EPT12 Prague: Kurganov leads the field in Super High Roller

The plan today in the High Roller is to play ten levels or until the final table of eight is reached, whichever comes first. With five and a half of those ten levels completed lets take a look at how things stand...

Mid-day update

It's been a devilishly good day for Igor Kurganov so far. The high stakes specialist who plays as 'lechuckpoker' online started the day with 666,000 and has almost trebled that as he's now got 1,800,000 with blinds at 10,000/20,000 ante 3,000. He got his day off to a good start by turning two pair against Ivan Luca's top pair to all but eliminate the Argentinian. When he busted Piotr Franczak with jacks against tens, in a pot worth over 200,000, he eclipsed the million chip mark for the first time and took the chip lead. Further eliminations of Andres Munoz and Jean-Noel Thorel have propelled him towards the two million mark.

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Kurganov is top of the pile

If you thought that was an impressive chip stack improvement then let us present Exhibit B, otherwise known as Dzmitry Urbanovich. He likes to leave it late to enter these high rollers and bought in at the start of Day 2. He's since spun the 250,000 he received into 1,700,000. He eliminated Mike McDonald, who won the €25,000 High Roller at EPT12 Malta, with kings against A♦9♠ flopping quads just for good measure.

A little dose of luck helps of course and the Pole had the Poker Gods smile on him when he eliminated Byron Kaverman just a shot time ago. The American, who currently sits atop the yearly Global Poker Index rankings, three-bet all-in with pocket queens and Urbanovich tank called (he had the clock called on him) with A♠T♦. An ace and a ten on the flop gave him the lead and the pot.That win boosted him to 1,600,000, good for third in the current chip counts, just behind Sam Greenwood, who has 1,670,000.

Chip counts

NameCountryChips
Igor KurganovRussia1,800,000
Sam GreenwoodCanada1,670,000
Dzmitry UrbanovichPoland1,600,000
Luuk GielesNetherlands1,500,000
Daniel DvoressCanada1,160,000
Thomas MuehloeckerAustria1,000,000
Steve O'DwyerIreland790,000
Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussia740,000
Mustapha KanitItaly710,000
Anthony ZinnoUSA503,000
Bryn KenneyUSA485,000
Dario SammartinoItaly460,000
Ole SchemionGermany455,000
Paul NeweyUK410,000
Alex BilokurRussia370,000
David PetersUSA323,000
John JuandaIndonesia260,000
Timothy AdamsCanada240,000
Chistoph VogelsangGermany200,000

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Just another day at the office...

Prize pool

Earlier today the prize pool information was announced, the total prize pool is a chunky €2,688,840, of which the winner will take home €806,650 with eight players cashing for at least €107,550. There will though be a new champion as Leonid Markin was eliminated by Fedor Holz.

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

Notable eliminations

All of them! What you want more? Ok.

Team PokerStars Pro's interest in this tournament ended with the elimination of Jason Mercier during the third level of the day. He three-bet all-in with K♥Q♥ for just over 13.5 big blinds, Daniel Dvoress called with pocket sixes and the pair held on a 4♣3♦5♦8♠A♠ board.

Sylvain Loosli won the last Super High Roller event, held in Barcelona back in August. He won't be winning this one though as he lost the last of his chips with A♥3♥ against Paul Newey's pocket eights.

The full list of Day 2 eliminations looks like this: Sylvain Loosli, Oleh Okhotskyi, Tobias Reinkemeier, Mike McDonald, Ivan Luca, Andres Munoz, Stephen Chidwick, Byron Kaverman, Alexander Denisov, Dominik Nitsche, Piotr Franczak, Jean-Noel Thorel, Fedor Holz, Jeffrey Rossiter, Mikita Badziakouski, Anton Astapau, Joni Jouhkimainen, Jason Mercier, Leonid Markin and Scott Margereson.

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Mercier - among the fallen

Key coverage links

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