€10,300 High Roller
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Day 1 of EPT12 Prague High Roller Attracts 303 Entries; Smaron & Pyzara Bag Big

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Kacper Pyzara
Kacper Pyzara

While the European Poker Tour Season 12 Prague Main Event was playing down to the final 23 in one corner of the room, the €10,000 High Roller was just kicking off on the other. On Day 1, the tournament attracted 303 entries — 247 unique players that accounted for 56 reentires — but after 10 one-hour levels of play, just 157 of them remained with Kenneth Smaron and his stack of 274,700 leading the way. Not far behind sits Poland's Kacper Pyzara and his stack of 267,000.

Late registration and a single reentry option are available until the start of play on Day 2, so official numbers and prize pool information won't be released until Tuesday. It doesn't look as if it'll quite reach last year's numbers – 233 unique entries with 76 rebuys – but a solid turnout nonetheless.

Regarding Pyzara, he shot to the top of the counts in Level 8 (500/1,000/100) in a huge hand that was the biggest of the tournament up to that point. It began when Sam Higgins opened the button for 2,000 and Pyzara raised to 6,000. Higgins made the call and then called a bet of 6,000 on the {9-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{9-Clubs} flop. After the dealer burned and turned the {4-Diamonds}, Pyzara fired out 16,000 and again Higgins called.

When the {4-Spades} double paired the board on the river, Pyzara led out for 55,000 and Higgins paused for a few moments before raising all in for 110,200 total.

Pyzara shot back in his chair and clearly wasn't thrilled with the turn of events. Over the next two minutes, Pyzara teetered back and forth between a call and a fold, oftentimes picking up chips and putting them back down. Eventually he shrugged, tossed forward a stack, and at that very moment Higgins began to rise.

Higgins showed the {a-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for nines and eights, but he seemed to know he was no good. Indeed, Pyzara held the {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades} for a bigger two pair and the win.

"I knew what he had," Higgins told the table. "I didn't think he'd call. Nice hand."

Eight hours earlier, the day kicked off with a bang, including one hand that saw EPT12 Malta Main Event runner-up Alen Bilic get extremely lucky. It happened in Level 2 when a back-and-forth raising war saw Pablo Gordillo get his stack of 50,000 or so all in against Bilic, who barely had him covered.

Bilic: {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}
Gordillo,: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}

It was a cooler for Bilic, but as the title suggests, he got lucky. He didn't do it on the {8-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{8-Spades} flop, but rather on the {K-Spades} turn. Gordillo sat silently and watched his fate sealed when the {3-Clubs} blanked on the river. Bilic went on to bag a healthy 196,000.

Among those to join Gordillo on the rail throughout the day were Shaan Siddiqui, Vitaly Lunkin, Christopher Brammer, Martin Finger, Dimitar Danchev, Fabrice Soulier, Liviu "0Human0" Liviu, Ivan Luca, and Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier, Ivan Demidov and Andre Akkari.

While dozens fell a long list of notables advanced to Day 2 including [Removed:2] (244,600), Anton Wigg (236,000), Daniel Cates (211,400), Igor Kurganov (180,000), and Kevin MacPhee (178,200). In addition, Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst (119,700), Liv Boeree (47,800), and Eugene Katchalov (21,400) will all be back, as will Full Tilt Player Dermot Blain (39,000).

Day 2 will kick off at 12:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday with the plan of playing 10 more levels. In addition, the Main Event will look to play down to the final six. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture the action from both events, so be sure to join us then. While you wait, check out this video on why EPT dealers are among the best in the world.

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Official End of Day Chip Counts (komplett)

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Kenneth Smaron us
Kenneth Smaron
us 274,700 79,700
Kacper Pyzara pl
Kacper Pyzara
GGPoker Qualifier
pl 267,000 -108,000
Stipo Vladic hr
Stipo Vladic
hr 266,000 31,000
Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter
au 252,400 137,400
[Removed:2] LB
LB 244,600 149,600
Simon Mattsson se
Simon Mattsson
se 236,800
Anton Wigg se
Anton Wigg
se 236,000 157,000
Daniel Cates us
Daniel Cates
us 211,400 61,400
Iaron Lightbourne gb
Iaron Lightbourne
gb 207,100 57,100
Rocco Palumbo it
Rocco Palumbo
it 206,600 56,600
William Foxen US
William Foxen
US 201,800 -8,200
Alen Bilic ba
Alen Bilic
ba 196,000 1,000
Iliodoros Kamatakis GR
Iliodoros Kamatakis
GR 192,000 115,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru 180,000 15,000
Kevin MacPhee us
Kevin MacPhee
us 178,200 -21,800
Darrell Goh at
Darrell Goh
at 175,500 15,500
Vladimir Dobrovolskiy RU
Vladimir Dobrovolskiy
RU 170,000 87,000
Tamer Kamel gb
Tamer Kamel
gb 167,900 68,700
Fady Kamar lb
Fady Kamar
lb 166,600 16,600
Pavel Binar cz
Pavel Binar
cz 164,800 82,800
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
ru 162,600 2,600
Nicholas Palma us
Nicholas Palma
us 157,100 52,100
Charlie Carrel gb
Charlie Carrel
gb 157,000 42,000
Rasmus Vogt dk
Rasmus Vogt
dk 155,200
Niklas Astedt se
Niklas Astedt
GGPoker Team Champions
se 154,300 104,300

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Five More Hands

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

The tournament clock has been paused and the remaining players will play five more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed out to the field to capture any last-minute action and to compile a list of chip counts. Stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 1 action.

Juanda Trips Up Bechrakis

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Apostolos Bechrakis opened for 4,000 from the cutoff only to have John Juanda three-bet to 10,200 from the button. Action folded back to Bechrakis, who called, and the flop came down {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. Bechrakis check-called a bet of 10,200, and then both players checked the {7-Hearts} turn.

When the {5-Diamonds} completed the board on the river, Bechrakis led out for 14,500 and Juanda thought for a bit before just calling. Bechrakis confidently tabled the {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}, but it was no good as Juanda held trips with the {k-Spades}{6-Spades}.

John Juanda id
John Juanda
id 120,000 45,000
Apostolos Bechrakis gr
Apostolos Bechrakis
gr 100,000 -45,000

Tags: Apostolos BechrakisJohn Juanda

Selbst Flops Quads

YorkshirePud • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst has just flopped quads to double through Thomas Muehloecker.

Selbst raised from the button, Muehloecker three-bet from the small blind and Selbst jammed for 63,500. Muehloecker tossed in a single chip to signal the call.

Selbst: {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}
Muehloecker: {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}

Selbst locked up the hand on the flop thanks to flopping quads kings! The board ran {K-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{10-Clubs} and Selbst climbed to 135,000 chips.

Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst
us 135,000 135,000
Thomas Muehloecker at
Thomas Muehloecker
at 65,000 -16,800

Tags: Thomas MuehloeckerVanessa Selbst

Wigg Back In Business

YorkshirePud • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Anton Wigg has doubled up during the last level after a clash with Donald Rae went his way.

Wigg was all-in with {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs} versus Rae's {A-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and five community cards later the board read {8-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{7-Clubs}, Wigg's kicker played and his stack swelled to 79,000.

Donald Rae gb
Donald Rae
gb 263,000 3,000
Anton Wigg se
Anton Wigg
se 79,000 29,000

Tags: Anton WiggDonald Rae

Mateos Busts and Reenters Immediately

YorkshirePud • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Adrian Mateos
Adrian Mateos

Spanish superstar Adrian Mateos has bust at the hands of Kenneth Smaron but has reentered immediately and been seated at the same table from where he last played.

Tom-Aksel Bedell opened, Smaron three-bet to 26,500, and Mateos pushed al-in for 60,000. Bedell folded, but Smaron called to put Mateos at risk of elimination.

Mateos: {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}
Smaron: {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

A final board reading {6-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{J-Spades}{9-Spades} handed the pot to Smaron, and Mateos headed off to part with another €10,300.

Kenneth Smaron us
Kenneth Smaron
us 195,000
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
Winamax Team Pro
es 50,000 10,000

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Update Counts from Half the Room

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Stipo Vladic hr
Stipo Vladic
hr 235,000 90,000
William Foxen US
William Foxen
US 210,000 114,000
Kevin MacPhee us
Kevin MacPhee
us 200,000 148,000
Alen Bilic ba
Alen Bilic
ba 195,000 -1,000
Andrew Chen ca
Andrew Chen
ca 185,000 140,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
ru 160,000 52,000
Alex Bilokur ru
Alex Bilokur
ru 160,000 47,000
Daniel Cates us
Daniel Cates
us 150,000
Iaron Lightbourne gb
Iaron Lightbourne
gb 150,000
Bryan Paris us
Bryan Paris
Natural8 Ambassador
us 145,000 100,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
be 140,000 80,000
Jean-Noel Thorel fr
Jean-Noel Thorel
fr 140,000 140,000
Jean Paul Zaffran IL
Jean Paul Zaffran
IL 120,000 -65,000
Chady Merhej LB
Chady Merhej
LB 120,000 70,000
Mustapha Kanit it
Mustapha Kanit
Winamax Team Pro
it 115,000 -16,000
Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter
au 115,000 5,000
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 110,000 35,000
Nicholas Palma us
Nicholas Palma
us 105,000 45,000
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca 100,000 36,300
John Juanda id
John Juanda
id 100,000 20,000
Benny Spindler de
Benny Spindler
de 85,000 71,000
Shashank Jain in
Shashank Jain
in 70,000 5,000
Elliot Smith ca
Elliot Smith
ca 60,000 22,000
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 55,000 5,000
Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
de 55,000 2,000

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