By The Numbers: Prague Poker Festival

The poker world is full of facts, figures, stats and records. With so many numbers being crunched day in and day out, sometimes it is tough to see what they all add up to. That is why BLUFF brings you some of the more interesting numbers related to the big tournaments, big stories, and big personalities in the poker world. Some are factual, some are fun, some are both.  Today, we take a look at the trio of WPT, EPT and GSOP poker tournaments that comprise the unofficial Prague Poker Festival by the numbers:

2 Finishing position in the EPT Prague High Roller event for Mike McDonald.  The EPT High Roller events have worked out well for McDonald in 2011.  Last season he finished fifth in the EPT Grand Final High Roller in Madrid.  Back in October, McDonald finished third in the EPT San Remo High Roller event as well.  McDonald also mincashed the WPT Prague Main Event.

3 Number of German EPT winners so far this season.  EPT Prague winner Martin Finger joins fellow countrymen Martin Schleich and Benny Spindler on the list of EPT Season 7 winners.

6 Highest finish for a North American in any of the three major Prague events.  Russell Carson made the final table of WPT Prague, but was the first player out in sixth place.  Ari Engel was the top finisher in EPT Prague. He also  made the final table, but finished in seventh place.

13.6 Number of BLUFF Player of the Year points Eugene Katchalov earned for his mincash in the WPT Prague event.  He holds the lead over Bertrand Grospellier by less than 20 points with two weeks to go in the race.  It was the only cash either player posted over the course of the Prague series.

30 Number of cashes for Frecnhman Roger Hairabedian this year.  His latest came in the GSOP Prague Main Event, where he made the final table, finishing runner-up to Estonian Raigo Aasmaa.

568 Number of entries in the WPT Prague Main Event.  The tournament broke the record for the largest number of entries for a European WPT event.  The tournament is the latest in the tour’s string of re-entry events.

722 Number of entries in the EPT Prague Main Event.  The tournament drew more runners than the WPT even though the tournament had a €5,000 buy-in compared to the WPT’s €3,500.  It was a huge turnout for the event and up quite a bit from last year’s field of 563 players.  The fact 151 players satellited their way into the tournament on PokerStars.  It is far and away the biggest poker tournament in Czech Republic history.

2,015,587 Number of dollars earned by Andrey Pateychuk in 2011.  The breakout Russian phenom’s 2011 achievements include a 15th place finish in the WSOP Main Event, a win at EPT San Remo, and now a win in the WPT Prague Main Event.

5,796,100 Total prize pool in Euros between the WPT, EPT, and GSOP Main Events in Prague over the past two weeks.  That translates to $7,643,317 in paydays.

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