The record-breaking field of 1,007 is now almost a tenth of its size after the second day of action in the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague Main Event.
Day 2 saw the field reduced to 189 players with Lebanon’s Walid Bou Habib topping the chip counts with his stack of 509,000. Habib is a regular on the EPT circuit and has some impressive results; Habib finished second in the EPT Deauville Main Event for a career-best score of €475,000.
Hot on Habib’s heels going into Day 3 are a bunch of talented players who have put themselves in a great position to become EPT Prague’s champion. Starting Day 3 in second place is the double World Poker Tour champion Jonathan Little (471,000) while slightly further down the counts, with 427,000 chips, is Amir Lehavot. However, it is the player in sixth position that has caught our eye because it is the British pro Sebastian Saffari.
Saffari bagged and tagged an impressive stack 428,000 chips at the close of play and now looks nailed on to secure what would be his third cash on the EPT – Saffari came 10th at EPT Budapest in 2008 and finished 53rd in EPT San Remo in 2011. The 28-year-old from Newcastle Upon Tyne has over $3 million in online tournament winnings and an additional $272,798 in the live arena. Should Saffari go all the way in Prague, he would add a wallet-bursting €889,000 to those impressive figures.
Thirteen players who call the UK or Ireland home join Saffari on Day 3, which gives us a realistic chance of writing about an EPT winner from our shores. Lucas “Bit2Easy” Reeves has the biggest stack – Saffari aside – with 307,400 chips, with Max Silver (259,500) and Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson (229,600) also well in contention.
UK & Ireland Players Through to Day 3 of the EPT Prague Main Event
In addition to the aforementioned talent, there are plenty of other marquee names still in with a shot of glory in the Czech Republic. Kevin Iacofano (380,600), Ana Marquez (319,400), Ludovic Lacay (242,800), Ari Engel (240,300), and Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (230,200), Henrique Pinho (151,500), Jonathan Duhamel (108,000), Eugene Katchalov (104,900), and David Williams (89,200) a handful of those stellar names.
Play resumes at noon local time and the money bubble is expected to burst early on as 151 places are paid in this event. A min-cash is worth €8,600 but hopefully our players will be picking up much more substantial sums.
If you have 3:46 spare, why not check out this video of the WCOOP Awards that took place at EPT Prague.