EPT Prague Day 1b: Ciaran Burke Leads UK & Irish Army

Ciaran Burke

Earlier this week the Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Event attracted a staggering 1,315 players making it the largest poker tournament ever held in the Czech Republic and now the Season 10 edition of the European Poker Tour Prague Main Event is the largest EPT Prague ever.

Day 1b saw 609 players buy in for €5,300, creating a combined total of 1,007. Forty-five of the entrants called the United Kingdom or Ireland home and of that select few 22 made it through to Saturday’s Day 2. The best placed of the Brits and Irishmen was Ciaran Burke who bagged up an impressive 137,700 chips as play ended for the night.

According to The Hendon Mob database, Burke has nine cashes in major live tournament, of which three are outright victories. The last of those wins came in May 2013 when he bulldozed his way through the 78-strong field of the Irisheyesbet Legends Poker Cup, netting himself €3,130 in the process.

Burke qualified for the EPT Prague Main Event via a satellite on PokerStars and will be looking to build on his early success in the coming days.

Four more of our players finished Day 1b with six-figure stacks and have set themselves up for a deep run in the EPT Prague Main Event. Simon Deadman bagged and tagged 117,800 chips, while Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain turned his 30,000 starting stack into 107,000. Daniel Tighe (104,700) and Jonathan Barusta (101,600) were the other players to bag over 100,000 chips.

British and Irish Players Through From EPT Prague Main Event Day 1b

Ciaran Burke137,700
Simon Deadman117,800
Dermot Blain107,000
Daniel Tighe104,700
Jonathan Barusta101,600
Marc Macdonnell98,200
Sean Prendiville83,000
Eoghan O’Dea69,600
Pete Linton67,100
Stephen Chidwick62,500
Kuljinder Sidhu57,600
Joe Laming49,600
Sunny Chattha48,000
Tamer Kamel47,400
Antonis Poulengeris43,400
Tom Alner40,600
Caicai Huang31,700
David Vamplew30,700
Onur Guvan29,800
Peter Barrable28,000
Richard Milne Snr.22,900
Ryan Spittles12,100

Commiserations go to EPT Barcelona champion Tom Middleton, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, Steven Watts, John O’Shea, Ben Warrington, Zimnan Ziyard and Chris Moorman who were a selection of our talented players who each lost their tournament life on Day 1b.

The name at the top of the chip counts at the end of Day 1b was a familiar one, that of Amir Lehavot. You may recall that Lehavot reached the final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event where he finished third for a cool $3,727,823. Lehavot ended Day 1b of the EPT Prague Main Event with 239,300 and leads the tournament overall.

Check out our recap of the action from Day 1a, here.

Also finishing Day 1b on a high were Norway’s Sigurd Eskeland (184,600) – a WSOP bracelet winner, Canadian superstar Jonathan Roy (149,100), 2013 WSOP Main Event fourth place finisher Sylvain Loosli (148,300), Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano (137,600), and former EPT Berlin champion Davidi Kitai (99,100).

Other big names such as Sam Greenwood (90,200), Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov (81,900), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (79,700), and Daniel Negreanu (74,600), Martin Finger (58,600), Marvin Rettenmaier (44,700), Bryn Kenney (31,000) and Scott Clements (12,400) had varying degrees of success on the second and final starting flight.

EPT Prague End-of-Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Amir Lehavot239,300
2Sigurd Eskeland184,600
3Kirill SHugai169,100
4Ori Hasson157,600
5Bernard Lattouf156,800
6Jonathan Roy149,100
7Valentino Konakchiev149,000
8Sylvain Loosli148,300
9Jan Sjavik142,400
10Marius Heiene141,900

Day 2 commences at 12:00 CET and sees the 548 players who survived their respective Day 1 action return to the felt for another day of intense poker action. How many of our players will progress to Day 3? Will Amir Lehavot be able to build on his remarkable start? Follow the UK & Ireland PokerNews Live Reporting pages throughout Saturday – and beyond – and tune into our news page on Sunday morning to find out the answer to those and many more questions.

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