EPT12 Prague: Kenneth Smaron leads record-breaking High Roller in Prague

December 15, 2015


Kenneth Smaron – Day 1 chip leader
Will it or won’t it break last year’s record total? That was the question that we were waiting to answer today in Prague. Yesterday 247 players entered the €10,000 High Roller and 56 of them busted and then re-entered. Doing the math, that took the total number of entries to 303 just six less than last year’s record of 309 entries.

But! But! Late entry was open until play started at 12.30 CET today and surely there were at least seven people out there with €10,000 out there. There were. In fact 12 players bought in this morning taking the total number of runners to 315 (252 unique entries and 63 re-entries). The players who entered for the first time today were: Konstantin Maslak, Ramin Hajiyev, Parker Talbot, Rufat Mahmudov and Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier. Whilst Rainer Kempe, Stephen Chidwick, Adnan Chamaa, Jason Mercier, Ami Barer, Yingui Li and Vlad Darie all fired their second bullet.

They all get a fresh stack of 50,000 which puts them someway behind the overnight leader Kenneth Smaron. The American bagged up 274,700 to grab the lead late in the day from Kacper Pyzara who finished on 267,000. Both Smaron and Pyzara cashed the Main Event here in Prague finishing 91st and 59th respectively.

Other players who more than quadrupled their stack during the ten levels on Day 1 include: Jeffrey Rossiter (252,400), Anton Wigg (236,000), Daniel Cates (211,400) and Rocco Palumbo (206,600).


G’day for Rossiter
In all 162 players from the 313 strong field started Day 2 and the plan today is to play ten 60 minute levels or to a final table of eight, whichever comes first. Blinds start at 1,000/2,000 ante 300.


Selected chip counts

Below are selected chip counts from the 162 players who remain in the €10,000 High Roller

Name Country Chips
Igor Kurganov Russia 180,000
Kevin MacPhee USA 178,200
Darrell Goh Ireland 175,500
Vladimir Troyanovskiy Russia 162,600
Charlie Carrel UK 157,000
Davidi Kitai Belgium 153,300
Alex Bilokur Russia 148,400
Andrew Chen Canada 144,600
Ihar Soika Belarus 143,400
Steve O’Dwyer Ireland 142,100
Robin Ylitalo Sweden 120,600
Vanessa Selbst USA 119,700
John Juanda Indonesia 116,100
Mike McDonald Canada 112,900
David Vamplew Ukraine 107,700
Mustapha Kanit Italy 101,900
Philipp Gruissem Germany 97,900
Ivan Soshnikov Russia 93,400
Simon Deadman UK 87,000
Juha Lauttamus Finland 86,800
Faraz Jaka USA 86,000
Thomas Muehloecker Austria 85,600
Jonathan Little USA 83,200
Benny Spindler Germany 76,100
Senh Ung UK 76,000
Paul Newey UK 67,100
Dario Sammartino Italy 58,200
Ludovic Geilich UK 57,200
Roberto Romanello UK 51,700
Adrian Mateos Spain 50,400
Mike Watson Canada 48,000
Liv Boeree Ukraine 47,800
Sam Greenwood Canada 47,300
Dzmitry Urbanovich Poland 42,300
Tobias Reinkemeier Germany 40,800
Sam Chartier Canada 39,300
Dominik Nitsche Germany 39,200
Juha Helppi Finland 39,000
Sylvain Loosli France 34,300
Nicolas Chouity Lebanon 33,500
Ole Schemion Germany 31,600
Pierre Neuville Belgium 23,500
Eugene Katchalov Ukraine 21,400
Max Silver UK 18,100


Boeree is back for Day 2

Key coverage links

You can follow all the Main Event action on this page.

You can follow hand by hand coverage of the High Roller in the panel at the top of this page.

If you like moving pictures then you’ll be happy to hear that #EPTLive coverage of the Main Event is in full swing. Watch that here.

And side event coverage – lots of it – can be found here. Whilst the results of the events that have already finished are being collated here.


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