EPT12 Prague: Kenneth Smaron leads record-breaking High Roller in Prague


Kenneth Smaron - Day 1 chip leader

Will it or won't it break last year's record total? That was the question that we were waiting to answer today in Prague. Yesterday 247 players entered the €10,000 High Roller and 56 of them busted and then re-entered. Doing the math, that took the total number of entries to 303 just six less than last year's record of 309 entries.

But! But! Late entry was open until play started at 12.30 CET today and surely there were at least seven people out there with €10,000 out there. There were. In fact 12 players bought in this morning taking the total number of runners to 315 (252 unique entries and 63 re-entries). The players who entered for the first time today were: Konstantin Maslak, Ramin Hajiyev, Parker Talbot, Rufat Mahmudov and Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier. Whilst Rainer Kempe, Stephen Chidwick, Adnan Chamaa, Jason Mercier, Ami Barer, Yingui Li and Vlad Darie all fired their second bullet.

They all get a fresh stack of 50,000 which puts them someway behind the overnight leader Kenneth Smaron. The American bagged up 274,700 to grab the lead late in the day from Kacper Pyzara who finished on 267,000. Both Smaron and Pyzara cashed the Main Event here in Prague finishing 91st and 59th respectively.

Other players who more than quadrupled their stack during the ten levels on Day 1 include: Jeffrey Rossiter (252,400), Anton Wigg (236,000), Daniel Cates (211,400) and Rocco Palumbo (206,600).


G'day for Rossiter

In all 162 players from the 313 strong field started Day 2 and the plan today is to play ten 60 minute levels or to a final table of eight, whichever comes first. Blinds start at 1,000/2,000 ante 300.

Selected chip counts

Below are selected chip counts from the 162 players who remain in the €10,000 High Roller

Igor KurganovRussia180,000
Kevin MacPheeUSA178,200
Darrell GohIreland175,500
Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussia162,600
Charlie CarrelUK157,000
Davidi KitaiBelgium153,300
Alex BilokurRussia148,400
Andrew ChenCanada144,600
Ihar SoikaBelarus143,400
Steve O'DwyerIreland142,100
Robin YlitaloSweden120,600
Vanessa SelbstUSA119,700
John JuandaIndonesia116,100
Mike McDonaldCanada112,900
David VamplewUkraine107,700
Mustapha KanitItaly101,900
Philipp GruissemGermany97,900
Ivan SoshnikovRussia93,400
Simon DeadmanUK87,000
Juha LauttamusFinland86,800
Faraz JakaUSA86,000
Thomas MuehloeckerAustria85,600
Jonathan LittleUSA83,200
Benny SpindlerGermany76,100
Senh UngUK76,000
Paul NeweyUK67,100
Dario SammartinoItaly58,200
Ludovic GeilichUK57,200
Roberto RomanelloUK51,700
Adrian MateosSpain50,400
Mike WatsonCanada48,000
Liv BoereeUkraine47,800
Sam GreenwoodCanada47,300
Dzmitry UrbanovichPoland42,300
Tobias ReinkemeierGermany40,800
Sam ChartierCanada39,300
Dominik NitscheGermany39,200
Juha HelppiFinland39,000
Sylvain LoosliFrance34,300
Nicolas ChouityLebanon33,500
Ole SchemionGermany31,600
Pierre NeuvilleBelgium23,500
Eugene KatchalovUkraine21,400
Max SilverUK18,100


Boeree is back for Day 2

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Nick Wright
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour