Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
In total 1,200 players entered Day 1b making it the biggest starting flight of the €1,100 EPT National and 180 players have made it through to Day 2 which starts at noon, Monday, December 11 here at the Hilton Prague. After the field was reduced to 15%, Harpreet Padda took the chip lead with 994,500 in chips.
The Canadian went and did his business without really being noticed until the latter stages of the day. He chipped up big during those levels and ended up losing a bit at the end as he had more than a million in chips just before the bubble. Trailing Padda is Florian Duta with 887,000 and Terje Alvseike with 775,000.
Other notable players bagging big at the end of the day include Martin Kabrhel (651,000), Arthur Conan (580,000), Artan Dedusha (474,000), Alexandre Reard (450,000), Viliyan Petleshkov (433,000), Kayhan Mokri Roshanfekr (322,500), Bryan Paris (304,000), and Martin Finger with 251,000.
Jean-Noel Thorel also has a stack for Day 2 that can’t be missed. Thorel bagged 587,000 after bursting the bubble by eliminating Marcin Kreft. Thorel called the shove of Kreft after he had raised initially with ace-king. Kreft held pocket jacks but Thorel flopped a pair of kings which was already enough and improved to two pair by the time the river was dealt. As the floor announced that everyone else was in the money, this meant they could all start bagging their chips up and go to bed to get some rest before what promises to be an eventful Day 2.
Not everyone was lucky enough to make it through the day, players like Eyal Bensimhon, Jason Wheeler, Kalidou Sow, Preben Stokkan, Jan-Eric Schwippert, Bart Lybaert, Maria Konnikova, Rens Feenstra, Ognyan Dimov, Timur Margolin, Paul Michaelis, Ismael Bojang, Dragos Trofimov, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Ana Marquez, Jack Sinclair, Walter Treccarichi, Michal Mrakes, Scott Margereson, Francesco Delfoco, and many more were all sent away from Day 1b. But they still had a chance to make it through via Day 1c which started at 7 PM local time.
Day 2 will start at noon local time on Monday, December 11, and the PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand to bring you all the action from the floor so make sure to come back then!
Play has ended for today as there are 180 players left and they have all bagged for Day 2 tomorrow, Monday, December 11, which will start at noon.
Jean-Noel Thorel raised to 15,000 from the hijack and Marcin Kreft shoved for 127,500 in the cutoff and was called by Thorel after he tanked for a while.
The board ran out for Thorel to hit two pair in the end to eliminate Kreft on the bubble.
The board read with about 70,000 in the middle
Markus Leuzinger was sitting in the big blind and was all in for 56,000 and was called by Michal Riczak in the early position.
Leuzinger had flopped trip jacks and Riczak held the over pair.
The river completed the board with the for Leuzinger to hold and double up on the bubble.
With 181 players left, the dealers have now been asked to stop dealing as hand-for-hand play should be commencing as soon as all action has closed on all remaining tables.
The board read and Florian Duta had bet 36,000 when his opponent in the small blind had checked. After Duta's opponent made the call, Duta decidedly tabled for the flopped trip aces to scoop the pot.
There are now 182 players left.
With 189 players left and 180 of them getting into the money, the bubble is looming.
Harpreet Padda has taken over the chip lead from Arthur Conan with an amazing run in the last level it seems.
The player in the small blind was at risk for around 65,000 and was called by Artan Dedusha on the button with the bigger stack.
The board ran out for Dedusha's higher kicker to come into play to eliminate his opponent.
With 209 players left, 29 more players need to be eliminated before the rest is in the money and can bag up for Day 2.