Brian Altman On Top After European Poker Tour Prague Day 2

Brian Altman leads after Day 3 of the EPT Prague Main Event. (Neil Stoddart photo)

Brian Altman leads after Day 3 of the EPT Prague Main Event. (Neil Stoddart photo)

Brian Altman has never cashed on the European Poker Tour before. Barring a disaster of Epic Poker League proportions, that will all change on Sunday. On Saturday, the American poker pro finished Day 2 of the EPT Prague Main Event with the chip lead.

Altman finished with 704,100 and is the only player with more than 600,000 in the bag overnight. Gustav Nordh sits second with 584,000 while Omar Lakhdari is right behind with 568,000. Just 207 of the 600 players who began Day 2 with chips made it through the eight levels of play meaning only 48 players need to bust for Altman to get his first EPT cash – though he’s most likely focused on more than a min-cash.

A few more familiar names are still in contention, but outside of the top ten including Davidi Kitai (342,300), Shannon Shorr (322,200), Andrey Zaichenko (253,400), Sam Grafton (273,100) and Liv Boeree (179,000). Olivier Busquet (154,400), Vanessa Selbst (139,000) and former BLUFF Player of the Year Eugene Katchalov (116,3000) are still in but bagged less than the 160,345 average.

The 13 players who registered before play began on Day 2 pushed the total registered players to 1,107 and pushed the prize pool to €5,368,950 ($6,690,238 US) with the eventual champion walking away with €969,000 ($1,207,000 US).

Some of the notables who busted out on Saturday were Russell Thomas, Stephen Chidwick, WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson, Chino Rheem and Chris Moorman.

Mike Leah, who needs a massive score in a EPT or World Poker Tour event to catch Daniel Colman for BLUFF Player of the Year, busted out on Day 2.

Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Brian Altman – 704,100
  2. Gustav Nordh – 584,000
  3. Omar Lakhdari – 568,000
  4. Stephen Graner – 558,200
  5. Andras Nemeth – 442,800
  6. Rhys Jones – 411,900
  7. Pablo Sanz Quiles – 397,600
  8. Jonathan Wong – 397,100
  9. Simon Boss – 372,600
  10. Peter Turmezey – 371,000
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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, 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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