While Stephen Chidwick and Mark Dalimore were busy trying to win the Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Event, their tournament’s bigger brother was kicking off. We are of course talking about the €5,300 buy-in European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague Main Event.
Prague is one of the most popular stops of the EPT thanks to the picturesque surroundings and the bustling nightlife, so it was no surprise when 389 players turned out for Day 1a, and 210 survived. Among those 389 entrants were 26 British players and 2 Irishmen. Sadly, Ireland’s Joseph Cahill and Paul Delaney crashed out during the eight levels played on Day 1a, but 15 Brits made it through to Saturday’s Day 2.
Two of these Brits, Sebastian Saffari and Lucas Reeves, had a great day at the blue PokerStars felt and bagged up 162,000 and 140,800 chips at the close of play. These impressive amounts are enough to see Saffari’s name displayed in fifth place on the Day 1a leader board and Reeves’ seventh.
Both Saffari and Reeves are extremely talented players who ply their trade in the online poker world. Saffari is currently ranked seventh in the UK and 76th in the world according to PocketFives.com – he’s been ranked as high as ninth in the world in 2013 – while Reeves’ current rank is 16th in the UK and 195th in the world. Now that Saffari and Reeves have chips at their disposal they will certainly make a nuisance of themselves on Day 2 and hopefully beyond.
British Players EPT Prague End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts
It wasn’t such a good day for the likes of Mitchell Johnson, Alex Goulder, John Eames, Christopher Brammer, Matt Perrins, Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody or former EPT Prague champion Roberto Romanello as they crashed out of the competition at various points of Day 1a. No doubt, all the aforementioned bustees will be hanging around Prague for the plethora of EPT Prague side events and the upcoming WPT Prague Main Event.
Joining our British heroes on Day 2 are some very well-known players and some other who, although not as much household names, progressed through the first day’s play on merit. Top of the chip counts is Romania’s Tiberu-Florian Georgescu with an impressive 191,100 chips, closely followed by Ari Engel (172,800), Ronny Voth (166,400) and Brazilian Joao Simao(163,100).
Other stellar names to look for on the EPT Prague Live Reporting pages include, Jonathan Little (104,200), Olivier Busquet (72,000), Michael Tureniec (70,300), Kent Lundmark (67,100), Jason Wheeler (60,500), Steve O’Dwyer (60,200), Simon Ravnsbaek (59,200) and Jeff Sarwer (42,800).
Day 1b kicks off at 12:00 pm local time and continues until eight 75-minute levels are in the bag. Don’t forget you can follow all of the action from the EPT Prague Main Event on our Live Reporting pages and after 3:00p.m CET you can also watch the superb live stream.
EPT Prague Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
|8||Jose Carlos Garcia||138,500|
|10||Vinicius Barrel Teles||121,500|