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Welcome to Day 1a of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Prague €5,300 Main Event

Jasper Meijer van Putten - EPT Prague 2016 Main Event Winner

At noon local time Prague will once again be the place to be for all poker enthusiasts in Europe, as Day 1a of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Prague €5,300 Main Event kicks off at the stunning Hilton Hotel Prague. The PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) has previously visited "the City of a Hundred Spires" since 2007 and it is the 11th consecutive year that the PokerStars branded live tour finishes off the year in the Czech Republic.

The flagship tournament of the 43-event strong festival comes with a price tag of €5,300 and all players receive 30,000 in chips. Each Day 1 will play a total of eight levels of 75 minutes each with breaks every two levels and a 75-minute dinner break at the end of level six. Action concludes around midnight local time and the registration remains open until the cards are back in the air for Day 2.

Day 1 Level Structure

LevelDurationSmall BlindBig BlindAnte
175 minutes50100-
275 minutes75150-
Break20 minutes   
375 minutes10020025
475 minutes15030050
Break20 minutes   
575 minutes20040050
675 minutes25050075
Dinner Break75 minutes   
775 minutes300600100
875 minutes400800100

It is the seventh PokerStars Championship Main Event since the rebranding and previous winners include Christian Harder, Kenneth Smaron, Elliot Smith, Raffaele Sorrentino, Pavel Shirshikov and Sebastian Sorensson. Sorrentino almost became the first player to claim two titles in the very first year and finished third in Barcelona after cutting a three-way deal with Sorensson.

2017 PokerStars Championship Main Events at a Glance

PSC StopBuy InEntriesPrize PoolChampionPrizePrize (USD)
Bahamas$5,300738$3,376,712Christian Harder$429,664$429,664
Panama$5,300366$1,775,100Kenneth Smaron$293,860$293,860
MacauHKD42,400536HKD20,796,800Elliot SmithHK$2,877,500$370,245
Monte-Carlo€5,300727€3,525,950Raffaele Sorrentino€466,714$508,281
SochiRUB318,000387RUB150,000,000Pavel ShirshikovRUB29,100,000$514,893
Barcelona€5,3001,682€8,157,700Sebastian Sorensson€987,043$1,160,285

Back in December 2016 it was Jasper Meijer van Putten that lifted the last EPT Main Event trophy here in Prague after emerging on top out of a field of 1,192 entries, taking home the lion's share of the €5,781,200 prize pool for a career-best score of €699,300. The Dutchman has extended his unbeaten run without being eliminated from a tournament in Prague to nine days in a row after topping a field of 49 entries in Event #2 €10,300 Single Re-Entry. Along with the second PokerStars trophy at the Hilton Hotel, van Putten added further €150,000 to his poker bankroll and will be back to defend his Main Event title in the upcoming days with the confidence at an all-time high.

Jasper Meijer van Putten wins Event #2

The €50,000 Super High Roller will play down to a winner later today as well as Timothy Adams holds a commanding lead over Adrian Mateos and Mikita Badziakouski, while Georgios Vrakas leads the final eight in the 2,117-strong PokerStars National Championship €1,100 Main Event. Other finalists include Marco Regonaschi, Yan Shing Tsang and Ludovic Geilich.

The PokerNews live reporting team will provide updates from the following events in Prague:

DatesEventLive Updates?
Dec. 10-12€50,000 PokerStars Championship Super High RollerNo, feature style content
Dec. 12-18€5,300 PokerStars Championship Main EventYes
Dec. 13€25,500 PokerStars Championship Single-Day High Roller IYes
Dec. 14€25,500 PokerStars Championship Single-Day High Roller IIYes
Dec. 16-18€10,300 PokerStars Championship High RollerYes

Tags: Adrian MateosChristian HarderElliot SmithGeorgios VrakasJasper Meijer van PuttenKenneth SmaronLudovic GeilichMarco RegonaschiMikita BadziakouskiPavel ShirshikovRaffaele SorrentinoSebastian SorenssonTimothy Adams


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