The plan today in the Main Event is to play six levels. The first three of those have just come to an end, so whilst the players enjoy some half-time oranges we take a look at what’s happened during the first half of the day.
The biggest news today is the announcement of the prize pool! When late registration closed the entries were totted up and it was revealed that 1,044 players had entered the Main Event. They created a massive prize pool of over €5,000,000 – to be precise €5,063,400 – which will be split between the top 151 players. The winner will collect a great pre-xmas bonus of €921,540 whilst a min-cash is worth €8,910. Scroll down to see the entire payout structure.
The player looking most likely to take top honours right now is, the man who was leading after Day 1B, aka Sam Chartier. The Canadian has kicked on and increased his start of day stack (211,500) to 334,000. He took a big pot from Gerald Karlic with queens against eights on a nine high, four diamond board. Both players had a diamond. He then dented the Austrian further with jacks against tens.
The blinds have just gone up to 800/1,600 ante 200. Below you’ll find the counts of those notable for the size of their stack or the reputation behind it. As it stands 369 players are still in and the average stack is 84,900.
|Walid Abdi Ali||Germany||160,000|
|Matthias De Meulder||Belgium||92,000|
A total of 1,044 players entered the EPT12 Prague Main Event and the top 151 places will get paid.
The eliminations always come thick and fast on Day 2 and there’s been a slew of them so far with the field of 592 reduced by over 200 during the first 225 minutes of play. Faraz Jaka was the first notable out the door, he lost out to David Sa De Abreu who had him dominated with A♦Q♦ to Jaka’s A♣4♠.
Team PokerStars Pro’s Liv Boeree lasted a little longer until she shoved for around 14 big blinds with A♥Q♥ and failed to connect against Anthony Picault’s pair of jacks.
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If you like moving pictures then you’ll be happy to hear that #EPTLive coverage of the Main Event has begun. Watch that here.