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PokerStars European Poker Tour -- Prague Day 1B

The Field Grows to 563 Players Thanks to a Large Day 1B Field

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Tobias ReinkemeierDay 1B of the final PokerStars European Poker Tour main event of 2010 took place today in the capital city of the Czech Republic. The €5,300 no-limit hold’em EPT Prague main event attracted 372 players for the second day-one flight. One hundred and sixty-nine have made it through to day 2, and they will be joined by the day 1A survivors for a remaining field of 254 players.

The total prize pool for the tournament is €2,730,550 and the first-place prize is €640,000 thanks to the overall field size of 563 players. The top 80 players will walk away with prize money. The field consists of players from 47 countries and France leads the way with 11 percent of the field. Germany and Italy have supplied 10 percent of the participants, with Russia adding seven percent. The Czech Republic, Sweden, and the U.S. all held a six-percent share of the field. Here is a look at the full payout structure:

1. €640,000
2. €435,000
3. €247,000
4. €163,000
5. €130,000
6. €100,000
7. €71,000
8. €54,550
9-10. €40,000
11-12. €30,000
13-14. €25,000
15-16. €20,000
17-24. €15,000
25-32. €12,500
33-40. €11,000
41-48. €10,000
49-64. €9,000
65-80. €8,000

The big name at the top of the leader board when play came to a halt was Tobias Reinkemeier, who ended the night in the top 10 with 171,500. Other big names that survived on day 1B include Florian Langmann, Alain Roy, Team PokerStars pros Luca Pagano, Liv Boeree, and Salvatore Bonavena, and Michael Keiner.

Day 2 begins at noon local time tomorrow, and you can follow along with all of the action on the PokerStars blog feed. Check back tomorrow afternoon for another summary of the action.

Here is a look at the tournament statistics from day 1B:

Day 1B Chip Counts:

Dirk Richter Germany — 296700
Elias Brussianos USA — 199600
Roberto Romanello UK — 196500
Nicolas Babel France — 191200
Tayfeh Sokor Mohsen Jalal Germany — 188900
Laurence Houghton UK — 188800
Drasutis Tauras Narmontas Lithuania — 187200
Ruslan Prydryk Ukraine — 181000
Tobias Reinkemeier Germany — 171500
Erst Mike Erstenyuk Ukraine — 169000

Day 1B Eliminations:

Team PokerStars pros Johnny Lodden, Thomas Bichon, Ville Wahlbeck, Jose Barbero, Dario Minieri, Bertrand Grospellier, and Marcel Luske, Bruno Fitoussi, James Akenhead, Maxim Lykov, and Dragan Galic.

Hand of the Day:

Melanie Weisner Makes a Sweet Play

There was a board that read 7Heart Suit 4Heart Suit 3Heart Suit 10Club Suit sitting on the table along with a pot worth 30,000 when Melanie Weisner slid out 13,575 in chips for a reraise and then the original raiser made the call.

The river fell 4Diamond Suit and the hijack checked. Weisner bet 20,800 and her opponent went into the tank. He must have been puzzled by the 12,000 she left behind, because he eventually mucked. Weisner then flipped over ADiamond Suit 6Club Suit as she collected the pot and grew her stack to 90,000.