The 2013 EPT Prague Main Event had 24 players returning for Day 5 Tuesday, setting the stage for what could have been a long day of poker as they all jockeyed for one of eight coveted spots at the final table.
What happened instead was one of the fastest days of poker in recent memory in an EPT Main Event as they shed two tables worth of players in less than four hours, including breaks. When the dust had finally settled, it was live tournament rookie Julian Track on top of the pile, the beneficiary of a massive coinflip where his pocket 10’s held against A Q to give him the 7.6 million pot, the biggest of the tournament so far.
According to the PokerStars blog, Track is playing in his first live tournament, having qualified for the EPT Prague Main Event and the Aussie Millions APPT Main Event online. Those will also allegedly be the only two live tournaments he’ll ever play. Track has a head start towards the €889,000 first place prize, but he’ll have some tough competition standing in his way.
Max Silver, who has been at the top of the chip counts since midway through Day 4, sits in second overnight, followed by Stephen Chidwick in third. Ole Schemion, the only player remaining with a $1 million cash to his credit, will start the final table in sixth.
The craziness all began with Piotr Pietrzak’s exit in 24th and rarely slowed. Tamer Kamel made his exit in 19th and within a few minute the field was down to 16 and set for another redraw. Andrew Chen, who finished third in this tournament in 2008, narrowly missed out on his fourth career EPT final as he went out 13th.
Nine-handed play often takes a considerable amount of time on the EPT as they fight to outlast the unfortunate odd man out and secure a spot at the final table. That would not be the case in this tournament.
Sigurd Eskeland, who was the shortest stack entering the unofficial final table, got the last of his chips in on an A J 7 K board with K 6. Eskeland was in rough shape and needed to hit the diamond as George Sotiropoulos flopped a set with 7 7. The 3 on the end was not what Eskeland was looking for, though, and the last WSOP bracelet winner in the field made his exit in ninth place.
With the unbelievable pace reached on Day 5, the final table is likely to be an all-night affair Wednesday. Play will resume at 12 pm Central European time, with the action broadcast on a one-hour delay with holecards on PokerStars.tv.
2013 EPT Prague Main Event – Final Table Chip Counts
- Julian Track – 7,240,000
- Max Silver – 5,935,000
- Stephen Chidwick – 4,935,000
- George Sotiropoulos – 4,320,000
- Ka Kwan Lau – 2,995,000
- Ole Schemion – 2,400,000
- Zdravko Duvnjak – 1,225,000
- Jorma Nuutinen – 975,000
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