EPT11 Prague: Midday update: Final two tables battle for €771,360 first prize

What's more important the money or the trophy? In a round of Family Fortunes that would probably be the top answer to the question: "We asked 100 people to name a question commonly asked to someone who's just won a poker tournament." As for the answer to that question, some say trophy whilst others say the money.

Well this paragraph is not for sitting on the fence it is, as countless musical artists have sang over the years: 'all about the money.' That's because the prize pool in the €50,000 Super High Roller has just been announced. The winner will receive €771,360 and the €2,448,765 purse will be split seven ways, meaning one player who returns tomorrow will leave empty handed which, as we all know, would never happen on Family Fortunes.

The full prize pool is as below.

1st. €771,360
3rd. €355,070
4th. €269,360
5th. €208,150
6th. €159,170
7th. €128,565


Roberts leads the final two tables

With just 16 players left it's Brian Roberts who's in pole position to claim top prize. The American has a stack of 2,038,000 which equates to a shade over 127 big blinds. The chasing pack includes: Leonid Markin (1,850,000), start of day chip-leader Ivan Soshnikov (1,233,000) and Vladimir Troyanovskiy (1,226,000).

As fore Roerts, he's basically continued his trend of one long upwards curve as he started the day second in chips with 857,000. He's eliminated two players so far today, taking care of Timothy Adams and Pablo Fernandez.

Both Adams (re-entry) and Fernandez (first bullet) took advantage of the opportunity to buy-in before the start of play as did WCOOP 2014 Main Event winner Fedor Holz, who was on his third bullet. That took the total number of unique entrants to 42 and the number of re-entries to nine. Sadly for Holz bullet number three would go the same way as the previous two.


Haxton and McDonald - both out

He's in good company on the rail as: Mike Watson, Ike Haxton, Sorel Mizzi, Dan Shak, Mike Leah, Bryn Kenney, Martin Kabrhel and Mike McDonald are among those to have busted on Day 2. Spare a thought for McDonald, after getting rivered by Micah Raskin to bust he got an unintentional trolling shortly afterwards.

However, Christoph Vogelsang wins the award for sickest exit of the day so far. He four-bet all-in pre-flop with 8♣8♥ and was up against Mustapha Kanit's A♣K♥. The 8♦[10d]A♥ made Vogelsang a 96.46% favourite but the poker gods found a runner-runner outdraw as the turn and river fell K♠K♦.

The remaining 16, who include a WSOP Main Event winner (Martin Jacobson), reigning EPT Player of the Year (Ole Schemion) and an EPT Grand Final winner (Steve O'Dwyer), play on for now knowing that only half will remain come the end of play.


They'll be plenty more all-ins before the final table is set

Full coverage of the EPT Prague Poker Festival is on the main EPT Prague page. Super High Roller coverage, including blow-by-blow updates in the panel at the top, is on the Super High Roller page. And the Eureka main event is into it's penultimate day and playing on. That's on the Eureka Prague page.

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour