Yesterday saw the start of the inaugural World Poker Tour Prague Main Event in the King's Casino inside the luxurious Corinthia Towers hotel, an event that attracted 231 players to Day 1a. By the time play drew to a close after ten one-hour levels only 93 of them had chips to bag up, amongst them a pair of British poker pros.
The best placed of the three when they return to the felt at 1400 CET on Saturday is the Genting Poker sponsored pro James Akenhead who managed to turn his 30,000 starting stack into 89,700, despite being down to just 5,000 at one point. Akenhead is one of the nicest and most genuine people you could hope to meet in poker and it is about time he had some luck in a major event because he really has not had the rub of the green in recent times. He has a World Series of Poker Main Event final table appearance to his name and a WSOPE one so let's hope he can add a WPT one too, at the very least.
Also through to Day 2 the Southport-based pro John Eames, who is a regular on the European-based WPT events, though has not made it to the money on one since he finished 31 in the 2010 Anmeville Main Event, ion fact that is his only cash in a WPT event. However, like Akenhead, Eames has had to endure some cruel luck at vital stages of tournaments and I have personally seen him run into aces and half a dozen cooler hands that if won would have seen him easy make it to the final table and beyond. He will restart with 44,300.
Other Brits who you may see in the chipcounts on Saturday as they are re-entering on Day 1b after busting out yesterday include Toby Lewis, Chris Moorman , Chris Brammer and Daniel Carter, plus whoever enters for the first time today and we have word the Brits could be out in force for this one.