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  • Dec 09, '12 - Dec 15, '12


Updates on Final Day (Dec 15, 12)


EPT9 Prague: "Finally" - after 11 cashes Ramzi Jelassi wins maiden EPT title

The story of the EPT Prague main event final was almost reserved for one player. Then it became the story of a prickly debate over the numbers of a deal that ultimately turned to vitriol. But then it reverted to the first story, that of Ramzi Jelassi’s triumph – a welcome triumph – and a first EPT title to one of the game’s most enduring and talented players.

The new EPT Prague champion: Ramzi Jelassi

The final had come to life three-handed. Had David Boyaciyan not sparked some heated discussions over the back of an envelope over how much should go to whom, he would have earned more credit for reaching his second EPT Prague final table in two years. The runner-up in 2011 suspected he had an edge over Koutoupas, if not the chips, and wanted that reflected in the deal. But he had demanded more than the others were prepared to give.

The “deal” in progress

Play went on, with a fired up Koutoupas taking chips from Boyaciyan, who would be the victim of his own hard bargaining, getting his chips in on a 5-8-8 flop with pocket nines against Jelassi’s ace-king of diamonds. A diamond had flopped, and others hit the turn and river. It would be Jelassi and Koutoupas heads-up, leaving Boyaciyan on the rail in third for €310,000, more than €100,000 less than tentatively agreed hours earlier in the deal.

David Boyaciyan

Sotirios Koutoupas

Heads-up Koutoupas had the vocal support, but Jelassi drew on eight years of EPT experience to outclass him. Koutoupas even snatched the lead from Jelassi, but never managed to hang onto it.

But it was not swift. It took more than three hours for Jelassi to finally get the better of Koutoupas who put up the sturdiest of defences. At last though, with the hour hand long past 2am, Jelassi four-bet shoved with ace-jack which Koutoupas, somewhat surprisingly called with ten-nine of hearts. The flop brought an ace, the turn a ten, but nothing on the river to prevent Jelassi claiming the title that is rightfully his.

For Koutoupas the runner’s up prize of €510,000, while Jelassi took the title and a winner’s cheque of €835,000. He also receives a luxury watch from the Swiss brand Slyde, the Official Watch Sponsor for EPT9 Main Events, worth more than €5,000.

As Koutoupas was embraced by his supporters and offered congratulations/condolences, Jelassi allowed one word to slip from his mouth: “Finally.” Then he could start hamming it up for the cameras, posing with his winning cards behind his ears, before becoming bombarded with phone calls and messages.

“Hello Jeff Sarwer,” he said, taking his first call from the player with whom he had swapped five per cent of his action. “Thanks, thanks … Did you see the last hand? I’m done with poker now … My phone is vibrating all the time because people are sending me so many messages.”

After being handed his trophy and Slyde watch, Jelassi asked if he could borrow the presenter’s microphone. “I just want to say thanks to all the dealers, staff, Teresa and Luca. They did a great job.”

“Oh, that’s really nice,” said a dealer named Kate on the rail.

Asked whether the victory had sunk in, Jelassi said: “I realise that I won, but with such a lot of money it will take a while before it really settles in.”

“It feels great now. I’m really happy that I won…my first win. I’ll be really happy when the money reaches my bank account.”

On his day-to-day strategy: “I just came here and played. I got caught up in my game and played. There really wasn’t anyone playing back at me. That’s why I won.”

The final had started in high spirits, most of which emanating from Spanish player Diego Gomez who, having worn a bow tie yesterday, today opted for a lion suit. The Spaniard’s knack for getting his friends in voice would last longer than most expected. He was the short stack but was able to watch three players depart before him.

Diego Gomez

First out was Mark Herm. The American hung around for 52 hands before cashing for €75,000. Seventh place was reserved for the Belarussian Aleh Plauski, who shoved with ace-king but was cut down by Jelassi’s pocket nines in the first hand after the second break. He fell short of becoming Belarus’s third EPT winner, earning €108,400.

Mark Herm (center)

Aleh Plauski

That took Jelassi to 11million, a colossal lead over second placed Boyaciyan who would next knock out Sergey Kuzminskiy in sixth place for €150,000.

Sergey Kuzminskiy

Gomez the Lion would finally fall in fifth, earning an unlikely €196,000. He’d played only few hands at the final table, but lived twice as brightly in each. He ran his ace-nine into the pocket queens of Boyaciyan and that was that. The roar fell silent.

Diego Gomez departs

So too the tournament room, which up to then had been filled with lubricated Gomez supporters. Now they were replaced by different Spaniards, cheering their adopted countryman Ben Warrington, from London, and a former resident of Valencia, who departed in fourth place. His Spanish girlfriend had led the cheering, which ended with €250,000.

Ben Warrington

Warrington’s supporters on the rail

Jelassi had rarely seemed out of control, even after a tricky Level 30, in which his stack swung down to six million before he rallied back to take the lead.

Jelassi on his way to a first EPT title

Koutoupas proved a tricky newbie to defeat, performing at his best despite the lights and the cameras, the Greek flag fluttering in the air conditioning, pinned to the barrier a few feet behind him. Rumour has it that bars across his home town of Salonika they were watching the EPT Live feed on big screens. Tonight they can be rightly proud of their hero, who may have overachieved, but never looked out of place. By finishing second he inks in the best result for a Greek player on the tour and becomes the leading Greek money winner.

Sotirios Koutoupas

For Jelassi it must feel like the culmination of eight years’ hard work. Since a first cash in Baden, in 2006, to his most recent in Sanremo last season, Jelassi, not unlike Ludovic Lacay in Sanremo, has been a player many would assume to have already won EPT gold. He has five poker titles to his name, but none will feel as good as this, or will be as welcomed.

It brings to an end another EPT festival, the fifth in this most beautiful of European capitals.

You can find all sorts from this week by looking around the pages of Prague coverage. Today’s coverage started with an introduction to the players, as well as their sartorial habits, before the final table got under way. We looked closely at the over and under achievers while recording the scenes as Gomez (the lion) went wild.

Once there were eight

After that we focused on how Jelassi looked unstoppable, particularly after surviving a tricky level. Talk of a deal then took centre stage, a dramatic hour which you can read about here.

Elsewhere the high rollers did their thing, which started with Jason Mercier leading the final table. At times the side events became as exciting as the main, with ElkY and Roger Hairabedian going to the wire, while elsewhere all-star casts were putting on a pretty good sideshow. The eventual winner was not exactly a new face, and one only hopes the result of this is that both faces remain intact. Finally a word on Dan Smith who has been unstoppable in 2012.

That’s it for EPT Prague. The set is already being dismantled and the tables packed up, ready for a journey across the Atlantic to Paradise Island in the Bahamas for the tenth PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, starting in just three weeks.

Good night from Prague

It never fails to serve up a story or two and if you can’t be there yourself you’ll find all the news and stories from the Bahamas right here on the PokerStars Blog. That’s all to look forward to. In the meantime, happy holidays and we’ll see you on the beach.

This EPT is brought to you by PokerStars, the official sponsor of the European Poker Tour. Win your way into the biggest events Europe has to offer at Europe.


EPT9 Prague: Alexander Babich takes biggest chop in Event #27

The majority of the side events have been chopped heads-up here in Prague, but this one went three-way with Russian Alexander Babich taking the the largest slice for €28,250. The two-day tournament paid out 10 places with EPT Barcelona third-place finisher Konstantin Puchkov scoring a min-cash.

Event #27, 14-15 December
Buy-in: €1,100
Game: NLHE 30 minute levels
Players: 95
Prize pool: €92,150


Alexander Babich

1. Alexander Babich, Russia, €28,250
2. Linas Petruskevicius, Lithuania, €17,000
3. Vitaly Veltmander, Russia, €16,500
4. David Cabrera, Spain, €8,350
5. Jakub Michalak, Poland, €6,450
6. Giuliano Bendinelli, Italy, €4,600
7. Sirzat Hissou, Germany, €3,650
8. Jaspreet Panchni, UK, €2,750
9. Yujung Choi, Korea, €2,300
10. Konstantin Puchkov, Russia, €2,300

Click through to see all side event results, live reporting, news and interviews of the main event here and coverage of the €10k High Roller right here. Follow the @PokerStarsBlog Twitter account to keep up to date wherever you are.

is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

This EPT is brought to you by PokerStars, the official sponsor of the European Poker Tour. Win your way into the biggest events Europe has to offer at Europe.


EPT9 Prague: Side event menace Dan Smith tops off an incredible year beating $21m final table

Really? Again? Dan Smith has won another side event on the European Poker Tour taking down the €5,200 turbo on the last day of EPT Prague. Add that to the $3,650,758 he’s already won in live tournaments and you could say it’s fair to say it has been an impressive year.

Smith has booked some huge results in 2012 and has only just missed off the player of the year title (that goes to Marvin Rettenmaier who sealed his surge to the top with a win in the High Roller). He’s regularly been beating the best and this final table was, in the words of Paul Berende who PokerStars Blog just bumped into at the bar, “Sick”. Berende, who is known to like the occasional tipple, himself comes in off the back of a €119,974 win in the PokerStars Hold’em Challenge, where he also finished runner-up for €33,930 in the High Roller.

It’s possibly the toughest six-max final table ever assembled. Throw in Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier ($10,147,375 lifetime live tournament cashes), Berende ($1,257,038), Marc-Andre Ladouceur ($961,468 ), four-time SCOOP winner Dan Kelly ($2,286,170), Bryn Kenney ($2,452,122) and, of course, Smith ($4,279,697). Mix that up and there’s $21,383,870 of winnings at the six-handed table. And that’s just winnings in live tournaments.

Event #28, 15 December
Buy-in: €5,200
Game: NLHE turbo
Players: 42
Prize pool: €203,700


Dan Smith

1. Dan Smith, USA, €68,120
2. Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Canada, €56,080
3. Daniel Kelly, USA, €28,500
4. Paul Berende, Netherlands, €20,400
5. Bryn Kenney, USA, €16,300
6, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Team PokerStars Pro, €14,300

Click through to see all side event results, live reporting, news and interviews of the main event here and coverage of the €10k High Roller right here. Follow the @PokerStarsBlog Twitter account to keep up to date wherever you are.

is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

This EPT is brought to you by PokerStars, the official sponsor of the European Poker Tour. Win your way into the biggest events Europe has to offer at Europe.


EPT9 Prague: A night on the ales ends in the ring for Ainsworth and O'Shea

If anyone without an Irish lilt to their voice had said the following, they would be justly condemned for some terrible regional stereotyping. But the words actually came from the mouth of John O’Shea yesterday, who is as proudly Irish as proudly Irish gets.

“If you put five Irish guys together and there’s some drinking,” O’Shea began, “it’s hard to imagine it wouldn’t end with some fighting.”

He then laughed and wandered away without a care in the world. It was almost as if one of the fighters wasn’t scheduled to be him.

O’Shea was filling us in on what had been hinted at from the Twitter accounts of the previous night, when Mick “BIGMICKG1” Graydon, Jude “jthaddeus13”, Fergal “@midnitekowby” Nealon and O’Shea (known as @DaGunMan) suddenly got very excited about the prospect of some fisticuffs. They had been out drinking in Prague in a party that included the three mentioned above plus Dermot Blain and Eoghan O’Dea.

“Such an amount of Irish poker brains in one s***ty Czech bar,” said Nealon, who was one of the witnesses to what happened next. Lubricated by some ales, the group began playing the game de jour open-faced Chinese poker and, as is typical in that pursuit, a couple of players got stuck very quickly, while a couple were looking at a hefty payday.


A representation in modern art of open-faced Chinese poker

Also true to form for open-faced Chinese, someone suggested raising the stakes. And then they suggested raising it some more. What had started at 10 Czech koruna a point soon became 100, then 200 and then someone suggested they go as high as 500. And this was where the flashpoint occurred.

According to O’Shea, the proposed increase to 500 koruna a point had not been definitively agreed upon because one of the players (I am not sure which) wanted to lock up some profit before things got out of hand. But before this particular dispute had been resolved, the players drew for the button. And the player least keen to raise the stakes got it, which is a massive advantage in this game.

Again I am not entirely certain of all the details from here – O’Shea spoke quickly and by his own admission had been imbibing liberally himself. But a hand played out, someone won and someone lost, and the second someone was suggesting that he might not want to pay up.

This apparently riled Ainsworth – also quite well refreshed apparently – and he announced his displeasure at the potential welching on a bet. O’Shea casually observed at this point that it looked like the friends might be heading for a scrap, at which point Ainsworth turned to O’Shea and declared, “Well I’ll fight any man!”


Jude Ainsworth, picture in Sanremo. He’s not huge

Again the details are a little scant, but O’Shea was somehow tempted into taking this bait. So it was that Ainsworth and O’Shea, neither of whom was the alleged welcher, were suddenly arranging a trip to the ring.

“Somehow a drunken night of Chinese poker ended up in me and the @DaGunMan having a fight in six months,” tweeted Ainsworth.

“To hell with elky v raszi!” announced Graydon. “This is gonna be fun. 3 witnesses. Either 1 backs out they forfeit the bet! Leeets get rreeaaddy to rummmbbllleee.”

Now, there’s one thing that needs to be pointed out here: a straight O’Shea versus Ainsworth fight would not be especially fair, even under the fully sanctioned Queensberry rules. O’Shea is by a few inches the taller man and weighs about 90kg (more than 198lbs). The wiry Ainsworth is about 65kg (143lbs). Also O’Shea was in training during the summer for a fight against another friend, Russ Johnson, a contest delayed because O’Shea made it to day five of the World Series Main Event ($52,718, thank-you very much).


John O’Shea, pictured at Snowfest. He’s bigger

But O’Shea stayed trim, had the fight a couple of weeks ago and although he lost pretty dreadfully (by his own admission), fighting Ainsworth would be a physical mismatch. It meant that the potential pugilists this time around set odds and agreed that O’Shea would put up €30,000 to Ainsworth’s €20,000.

“It will be an absolute humiliation if it went ahead and I lost,” said O’Shea, revealing a measure of apprehension. Anyone losing with all that advantage would, as he well knows, suffer at the hands of the Irish banter machine.

By the time the morning came around, of course, and sore heads had softened into something more reasonable, the two fighters were thinking things through again. The first step was to reduce the money at stake – maybe €10,000 to €15,000 – and then to rethink the whole thing.

“I’m not going to hold anyone to a drunken bet for that amount of money,” said O’Shea, even before he had had a proper chance to talk it soberly through with Ainsworth. “But we’ll definitely get him to do a forfeit or something. We will see. We’ll definitely get him to do something for his yap.”

Watch this space. And watch your drinking, folks. There are Irishmen waiting to see you in the ring.

You can watch the final stages of the EPT Prague main event on EPTLive and follow all the hand-by-hand action on the main EPT Prague page of PokerStars Blog.

This EPT is brought to you by PokerStars, the official sponsor of the European Poker Tour. Win your way into the biggest events Europe has to offer at Europe.


EPT9 Prague: Ankush 'pistons87' Mandavia wins the heads-up

You may recognise the name Ankush Mandavia from the Season 7 EPT Grand Final. He finished 13th there for €60,000, his single largest live result. If you follow online poker results closely you’ll more likely know him by his User ID ‘pistons87’, under which he’s won SCOOP and WCOOP titles.


Mandavia playing at the EPT Grand Final

One victory saw him rake in $106,336 and the other, the 2011 WCOOP $10,300 NLHE Heads-Up, banked him $119,000. That kind of performance would set to up well for a €1,100 side event.

Event #22, 14-15 December
Buy-in: €1,100
Game: NLHE Heads-up
Players: 45
Prize pool: €43,650


Ankush Mandavia

1. Ankush Mandavia, USA, €19,600
2. Georgios Zisimopoulos, Greece, €13,110
3. Elias Gutierrez Hernandez, Spain, €5,470
3. Rui Ferreira, Portugal, €5,470

Click through to see all side event results, live reporting, news and interviews of the main event here and coverage of the €10k High Roller right here. Follow the @PokerStarsBlog Twitter account to keep up to date wherever you are.

is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

This EPT is brought to you by PokerStars, the official sponsor of the European Poker Tour. Win your way into the biggest events Europe has to offer at Europe.


EPT9 Prague: Deal collapses as Sotirios gets serious

Even a deal worth more than 1.6 million is written on a scrap of paper torn on one side. The numbers are scribbed down using a hotel biro and after it’s passed around between the three players it gets a little tattered.

You might have noticed, through EPT Live, and our live coverage, that the deal discussions took more than an hour and resulted in no agreement with the main obstacle being demands by David Boyaciyan which ultimately proved too rich.

“These are numbers, don’t get emotional,” said Boyacayin. But he hadn’t counted on an emotional Sotirios Koutoupas. Koutoupas was getting emotional. The qualifier, who’s not a pro, was being asked to give up too much and didn’t want to.

The scrap of paper on which all this depended

Boyaciyan was using his experience as a bargaining tool, insisting that he was only a double up from changing the nature of the final. But Koutoupas had more than ten million, twice that of Boyaciyan (and even with Jelassi) and wanted chips to count.

“It’s one pot,” said Boyaciyan again, very calm. Koutoupas was agitated. Meanwhile Jelassi left the stage to talk to friends. “I play three heads-up in one year.”

Jelassi returned to the table but you could sense he was having doubts. Then Boyaciyan made one last bid at a favourable deal.

“This is my best offer,” he said. “440. The rest is up to you. 440, final number.”

Koutoupas took a long look at the scrap of paper. Boyaciyan projected power, waiting for the other two who were deep in conversation, with Koutoupas struggling.

The impasse

“Don’t think ‘if I win’”, Jelassi said to him, before pointing at the numbers. “Think of what’s here.”

Koutoupas then took to talking with his friends. An hour had passed, and both TV and tournament staff wanted a decision. Jelassi talked on the phone, while Boyaciyan riffled chips.

Suddenly Koutoupas came back, defiant, and said: “Ramzi says no, so I play. Let’s play. Let’s gamble.”

And, after considerable time, a dinner break was called.

This EPT is brought to you by PokerStars, the official sponsor of the European Poker Tour. Win your way into the biggest events Europe has to offer at Europe.


EPT9 Prague: Fun in Prague

While you’re waiting to see whether Ramzi Jelassi can convert his three-handed chip lead into an EPT why not watch some stuff and nonsense from over the last week.

Marvel at Jason Mercier stretching!
Gasp at Liv Boeree, well, gasping!
Amaze at poker reporters looking like reptilian stalkers!

Click through to see all side event results, live reporting, news and interviews of the main event here and coverage of the €10k High Roller right here. Follow the @PokerStarsBlog Twitter account to keep up to date wherever you are.

is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

This EPT is brought to you by PokerStars, the official sponsor of the European Poker Tour. Win your way into the biggest events Europe has to offer at Europe.


EPT9 Prague: Jelassi survives volatile level to take control

We may just have seen the level that secures Ramzi Jelassi is on course to win a first EPT title, if pure grit is anything to go by. Jelassi just endured a rollercoaster 90 minutes that slashed his stack from 11 million to around six, before he rallied back to where he’d left off.

It all started when Jelassi lost a large hand against Sotirious Koutoupas. As the Greek called Jelassi could only muck, watching a sizeable pot slip away.

The Greek supporters were delighted, rushing the stage. One of them, chanting with some spleen, re-hung a small Greek flag, the kind that is normally clipped to the inside of car window for international football matches. But attaching it to the rail wasn’t easy, the same material as a seat belt. So while it hung well for a second it gradually went limp. But in that time he’d slapped the hand of Koutoupas with some force, who looked hot under the lights, his forehead starting to glisten.

For his part Jelassi looked pale. The 3 million-plus chips he’d just lost didn’t help. Neither did the similar amount he lost in the next hand against Ben Warrington. Jelassi had called the Englishman’s all-in with ace-deuce while Warrington, supported by a Spanish crowd (Warrington formerly lived there and has a Spanish girlfriend), showed king-ten, flopping a winning ten.

This shunted Jelassi into second place with 7.9 million, behind the Dutchman David Boyaciyan. But the travails didn’t end there. Twenty minutes later another pot, this one against Koutoupas with a back door nut flush, crushed Jelassi further.

Ramzi Jelassi

By now Jelassi had lost more than four million chips. Had Jelassi gone quiet, or steadily lost more, or even busted, it would not have been an unfamiliar story of the EPT’s nine season history. But the ability to put frustration aside often proves key, denoting great players from those that are simply very good.

Jelassi quickly engaged Boyaciyan, taking a pot worth more than three million with a set of sixes. That was enough to take back the lead. Then he won another, this time with the same ace-deuce that had proved costly against Warrington. Jelassi was back up to 10.6 million, while Boyaciyan stooped to 4.7 million. Neither showed any emotion although Jelassi remains pale.

David Boyaciyan

The level ended with a surge from the Koutoupas, who sent Warrington to the rail and eased into the three-handed chip lead by a mere 5,000 over Jelassi. Boyaciyan has work to do with 5.5 million.

It’s not over yet, and Koutoupas has the chips and the support to pose a real threat. But you also sense that Jelassi is back in control, something that is not as easy to say for Koutoupas. It’s now Jelassi’s event to win.

Follow hand-by-hand coverage, plus latest chip counts, in the panel at the top of the main EPT Prague page

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EPT9 Prague High Roller: The cherry on the cake for Marvellous Marvin Rettenmaier

The €10,000 High Roller at EPT9 Prague today crowned one of the most appropriate winners of any event in the history of the modern game. After a sensational 2012, during which he won two WPT titles, had two other six-figure cashes among a string of results as long as your arm, Marvin Rettenmaier out-lasted a super tough field to take this one down.

Rettenmaier was made to work for it. The final table featured Jason Mercier, Juha Helppi, Sorel Mizzi and Fabian Quoss, among others, and if you can outlast any of that lot, you deserve all you have coming to you. Rettenmaier has a cheque for €365,000 with his name on it – and also the plaudits for Bluff Magazine Player of the Year, which he has now wrestled from Dan Smith.


Marvin Rettenmaier: Getting pretty good at tossing those cards

The final table threatened to be over before we had even blinked as the high rollers, returning to an average stack of only 24 big blinds, soon started rolling out the door. Mizzi’s chip-leading overnight stack was sliced in two on the first hand, when Mercier got a much-needed double up. But then Mercier started spreading it around the table and pretty much the only move in anyone’s armory was a shove.

Andrey Gulyy went, then Mercier. Then Marcin Wydrowski (recent WPT Prague winner) and then Mizzi. There was barely a 15 minute interval between them. Only when they got four handed, with Philippe Ktorza joining Helppi, Quoss and Rettenmaier, did matters slow slightly. But any ace was still good enough and when Ktorza found AClub Suit7Spade Suit on the button, he jammed straight into Rettenmaier’s AHeart SuitKHeart Suit in the big blind.

The last three finally had stacks sufficient to play some real poker, having caught up the precipitous blinds. But when two legitimate hands go up against one another, there’s nothing anyone can do. Helppi bust when he flopped top pair with ADiamond SuitJDiamond Suit against Quoss’s ASpade Suit7Spade Suit. But by the time all the money went in on the turn, Quoss had now seen another seven. Helppi was out of help.


Juha Helppi, third

The heads up encounter was one for the purists, though, and lasted long enough for the swings to go both this way and that. It was also one for the Germans, who totally whiffed the main event but who had the final two of the High Roller. Not a bad consolation prize.

Quoss led, then Quoss led some more. Then Rettenmaier stormed back. Then Rettenmaier took over the lead. Then Quoss won some. Then Quoss edged ahead. But eventually, after a couple of hours, Rettenmaier got the decisive breaks and ploughed into a lead that he would not relinquish.


Heads up between Fabian Quoss, left, and Marvin Rettenmaier

The final hand was ADiamond Suit2Club Suit for Rettenmaier and KHeart Suit[10h] for Quoss and although both hit their high cards, Rettenmaier’s was highest. That, eventually, was the end of that and Mad Marvin adds another bunch of cash, plus a Shambala Bracelet, to his sensational haul for the year.

Although plenty of side events are still playing here in Prague, as well as the dramatic final stages of the main event, that’s the last we’ll see of the High Rollers for 2012. It’s been emotional. And wealthy.

Congratulations to Marvin Rettenmaier — watch the video wrap below — and see you all in the New Year.

Full result from EPT9 Prague €10,000 High Roller final table:

1st – Marvin Rettenmaier, Germany – €365,300
2nd – Fabian Quoss, Germany – €210,300
3rd – Juha Helppi, Finland – €121,800
4th – Philippe Ktorza, France – €96,900
5th – Sorel Mizzi, Canada – €74,800
6th – Marcin Wydrowski, Poland – €55,500
7th – Jason Mercier, USA, Team PokerStars Pro – €44,200
8th – Andrey Gulyy, Russia – €33,200

9th – Aubin Cazals, France – €27,700
10th – Morten Klein, Norway – €27,700

11th – Gurgen Melkonyan, Russia – €25,000
12th – Eugene Katchalov, Ukraine, Team PokerStars Pro – €25,000

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EPT Prague: You call that a *side* event?

The €5,000 turbo six max attracted one of the toughest fields of the week. And now they are down to a pseudo final table of seven to play through the bubble, which will burst when the next player goes out.

We want to know whether this represents the toughest seven-handed table ever assembled organically (ie, not specifically for television). It is certainly absolutely terrifying, with not a weak spot to be found.

At the 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante) level, they are currently lined up like this:

Seat 1 – Marc-Andre “FrenchDawg” Ladouceur – 437,000
Seat 2 – Bryn “brynkenney” Kenney – 459,000
Seat 3 – Jacques Torbey – 220,000
Seat 4 – Paul “padjes” Berende – 272,000
Seat 5 – Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier – 258,000
Seat 6 – Dan “djk123” Kelly – 274,000
Seat 7 – Dan “KingDan23” Smith – 180,000


When Dan Smith is the short stack, you know it’s a good final table

There are World Series bracelets, EPT titles, WCOOP watches and high roller cash spoils all over the place. This is what constitutes a “side event” here.

Follow hand-by-hand coverage of the main event, plus latest chip counts, in the panel at the top of the main EPT Prague page. Follow high roller coverage on the High Roller page and look at the side events page for, you guessed it, side events reports.

This EPT is brought to you by PokerStars, the official sponsor of the European Poker Tour. Win your way into the biggest events Europe has to offer at Europe.

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