Friday, 20 December 2013
A combination of timing and brute force helped Ognjen Sekularac turn one of the shortest stacks in play into the largest on Day 4 of the WPT Prague Main Event.
Lining up alongside 63 hopefuls at the start of play, Ognjen likely had relatively low expectations as the chips began to fly; however, that didn't seem to stop him from pushing his luck as the 37th place bubble approached. Sensing that his tablemates were keen to squeeze into one of the 36 payout positions and bank at least $8,258, Ognjen began to turn up the pressure and gradually increase the size of his stack. Indeed, an important double-up against Kara Scott (his pocket nines hit a set against her pocket tens) was all the momentum Ognjen needed to keep pace with the chip leaders as David Peters watched his A-T lose out to Ryan Spittles' pocket tens on the bubble. Having watched the demise of Peters guarantee each player at least some return on their investment, the final few began to loosen up and shoot for the fences. However, by this time Ognjen had hit his stride and was almost unstoppable as the likes of Martin Staszko (30th - $8,528), Kevin MacPhee (23rd - $10,736) and Kara Scott (22nd - $10,736) all hit the rail. It was Scott's elimination with pocket fours against Emil Mattsson's A-9 that brought the session to a close and left Ognjen with the largest stack in the room (1,322,000 chips). Today's session is scheduled to play down from 21 to six and while Ognjen pitched himself as the man to beat at the end of Day 4, a chasing pack consisting of Vasil Firsau (1,199,000), Roger Hairabedian (536,000), Chanracy Khun (384,000) and Julian Thomas (211,000) will all be looking to earn their place in Saturday's finale.
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