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2021 PokerStars EPT Prague

€1,100 Eureka Main Event
Jours 1c
Event Info

2021 PokerStars EPT Prague

Event Info
Prize Pool
Info Niveau
400,000 / 800,000
Info Joueurs - Jour 1c
Joueurs Survivants

€1,100 Eureka Main Event

Jour 1c terminé

Massive Field, Huge Stacks, and a Wild Bubble Highlight Eureka Main Event Day 1c

Niveau 18 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
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A massive Day 1c field of 1,433 entries filled the King’s Casino Prague to create record-breaking numbers for the EPT Prague €1,100 Eureka Main Event.

The 1,433 unique entries were the most ever in a single flight for a Eureka / EPT Prague National Main Event, and before Day 1d had even begun, the record for total entries in the entire event had already been broken.

That news was just the beginning of the evening’s excitement as with such a huge field, nearly two extra levels of play were needed to reach the final 15% (215 players), who would advance to Day 2.

Once the dust finally settled, massive stacks had been created with Maxime Costas bringing 736,000 into Tuesday’s play. Not far behind him were Adam Polek (735,000) and Emmanuel Kahan (719,000), who will join Costas with the biggest stacks in the room to start Day 2.

Top 10 Chip Counts

1Maxime CostasFrance736,000
2Adam PolekCzech Republic735,000
3Emmanuel KahanFrance719,000
4Mathias SiljanderFinland706,000
5Tal HerzogIsrael693,000
6Tomas PletichaCosta Rica691,000
7Mark MetslaEstonia661,000
8Akseli PaalanenFinland636,000
9Meir AvigalIsrael632,000
10Roman BlahaCzech Republic606,000

Other notables to advance to Day 2 with healthy stacks include 2016 EPT Barcelona Main Event champion Sebastian Malec (390,000), 2016 WCOOP Main Event champion Jonas Lauck (284,000), and former EPT Prague champions Salvatore Bonavena (284,000) and Jasper Meijer Van Putten (175,000)

Big Names on the Bubble

Those extra two levels saw a lengthy ‘soft-bubble’, with among others, Vivian Saliba, David Lappin, and Julien Martini eliminated near the end of the night. Martini in fact was eliminated in 217th place, just two away from the bubble when his opponent flopped quad threes against Martini’s ace-king.

Dara O’Kearney was very short most of the late part of the evening, getting his final 50,000 in just three away from the money. His opponent chose to fold, and O’Kearney showed him pocket aces. The author and podcast host would squeeze that short stack over the finish line to advance to Day 2 with 97,000 chips.

Highlights of the Day

With so much action throughout the day, some wild hands occurred, including the classic aces versus kings cooler ending in a shocking way, and a player’s lapse in attention costing him his entire tournament.

Next Up, Day 2!

The final 214 players from this flight will now join the survivors of the three other flights for Day 2 at noon local time.
PokerNews will have you covered for all the rest of the action from this record-breaking event, and every event from EPT Prague.

Tags: Adam PolekAkseli PaalanenDara O’KearneyDavid LappinEmmanuel KahanJonas LauckJulien MartiniMark MetslaMaxime CostasMeir AvigalRoman BlahaSalvatore BonavenaSebastian MalecTomas PletichaVivian Saliba

End of Day 1c Chip Counts (complet)

Niveau 18 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Joueur Jetons Progression
Maxime Costas fr
Maxime Costas
736,000 538,000
Day 1C Chip Leader
Adam Polek cz
Adam Polek
735,000 195,000
Emmanuel Kahan fr
Emmanuel Kahan
719,000 684,200
Mathias Siljander fi
Mathias Siljander
706,000 206,000
Tal Herzog il
Tal Herzog
693,000 178,000
Tomas Pleticha cz
Tomas Pleticha
691,000 691,000
Mark Metsla ee
Mark Metsla
661,000 661,000
Akseli Paalanen fi
Akseli Paalanen
636,000 636,000
Meir Avigal il
Meir Avigal
632,000 112,000
Roman Blaha cz
Roman Blaha
606,000 606,000
Matias Arosuo fi
Matias Arosuo
596,000 596,000
Andreas Putz at
Andreas Putz
587,000 92,000
Jon Kyte no
Jon Kyte
537,000 -76,000
Leonardo Mancuso it
Leonardo Mancuso
502,000 502,000
Simas Karaliunas lt
Simas Karaliunas
473,000 473,000
Cezar Oprea ro
Cezar Oprea
470,000 470,000
Julien Galendo fr
Julien Galendo
447,000 447,000
Alexis Nicolai fr
Alexis Nicolai
446,000 446,000
Mourad Tounnouti nl
Mourad Tounnouti
440,000 440,000
Arnel Popovic ba
Arnel Popovic
431,000 431,000
Radoslav Stoyanov bg
Radoslav Stoyanov
430,000 430,000
Martin Surovec cz
Martin Surovec
420,000 420,000
Francois Gozzelino fr
Francois Gozzelino
418,000 133,000
Catalin-Marcel Popa ro
Catalin-Marcel Popa
418,000 418,000
Anton Markov bg
Anton Markov
415,000 415,000

Lire Plus

Double Elimination on the Bubble

Niveau 18 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Steven Houghland
Steven Houghland

Action was halted and a crowd gathered with two players, Steve Houghland, and Petr Segl facing elimination.

Preflop, Petr Segl raised to 20,000 in early position and was called by Dany De Barros in the small blind. Houghland was all-in on the big blind for his remaining chips.

The flop came {7-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{2-Spades}, and after De Barros checked, Segl moved in for his last 49,000, putting himself at risk of missing the money as well.

De Barros called, setting up the possible double elimination.

Steven Houghland:{k-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Petr Segl: {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Dany De Barros: {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}

De Barros was in great shape to provide the double knockout and send everyone home after almost two full extra levels of play.

After the dealer put down the {6-Clubs} and {10-Spades}, a roar went through the tournament area as the bubble burst, with Houghland and Segl both eliminated and sent home without any money.

Meanwhile, the surviving 214 players all earn a min-cash and will return Tuesday for Day 2.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Danny De Barros lu
Danny De Barros
226,000 226,000
Steven Houghland us
Steven Houghland
Petr Segl cz
Petr Segl

Tags: Dany De BarrosPetr SeglSteven Houghland

Niveau: 18

Blinds: 4,000/8,000

Ante: 8,000

Classic Race Vaults Putz Toward Leaders

Niveau 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

Andreas Putz opened the action with a raise to 14,000 in middle position. Michel Leibgorin asked Putz how much he had behind.

Putz had Leibgorin well covered, but the Frenchman declared he was all in for approximately 100,000. Play folded back around to Putz, who quickly called.

Michel Leibgorin: {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}
Andreas Putz: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {j-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{7-Clubs}, eliminating Leibgorin, and moving Putz near the 500,000 chip mark.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Andreas Putz at
Andreas Putz
495,000 495,000
Michel Leibgorin fr
Michel Leibgorin

Tags: Andreas PutzMichel Leibgorin

Lappin Eliminated by Many Aces

Niveau 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante
David lappin
David lappin

David Lappin's seat was recently discovered to be empty, and his tournament executioner Ion Tabacaru relayed the gory details of Lappin's elimination to PokerNews.

According to Tabacaru, Lappin shoved his final 50,000 chips into the middle with {q-}{j-}, and smashed into Tabacaru's {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}.

The {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{j-} flop instantly finished Lappin, as Tabacaru flopped quad aces to send Lappin out the door just shy of the money and a trip to Day 2.

Meanwhile at a nearby table, Lappin's Chip Race co-host Dara O'Kearney is nursing a stack of 84,000 as he tries to avoid his partner's fate in the tournament.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Ion Tabacaru ro
Ion Tabacaru
155,000 155,000
David Lappin ie
David Lappin

Tags: David LappinIon Tabacaru

Niveau: 17

Blinds: 3,000/6,000

Ante: 6,000