EPT9 Prague: Beskrovnyy leads field towards the bubble
How long is an EPT day 3? How long is a piece of string? The plan is for five levels today, each lasting 90 minutes. But whether we get that far remains to be seen.
From the starting field of 864, a record for EPT Prague, just 161 now remain. For each of them there is some reason to celebrate, but not much. Only the top 128 will finish in the money, making Day 3 another tense war of attrition, the landscape of which will change dramatically in the coming hours.
Chip leader coming into the day is Russian player Iosif Beskrovnyy who extended his day one lead by at least 24 hours last night, closing on 625,200 chips. His closest rivals this afternoon include Martin Honowski (484,000), Sergio Aido Espina (416,400), Cesar Garcia Dominguez (410,900) and Robert Kokoska (403,400). No one else has more than 400,000.
Chip leader Iosif Beskrovnyy
The introductions have been made and players welcomed. Tournament director Theresa Nousiainen has explained the plan - five levels, out of here nice and early by 9pm. Of course, that applies only to those who can outlive the day. Five levels will reduce this field significantly and it won;'t be a happy ending for all.
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