EPT10 Prague: The plan for Day 4: Imagine
Day 4 of EPT10 Prague is under way and the plan is to play 16 levels or down to five players, whichever come first. No it isn't. Of course it isn't. We'll play five levels or down to 16 players, whichever comes first. (Although perhaps it's time to think of doing it the other way.)
Most observers reckon that this one is going the distance. We have 61 players returning today and even though this has been a typically hasty event so far, it still seems a bit of a stretch for 45 players to leave in seven-and-a-half hours. The average stack is close to 50 big blinds (more so in the €10,300 High Roller which starts at 1pm today - live coverage here).
The very early skirmishes all ended with either double ups or uncontested victories for the all in short stacks. On table three, Andrew Chen opened to 23,000 from under the gun and Vit Blachut called on the button. Moshe Elazar, in the small blind, said "OK" and slid his stack of 204,000 into the middle.
Chen flicked his eyes to Elazar, to Blachut, to Elazar and then the Blachut and then folded. Blachut didn't even take that long before he passed too. Blachut, by the way, is the Czech player who bears quite the uncanny resemblance to a certain boy wizard. David Vamplew tends to carry the burden of being poker's Harry Potter, but Blachut may be about to wrestle the crown from him.
Certain other press-room observers think he is more John Lennon than Potter, while others have insisted he looks like the Doctor from Dr. Who. The jury is still out, but having shed his transparent glasses in favour of some dark shades today, and having added a scarf to his accessories, the Dr. Who camp has become more persuasive. If he can magic up a win for the Czech Republic here this week, it will be the first since Jan Skampa in Season 5. Imagine.
Shortly after Elazar won that early pot, it seemed for all the world as if we had lost our first player. Nihat Karyagdi got his short stack in the middle with a suited ace-jack but ran into Tamer Kamel's ace-king. The board appeared to run out blank, and Karyadi got up, shook the hand of his countryman Tiberu-Florian Georgescu and even accepted congratulations of the floor staff preparing to lead him to the payouts cage.
But Kamel and the dealer shouted to Karyadi, pointing out that the two threes and two eights on the flop meant this was a split. He lived to fight another day. "You almost won," said Jonathan Little. "You had a flush draw."
Karyadi didn't seem massively impressed by his last-minute stay of execution. Having eaten his final meal and having received the last rites, returning to a six big-blind stack isn't much consolation.
And there we have it. The day has begun. You can follow the chip-leading Ludovic Lacay on EPT Live and follow the rest of the action in the usual places.
Laura Cornelius and Rick Dacey look ahead to Day 4.
For coverage of Day 4 of the EPT10 Prague Main Event, head to the EPT Prague Main Event page. There's hand-by-hand coverage and chip counts in the top panel, plus feature pieces below the line. All the information about event can be found on the main European Poker Tour website.