Beskrovnyy, Belov Lead Biggest EPT Prague Ever
The EPT Prague main event has closed the books on Day 1b with 864 entrants making it the richest poker tournament in Czech history.
And although Vadim Belov stacked the most chips on Day 1b, it will be Day 1a chip leader Iosif Beskrovnyy entering Day 2 as chip leader.
This year's field beat out 2011's numbers by 142 players, generating a first-place prize of €835,000 compared to the €720k Martin Finger won in this tournament one year ago.
The money will be distributed along a very flat payout structure with 128 places in total getting paid. Prizes start at €8,000.
Headlining the top 10 as the most recognizable name is American pro Todd Terry. With over $2 million in live tournament earnings Terry has had a few close calls at the WSOP and WPT but has yet to close out a major title.
Also still in it with a chance at that money are Ari Engel (103,100), Eoghan O'Dea (102,400), Chris Brammer (96,400), Johnny Lodden (94,500), John Eames (85,100), Fabrice Soulier (74,000) and Roberto Romanello (52,100).
Here are the top ten chip counts overall heading into Day 2:
1. Iosif Beskrovnyy – 239,000
2. Vadim Belov – 179,300
3. Jose Alastuey – 177,500
4. Luis Rodriguez – 176,800
5. Mikhail Zabrovskiy – 172,700
6. Jose Manuel Nadal Sordo – 167,200
7. Todd Terry – 162,400
8. Jason Helder – 159,000
9. Marian Kulifaj – 159,000
10. Mariusz Klosinski - 153,800
Bad Luck Puts Boeree Among Busted
Just 318 of the 864-player field survived to Day 2 and, sadly, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree was not among them.
If her Twitter account is honest she lost her stack in three key spots, all of which were extremely unlucky.
First she ran the nut flush into a full house, and then lost with A-Q vs. J-J on a queen-high flop. Finally she was sent packing in a preflop all-in with pocket kings failing to hold up against pocket jacks.
Arnaud Mattern, who won this event in 2007, lasted until the very last hand on Day 1a, before joining countryman Guillaume Darcourt on the rail.
Also going broke short of Day 2 were Jon Duhamel, Dario Minieri, Luca Pagano, Jude Ainsworth, Steve O'Dwyer, Stephen Chidwick and John O'Shea, to name a few.
None of these players will have a shot at the big money that kicks in at Saturday's final table: