2019 PokerStars EPT Prague

€5,300 EPT Main Event
Jours 3
Event Info

2019 PokerStars EPT Prague

Mikalai Pobal
Main Gagnante
Event Info
Prize Pool
Info Niveau
100,000 / 200,000
Info Joueurs - Jour 3
Joueurs Survivants

€5,300 EPT Main Event

Jour 3 terminé

Hossein Ensan Making Another EPT Prague Main Event Deep Run as Just 41 Remain

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Hossein Ensan
Hossein Ensan

Since July 16, 2019, everyone in the poker world undoubtedly knows who Hossein Ensan is. Those on the European side of the pond, though, knew all too well about the poker prowess of the German gentleman with the Iranian roots. Before conquering poker's biggest prize, another trophy has already been shining on his mantlepiece for years: the one from the 2015 EPT Prague Main Event.

Ensan and EPT success have been going hand in hand for many years, with a three-way chop in the 2014 EPT Barcelona Main Event being the first big score to kick his poker career into high gear. However, it was a year later in the Czech capital where he tasted his absolute biggest success up until the WSOP Main Event victory, and four years after that Cinderella run, he's right back where he started to try and achieve an improbable second victory.

Read all about Hossein Ensan's poker career right here on PokerNews!

Ensan is part of just 41 hopefuls out of a field of 1,154 in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague €5,300 Main Event that made it to Day 4. Each of the 41 survivors is already guaranteed a slice of €17,640 from the €5,596,900 total prize pool, but all eyes will be locked on the gargantuan first-place prize of €1,005,600 that awaits the winner on Tuesday right here in the Atrium Casino in Hilton Prague. Ensan will be back with 520,000 in chips to try and make magic happen again with one of the shorter stacks in the room.

2019 EPT Prague Main Event Top 5 Stacks After Day 3

PlacePlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Luigi ShehadehItaly2,287,000143
2Gaby LivshitzIsrael2,053,000128
3Norbert SzecsiHungary1,978,000124
4Akin TunaTurkey1,919,000120
5Alessio Di CesareItaly1,682,000105

Shehadeh and Livshitz in the Lead

Leading the way after three days is Luigi Shehadeh from Italy, who bagged 2,287,000 in chips. Shehadeh gained piles of chips after knocking out Andreas Boelling with ace-king versus ace-queen to jump to the top, and extended his lead from there. The Italian has over $800,000 in lifetime winnings according to The Hendon Mob and finds himself in prime position to add a lot more on top of that.

Shehadeh is followed by Israel's Gaby Livshitz, who bagged the second-biggest stack with 2,053,000. Livshitz soared upwards after cracking aces with ace-king and rode that good fortune all the way to a top spot on the leaderboard. Following Shehadeh and Livshitz are Hungarian pro Norbert Szecsi (1,978,000), Turkish high roller Akin Tuna (1,919,000) and Alessio Di Cesare (1,682,000), the second Italian in the top five.

Notables that are still in contention include Day 1a chip leader Pierre Calamusa (1,500,000), who sits in sixth place, German high roller Dietrich Fast (989,000), Orpen Kisacikoglu (798,000), Sylvain Loosli (715,000), Stefan Jedlicka (701,000), Dominik Panka (559,000) and Gaelle Baumann (370,000). They'll all return on Sunday at noon to continue their quest for EPT glory.

Luigi Shehadeh
Luigi Shehadeh ended Day 3 as the chip leader

Big Names Fall, Brutal River Sends Sammartino Packing

While plenty of big names advanced to Day 3 of the Main Event, a sizable number of notables ran out of chips today. Stephen Chidwick, Adrian Mateos, Timothy Adams and Steve O'Dwyer were among those to get eliminated during the first levels of the day, just in time to hop into the familiar waters of the €25,000 Single-Day High Roller.

Other notables departing on Day 3 included Bart Lybaert, whose flopped set got cracked by Norbert Szecsi's backdoor straight draw. Bryan Paris, 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona winner Sebastian Sorensson, Thomas Boivin, Juan Pardo, Erwann Pecheux, Triple Crown Champion Davidi Kitai, last year's third-place finisher Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy and the last remaining PokerStars ambassador, Kalidou Sow also tapped out during the day. The Hendon Mob's all-time money leader, Bryn Kenney, was the last elimination of the day and finished in 42nd place.

And while Ensan was able to make it through, Day 3 became the end for the last man standing up to him on that scorching summer night in the Vegas desert, Dario Sammartino. It was a brutal cooler against Victor Bogdanov that ended it for the powerful Italian.

Having flopped middle set with a pair of sevens on a jack-high board, Sammartino check-called the flop before both players checked through an innocuous trey on the turn. When all the money flew in on the king river, Sammartino went aghast when Bogdanov flipped over pocket kings for the rivered set to end his run on the spot. The Italian had to settle for €14,550 for his 60th place finish.

Dario Sammartino
Set-of-set ended the EPT Prague Main Event for Dario Sammartino

Day 4 will kick off at noon local time with 41 remaining players coming back in Level 21, with blinds at 8,000/16,000/16,000. Play will continue until 16 players are left. Make sure to return to PokerNews as we get closer to crowning 2019's final EPT champion!

Tags: Akin TunaAleksandr MerzhvinskiyAndreas BoellingBart LybaertBryan ParisDario SammartinoDavidi KitaiDietrich FastDominik PankaErwann PecheuxGaby LivshitzGaelle BaumannHossein EnsanJuan PardoLuigi ShehadehNorbert SzecsiOrpen KisacikogluPierre CalamusaSebastian SorenssonStephen ChidwickSteve O'DwyerSylvain LoosliThomas BoivinTimothy AdamsVictor Bogdanov

Day 4 Seat Draw

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountsBig Blinds
11Ricardo Da RochaBrazil735,00046
13Orpen KisacikogluTurkey798,00050
14Vlastimil PustinaCzech Republic642,00040
15Markus DurneggerAustria321,00020
16Erdal GulsevenTurkey980,00061
17Pierre CalamusaFrance1,500,00094
18Laurent MichotFrance540,00034
21Boris KuzmanovicCroatia428,00027
22Akin TunaGermany1,919,000120
23Hossein EnsanGermany520,00033
24Roland ChassingFrance312,00020
25Jean-Philippe PiquetteCanada208,00013
27Alessio Di CesareItaly1,682,000105
28Dietrich FastGermany989,00062
32Aleksandr SheshukovRussia500,00031
34Norbert SzecsiHungary1,978,000124
35Mikalai PobalBelarus1,394,00087
36Jakub OlivaCzech Republic1,027,00064
37Pieter AertsBelgium255,00016
38Stefan JedlickaAustria701,00044
41Wing Sang LeeHong Kong563,00035
42Gaby LivshitzIsrael2,053,000128
43Gaelle BaumannFrance370,00023
44Sylvain LoosliFrance715,00045
46Denys ShafikovUkraine739,00046
47Giorgiy SkhulukhiyaRussia525,00033
48Ranno SootlaEstonia380,00024
51Morten HvamDenmark1,176,00074
52Luke MarshUK562,00035
53Giuseppe ZarboItaly525,00033
54Francesco CandelariItaly226,00014
55Roman HeroldGermany509,00032
56Stefan EgermannGermany236,00015
58Gab Yong KimSouth Korea1,458,00091
62Andrei StoenescuRomania263,00016
63Fidan ZahitiSweden1,120,00070
64Philipp ZukernikCanada982,00061
65Luigi ShehadehItaly2,287,000143
66Dominik PankaPoland559,00035
67Sorin FluturRomania1,276,00080
68Tomas PaivaPortugal767,00048

End-of-Day Chip Counts (complet)

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Joueur Jetons Progression
Luigi Shehadeh it
Luigi Shehadeh
2,287,000 -53,000
Day 3 Chip Leader
Gaby Livshitz il
Gaby Livshitz
2,053,000 253,000
Day 5 Chip Leader
Norbert Szecsi hu
Norbert Szecsi
1,978,000 228,000
Day 4 Chip Leader
Akin Tuna tr
Akin Tuna
1,919,000 499,000
Alessio Di Cesare it
Alessio Di Cesare
1,682,000 832,000
Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
1,500,000 40,000
Day 1A Chip Leader
Gab Yong Kim kr
Gab Yong Kim
1,458,000 -22,000
Mikalai Pobal by
Mikalai Pobal
1,394,000 -146,000
EPT 2X Winner
Sorin Flutur ro
Sorin Flutur
1,276,000 26,000
Morten Hvam dk
Morten Hvam
1,176,000 136,000
Fidan Zahiti se
Fidan Zahiti
1,120,000 -130,000
Jakub Oliva cz
Jakub Oliva
1,027,000 474,000
Dietrich Fast de
Dietrich Fast
989,000 -71,000
Philipp Zukernik ca
Philipp Zukernik
982,000 579,000
Erdal Gulseven tr
Erdal Gulseven
980,000 580,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
798,000 -2,000
Tomas Paiva pt
Tomas Paiva
767,000 257,000
Denys Shafikov ua
Denys Shafikov
739,000 239,000
Ricardo Da Rocha br
Ricardo Da Rocha
735,000 -91,000
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli
715,000 -20,000
Stefan Jedlicka at
Stefan Jedlicka
701,000 51,000
Vlastimil Pustina cz
Vlastimil Pustina
642,000 -78,000
Wing Sang Lee hk
Wing Sang Lee
563,000 -1,000
Luke Marsh gb
Luke Marsh
562,000 -38,000
Dominik Panka pl
Dominik Panka
559,000 -211,000
EPT 1X Winner

Lire Plus

Kisacikoglu Makes Up Ground in the Last Hands

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Orpen Kisacikoglu
Orpen Kisacikoglu

Norbert Szecsi opened to 26,000 and Orpen Kisacikoglu and Pierre Calamusa called in the blinds.

The flop came {6-Spades}{q-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} and it checked to Szecsi. He continued for 32,000 and Kisacikoglu was the only caller.

The turn was the {k-Clubs} and Kisacikoglu bet 57,000, with Szecsi folding shortly thereafter.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Norbert Szecsi hu
Norbert Szecsi
1,750,000 -150,000
Day 4 Chip Leader
Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
Day 1A Chip Leader
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
800,000 118,000

Tags: Norbert SzecsiOrpen KisacikogluPierre Calamusa

Di Giacomo Doubles Once; Busts After

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante

Claudio Di Giacomo was facing the prospect of the big blind and big blind ante in a couple of hands and opted to shove the cutoff for the last 24,000, which Giuseppe Zarbo called on the button.

Claudio Di Giacomo: {7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}
Giuseppe Zarbo: {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}

The board came {7-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{q-Hearts} and Di Giacomo doubled.

He then jammed from under the gun for 78,000 and Luke Marsh made the call, the rest of the table folded.

Claudio Di Giacomo: {k-Hearts}{4-Hearts}
Luke Marsh: {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}

The {a-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop gave Marsh top pair while Di Giacomo needed a trey for a straight or running cards. Nothing changed with the {9-Diamonds} turn and the {4-Clubs} river was a blank, too. Di Giacomo was eliminated in 43rd place.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Luke Marsh gb
Luke Marsh
600,000 50,000
Giuseppe Zarbo it
Giuseppe Zarbo
560,000 -40,000
Claudio Di Giacomo it
Claudio Di Giacomo

Tags: Claudio Di GiacomoGiuseppe ZarboLuke Marsh

Bogdanov Felted by Szecsi

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Victor Bogdanov
Victor Bogdanov

Not long ago Victor Bogdanov was a contender for the chip lead and it has all come to a crashing end as he bowed out in 44th place.

The last of it, 256,000 to be precise, went in with a standard flip as Bogdanov's {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} met with the {8-Clubs}{8-Spades} of Norbert Szecsi and the {8-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{a-Spades}{3-Hearts} board sealed his fate on the turn already.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Norbert Szecsi hu
Norbert Szecsi
1,900,000 275,000
Day 4 Chip Leader
Victor Bogdanov ru
Victor Bogdanov

Tags: Norbert SzecsiVictor Bogdanov

Five More Hands

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante

The tournament clock has been paused and all remaining players need to play five more hands before they can bag their chips for Day 4.

Loosli All Out of Time

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Sylvain Loosli
Sylvain Loosli

Luigi Shehadeh opened to 25,000 from under the gun and Sylvain Loosli called. Giuseppe Zarbo three-bet to 74,000 in the small blind. Shehadeh folded and Loosli called.

The flop came {8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{7-Hearts}.

It checked to Loosli who bet 40,000 and Zarbo check-raised all in for 350,000. Loosli used both of his remaining time banks before eventually folding.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Luigi Shehadeh it
Luigi Shehadeh
2,340,000 40,000
Day 3 Chip Leader
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli
735,000 -5,000
Giuseppe Zarbo it
Giuseppe Zarbo
600,000 195,000

Tags: Giuseppe ZarboLuigi ShehadehSylvain Loosli