EPT11 Prague: High Rollers return for another long day
When we last checked in with the high rollers they were enjoying a dinner break having completed six of their allotted 10 levels of play on Day 1. As we all know a lot can change in four hours of poker and that was then and this is now.
At that point Steve O'Dwyer was second in chips with a stack of 155,000, but a late night run-in with Igor Yaroshevskyy's aces meant O'Dwyer was left with fumes and was out soon after. He was one of a dozen players to re-enter this morning and was first to his new table. He took a walk around it looking at the bags of his opponents and said: "I had more than all of these players with one hour to go yesterday." He's got the likes of Thomas Muhlocker, Oleksii Khoroshenin and Simon Ravnsbaek for company today.
Others who are firing their second bullet on Day 2 include: Ari Engel, Olivier Busquet, Juha Helppi, Martin Finger and Timothy Adams. The latter took his seat across the felt from Mike Watson. "You again?" Watson said. "Back for revenge," he added referencing a previous skirmish. As well as those firing their second bullet two players entered for the first time before Day 2 started with Daniel Dvoress and Jussi Nevanlinna both getting shiny new stacks of 50,000 apiece.
Both Watson and Adams will have to contend with the juggernaut that is Ole Schemion. The German was third in chips after six levels and in true Schemion fashion didn't let it slip. He carried a stack of 266,300 into Day 2, which was good for sixth place. The top ten at start of play were as below, blinds started at 1,000/2,000 (300 ante), and 141 of 309 players remained making the average stack 109,500.
Igor Yaroshevskyy, Ukraine, 318,300
Martin Kabrhel, Czech Republic, 316,000
Amir Mozaffarian, Germany, Live Satellite winner, 298,400
Thomas Holm, Denmark, 281,800
Dan Shak, United States, 267,900
Ole Schemion, Germany, 266,300
Simon Ravnsbaek, Denmark, 244,700
Kevin MacPhee, United States, 244,300
Alessio Isaia, Italy, 243,600
Henrik Hecklen, Denmark, 241,000
There were of course some with significantly less and two of the short stacks would, unsurprisingly, be the first to exit on Day 2. David Vamplew, who started the day with just less than three big blinds, was dispatched by Eugene Katchalov. Next to go was Adrian Mateos. The Spaniard started the day with 42,900 and committed them over a raise of 4,900 and two calls. The original raiser - Oleh Okhotskyi - made the call and it was time for showdown.
The 2♣7♦[10d]2♠5♥ board favoured the Ukrainian and Mateos was on his way. They'll need to be plenty more bust outs if the high roller is to get anywhere near the final table today. The plan is to play ten levels of until the final table is set. The smart money's on ten levels.