EPT13 Prague: Main Event final table live updates

EPT PRAGUE MAIN EVENT FINAL DAY RECAP

10:45pm: Jasper Meijer van Putten wins EPT Prague Main Event (€699,300), outlasts Marton Czuczor (€630,000)
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

With just over 27 million to start the hand, Jasper Meijer van Putten raised to 700,000 from the button with K♣J♣. Marton Czuczor then looked down at 2♦2♣ and after thinking for about a half-minute pushed all in for 8,025,000 total.

Meijer van Putten asked for a count, then riffled for a little while as he counted up his own stack. He looked up and then back down, then called.

It was a virtual coin flip. Meijer van Putten stood to watch the cards come while Czuczor sat with his head in his hand looking less enthused. The J♠3♣Q♦ flop hit Meijer van Putten's hand to put him in front, and the 5♥ turn kept him there.

The dealer burned a card and turned over the river... the 9♦! A burst of applause from the rail signified Meijer van Putten's hand was best, and he takes the extra €50K and last EPT Prague Main Event trophy! --MH

10:35pm: Flush on board, Meijer van Putten forces Czuczor to fold
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor raised to 700,000 with A♥T♣, Jasper Meijer van Putten three-bet to 2.1 million with Q♦J♦, and Czuczor called.

The flop came an interesting A♠K♠T♠ -- a Broadway straight for Meijer van Putten and two pair for Czuczor. Meijer van Putten led for 2.6 million and Czuczor call, bringing the pot up to 9.5 million.

The 7♠ came on the turn, a fourth spade that looked as though it might slow both players, and indeed both checked. The Q♠ river put a flush on the board, and as the commentators on EPT Live thought they'd be singing "Everyone loves a chopped pot" one more time, Meijer van Putten made a bold all-in bet and after a bit of a think Czuczor had to fold his hand.

Meijer van Putten - 29.575 million
Czuczor - 6.175 million

--MH

10:30pm: More for Meijer van Putten
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

Jasper Meijer van Putten raised to 700,000 with A♣3♣, Marton Czuczor called with T♣2♣, and the board came 7♣4♥T♠. Both checked, then the A♥ came meaning both players had made a pair. Czuczor checked, Meijer van Putten bet 900,000, and Czuczor called.

The river was the 6♣ and Czuczor checked, and Meijer van Putten fired a two-thirds pot bet of 1.95 million into the opening. Czuczor considered for a while then let his hand go

Meijer van Putten has 24.825 million now and Czuczor 10.925 million. --MH

10:25pm: Everybody loves one last EPT chopped pot
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor opened for 700,000 with Q♠4♠, Jasper Meijer van Putten called with Q♦8♥, and the flop came 9♠9♣5♥. Both checked, then after the 8♠ turn gave Meijer van Putten two pair, he bet 1.5 million and Czuczor called with his flush draw.

The Q♣ fell on the river -- meaning both now had the same two-pair hand -- and after Meijer van Putten bet 3.1 million, Czuczor thought just a bit before calling and they chopped the pot. --MH

10:20pm: Meijer van Putten picks off Czuczor's bluff
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

Jasper Meijer van Putten had the button to start, and he raised to 700,000 with 8♦7♦. Marton Czuczor called with K♦8♥, and the flop fell 6♠T♣7♣. Czuczor checked, Meijer van Putten bet 900,000, and Czuczor called.

The turn brought the J♠ and went check-check, then the river was the J♣. Czuczor pushed out a leading bet of 1.7 million -- not quite half the pot -- as a bluff, and Meijer van Putten tanked for a short while before calling and collecting.

Meijer van Putten now has 23.325 million and Czuczor 12.425 million. --MH


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Meijer van Putten still in front

10:10pm: Small one for Czuczor
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

A number of raise-and-take hands, Marton Czuczor raised to 700,000 with 4♦2♦, Jasper Meijer van Putten called with K♥J♠, then both checked the 6♠3♥2♠ flop and T♣ turn. Meijer van Putten checked the 3♣ river, Czuczor bet 400,000, and Meijer van Putten called with his king-high.

Czuczor has about 16.2 million and Meijer van Putten about 19.5 million. --MH

10:05pm: Czuczor three-bets, collects
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

On the second post-deal hand, Jasper Meijer van Putten opened for 70,000 with A♥5♦, then Marton Czuczor reraised to 2 million even with A♠Q♦ and Meijer van Putten let his hand go. --MH


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Heads-up continues

10pm: Deal!
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

After about 15 minutes of discussion and a little bit of negotiation, the final two players have struck a deal. 

€649,300 - Jasper Meijer van Putten 
€630,000 - Marton Czuczor
€50,000 - left for which to play

That's a sizable chunk left on the table. Stay tuned to see who wins that extra €50K and the last EPT Main Event trophy. --MH

9:45pm: One for Meijer van Putten, and deal talk revisited
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

Before the hand began, the players counted down their stacks to get an idea where they stood -- right at 20 million for Jasper Meijer van Putten and about 15.6 million for Marton Czuczor.

Meijer van Putten then raised to 700,000 with T♣9♠ and Marton Czuczor called with A♥6♦. The flop came J♠7♦K♦ and Czuczor checked, Meijer van Putten bet 950,000, and Czuczor folded.

The players then asked to pause the tournament again to talk about a possible deal once more.

Back to see if they make a deal this time. --MH

9:40pm: Meijer van Putten bluffs, Czuczor benefits
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor picked up A♣Q♣ on the button and raised to 600,000, and Jasper Meijer van Putten called with T♠7♥.

The flop came J♣8♣8♥ and both players checked. The turn then brought the K♣ to complete a flush for Czuczor, and Meijer van Putten led for 1.2 million (about the size of the pot). Czuczor called, and the Q♥ fell on the river.

Meijer van Putten then fired another 2.6 million, and after pausing for a while Czuczor raised all-in.

Meijer van Putten took his time making the inevitable fold. He has 18.975 million now, and Czuczor 16.775 million.

That was the last hand in the level. --MH

9:35pm: Czuczor collects a few more
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

Jasper Meijer van Putten finally won a heads-up hand -- small one taken with a flop continuation bet. Then 

Then it was Meijer van Putten raising to 600,000 from the button with K♣5♠, Marton Czuczor calling with Q♦9♦, then they checked the 3♥9♣8♠ flop. The turn was the 6♣, and Czuczor led for 850,000 and Meijer van Putten folded.

Make it 23.4 million for Meijer van Putten and 12.35 million for Czuczor now. --MH


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Czuczor chipping up

9:30pm: All Czuczor to start
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor picked up pocket jacks on the first hand of heads-play, raised his button, and Jasper Meijer van Putten folded.

A few small hands with little action and no flops followed -- all won by Czuczor. Then came one in which Meijer van Putten raised to 600,000 from the button with 6♠4♥. Czuczor had K♦Q♠ and three-bet to 1.8 million, and Meijer pushed his cards away.

The next hand saw Czuczor pick up K♣Q♦ again and raise, and Meijer van Putten had to toss his nine-four offsuit.

Czuczor has chipped up around 11.8 million now, while Meijer van Putten had about 24 million. --MH

9:25pm: Play resumes, heads-up begins!
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

Jasper Meijer van Putten and Marton Czuczor have returned from dinner and are set to decide who between them will be the last EPT Main Event champion.

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Jasper Meijer van Putten and Marton Czuczor prepare for heads up

Before starting the players had a short discussion about a possible deal. Meijer van Putten was ready to make a deal, but Czuczor said he'd prefer not to, explaining he'd be more amenable to making one if the chips were to become more even between them.

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Heads up deal discussions

And so with that cards are in the air. There are about 14 minutes to go in Level 33. --MH


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8:10pm: Heads-up chip counts
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

The two remaining players are heading on a 60-minute dinner break. When they return they will have the following stacks, and the job of deciding who is the final EPT Main Event champion.

Jasper Meijer van Putten: 26.050 million
Marton Czuczor: 9.7 million

8:06pm: Peters perishes in third, wins €397,300
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

After shoving the last hand and getting no callers, David Peters was soon asked if he wanted to call all-in for his tournament. He did. And he lost.

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David Peters hands over the last of his chips

Marton Czuczor jammed from the small blind with A♦Q♣ and Peters took a long time before calling for his last 2.83 million with Q♠7♥. He was in terrible shape.

However, the flop brought a miracle. It came 7♣T♠2♣. But Peters didn't celebrate. He's seen this too many times. The turn was a blank, but the A♠ appeared on the river, which was a hammer blow to Peters.

Czuczor nearly doubles, but Peters heads home with €397,300. This result puts him to the top of the GPI Player of the Year race, but he wanted the title.

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David Peters: The game is up

We are now heads up, and they're taking a dinner break. -- HS

8:06pm: Shove time for Peters
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

David Peters jammed from the button for 2.6 million with T♥7♥. He got it through, which will likely please him. -- HS

8:05pm: Meijer van Putten continues to flop well
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor called from the button with J♣T♦ and David Peters called from the small blind too with 7♥5♥. Jasper Meijer van Putten checked his option with J♦9♦, then the flop came nine-high. His bet got the other two out of it. -- HS

8pm: Another fold from Peters
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

It was a limped pot between David Peters in the small blind with 8♠5♠ and Jasper Meijer van Putten in the big blind with Q♥2♥. The flop came 3♠Q♣T♠, giving Peters a flush draw and Meijer van Putten top pair.

Peters led for 275,000 and Meijer van Putten pushed all in. Peters nodded slightly as if he expected Meijer van Putten to do that, then folded to preserve the 3.25 million he has left.

Peters has now made two world-class folds, but you just don't win a poker tournament without the chips going in at some point. --MH

7:55pm: Updated counts; 3 remain
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

NameCountryChips
Jasper Meijer van PuttenNetherlands24,825,000
Marton CzuczorHungary7,575,000
David PetersUSA3,350,000

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Jasper Meijer van Putten: Can he be caught?

7:50pm: Czuczor shoves, wins
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

Jasper Meijer van Putten raised to 700,000 from the button with Q♣5♥, and Marton Czuczor three-bet jammed from the small blind with 3♥3♦ and the others folded. --MH

7:45pm: Meijer van Putten takes pot from Czuczor
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

Jasper Meijer van Putten raised to 875,000 from the small blind with K♣Q♥, and Marton Czuczor picked up A♥Q♠ in the big blind and three-bet to 1.575 million. Meijer van Putten thought for a few beats and called the re-raise, making the pot almost 5 million.

The flop brought three coordinated small cards -- 5♥6♠4♠ -- and Meijer van Putten checked. Czuczor had 7.2 million behind and chose to call, and the turn came T♥. Meijer van Putten took that opening to bet 1.95 million, and Czuczor took a last longing look back at his hand before folding.

Meijer van Putten is up over 24 million now. --MH

7:35pm: Czuczor up over 10 million
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

Is the comeback on for Marton Czuczor? The chip leader coming into the final table is now back with a fighting chance after taking another small pot from Jasper Meijer van Putten.

Czuczor raised the button for 550,000 with A♦5♦, and Meijer van Putten called from the big blind with Q♥8♥.

The flop came 6♠4♥9♠ and both checked. The river was the A♥, giving Czuczor top pair and Meijer van Putten a flush draw. The latter led for 875,000, and Czuczor called.

The river was the K♣. Both checked and Czuczor took the pot, moving up to 10.125 million -- about half what Meijer van Putten has (20.625 million) and twice what David Peters has (5 million even). --MH

7:30pm: Czuczor takes one from Peters
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor limped in with J♠7♠ from the small blind, and David Peters checked the big blind with A♥4♣.

The flop came 6♣6♠5♣ and Peters called a bet of 250,000 from Czuczor. The turn was the T♥ and both checked, then the J♦ filled out the board.

With jacks and sixes, Czuczor bet 775,000, and Peters thought for two full minutes before pushing his hand away. --MH

7:25pm: Peters shoves, collects
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

On the button, Martin Czuczor raised to 550,000 with J♥8♠, then David Peters shoved all-in with A♣Q♦.

Jasper Meijer van Putten had A♠T♠ in the big blind and thought about it, but folded, and Czuczor also let his hand go. --MH

7:20pm: Czuczor doubles through Meijer van Patten
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

Jasper Meijer van Putten open-shoved from the button with A♥2♣, and with 4.45 million left Marton Czuczor decided to call from the small blind with A♠8♦.

David Peters made a quick fold, then the board came 8♠6♠Q♦4♥T♥, meaning Czuczor had it locked up by the turn. Czuczor doubles to nearly 9.2 million while Meijer van Putten is still way in front with 21.5 million. --MH

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Marton Czuczor's rail goes wild in Prague

7:20pm: Pushy Peters
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor limped in with Q♠9♠ from the button, and David Peters responded with an all-in shove from the small blind with K♣T♥ and the others folded.

That makes three straight hands Peters has gone all-in, and he's won all three, doubling in one. --MH

7:15pm: Peters doubles through Czuczor to start level
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

On the first hand after the break, Marton Czuczor open-shoved with Q♥9♣ from the small blind and David Peters called with K♣9♥.

The board ran out 8♦8♥5♥2♦7♠, and Peters survived. He has 4.725 million now, Czuczor an even 5 mllion, and both are looking way up at Jasper Meijer van Putten who has just over 26 million. --MH

7:10pm: Shorter level
Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante)

Level 33 is now under way. This one lasts only 75 minutes. There will be a dinner break at the end of this one, should it be required. -- HS

6:51pm: Break time stacks
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Here's what they have got going into the latest break:

NameCountryChips
Jasper Meijer van PuttenNetherlands26,050,000
Marton CzuczorHungary7,350,000
David PetersUSA2,350,000

6:50pm: Peters makes big fold, but is in the danger zone
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

A three-way limped pot -- Marton Czuczor K♣9♦ (button), David Peters with K♦3♦ (small blind), and Jasper Meijer van Putten 4♣3♠ (big blind).

After a 9♠2♥K♠ flop, it checked to Czuczor who bet 325,000 and only Peters called. The turn was the 5♣, and when checked to Czuczor bet 675,000. Peters called again.

The river was the T♣ and Peters checked again. This time Czuczor bet 2 million -- exactly what Peters had left behind -- and after a lengthy tank Peters found a fold.

After that one Meijer van Putten had around 26 million, Czuczor almost 7.6 million, and as noted Peters just 2 million.

On the next hand, Peters open-pushed with A♥Q♠ and won the blinds and antes to end the level. --MH

6:35pm: Peters pushes
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

David Peters open-raised all in from the small blind with his last 3.3 million with 2♠2♥, and won the pot. It's come to this for Peters. --MH

6:30pm: Meijer van Putten bets, Peters folds
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Jasper Meijer van Putten raised to 500,000 from the button with T♦9♦ and David Peters called from the big blind with J♥4♥. The flop came 5♦2♣3♠ and after Peters checked, Meijer van Putten bet 400,000.

Peters thought for a while, then called with his up-and-down straight draw, then the turn brought the 8♣.

Peters checked again, and Meijer van Putten bet 950,000. Peters sat quietly for a half-minute again, then folded his hand. Peters is down to 3.77 million now -- less than 20 big blinds. --MH

6:25pm: Capt. Jasper
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Jasper Meijer van Putten raised to 500,000 from the button with A♥T♣ and Marton Czuczor three-bet to 1.5 million from the small blind with K♥9♥.

Meijer van Putten then shoved all-in, and Czuczor folded.

The next hand saw Meijer van Putten raising with ace-queen and the other two folding, including Peters folding his ace-six. --MH

6:20pm: Meijer van Putten crushing
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

If you don't believe me, look at the stacks:

NameCountryChips
Jasper Meijer van PuttenNetherlands23,575,000
Marton CzuczorHungary6,975,000
David PetersUSA5,200,000

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6:15pm: Meijer van Putten still in charge
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Big stack Jasper Meijer van Putten is raising whenever he enters pots -- which is often -- while both David Peters and Marton Czuczor are frequently limping in when they can get away with it. 

Just Meijer van Putten won a raise-and-take hand from the button, then on the next hand David Peters picked up A♦J♥ in the small blind and just called, and Meijer van Putten chose to check iwth 6♠2♠

Meijer van Putten hit a pair on the 5♥2♦Q♣ and both checked. Then on the 3♠ turn Peters checked, Meijer van Putten bet 300,000, and Peters called.

The river was the 3♥ and both checked, and Meijer van Putten won it. He's up to 22.75 million and Peters is down to 5.75 million. --MH

6:05pm: Czuczor pushes out better hand
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor is battling back, winning a small pot from Jasper Meijer van Putten with a well-judged semi-bluff.

Meijer van Putten raised from the small blind with Q♠4♣ and Czuczor called in the big blind. The flop brought the T♣7♥4♦ and Meijer van Putten bet 600,000. Czuczor called.

Meijer van Putten slowed on the 6♣ turn and Czuczor seized his chance. He bet 1 million with his gutshot and over-card and Meijer van Putten folded. -- HS

6pm: Czuczor slips to third
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Jasper Meijer van Putten raised to 700,000 from the small blind with A♦9♦, Marton Czuczor called from the big blind with K♥Q♣, then each player hit the K♣9♥A♥ flop -- Meijer van Putten making two pair, and Czuczor one.

Meijer van Putten led for 550,000 and Czuczor called, and the 8♦ came on the turn. Meijer van Putten bet out again, this time for 1.75 million, and Czuczor called once more.

The river was the 6♥. Meijer van Putten hesitated just a bit, then pushed all-in, and Czuczor rechecked his cards before folding.

Meijer van Putten moves up to 22 million while Marton Czuczor slips into third position with about 5.7 million. --MH

5:55pm: Peters picks up a few more
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Jasper Meijer van Putten made it 500,000 to go from the button with Q♥J♦, David Peters called in the big blind with A♥7♣, then both quickly checked the Q♠3♣A♦ flop.

They checked a little more slowly after the K♥ turn, then after the 5♦ river Peters bet 725,000, Meijer van Putten called, and Peters claimed the pot. --MH

5:50pm: Peters folds his pair
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

David Peters was dealt a pocket pair on the button -- 8♠8♣ -- and raised to 450,000. Marton Czuczor called from the big blind, and the flop came 5♠5♥Q♣. Both players checked, then the 7♠ fell on the turn.

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David Peters: Pondering a downswing

Czuczor bet 675,000, and Peters sat quietly for a long time before folding the better hand. --MH

5:45pm: Small pot for Peters
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Jasper Meijer van Putten raised to 500,000 with Q♦9♠ from the button, David Peters called from the big blind with J♣6♣, then the flop came 2♣J♦9♦. Both checked, then after the 5♥ turn Peters bet 725,000 with his top pair and Meijer van Putten called with his second pair.

The river was the A♣ and both checked. Peters took the pot to move just over 6 million while Meijer van Putten still has more than 21 million. --MH

5:40pm: Meijer van Putten on the pressure
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

David Peters tried to limp from the small blind a couple of times, but Jasper Meijer van Putten wouldn't allow it, raising and forcing Peters to fold.

Then came a hand in which Peters raised from the button to 450,000 with A♣3♥, Meijer van Putten three-bet with K♥9♠, then Marton Czuczor tossed his pocket fives away from the big blind.

Peters sat quietly for a moment and folded his cards, too, and now he's down to about 5 million. Czuczor has about 9 million, while Meijer van Putten is up to 22 million. --MH

5:35pm: Refreshments
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

At least the railbirds are keeping themselves refreshed here in Prague.

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5:30pm: Peters getting short
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

There have been several limped pots and lots of checks on post-flop streets to start the new level. Meanwhile Jasper Meijer van Putten is nearly 20 million, Marton Czuczor has right at 11 million, and David Peters is now down under 5 million. --MH

5:25pm: Czuczor over Peters
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

In the first hand of the new level, David Peters raised to 450,000 from the button with J♣9♣, and Marton Czuczor three-bet to 1.325 million from the big blind with A♠K♥. Peters called the re-raise, and the flop came Q♣J♥A♦.

With top pair, top kicker (and a gutshot to Broadway), Czuczor bet 975,000. Meanwhile with his bottom pair of Jacks Peters folded. --MH

5:20pm: Return to action
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

They are back in action and at a whole new level. --HS

5pm: Break time
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

That was a great level for Jasper Meijer van Putten and he has a big lead heading into the break. Here's how they stack up now:

NameCountryChips
Jasper Meijer van PuttenNetherlands19,325,000
Marton CzuczorHungary9,330,000
David PetersUSA7,090,000

4:55pm: Czuczor jumps over Peters
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor picked up A♠K♥ in the small blind and chose just to limp, then David Peters raised to 560,000 from the big blind with K♦J♥. Czuczor thought for a moment, then counted out chips and reraised to 1.55 million. Peters paused a beat and called.

The flop came 3♣Q♠5♦, missing both players' hands. Czuczor took about a minute, then bet 1.025 million (about a third of the pot). Peters quickly made the call, bringing the pot up to 5.21 million.

The A♠ fell on the turn to give Czuczor top pair and again he riffled and studied. Before too long, though, Czuczor pushed all-in with the 4.14 million he had left, and after thinking for about a minute he had the dealer count Czuczor's chips.

Peters considered for more than two minutes, then finally released his hand.

That hand bumps Czuczor up over Peters, with 9.35 million to the latter's 8.06 million. --MH

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Marton Czuczor's passionate fans

4:45pm: Meijer van Putten turns his attention to Peters
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

After knocking out Sergei Petrushevskii, then taking a pot from Marton Czuczor, Jasper Meijer van Putten has turned his attentions to David Peters. And he just won another sizeable pot to put his stack beyond 18 million.

Peters limped from the small blind with A♣7♦ and Meijer van Putten called in the big blind. He had only 3♦2♣ at this stage.

He still didn't have much after the 9♣6♦6♠ flop, but both players picked up a straight draw after the 5♦ turn. Peters checked, Meijer van Putten bet small and Peters called.

The 4♦ on the river hit Meijer van Putten and he pushed 835,000 forward after another Peters check. Peters pondered his decision and found a hero call with Ace high. He was quickly straightened out.

Peters drops now to 11 million. -- HS

4:40pm: Meijer van Putten bets big to shake sticky Czuczor
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Jasper Meijer van Putten is putting his recently-acquired chips to good use and is now pushing Marton Czuczor around.

In the latest example, Meijer van Putten limped in from the small blind with J♥6♦ and Czuczor checked from the big blind with Q♠6♣.

Meijer van Putten fired 180,000 at the T♠5♦Q♦ flop and Czuczor called, then after the A♦ turn Meijer van Putten again bet, this time 480,000. Czuczor stuck around.

The river was the 9♥, meaning Czuczor had the best hand with queens. But Meijer van Putten reached for chips again, this time making a big over-bet of 3.075 million.

The bluff worked as after three minutes of tanking Czuczor folded, and noting that the hand would be shown in about 45 minutes on EPT Live, Meijer van Putten showed his hand as he collected the chips.

Czuczor slips to just over 7 million. while Meijer van Putten has about 16.6 million. --MH

4:35pm: Small pot with big slick for Peters
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor limped from the small blind with 8♣6♣, then David Peters reraised to 560,000 with A♦K♣. Czuczor called the three-bet, and the pair watched the flop come Q♠3♣4♦

Czuczor checked, Peters continued for 350,000, then Czuczor took a just moment before folding. Put Peters at 12.1 million and Czuczor at 7.8 million. --MH

4:30pm: Czuczor over Meijer van Putten
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

We've seen a couple of limped pots of late, the most recent involving Jasper Meijer van Putten in the small blind with 7♦6♦ and Marton Czuczor in the big blind with Q♥9♦.

The flop came T♠K♣Q♦, Meijer van Putten led for 180,000. and Czuczor called. The turn was the K♦. Meijer van Putten bet again, this time 380,000, and Czuczuor called once more.

The river was the 9♥, both checked, and Czuczor collected the pot to move back to about 8.5 million. Meijer van Putten has 15.6 million. --MH

4:20pm: Meijer van Putten extends lead
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

It's getting even better for Jasper Meijer van Putten, who has now put some distance between him and his two opponents.

Czuczor opened from the button with T♣8♦, Meijer van Putten called from the big blind, and the flop came 9♣2♥4♣. Meijer van Putten then check-called a bet of 300,000 from Czuczor to bring the pot to 1.44 million.

The turn was the 6♣. Meijer van Putten checked, Czuczor set out a bet of 875,000, and Meijer van Putten called right away.

The river was the 6♠. Meijer van Putten checked one more time, and Czuczor paused a few beats before setting out a bet of 1.85 million -- more than half the pot.

Meijer van Putten only thought about 15 seconds then called, and with that pot he's now up around 17.06 million while Czuczor falls down to 8.015 million. David Peters sits in between the two with 10.67 million. --MH

4:15pm: Some for Czuczor
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

On the first hand after the non-deal deal discussion, Marton Czuczor opened for 350,000 from the button with T♠8♥ and David Peters called from the small blind with K♥J♠.

The flop came Q♠J♣4♥, and Peters check-called Czuczor's c-bet of 325,000. Both checked the 8♠ turn, then the T♦ fell on the river to give Czuczor two pair.

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Marton Czuczor: Back at it

Peters checked, Czuczor fired 575,000, and Peters thought a bit before folding. --MH

4:10pm: Handshakes, but no deal
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

"No chip chop, right?" began Marton Czuczor as the trio began their deal discussion, and the other two agreed. "Even if I'm chip leader, I understand that," said Jasper Meijer van Putten.

ICM-based numbers were then calculated on a laptop and all three snapped photos of how they looked with their phones. "What would we do without smartphones?" said PokerStars Tournament Director Europe Thomas Lamatsch.

"Read books, actually," laughed Meijer van Putten.

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Players look at the numbers

The trio then looked at what the ICM numbers were, and David Peters began by saying he wanted about €30K more than he was being offered. "That's too much for me," said Czuczor, "I'm not going to give up €15K."

Eventually Meijer van Putten said he could give up €8K and Czuczor seemed like he was saying he'd give up €15K and they all agreed -- and even shook hands -- but then Czuczor clarified he meant 15 hundred and they had to revisit it all again.

Alas, they couldn't overcome their differences, and so play has resumed. --MH

3:40pm: Deal or no deal?
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

The tourney clock has been paused as the three remaining players are going to talk about a possible deal. Here are their stacks:

NameCountryChips
Jasper Meijer van PuttenNetherlands13,565,000
David PetersUSA11,365,000
Marton CzuczorHungary10,815,000

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Deal discussions at EPT Prague

3:35pm: Sergei Petrushevskii ousted in fourth for €284,550
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

In one fell swoop, we are down to three players and have a new chip leader; a remarkable turn of events given the dominance of Marton Czuczor and David Peters to this point. It is neither of them now leading this thing: Jasper Meijer van Putten has knocked out Sergei Petrushevskii and soared up to the top.

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Jasper Meijer van Putten: Take me to your new chip leader

Meijer van Putten picked up Q♦Q♦ under the gun and made it 400,000 to go, and Czuczor looked down at two Broadway cards -- K♥J♦ -- and chose to three-bet to 1.15 million.

Petrushevskii then saw he'd been dealt A♣7♣ in the small blind and he shoved all-in over the top for 3.75 million. David Peters swiftly folded his big blind, then Meijer van Putten re-raise-pushed himself and Czuczor stepped aside right away.

Petrushevskii needed to see an Ace, some clubs, or some other favourable combination of community cards, but he had already put on his jacket before the unhelpful 9♠T♦J♣ flop fell. The turn was the 8♠ to fill a straight for Meijer van Putten, leaving Petrushevskii needing a chop to survive, but the river was the J♠ and Petrushevskii is out in fourth.

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Sergei Petrushevskii: Coat on, heading home

That pot just bumped Meijer van Putten into the chip lead with 13.565 million, while Peters has 11.365 million and Marton Czuczor has 10.815 million. --MH

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Jasper Meijer van Putten

3:30pm: No action for Aces
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor picked up A♣A♠ on the button -- the first appearance of pocket rockets today -- and raised to 320,000, but the blinds had trash hands and both folded. --MH

3:25pm: More for Meijer van Putten
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

David Peters opened to 360,000 with from under the gun with suited middle connectors -- 8♥7♥ -- and Jasper Meijer van Putten three-bet to 1.13 million from the button holding A♥8♦. Peters paused a beat and called the re-raise, and the flop came K♠2♥9♦.

Peters checked quickly, Meijer van Putten bet 960,000, and Peters folded.

That puts Meijer van Putten up just over 8 million, while Peters still has 11.43 million. --MH

3:20pm: Jasper pushes Sergei
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

After open-raising 3x from the small blind with six-five off-suit to win the blinds and antes, Sergei Petrushevskii opened again from the button with K♥3♥. It folded to Jasper Meijer van Putten in the big blind and when he re-raised all in with 6♥6♣, Petrushevskii let his hand go. --MH

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Jasper Meijer van Putten: Good at picking shove spots

3:15pm: Chips for Czuczor
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor limped in from the small blind with K♥9♦, Sergei Petrushevskii checked with T♠3♣ in the big blind, then after the 3♠5♣K♠ flop Czuczor bet 175,000 with his top pair and Petrushevskii called with bottom pair.

The turn was the 6♥ and Czuczor tossed out a bet of 450,000, and Petrushevskii slid his hand away. Czuczor has 12.2 million, and Petrushevskii just under 4.5 million. --MH

3:10pm: Meijer van Putten on the squeeze
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Sergei Petrushevskii opened to 430,000 from the button holding K♣6♣. David Peters three-bet to 1.25 million with 6♠5♠. Then Jasper Meijer van Putten four-bet jammed for 4.86 million with A♣8♣. Both of others folded, and Meijer van Putten picked up a nice pot. --MH

3:05pm: Sergei Petrushoveskii
Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

As the new level began, Sergei Petrushevskii was dealt J♠J♣ in the small blind and raised to 480,000 -- 3x the new big blind. Peters thought about it from the big blind with T♦8♥ and called, and the flop came 4♥9♠T♠.

With his overpair Petrushevskii led for 575,000 (a little more than half the pot), and Peters called. The turn was the 3♣, and this time Petrushevskii paused a short while before pushing all in for his last 3 million-plus.

Peters thought for half a minute, then slid his hand away. That gives Petrushevskii 5.29 million now. --MH

3pm: Back to it
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

The famous four have returned. Can anyone challenge the dominance of David Peters and Marton Czuczor? We'll find out. -- HS

2:40pm: Break time
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Four left as they head to the first break of the day. Here's how the last four stand:

NameCountryChips
David PetersUSA14,660,000
Marton CzuczorHungary12,010,000
Jasper Meijer van PuttenNetherlands4,900,000
Sergei PetrushevskiiRussia4,175,000

2:40pm: King-six works twice for Peters
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

After the knockout of Marius Gierse in fifth, Marton Czuczor made it 280,000 to go from under the gun with K♥T♦ and David Peters three-bet to 940,000 from the small blind with K♣6♣. That prompted Jasper Meijer van Putten to fold from the big blind with K♦9♦, and Czuczor folded as well to concede the pot to Peters.

Then on the next hand Peters raised the button with K♦6♣ and won the blinds and antes. --MH

2:35pm: Gierse runs into Czuczor, out in fifth for €203,800
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

It's more than an hour since we lost Sam Cohen, but in that time Marius Gierse hasn't played a hand. He hasn't really had the opportunity in fairness, and now that he has committed some chips, he has none left. He is out in fifth, losing to Marton Czuczor.

Marton Czuczor has opened a lot of pots, and he did again from the cutoff with 9♠9♦. Gierse had 24 big blinds on the button and looked down at 5♥5♦. He jammed. We quickly found out that Sergei Petruskevski had folded a five as action got around to Czuczor again. He called.

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Gierse's rail hopes for a five

There was no Christmas miracle for Gierse. The board ran A♠6♠A♥4♦4♣ and that was the end of the road. He takes €203,800.

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Marius Gierse bids farewell

Czuczor, meanwhile, now has 13.5 million, which is within a million of Peters. Those two have more than 100 big blinds apiece, while the other two are both short. -- HS

2:30pm: Pocket pairs for Peters and Petrushevskii
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

David Peters picked up a good starter -- T♣T♥ -- and raised UTG to 270,000. It folded to Sergei Petrushevskii in the big blind who looked down at 7♠7♣ and called.

The flop came 6♥8♠A♠ and Petrushevskii checked. Peters pushed out a bet of 230,000, and after pausing a beat Petrushevskii called. The turn brought the Q♥ and another overcard to both players' pairs, and both checked.

The river was the 9♠, both checked again, and Peters won the small pot. He has 13.7 million now while Petrushevskii has 4.6 million. --MH

2:25pm: Petrushevskii calls with Ace high, is right
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Sergei Petrushevskii raised to 280,000 from the cutoff with A♠8♠ and Marton Czuczor stayed in from the big blind with J♣3♣. Both checked the 6♥9♣7♦ flop, then after the 9♠ fell on the turn they checked again.

The river brought the 4♦, and Czuczor took a stab with 375,000. Petrushevskii called pretty quickly with his Ace high and won the pot, and he's up to 4.85 million. Czuczor now has 9.45 million.

Petrushevskii then proved that he is far from the tightest player in the room, as has been suggested, with a raise from under the gun with 7♣8♣ that earned folds around the table. --MH

2:20pm: Petrushevskii gets jacks, no action
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor opened for 280,000 from the button with 8♠7♣, and it folded to Petrushevskii in the big blind who was dealt J♠J♥.

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Sergei Petrushevskii: Dreaming of a call with jacks

Petrushevskii paused a while and three-bet to 760,000, and after a quick recheck of his cards Czuczor folded. --MH

2:15pm: Czuczor value bets ace-high
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

It folded to Marton Czuczor in the small blind who with A♥T♠ just limped, and Marcus Gierse checked his option in the big blind with Q♣T♦.

The flop was an interesting one for the hands involved -- J♣J♠K♥ -- and both checked, then the K♣ turn put a second pair on the board. Both checked again.

The river was an anticlimactic 5♥, and this time Czuczor bet 250,000 which prompted some thinking from Gierse. At one point he said he thought Czuczor had Ace high, then after another minute of thought he let his hand go. He was right about Czuczor's hand, but nothing he could do about it. --MH

2:10pm: Meijer van Putten three-bets, wins
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Sergei Petrushevskii got involved, raising to 280,000 from the cutoff with Q♣J♦. David Peters called from the button with Q♠9♠, then Jasper Meijer van Putten decided to three-bet to 880,000.

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Jasper Meijer Van Putten: Giving thanks to the dealer

Marton Czuczor folded the big blind, and both Petrushevskii and Peters stepped aside as well to enable Meijer van Putten to move up to 5.1 million. --MH

2:05pm: Czuczor vs. Peters (again)
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

The chip leaders were at it again in another hand, much as has happened a lot over the course of this first level of the final day. As James Hartigan observed on EPT Live, it's as though they are already playing heads-up with three spectators at the table.

Marton Czuczor raised to 280,000 from under the gun with J♦T♦. It folded to David Peters in the small blind who three-bet to 940,000 with 6♣4♣. Czuczor considered for about a minute and called the re-raise, and with 2.1 million in the middle the flop fell Q♦8♠T♥.

Both checked, then the turn brought the 5♣ and both checked again. The river was the 9♦, making a straight for Cuzczor. Peters checked once more, and when Czuczor fired a bet of 1.135 million Peters folded right away.

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Kid can play: Marton Czuczor

Czuczor is up to 10.3 million after that one while Peters has 13.4 million. Both of their instincts are absolutely bang on so far. --MH

1:55pm: Peters widens gap
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

After folding those pocket fives in the previous hand, Marton Czuczor immediately found himself in another tricky spot but couldn't get away this time.

David Peters raised to 270,000 with K♦4♠ from under the gun and got a caller in Czuczor on the button with A♣J♦.

The flop fell 4♥J♣5♣ -- top pair for Czuczor, bottom pair for Peters -- and after Peters checked, Czuczor bet 250,000. Peters called, then the K♣ came on the turn to give Peters two pair and add a flush draw for Czuczor. Both checked.

The river was the 5♦ and Peters led for 750,000. Czuczor quickly called, and Peters won the pot to move up over 14.5 million. Czuczor meanwhile drops to 9.3 million. --MH

1:51pm: Czuczor's radar working perfectly
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor may not win this tournament, but it won't be because he has made any mistakes. He is playing perfect poker, including most recently a pretty astute pre-flop fold.

Sergei Petrushevskii opened the pot to 285,000 from under the gun with 7♥7♦ and action folded to Czuczor. He found 5♥5♣ but folded with barely a thought. -- HS

1:50pm: Big stacks battle
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

David Peters raised to 270,000 from the button with A♠6♠, Marton Czuczor called from the big blind with K♠J♠, and the flop came Q♥6♦9♠. Both checked to see the 4♣ turn, and this time Czuczor led with a bet of 475,000. Peters called.

The river brought the J♥ pairing Czuczor's jack and giving him the best pair. He riffled chips for about a minute, then carved out a bet of 675,000 (about a third of the pot). Peters studied for a while and folded, and Czuczor is up to 10.655 million while Peters has 13.04 million. --MH

1:45pm: Czuczor wins battle of pocket pairs
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Marton Czuczor's chip-lead at the start of this final table lasted three hands, until David Peters took over with the bust-out of Sam Cohen. But Czuczor has been active and just crawled back up to Peters's shoulder again.

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Marton Czuczor: Still the main threat to Peters

Czuczor opened, this time from under the gun holding 9♠9♥. It folded to Sergei Petrushevskii on the button who called with 5♥5♦.

Both checked the K♠7♦4♦ flop, then after the 8♣ turn Czuczor checked and Petrushevskii bet 375,000. Czuczor didn't think too long before calling, then the T♣ completed the board and both players checked.

Czuczor took the pot with his better pocket pair, and he bumped up to 9.75 million while Petrushevskii has just over 4 million. --MH

1:30pm: Gierse gets some from Peters
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

David Peters opened for 270,000 from the cutoff holding A♥T♣ and Marius Gierse defended his big blind with K♦Q♦.

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Marius Gierse: Explaining a defend with King-Queen

The flop came T♦3♠K♣ to give both players a pair, and after Gierse checked, Peters fired 225,000 and Gierse called. The turn was the 8♣. Gierse checked again, and this time Peters checked behind.

The river was the 9♥ keeping Gierse in front, and he bet 400,000, earning a fold from Peters. Gierse has 4.1 million now while Peters is at 13.24 million. --MH

1:20pm: Peters coolers Cohen, out in sixth for €145,900
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Sam Cohen has had a glorious week in Prague, but her final day was terribly grim. It lasted three hands: she has become the first person eliminated from the final table, losing a cooler to David Peters.

Marton Czuczor raised to 280,000 from under the gun. He had T♥T♣, so this was fine. David Peters found 9♦9♣ on the button, and he called. That too was fine.

Cohen, in the big blind, looked down at Q♣8♥ and, getting a great price, she called too. And she was instantly rewarded with a flop of 8♠Q♥2♥.

Both Cohen and Czuczor checked, but Peters, who had the worst hand, bet 350,000. Cohen knew how vulnerable two pair can be in the spot, so she raised to 1 million, leaving 3.18 behind. Czuczor folded, but Peters wanted to see another card.

And, bingo: Peters hit the 9♥ on the turn. This was now a super grim spot for Cohen, especially as she shoved her last chips in the middle.

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David Peters: Retakes the chip lead

Peters instantly called and had a 75 percent chance to felt Cohen. The 7♠ on the river was not one of her outs, and she hit the rail in sixth.

Cohen gets €145,900 but Peters now has 13.4 million chips and we may now see him absolutely crush from here. -- HS

1:15pm: Meijer van Putten calls, collects
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Czuczor was at it again on Hand No. 2, raising to 280,000 from middle position with K♥9♥ and Jasper Meijer van Putten called from the big blind with Q♥9♣.

Meijer van Putten check-called Czuczor's flop bet of 250,000 after the first three cards came Q♦4♦T♥, then both checked the 5♦ turn. The 3♥ river prompted a check from Meijer van Putten, a 450,000 bet from Czuczor, and a quick call from Meijer van Putten to win the pot with his pair of queens.

Meijer van Putten is up to 4.5 million with that one, while Czuczor slips to 9.1 million. --MH

1:10pm: And they're off!
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

On the first hand of the final day, chip leader Marton Czuczor picked up where he left off last night, opening with a raise to 280,000 from the cutoff with A♣8♠. It folded to David Peters (second in chips to start the day) in the big blind with T♥9♦ who called, and the flop came 2♥4♦A♥.

Peters checked to Czuczor who continued for 250,000, and Peters let his hand go. --MH

1:05pm: Off they go
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

The final six players are now seated and cards are in the air. Buckle up. We're playing to a winner. -- HS

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Final table players in Prague (l-r): Marton Czuczor, Sergei Petrushevskii, Marius Gierse, Sam Cohen, Jasper Meijer van Putten, David Peters

12:55pm: Action imminent
Level 30 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Play is about to start. David Lopez was eliminated at the very end of Level 29 last night, which means we kick off today in a new level. Blinds are 60,000/120,000. This level, and the next two, will be 90-minutes long. After that we play two 75-minute levels, and we cut 15 minutes off the length of the level every other one after that.

12:45pm: Stat happy

Thanks to Jan Kores, EPT Media Coordinator, and his team, we have a quick look at some of the key stats of our final six players. Some light reading for you before action gets under way:

Jasper Meijer van Putten, 29, Alkmaar, The Netherlands

Before EPT13 Prague:
EPT Main Event cashes: 1
EPT Main Event final tables: 0
EPT Main Event best finish: 52nd (EPT13 Barcelona) EPT Main Event winnings: €17,920

EPT13 Prague Main Event run:

Day 1 - 22,500 (511/593)
Day 2 - 111,000 (131/231)
Day 3 - 805,000 (14/65)
Day 4 - 3,770,000 (1/18)

Sam Cohen, 31, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Before EPT13 Prague:
EPT Main Event cashes: 1
EPT Main Event final tables: 0
EPT Main Event best finish: 105th (PCA 2014) EPT Main Event winnings: €14,895

EPT13 Prague Main Event run:

Day 1 - 57,900 (249/593)
Day 2 - 211,500 (59/231)
Day 3 - 666,000 (21/65)
Day 4 - 2,065,000 (9/18)

Marton Czuczor, 27, Budapest, Hungary

Before EPT13 Prague:
EPT Main Event cashes: 6
EPT Main Event final tables: 0
EPT Main Event best finish: 11th (twice; EPT7 Vilamoura & EPT8 Barcelona) EPT Main Event winnings: €113,843

EPT13 Prague Main Event run:

Day 1 - 161,600 (8/593)
Day 2 - 258,000 (41/231)
Day 3 - 897,000 (8/65)
Day 4 - 2,935,000 (4/18)

Marius Gierse, 24, Munster, Germany

Before EPT13 Prague:
EPT Main Event cashes: 2
EPT Main Event final tables: 0
EPT Main Event best finish: 83rd (EPT12 Prague) EPT Main Event winnings: €21,090

Gierse's EPT13 Prague Main Event run:

Day 1 - 136,400 (26/593)
Day 2 - 317,500 (26/231)
Day 3 - 583,000 (25/65)
Day 4 - 3,375,000 (2/18)

Sergei Petrushevskii, 36, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Before EPT13 Prague:
EPT Main Event cashes: 0
EPT Main Event final tables: 0 EPT Main Event best finish: - EPT Main Event winnings: -

EPT13 Prague Main Event run:

Day 1 - 59,100 (244/593)
Day 2 - 143,500 (107/231)
Day 3 - 780,000 (15/65)
Day 4 - 1,945,000 (10/18)

David "dpeters17" Peters, 29, Toledo, Ohio, USA

Before EPT13 Prague:
EPT Main Event cashes: 4
EPT Main Event final tables: 0
EPT Main Event best finish: 12th (EPT3 Grand Final) EPT Main Event winnings: €144,605

EPT13 Prague Main Event run:

Day 1 - 63,200 (22/593)
Day 2 - 305,000 (31/231)
Day 3 - 2,036,000 (1/65)
Day 4 - 2,985,000 (3/18)

Seeking a second bookend for the EPT

For more than 12 years, a man named Alexander Stevic has stood at one end of a bookshelf labelled "The European Poker Tour". Today in Prague we will finally identify the person who will stand at the other end until the end of time.

In addition to seeking the EPT's final champion, we are looking for a second bookend. After 13 seasons and 115 Main Events, the EPT is drawing to a close in Prague before being rebranded as the PokerStars Championship. It will be difficult not to grow slightly misty-eyed, but we cannot allow tears or sentimentality to blur our focus for one final day of competition.

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Six players are left from the 1,192 who tried to take their place in history. Only one of them will never again be knocked out of a tournament on the European Poker Tour* and will win €774,600 for his or her troubles.

Here are those six and the chips they bring to the final:

NameCountryChips
Marton CzuczorHungary9,710,000
David PetersUSA8,880,000
Sergei PetrushevskiiRussia5,265,000
Sam CohenUSA4,520,000
Jasper Meijer van PuttenNetherlands3,815,000
Marius GierseGermany3,555,000

Play gets under way at noon CET, but we will be reporting with a one-hour security delay to prevent spoilers as we follow the cards-up broadcast on EPT Live. Join us as we aim to get Stevic the partner he has sought for 4,475 days.

*Side point: The person who finishes second today will be the last person ever knocked out of an EPT Main Event.


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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the EPT Prague Main Event: Martin Harris and Howard Swains. Photography by Neil Stoddart. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog

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