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2018 PokerStars EPT Prague

€1,100 EPT National
Jours 1a
Event Info

2018 PokerStars EPT Prague

Main Gagnante
Event Info
Prize Pool
Info Niveau
300,000 / 600,000

Narcis-Gabriel Nedelcu Scoops Day 1a Chip Lead in the €1,100 EPT National

Niveau 16 : 2,500/5,000, 5,000 ante
Narcis-Gabriel Nedelcu
Narcis-Gabriel Nedelcu

After 16 levels of play, 101 players have made it through to Day 2 of the €1,100 EPT National here at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague which takes place in the beautifully decorated Hilton Prague. Day 1a attracted a total of 671 players to the first of three starting flights with Narcis-Gabriel Nedelcu grabbing the chip lead honors with 954,500 in chips.

Romania’s Nedelcu finished in 16th place here in Prague last year, earning him a payday of €15,150 and looks to be heading for another deep run this year. Late into the day, Nedelcu had already built up an impressive stack but was competing with several other players for the chip lead when he eliminated both Marcel Scherrer and Asaf Turgeman with pocket fives. Turgeman was ahead to triple up with pocket queens while Scherrer held ace-queen. The flop gave Scherrer the straight draw but the five on the river meant the end of their tournament lives as Nedelcu hit a set.

"It was very good," said Nedelcu when the PokerNews live reporting team asked how his day went. "I won lots of small pots, but I also had two times aces against kings and won! The biggest one was when this guy tried to bluff me with nines on an ace-queen-three-four board. I had three-four! And then on the bubble, I just crushed it."

Danilo Velasevic trails Nedelcu with 745,000 in chips. The Serbian player could be found near the top of the chip counts all day long and kept on chipping up all throughout the day. Olgun Ercan from Turkey closes the podium for Day 1a with 598,000 in his Day 2 bag.

Other notable players who found a bag at the end of the day and making the money include Sofia Lovgren (382,000), Sebastian Malec (381,000), Gavin O’Rourke (282,000), William Kassouf (272,000), Charlie Carrel (235,000), Ari Engel (215,000), and Krasimir Yankov with 105,500 in chips.

The 101 players are all in the money after Simeon Spasov ran queens into the pocket kings of Nikita Staroverov. There was no help for the Bulgarian and he was eliminated. Exact payouts and what the min-cash is will be published ahead of Day 2.

Unfortunately, not everyone made it through Day 1a and will be expected to try again tomorrow, Sunday, December 9, on Day 1b which starts at noon. The PokerStars Team representatives like Maria Konnikova and Jamie Staples both fell at one of the hurdles Day 1a presented to them and will probably be joining the fray again tomorrow.

Maria Konnikova
PokerStars Team Pro Maria Konnikova was eliminated during Day 1a

Other players like Sander van Wesemael, Ismael Bojang, Vojtech Ruzicka, Antoine Labat, Martin Kabrhel, Matas Cimbolas, 2016 EPT Prague Main Event Champion Jasper Meijer Van Putten, Jack Sinclair, Sam Grafton, Bart Lybaert, Walter Treccarichi, Martin Staszko, and Alexander Lakhov also busted somewhere throughout the day and will be firing another bullet on Day 1b or Day 1c.

Day 1b starts at noon local time, Sunday, December 9 and play will end once 15% of the field is remaining. Players will start with 30,000 in chips and play 40-minute levels with a 20-minute break after every three levels. A 75-minute dinner break will take place after Level 9 and at the end of the day, every remaining player will be in the money. Make sure to come back to PokerNews.com as the live reporting team will be there to bring you all the action from the floor here in the Czech Republic.

Tags: Alexander LakhovAntoine LabatAri EngelAsaf TurgemanBart LybaertCharlie CarrelDanilo VelasevicIsmael BojangJack SinclairJasper Meijer van PuttenKrasimir YankovMarcel ScherrerMaria KonnikovaMartin KabrhelMartin StaszkoMatas CimbolasNarcis Gabriel NedelcuSam GraftonSander van WesemaelSebastian MalecSofia LovgrenVojtech RuzickaWalter TreccarichiWilliam Kassouf

Spasov Elimination Brings Day 1a to a Close

Niveau 16 : 2,500/5,000, 5,000 ante
Simeon Spasov (in the blue) Watches On
Simeon Spasov (in the blue) Watches On

With hand-for-hand play just one hand old, there were two all-ins at separate tables on the bubble with 102 players left and 101 advancing. Tournament rules stipulate that in order to cash, you must make Day 2. Therefore there was to be no chopping of a min-cash should both players be eliminated.

At the first hand Simeon Spasov held {q-Spades}{q-Hearts} and was in bad shape against the {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} of Nikita Staroverov. There was no help for Spasov on the {4-Spades}{6-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{3-Clubs} runout and he was eliminated.

However, Ignacio Romera was also all-in and would have to stay alive to come back on Monday in the money. He was ahead with {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} against Atanas Kavrakov's {a-Spades}{10-Clubs}

There were no dramas on the {7-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} runout and Romera doubled up.

The remaining 101 players are now bagging up their chips.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Nikita Staroverov lt
Nikita Staroverov
285,000 285,000
Simeon Spasov bg
Simeon Spasov

Tags: Simeon SpasovIgnacio RomeraAtanas KavrakovNikita Staroverov

Cimbolas Eliminated by Zalsky

Niveau 13 : 1,000/2,500, 2,500 ante
Matas Cimbolas
Matas Cimbolas

Matas Cimbolas moved all in for around 35,000 from middle position. When the action folded to Petr Zalsky he quickly shoved all in for only a few thousand more. The remaining players all folded and the cards were turned over.

Matas Cimbolas: {4-Diamonds}{4-Spades}
Petr Zalsky: {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}

There was no help for Cimbolas on the {k-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{3-Spades}{a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} with the river improving Zalsky to a set to sent Cimbolas to the exit.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Petr Zalsky cz
Petr Zalsky
Matas Cimbolas lt
Matas Cimbolas

Tags: Matas CimbolasPetr Zalsky

Durnegger Done In By Duthweiler

Niveau 11 : 800/1,600, 1,600 ante
Tobias Duthweiler & Markus Durnegger
Tobias Duthweiler & Markus Durnegger

Tobias Duthweiler raised to 2,500 from the hijack and Markus Durnegger shoved for around 26,000 in the cutoff. Action folded back to Duthweiler who snap-called.

Markus Durnegger: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}
Tobias Duthweiler: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}

The flop came {a-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} for Duthweiler to hit a set of aces immediately.

The turn was the {8-Spades} which now gave Durnegger the smaller set and in need of the last eight on the river to stay alive but the {3-Spades} on the river wasn't that. Durnegger commented that it was a short day for him and he's expected to be back tomorrow for Day 1B.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Tobias Duthweiler de
Tobias Duthweiler
106,000 106,000
Markus Durnegger at
Markus Durnegger

Tags: Markus DurneggerTobias Duthweiler

Updated Chip Counts

Niveau 9 : 500/1,000, 1,000 ante
Jamie Staples
Jamie Staples

PokerStars Team Pro Jaime Staples has been eliminated, joining Maria Konnikova on the rail. Both players will surely be back tomorrow for another crack. Also in the field is French pro Gaelle Baumann who has chipped up from starting stack after shoving the river and getting a fold from her opponent.

2014 EPT Prague runner-up Anton Bertillson is in the field, seated at a table with Ivo Donev and Matas Cimbolas.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Charlie Carrel gb
Charlie Carrel
Gaelle Baumann fr
Gaelle Baumann
44,000 14,000
Danny Tang hk
Danny Tang
30,000 30,000
Anton Bertillson se
Anton Bertillson
19,000 19,000
Jaime Staples ca
Jaime Staples

Konnikova and Lybaert in Small Pots

Niveau 5 : 200/400, 400 ante
Maria Konnikova
Maria Konnikova

PokerStars Ambassador Maria Konnikova checked her big blind after the small blind limped. She called 700 from her opponent on the {4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} flop and the pair checked the {4-Clubs} turn.

The river was the {q-Spades} and her opponent overbet the pot, betting 3,300. Konnikova folded.

Meanwhile, Bart Lybaert check-called 3,300 from a player and the turn was the {j-Hearts}. Lybaert bet 9,000 and his opponent folded.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
43,000 2,000
Maria Konnikova us
Maria Konnikova
25,000 -6,000
PokerStars Ambassador

Tags: Bart LybaertMaria Konnikova

Welcome to €1,100 EPT Prague National Day 1a

EPT National Prague
EPT National Prague

While the High Rollers got the action underway yesterday with Day 1a of the €10,000 High Roller, today sees the first of starting flight for the always popular €1,100 EPT National.

Last year Georgios Vrakas defeated Ludovic Geilich heads-up to win €338,000 in the PokerStars Championship Prague €1,100 National Championship, after defeating a field of 2,117 players.

The €1,100 EPT Prague National will have three starting flights, with Day 1a getting underway at noon local time with 40-minute levels. Day 1b starts at the same time tomorrow (9th December), with a 20-minute level Day 1c starting at 7pm later tomorrow.

Play in each flight will stop when 15% of the field is remaining, which means Day 2 has to be reached in order to make the money. One entry per flight is permitted, allowing players to buy in up to three times in this tournament.

Players will each receive 30,000 in chips. The tournament structure states that there will be three 20-minute breaks on Day 1a, after levels 3 and 6 and 12. There will be a 75-minute dinner break after level 9.


LevelSmall BlindBig BlindAnte

Levels continue until 15% of the field remain

Stay tuned to PokerNews.com as we bring you all the coverage from the EPT National here at the Hilton Prague.

Tags: Ioannis Angelou Konstas