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Karakousis Leads as 84 of 169 Entries Advance from Day 1 of the €10,000 High Roller

• Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Georgios Karakousis
Georgios Karakousis

It was a big day in the Czech Republic today as the Season 10 European Poker Tour continued with Day 4 of the Main Event and the start of the €10,000 High Roller. The former played down to the final 22 players, while the latter attracted a solid mix of well-known pros and hopeful amateurs.

In Season 9 the €10,000 High Roller, which features a single reentry, attracted 108 unique players and five reentries. It was such a big turnout that an impromptu third day had to be added to the schedule. EPT officials adapted for Season 10 by making it a three-day event, but even so the numbers – 135 unique entries and 34 reentries – surpassed their wildest expectations. Even better is the fact that those numbers are likely to go up considering registration is open until the start of Day 2.

After ten one-hour levels of play, EPT10 London Main Event runner-up Georgios Karakousis finished the night as chip leader of the advancing 84 players with 407,200. Others who did well were Dmitri Yurasov (362,000), Jonathan Little (241,000), and Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst (236,000) and Isaac Haxton (207,900).

Day 1 was characterized by eliminations, and in many cases subsequent reentries. The first elimination came in the first level when Doron Davidovitz and Bernard Guigon got involved in a big hand. When we picked up the action, Davidovitz had made it 5,500 and Guigon moved all in for right around the starting stack of 50,000. Davidovitz tanked for a couple minutes before calling with the {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}, and he found out his hesitancy was well founded as Guigon tabled the {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}. The board ran out {2-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{2-Spades}{q-Diamonds} and Davidovitz was the first player eliminated.

Davidovitz was among those to fire two bullets only to bust a second time. Others included Hot Besim, Simon Ravnsbaek, Benny Spindler, Nicholas Petrangelo, Salman Behbehani, Johannes Strassmann, Theo Jorgensen, Aku Joentausta, and Leon Tsoukernik.

Another man who had to fire two bullets was Mike "Timex" McDonald, who had a rough go of it in Level 8 (500/1,000/100). First he got his kings cracked by the pocket jacks of David Vamplew in a monster pot, and then he was moved to a new table. He proceeded to move his short stack of 12,600 all in from the cutoff and Jesse Yaginuma called with {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}. McDonald turned over his {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} and was in need of some help. The {k-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{4-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} board didn't do it, and the man known as "Timex" was left to reenter, which he promptly did and finished the night with 89,700.

Others who will be returning on Day 2 are Dan Shak (205,800), Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov (159,000), Martin Finger (144,500), Bryn Kenney (143,000), Steve O’Dwyer (141,400), Adrian Mateos (128,800) and Olivier Busquet (101,400), just to name a few.

Day 2 will begin at 12 p.m. local time on Tuesday, which is the same time the Main Event will start its journey to the final table. Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you updates from both.

Until then, check out some of the fun services being offered by the EPT Concierge in Prague:

Tagovi: Georgios Karakousis

Notable End of Day 1 Chip Counts

• Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Georgios Karakousis gr 407,200 107,200
Dmitri Yurasov 332,600 112,600
Max Heinzelmann 268,300 115,300
Nadar Kakhmazov ru 253,200 149,200
Jonathan Little us 241,000
Julian Thomas de 236,600 180,600
Vanessa Selbst us 236,000 36,000
Isaac Haxton us 207,900 122,900
Dan Shak us 205,800 155,800
Simon Higgins gb 199,000 4,000
Fedor Holz de 196,200 196,200
Martin Kabrhel cz 191,700 -11,300
Eugene Katchalov ua 159,000 94,000
Benjamin Pollak fr 149,500 149,500
Anatoly Filotov 148,300 148,300
Martin Finger de 144,500 94,500
Bryn Kenney us 143,000 43,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie 141,400 80,400
Duncan McLellan gb 137,500 -22,500
Roger Hairabedian fr 136,800 136,800
Dominik Nitsche de 133,400 23,400
Adrian Mateos es 128,800 128,800
Kent Lundmark se 125,400 -14,600
Andreas Eiler de 123,000 23,000
Roman Korenev ru 122,300 80,300

Pročitaj sve

Three More Hands

• Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante

The tournament staff has just announced that the 11 remaining tables will play three more hands each before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed out to grab any last minute action and notable chip counts. Stay tuned for those and a full recap of the Day 1 action.

Lewis Loses his Last Chips

• Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Toby Lewis is a last level casualty here in Prague, busting out to Julian Thomas. The former was all-in pre-flop for around 21,500 with {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} but he couldn't get there against Thomas's pocket eights as the board came {7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{K-Hearts}.

Toby Lewis gb Out

Another Three Way All In

• Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Not long to go and for some players it’s all or nothing. Three players had their chips in the middle. Martin Kabrhel was the big stack with the big hand {q-}{q-}. Next in stack size was Kent Lundmark who held {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} and bringing up the rear was Sam Greenwood with {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. No more action possible so we saw all five community cards fall {3-Spades}{j-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}. Lundmark binked a jack to take a chunk from Kabrhel but Greenwood was eliminated near the end of the night.

Martin Kabrhel cz 203,000 125,000
Kent Lundmark se 140,000 29,000
Sam Greenwood ca Out

Tagovi: Kent LundmarkMartin Kabrhel

Chopped Pot

• Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante

The current chip leader is EPT10 runner-up Georgios Karakousis and he just clashed in a pot with Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier. It was the Frenchman who got the action started, bringing it in for a min-raise from under-the-gun+1, Karakousis was next to act and he smooth called.

On the {7-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{A-Diamonds} flop ElkY fired out a bet of 3,700, call from Karakousis. The {4-Hearts} landed on the turn, bet of 7,600 from ElkY, call from Karakousis. The {7-Spades} fell on fifth street, ElkY was done barreling, he tapped the table and Karakousis did likewise. First to show was ElkY, he opened {A-Hearts}{9-Spades}, Karakousis showed {A-Clubs}{6-Clubs}, the river meant that neither man's kicker played so they chopped the pot.

Oliver Busquet Doubles Through Max Lykov

• Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Olivier Busquet
Olivier Busquet

Pre-flop Max Lykov made it 3,200 from middle position, it folded to Oliver Busquet on the button and he placed two 5k chips over the betting line and said the amount to the dealer. I didn't catch the exact amount but I think I heard the number eight, so the bet was at least 8,000.

It folded back to Lykov, he set Busquet all-in and the American called all in for 47,800 total.

Busquet: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}
Lykov: {7-Spades}{7-Hearts}

The board came {4-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} and Busquet doubled up, whilst Lykov slips to 18,000.

Oliver Busquet (Olivier Busquet) 102,000
Max Lykov 18,000

Late Night Reentries

• Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante

The following players all busted in the latter stages of the evening and opted to reenter. Meanwhile, Aku Joentausta and Theo Jorgensen have both been eliminated from the tournament for a second time.

Sam Greenwood ca 50,000 10,000
Alex Bilokur ru 50,000 32,000
Martin Finger de 50,000 -30,000
David Vamplew gb 50,000 -95,000
Ben Pollak (Benjamin Pollak) 50,000 50,000
Yann Dion ca 50,000
Theo Jorgensen dk Out
Aku Joentausta fi Out