2016 PokerStars EPT Season 13 Prague

€5,300 Main Event
Jours 1b
Event Info

2016 PokerStars EPT Season 13 Prague

Main Gagnante
Event Info
Info Niveau
150,000 / 300,000

€5,300 Main Event

Jour 1b terminé

PokerStars EPT Prague Sets New Record in Final Go

Niveau 8 : 400/800, 100 ante
Ronald Morandini
Ronald Morandini

European Poker Tour Prague has been around since way back in Season 4 of the PokerStars EPT, but it's never been quite this big before. With a monster Day 1b turnout of 934 players added to the 244 who fired on Day 1a of the freezeout, the turnout has been pushed to 1,178, besting the 1,107 who played in 2014.

And there's still time for more. The final event in the history of the EPT will keep registration open until Day 2 kicks off Thursday at noon local time.

Day 1b saw another eight levels of play, and this time, little-known American player Ronald Morandini emerged as the chip leader with a late surge that pushing him to 237,400. That's good for the overall lead ahead of Day 1a star Henrik Hecklen. Matas Cimbolas (215,100), Anton Petrov (214,800) and Maxim Lykov (180,400) also finished with heavy bags. A pair of former EPT Prague champs, Ensan Hossein (2015) and Roberto Romanello (2010) also made it through.

Others among the 474 who punched Day 2 tickets were Ari Engel, Patrick Leonard, Mustapha Kanit, Philipp Gruissem, and PokerStars-sponsored players Felipe Ramos, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Luca Pagano, Vanessa Selbst and Gabriel Nassif.

William Kassouf, whom the ESPN TV cameras made a star or a villain at the World Series of Poker, depending on one's point of view, was among the Day 1b runners who weren't so fortunate. Kassouf tried to get his table talk game going but never seemed to be much above the starting stack. Down to just over 10,000 at 250/500/75, Kassouf got it in with {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} and found himself staring at an opponent's tens.

"Nine high like a boss," was one of Kassouf's catch phrases on camera, but it did him no good in this instance when he merely paired a nine and busted out against the tens.

Other notable Day 1b eliminations included Oliver Price, Andrey Zaichenko, Antoine Saout, Max Silver, Gaelle Baumann, Sebastian Pauli and Benny Glaser.

When the Day 1a and Day 1b survivors combine at noon, there will be 591 runners remaining plus whatever players elect to enter the tournament at last call. More EPT action is on tap for Thursday, and PokerNews will again be your source for live coverage.

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Some End of the Day Chip Counts

Niveau 8 : 400/800, 100 ante
Joueur Jetons Progression
Ronald Morandini us
Ronald Morandini
237,400 -22,600
Matas Cimbolas lt
Matas Cimbolas
215,100 215,100
Anton Petrov ru
Anton Petrov
214,800 214,800
Maxim Lykov ru
Maxim Lykov
180,400 180,400
EPT 1X Winner
Marton Czuczor hu
Marton Czuczor
161,600 106,600
Roberto Romanello gb
Roberto Romanello
153,100 111,100
EPT 1X Winner
Kristof de Bruycker be
Kristof de Bruycker
143,900 143,900
Vítězslav Čech cz
Vítězslav Čech
109,800 -5,200
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
108,800 -26,200
Ofer Zvi Stern us
Ofer Zvi Stern
105,200 105,200
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
102,300 32,300
Kakwan Lau hk
Kakwan Lau
98,100 98,100
Patrick Leonard gb
Patrick Leonard
98,000 24,500
Felipe Ramos br
Felipe Ramos
94,500 37,500
PokerStars Team Pro
Mustapha Kanit it
Mustapha Kanit
92,000 36,000
Winamax Team Pro
Andy Black ie
Andy Black
90,800 37,400
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
90,100 -4,900
Jake Cody gb
Jake Cody
89,700 89,700
PokerStars Team Pro
EPT 1X Winner
Shiva Dudani us
Shiva Dudani
80,300 19,300
Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
69,500 33,500
Luca Pagano it
Luca Pagano
65,500 500
PokerStars Team Pro
Michael Howard gb
Michael Howard
65,300 -14,700
Farid Yachou ma
Farid Yachou
63,400 63,400
Walter Treccarichi it
Walter Treccarichi
59,300 59,300
Theo Jorgensen dk
Theo Jorgensen
59,200 17,700
PokerStars Team Pro

Lire Plus

Bicknell Lets a Big Pot Go

Niveau 8 : 400/800, 100 ante
Kristen Bicknell
Kristen Bicknell

Kristen Bicknell was facing a sizable wager of 27,000 from a player in the cutoff on a board of {k-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} when we got to her table. After thinking for about three minutes, she finally decided to fold and preserve her remaining stack of around 40,000.

Bicknell comes into the event on a hot streak after claiming her second bracelet and almost $300,000 in the summer's World Series of Poker and following that up with a third-place finish at WPT DeepStacks Montreal for nearly $100,000 more.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
39,100 -4,900

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Engel Calls a Bluff Just Before the End of the Day

Niveau 8 : 400/800, 100 ante

We are now on the final few hands, however, just before that was announced Ari Engel tanked for several minutes on a {7-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{3-Spades} board facing a bet of 11,500 with about the same in the pot.

Several times it appeared he was about to toss in his cards. He asked how many chips his opponent had, which was a stack of around 11,200.

Ari eventually called with {q-Spades}{10-Spades} and caught his opponent who was bluffing with {8-Clubs}{6-Clubs} on a busted straight draw.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
135,000 21,000

Tags: Ari Engel

Nassif and Roberts Fighting to Survive

Niveau 8 : 400/800, 100 ante

Gabriel Nassif got the last of his chips in with {a-Clubs}{a-Spades} and was up against a player holding {a-}{j-}. The board ran out clean for Nassif and he doubled up past 25 big blinds and back to a workable stack.

At the next table over, Brian Roberts is looking for a double of his own. He jammed in one hand to steal the antes and blinds but remains dangerously short-stacked.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Gabriel Nassif fr
Gabriel Nassif
22,000 8,300
PokerStars Team Pro Online
Brian Roberts us
Brian Roberts
13,000 -29,300

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Morandini Pacing the Field

Niveau 8 : 400/800, 100 ante

At this late stage of Day 1b, American Ronald Morandini appears to be in the chip lead with about 260,000. If the hand we saw is any judge, he's not been afraid to use his stack to bully opponents. Morandini raised to 3,100 after the player in the small blind completed and followed up with a continuation-bet of 3,700 on the {4-Spades}{5-Clubs}{6-Hearts} flop. That was enough to get a fold and earn the pot for Morandini.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Ronald Morandini us
Ronald Morandini

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Chip Count Update

Niveau 8 : 400/800, 100 ante

In about 15 minutes, the floor is expected to announce the last hands of the day. Here is a look at some of the chip stacks of some of the players still in today's field.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Vítězslav Čech cz
Vítězslav Čech
115,000 -1,500
Michael Howard gb
Michael Howard
80,000 26,000
Luca Pagano it
Luca Pagano
65,000 11,000
PokerStars Team Pro
Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
35,000 -5,000
EPT 1X Winner
Fatima Moreira de Melo nl
Fatima Moreira de Melo
32,200 -800
PokerStars Team SportsStar
Ben Farrell gb
Ben Farrell
23,000 -17,000