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Updates from the final table, level 25 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc “The Conv” Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of the payout structure and prizewinners is on the payout structure and prizewinners page.

Click through for full profiles of the final table players.

Blinds:
Level 25: 20,000-40,000 (4,000 ante)

1.05pm: Skampa gets involved
On the last hand of this level, Jan Skampa raised to 100,000 and Anthony Roux called from the big blind. The flop came 10♣9♦2h]. Roux check-called Skampa’s 140,000 bet before leading out for 300,000 on the 8♥ turn. Skampa called and then bet 650,000 when Roux checked to him on the 10♥ river. Roux quickly folded and the players headed of for a five minute break while the 1,000 denomination chips are coloured-up.

1pm: Ekerot out in seventh, winning €71,000
Gustav Ekerot, the table short stack, moves all in for 550,000 from the cut-off. Jan Skampa on the button folds, but Eyal Avitan in the small blind sits up with interest, and re-raises all in himself. Luca Pagano is in the big blind but cannot find anything worth playing in this spot.
Ekerot: Q♥7♥
Avitan: A♥A♠
Ekerot is in a world of pain, and the board gave no help at all, running 4♠5♠4♥4♣10♣, and the Swede leaves in seventh place for a €71,000 pay day.  We’re down to six already.

Everyone now is winning six figures. Full payout details are on the payout page.

12.55pm: Killing time
A few hands with no takers. Anthony Roux opened but was knocked off the hand by a re-raise by Stefan Mattsson. He took the next hand with an opening bet of 90,000 before Roux took the next by doing the same.

12.50pm: Sven Eichelbaum out in eighth, winning €55,500
Sven Eichelbaum opened for his first raise of the day from second position. He made it 90,000 before facing a three-bet to 365,000 from Larry Ryan in the big blind. It was also the first time the Irishman had raised and that might’ve been going through Eichelbaum’s mind as he thought for a few minutes, then shrugged his shoulders and moved all in. Ryan snap called with A♥A♣ and was in great shape against the German’s A♦J♦. The board ran 6♦9♣Q♠Q♦5♣ to eliminate Eichelbaum in eighth place for €55,500.

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Sven Eichelbaum

12.40pm: Pot to Pagano
The first flop for a while. Luca Pagano opened for 100,000 from under the gun. Stefan Mattsson called from two seats along. The two went heads up to a flop of J♥J♣4♦. Both checked for a Q♥ on the turn. Pagano bet 175,000, getting a quick fold out of Mattsson.

12.30pm: Ekerot moves in
The short stack Gustav Ekerot moves all in when it’s folded to him. Larry Ryan is the only player who seems interested in calling and asks for a count. But eventually thinks better of it and folds. Ekerot takes blinds and antes.

12.25pm: First hand
When Priyian de Mel was eliminated on the final hand last night, he was in the big blind seat, meaning there was no small blind in play on today’s first hand. Stefan Mattsson raised to 90,000 from first position, attacking the solitary big blind. Eyal Avitan re-raised to 240,000, which Mattsson called. The aggression tailed off after that and every street was checked leaving us with a 5♣K♥8♣4♥2♣ board. Avitan revealed Q♥Q♠ and took the first pot as Mattsson mucked

12.22pm: Shuffle up and deal
The formalities have been completed and the cards are in the air.

12.05pm: Twit-to-who?
It’s competition time on PokerStars twitter. Get your own piece of the action by selecting who you think will win EPT Prague today for a chance to win a bundle of Frequent Player Points. Simply tweet (twit?) your selection to @PokerStars_com before the first elimination and if your pick wins then you’re into the draw for the loot. If you lose, well, try next weekend’s competition instead. Get all the details on PokerStars Twitter.

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Pick your man from this little lot

12pm: Ready for the off
The eight finalists are returning to the tournament room to begin the final stretch of their quest for the championship. There were 39 minutes of level 25 left when a final table was reached last night, and they will play the remainder of that level, then go straight into level 26, this afternoon.

A reminder of our finalists:

Seat one – Anthony Roux, France, 2,839,000
Seat two – Stefan Mattsson, Sweden, 3,553,000
Seat three – Laurence Ryan, Ireland, 1,338,000
Seat four – Gustav Ekerot, Sweden, 502,000
Seat five – Sven Eichelbaum, Germany, 658,000
Seat six – Jan Skampa, Czech Republic, 3,935,000
Seat seven – Eyal Avitan, Israel, 2,627,000
Seat eight – Luca Pagano, Italy, 2,119,000

And here’s what they are playing for:

1 – €682,000
2 – €454,000
3 – €255,000
4 – €171,000
5 – €135,000
6 – €100,000
7 – €71,000
8 – €55,500

The formalities of photographs, handshakes and nervous chatter are currently under way. We’ll be here with all the action imminently.

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