Day 1 of the €50,000 EPT Super High Roller is in the books here in the Hilton Prague after eight levels of play. In total there were 28 entries which included 7 reentries and 14 made it through to Day 2 here at the 2018 PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague. Claiming the Day 1 chip lead is Hungary’s Andras Nemeth with 1,817,000 in chips.
Nemeth joined the field in the third level of the day and doubled a level later with pocket tens against the ace-king of Martin Winkler who was chip leading earlier in the day. A big double-up, later on, went Nemeth’s way when a raising war on the flop caused Nemeth to go all-in against Ahadpur Khangah with the straight which he held on to until the river was dealt.
In the last level of the night, Nemeth cemented his chip lead by winning a big pot against Elias Talvitie and eliminating Orpen Kisacikoglu in the last hand of the night. Nemeth had flopped a flush draw against the two pair of Kisacikoglu but hit a runner-runner straight to send Kisacikoglu back to his hotel room having to reenter tomorrow before the start of Day 2.
Trailing Nemeth in second place is Tuan Tran, the Vietnamese player collected 877,000 chips after having had a pretty bad start to the day. But after doubling up and winning big pots, left, right, and center a few times, the happy, sort of singing, chanting, player bagged a more than respectable stack to play with on Day 2.
Matthias Eibinger is third in the chip counts with 818,000 in chips. Eibinger chipped up steadily all day through, winning chips from Winkler and eliminating Khangah. Finally, there’s Britain’s Sam Grafton as the only other player who managed to bag above average with 545,000.
The absolute short stack is Daniel Dvoress from Canada, Dvoress chucked 40,000 into his Day 2 bag and will need some extra luck if he wants to run as deep as he did earlier this week when he finished in fourth place in the €10,300 No-Limit Hold'em for €42,390. Also through to Day 2 are Stefan Schillhabel, Juha Helppi, Luc Greenwood, Steve O’Dwyer, Elias Talvitie, Sam Greenwood, Liang Xu, Michael Addamo, and Timothy Adams.
Lucas Reeves, Ali Reza Fatehi, Thomas Muehloecker, Winkler, Khangah, Joao Vieira, and Kisacikoglu all fell during the day and might be back at the start of Day 2 as late registration and reentries are possible until 12:30 PM local time, Tuesday, December 11. Day 2 will start with Level 9 which features a small blind of 3,000, big blind of 6,000 and a big blind ante of 6,000.
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