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European Poker Tour -- Prague Day 1B

Day 1B Attracts 365 Players and Grows the Total Field to 584

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Bertrand GrospellierDay 1B at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague €5,000 no-limit hold’em main event saw 365 players enter play, which brought the total number of players in the event up to 584. The total prize pool for the event is €2,842,100 and the champion will take home €682,000. The top 80 players will all walk away with prize money. This year’s field was the largest for EPT Prague, topping the 570 who played last year and the 555 who played when the event began two years ago.

By the end of the day, 211 players remained, and day 2 will see a remaining field of 328 return tomorrow. Marius Heiene, from Norway, led the way at the end of play with a stack of 162,700. He was joined in the top 10 by Team PokerStars pros Jude Ainsworth (160,300), Bertrand Grospellier (159,800) (pictured left), and Luca Pagano (135,100).

Check back at CardPlayer.com tomorrow for another summary of the action, and be sure to follow along with the action from the PokerStars blog feed daily during the event. Here is a look at the tournament statistics for day 1B:

Payout Structure:

1 – €682,000
2 – €454,000
3 – €255,000
4 – €171,000
5 – €135,000
6 – €100,000
7 – €71,000
8 – €55,500
9-10 – €42,600
11-12 – €31,400
13-14 – €24,500
15-16 – €20,000
17-24 – €15,500
25-32 – €12,800
33-40 – €11,300
41-48 – €10,300
49-56 – €9,700
57-64 – €9,100
65-71 – €8,500
72-80 – €8,000

Notable Day 1B Eliminations: Huck Seed, Johnny Lodden, Carter Phillips, Boris Becker, Dario Minieri, Dragan Galic, Benjamin Spindler, Ilari “Zigmund” Sahamies

Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts:

Marius Heiene (Norway) — 162,700
Jude Ainsworth (Ireland) — 160,300
Bertrand Grospellier (France) — 159,800
Andreas Eiler (Germany) — 158,300
Rifat Palevic (Sweden) — 144,800
Luca Pagano (Italy) — 135,100
Stefan Mattsson (Sweden) — 127,500
Tomas Macnamara (UK) — 127,200
Rasmus Nielsen (Denmark) — 118,400
Anthony Lellouche (France) — 118,300

Hand of the Day:

Dario Minieri Eliminated

With blinds at 150-300, a player in middle position limped preflop, and Dario Minieri raised all in from the small blind for 4,650. The player in middle position called, and they flipped over their cards:

Minieri: 7Diamond Suit 7Spade Suit
Opponent: AClub Suit 3Club Suit

Board: KSpade Suit 8Heart Suit 3Diamond Suit QSpade Suit AHeart Suit

Minieri was leading on the hand until the river, when his opponent made aces up to send him out of the tournament during the fourth level of the day.