EPT11 Prague: Mid-day update, the show must go on

The bubble has been and gone, although as reported it stuck around for quite some time. Now that everyone who's left is in the money, we can get on with the business of who's going to be getting the lion's share, and who's going to be earning a min-cash for their three days of work.

With such a protracted bubble there were a number of micro stacks who, with a min-cash secured, were now free to to spin their meagre stacks into something more playable. One of those who tried, and ultimately failed, that was Team PokerStars Pro Online's Mickey Petersen.


Petersen was the first man out in the money

The Dane has added some face fuzz to his exterior since we last saw him in London - perhaps to combat the climate in his new home city of Edinburgh - and post-bubble he was down to 11,000, a figure which amounted to not even three big blinds. He committed them to the middle with A♠K♥ which is definitely a hand you'd be happy to find in his situation, and picked up two callers.

The two players checked the Q♦Q♠5♥ flop before Stephen Graner fired out a bet on the J♣ turn, forcing Peter Turmezey to fold. The hand went to showdown and Petersen could see that he was drawing dead, Graner holding Qc]J♥. The inconsequential 8♣ completed the board and Petersen was off to the cash desk to collect €8,970. He probably bumped into Mirko Acksel and Sergej Choroskov as the German and Lithuanian were the next two players to bust in the money.

Meanwhile of those still with chips it was Davidi Kitai who had made the most hay whilst the bubble was ongoing. At time of writing he has a stack of 840,000, giving him a clear lead over Mustsapha Kanit, currently second with 730,000. They've both got well over 100 big blinds as does start of day chip leader Brian Altman. He completes the podium as he's currently playing 575,000.


Kitai - chipped up

Others well placed to make Day 4 include: Balasz Botond (510,000), Vanessa Selbst (400,000), Eugene Katchalov (381,000), Simon Boss (372,600) and Thomas Muehlocker (300,0000). Whilst those at the other end of the scale currently include: Isaac Haxton (35,000), Vladimir Schemelev (44,200), Jannick Wrang (68,500) and Remi Castaignon (72,000).

We're now into the third level of the planned five for the day. Blinds are 2,500/5,000 ante 500. The average stack is 237,000 and 140 players remain

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Nick Wright
@PokerStars in Prague