€5,300 EPT Main Event
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€5,300 EPT Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Sinclair Tops Day 1a of 2021 PokerStars EPT Prague €5,300 Main Event

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

The first of two starting days for the crown jewel of the rescheduled 2021 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague festival has concluded in the Czech capital. It was a very promising start for the €5,300 EPT Main Event in the King's Casino at the Hilton Hotel Prague as 377 unique players and 41 reentries created a field of 418 total entries.

It surpassed the 391 entries the very same tournament attracted during the last live edition back in 2019 and showcases a strong turnout across all events so far during the return to live poker for PokerStars' flagship series. After ten levels of 60 minutes each, only 134 players advanced and a familiar name appeared at the top of the leaderboard. The 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Jack Sinclair sailed through the day and accumulated a stack of 317,900. He was very closely followed by Sharon Sade (312,200) while Ezequiel Waigel (258,800) occupies the final spot on the overnight podium.

EPT Prague €5,300 Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Counts

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds for Day 2
1Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom317,900199
2Sharon SadeIsrael312,200195
3Ezequiel WaigelArgentina258,800162
4Daniel DvoressCanada237,200148
5Boaz MadhalaIsrael227,700142
6Manuel FischerGermany211,600132
7Shai ArbelIsrael209,400131
8Gergely KulcsarHungary183,300115
9Duco ten HavenNetherlands177,200111
10Daniele LunarioItaly175,600110

Notables with above average stacks include Daniel Dvoress (237,200), Manuel Fischer (211,600), Karolis Sereika (169,000), Manuel Fritz (157,700), Pablo Brito Silva (126,700), Teun Mulder (115,800), Conor Beresford (114,800), Martin Pineiro (111,100), and Jordan Westmorland (109,600) to name all but a few familiar faces of the live poker circuit.

The PokerStars ambassadors Ramon Colillas (147,000) and Alejandro "Papo MC" Lococo (139,200) also had a productive day at the poker tables and advanced with very healthy stacks. For Lococo, it was a stellar finish to a remarkable day as he won the €1,100 Eureka Main Event earlier on before late-regging the marquee event. Steve Enriquez will join them for Day 2 with 53,300 while Sam Grafton and Parker Talbot were both eliminated.

Ramon Colillas
Ramon Colillas

Former EPT Main Event champions to bow out included Kalidou Sow, Davidi Kitai, Jasper Meijer Van Putten, Piotr Nurzynski, Simon Brandström, Ognyan Dimov, and Hossein Ensan. More fortunate were Uri Gilboa (80,000), Remi Castaignon (77,500), Dominik Panka (66,800), and Dimitar Danchev (64,700), as they all retained the chance to become the third two-time champion in EPT history.

The rise of Waigel started very early on as he dominated the first half of the day and quickly amassed a massive stack, soaring past seven times what he started with prior to the dinner break. Sinclair followed on his heels after winning several larger showdown pots and eventually rose to the top in the final level, beating Sade by a few big blinds only.

The High Roller regulars Thomas Muehloecker and Tom Vogelsang were just two of numerous notable casualties throughout Day 1a. Muehloecker was on the wrong end of a cooler when he improved on each street to a full house with ace-seven suited only to run into the aces full of Santiago Plante. For Vogelsang, the end came with a dominated pocket pair as fours couldn't beat the kings of Ranno Sootla. Other casualties in the first of two flights were Norbert Szecsi, Johan Guilbert, Christian Rudolph, Andras Nemeth, Vojtech Ruzicka, Mustapha Kanit, Nikita Luther, Kenny Hallaert, Alexandros Kolonias, Alexandros Theologis, and Vivian Saliba.

With nearly two thirds of the contenders already gone, all those that bowed out just once can take advantage of the single re-entry option for the flagship tournament. A significantly bigger field is expected for Day 1b, which will get underway at noon local time on Friday, March 11, 2022. The late registration remains open until the start of Day 2 and that's also when the live stream on the PokerStars Twitch and YouTube channels will kick off as well.

As usual, the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor from start to finish to provide as many of the key hands as possible en route to crowning the next EPT Main Event champion.

Tags: Conor BeresfordDaniel DvoressDominik PankaEzequiel WaigelHossein EnsanJack SinclairParker TalbotRamon ColillasRemi CastaignonSam GraftonSharon SadeSteve EnriquezThomas MuehloeckerTom VogelsangUri Gilboa

End-of-Day 1a Counts (full)

poolshir • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 317,900 1,900
Sharon Sade il
Sharon Sade
il 312,200 72,200
Ezequiel Waigel ar
Ezequiel Waigel
ar 258,800 16,800
Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
ca 237,200 62,200
Boaz Madhala il
Boaz Madhala
il 227,700 37,700
Manuel Fischer de
Manuel Fischer
de 211,600 211,600
Shai Arbel il
Shai Arbel
il 209,400 -20,600
Gergely Kulcsar hu
Gergely Kulcsar
hu 183,300 3,300
Duco ten Haven nl
Duco ten Haven
nl 177,200 49,200
Daniele Lunario it
Daniele Lunario
it 175,600 175,600
Justin Steinbrenner de
Justin Steinbrenner
de 172,700 172,700
Karolis Sereika lt
Karolis Sereika
lt 169,000 17,000
Arnaud Enselme fr
Arnaud Enselme
fr 160,900 78,900
Juan Navarro es
Juan Navarro
es 160,400 160,400
Manuel Fritz at
Manuel Fritz
at 157,700 157,700
Manuel Labous fr
Manuel Labous
fr 151,400 -8,600
Ameer Wakil ca
Ameer Wakil
ca 148,800 148,800
Tat Ngo FI
Tat Ngo
FI 147,600 139,200
Ramon Colillas es
Ramon Colillas
es 147,000 7,000
Alejandro Lococo ar
Alejandro Lococo
ar 139,200 34,200
Luis Dono pt
Luis Dono
pt 137,300 137,300
Axel Hallay fr
Axel Hallay
fr 136,200 -18,800
Laszlo Molnar hu
Laszlo Molnar
hu 136,100 136,100
Yannick Cardot fr
Yannick Cardot
fr 131,700 131,700
Adomas Juozapavicius LT
Adomas Juozapavicius
LT 131,400 131,400

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Day 1a Completed

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

Day 1a has wrapped up with some 134 players out of 418 entries remaining. Assorted counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Madani Busts; Spielmann Doesn't

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

Hossein Madani got a fairly large stack in preflop during the final hands of the night and found his {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} dominated. Georgi Sandev had the superior {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades} and remained ahead throughout the {4-Spades}{4-Clubs}{2-Spades}{8-Clubs}{5-Clubs} board to eliminate Madani.

Fabian Spielmann three-bet jammed his last 16,400 on a neighbouring table a few moments later and was looked up by Jordan Westmorland.

Fabian Spielmann: {5-Spades}{5-Clubs}
Jordan Westmorland: {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

The two overcards were alive on the {j-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{6-Clubs} flop and {7-Hearts} turn but the {a-Spades} river kept Spielmann in contention.

Georgi Sandev bg
Georgi Sandev
bg 150,000 150,000
Jordan Westmorland us
Jordan Westmorland
us 115,000
Fabian Spielmann de
Fabian Spielmann
de 35,000
Hossein Madani
Hossein Madani
Busted

Tags: Fabian SpielmannGeorgi SandevJordan WestmorlandHossein Madani

Late Surge for Baltateanu

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

Silviu Baltateanu bet the {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}{4-Clubs}{5-Hearts} turn and then called all-in following the raise by Andreas Boelling. The Romanian tabled the {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds} and had the check mark already as Boelling only held {a-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}, which made the {3-Clubs} river a formality.

Baltateanu then also knocked out Kenny Hallaert to chip up further.

Silviu Baltateanu ro
Silviu Baltateanu
ro 105,000 72,500
Andreas Boelling de
Andreas Boelling
de 55,000 -10,500
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
be Busted

Tags: Andreas BoellingKenny HallaertSilviu Baltateanu

Late Surge for Baltateanu

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

Silviu Baltateanu bet the {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}{4-Clubs}{5-Hearts} turn and then called all-in following the raise by Andreas Boelling. The Romanian tabled the {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds} and had the check mark already as Boelling only held {a-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}, which made the {3-Clubs} river a formality.

Baltateanu then also knocked out Kenny Hallaert to chip up further.

Silviu Baltateanu ro
Silviu Baltateanu
ro 105,000 72,500
Andreas Boelling de
Andreas Boelling
de 55,000 -10,500
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
be Busted

Tags: Andreas BoellingKenny HallaertSilviu Baltateanu

Late Double for Kliper

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

During the final four hands of the night, Jan Bednar raised to 3,000 and then called the shove by Arie Kliper for 19,300 total.

Arie Kliper: {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}
Jan Bednar: {a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}

The suited ace failed to connect with the {q-Spades}{7-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} board and Kliper doubled.

Jan Bednar cz
Jan Bednar
cz 100,000 -10,000
Arie Kliper il
Arie Kliper
il 40,000

Tags: Arie KliperJan Bednar

Last Four Hands

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

The tournament clock has been paused and the dealers have been instructed to deal four more hands before the remaining players have bag and tag their chips for Day 2.