Eureka Poker Tour, Prague: Day 1B, Level 5 & 6 updates, blinds 150-300, ante 25
9.10pm: Break time
Level six is in the books, players are on a 20 minute break. -- NW
9pm: Double elimination
Vojtech Ruzicka just eliminated two players in the same hand. He three-bet to 2,500 after Nikolay Hadziev had open-raised and then a third player moved all-in for 3,100. Back on Hadziev he just smooth called leaving himself around 4,000 behind, and Ruzicka could only call due to the all-in being an under raise.
On the flop of 2♠J♦2♣ Hadziev moved all-in with K♠J♠, Ruzicka made the call with pocket queens and the shortest stack turned over A♥Q♦. The turn and river were the 2♥3♥ and Ruzicka boosted his stack to 50,000. He's on the same table as Team PokerStars Pro Dag Palovic and Will Fry. -- NW
8.45pm: Johnson likes the ladies
Mitch Johnson is the chip leader of the tournament after winning a huge pot against Steve Weidauer. From the button Johnson made it 700 to go and called after Weidauer three-bet to 1,875 from the small blind. The flop was Q♣Q♥6♠ and Weidauer led for 2,000, Johnson made it 4,050, Weidauer made it 9,000 and Johnson called. The turn was the [10s] and Weidauer set Johnson in and he immediately called.
The river was the A♣ and Johnson, who had 24,025 left on the turn is now up to 69,800, Weidauer now has 10,000. -- NW
8.35pm: Home from home
Sat in the five, seven and nine seat respectively on the table right in front of me are Mitch Johnson, James Keys and Keith Johnson. Yep two of them are brothers and the third recently finished runner-up in the Aussie Millions, for a million dollars. Oh and all three of them are friends. -- NW
8.25pm: Goulder flushed
I joined the action to see a flop of 8♠3♠6♥ and around 4,200 in the pot. There were four active players remaining and after Team PokerStars Online member Grzegorz Mikielewicz had checked, Alex Goulder (big blind) bet 2,100 and picked up just one caller. The turn was the 5♦ and Goulder fired again, this time the bet was 5,100, again his opponent called. The river was the K♠ and Goulder moved all-in for his opponent's last 10,450 and after he was called Goulder said: "flush" and showed 5♠2♠, but his opponent held Q♠[10s] for the bigger flush. After that hand Goulder was down to around 4,900.
The very next hand he picked up pocket kings and 'tilt shoved' after Mikielewicz had opened with A♣3♣ from the button, but Mikielewicz flopped an ace to send him to the rail. -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 150-300, ante 25
8.05pm: No friends on the felt
Two friends from the UK just butted heads in a pot, Andrew Hulme and Mitch Johnson, who's been moved two spots to the word wizard's left. I only saw the action from the turn but with exactly 4,400 in the pot and a board of Q♠[10h]8♠2♥ Johnson (small blind) bet 1,650 and after some deliberation Hulme (hi-jack) made the call. The river was the 7♥ and both players checked, Johnson announced one pair and showed 4♥2♦ and Hulme mucked his hand. -- NW
8pm: Up there with the best
I've been told by the PokerStars blog photographer Tomas, that Veronika Kokoceva (pictured below) is one of the top two female poker players in the Czech Republic. She's doing ok here and has a stack of 18,000. -- NW
7.55pm: Chip counts
I've just updated the chip count page, click here to see how some of the players are getting on. -- NW
7.45pm: The prizepool
The prizepool details have just been announced to players. The winner of the Eureka Poke Tour Prague will take home €58,400, second place will receive €37,000 and third €20,500. A total of 36 players will be paid with a min cash being worth €1,280. -- NW
7.35pm: Put your Ci-bak into it
One player making use of the massage girls at this tournament is Czech player Tomas Cibak. I happened to cover a PokerStars UKIPT event in Brighton in which he finished runner-up and cashed for £40,100.
He went out and celebrated with the winner and his friends. At the end of the night out he decided to take a swim in the sea (don't worry it was July) and whilst he was doing so he had a laptop and some money stolen, ouch! He's doing well here in Prague though and is up to 26,000. -- NW
Pictured below is Andrew Hulme, his friends call him stato, and you're about to find out why. He appeared on Countdown - a legendary British words and numbers quiz - and did very well. In fact he's what's known in Countdown circles as an Octochamp, as he won eight shows in a row - the most you can win. And his eight show points total of 930 broke the record at the time.
According to friends he's sick of his Countdown history being talked about all the time, oops sorry Andrew. As for this tournament he's on 17,875 heading into level five. -- NW
7.05pm: Back from the break
The players (well some of them) are back in their seats and level five has begun. Many of the players have been a bit tardy in returning to their seats, many table have only four of five occupants. -- NW
PokerStars Blog reporting team at Eureka Poker Tour Prague: Nick Wright. Photos courtesy of Tomas Stacha.