The PokerStars.net European Poker Tour [EPT] Prague Main Event has seen both of its starting flights completed and what a couple of days of poker they were. In total, a record-breaking crowd of 864 players exchanged €5,300 for 30,000 tournament chips and the chance to become an EPT champion. Of those who entered “just” 462 have made it through to Day 2, among them are 48 who call the UK or Ireland home.
The best placed of our selection of wizards and heroes is Andrew “Tufat23” Teng and his 140,900 stack. Teng won his seat in this tournament on the night of Day 1a via a €1,000 satellite. We spoke to Teng at the welcome party on Saturday night and he said he planned on buying in for the full amount if he did not win a seat, so he must feel like he is freerolling right now.
Two other of our players have crossed the 100,000-chip barrier, Souheil Mansour (105,100) and the former World Series of Poker Main Event final table member Eoghan O’Dea (102,400).
The rest of the UK and Ireland survivor read like a who’s-who of our region’s poker scene. It is unsurprising to see Chris “NigDawG” Brammer (96,400) with heaps of chips, the Southampton-born star was card dead in the early stages but soon found his feet when his pocket jacks hunted down a third knave to crack a pair of aces.
John Eames, fresh from signing up to IveyPoker.com, is the seventh best place UK & Ireland player (85,100); though positions seven through 15 are very tightly packed. Other notable players include Toby Lewis (80,700); Rhys Jones (75,500); Jason Tompkins (61,200); WSOP bracelet winner Craig McCorkell (60,400); Roberto Romanello (52,100); Jake Cody (34,500); Praz Bansi (27,900); Mathew Frankland (26,500) and Chris Moorman (7,800).
Play resumes at 12:00 CET and we expect to see the tournament progress by six 75-minute levels. Tune into PokerNews’ Live Reporting pages and follow the action, as it happens, in the EPT Prague Main Event.
Top 10 UK & Ireland chip counts