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Money Bubble Looms at Close of PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event Day 2

mnuwwarah • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Paul Michaelis
Paul Michaelis

All of the players who still had chips in PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event gathered in one room for the first time, with survivors of two starting days and last-minute registrants creating a field of 855 entries. At the close of six levels of play, that number has been reduced to only 140 hopefuls, just a few eliminations from the money bubble that will take place when 128 remain.

The top 127 will get chunks of a prize pool finalized during the opening hour of play, totaling over €4.1 million and paying out €775,000 to the winner.

The players who have best positioned themselves to claim that windfall after 14 levels include Paul Michaelis (630,500), Omid Mojaverian (597,500) and Erik Walfridsson (536,500).

Michaelis, who won a bracelet in 2015 in one of the last pot-limit hold'em events ever at the WSOP, will try to continue the modern poker tradition of Germans sweeping up all of the money out there. In a big hand late in Day 2, he got three streets of all-in value with a turned set of tens in a three-bet pot against a player who had paired on the flop with ace-king. Just before the day came to an end, Michaelis flopped another set and ultimately sent Romain Lewis to the rail to claim the top spot.

Day 1 chip leader and local Czech standout Michal Mrakes also followed up his big Day 1 with a solid Day 2. While his nearly $1 million in cashes speaks to his overall success, Mrakes seems to do especially well here in his home country, with cashes of €200,000 and €46,594 already this year.

While Mrakes couldn't hold his overall lead on the field, he still increased his stack from 202,700 to 333,000, good enough for almost two times the average.

Team PokerStars also performed well, with Fatima Moreira de Melo, Igor Kurganov, Jake Cody, Maria Konnikova and Marcin Horecki all still carrying the banner heading into Day 3.

Fatima Moreira De Melo
Fatima Moreira De Melo

Players who weren't so fortunate and found themselves hitting the rail on Day 2 included Timothy Adams, Koray Aldemir, Davidi Kitai, John Juanda and Adrian Mateos.

Jasper Meijer van Putten, the Dutchman who won the final EPT Prague here last year, also busted. He got his chips in way behind with top pair against a set held by Boris Kolev, and though a sweat arrived when Meijer van Putten turned trips, he was felted when the river bricked off.

Day 3 play picks up Friday at noon at Level 15 (2,000/4,000/500) and will see a switch to 90-minute levels. Come back to PokerNews then to continue following the development of one of the last big tournaments of 2017.

Official top Chip Counts 10 After Day 2

PlacePlayerCountryChip Count
1Paul MichaelisGermany630,500
2Omid MojaverianIran597,500
3Erik WalfridssonSweden536,500
4Boris KolevBulgaria510,500
5Daniel BarriocanalSpain504,000
6Dimitrios KalaroutisGreece417,000
7Paraschos StavridisGreece414,000
8Fatima Moreira de MeloNetherlands406,000
9Kalidou SowFrance405,000
10Robert HeidornGermany394,500

Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatNameCountryChipsBig Blinds
11Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus151,50038
12John MooneyUK182,00046
13Louis SalterIreland195,00049
14Daniel BarriocanalSpain504,000126
15Omid MojaverianIran597,500149
16Arsenii KarmatckiiRussia232,00058
17Alexis FleurFrance212,50053
18Georgios ZisimopoulosGreece88,00022
21Dominik PankaPoland320,50080
23Cathal ShineIreland135,00034
24Martin StaszkoCzech Republic78,00020
25Fatima Moreira De MeloNetherlands406,000102
26Michael KoranSwitzerland101,00025
27Ihar SoikaBelarus44,00011
28Aleksandr MordvinovRussia296,50074
31Gabriele LeporeItaly339,50085
32Yury KanunnikovRussia182,00046
33Yorane KerignardFrance44,00011
34Paraschos StavridisGreece414,000104
35Justas VaiciulionisLithuania56,00014
36Marco RegonaschiItaly65,00016
37Matas CimbolasLithuania271,00068
38Quentin LecomteFrance63,50016
41Ondrej PulecCzech Republic107,00027
42Xixiang LuoChina377,50094
43Petr SvobodaCzech Republic92,50023
44Jonathan ProudfootUK58,50015
45Boris KolevBulgaria510,500128
46Jacek PustulaPoland140,00035
47Valon BudimaAlbania33,0008
48Vitaliy LiRussia55,50014
51Igor KurganovRussia160,00040
52Boris KuzmanovicCroatia208,50052
53Paul MichaelisGermany630,500158
54Marcin HoreckiPoland132,00033
55Ji ZhangGermany296,00074
56Asi MosheIsrael192,50048
57Alex FoxenUSA133,00033
58Sebastian KappenbergGermany52,00013
61Gavin O'RourkeIreland146,00037
62Jake CodyUK252,50063
63Carlo SavinelliItaly130,00033
64Jakutis PovilasLithuania131,00033
65Charles La BoissonniereCanada68,50017
66Walter OaquimBrazil199,00050
67Harry LodgeUK235,50059
68Josip SimunicAustria200,00050
71Jean MonturyFrance166,00042
72Milos LalovicSerbia47,00012
73Michal MrakesCzech Republic333,00083
74Daniel BelovEstonia227,00057
75Robert HeidornGermany394,50099
76Vlad DarieRomania81,50020
77Aleksandr MerzhvinskiyRussia146,00037
78Shabtai KorenIsrael142,50036
81Thomas MercierBelgium222,50056
82Yang ZhangChina71,50018
84Daniel JuncadellaSpain75,50019
85Pierre CalamusaFrance219,00055
86Yuliyan KolevBulgaria94,50024
87Kamil DoboszPoland89,50022
88Maria KonnikovaUSA29,5007
91Liwei SunItaly117,50029
92Rui Neves FerreiraPortugal167,00042
93Jan BednarCzech Republic215,00054
94Serhii PopovychUkraine156,50039
95Yuki KoKorea65,50016
96Anton YakubaRussia134,00034
97Ivan SoshnikovRussia298,00075
98Ghassan YaredLebanon234,50059
101Gianluca SperanzaItaly202,00051
102Stefanita FecheteRomania140,00035
103Dimitrios KalaroutisGreece417,000104
104Alex BilokurRussia103,50026
105Tuukka MeklinFinland62,50016
106Anatolii ZyrinRussia242,50061
107Dermot BlainIreland194,00049
108Norbert SzecsiHungary147,00037
111Edgaras KancaitisLithuania74,50019
112Diego ZeiterSwitzerland330,00083
113Marti Roca De TorresSpain225,50056
115James MitchellUK236,00059
116Nir LevyIsrael383,00096
117Michel DattaniPortugal95,00024
118Viliyan PetleshkovBulgaria123,00031
121Cesar GarciaSpain155,00039
122Kalidou SowFrance405,000101
123Jean-Jacques ZeitounFrance163,00041
124Lawrence BayleyUK89,50022
125Fiodor MartinoItaly152,50038
126Colin RobinsonUSA333,00083
127Ali Reza FatehiIran132,00033
128Assaf Ben YosefIsrael174,00044
131Valery YantsevichBelarus150,00038
132Maksim PaddubniakBelarus88,00022
133Valentyn ShabelnykUkraine258,50065
134Nick MaimoneUSA109,50027
135Fabian WahlersGermany72,00018
136Amjad Nader MustafaSaudi Arabia111,50028
137Rasmus VogtDenmark87,50022
138Fidan ZahitiSweden194,50049
141Viacheslav GoryachevRussia33,5008
142Guillaume Pau DavyFrance59,00015
143Jason WheelerUSA221,00055
144Alexandr ReskoCzech Republic146,00037
145Xia LinChina62,50016
146Samy OuellaniFrance110,00028
147James AkenheadUK257,50064
148Antonio PalmaPortugal170,00043
151Dmitry PonomarevRussia258,50065
152Yordan DimitrovBulgaria51,00013
153Sonny FrancoFrance174,50044
154Jukka PaloniemiFinland198,50050
156Andrzej SiemieniakPoland242,50061
157Konstantin FarberGermany270,00068
158Christopher AndlerSweden201,00050
161Francois TosquesFrance224,50056
162Markus DurneggerAustria195,00049
163Thomas LentrodtGermany161,00040
164Alessio IsaiaItaly249,00062
165Hon Cheong LeeHong Kong241,50060
166Ivan KiselevRussia110,00028
167Liviu IgnatRomania79,00020
168Petar KalevBulgaria141,00035
171Oleg VasylchenkoUkraine39,00010
172Bartosz StasiewiczPoland96,00024
173Erik WalfridssonSweden536,500134
174Jack SinclairUK92,50023
175Oleksandr TrokhymenkoUkraine92,50023
176Aleksandr OrlovRussia206,50052
177Wagner Da Gloria FelicioPortugal40,50010
178Hari BercoviciIsrael285,00071
181Petr TargaCzech Republic102,00026
182Navot GolanIsrael305,00076
183Mikhail KorotkikhRussia173,50043
184Mattia BaccassinoItaly224,00056
185Mihai ManoleRomania44,50011
186Mathew FranklandUK69,00017
187Nikolaos IliakisGreece228,00057
188Arnaud EnselmeFrance281,00070

Tags: Michal MrakesPaul Michaelis

Will Kassouf Back to Reclaim His High Roller Trophy

LauraCorn • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

William Kassouf​, as always, is a man of many words. In this interview at the PokerStars Championship Prague 2017, he explains why he's back to reclaim his High Roller Prague trophy, as well as talk about his last year in poker and why he won't just jump into a 25k buy in after a big win.

Tags: PSC PraguePokerStars Championship Prague 2017William Kassoufenglish2017Laura Cornelius

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Webjoker • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

More to follow.

Paul Michaelis de
Paul Michaelis
de 630,500 -4,500
Omid Mojaverian ir
Omid Mojaverian
ir 597,500 -22,500
Erik Walfridsson SE
Erik Walfridsson
SE 536,500 26,500
Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
bg 510,500 40,500
Daniel Barriocanal es
Daniel Barriocanal
es 504,000 4,000
Dimitrios Kalaroutis gr
Dimitrios Kalaroutis
gr 417,000 336,800
Paris Stavridis gr
Paris Stavridis
gr 414,000 310,300
Fatima Moreira de Melo nl
Fatima Moreira de Melo
nl 406,000 167,000
Kalidou Sow fr
Kalidou Sow
fr 405,000 45,000
Robert Heidorn de
Robert Heidorn
de 394,500 24,500
Nir Levy il
Nir Levy
il 383,000 143,000
Xixiang Luo cn
Xixiang Luo
cn 377,500 67,500
Gabriele Lepore it
Gabriele Lepore
it 339,500 238,300
Michal Mrakes cz
Michal Mrakes
cz 333,000 3,000
Colin Robinson us
Colin Robinson
us 333,000 -42,000
Diego Zeiter ar
Diego Zeiter
ar 330,000 98,000
Dominik Panka pl
Dominik Panka
pl 320,500 500
Navot Golan il
Navot Golan
il 305,000 213,700
Ivan Soshnikov ru
Ivan Soshnikov
ru 298,000 13,000
Aleksandr Mordvinov ru
Aleksandr Mordvinov
ru 296,500 227,300
Ji Zhang de
Ji Zhang
de 296,000 266,300
Hari Bercovici il
Hari Bercovici
il 285,000 -45,000
Arnaud Enselme fr
Arnaud Enselme
fr 281,000 258,000
Matas Cimbolas lt
Matas Cimbolas
lt 271,000 31,000
Konstantin Farber de
Konstantin Farber
de 270,000 150,000

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Fleur Doubles in Last Hand

zedmaster84 • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Alexis Fleur called a raise to 7,000 by Rui Neves Ferreira to see a flop of {9-Clubs}{4-Spades}{3-Spades} and the Portuguese checked, while Fleur bet 9,500. Ferreira check-raised to 30,000 and Fleur moved all in for 95,300, which the Portuguese called to set up the following showdown:

Alexis Fleur: {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
Rui Neves Ferreira: {K-Spades}{9-Spades}

Fleur was ahead with the over pair and needed to dodge a nine, king and spades. He did so after two blanks on turn and river, and doubled in the last hand of the night.

Alexis Fleur fr
Alexis Fleur
fr 212,500 62,500
Rui Neves Ferreira pt
Rui Neves Ferreira
pt 167,000 -33,000

Tags: Alexis FleurRui Neves Ferreira

Four More Hands

Webjoker • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

And the day is done. We'll be back shortly with end-of-day chip counts and a recap of today's action.

Michaelis Busts Lewis to Claim the Lead

zedmaster84 • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

During the last hands of the night, Paul Michaelis took on Romain Lewis and busted the Frenchman to jump into the top spot.

Michaelis raised to 6,500 from middle position and Lewis three-bet to 20,000 from one seat over, which Michaelis called. The flop came {9-Clubs}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts} and both players checked. After the {4-Hearts} turn, Michaelis made it 33,000 to go and was called by Lewis before the {4-Clubs} river paired the board.

Michaelis moved all in and Lewis had a decision to make for his last 115,000 chips. After spending some time in the think tank, the clock was called and Lewis called it off to see Michaelis turn over {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}. Lewis flashed {7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and hit the rail.

Paul Michaelis de
Paul Michaelis
de 635,000 165,000
Romain Lewis fr
Romain Lewis
Winamax Team Pro
fr Busted

Tags: Paul MichaelisRomain Lewis

Sikora No More

zedmaster84 • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

James Mitchell had previously built his stack after coolering Dean Hutchison with full house versus full house before taking on Jaroslaw Sikora. The Pole himself doubled a few minutes ago and now three-bet from 7,000 to 25,000. Mitchell called in the cutoff to see a flop of {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} and Sikora bet 16,500, which Mitchell called. After the {2-Spades} turn, Sikora checked and quickly folded to a bet of 21,000.

Down to around 72,000, Sikora's chips were soon after integrated into the tower of Viliyan Petleshkov to see the EPT12 Prague €10,300 High Roller runner-up and EPT12 Malta third-place finisher bow out in the last level of Day 2.

Hari Bercovici il
Hari Bercovici
il 330,000 30,000
Dominik Panka pl
Dominik Panka
pl 320,000 105,000
Viliyan Petleshkov bg
Viliyan Petleshkov
bg 240,000 20,000
James Akenhead gb
James Akenhead
gb 240,000 191,000
Boris Kuzmanovic hr
Boris Kuzmanovic
hr 175,000 22,000
Jaroslaw Sikora pl
Jaroslaw Sikora
pl Busted
Dean Hutchison gb
Dean Hutchison
gb Busted

Tags: James MitchellJaroslaw SikoraViliyan PetleshkovDean Hutchison

Heidorn Sends O'Dwyer to the Rail

zedmaster84 • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Robert Heidorn won a big flip with {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} against the {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} of Konstantin Farber and soon after busted Steve O'Dwyer.

Heidorn three-bet out of the small blind and O'Dwyer pushed all in over the top. The initial raiser folded and Heidorn called.

Steve O'Dwyer: {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}
Robert Heidorn: {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}

The board of {7-Spades}{3-Clubs}{2-Spades}{10-Spades}{10-Diamonds} ensured that the kicker played and O'Dwyer busted before the money.

Robert Heidorn de
Robert Heidorn
de 370,000 260,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie Busted

Tags: Konstantin FarberRobert HeidornSteve O'Dwyer