The PokerStars European Poker Tour landed in Prague this week for the first ever, major poker tournament in the Czech Republic. Among the big names taking the field were Annette Obrestad, who gained fame as the internet wunderkind Annette_15 and recently took down the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe Main Event, 2007 WSOP bracelet winner Katja Thater, EPT Baden champ Julian Thew, EPT Dublin winner Reuben Peters and the Hendon Mob’s Barny Boatman.
Boatman’s time in Prague was short, as he got his Queens cracked early when his opponent hit a King with to send Boatman to the rail. Annette Obrestad’s Prague tournament also ended early when her opponent slow-played pocket Kings to send her to the rail. Irish Open champion Marty Smyth, popular Italian internet star Dario Minieri and Age Spets were among other notable eliminations from two Day 1’s.
Nicholas Levi brought a sense of style to Day 1a, but his festive white hat didn’t save him from elimination. After a preflop raise with , Levi saw the flop with one opponent. Levi bet out on the flop of and was called. Levi pushed all in on the turn and was called again by his opponent, who tabled . No seven on the river for Levi, and the popular Frenchman was eliminated.
2007 EPT Warsaw champion Peter Jepsen was eliminated on Day 1b when he found himself in a three-way pot with Peter Roche and Anthony Lellouche. When the river came down , the fireworks went off. Jepsen bet out at the pot, Roche called and Lellouche put in a big raise. Jepsen went into the tank before calling off the last of his chips, Roche folded and Lellouche revealed for the full house on the river, sending Jepsen to the rail.
Day 1b was good for the internet pros, with Steven Devlin closing out the day with a big chip lead. American internet pro Alec Torelli and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier were also near the top of the field, along with internet star Chris Moorman. The 87 survivors from Day 1a were joined by 111 players from Day 1b to make a field of 198 for Day 2. Here are the top ten chip stacks from the two Day 1 fields combined -
Stephen Devlin – 110,000
Maciej Mazur – 102,000
Adrian Koy – 100,000
Tommy Pavlicek – 85,000
Juha Lauttamus – 70,000
Luigi Rizzi –68,000
Alec Torelli – 65,000
Gerd Muller – 65,000
Andrej Nagy – 64,000
Eric Turner – 60,000
Guillaume Frechette – 60,000
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