2014 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Prague

€5,300 Main Event
Day: 4
Event Info

2014 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Prague

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
80,000 / 160,000

€5,300 Main Event

Day 4 Completed

Fabio Sperling Leads After Day 4, Vanessa Selbst in 5th with 22 Left

Level 24 : 12,000/24,000, 3,000 ante
Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst

Germany's Fabio Sperling is the man to catch at the end of Day 4 here at the EPT 11 Prague Main Event. Sperling bagged up 4,357,000 after five levels of play to top the 22 players still in contention.

Stephen Graner from the USA is in second with 3,228,000 chips. Fellow American Vanessa Selbst will enter Tuesday fifth in chips, and likeable British pro Sam Grafton is in third. Grafton is from the U.K. but has recently made Prague his home. The popular “SquidPoker” spent the day talking up a storm and pouting his way to finish with 2,610,000.

Day 4 began with 61 players, and losing the first 30 happened very quickly. Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer finished in 53rd for €16,970 after losing a flip with fours against the ace-queen of Tamer Kamel. The eliminations slowed a little after the first flurry of exits, with the average stack then around 80 big blinds, but the field was gradually whittled down to the 22 by the time the day ended.

Sperling grabbed the chip lead from Graner when they got to the river of a board reading {2-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{3-Hearts}. Graner bet 215,000 and the faced a raise to 628,000 from Sperling. Graner asked him if he had flopped a set, and he would get his answer when he called and was shown Sperling’s {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs} for a full house.

This is Graner’s first EPT; his best live result is a sixth-place finish in the 2014 WSOP Millionaire Maker event for $273,854. His total live tournament winnings amount to $676,642.

Selbst is the last remaining Team PokerStars Pro in the tournament and she endured a few swings but stuck to her game plan on her way to a fifth place end-of-day finish securing 2,040,000 chips.

It was an impressive display of aggressive big bet poker from Selbst, who rarely gave up on a pot when there were chips to be won and she frequently put her opponents to the test on the river.

One player Selbst tangled with repeatedly was Panagiotis Papaisidorou. In one memorable hand Selbst called a 44,000 bet on a flop of {a-Clubs}{9-Spades}{4-Hearts} from Papaisidorou and when the turn card brought the {j-Diamonds} she raised a 180,000 bet to 370,000. Papaisidorou called that bet and checked the {q-Hearts} river only to face a bet of 190,000 from Selbst. He called and mucked when Selbst showed him {a-Spades}{q-Spades}.

David Kitai briefly held the chip lead and he finished in fourth place with 2,307,000, while Simon Mattsson, who started the day as chip leader, ended with 1,172,000. Nandor Solyom will return as the short stack with 182,000 after losing a flip to Francesco Grieco just before the day ended.

Online qualifier Brian Altman was the chip leader at the end of Day 2 but at one point today he was down to one big blind. A series of improbable double ups, including cracking aces with king-deuce all in preflop, saw him escape elimination several times before he finally bust in the very last hand of the night to finish 23rd for a €32,270 payday.

Play resumes on Tuesday at noon CET and the plan is to play down to the final six. The tournament is just two days away from crowning an eventual champion from this record breaking field in Prague and the winner will take home a huge €969,000 payday.

Day 5 Table and Seat Draw

11Artem MetalidiUkraine1,065,000
12Sergey LebedevRussia678,000
13Nandor SolyomRomania182,000
14Jonathan WongUK1,216,000
16Vanessa SelbstUSA2,040,000
17Davidi KitaiBelgium2,307,000
18Simon MattssonSweden1,172,000
21Remi CastaignonFrance1,385,000
22Andras NemethHungary1,813,000
24Francesco GriecoItaly1,215,000
25Thomas ButzhammerGermany320,000
26Pascal PflockGermany671,000
27Sam GraftonUK2,610,000
28Stephen GranerUSA3,228,000
31Balazs BotondHungary1,248,000
32Jakub SlemrCzech Republic1,278,000
33Roman PavliukUkraine608,000
34Anton BertilssonSweden1,131,000
35Tamer KamelUK1,304,000
36Fabio SperlingGermany4,357,000
37Bjorn WieslerGermany1,504,000
38Miltiadis KyriakidesGreece1,900,000

Be sure to follow our coverage when play resumes on Tuesday! In the meantime, check out Remko Rinkema's interview Vanessa Selbst earlier in the day.

Tags: Brian AltmanDavidi KitaiEPT PragueGeorge DanzerSam GraftonVanessa Selbst

The Story of James Hartigan's First EPT

Level 24 : 12,000/24,000, 3,000 ante

Today we also spoke to EPT Live commentator James Hartigan to talk about his first EPT, and the story might surprise you. Hartigan played in the first EPT he attended, and it also turned out to be the only even he would ever have chips in.

Tags: James Hartigan

End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 24 : 12,000/24,000, 3,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Fabio Sperling de
Fabio Sperling
4,357,000 392,000
Stephen Graner us
Stephen Graner
3,228,000 28,000
EPT 1X Winner
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
2,610,000 310,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
2,307,000 599,000
Winamax Team Pro
EPT 1X Winner
Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst
2,040,000 51,000
Miltiadis Kyriakides cy
Miltiadis Kyriakides
1,900,000 -412,000
Andras Nemeth hu
Andras Nemeth
1,813,000 543,000
Bjorn Wiesler de
Bjorn Wiesler
1,504,000 -5,000
Remi Castaignon fr
Remi Castaignon
1,385,000 -215,000
EPT 1X Winner
Tamer Kamel gb
Tamer Kamel
1,304,000 4,000
Jakub Slemr cz
Jakub Slemr
1,278,000 263,000
Balazs Botond hu
Balazs Botond
1,248,000 543,000
Jonathan Wong gb
Jonathan Wong
1,216,000 -284,000
Francesco Grieco it
Francesco Grieco
1,215,000 -35,000
Simon Mattsson se
Simon Mattsson
1,172,000 -278,000
Anton Bertilsson se
Anton Bertilsson
1,131,000 -19,000
Artem Metalidi ua
Artem Metalidi
1,065,000 -291,000
Sergey Lebedev ru
Sergey Lebedev
678,000 -913,000
Pascal Pflock de
Pascal Pflock
671,000 -184,000
Roman Pavliuk ua
Roman Pavliuk
608,000 -179,000
Thomas Butzhammer de
Thomas Butzhammer
320,000 -123,000
Nandor Solyom hu
Nandor Solyom
182,000 -3,000

Brian Altman Eliminated in 23rd Place (€32,270)

Level 24 : 12,000/24,000, 3,000 ante
Brian Altman
Brian Altman

In the very last hand of the day, Artem Metalidi raised to 50,000 and Balazs Botond called from one seat over. Brian Altman moved all in for 390,000 and the action was folded around to Botond. The 2014 Eureka Prague Main Event champion called with {6-Diamonds} {6-Clubs} and Altman had a coin flip for his tournament life with {K-Hearts} {Q-Spades}.

The board ran out {J-Spades} {7-Diamonds} {8-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {2-Spades} and that was it for Altman. All remaining 22 players now bag and tag their chips, the full counts will be available shortly.

At the beginning of the day it looked like Alterman wasn't going to make a deep run at all, but as we discussed in the following video he made a nice comeback. There won't be a Day 5 for Altman, but he can sure look back on a great run in this event.

Player Chips Progress
Brian Altman us
Brian Altman

Tags: Artem MetalidiBalazs BotondBrian Altman

Kamel Takes one Down

Level 24 : 12,000/24,000, 3,000 ante

In the second last hand of the day, Tamer Kamel raised to 48,000 from under the gun and was called by Davidi Kitai and Remi Castaignon in the blinds. The board was checked through until the {K-Diamonds} {4-Clubs} {7-Hearts} {2-Diamonds} {2-Spades} river and Castaignon paid off a 95,000-bet by Kamel only to muck when shown {K-Clubs} {J-Diamonds}.

Player Chips Progress
Tamer Kamel gb
Tamer Kamel
1,300,000 280,000

Tags: Davidi KitaiRemi CastaignonTamer Kamel

Grieco Doubles through Solyom

Level 24 : 12,000/24,000, 3,000 ante

Francesco Grieco had been stealing some more blinds and then moved all in from the cutoff for 565,000 after Andras Nemeth had opened the action with a raise to 52,000. Miltiadis Kyriakides asked for a count and tanked for a while from the button before releasing his cards. Nandor Solyom moved all in for more from the big blind and Nemeth quickly got out of the way.

Grieco: {A-Clubs} {K-Hearts}
Solyom: {8-Diamonds} {8-Hearts}

The {9-Clubs} {3-Diamonds} {5-Hearts} flop was still good for the Romanian and so was the {10-Hearts} on the turn. Grieco then jumped up and cheered in Italian to his rail after spotting the {K-Clubs} river that let him double up once again.

Player Chips Progress
Francesco Grieco it
Francesco Grieco
1,250,000 750,000
Nandor Solyom hu
Nandor Solyom
185,000 -875,000

Tags: Andras NemethFrancesco GriecoMiltiadis KyriakidesNandor Solyom

Renewed Focus Puts Tamer Kamel On Course For Success

Level 24 : 12,000/24,000, 3,000 ante
Tamer Kamel
Tamer Kamel

So often, getting your life in order away from the tables reaps dividends on them. It’s not just being able to put aside the tribulations of everyday life, it’s runs much deeper --a contentment that puts a game of cards into better perspective, so that win or lose you’re always thankful for what you’ve got.

For Tamer Kamel it means a new confidence in his game, one that in recent weeks has helped him reach final tables in both the WPT in Nottingham, and the GUKIPT Grand Final in London. In Prague that’s now become a deep run in the Main Event. Kamel has rarely been so focused, as the PokerStars Blog reports.

Tags: Tamer KamelVladimir Troyanovskiy

River Shove From Selbst

Level 24 : 12,000/24,000, 3,000 ante

Vanessa Selbst was on the button and three-bet an open from Bjorn Wiesler.

The flop was {8-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{7-Spades} and Selbst flat called a bet from Wiesler. They both checked the turn {3-Clubs} and when Wiesler bet 200,000 on the river card {8-Spades} Selbst moved all in.

Wiesler took a short time to make his mind up but his cards ended up in the muck.

Player Chips Progress
Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst
1,989,000 89,000
Bjorn Wiesler de
Bjorn Wiesler
1,509,000 -5,000