Harry Lodge Last Brit Standing in the PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event
Harry Lodge is the last British player remaining in the PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event after the 49 players who started Day 4 were reduced to only 15 on Dec. 16.
PokerStars Championship Prague Day 4 Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Michal Mrakes||Czech Republic||4,945,000|
|9||Harry Lodge||United Kingdom||1,360,000|
Lodge returns for the penultimate day’s action in ninth place thanks to having amassed 1,360,000 chips. It has been a solid year for Lodge. A dozen cashes, including a third-place in the $888 No Limit Hold’em Crazy Eights event at the 2017 World Series of Poker that netted Lodge a career-best $433,888. Should Lodge want to beat that impressive score, and why wouldn’t he not want to, he will need to finish third or better in Prague.
Day 5 sees Lodge sit down on a tough table that is the home to Matas Cimbolas and Jason Wheeler. Both Cimbolas and Wheeler are vastly experienced and have what it takes to become the final PokerStars Championship champion.
Several grinders from the UK and Ireland crashed out during Day 4’s action. Jack Sinclair three-bet his 15 big blind stack all-in with ace-nine and ran into the pocket queens of Michal Mrakes, while Louis Salter’s suited ace-king proved to be no match for the black aces in Novat Golan’s hand.
Ireland’s Dermot Blain ran out of the luck of the Irish and was sent to the sidelines by Mrakes thanks to the Czech pro flopped quad threes before Mathew Frankland’s short stacked three-bet shove with king-queen was called by initial opener Alex Foxen and his ace-deuce. Frankland caught a queen on the turn, Foxen an ace on the river, and Frankland was gone.
Another Irishman, Gavin O’Rourke, missed an open-ended straight draw against the top pair of James Mitchell to finish in 34th place. Mitchell then bust in 23rd place by running ace-five into the ace-queen of Valentyn Shabelnyk.
Lawrence Bayley then lost a coinflip with pocket jacks against the ace-king of Pierre Calamusa to leave Lodge as the only British player in the field.
Play ended with 15 players in their seats and each of these players has now locked up €38,400 for their €5,300 investment. By the time Day 5 is confined to the record book, the final nine players will have secured €57,500 and will only be eight eliminations away from a €775,000 score.
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