Eureka3 Prague: Erik Soderholm leads biggest ever Eureka Poker Tour Main Event

Huge! Massive! Gargantuan! Out of this world! Whatever you want to call it Day 1b was by far the single biggest day ever on the Eureka Poker Tour. A humongous 949 players entered Day 1b, to put that in perspective the previous record attendance for an entire main event was 644, set here in Prague in 2012.

If you add those 949 to the 366 who played yesterday, you get 1,315 and the largest ever field assembled for a poker tournament in Prague. By the end of 10 one hour levels 949 had been reduced to 286 and the same adjectives that describe this tournament work equally well when finding words to describe the stacks of the chip leaders.


Horecki - chipped up

For much of the latter part of the day it looked as if Marcin Horecki was going to end the day on top. The Pole, a Team PokerStars Pro, tweeted about the hand that got him to the lofty heights of 237,300. Horecki, forever flag hunting was multi-tabling near the end of the night as he was also playing the €220 no-limit Omaha Hi-Lo deepstack turbo event.

But he was pipped at the post by Erik Soderholm as the Swede bagged up 264,600 to claim the overall chip lead going into Day 2, surpassing Jean-Yves Mallat's 246,500. Others who'll be well placed when we get back underway with blinds at 800/1,600 ante 200 are: Giuliano Bendinelli (197,300), Farid Chati (183,400), Gkiourtzidis Dimitrios (183,400), Ivan Skorospelkin (182,200), Billey Demirtas (178,800), Serbian folk singer Dragana Todorovic (174,600) and Chris Moorman (153,100).


Soderholm - snatched the lead at the end


Moorman - can cut it live too

Team PokerStars were out in force today and Horecki wasn't the only one to make it through the day. Matti De Meulder (109,900), Chris De Meulder (79,000), Alex Kravchenko (67,000) and Henrique Pinho (97,300) will all be back tomorrow.


Christophe De Meulder

However, Mickey Petersen, Dale Philip, Martin Hruby, Juan Manuel Pastor and Martin Hruby were all sent to the rail during Day 1b action. They weren't the only big names to fall as Jonathan Little, Jeff Sarwer, Shannon Shorr, Ana Marquez, Jason Wheeler, Andrew Chen, Martin Staszko, Max Silver, Paul Berende and Kimmo Kurko were all eliminated


Hruby - hair today, gone today

Petersen was part of another select group playing today as a dozen EPT winners took to the tables. For some like Steve O'Dwyer, Dimitar Danchev and David Vamplew they'll have time off before trying to win another EPT, whilst others like Salvatore Bonavena (66,600) are still in the hunt for Eureka Poker Tour glory, as is defending champion Menikos Panagiotou (105,800).


Bonavena will be back


Vamplew was vanquished

We'll be back tomorrow from noon to chart the progress of those two and others as we play to the money and hopefully beyond. I'll be posting overnight chip counts, the prize pool and the Day 2 table draw before play starts tomorrow, but until tomorrow it's goodnight from Prague.


All photos are copyright of Tomas Stacha

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in Eureka Poker Tour