Richter holds the lead at EPT Prague

Richter holds the lead at EPT Prague

Thursday, 16 December 2010

The PokerStars European Poker Tour stop in Prague tried without avail to burst the money bubble on Day 2 as the field of 254 survivors shrank throughout the day. 93 players return at lunchtime for a third day of poker and of them, an unlucky thirteen will walk away without a profit.

The day finished as it began, chip leader wise: Dirk Richter moved up the scale (geddit?) to maintain the chip lead he started the day with. At the beginning of Day 2, his chip lead was a decisive 33% more than the second place player; Day 3 will start much tighter with the likes of Roberto Romanello snapping at Richter's heels.

We lost some talent from the field yesterday including UK poker stars Praz Bansi and Liv Boeree as well as EPT Barcelona champion Kent Lundmark and Danish superstar Theo JorgensenTheo Jorgensen. Our sympathies go out to Liv in particular, who lost out with a full house to quad kings just hours from the end of play. Toby Lewis, however, is still flying the poker flag for Britain as the EPT Vilamoura champion made it into Day 3 with a decent but diminishing stack of 93,000. PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano is also in the running for his record-breaking 17th European Poker Tour cash. It’s his own record, mind you.

The 93 remaining players are all that remains of a 563-strong field, less than the 2009 Prague event that saw Jan Skampa take home €682,000 but still enough to create a €640,000 first prize. The blinds are 2,000/4,000 with an average stack of about 180,000. The 80 players who get paid will receive at least €8,000 with eight player at the eight-handed final table guaranteed €54,550 for their troubles.

Join us tomorrow for news of the tournament as the remaining players battle into the money and to the final table. Will Toby Lewis earn his second European Poker Tour victory or can Luca Pagano make the 17th cash a really big one?

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