EPT12 Prague: Half-a-dozen newbies take Super High Roller total to 56

December 09, 2015

With the standard structure of EPT high rollers – super or otherwise – allowing for entries up until the first deal of Day 2 the most interesting news at the start of Day 2 is not who’s out, but who’s in.

At the end of Day 1 we knew that 33 of the 50 players (42 unique entries and eight re-entries) who entered Day 1 would be back for more but how many others would join them? First to show his hand was Aleksandr Denisov. The Russian, who finished sixth in the $25,000 High Roller at the PCA in 2014, won his seat to this event last night in a €5,000 single re-buy Hyper Turbo satellite. He bested the likes of Zvi Stern, David Yan, Juha Helppi, Martin Finger, David Steicke and Roberto Romanello to get in on the cheap.

Five more players had to pay full price to pull up a chair on Day 2, some did so for the first time, whilst others re-entered in the hope that today would go better than yesterday. Dominik Nitsche, who made his EPT Super High Roller début at EPT12 Barcelona, was one of the new entries. “I got in to Prague yesterday but didn’t play. I don’t know why, I guess I wanted to see how the field turned out,” he told the PokerStars Blog. He obviously liked what he saw.

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Nitsche – in for a spin on Day 2
The German has been pitched at a table that Tobias Reinkemeier called the German/Russian/Italian table. It’s an apt description as Nitsche has Ole Schemion to his direct left and the respective talents of Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Dario Sammartino and Mustapha Kanit to deal with, as well as Reinkemeier. Just before play started though Sam Greenwood was moved to this little enclave of Europe to add a bit of North American interest.

The other players who fancied a first spin at this tournament with 40 big blinds were Piotr Franczak and Dzmitry Urbanovich. It seems to be the way of Urbanovich to wait until the last possible moment to register. The reigning EPT Player of the Year often registers for the Main Event before the start of Day 2 and this isn’t the first time he’s used this tactic in a High Roller event. Interestingly Urbanovich is wearing a WSOP zip-up top. The Pole isn’t old enough to play in Vegas yet but may well have picked it up in Berlin in the Autumn. The 19-year-old is sat to the left of the overnight chip leader Luuk Gieles.

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Urbanovich is up to his usual tricks
As well as the new entries there were two re-entries with Anthony Zinno and EPT12 Barcelona champion John Juanda electing to fire another bullet. The former is chasing GPI Player of the Year honours and he’s currently second, just behind Byron Kaverman, which is the player Juanda is now sat next to. Perhaps he can do Zinno a favour.

That takes the total number of runners left in to 39 and the total field to 56 (46 uniques and 10 re-entries). All told the players created a total prize pool of €2,688,840, the winner will collect €806,650 whilst eight players will get paid.

Place Amount
1st € 806,650
2nd € 583,500
3rd € 376,400
4th € 285,000
5th € 220,500
6th € 172,100
7th € 137,140
8th € 107,550

The full start of day seat draw can be seen below:

Table Seat Name Country Chips
1 1 Alexander Denisov Russia 250,000
1 2 Alex Bilokur Russia 387,000
1 3 Leonid Markin Russia 76,500
1 4 John Juanda Indonesia 250,000
1 5 Byron Kaverman USA 275,000
1 6 David Peters USA 623,000
1 7 Fedor Holz Germany 203,000
1 8 Scott Margereson UK 38,000
2 1 Joni Jouhkimainen Finland 102,000
2 2 Mike McDonald Canada 338,000
2 3 Ivan Luca Argentina 322,000
2 4 Jean-Noel Thorel France 235,000
2 5 Oleh Okhotskyi Ukraine 444,000
2 6 Steve O’Dwyer Ireland 291,000
2 7 Anthony Zinno USA 250,000
2 8 Igor Kurganov Russia 666,000
3 1 Luuk Gieles Netherlands 1,020,000
3 2 Dzmitry Urbanovich Poland 250,000
3 3 Jeffrey Rossiter Australia 180,000
3 4 Mikita Badziakouski Belarus 160,000
3 5 Daniel Dvoress Canada 390,000
3 6 Thomas Muehloecker Austria 652,000
3 7 Jason Mercier USA 94,000
3 8 Sylvain Loosli France 725,000
4 1 Vladimir Troyanovskiy Russia 509,000
4 2 Tobias Reinkemeier Germany 432,000
4 3 Dario Sammartino Italy 523,000
4 5 Sam Greenwood Canada 424,000
4 6 Mustapha Kanit Italy 593,000
4 7 Dominik Nitsche Germany 250,000
4 8 Ole Schemion Germany 752,000
5 1 Chistoph Vogelsang Germany 431,000
5 2 Andres Artinano Munoz UK 312,000
5 3 Bryn Kenney USA 348,000
5 4 Stephen Chidwick UK 296,000
5 5 Anton Astapau Belarus 153,000
5 6 Piotr Franczak Poland 250,000
5 7 Paul Newey UK 384,000
5 8 Timothy Adams Canada 141,000

Coverage of the Eureka Main Event is all handily organized on the Eureka Prague page.

You’ll find updates on the Super High Roller on this page throughout the day and all the schedule information is on the EPT App, which is available on both Android or IOS.

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