EPT Prague: Baby steps

"Congratulations players," dead-panned the tournament official Steve Frezer about 15 minutes ago. "You have made it through to the first break."

It's not quite the same as the announcement that a final table is set, that the bubble has burst or even that a day end has been reached. But to win a poker tournament, you have to still be in at every step of the way, and still being in the field at the end of the first two hours is certainly an achievement of sorts. And it's not something that everyone managed.

When I started writing this post, the tournament information board showed that there were 254 players remaining. As I write this sentence, it is down to 250, accounting for some bustouts before the break. You might think it would be easy to last two hours with 10,000 in starting chips. But you'd be wrong.

The final numbers for the first day should be with us shortly, and then tomorrow's field will feature slightly more. Dario Minieri, for instance, never did show up this afternoon, so he'll presumably be playing tomorrow, as will the likes of a jet-lagged Peter Eastgate.

One man who did arrive on time (give or take five minutes), and who accepted the congratulations going into the break, was the Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano, who is hoping to overcome some of the bad luck he has encountered this season on the EPT. He explains all to the video blog team:

Watch EPT Prague 08: Interview with Luca Pagano Day 1a on PokerStars.tv

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour