Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
After almost 16 hours of play Thursday, a winner of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague €2,200 Eureka High Roller has yet to be decided.
The day began with 181 players and got down to six before tournament staff ended the day and instructed the remaining players that they would complete the tournament Friday at 12:30 CET.
With eight players left, options were presented to the players, but a consensus could not be reached, so staff decided on the Friday restart.
Spain’s Manuel Gonzalez (17,525,000) will take the chip lead into Day 3. He’ll be closely followed by Pedro Marques of Portugal (12,000,000), while the rest of the field, including Romain Lewis (425,000), who survived the last three levels with as little as one big blind, will be on very short stacks and looking to climb up the payout ladder.
Final Table Chip Counts
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|6||Ermanno Di Nicola||Italy||2,200,000||6|
Gonzalez was a severe short stack with 16 players left, but the two-table redraw seemed to spark a heater for the Spaniard as he quickly doubled up twice and never looked back.
The final six are each guaranteed at least €69,930, but they’ll still have their eyes on the €396,450 top prize. Others making the final table that won’t see day 3 include John Mooney (7th place - €53,060), Gilles Gauyacq (8th place - €37, 880), and Benjamin Beekhuis (9th place - €29,470)
Play will resume with 18:31 left in level 35 at blinds of 200,000 / 400,000 / 400,000 big blind ante.
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A consensus decision was not made among the final six players, so tournament staff has instructed them that they will return Friday at 12:30 pm CET to play to a winner.
End of night chip counts and a recap to follow shortly.
Pedro Marques raised to 800,000 under the gun, John Mooney said "let's gamble" and put in his last 600,000 in the cutoff, and Romain Lewis called in the big blind.
Lewis and Marques checked down the board and the hands were then revealed.
Marques' two pair, queens and sevens earned the pot, eliminating Mooney and leaving Lewis short again.
Gilles Gauyacq moved all in preflop and was called by Ermanno Di Nicola.
Gauyacq was at risk with the against the of Di Nicola.
The flop came to pair Gauyacq and send him into the lead. The turn was the and the river was the to give Di Nicola the winning flush which Gauyacq did not initially realize as he pumped his fist as if he had won the hand, but quickly saw the diamonds and headed to the payout desk.
The eight remaining players have been given until 4:30 am local time to discuss a Day 3 restart time.
Several options have been presented to the players, including restarting either before or after Days 2 or 3 of the EPT Prague Main Event.
They will play another 30 minutes while they discuss what they want to do, along with tournament staff.
Action has been limited here in the morning hours, but Romain Lewis has continued to slowly chip away to a healthier stack.
He recently moved all-in under the gun for 2,250,000 and got a round of folds, right through chip leader Manuel Gonzalez's big blind to boost his stack to 3,000,000, a relatively healthy ten big blinds.
Romain Lewis is hanging around thanks to some good fortune since he lost his blind versus blind battle with Pedro Marques.
Lewis moved all-in for his last 400,000 in the big blind versus Ermanno Di Nicola and Manuel Gonzalez's blinds with his ace-high actually holding against both his opponents' queen-highs. In the following hand in the big blind, action folded to Gonzalez who gave Lewis a walk.
Lewis is now grinding away with almost six big blinds.