EPT11 Prague: We're gonna need a bigger bath-tub
The EPT Prague Festival is already in full swing. Ask anybody if they've got an idea what to call the biggest poker tournament ever held in the Czech Republic and he or she will stick a finger in the air, leap out of the bath-tub and say, "Eureka!"
However, today in the function suite of Casino Prague, a lot of new residents have arrived with significantly bigger bath-tubs. Although there are going to be about 1,650 fewer players contesting today's Super High Roller event, which begins at 12.15pm, they will be paying €50,000 for the privilege and resultantly carry plenty of cache.
We are already in possession of a provisional player list for this event, and it is glistening brightly while sitting in my inbox. Martin Jacobson, for instance, is going to be contesting his first tournament since being crowned World Champion; Olivier Busquet and Daniel Colman will be trying to win their second Super High Roller titles of the year; and Fedor Holz, who last night picked up his bling for winning the WCOOP main event has folded away the laptop for a stab at this big one.
Steve O'Dwyer, who recently won the ACOP Super High Roller in Macau is playing. Jason Mercier picked up the latest Alpha8 title in St Kitts not even a week ago. If you get this far down a list without yet mentioning Ole Schemion, who is also playing, you know you're talking about a pretty sensational line-up.
I mean, even the super satellite to this event, held last night at Hilton Prague, was ridiculously stacked. Bryn Kenney, Mustapha Kanit and Juha Helppi won their passage to the event proper, as well as Igor Pihela, who will possibly become the first Estonian ever to enter a Super High Roller on the EPT.
Of course, the field will otherwise be heavily influenced by the poker powerhouses of north America and Germany. We've grown sufficiently accustomed to these events to know what to expect -- but we include in that, a small element of surprise too. There will be full coverage throughout this three-day event on PokerStars Blog.