EPT12 Prague: The longest day...
These single-day high roller events tell a fundamental untruth. At best, they will last one day and one night, and very probably a lot of tomorrow morning as well.
As has been documented, the equivalent tournament in Barcelona nibbled so much out of the next day that they had to bag up and come back later in the week. This is the way to make your life last longer: "single-day" can last up to 48 hours.
It is just past 12.30 a.m. on Saturday in Prague and eight players still remain in the search for €539,000. The stacks at this stage are as follows, with play now entering Level 19 with blinds of 25,000-50,000 (5,000 ante).
Adrian Mateos, Spain, 1,615,000
Jean-Noel Thorel, France, 1,470,000
Kitson Kho, Hong Kong, 1,185,000
Rainer Kempe, Germany, 1,010,000
Ramin Hajiyev, Azerbaijan, 940,000
Tobias Reinkemeier, Germany, 730,000
Luuk Gieles, Netherlands, 480,000
David Yan, New Zealand, 270,000
The all-conquering Steve O'Dwyer is now out. He busted in 11th place, winning €49,000. But another EPT Grand Final champion has taken control of the tournament: Adrian Mateos was the first past 2 million in chips, and remains out in front, even if he's now closer to the pack.
This is the second high buy-in final of the week for Luuk Gieles, of the Netherlands, who also went all the way in the €50,000 buy in event a couple of days ago. It also marks a return to a final table for Jean-Noel Thorel, the cosmetics executive who finished sixth in the €10,000 High Roller in Malta.
Stacks are relatively shallow, but not so much that this couldn't go on for several more hours. There's live updates on the single-day high roller page, if you'll excuse the misnomer.