PokerStars.com EPT Prague Day 5: Silver, Chidwick and Lau Go For Gold
Day 5 of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Prague Main Event progressed at a lightening pace that saw the 22 returning players reduced to the final table of eight before two full 90-minute levels were done and dusted! Surviving the plethora of all-ins on the penultimate day of play were not one, not two but three British players looking to follow in the footsteps of Roberto Romanello and become the EPT Prague Champion.
Max Silver is the best placed of these two Brits; Silver starts Day 6 with a healthy stack containing 5,935,000 chips. Head to Silver’s Hendon Mob page and you will be dazzled by his amazing results. Since 2010, Silver has cashed in major live events on 22 occasions and 16 of those cashes have come with Silver seated at a final table. Possibly even more impressive, four of those finals have resulted in outright victories for Silver. Should Silver finish higher than seventh place – and there is no reason why he shouldn’t go all the way and win – he would be secure his largest ever cash, which at the moment stands at £83,588.
Supporting Silver in his role of flying the Union Jack at the final table is Stephen Chidwick, a man who has a glowing reputation for being one of the best all-round poker players in the world. Chidwick has 40 cashes, 12 final tables and two outright wins to his name, and in a variety of poker variants too. If Chidwick wants to eclipse his largest live tournament cash he will need to finish fourth or better today. The man known as “Stevie444” in online poker circles sits at the final table with 4,935,000 chips, enough to place him third at the start of play.
Completing the trio of Brits is Ka Kwan Lau, who it is fair to say is a relatively unknown quantity in the grand scheme of things. Five of Lau’s seven live tournament cashes came from events held in Spain, the biggest of those being for €12,000. Lau begins Day 6 fifth in chips with a stack of 2,995,000 chips.
2013 EPT Prague Main Event Final Table
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Amazingly, the chip leader has never cashed in a live event before and is now guaranteed to walk away with no less than €84,600 for his efforts in Prague. Julian Track plays $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha at PokerStars and says that he prefers online cash games to tournaments and may even quit playing live tournaments after this event! Imagine if his only cash on his Hendon Mob page was a win for €889,000!
Completing the final table are Jorma Nuutinen, Greece’s Georgios Sotiropoulos, Zdravko Duvnjak and Ole Schemion. The latter is an extremely dangerous player and one who will no doubt have a major influence on where the champion’s trophy ends up.
Join the PokerNews Live Reporting team from 13:00 CET for all of the action, as it happens, from the 2013 EPT Prague Main Event Final Table.