The PokerStars European Poker Tour is ending its chapter in history in style, as EPT Prague, the tour's final Main Event, attracted a record field of 1,192 for the festival in the Czech capital. The field entering today has since shrunk to 231 players, or the exact amount of players to reach the money in the tournament.
Yesterday ended a little later than scheduled since as time was ticking down for the day, the tournament moved into hand-for-hand mode with players anticipating the bubble to break with 232 players left. After several players survived all ins, Attila Valentai was the last player to finish outside the money when his ace-king was unable to out-flip his opponent's pocket eights despite a king appearing on the flop.
While everyone returning today is guaranteed a share of the massive prize pool of €5,781,200 and at least a minimum cash of €7,560, many have their eyes on the first-place payout of €774,600 which will be awarded to the last man or woman standing on Day 6.
The 2010 EPT Grand Final Main Event champion Nicolas Chouity enters today sitting in the lead with 644,000 in chips to his name. Other big stacks heading into Day 3 include Eduards Kudrjavcevs (547,000), Nandor Solyom (526,500), Matas Cimbolas (481,500), Pedro Lamarca (480,000), Apostolos Bechrakis (478,500), Ludovic Lacay (438,000), Thomas Muehloecker (430,000), Samuel Vousden (428,500), Artur Rudziankov (415,500) and Benjamin Pollak (407,500).
Some big name players also returning for action today on Day 3 include Pablo Gordillo (313,000), David Peters (305,000), Fabrice Soulier (200,000), [Removed:197] (199,500), Juha Helppi (179,000), Ari Engel (106,500) and the Team PokerStars Pros Felipe Ramos (106,500) and Vanessa Selbst (69,000).
Players will begin with Level 15 (2,000/4,000/500) at the start of play and are scheduled to play five levels with breaks taking place after each level. Blind levels will increase every 90 minutes instead of every 75 minutes as been the case the previous days.
Stay tuned to PokerNews throughout the day for live updates to see how the final EPT Main Event shakes out as players get deeper into the money.