EPT12 Prague: Mid-day update: Farrell's back to back bid continues

The plan today in the Main Event is to play five levels. Each level lasts 90 minutes now and we're currently in the third of the day. The blinds are 2,500/5,000 ante 500. Let's take a look at the key action so far.

Mid-day update

The most momentous moment on Day 3 is always the bubble bursting. Our own Brad Willis had that one covered and recounts what happened here.

Post bubble the bust outs have come pretty fast with 20 in the 45 minutes since the bubble went pop. But what of those with chips? Well Gavin O'Rourke is currently top dog of the 131 players who remain. He's got 840,000 which with blinds at 2,500/5,000 ante 500 is heaps. He got his biggest boost just 20 minutes into the day in a huge pot against Mustafa Biz.

In a four-bet pre-flop pot the two players saw a 8♣9♥3♦ flop hit the felt. There was about 100,000 in the pot and O'Rourke bet 40,000 only for Biz to shove all-in for an effective 190,000. The Irishman was taken aback by Biz's shove but called with K♣K♥ and was ahead of Biz's A♣K♠. The cowboys held up on the Q♠ turn and J♦ river.

Not far behind O'Rourke sits Samuel Vousden (805,000) and Niall Farrell (753,000). The back to back bid for EPT Main Event titles is well and truly on. Farrell, of course, triumphed at EPT12 Malta back in October and he's going along very nicely here in Prague too.

Chip counts

Bryan ParisUSA600,000
Ivan DemidovRussia470,000
Sam ChartierCanada444,300
David BoyaciyanNetherlands440,000
Benjamin LamprechtAustria400,000
Diogo VeigaPortugal400,000
Adrian MateosSpain346,000
Jeffrey HakimLebanon330,000
Slaven PopovBulgaria320,000
Jude AinsworthIreland313,900
Marc MacdonnellIreland310,000
Jens LakemeierGermany276,600
Hossein EnsanGermany271,000
Kitty KuoChina260,000
Roman KorenevRussia253,900
Thomas ButzhammerGermany224,500
Iaran LightbourneUK220,000
Johnny LoddenNorway200,000
Ben DobsonUK200,000
Elena StoverUSA195,400
Matthias De MeulderBelgium185,500
Walid Bou HabibLebanon172,000
Goran MandicCroatia162,000
Andrew ChenCanada150,000
Ollie PriceUK138,600
Ruben VisserNetherlands126,000
Jannick WrangDenmark125,000
Ramin HajiyevAzerbaijan64,500
Yury GulyyRussia58,000
Ivan SoshnikovRussia40,000
Sam GreenwoodCanada38,000
Jorma NuutinenFinland35,000


De Meulder and Lodden are both in the money

Notable eliminations

Plenty of big names missed out on cashing here in Prague. Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker was one of those to fall before the bubble as he was eliminated in the opening level of the day. It was a similar story for Team Pro Online's Mickey Petersen. He was short after doubling Mike McDonald with sixes versus sevens, and busted in a blind on blind battle against Vlado Banicevic.

James Akenhead ran kings into aces to bust, and Jean Montury couldn't hold with jacks against Andrea Cortellazzi's A♠K♠ as the Italian made a flush.

Other players to have exited include: David Vamplew, Fabrice Soulier, Christian Jeppsson, Fabio Sperling, Osman Mustanoglu, Alex Bilokur, Morten Mortensen, Roberto Romanello, Konstantin Puchkov and Rainer Kempe.

They all fell before the bubble burst whilst Anton Wigg, Mike McDonald and Dara O'Kearney are also out but all three secured a min-cash.


Roberto Romanello

Key coverage links

You can follow all the Main Event action on this page.

If you like moving pictures then you'll be happy to hear that #EPTLive coverage of the Main Event has begun. Watch that here.

And side event coverage - lots of it - can be found here. Whilst the results of the events that have already finished are being collated here.

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour