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Mrakes Shines on Home Turf on Day 1a of PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event

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Michal Mrakes
Michal Mrakes

It's already been a great year for Michal Mrakes in his home country of Czech Republic, and it could be still better if he can take down PokerStars Championship Prague €5,300 Main Event.

While there's a long way to go before he can make that a reality, Mrakes has taken the first step here on Day 1a, bagging a huge stack of 202,700 to rank first among the 77 players who bagged chips at the close of play. A total of 193 entries were logged in the first of two starting flights.

Mrakes has already his two nice scores in his home country this year. He got first in a €1K event here for €200,000 and then took 14th in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for €46,594. Overall, he's just shy of $1 million in cashes, so he'll be a player to keep an eye on going forward.

Mrakes got a huge stack early on, reportedly picking up aces against kings and then getting the blades again in a massive all in pot, this time holding against a player who tried jamming rags at the wrong time.

Another WSOPE headliner — actually, the WSOPE headliner — also made waves. Marti Roca de Torres, who took down the Main Event just a couple of hours to the west last month, sits unofficially in second with 170,900. He flopped top two with jack-nine suited in a three-bet pot against Steve O'Dwyer, and the super high roller, who had been looking like a favorite to finish among the leaders, sent Roca de Torres a full double when he couldn't get away from pocket tens.

O'Dwyer did manage to bag 52,800, though. Others making it through included Martin Staszko, €50K Super High Roller winner Timothy Adams, Sergi Reixach, Adrian Mateos and Dietrich Fast.

Anton Wigg, Sam Greenwood, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, David Peters, Juha Helppiinterviewed here by PokerNews — and PokerStars Team Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier are among those who will have to count on a side event or one of the remaining high rollers if they hope to add a trophy to their collections from here in the Czech capital.

Players who didn't bust out of Day 1a can fire Day 1b, expected to be the larger of the two starting flights, which starts Wednesday at noon. Come back to PokerNews then for more live coverage.

Top 10 Counts

 PlayerCountryChip Count
1Michal MrakesCzech Republic202,700
2Marti Roca De TorresSpain170,900
3Akin TunaGermany155,600
4Mikhail RudoyRussia142,400
5Anton YakubaRussia139,800
6Oleg VasylchenkoUkraine138,900
7Martin StaszkoCzech Republic133,100
8Morten HalvorsenNorway131,800
9Erik WalfridssonSweden127,700
10Fidan ZahitiSweden125,500

Tags: Marti Roca de TorresMichal Mrakes

Official End of Day 1a Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante
Michal Mrakes cz
Michal Mrakes
cz 202,700 -17,300
Marti Roca de Torres es
Marti Roca de Torres
es 170,900 900
Akin Tuna tr
Akin Tuna
tr 155,600 2,600
Mikhail Rudoy ru
Mikhail Rudoy
ru 142,400 142,400
Anton Yakuba ru
Anton Yakuba
ru 139,800 87,400
Oleg Vasylchenko ua
Oleg Vasylchenko
ua 138,900 138,900
Martin Staszko cz
Martin Staszko
cz 133,100 -16,900
Morten Halvorsen NO
Morten Halvorsen
NO 131,800 131,800
Erik Walfridsson SE
Erik Walfridsson
SE 127,700 57,700
Fidan Zahiti se
Fidan Zahiti
se 125,500 80,500
Boris Kuzmanovic hr
Boris Kuzmanovic
hr 124,800 -200
Konstantin Farber de
Konstantin Farber
de 120,000 5,000
Ramon Miquel Munoz es
Ramon Miquel Munoz
es 120,000 -35,000
John Mooney gb
John Mooney
gb 118,900 -1,100
Olli Autio fi
Olli Autio
fi 115,000 50,000
Omid Mojaverian ir
Omid Mojaverian
ir 113,800 113,800
Carlo Savinelli it
Carlo Savinelli
it 106,100 -8,900
Oliver Weis de
Oliver Weis
de 105,800 -1,200
Henrik Hecklen dk
Henrik Hecklen
dk 105,400 105,400
Timothy Adams ca
Timothy Adams
ca 104,700 -7,300
Mattia Baccassino it
Mattia Baccassino
it 104,300 104,300
Jakutis Povilas LT
Jakutis Povilas
LT 103,100 103,100
Mihaita Croitoru RO
Mihaita Croitoru
RO 101,400 21,400
Liviu Ignat ro
Liviu Ignat
ro 98,200 -6,800
Georgios Zisimopoulos gr
Georgios Zisimopoulos
gr 96,800 -5,300

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Kuzmanovic Takes From Roca

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

During the last hands of the night, Boris Kuzmanovic three-bet to 6,200 out of the small blind and was called by Marti Roca De Torres as initial raiser. Kuzmanovic bet the {10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop for 5,300 and Roca called before the Croatian checked the {7-Diamonds} turn. Roca bet 11,800 and Kuzmanovic called.

After the {7-Spades} on the river, both players checked and Kuzmanovic turned over the {A-Hearts}{A-Spades} as winning hand to put a small dent into Roca's big stack.

Marti Roca de Torres es
Marti Roca de Torres
es 170,000 -25,000
Boris Kuzmanovic hr
Boris Kuzmanovic
hr 125,000 10,000

Tags: Boris KuzmanovicMarti Roca De Torres

Three More

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Players will receive three more hands apiece and then hit the road, with survivors returning for Day 2.

Adams Relents

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A player in middle position bet 1,600 on a board of {5-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{3-Spades} and Timothy Adams put in 5,500 on the button. His opponent made it 16,000 and Adams tanked awhile and called. On the river came a bet of 15,500 and Adams took some time before tossing the dealer his cards.

Timothy Adams ca
Timothy Adams
ca 112,000 -13,000

Tags: Timothy Adams

Staszko With a Big Stack

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Martin Staszko
Martin Staszko

Martin Staszko vaulted into a big stack after a quads versus flush hand against John Mooney and picked up pocket aces the next hand again to bust a player with pocket deuces. Another big stack is Ramon Miquel Munoz while Vladimir Troyanovskiy was spotted on the rail.

Ali Reza Fatehi, who had started very well into Day 1a, has since been reduced to slightly more than the starting stack.

Ramon Miquel Munoz es
Ramon Miquel Munoz
es 155,000 115,000
Martin Staszko cz
Martin Staszko
cz 150,000 113,300
John Mooney gb
John Mooney
gb 120,000 15,000
Konstantin Farber de
Konstantin Farber
de 115,000 -6,600
Andrey Kotelnikov ru
Andrey Kotelnikov
ru 80,000 54,000
Albert Daher lb
Albert Daher
lb 48,000 -5,000
Louis Linard fr
Louis Linard
fr 38,000 -12,000
Ali Reza Fatehi ir
Ali Reza Fatehi
ir 35,000 -60,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
ru Busted

Tags: Ali Reza FatehiJohn MooneyMartin StaszkoVladimir Troyanovskiy

Weis Fails to Reel in a Final Bet from Tuna

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Three players saw a {q-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{k-Hearts} flop and the blinds checked to Akin Tuna in the cutoff, who bet 2,200. Only Oliver Weis (small blind) called. The German check-called 6,200 more on the {a-Spades} turn and a {k-Spades} river elicited a pair of checks. Weis tabled {a-Hearts}{7-Hearts} for a flush.

"You had something?" Weis asked.

Tuna nodded.

Akin Tuna tr
Akin Tuna
tr 153,000 -2,000
Oliver Weis de
Oliver Weis
de 107,000 10,000

Tags: Oliver WeisAkin Tuna

Run Like Roca

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Marti Roca de Torres
Marti Roca de Torres

According to the PokerStars Blog team, recent World Series of Poker Europe Main Event winner champion Marti Roca De Torres has scored a big double through Steve O'Dwyer soon after being moved to the table.

Roca De Torres raised to 1,600 from the cutoff and O'Dwyer three-bet to 6,400. Boris Kuzmanovic called, as did the Spaniard, and the flop fell {J-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}. It was O'Dwyer who bet 7,800 after it was checked to him and Kuzmanovic folded, while Rosa De Torres check-raised to 25,900. O'Dwyer called and the {2-Hearts} fell on the turn.

Roca De Torres moved all in for 61,300 and O'Dwyer called with the {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}, while the Spaniard was ahead with {J-Spades}{9-Spades} for two pair. The {A-Spades} on the river was a blank and Roca De Torres doubled into a massive stack.

Marti Roca de Torres es
Marti Roca de Torres
es 195,000 110,000
Boris Kuzmanovic hr
Boris Kuzmanovic
hr 115,000 23,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie 58,000 -82,500

Tags: Boris KuzmanovicMarti Roca De TorresSteve O'Dwyer