EPT12 Prague: Mid-day update: €921,540 to the winner; Chartier still leads

The plan today in the Main Event is to play six levels. The first three of those have just come to an end, so whilst the players enjoy some half-time oranges we take a look at what's happened during the first half of the day.

Mid-day update

The biggest news today is the announcement of the prize pool! When late registration closed the entries were totted up and it was revealed that 1,044 players had entered the Main Event. They created a massive prize pool of over €5,000,000 - to be precise €5,063,400 - which will be split between the top 151 players. The winner will collect a great pre-xmas bonus of €921,540 whilst a min-cash is worth €8,910. Scroll down to see the entire payout structure.

The player looking most likely to take top honours right now is, the man who was leading after Day 1B, aka Sam Chartier. The Canadian has kicked on and increased his start of day stack (211,500) to 334,000. He took a big pot from Gerald Karlic with queens against eights on a nine high, four diamond board. Both players had a diamond. He then dented the Austrian further with jacks against tens.


Chartier still leads

It all means he's got a healthy lead over the chasing pack. Alexander Reard (240,000), Anton Astapau (210,000), Bruno Lopes (195,000) and Abdelhakim Zoufri (180,000) complete the top five.

Chip counts

The blinds have just gone up to 800/1,600 ante 200. Below you'll find the counts of those notable for the size of their stack or the reputation behind it. As it stands 369 players are still in and the average stack is 84,900.

Kuljinder SidhuUK160,000
Walid Abdi AliGermany160,000
David BoyaciyanNetherlands157,000
Chris MoneymakerUSA155,000
Niall FarrellUK150,000
Kitty KuoChina150,000
Adrian MateosSpain145,000
Rainer KempeGermany137,400
Joao VieiraPortugal137,000
Roberto RomanelloUK135,000
Anton WiggSweden131,000
Elena StoverUSA125,000
Charlie CarrelUK120,000
Konstantin PuchkovRussia115,000
Ruben VisserNetherlands110,000
Morten MortensenDenmark109,000
Dara O'KearneyIreland104,000
Ollie PriceUK98,800
James AkenheadUK98,300
Yury GulyyRussia96,400
Matthias De MeulderBelgium92,000
Jimmy KebeFrance87,000
Dermot BlainIreland85,000
Tom HallUK83,100
David VamplewUK82,000
Sam GreenwoodCanada80,000
Sebastian PauliGermany80,000
Johnny LoddenNorway77,000
Jude AinsworthIreland76,500
Mickey PetersenDenmark74,000
Andrew ChenCanada73,000
George DanzerGermany65,000
Vitaly LunkinRussia65,000
Juha HelppiFinland65,000
Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussia64,200
Dimitar DanchevBulgaria61,300
Byron KavermanUSA61,000
Julian TrackGermany60,000
Mike McdonaldCanada54,400
Vanessa SelbstUSA50,000
James StaplesCanada44,500
Thomas MuehloeckerAustria42,500
Ivan DemidovRussia40,000
Andre AkkariBrazil40,000
Jean MonturyFrance31,000
Ivan SoshnikovRussia25,300
Igor KurganovRussia24,400
Theo JorgensenDenmark22,000


De Meulder and Lodden share a joke

Prize pool

A total of 1,044 players entered the EPT12 Prague Main Event and the top 151 places will get paid.

1st €921,540
2nd €557,480
3rd €391,910
4th €294,180
5th €226,330
6th €166,080
7th €122,530
8th €87,700
9th €68,560
10th-11th €56,950
12th-13th €50,990
14th-15th €45,930
16th-17th €40,860
18th-20th €35,800
21st-23rd €30,730
24th-27th €25,770
28th-31st €21,920
32nd-39th €19,040
40th-55th €16,200
56th-71st €13,720
72nd-95th €11,540
96th-119th €10,280
120th-143rd €9,220
144th-151st €8,910

Notable eliminations

The eliminations always come thick and fast on Day 2 and there's been a slew of them so far with the field of 592 reduced by over 200 during the first 225 minutes of play. Faraz Jaka was the first notable out the door, he lost out to David Sa De Abreu who had him dominated with A♦Q♦ to Jaka's A♣4♠.

Team PokerStars Pro's Liv Boeree lasted a little longer until she shoved for around 14 big blinds with A♥Q♥ and failed to connect against Anthony Picault's pair of jacks.


Short day for Boeree

The eliminations continued with: Stephen Chidwick, Andrey Pateychuk, Anton Bertilsson, Ivan Luca, Emil Patel, Sylvain Loosli, ElkY, Natasha Barbour, Marc Convey, Martin Staszko, Tobias Reinkemeier, Jonathan Roy, Manig Loeser, Russell Thomas, Gaelle Baumann, Dominik Panka, Lucas Greenwood, Ole Schemion, Eugene Katchalov, Simon Deadman, Mayu Roca, David Peters, Jason Tompkins, Steve O'Dwyer, Jean-Noel Thorel, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Christian Grundtvig, Jeff Rossiter, Benny Spindler, Martin Hruby, Anthony Zinno, Paul Newey, Mike Watson and David Yan among those to have exited on Day 2.


Convey and Urbanovich - both out

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