2019 PokerStars EPT Prague

€5,300 EPT Main Event
Jours 6
Event Info

2019 PokerStars EPT Prague

Mikalai Pobal
Main Gagnante
Event Info
Prize Pool
Info Niveau
100,000 / 200,000
Info Joueurs - Jour 6
Joueurs Survivants

Seat 5: Gaby Livshitz, 34, Israel - 11,205,000

Gaby Livshitz
Gaby Livshitz

Gaby Livshitz has been a familiar face not only on the poker but also on the chess circuit. Livshitz is an International Master with a current FIDE rating of 2,452. At the poker felt, Livshitz has amassed more than $420,000 in live cashes, his performance here so far guaranteeing him his biggest ever prize however the final table’s story unfolds. He had previously notched up one six-figure cash for a runner-up finish in a Merit event in Cyprus.

Livshitz has been a regular attendee at EPT Prague, but this year marks his first deep run outside of side events. Livshitz has one previous Main Event cash to his name, a modest 81st place from 2014. Sitting outside the top 30 on the Israeli all-time money list, Livshitz is set to climb at least 10 spots higher with a top-five payout already in the bag.

Gaby Livshitz' Main Event run:

DayChip CountPosition
Day 2117,00096 / 415
Day 3301,00044 / 141
Day 42,053,0002 / 41
Day 53,925,0004 / 12
Day 611,205,0001 / 5

Tags: Gaby Livshitz

Seat 4: Norbert Szecsi, 28, Hungary - 7,350,000

Norbert Szecsi
Norbert Szecsi

From Budapest, Norbert Szecsi has been collecting live cashes since 2010. While the first half of the decade saw him claim his first bracelet in Las Vegas, it's been mainly his performance over the last two years that has propelled him among the top-earning players from Hungary. The soon-to-be 29-year-old – Szecsi will celebrate his birthday later this week – is currently the only Hungarian with two WSOP titles under his belt.

But it's not only Vegas where he thrives. Szecsi's highest payday, €626,357, came last year at EPT Barcelona where he chopped the €10k High Roller with Max Silver and Joris Ruijs. Last month, he topped another $10k event in The Bahamas, adding $400,000 to his resume. That result helped Szecsi cross the $3 million mark in Hendon Mob cashes, vaulting him to third place on his nation's money list. A top-two finish in the Main Event would catapult him into the lead which is currently in the hands of two-time EPT runner up Marton Czuczor.

Norbert Szecsi's Main Event run:

DayChip CountPosition
Day 2165,00036 / 415
Day 3190,00082 / 141
Day 41,978,0003 / 41
Day 56,715,0001 / 12
Day 67,350,0003 / 5

Tags: Norbert Szecsi

Seat 3: Tomas Paiva, 28, Portugal - 3,380,000

Tomas Paiva
Tomas Paiva

He may have only seven reported live cashes to his name, but 28-year-old Tomas Paiva is a very prolific poker player with a strong online background. Paiva is one of the top sharks from Portugal who has proved his abilities in some of the world's toughest online tournaments. He has a multitude of PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) final tables to his name.

Unlike many of his fellow countrymen, Paiva has not been drawing attention at live tournaments on a regular basis. However, he has already claimed a six-figure payout here in Prague; a sixth place in last year's €10k High Roller secured him €117,340.

It has been more than 10 years since the EPT celebrated a Portuguese champion (Antonio Matias at EPT6 Vilamoura). Luis Medina, Rui Sousa, and Giovani Torre navigated to final tables in Monaco and Barcelona, but they couldn't bring the trophy home. Paiva now follows in their strides, hoping to make it all the way to the top.

Tomas Paiva's Main Event run:

DayChip CountPosition
Day 271,400212 / 415
Day 3237,00062 / 141
Day 4767,0007 / 41
Day 54,405,0002 / 12
Day 63,380,0005 / 5

Tags: Tomas Paiva

Seat 2: Ricardo Da Rocha, 26, Brazil - 7,925,000

Ricardo Da Rocha
Ricardo Da Rocha

Ricardo Da Rocha has previously played at a few PokerStars BSOP stops, but this is his first poker trip to Europe. He's made his mark while on the adventure, having turned his EPT debut into a final table appearance and a career achievement. The 26-year-old from Rio Pardo, a small town in the south of Brazil, is a professional poker player. Da Rocha mainly competes in the online realm, being a member of the NeT Team led by Renan Carlos "internett93o" Bruschi.

While Da Rocha is now guaranteed his breakthrough result, he keeps his feet on the ground. "I'll aim for the maximum," he claimed, adding that he doesn't have any particular plans for the next year (although he admitted that a potential first-place prize here would provide him with a strong incentive to play the gigantic PSPC event in Barcelona).

When away from poker tables, Da Rocha, of course, enjoys football, "like every Brazilian does." He supports Gremio Porto Alegrense.

Ricardo Da Rocha's Main Event run:

DayChip CountPosition
Day 2110,700108 / 415
Day 3120,000104 / 141
Day 4735,00019 / 41
Day 52,830,0007 / 12
Day 67,925,0002 / 5

Tags: Ricardo Da Rocha

Seat 1: Mikalai Pobal, 35, Belarus, PokerStars qualifier - 4,740,000

Mikalai Pobal
Mikalai Pobal

PokerStars qualifier Mikalai Pobal is one of three Belarusian players who have lifted an EPT Main Event trophy. Former International Economic Relations student Pobal won his title back in 2012 at EPT9 Barcelona, topping a field of 1,082 players for €1,007,550. Since then, Pobal hasn't been as active on the live scene as online, halting professional play for around four years, reappearing on the live circuit to cash in two consecutive EPT Barcelona Main Events following his triumph.

Pobal says that he’s now “just enjoying the game,” and originally planned this trip to Prague to be a family holiday, after he won a Sunday package to the EPT on PokerStars. Having spent six days at the felt instead, he says he feels comfortable on the final. “My experience in Barcelona helps,” he said, “I am much calmer.”

More than seven years after his victory, Pobal now has a shot at becoming the first two-time male champion. That would be an incredible legacy for the 35-year-old from Minsk who is set to claim only his 16th live cash tomorrow (five of them won in EPT Main Events).

Mikalai Pobal’s Main Event run:

DayChip CountPosition
Day 2192,60022 / 415
Day 3162,00093 / 141
Day 41,394,0008 / 41
Day 52,780,0008 / 12
Day 64,740,0004 / 5

Tags: Mikalai Pobal

€5,300 EPT Main Event

Jour 6 a débuté

Five Players Return at Noon But Only One Will Win the EPT Prague Main Event & €1,005,600

Tournament Room
Tournament Room

A few days ago, 1,154 entries were collected to create the third-biggest ever PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague Main Event and a mere five players are left here at the Hilton Prague to challenge each other for the bulk of the €5,596,900 prize pool as the winner will walk away with €1,005,600. All five players are guaranteed to pocket at least €241,230 when they return to the table at noon local time.

As a matter of fact, a 2-minute silence will be observed first, at 12 p.m. exactly, to honor the victims of the hospital shooting a week ago. Once that has been observed, players will start with Level 29 which features a small blind of 50,000, big blind of 100,000, and a big blind ante of 100,000. Gaby Livshitz bagged 11,205,000 in chips last night for the chip lead, he is followed by Ricardo Da Rocha (7,925,000), Norbert Szecsi (7,350,000), EPT9 Barcelona Main Event champion Mikalai Pobal (4,740,000), and Tomas Paiva with 3,380,000.

With the shortest stack at 34 big blinds and the biggest at 112, there’s still loads of room to play so the players are all geared up for the battle. A 20-minute break will take place after each level which will last 90 minutes until there are three players left. The level duration will then be reduced to 45 minutes each. At the end of the day, one player will be left with all the glory.

This is what they are still playing for:

PlacePrize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)

The PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing you the updates on a 30-minute delay to be in line with the live stream so stick around to see who will be lifting up that trophy in the end.

PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague Main Event Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountsBig Blinds
1Mikalai PobalBelarus4,740,00047
2Ricardo Da RochaBrazil7,925,00079
3Tomas PaivaPortugal3,380,00034
4Norbert SzecsiHungary7,350,00074
5Gaby LivshitzIsrael11,205,000112

Tags: Gaby LivshitzMikalai PobalNorbert SzecsiRicardo Da RochaTomas Paiva

Niveau: 29

Blinds: 50,000/100,000

Ante: 100,000

Shuffle Up and Deal

Niveau 29 : 50,000/100,000, 100,000 ante

After a slight delay due to the 2-minute silence and the rite of passage that comes along with reaching an EPT final table, the dealer has now been instructed to shuffle up and deal.

Final Table
Final Table

First Bigger Pot to Da Rocha

Niveau 29 : 50,000/100,000, 100,000 ante

Gaby Livshitz raised to 225,000 with the {2-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} in the cutoff in the first hand of the day and Ricardo Da Rocha called in the big blind with the {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}. The {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} flop gave Da Rocha trips tens and he checked, Livshitz bet 200,000 and Da Rocha check-raised to 750,000.

Livshitz made the call and the {a-Diamonds} appeared on the turn, and both players opted to check. After the {j-Diamonds} river, Da Rocha used a time bank extension and bet 1,200,000. Livshitz double-checked his cards and folded.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Gaby Livshitz il
Gaby Livshitz
10,230,000 -975,000
Day 5 Chip Leader
Ricardo Da Rocha br
Ricardo Da Rocha
8,900,000 975,000

Tags: Gaby LivshitzRicardo Da Rocha