The World Poker Tour Prague Main Event has reached its official Day 2 after the third and final starting flight was completed last night. The television screens around the King’s Casino are showing there are 287 players remaining from the 567 who started, and they are being led by Mikhail Mazunin and his 203,600 chips.
Mazunin may not be a household name in the poker world – in fact he has no major live cashes to his name according to the Hendon Mob database – but he must be commended for turning his 30,000 starting stack into a tournament leading 203,600. Although it is very early days, and there is still an awful lot of poker to be played in this event, Mazunin must be confident of leaving Prague with his first live tournament cash under his belt.
Hot on the leader’s heels is Pasi Heinanen who has 193,800 chips, and just behind him is Shannon Shorr on 191,800. American Shorr took part in this event last year but was unable to reach the money places on that occasion. He has got off to an absolute flying start in this year’s event so keep your eye on him for the rest of the tournament, he could go all the way in the Czech Republic.
Other notable players who are still in the field include former PokerStars European Poker Tour Berlin winner Kevin MacPhee (190,200); Fabian Quoss (134,900); Team Betair Pro Jonathan Driscoll (126,900); 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event champion Elio Fox (123,200); Manuel Bevand (115,600); Mike “Timex” McDonald (70,000) and the legendary Thor Hansen (52,200).
A number of players hailing from the United Kingdom and Ireland have also managed to navigate their way through the vast field to take their seat for the official Day 2. Mathew Frankland is the best place of our heroes, his 107,500 chips placing him well up the leaderboard. Other UK & Irish players who PokerNews will be looking out for include Dermot Blain (84,000); Jeremy Nock (83,800); John Eames (60,800); Jason Tompkins (51,800) “Big” Michael Graydon (39,300) and Toby Lewis (24,400).
Day 2 kicks off at 13:00 (CET) and it could be a long one, as the tournament staff attempt to whittle the huge field down to a more manageable level; their quest is not helped by the fact the blind levels increase to 90-minutes today.
Tune into these pages tomorrow to discover which of our players made it through and if any of them are challenging for the top spots.