The 2013 EPT Prague Main Event set a high bar for all future events, but there are still four days of poker to be played before another poker millionaire is crowned.
Walid Bou Habib bagged the overall chiplead going into Day 3 with 509,000, grabbing the top spot in the final moments of play Saturday night. There are quite a few Americans near the top of the chip counts as well, with Jonathan Little (471,100) in second and Day 1 chipleader Amir Lehavot (427,500) finishing in the top 10. Kevin Iacofano (380,600) is close to the top as well.
There are other big names littered throughout the list of 189 survivors moving on from Day 2, including Ana Marquez, Ludovic Lacay, Ari Engel, Darren Elias, Bertrand Grospellier, Stephen Chidwick, Eugene Katchalov, Jonathan Duhamel, Dominik Nitsche, Jonathan Roy, Ole Schemion and Sylvain Loosli. David Williams, who stopped for a quick chat just after the close of play on Day 2, is on to Sunday as well.
Nine players opted to wait until the very last minute to register for the EPT Prague Main Event, pushing the total field to 1,007. Prague is the first EPT stop other than Barcelona and the PCA to cross the 1,000 player mark, and there will be quite a prize waiting at the end as a result. There will be a short bubble on Sunday, with 151 of the 207 remaining players set to finish in the money.
Each of them will earn at least €8,600, but they’ll all be in search of the final table. Seven of the eight players at the final table will earn over €100,000, with the top prize in the EPT Prague Main Event set at €889,000 ($1,220,953). The rest of the payouts are as follows:
Daniel Negreanu’s tournament ended on Day 2, along with about 350 other unfortunate players.The presumptive 2013 BLUFF Player of the Year then decided to bring his year in poker to a slightly premature end.
“That’s a wrap for my 2013 poker wise,” tweeted Negreanu Saturday night. “Will shoot a video with tallies and end of year thoughts when I get back to Vegas. Skipping high roller.”
Negreanu’s decision leaves David Peters as the only one who can pass Negreanu, and it makes the math pretty simple. If Peters, who busted late on Day 2, should win the EPT Prague High Roller (provided it gets over 100 players), he will surpass Negreanu in the final leg. He could also theoretically win multiple side events, but otherwise the award belongs to Negreanu.
Play will resume at noon local time Sunday in Prague, with five 90 minute levels and no dinner break scheduled for Day 3.
2013 EPT Prague Main Event – End of Day 2 Chip Counts
- Walid Bou Habib – 509,000
- Jonathan Little – 471,000
- Dmitry Ponomarev – 462,000
- Ka Kwan Lau – 440,000
- Szabolcs Mayer – 428,200
- Sebastian Saffari – 428,000
- Amir Lehavot – 427,500
- Ihar Koshal – 417,000
- Sergey Baburin – 413,800
- Artem Romanov – 399,700
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