15,400
Thomas Boivin be
Thomas Boivin
be 143,800 3,800
Nikita Kuznetcov ru
Nikita Kuznetcov
ru 138,300 113,300
Fahredin Mustafov bg
Fahredin Mustafov
bg 138,000 106,000
Tomas Jauring se
Tomas Jauring
se 136,300 136,300
Glib Kovtunov UA
Glib Kovtunov
UA 134,300 4,300

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Day 1a Completed

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

Fewer than 130 players have bagged and tagged for tonight and there is no doubt that Pierre Calamusa will be the chip leader by a large margin. Assorted counts will be published shortly, the full counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Tags: Pierre Calamusa

Kitai Busts to Bendik

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Davidi Kitai
Davidi Kitai

In a battle of former EPT Main Event champions, Davidi Kitai was all in for what appeared to be 21,800 and Jan Bendik isolated from two seats over.

Davidi Kitai: {j-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}
Jan Bendik: {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}

The board came {k-Clubs}{8-Spades}{7-Hearts}{q-Spades}{3-Hearts} and Kitai bowed out just shy of bagging and tagging to try once again on Day 1b.

Jan Bendik sk
Jan Bendik
sk 77,000 42,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
be Busted

Tags: Davidi KitaiJan Bendik

The Last Four Hands for Day 1a

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

There are 139 players out of 391 entries remaining and they are currently playing the last four hands for tonight.

Reskallah Gets River Value

HillKerby • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

Per Linde opened to 2,500 in middle position and action folded around to Aladin Reskallah, who called from the small blind. The two saw the flop come {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{j-Hearts} and Reskallah checked. Linde put out a continuation-bet of 2,200 and Reskallah made the call, bringing the turn {7-Hearts} where action went check-check.

The river came {7-Clubs} to bring two pair on board and Reskallah fired out 6,300. Linde thought for a bit and then called.

Reskallah showed {k-Diamonds}{q-Spades} for queens full, getting a muck from Linde to earn him the pot.

Aladin Reskallah fr
Aladin Reskallah
fr 34,300 2,300
Per Linde se
Per Linde
se 28,500 -16,500

Tags: Aladin ReskallahPer Linde