German player Bjorn Wiesler has played a few EPTs but this is his first main event cash and he also min-cashed the record-breaking €2k Eureka Prague High Roller the other day for €3,730. His live tournament winnings already total more than $314,824. He bought in to the event on site here at the Hilton Prague.
French player Remi Castaignon has found a great way to celebrate his 31st birthday this week – with the chance of being the EPT’s second double champion! Castaignon, who turned 31 yesterday, snagged a giant €770,000 prize when he won Deauville in Season 9. Castaignon, who hails from a tiny village in the Pyrenées, has had several cashes since his Deauville victory including a final table in a $500 event in Las Vegas last summer and he also min-cashed both the Eureka Main Event and Eureka High Roller in Prague this week. He has been playing poker since 2007.
Estrellas Valencia champion Fabio Sperling was chip leader at the end of Day 4 of the EPT Prague Main Event. Sperling hails from Siegberg in Germany but is now living in the seaside resort of Ramsgate in the UK. He won the Estrellas Valencia Main Event for €77,000 in April, shortly after a runner-up finish in the Sunday Million 8th Anniversary bonanza. He’s been playing online since 2009 and live since 2011. He won his seat in a €215 qualifier on PokerStars.
Only seven players out of a record-breaking field of 1,107 entries remain in the €5,300 PokerStars EPT Prague Main Event and Stephen Graner helds a commanding lead when play resumes at 12:00 CET. The tournament recommences in level 30 at blinds 50,000-100,000 / ante 10,000 and 2013 EPT Deauville champion Remi Castaignon is the short stack with 1,030,000.
Jonathan Wong (1,900,000) from the UK and Simon Mattsson of Sweden (2,130,000) both have double as many chips as the Frenchman. Two Germans are still in to keep the winning streak alive in Season 11 after Andre Lettau came first in Barcelona and Sebastian Pauli emerged victorious in London. Bjorn Wiesler is fourth in chips with 3,285,000 and Fabio Sperling has 4,710,000.
PokerStars online qualifier Anton Bertilsson accumulated 7,740,000 chips thus far whereas Graner boasts massive 12,405,000. A fifth place finish would result in a new career-best score for the American, who came sixth at the inaugural Millionaire Maker at the 2014 World Series of Poker for $273,854 this summer. All seven players have at least €129,390 locked up for their efforts with the winner set to take home astonishing €969,000.
Here is how the players line up:
The action of the Main Event will be streamed live on the internet and is subject to a security delay of one hour, thus the PokerNews live reporting will start at 13:00 CET. You can also check out the PokerNews live coverage of the final day of the record breaking €10,300 High Roller as well. Only 23 players remain out of a record-breaking field of 309 entries and 2014 EPT Vienna champion Oleksii Khoroshenin will return as chip leader.