Main Event
Main Event
Day 1b completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

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It appears that 274 of the 488 Day 1b starters survived long enough to bag and tag. Here's how they stacked up at night's end:

Andrey Saenko 200,800
Mads Wissing dk 178,300
Max Silver gb 177,100
Jude Ainsworth ie 151,700 99,700
Mauri Dorbek ee 147,800
Denys Drobyna ua 145,600
Danilo Donnini 142,600 -10,000
William Thorson se 133,400 8,900
David Sonelin se 124,500 -22,000
Paul Simmons 123,800
Melanie Weisner us 123,600
Hani El Assad 121,600
Ville Wahlbeck fi 121,500 91,500
Andreas Imhof 120,500
Jean-Philippe Rohr 114,500
Jakub Dobias 113,400 43,400
Gheorghe Sandulescu 110,800
Liv Boeree gb 108,700 28,700
Anton Sinel 108,200
Tim Finne us 105,200 75,200
Joseph Serock 105,200
Dennis Bejedal 104,900
Anton Wigg se 104,400
Mads Amot 103,200
Salvatore Sproviero 103,200

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Saenko Leads After Day 1b

[user66118] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Andrey Saenko
Andrey Saenko

Today was a record-setting day at the PokerStars.com EPT Prague. Yesterday's Day 1a flight had drawn 234 runners to the felt, and this Day 1b session pulled an impressive 488 additional players to round out the field at 722. That's far and away the largest major poker tournament ever hosted by the Czech Republic, and it puts a first prize of €775,000 up for grabs.

At the end of the eight levels, Andrey Saenko has emerged from this flight with the most chips, and his 200,800 put him in the overall lead heading into the combined Day 2. He's the only player to tick over the 200,000-chip mark over the course of the two starting days.

The Team PokerStars Pros were out en masse on Day 1b, including the other half of the Team Czech Republic contingent, Martin Hruby. Slovakia's Dag Palovic was here, too -- and dressed in drag, no less. Both of those men survived their opening days, as did Liv Boeree, Lex Veldhuis, Jude Ainsworth, Luca Pagano, Bertrand Grospellier, and 2010 World Champ Jonathan Duhamel.

For other unlucky souls, though, the eliminations came at a torrid pace as the day dragged on. 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Pius Heinz could not escape; neither could his countrywoman Sandra Naujoks, neither could Salvatore Bonavena, Arnaud Mattern, Dario Minieri, nor serial EPT qualifier and all-around friendly chap, Pierre Neuville.

It looks like very close to 300 players have survived this Day 1b, and they'll join the 133 Day 1a survivors for a big Day 2 on Wednesday. We'll be back here to pick up the action at noon CET, and we hope you'll join us then!

Until tomorrow, all that's left is goodnight.

Tags: Andrey Saenko

Stelmak Doubles Big Through Veldhuis

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Dmitry Stelmak raised to 1,300 from under the gun and Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis flat-called in middle position. The next player to act also called before Najib Kamand reraised to 4,300 in the hijack seat. Action then folded back to Stelmak and he reraised to 9,700. Veldhuis didn't budge. Instead he took his time before sliding out a lot of chips for a reraise to over 50,000. The next player and Kamand folded before Stelmak called all in for 41,975.

Stelmak: {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}
Veldhuis: {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {10-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{J-Hearts} and Veldhuis sent over the chips.

Dmitry Stelmak ru 85,000 37,000
Lex Veldhuis nl 51,000 -15,000

Tags: Dmitry StelmakLex HelduisNajib Kamand

Lucky Number Seven

[user66118] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The clock has been paused and this magical time of the evening, and a card has been drawn. We'll play seven more hands at each table, then we're bagging and tagging for the night.

Grundtvig Doubles Through Tureniec

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From the hijack seat, Michael Tureniec raised to 1,350. David Sonelin flat-called on the button before PokerStars qualifier Christian Grundtvig reraised all in from the big blind. Grundtvig was all in for 7,125 and Tureniec reraised all in. His reshove knocked Sonelin out of the way and left things heads-up.

Tureniec: {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}
Grundtvig: {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}

The flop, turn and river ran out {J-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{J-Hearts} and Grundtvig doubled up.

Michael Tureniec 20,000 -10,000

Tags: David SonelinMichael TureniecChristian Grundtvig

Duhamel Can't Bluff Wissing

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Jonathan Duhamel
Jonathan Duhamel

With the monotone {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{9-Hearts} flop in the middle of the table, Mads Wissing checked to Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel. Duhamel fired 2,100 and Wissing made the call.

The turn was the {Q-Spades} and Wissing checked again. This time, Duhamel bet 3,850. Wissing called.

The {10-Diamonds} completed the board and Wissing checked. Duhamel fired 8,850 and Wissing snap-called.

Duhamel tabled the {7-Clubs}{4-Clubs} for a bluff. Wissing held the {K-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} for a straight and won the pot.

Jonathan Duhamel ca 19,000 -13,000

Tags: Jonathan DuhamelMads Wissing