WPT Prague 2011 Tournament UpdateDecember 2, 2011 1:55 pm
The €3,500 buy-in World Poker Tour Prague Main Event is currently underway in the Czech Republic, with Day 1B kicking-off later today.
If Day 1A of the competition is anything to go by, then Day 1B should ensure that Prague outperforms the WPT’s previous stop in Jacksonville, Florida where 393 entries helped create a prize pool worth $1.2 million.
As yesterday’s action started at the King’s Casino inside the Corinthia Towers hotel, 231 players ponied up their entry fees for a shot at the prestigious title. Included amongst the field was a whole slew of top pros but by the end of the day just 93 players remained.
Included amongst the notable names hitting the rail on Day 1A were Andy Frankenberger, Eugene Katchalov, Shannon Shorr, Marvin Rettenmaier, Michael McDonald, Toby Lewis, Chris Moorman, and Michael Tureniec. However, we may not have seen the last of them in the tournament as re-enteries on Day 1B are allowed.
At the other end of the scale, Jan Ramik ended the day the chip leader, with notable pro Jan Bendik and Jan Brandejs close behind. In addition, November Niners Eoghan O’Dea and hometown hero Martin Staszko are still in contention, while other big names surviving the day included Tobias Reinkemeier, Mohsin Charania, Sam El Sayed, and Dominik Nitsche.
Finally, Brits thriving on the day included James Akenhead, whose 30,000 starting stack was down to just 5,000 at one point, before running it back up to 89,700. Also UK pro John Eames will start Day 2 on a 44,300 stack.
Here are the WPT Prague top ten chip counts for the end of Day 1A:
1. Jan Ramik (209,300)
2. Jan Bendik (180,300)
3. Jan Brandejs (170,000)
4. Eran Malkin (169,200)
5. Adria Balaguer (154,000)
6. Mikhail Shakhnovich (145,500)
7. Eoghan O’Dea (142,600)
8. Tobias Wagner (140,000)
9. Vadim Markushevski (137,800)
10. Zachary Korik (124,000)