Andrey Zaichenko Crushes European Poker Tour Prague Day 1B

Andrey Zaichenko ended Day 1B of EPT Prague with a massive chip lead. (Neil Stoddart photo)

Andrey Zaichenko ended Day 1B of EPT Prague with a massive chip lead. (Neil Stoddart photo)

For the third straight day the story at EPT Prague has been the performance of a Russian poker pro. On Friday Andrey Zaichenko dominated the Day 1B action of the EPT Prague Main Event and will take the overall chip lead into Day 2.

Zaichenko finished Day 1B with 240,000 – which put him 74,200 clear of the next biggest stack on Day 1B, Peter Turnezey, and 80,200 ahead of Day 1A leader Dmitry Ponomarev. Zaichenko’s performance came in a monster-sized field. There were 750 players in action on Friday, with 399 surviving the day.

While Zaichenko has a massive lead, the next five players,Turnezey, Alexandre Gomes, Eddy Maksoud, Omar Lahkdari and Pierre Chevalier, are separated by just 12,800 chips. Vanessa Selbst finished Day 1B with the ninth biggest stack, bagging up 139,000.

Mike Leah, who trails only Daniel Colman in his quest for BLUFF Player of the Year, finished with 99,600 and still has an outside shot of passing Colman should he post a major score in Prague. Other notable names who finished with more than the the 53,050 average stack were Chino Rheem (122,800), EPT Prague Super High Roller champ Leonid Markin (118,900) and Stephen Chidwick (55,400).

There were 351 players eliminated on Day 1B were reigning WPT Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja, Dan Shak, Ole Schemion, Steve O’Dwyer, Jason Mercier and Ivan Demidov.

The 399 Day 1B survivors and the 201 from Day 1A will combine on Saturday and play eight more levels. Prizepool information will be released after registration closes at the start of Day 2.

Day 1B Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Andrey Zaichenko – 237,600
  2. Peter Turnezey – 165,800
  3. Alexandre Gomes – 165,700
  4. Eddy Maksoud – 160,000
  5. Omar Lakhdari – 156,000
  6. Pierre Chevalier – 153,600
  7. Thom Gerrits – 148,000
  8. Vladislav Donchev – 143,500
  9. Vanessa Selbst – 139,000
  10. Antonin Duda – 137,400
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Lance Bradley

Editor in Chief at BLUFF.com
Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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