EPT11: Plate-spinning Ivan Soshnikov multi-tables to the top
Talk to any over-achiever in any field you care to mention, and they'll tell you that it pays to keep busy. Although you might think live tournament poker would be an exception to the rule, plate-spinning Ivan Soshnikov will tell you different.
At the EPT Prague Poker Festival this afternoon, the man who won the High Roller event in this room last year entered the €50,000 Super High Roller tournament when he was still in the €1,000 Eureka main event. He steered his Eureka stack into the money at the same time that he was bludgeoning to the top of the Super High Roller chip counts. It didn't even matter that he lost his stack in the smaller event -- literally, when his table broke during a visit to the other tournament. He still had plenty to keep his focus.
Soshnikov heads a buoyant field here in Prague, the first time a €50,000 Super High Roller has been played in these parts. Before today, these events have been confined to what might be considered the more fashionable poker destinations: Monaco, for instance, or the PCA. There have been a few in Barcelona and one in London. But this year, the organisers have brought the biggest event on the schedule to the centre of Central Europe -- and it seems it has been a pretty wise choice.
At the end of Day 1, there had been 47 entries costing €50,000 apiece. Forty-one players had joined the fray, and registration remains open until play starts at lunchtime tomorrow. Poker in Prague just continues to grow and grow.
Other big stacks were in front of Brian Roberts (857,000), Juha Helppi (662,000), Martin Kabrhel (623,000), Tobias Reinkemeier (618,000), Mustapha Kanit (590,000), Stephen Chidwick (557,000) and Olivier Busquet (550,000). But they are all staring up at Soshnikov and his stack of 905,000.
Nobody is truly out of the running. Although Adrian Mateos Diaz, Fedor Holz, Leon Tsoukernik, Christoph Vogelsang, Vicente Delgado and David Peters were among those eliminated today, a few of them have already rejoined. Anybody can do that before play re-starts tomorrow for Day 2 of this three-day tournament. We'll have all the coverage from the start of the day tomorrow.
In the meantime, look back on today. We caught up with Mukul Pahuja, who is playing his first Super High Roller in Europe, and put some faces to some names in the WCOOP winners' circle. It's also worth having a look back on how the day started if you ever want to know how you should go about killing time when you next enter a €50,000 tournament or, for that matter, a Super High Roller game-show. You never know, a World Champion might turn up.
You can take a look back on the blow-by-blow action from today in the panel at the top of the main Super High Roller page. And the Eureka main event is into the money and playing on into the night. That's on the Eureka Prague page.
Full coverage resumes tomorrow. Join us then.
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 is into the money and playing on. That's on the Eureka Prague page.