The action was fast and furious as Day 2 kicked off at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague event, with 75 players heading to the rail in the first two levels. That’s nearly half the 192-player field that started the day! Among the first wave of bust outs were Nicky Power, Rolf Slotbloom and 2007 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Katja Thater. Some of the other big names eliminated on Day 2 included Florian Langmann, who has made a deep run at several EPT events this season and Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier, fresh off a deep run at the APPT Macau event last month.
Dag Martin Mikkelsen got in a monster hand with Suman Nebzib when Nebzib went all in over the top of Mikkelsen’s preflop raise. Mikkelsen called with , and Nebzib tabled . The on the turn left Mikkelsen on the short stack, and a few hands later Nebzib flopped two pair on a board of with to bust Mikkelsen.
Jose Navarro was the story of the day, coming from well back in the pack to take out several big stacks, including Stephen “allinstevie” Devlin, who started the day as the chip leader. After busting Ken Lennaard with Kings versus Queens, Navarro raised preflop against Devlin. Devlin re-raised, and Navarro called. The flop brought , and Navarro led out. Devlin moved all in over the top of Navarro, who called. Devlin was on a big draw, with for a gut shot straight draw and a flush draw, while Navarro tabled for bottom set. The on the turn made quads for Navarro and sent Devlin to the rail.
Nichlas Saarisilta was the bubble boy, busting out immediately after the announcement that hand-for-hand play had begun, and it took barely two hours to send the last two dozen players to the rail. Day 2 finished up with 32 players on 4 tables, with Dag Palovic leading the pack. Palovic is the local favorite and President of the Slovak Poker Federation, but he’ll have to fight off stiff challenges from Michael Norinder and Jose Navarro to make the final table!