EPT12 Prague: Half-a-dozen newbies take Super High Roller total to 56

With the standard structure of EPT high rollers - super or otherwise - allowing for entries up until the first deal of Day 2 the most interesting news at the start of Day 2 is not who's out, but who's in.

At the end of Day 1 we knew that 33 of the 50 players (42 unique entries and eight re-entries) who entered Day 1 would be back for more but how many others would join them? First to show his hand was Aleksandr Denisov. The Russian, who finished sixth in the $25,000 High Roller at the PCA in 2014, won his seat to this event last night in a €5,000 single re-buy Hyper Turbo satellite. He bested the likes of Zvi Stern, David Yan, Juha Helppi, Martin Finger, David Steicke and Roberto Romanello to get in on the cheap.

Five more players had to pay full price to pull up a chair on Day 2, some did so for the first time, whilst others re-entered in the hope that today would go better than yesterday. Dominik Nitsche, who made his EPT Super High Roller début at EPT12 Barcelona, was one of the new entries. "I got in to Prague yesterday but didn't play. I don't know why, I guess I wanted to see how the field turned out," he told the PokerStars Blog. He obviously liked what he saw.


Nitsche - in for a spin on Day 2

The German has been pitched at a table that Tobias Reinkemeier called the German/Russian/Italian table. It's an apt description as Nitsche has Ole Schemion to his direct left and the respective talents of Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Dario Sammartino and Mustapha Kanit to deal with, as well as Reinkemeier. Just before play started though Sam Greenwood was moved to this little enclave of Europe to add a bit of North American interest.

The other players who fancied a first spin at this tournament with 40 big blinds were Piotr Franczak and Dzmitry Urbanovich. It seems to be the way of Urbanovich to wait until the last possible moment to register. The reigning EPT Player of the Year often registers for the Main Event before the start of Day 2 and this isn't the first time he's used this tactic in a High Roller event. Interestingly Urbanovich is wearing a WSOP zip-up top. The Pole isn't old enough to play in Vegas yet but may well have picked it up in Berlin in the Autumn. The 19-year-old is sat to the left of the overnight chip leader Luuk Gieles.


Urbanovich is up to his usual tricks

As well as the new entries there were two re-entries with Anthony Zinno and EPT12 Barcelona champion John Juanda electing to fire another bullet. The former is chasing GPI Player of the Year honours and he's currently second, just behind Byron Kaverman, which is the player Juanda is now sat next to. Perhaps he can do Zinno a favour.

That takes the total number of runners left in to 39 and the total field to 56 (46 uniques and 10 re-entries). All told the players created a total prize pool of €2,688,840, the winner will collect €806,650 whilst eight players will get paid.

1st€ 806,650
2nd€ 583,500
3rd€ 376,400
4th€ 285,000
5th€ 220,500
6th€ 172,100
7th€ 137,140
8th€ 107,550

The full start of day seat draw can be seen below:

11Alexander DenisovRussia250,000
12Alex BilokurRussia387,000
13Leonid MarkinRussia76,500
14John JuandaIndonesia250,000
15Byron KavermanUSA275,000
16David PetersUSA623,000
17Fedor HolzGermany203,000
18Scott MargeresonUK38,000
21Joni JouhkimainenFinland102,000
22Mike McDonaldCanada338,000
23Ivan LucaArgentina322,000
24Jean-Noel ThorelFrance235,000
25Oleh OkhotskyiUkraine444,000
26Steve O'DwyerIreland291,000
27Anthony ZinnoUSA250,000
28Igor KurganovRussia666,000
31Luuk GielesNetherlands1,020,000
32Dzmitry UrbanovichPoland250,000
33Jeffrey RossiterAustralia180,000
34Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus160,000
35Daniel DvoressCanada390,000
36Thomas MuehloeckerAustria652,000
37Jason MercierUSA94,000
38Sylvain LoosliFrance725,000
41Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussia509,000
42Tobias ReinkemeierGermany432,000
43Dario SammartinoItaly523,000
45Sam GreenwoodCanada424,000
46Mustapha KanitItaly593,000
47Dominik NitscheGermany250,000
48Ole SchemionGermany752,000
51Chistoph VogelsangGermany431,000
52Andres Artinano MunozUK312,000
53Bryn KenneyUSA348,000
54Stephen ChidwickUK296,000
55Anton AstapauBelarus153,000
56Piotr FranczakPoland250,000
57Paul NeweyUK384,000
58Timothy AdamsCanada141,000

Coverage of the Eureka Main Event is all handily organized on the Eureka Prague page.

You'll find updates on the Super High Roller on this page throughout the day and all the schedule information is on the EPT App, which is available on both Android or IOS.

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour