Stephen “Stevie444” Chidwick is the man to catch in the PokerStars Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Event where only 43 players remain in contention for the massive €226,400 first place prize.
Day 2 of the record-breaking event – this event is officially the best attended tournament in Prague – saw 396 players return to their seats to battle it out at the blue PokerStars branded felt for 10 hour-long levels. Of those 396 returnees, only 191 of them made it into the money places, the “bubble” bursting when Jaxi Kiernan’s pocket kings could not come from behind to beat the superior aces in the hand of Thomas Layher.
Kieran’s exit meant any player who had chips in front of them had locked up a payday of at least €1,750. Over the course of the next few hours, players such as Norway’s Yngve Steen, Amanda Musumeci, Mitchell Johnson, Kent Lundmark, Ludovic Geilich, Martin Finger, and Sunny Chattha busted out and headed for the cashier’s cage.
One man who is not ready to cash out yet is the aforementioned British superstar Stephen Chidwick who leads the final 43 players thanks to accumulating a total of 1,479,000 chips. Chidwick spoke to Nick Wright of the PokerStars Blog at the end of Day 2 and revealed that he almost did not make it to Prague due to the problems the UK air traffic control experienced at the weekend.
“Heathrow cancelled my flight on Saturday so I was stuck in London for two days. I got the first flight I could and got here in time to be alternate 92 in this thing on almost no sleep,” explained Chidwick.
Chidwick is been kept company at the top of the chip counts by fellow Brit Mark Dalimore who bagged up 1,379,000 chips as play ended for the night. Dalimore can count himself lucky to be in such a fortunate spot on the leader board after misreading his opponent’s stack and managing to get his pocket queens all in against kings. Dalimore told the PokerStars Blog that he thought his opponent had 300,000 chips at his disposal but actually had twice that amount. However, the board four-flushed and Dalimore won a massive pot.
Among the final 43 are a handful of players who are representing the UK or Ireland. Billy Chattaway is nicely stacked up with 1,055,000 chips with Joshua Hunt on 925,000 not too far off the pace. Further down the chip counts you will find Chris Moorman (317,000), and David Lappin (208,000) who will both need to get off to a good start when Day 3 commences.
The field also has two Team PokerStars Pros in it; Matthias De Meulder has 486,000 chips and Marcin Horecki 853,000.
Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts
Each of the 43 players who return to their seats this afternoon do so safe in the knowledge that they will leave with no less than €3,850 to show for the efforts. By the time Day 3 has ended, there should only be eight players remaining and each of those select few will have secured at least €21,700. Will Chidwick still be the man to catch? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Thursday to find out.