A record breaking 1,007 players entered the Season 10 European Poker Tour Prague Main Event at the Hilton Hotel in the Czech Republic, but now we are down to 189 who will return today to continue the battle for the prestigious title of 2013 EPT Prague Champion.
The huge number of entrants means the tournament has generated a massive prize pool of €4,883,950, with the winner set to receive €889,000. It also means that 151 players will finish in the money. In other words, 38 players will leave here today empty handed.
Walid Bou Habib from Lebanon leads the field with 509,000 chips, but some still competition isn't far behind. Jonathan Little from the USA has 471,000, PokerStars player Ka Kwan Lau from Spain has 440,000, and there are a number of other players with similar stacks snapping at their heels.
World Series of Poker November Niner Amir Lehavot from the USA, who was the chip leader at the start of Day 2, is still in contention with 427,000, and so are a number of Team PokerStars Pros including Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier (230,200), Jonathan Duhamel (108,000), Eugene Katchalov (104,900), and David Williams (89,200).
A few other notables who will play today include Full Tilt Poker Tour Ambassador Dermot Blain (84,200), Simon Deadman (190,200) Ana Marquez (319,400), and Max Silver (259,000).
The tournament will now switch to 90-minute levels with the blinds starting at 1,500/3,000 with a 400 ante. There are 24 tables left and play will be eight handed. The seat draw is just below this post.
There are a few short stacks, the shortest of which is Erik Scheidt (27,800), who will need a bit of luck to survive the early levels, but one double up will see him right back in contention.
Join the PokerNews reporting team as action kicks off in an hour for all the drama as we head towards the bubble and take another step towards crowning the final EPT Champion of 2013. Live streaming and commentary from James Hartigan and Joe Stapelton can be found at pokerstars.tv.