EPT11 Prague: Midday update, Panyak leads, Lodden, Danzer and Haxton all chipped up.

With six levels done and dusted here on Day 1A of the main event the players have been sent on a 75 minute sojourn to rest their aching bones. Late registration is, of course, still open and will remain so until the start of Day 2. As the seconds ticked down on the last level before the dinner break 269 bums on seats remained from the 338 who'd chosen the opening starting flight as their preferred option for a shot at an EPT title.


The main event occupies much of the room

Of those 338 players 19 had won a seat in a live satellite last night here in Prague whilst a further 133 had qualified online and opted for Day 1A. One such online qualifier is Maxim Panyak, with 117,000 he's top of the pile right now and has 195 big blinds to play with. The Russian player has had some sizeable scores on the EPT tour in the past. His ninth place finish in the €10,000 High Roller at EPT100 Barcelona is his best result in terms of dollars earned, but a second place finish here in Prague in a €1,000 side event during Season 7 is the closest he's come to an EPT title.

He's one of only two players to have breached the six-figure mark with Bulent Demirtas the other man in the six-figure club. The German has the enviable record of having final tabled everytime he's cashed in a live tournament and he'll be hoping that trend continues here in Prague so he can add to the two cashes he's netted on the UKIPT and his one cash on the Eureka tour.


Oleksii Khoroshenin

With the average stack currently a shade under 37,500 there are plenty of other players who've accumulated big chips whilst the blinds are small. EPT10 champion Oleksii Khoroshenin is one of those, he's increased his 30,000 starting stack to 93,000 whilst Petr Jelinek, who's 28th on the all-time Czech money list, is leading the Czech charge with 84,000.


It's happy days for the WSOP Player of the Year

Team PokerStars Pro and Online are well represented in the upper echelons of the chip counts as: Johnny Lodden (66,000), George Danzer (58,000) Ike Haxton (55,000) and ElkY (48,000) have all chipped up nicely. Whilst Mickey Petersen (15,400) and Chris Moneymaker (9,300) have work to do.

But, at least they still have chips which can't be said for Martin Hruby who's one of the big names to have hit the rail today. He's in sound company as Joni Jouhkimainen, Fabrice Soulier, Dmitry Yurasov, Mikalai Pobal, David Peters, Ivan Soshnikov, Chris Brammer, Pierre Neuville, Martin Kabrhel, David Yan, Adrian Mateos, Dominik Panka, Marvin Rettenmaier and Kimmo Kurko are all out too.


Panka - out


Yan - gone

Full coverage of the EPT Prague Poker Festival is on the main EPT Prague page. Super High Roller coverage, including blow-by-blow updates in the panel at the top, is on the Super High Roller page. And the Eureka main event has just finished. Find out who won on the Eureka Prague page.

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in Prague