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2013 PokerStars.com EPT Prague

€5,300 Main Event
Dias: 1a
Event Info

2013 PokerStars.com EPT Prague

Resultado Final
Mão Vencedora
Event Info
Prize Pool
Informações sobre o nível
100,000 / 200,000

Tiberu-Florian Georgescu & Ari Engel Thrive on Day 1a

Nível 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Ari Engel
Ari Engel

On Thursday, the European Poker Tour visited Prague – the largest city in the Czech Republic – for the seventh time. Season 10’s incarnation attracted 389 players to the Day 1a flight, but only 210 of them survived the night.

After eight 75 minutes of play, it was Tiberu-Florian Georgescu who emerged as the chip leader with 191,000, though he’s got some stiff competition nipping at his heels in Ari Engel (172,800), Ronny Voth (166,400), and Sebastian Saffari (162,000).

The Prague stop has gotten so popular that for the first time ever the tournament area spilled out of the Hilton Prague’s Congress Hall into the attached lobby area. All told 90 poker tables, 200,000 poker chips, 10,000 player cards and 500m of electrical cabling were used to bring the EPT Prague to life.

In addition, there were plenty of side activities complimenting the Main Event in Day 1a including ice skating, "Time Freeze" technology, a Eureka Poker Tour final table, a Skrill Last Longer Competition, and a big win by tennis star Rafael Nadal in a charity event.

While all of that was entertaining, all eyes were trained on the Main Event, which was full of some notable hands. One took place in Level 4 (100/200/25) on a board reading {5-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{4-Spades}. A player in the big blind bet 3,000 and was met by an all-in three-bet of 11,000 or so by Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden. His opponent made the call with the {3-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} for a rivered full house, which bested the {6-Clubs}{7-Spades} straight of Lodden, who became the first Team Pro to fall on Day 1a.

Of course he wasn't the last to go. Among those to fall were Season 7 EPT Prague champ Roberto Romanello; Friend of PokerStars Pierre Neuville; EPT10 Player of the Year contender Kenny Hallaert; Australian Jeff Rossiter; the consistent Dan Kelly; Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody; UK gentleman John Eames; Tim Reilly, who failed to make Day 2 in an EPT Main Event for the first time ever; and Vanessa Selbst, who was fresh off winning the EPT Prague PLO Championship for €107,000.

According to Walid Habib (and the masseuse that was working on him), someone had raised in Level 8 (300/600/75) and Selbst shoved her last 15 big blinds in. Another player woke up with nines behind and made the call. The original raiser folded, Selbst turned over the {10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}, and the board blanked. With that, Selbst took her leave in the last level of the night.

While many fell, plenty of notables advanced to Day 2 including Anaras Alekberovas (115,600), Jonathan Little (104,200), Darren Elias (97,200), Michael Tureniec (70,300), Kent Lundmark (67,100), Steve O’Dwyer (60,200), Toby Lewis (44,900), David Boyaciyan (40,500), Shannon Shorr (40,400) and Juha Helppi (34,400).

On Friday, a whole new batch of players will take to the felt in Day 1b action, which kicks off at Noon local time. Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you all the action and eliminations from the tournament floor.

Tags: Ari Engel

Rafa Nadal Beats Negreanu and Co. to €100k Title

Nível 8 : 300/600, 75 ante

Rafa Nadal today beat a star-studded line-up in the €100,000 EPT Charoty Challenge to claim his first poker trophy, as well as €50,000 for his own charity, The Good Hand Fund. Nadal beat Daniel Negreanu, football legends Ronaldo and Andriy Shevchenko, and Olympic gold medallists Fatima Moreira de Melo and Alberto Tomba. Read about here at the PokerStars Blog.

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Engel Needs No Angel on his Shoulder

Nível 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Ari Engel
Ari Engel

Ari Engel has massive stacks of chips in front of him, which was a surprise considering he only had twice the starting stack the last time we checked on him. Engel got up from the table to stretch his legs and we asked him what we had missed. Engel told us that he had played a big pot against his former neighbor.

Engel held kings in a hand and got five bet preflop. When that flop came eight-high, Engel bet and called his opponent's shove that followed. Engel's kings proved good against his opponents tens. That 100,000 pot went to Engel after blanks on both the turn and river. We're not a hundred percent sure yet, but it appears that Engel is the chip leader with just half a level to go for the day.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
160,000 100,000

Tags: Ari Engel

Selbst Doubles (With Some Luck)

Nível 7 : 250/500, 50 ante
Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst

Just coming back from dinner break, a big hand found place at table 12. With the big blind not yet back from dinner, Walid Habib opened to 1,100 from the hijack position. Next door neighbor Vanessa Selbst shoved all in for 9,150 and the button and small blind quickly folded.

Action was thus back on Habib who gave it some good thoughts as he counted out the 9,150 for the call. Selbst tried to convince Habib not to call and said honestly she wasn't looking to go to showdown. At one point she even motioned to shove Habib's 9,150 back, making sure he wouldn't slip it over the line by accident. In the end her efforts were not rewarded though as Habib called anyway. Selbst turned her hand over with a painful look on her face. Habib had the best hand with his {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts}, Selbst was looking for some help with her {A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}.

After the {K-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{8-Spades}-flop it was Selbst who got up from the table. She didn't motion to sit down again after the {K-Diamonds} hit the turn but all of the sudden she had some new outs. The {8-Clubs} fell on the river and Selbst finally sat back in her seat andgot her stack doubled.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Walid Bou Habib lb
Walid Bou Habib
28,000 -11,000
Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst
19,450 10,300

Tags: Vanessa SelbstWalid Habib

Ulusu Hits One Outer in Bizarre Hand

Nível 6 : 200/400, 50 ante
Cengiz Ulusu
Cengiz Ulusu

When we arrived at Table 29 there were already some bets out there. We tried to reconstruct the hand and it appeared as if Mikolaj Zawadzki from Poland had opened the pot with a raise to 800 under-the-gun. Darren Elias behind him had three-bet to 1,800 and received calls from Alin Sameeian, Cengiz Ulusu (on the button) and Kjetil Hansen (in the big blind) before action was back on Zawadzki. The Polish player four-bet to 6,800 and Elias, Sameeian, Ulusu and Hansen all called to make the pot grow to a staggering 34,000 before a community card was even dealt.

The five-way, four-bet pot saw the flop come {A-Spades}{9-Hearts}{2-Clubs}. Hansen in the big blind checked and Zawadzki bet out 8,200. Elias and Sameeian folded rather quickly, but Ulusu had something different in mind. He announced all in for what turned out to be 14,625. After Hansen folded, Zawadzki instantly called and announced he had the nuts.

Zawadzki: {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}
Ulusu: {2-Spades}{2-Hearts}

Set over set in a five-way, four-bet pot is not what you see every day. But what happened next made it even more special as the dealer burned a card and turned the… {2-Diamonds}. "Yeah!" shouted Ulusu before awaiting a river which could still spoil his party. The hand didn't get any sicker though, and there was not another one outer in the cards. The {K-Diamonds} on the river was a blank and Ulusu increased his stack dramatically.

Zawadzki didn't seem too phased about it, and he handed over the chips like he's done many times before.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Cengiz Ulusu
Cengiz Ulusu
63,425 63,425

Tags: Cengiz UlusuDarren EliasMikolaj Zawadzki

Great Start for "The Caveman"

Nível 4 : 100/200, 25 ante
"The Caveman"
"The Caveman"

Steven van Zadelhoff, longtime grinder and nicknamed "The Caveman" these days because of his big beard, is up to 52,000. He started out dropping down to 20,000 but then he won all his losses back and then some.

First he saw a player raise it up to 1,000 and he was able to squeeze to 4,000 after someone else called. Just the initial-raiser made the call and both players checked the {K-}{6-}{10-} flop. The turn brought a {2-} into play and Van Zadelhoff called a 5,000 bet. The river was a {4-} and now Van Zadelhoff called an 8,000 bet. The player showed {4-}{5-} offsuit while Van Zadelhoff tabled {Q-}{Q-} for the best hand.

Not long after both players were tangled up in a big pot again. Van Zadelhoff had top-two and the nut flush draw on the turn with {A-}{Q-} and won the big pot without further improving.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Steven van Zadelhoff nl
Steven van Zadelhoff
52,000 29,000

Tags: Steven van Zadelhoff

Don't Forget to Follow the Eureka Poker Tour Prague Final Table Action

Nível 2 : 75/150, 0 ante
Ami Barer - final table chip leader. Photo courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.
Ami Barer - final table chip leader. Photo courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.

Our colleague, Nick Wright, is here in Prague covering the final table of the Eureka Poker Tour Main Event, which attracted 1,315 players. Today, the final eight players returned to action with PokerStars qualifier Ami Barer leading the way.

The young Canadian has won over $5.5 million online under the nickname "UhhMee." He has won two FTOPS titles and came close to winning a SCOOP bracelet but fell short at heads-up stage in Event #03 back in 2011. Eureka Prague could be Barer's biggest live success; so far his largest live cash is €45,000 after he finished 25th at the 2009 EPT Grand Final.

Also at the table is Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki, a professional player who used to be a successful alpine skier winning several medals for the national Poland team. An injury forced him to end his sports career and, after starting to play the card game Magic: The Gathering, he soon moved into poker. In October 2008 he finished third at the EPT London Main Event to take home £303,439 and repeated the same result at EPT Prague two years later when he finishing third again for a €247,000 payday. Horecki has also notched up two MicroMillions Player of the Series titles.

Another notable seeking the title is Stephen Chidwick, a well-known British pro who has had huge success both live and online. Known on PokerStars as "stevie444", Chidwick has won almost $4 million online including a $320 WCOOP Pot Limit Badugi event back in September. Chidwick first came to fame when he famously won 100 seats on PokerStars for the 2008 World Series when he was only 19. He now has several WSOP final tables to his name. His biggest live cash came in this year's World Series when he finished third in the $25,000 NL 6-handed event for $353,780; his total live winnings exceed $1.5 million.

For more information and to follow the action, head on over to the PokerStars Blog.

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Aido Looks to Continue European Domination

Nível 1 : 50/100, 0 ante
Sergio Aido
Sergio Aido

It’s been a heck of a year for Sergio Aido, who is in action here on Day 1a. The Spaniard has amassed $476,590 in tournament winning this year, which includes a win in the UKIPT London back in March for $217,530. Four days after that victory, Aido went on to finish runner-up in the UKIPT London £1,000 Turbo for £20,000.

Other highlights include runner-up in the UKIPT London £2,000 Six Handed for £26,460, winner of the £2,200 UKIPT Galway High Roller for £24,450, third in the EPT Barcelona £2,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Six Handed for £24,755, 12th in the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for $60,486, and most recently sixth in the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event for $33,472.

While all those scores are impressive, Aido’s biggest score came back in October 2012 when he won the WPT National Series Barcelona for $115,240. Clearly, Aido knows how to dominate on the European continent and looks to continue his success here in Prague.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
30,000 30,000

Tags: Segio Aido

Utilize the My Stack App Today

Nível 1 : 50/100, 0 ante

The PokerNews My Stack App is available for players here at the European Poker Tour Prague, allowing players to directly update their chip count on the PokerNews Live Reporting page for their friends and family to see.

You can download the app for iPhone or Android now to get started. Then, create a new PokerNews account or update your current one to start updating your status immediately. Your followers can see all the live action that you're involved in.

Be forewarned, however, any abuse of the app will result in account suspension or termination.

Tags: My Stack

PokerStars Welcomes It's Biggest Ever Team to the EPT10 Prague

The EPT Prague tournament floor.
The EPT Prague tournament floor.

Welcome back to Season 10 of the European Poker Tour. It’s been an incredible season thus far as Tom “hitthehole” Middleton and Robin Ylitalo won the EPT Barcelona and EPT London respectively, and today we’ll take the first step toward crowning a champion in Prague, which is the largest city in the Czech Republic.

This marks the seventh time the EPT has visited Prague, and it comes on the heels of the Eureka Prague Poker Festival. According to the PokerStars Blog, a record 171 tournament staff from numerous countries was brought in for the festival, which makes it the biggest ever team at a PokerStars live event (including the PCA)! EPT tournament directors Teresa Nousiainen and Thomas Lamatsch.

"I was lucky enough to work Season 1 of the EPT and it's amazing to see how much it's grown,” Nousiainen said. “In those days, we had around 300 players for the main event, and maybe just one side event a day. Now just a "normal" EPT Festival has at least 40 events and EPT Prague will have 47 - on some days, there will be up to ten events running at the same time - so we're going to be very very busy."

Indeed, the event has gotten so big that for the first time ever the tournament area has spilled out of the Hilton Prague’s Congress Hall into the attached lobby area. All told 90 poker tables, 200,000 poker chips, 10,000 player cards and 500m of electrical cabling will be used to bring the EPT Prague to life.

The EPT Prague has a rich history, which was recently highlighted in a special edition of Where Are They Now on PokerNews. Last year, the EPT9 Prague attracted 864 players and saw well-respected pro Ramzi Jelassi emerge victorious to capture the €835,000 first-place prize. Other winners include Arnaud Mattern (Season 4), Salvatore Bonavena (Season 5), Jan Skampa (Season 6), Roberto Romanello (Season 7), and Martin Finger (Season 8).

Dozens of notables are slated to play Day 1a including Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst, Ville Wahlbeck, Dario Minieri, Henrique Pinho, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov and Mickey Petersen. In addition they will be joined by the likes of Daniel Laidlaw, Elio Fox, Simon Ravnsbaek, Ole Schemion, Steve O’Dwyer, and JC Alvarado, just to name a few.

Action will kick off at Noon local time, which is just a couple hours from now. Join us then as we bring you all the action from the floor of the Hilton Prague!