2022 PokerStars EPT Prague

€5,300 EPT Prague Main Event
Days: 2
Event Info

2022 PokerStars EPT Prague

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
125,000 / 250,000
Players Info - Day 2
Players Left

€5,300 EPT Prague Main Event

Day 2 Completed

Lee Leads 117 Players After Day 2 of €5,300 EPT Prague Main Event

Level 16 : Blinds 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Jaesung Lee
Jaesung Lee

It's been a record-breaking festival at the 2022 PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague being held at the Hilton Hotel Prague and that trend continued on Day 2 when late registration closed for the €5,300 EPT Prague Main Event. A total of 1,267 entries were recorded before the action began on Day 2 and just 117 players remain after a full 12 hours of poker.

Bursting through to the top of the leaderboard was Jaesung Lee who bagged up a monstrous stack of 1,132,000, the only player to end the day in the seven-figure category. Lee started to emerge as one of the big stacks in the early levels and continued an upward trend throughout the day, including doing his part to burst the money bubble.

Lee managed to pick off a bluff from Yulian Bogdanov in order to double up and position himself well for the money bubble that was quickly approaching. On the bubble, Lee got involved in a heavily weighted side pot with fellow big stack Robert Cowen. The Korean flopped a set of tens in a four-bet pot and cracked the pocket aces of his opponent while eliminating one of the short stacks to push the field into the money.

Lee, who doesn't have many live tournament scores recorded on his resume, has already locked up the largest of his career heading into Day 3. This will be his first five-figure result but he is hoping to turn that into even more as the following days progress.

There are two PokerStars ambassadors remaining in the field heading to Day 3 and they currently sit on opposite ends of the chip counts. Parker Talbot finished the night at the feature table and put 960,000 chips into the bag, good enough for second place. Ramon Colillas is the other ambassador but will be heading into Day 3 as one of the short stacks with just 62,000 chips.

Top 10 Chip Counts After Day 2 of EPT Main Event Prague

PlacePlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Jaesung LeeKorea1,132,000189
2Parker TalbotCanada960,000160
3Javier Gomez ZapateroSpain891,000149
4Luigi D'AlterioItaly870,000145
5Simon LofbergSweden813,000136
6Timothy AdamsCanada759,000127
7Bleron MaliqiSwitzerland669,000112
8Laurent CessyFrance665,000111
9Jerry OdeenSweden654,000109
10Pierre De AlmeidaFrance646,000108

Day 2 Action

There were 397 players that returned to their seats from Day 1a/b and they were joined by 40 late entries who started the day with a fresh stack of 30,000 chips. A total of 918 unique entries were recorded along with 349 re-entries, bringing the total to 1,267 entries that created a prizepool of €6,144,950.

The action was fast and furious right from the start with over 100 players being eliminated in the opening level. Some of the notables that fell by the wayside in the early going included PokerStars ambassadors Sam Grafton, Alejandro Lococo, and Benjamin Spragg. While the money bubble wasn't expected to burst until the end of Day 2, it actually happened rather painlessly before the dinner break.

Upon returning for the fifth level of the day, the field was just three eliminations away from bursting the bubble. On the very first hand, three players were eliminated including Saar Wilf, Felix Weis, and Auez Yeltubayev. Without even having to go hand-for-hand, the field broke into the money and the remaining 183 players were all guaranteed a min-cash of €8,550.

2022 EPT Prague money bubble
2022 EPT Prague money bubble

Over the course of the final two levels on the day, many of the short stacks were forced to the payout desk including Jason Wheeler, Cowen, Sam Greenwood, Pablo Brito Silva, and Julien Sitbon. Heading into Day 3, the final 117 players have locked up €11,450 but will have their sights set on the first-place prize of €1,054,500 and the infamous EPT trophy.

Some familiar faces to keep an eye on going forward include Javier Gomez Zapatero (891,000), Timothy Adams (759,000), Jerry Odeen (654,000), Conor Beresford (523,000), Gaelle Baumann (401,000), Juan Pardo (188,000), and Mike Watson (158,000).

The action is scheduled to kick off at 12 p.m. local time tomorrow for Day 3 with another 5 or 6 levels expected to be played. The players will be returning to level 17 with the blinds at 3,000/6,000 and a 6,000 big blind ante. The levels will continue to be 90 minutes in length but the 30-second shot clock will be put into play at the start of Day 3.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the tournament floor to bring you all of the live updates from another thrilling day at the EPT Prague festival.

Tags: Alejandro LococoBenjamin SpraggBleron MaliqiConor BeresfordFelix WeisGaelle BaumannHilton Hotel PragueJaesung LeeJason WheelerJavier GomezJerry OdeenJuan PardoJulien SitbonKlas LofbergLaurent CessyLuigi D'AlterioMike WatsonPablo Brito SilvaParker TalbotPierre De AlmeidaRamon ColillasRobert CowenSaar WilfSam GraftonSam GreenwoodTimothy AdamsYulian Bogdanov

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 16 : Blinds 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Jaesung Lee kr
Jaesung Lee
1,132,000 97,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Parker Talbot ca
Parker Talbot
960,000 180,000
Javier Gomez Zapatero es
Javier Gomez Zapatero
891,000 441,000
Day 1A Chip Leader
Luigi D'Alterio it
Luigi D'Alterio
870,000 -65,000
Simon Lofberg se
Simon Lofberg
813,000 233,000
Timothy Adams ca
Timothy Adams
759,000 109,000
Bleron Maliqi ch
Bleron Maliqi
669,000 -43,000
Laurent Cessy fr
Laurent Cessy
665,000 42,000
Jerry Odeen se
Jerry Odeen
654,000 -26,000
Pierre De Almeida fr
Pierre De Almeida
646,000 -100,000
Abel Aspas
Abel Aspas
614,000 2,000
Istvan Pilhofer hu
Istvan Pilhofer
587,000 519,000
Nicola Grieco it
Nicola Grieco
578,000 -147,000
Maksim Shornikau by
Maksim Shornikau
572,000 322,000
Petr Svoboda cz
Petr Svoboda
561,000 11,000
Fabrice Bigot fr
Fabrice Bigot
550,000 80,000
Petar Kalev bg
Petar Kalev
534,000 104,000
Rui Milhomens pt
Rui Milhomens
526,000 -22,000
Conor Beresford gb
Conor Beresford
523,000 76,000
Yannick Cardot fr
Yannick Cardot
510,000 80,000
Arjel Daci al
Arjel Daci
502,000 132,000
Oddvar Brendo no
Oddvar Brendo
498,000 148,000
Benjamin Lebor gb
Benjamin Lebor
493,000 173,000
Namhyung Kim kr
Namhyung Kim
492,000 27,000
Karol Bogusz pl
Karol Bogusz
491,000 61,000

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Play Over for the Night

Level 16 : Blinds 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

After 12 full hours of play on the day, players are bagging up their chips for the night. A total of 117 players are left in the hunt after Day 2.

A full recap and updated chip counts will be provided shortly once available.

Ace on the River for Boat Over Boat

Level 16 : Blinds 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Erwann Pecheux
Erwann Pecheux

Action picked up on the river in a heads-up pot with 150,000 in the middle. The full board showed {8-Spades}{9-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{a-Spades}.

Out of position, Valeriano Toledano checked the final street after the {a-Spades} landed. On his left, Erwann Pecheux moved all in for 104,000. Toledano snap-called and hands were tabled.

Pecheux showed {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs} for the rivered full house. That was better than the flopped full house of {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts} Toledano had in his hand for the losing end of the late-night cooler.

Player Chips Progress
Valeriano Toledano gb
Valeriano Toledano
380,000 325,000
Erwann Pecheux fr
Erwann Pecheux
365,000 135,000

Death by Quads

Level 16 : Blinds 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Jacek Medyk opened to 10,000 from under the gun and Lyudmil Ivanov shipped all in for 101,000 in the hijack. Rui Milhomens re-shoved all in on the button and Medyk got out of the way.

Lyudmil Ivanov: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Rui Milhomens: {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}

There was a king in the window but it was quickly followed by a queen on the {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} flop. The {9-Spades} on the turn changed nothing and the {q-Clubs} on the river gave Milhomens quads to eliminate Ivanov.

Player Chips Progress
Rui Milhomens pt
Rui Milhomens
548,000 165,000
Lyudmil Ivanov bg
Lyudmil Ivanov

Tags: Rui MilhomensLyudmil IvanovJacek Medyk

Three Hands Left

Level 16 : Blinds 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

With 10:00 minutes left in Day 2, the tournament director has announced three hands remaining on the day before players bag up their chips.

Thomas Doubles In Blind Battle

Level 16 : Blinds 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Action folded to Alexandre Reard in the small blind. He moved all in for 87,000 in the big blind's stack. That was Julian Thomas, who looked down at a hand he was happy to call with and head to a runout.

Julian Thomas: {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}
Alexandre Reard: {q-Spades}{j-Hearts}

Thomas was in a great spot to get a double with the dominating hand. He stayed in the lead on the {4-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{10-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{5-Spades} runout to lock up the late-day double.

Player Chips Progress
Julian Thomas de
Julian Thomas
171,000 28,000
Alexandre Reard fr
Alexandre Reard
87,000 23,000

Tags: Alexandre ReardJulian Thomas

Odeen Forces Bigot to Fold

Level 16 : Blinds 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Jerry Odeen opened to 11,000 in the cutoff and Fabrice Bigot re-raised to 36,000 on the button. Odeen called and the dealer spread the flop of {a-Clubs}{8-Spades}{6-Diamonds}. Odeen checked to Bigot who continued for 45,000 and Odeen called.

The {8-Clubs} paired the board on the turn and both players checked to the {2-Hearts} on the river. Odeen slid out a bet of 110,000 and Bigot gave it some thought but eventually folded.

Player Chips Progress
Jerry Odeen se
Jerry Odeen
680,000 180,000
Fabrice Bigot fr
Fabrice Bigot
470,000 -64,000

Tags: Fabrice BigotJerry Odeen

Maliqi Puts a Dagger in Brito Silva's Stack

Level 16 : Blinds 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Sonny Franco opened to 11,000 in middle position and was called by Bleron Maliqi on the button and Pablo Brito Silva in the big blind. The flop came {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and the action checked around to the {k-Clubs} on the turn.

Brito Silva led out with a bet of 25,000 which got Franco to fold but Maliqi called. The {10-Spades} peeled off on the river and Brito Silva reached back for a bet of 125,000. Maliqi eyed up the stacks and then shoved all in for 311,000. Brito Silva reluctantly called and saw the bad news.

Maliqi rolled over {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts} for the nut straight while Brito Silva was left with {j-Spades}{7-Diamonds} for the second-nut straight and just 36,000 after the hand.

Player Chips Progress
Bleron Maliqi ch
Bleron Maliqi
712,000 332,000
Pablo Brito Silva br
Pablo Brito Silva
36,000 36,000

Tags: Sonny FrancoPablo Brito SilvaBleron Maliqi