British pro Max Silver is the chip leader in the 2013 European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague Main Event where only 21 players stand between him and the gigantic €889,000 first place prize.
Day 4 began with 61 players and the plan was to whittle these hopefuls down to 16 or play five 90-minute levels, whichever came first. Play was paused at the end of Level 24 where 22 players still had chips in front of them, four of who have the Union Jack displayed next to their names.
Silver’s 3,987,000 stack contains 977,000 more chips than his nearest rival, Germany’s Julian Track. Silver is one of the most-liked and respected professional players from the UK and when you look at his live tournament results it is easy to see why.
The Dublin-based Brit won the UKIPT Dublin Main Event in 2010 and almost went back-to-back the following year but fell in fourth place. Silver also has a couple of World Series of Poker Europe final tables to his name and two UKIPT High Roller wins, too.
Another of the Brits hoping to bag themselves an EPT title is Stephen Chidwick who is in scintillating form. Nine cashes at the 2013 WSOP were followed up by a win in the £550 8-Game at EPT London, an eighth place finish in the €3,250 Pot Limit Omaha Mixed Event at the WSOP-E and most recently a third place finish in the Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Event. Chidwick goes into Day 5 armed with 2,084,000 chips, which are enough to place him fourth place.
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The table draw has not been kind to the quartet of Brits, especially Silver, Chidwick and Tamer Kamel (522,000 chips) who have been seated together on Table 3, which is sure to be the feature table. Chidwick will be the happier of the trio as he has position on his compatriots, but it is far from an ideal situation for those of us wanting a British themed final table.
Ka Kwan Lau is the fourth player to be representing the UK and he is sure to have a torrid time on Day 5. Lau starts on Table 2 Seat 8 where he will have to contend with players such as WSOP bracelet winner Sigurd Eskeland, Lasell King and Andrew Chen; the latter is aiming for what would be his fourth EPT final table.
Play resumes at 12:00 noon CET and continues until the final table of eight is reached. You can follow the action from the 2013 EPT Prague Main Event via our Live Reporting pages and don’t forget about the excellent live stream of the feature table that you can watch here.
2013 EPT Prague Main Event Top 10 Chips Counts
|8||Ka Kwan Lau||1,350,000|