Prague will have a new poker champion on Sunday because the 2014 partypoker WPT National Prague Main Event has reached its final day. Only 19 players remain in the hunt for the €105,000 first place prize, among them the popular British pro Alex Goulder.
Goulder starts Day 3 armed with 484,000 chips, which are enough to place him seventh when play resumes. Goulder has become a regular in the Prague festivities in recent years and tasted some success in 2012 when he finished 43rd in the WPT Prague Main Event then 90th in the European Poker Tour Prague Main Event.
Spun to 325k, last break of the day. 5k bb. should get in or close to money tonight. Didn't get a czech flag last year so need redemption!Follow @cambridgealex
The man known as “CambridgeAlex” didn't reach the money places in any Prague-based events in 2013, but has made amends for that in 2014 because he is now guaranteed €4,600 for his efforts and could win as much as €105,000.
Made day 3 of #WPTNPrague with 484k. 20 people left. 4/8k tomorrow. Big day ahead! ###Follow @cambridgealex
Leading the final 19 players back into battle on Sunday is Simeon Naydenov. The Bulgarian pro, who has a World Series of Poker bracelet to his name, bagged up 821,000 chips at the close of play is defintely a force to be reckoned with.
Another major force is the man in second place going into the finale. Chris Hunichen is one of online poker's most feared tournament players and has more than $7 million in winnings and almost $1 million from his live poker exploits. Hunichen only trails Naydenov by a few big blinds and many will count him as the favourite going into the final day's play.
Others to look out for in our live coverage include Zo Karim (615,000), poker playing tournament director Artur Voskanyan (564,000), Alexander Lakhov (554,000), and Sebastian Langrock (441,000).
Each of the 19 returning players is guaranteed no less than €4,600 thanks to the bubble bursting on Day 2. The unfortunate bubble boy was American pro Seth Berger who saw Steve Watts raise to 15,000 and decided to three-bet all-in for 33,500 from the button. Watts called with and needed to help from the board because Berger held the dominating . The help took its time coming as it appeared on the river of the board, but it was a case of better late than never for Watts and game over for Berger.
A quintuplet of Brits helped themselves to prize money once Berger was cooked. Ben Dobson (27th for €3,600), Tom Hall (25th for €3,600), David Vamplew (23rd for €4,100), the aforementioned Watts (22nd for €4,100) and Stephen Chidwick (20th for €4,600).
2014 partypoker WPT Prague Main Event Day 3 Chip Counts
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Day 3 resumes at 14:00 CET and continues until only one player holds all of the chips in play. We may be slightly biased here at UK & Ireland PokerNews HQ but we sincerely hope that the 2014 partypoker WPT National Prague champion is Alex Goulder!