2019 PokerStars EPT Prague

€5,300 EPT Main Event
Day: 2
Event Info

2019 PokerStars EPT Prague

Final Results
Mikalai Pobal
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
100,000 / 200,000
Players Info - Day 2
Players Left

€5,300 EPT Main Event

Day 2 Completed

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

Level 15 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Bryn Kenney is third in chips after Day 2
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

End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

Level 15 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Roman Herold de
Roman Herold
769,000 114,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Xiaqing Ji cn
Xiaqing Ji
768,000 248,000
Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
656,000 187,000
Giorgiy Skhulukhiya ge
Giorgiy Skhulukhiya
Luke Marsh gb
Luke Marsh
625,000 305,000
Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
601,000 55,000
Day 1A Chip Leader
Teun Mulder nl
Teun Mulder
573,000 53,000
Laurent Michot fr
Laurent Michot
550,000 380,000
Fidan Zahiti se
Fidan Zahiti
543,000 68,000
Akin Tuna tr
Akin Tuna
536,000 296,000
Dominik Panka pl
Dominik Panka
497,000 72,000
EPT 1X Winner
Jakub Oliva cz
Jakub Oliva
469,000 9,000
Mohamed Mokrani fr
Mohamed Mokrani
444,000 291,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
438,000 -22,000
Dan Serban Borlan ro
Dan Serban Borlan
435,000 -185,000
Giuseppe Zarbo it
Giuseppe Zarbo
429,000 259,000
Joao Mestre Ferreira pt
Joao Mestre Ferreira
427,000 97,000
Wing Sang Lee hk
Wing Sang Lee
425,000 305,000
Francesco Candelari it
Francesco Candelari
421,000 11,000
Gianluca Speranza it
Gianluca Speranza
417,000 287,000
Michael Soyza my
Michael Soyza
411,000 379,000
Giuseppe Carbone it
Giuseppe Carbone
411,000 61,000
Markus Durnegger at
Markus Durnegger
407,000 17,000
Henrik Hecklen dk
Henrik Hecklen
385,000 132,000
Erdal Gulseven tr
Erdal Gulseven
383,000 351,000

Read full

Lopes Loses His Stack To Ensan Before Play Ends

Level 15 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante

All of the chips got into the middle with Bruno Lopes at risk in the cutoff against Hossein Ensan, who was on the button.

Bruno Lopes: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}
Hossein Ensan: {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}

Lopes was unable to hit one of his six outs as the board ran out {7-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{2-Spades}{2-Diamonds}, resulting in the end of his night just a couple of hands before the end of everybody else's. He shook hands with Ensan and was on his way to the payout desk as Ensan stacked his newly-acquired chips for the last hand or two of the night.

Player Chips Progress
Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
180,000 -35,000
EPT 1X Winner
Bruno Lopes fr
Bruno Lopes

Tags: Bruno LopesHossein Ensan

Skhulukhiya Finds River Help Before End of Night

Level 15 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Giorgiy Skhulukhiya
Giorgiy Skhulukhiya

Action folded around to Yang Wang in the small blind and he raised to 10,000. Giorgiy Skhulukhiya three-bet to 47,000 in the big blind and Wang came over the top for around 300,000. Skhulukhiya called.

Yang Wang: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}
Giorgiy Skhulukhiya: {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}

It looked as if Wang would find a double and a massive stack to leave Skhulukhiya with crumbs as the flop came {7-Spades}{2-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and the turn {j-Diamonds} came behind it. However, the river {q-Spades} turned the tides, leaving Wang dry on chips as Skhulukhiya earned the massive pot and the knockout shortly before chips are set to go into bags for the night.

Player Chips Progress
Giorgiy Skhulukhiya ge
Giorgiy Skhulukhiya
634,000 536,700
Yang Wang cn
Yang Wang

Tags: Giorgiy SkhulukhiyaYang Wang

Players Eliminated in 144th - 167th Place (€8,960)

Level 15 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante

Among others, 2019 EPT Barcelona champion Simon Brandstrom had to settle for a min-cash and received €8,960 for his efforts.

Player Chips Progress
Bruno Lopes fr
Bruno Lopes
Natalie Teh my
Natalie Teh
Christian Alessi it
Christian Alessi
Vladislav Solovev mx
Vladislav Solovev
Simon Burns gb
Simon Burns
Simon Brandstrom se
Simon Brandstrom
EPT 1X Winner
Fabian Gumz de
Fabian Gumz
Audrius Stakelis lt
Audrius Stakelis
Clement Genon-Catalot fr
Clement Genon-Catalot
Jakub Dorocinski pl
Jakub Dorocinski
Ivan Deyra fr
Ivan Deyra
Yang Wang cn
Yang Wang
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
EPT 1X Winner
Eugenio Peralta it
Eugenio Peralta
Xia Lin cn
Xia Lin
Jonathan Therme fr
Jonathan Therme
Johan Storakers se
Johan Storakers
Stefanita Fechete ro
Stefanita Fechete
Jan Bendik sk
Jan Bendik
EPT 1X Winner
Shakhabiddin Muradov lv
Shakhabiddin Muradov
Jakob Madsen dk
Jakob Madsen
Tiziano Di Romualdo it
Tiziano Di Romualdo
Antal Roth hu
Antal Roth
Panagiotis Oikonomou gr
Panagiotis Oikonomou

Kruse Eliminates Burns

Level 15 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante

The complete {7-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} board was on the table and Fedor Kruse had checked under the gun to Simon Burns. Burns then bet 32,000 only for Burns to jam all in for effectively about 100,000.

Burns tanked for a while before he eventually called it off. Kruse showed {5-Spades}{5-Diamonds} for a set of fives and that was better than the {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} of Burns.

Player Chips Progress
Fedor Kruse at
Fedor Kruse
313,000 113,000
Simon Burns gb
Simon Burns

Tags: Fedor KruseSimon Burns