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.
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.
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.
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.
|Walid Abdi Ali||Germany||160,000|
|Matthias De Meulder||Belgium||92,000|
A total of 1,044 players entered the EPT12 Prague Main Event and the top 151 places will get paid.
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.
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.
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.