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O’Dea Circling After Day 1a at WPT Prague
A long Day 1a is over at the first-ever World Poker Tour event in the Czech Republic with 2011 WSOP November Niner Eoghan O’Dea the most notable name near the top of the chip counts.
One of just 93 players to survive the day, O’Dea managed to accumulate 142,600 chips over the ten 60-minute levels played and sits in seventh heading into Day 2 Saturday..
As might be expected for a tournament in the Czezh Republic, three different players named "Jan" sit at the top of the counts.
Jan Ramik is the Day 1a chip leader with 209,300. Jan Bandik is next with 180,300 and Jan Brandejs sits third with 170,000.
Eran Malkin with 169,200 and Adria Balaguer, the chip leader for most of the day now with 154,000, round out the top five.
With 231 registrations on Day 1a and Day 1b open to rebuys, the field is projected to be about 500 players – a substantial turnout for a debut event.
With a buy-in of €3200 + €300 the prize pool is also expected to be healthy with six-figure scores for the top finishers.
Since it is a rebuy event, several of the big name pros who hit the felt in Prague today but busted will also be likely to buy in tomorrow and take another shot.
Among the most likely to rebuy tomorrow are Chris Moorman, Eugene Katchalov, Anton Wigg, Steve O’Dwyer, Shannon Shorr, Toby Lewis, Salman Behbehani, Michael Tureniec, Melanie Weisner and Mike “Timex” McDonald.
Also busting out but a virtual lock to re-buy in to the event tomorrow was reigning WPT Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger.
Day 1b will get underway at 2 p.m (CET) tomorrow in Prague at the Corinthian Towers Hotel. Tune in to WPT.com for live updates.
There’s also rumored to be a live stream of a high-stakes cash game in lieu of no one accepting Dan “Jungleman12” Cates’s heavyweight title challenge.