EPT Prague: Day two, and things are about to get interesting

Day two is here on a grey day in Prague, the day when decisions have to be made and a new reality sets in. Heroics on day one to make it to this stage are all well and good, but if that heroism brought you here with a handful of chips left, well, today you may no be here long enough to enjoy similar admiration.



That aside, if you’re here you have a chance. Day two is the day when a tournament really begins to take shape. Some will start to make their way to the front, usually after one of those hands that railbirds and players home in on as it takes place. That will happen to a few players, some may even keep their chips as a run in towards the money continues.

One man expecting just that is PokerStars qualifier Steven “All-in” Devlin from Omagh in Northern Ireland. Cast in the internet demon mould, Devlin is chip leader going into today after finishing last night with 122,200. Day 1a chip leader Adrian Koy from Germany is in second place whilst another PokerStars qualifier Maciej Mazur from Poland is the only other player to have more than 100k. He has 104,300.

To paraphrase Sir Isaac Newton, every action has an opposite reaction. Admittedly poker may not have been on Newton’s mind when he said it but no man feels the full force of that fact today more than Hans Eskilsson. The former Swedish footballer returns today with just 700 chips. Blinds are at 400/800 with a 100 ante. Hands faces near impossible odds - into the valley of death rode the 700.

In between Devlin and Eskillsson though there are a good number of PokerStars qualifiers as well as Team PokerStars pros Katja Thater on 28,400 and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier with 15,500.

But right now chips are being unbagged, last cigarettes are being smoked and tournament director Thomas Kremser has announced the five minute warning and switched on the welcome music – which I’m told also featured in Rocky IV.

A quick look at some of the chip counts of players returning today....

Stephen Devlin – PokerStars qualifier – UK – 122,200
Adrian Koy – Germany – 115,500
Maciej Mazur – PokerStars qualifier -- Poland – 104,300
Alec Torelli – USA – 78,900
Nikolas Liakos – Sweden – 78,000
Juha Lauttamus – Finland – 73,100
Luigi Rizzi – Italy – 72,800
Magnus Petersson – Sweden – 72,300
Tommy Pavlicek – PokerStars player -- Canada – 71,300
Alberto Spigolon – Italy – 67,700
Mikael Norinder – Sweden – 66,600
Gerd Mueller – Germany – 64,900
Pras Bansi – UK – 62,100
Andrej Nagy – PokerStars qualifier -- Slovakia – 56,600
Florian Langmann – Germany – 55,400
Dag Martin Mikkelsen – Norway – 53,900
Luis Sevilla – Spain – 52,400
Jose Navarro – PokerStars qualifier -- Spain – 50,400
Mike McDonald – PokerStars qualifier -- Canada – 49,700

Michel Abecassis – France – 45,100
Cyril Ben Soussan – France – 44,900
Guillaume Frechette – Canada – 44,900
Thierry Labat – France – 44,500
Kristian Kjondal – Norway – 43,800
Martin Wendt – Denmark – 43,600
Christer Johansson – Sweden -- 42,600
Ofer Golko – Israel – 41,400
Cristiano Blanco – Italy – 39,700
Simon Christensson – Sweden – 39,700
Mikkel Madsen – USA – 39,200
Ben Wolbers -- Holland – 38,400
Michael Durrer – PokerStars qualifier -- Germany – 37,800
Juhani Junnilainen – PokerStars qualifier -- Finland – 37,700

Marc Karam – Canada – 36,700
Paul Gormley – UK – 36,500
Daan Ruiter – Holland – 35,700
Ken Lennaard – Sweden – 34,400
Casper Hansen – Denmark – 31,300
Martin Kraibich -- Czech Republic – 31,300
Rob Hollink – Holland – 30,700
Mika Paasonen -- Finland – 28,400
Nicky Power – Ireland – 28,400
Katja Thater – Team PokerStars Pro -- Germany – 28,400
Christakis Lacovides – UK – 27,900
Markus Golser – Austria – 27,400
Henrik Sorensen – Denmark – 26,300
Nicholas Goodall – UK – 25,900
Robert Norberg – Sweden – 25,000
Bjorn-Andre Kildanen – Norway – 24,700
Sondre Mikalsen – PokerStars qualifier -- Sweden – 23,200
Richard Toth – Hungary – 23,000
Nicolai Vivet – Denmark – 22,600
Zdedek Habala -- Czech Republic – 22,200
Francisco Lopez -- Spain – 21,500
Tobias Persson – Sweden – 21,500
Christopher Moorman – UK – 20,100
Mika Puro – Finland – 19,800
Reijo Manninen – PokerStars qualifier -- Finland – 16,000
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier – Team PokerStars Pro -- France – 15,500
Kenneth Hicks Jr – PokerStars qualifier -- USA – 15,300

Frantisek Striz -- Czech Republic – 14,400
Michael O’Neill – UK – 14,100
Martin Hruby -- Czech Republic – 13,900
Tomas Brolin – Sweden – 13,400
Sebastian Zink – PokerStars qualifier -- Germany – 12,900
Pavel Blatny – PokerStars qualifier -- Czech Republic – 12,300

Priyhan De Mel – UK – 12,300
Antoanell Judet – Romania – 12,200
Leo Kam – Canada – 11,800
Ionel Anton – PokerStars qualifier -- Romania – 11,300
Michael Ellis – UK – 10,900
Rolf Slotboom – Holland – 10,700
Jeff Wang – PokerStars qualifier -- USA – 10,500
Daniel Zink – PokerStars qualifier -- Germany – 10,200

Cristian Mihu – Romania – 9,300
David Nigioni – PokerStars qualifier -- Monaco – 9,200
Pavol Volak – Slovakia – 9,100
Andrew Feldman – UK – 8, 800
Tomas Kosicka -- Czech Republic – 8,800
Ville Mattila – PokerStars qualifier -- Finland – 6,600
Rolf Waero – Norway – 6,400
Pernilla Olsson – Sweden – 6,300
Marius Debu – Romania – 5,100
Antony Lellouche – France – 4,080
Michael Hales – UK – 3,700
Hans Eskilsson – Sweden – 700

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