Georgios Karakousis Leads Massive EPT Prague High Roller Field of 169 After Day 1

Georgios Karakousis fell short a few months ago in the EPT London Main Event, and he's off to a strong start in his search of the EPT Prague High Roller title. (Tim Fiorvanti photo)

Georgios Karakousis fell short a few months ago in the EPT London Main Event, and he’s off to a strong start in his search of the EPT Prague High Roller title. (Tim Fiorvanti photo)

The year in poker is nearly over, but 2013 has one more major event in store. That tournament got underway on Monday afternoon, as the EPT Prague €10,000 High Roller shares the stage with the Main Event in closing out a tremendous 12 months of action.

It was one year ago that Marvin Rettenmaier overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to outright win the EPT Prague High Roller and take 2012 BLUFF Player of the Year honors away from Dan Smith in the last eligible tournament that would earn him enough points. David Peters hopes to repeat that feat, and he’ll need to finish on top if he wants to pass Daniel Negreanu, who decided to pass up the final major event of 2013.

Even in comparison to the event one year ago, the 2013 version of the High Roller dwarfs its predecessor. Whereas there were 108 entries in 2012, the field grew to an astounding 169 players by the end of Level 10 Monday. With the option to register or re-enter open until five minutes before the start of play Tuesday afternoon, that number could continue to grow.

Georgios Karakousis, who finished second in the Season 10 EPT London Main Event a few months ago, rushed out to a big chip advantage and held off Dmitri Yurasov to take the chiplead into Day 2. Max Heinzelmann (268,300), Jonathan Little (241,000), Vanessa Selbst (236,000), Isaac Haxton (207,900) and Dan Shak (205,800) are just a small sample of the top-tier talent who advanced to Day 2.

Eugene Katchalov, Mickey Petersen, Maxim Lykov, Bertrand Grospellier, Shannon Shorr, WSOP Europe Main Event champion Adrian Mateos, Dominik Nitsche and Olivier Busquet were also fortunate enough to move on.

It’s going to be another long day of poker Tuesday, with a goal of getting as close to a final table in the High Roller as possible by the end of the night.

2013 EPT Prague €10,000 High Roller – End oF Day 1 Chip Counts

  1. Georgios Karakousis – 407,200
  2. Dmitri Yurasov – 332,600
  3. Max Heinzelmann – 268,300
  4. Nadar Kakhmazov – 253,200
  5. Jonathan Little – 241,000
  6. Julian Thomas – 236,600
  7. Vanessa Selbst – 236,000
  8. Isaac Haxton – 207,900
  9. Dan Shak – 205,800
  10. Simon Higgins – 199,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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