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Zaichenko, Selbst Stacked as EPT Prague Main Event Hits Day 2

Russian Andrey Zaichenko bagged a massive stack of 237,600 to claim the chip lead heading into Day 2 of the 2014 EPT Prague Main Event tomorrow.

A total of 750 players entered Day 1b today to push the combined field up to 1,092 entries - a record for EPT Prague.

By day's end Zaichenko had lapped them all, thanks primarily in the end to a massive six-bet pot he won over Chris Moorman with AA > KK.

Close behind Zaichenko, who had a very deep run in the WSOP Main Event this summer, is Ukrainian Sergii Baranov (230,000).

Vanessa Selbst2
It's her again.

Also finding herself with a big stack to join the 623 combined survivors for tomorrow is one Vanessa Selbst, who bagged 141,800. The Day 1b Top 10 in chips:

  • 1. Andrey Zaichenko 237,600
  • 2. Sergii Baranov 230,000
  • 3. Peter Roche 173,700
  • 4. Peter Turmezey 165,800
  • 5. Alexandre Gomes 165,700
  • 6. Eddy Maksoud 160,000
  • 7. Omar Lakhdari 156,000
  • 8. Pierre Chevalier 153,600
  • 9. Thom Gerrits 148,000
  • 10. Vladislav Donchev 143,500

Day 2 will also see the start of the EPT Live stream, which you can watch right here starting at 6 am ET.

One Champion, One Orbit: Robin Ylitalo

Robin Ylitalo from Sweden won an amazing EPT London in 2013 with players like Ludovic Geilich and Jeffrey Rossiter at the final table with him.

It was Ylitalo’s first major title but he had come close before with two top 15 finishes in EPT main events and final tables at WPT and WSOP tournaments.

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Robin Ylitalo EPT Prague 2014

Last summer he was at it again and finished the EPT Main Event in Barcelona in 35th place out of 1,496 players. London 2013 brought him the lion’s share of his winnings, of course. He cashed for over $900,000 and he sure proved he knows how to handle the cards.

Let’s see what there is to the proverbial Scandinavian aggression and watch Ylitalo for one orbit of play.

It is the fifth level of Day 1, the blinds are 150/300/25,and the average stack is at 35k. Ylitalo he has 6,600 chips.

“I played one bad bluff earlier that was sniffed out, and then I lost a second big pot, and here we are. Still, comfort zone," he smiles.

The next hand is dealt and Ylitalo is in the hijack.

1) Robin Ylitalo; stack: 6,600, position: Hijack

There is a raise from early position and Ylitalo folds.

2) MP1

After a limp, Ylitalo folds A-7. It turned out two players moved in on this hand, holding A-Q and K-K.

3/4) MP2, UTG+1

Ylitalo gets weak hands and keeps folding. He says he’s waiting for a chance to get chips back.

5) UTG

Ylitalo raises from first position to 700. The hijack calls and they go to a flop of A♣ K♣ 2♣.

Ylitalo takes the lead with another bet of 800 chips and the hijack comes along again. The turn is the 5♠.

Ylitalo counts his chips and then puts another bet of 1,400 in front of him, leaving himself 3600 behind. Now the hijack needs some time to think about it, but finally lets it go.

(In case you’re wondering, his hand was Q♣ T♣.)

6-9) Big Blind, Small Blind, Button, Cut-off

Ylitalo stays calm and folds all three hands.


How about that? A Swede folds the button. When did that happen before?

But seriously, contrary to popular belief, the Scandinavian style is not as hyper-aggressive anymore as it used to be. And Ylitalo knows that can’t win a tournament on Day 1, but you may very well lose it.

Here the Swedish champion shows that he is considerate and careful if he needs to be.

During this orbit, Ylitalo pays 200 in Antes and 450 in blinds but in the one hand he plays he gets 175 in Antes, 450 in blinds and 1,500 from the hijack, resulting in a plus of 1,450 chips after this orbit.

Decision of the Day

Anonymous Dealer
What happens when a dealer acts out of turn?

It's always a bit of a nuisance if a player acts out of turn. Most of the time, though, it’s not serious.

Somebody folds his cards too early because he needs a bathroom break or because he wants to be the first at the buffet.

He usually gets a warning and that’s that. Things are a lot different when a dealer acts out of turn.

We are in a cash game – the limits don’t matter here – and the dealer has accidentally exposed the turn card although the player on the button was still to act. The floorman is called.

If this happened on the river the dealer would simply take back the turn card into the deck, reshuffle and lay down the turn again. On the turn things are a little different.

Ruling: The burn card for the river and the river card are dealt face down and laid to the side. Now the turn card goes back into the deck, which is reshuffled.

The turn card is exposed and if the action continues to the river the dealer will use the river card he has dealt face down already and simply flip it over.

The reason for this is to “minimize damage," meaning the river is the one that would have been dealt from the original deck.

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