In two hours from now at 12 p.m. noon local time, Day 5 of the record-breaking 2016 PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague Main Event will get underway. After four tournament days and 25 levels, the massive field of 1,192 entries has been whittled down to the last 18 and Jasper Meijer van Putten is leading the hopefuls with a stack of 3,770,000.
The Dutchman has already secured the biggest payday of his career with €34,630 locked up, but all eyes are set on the first-prize of €774,600 and the last chance to become an EPT Main Event champion. The popular tournament series is rebranding in 2017 and in less than a month from now, the first ever PokerStars Championship will take place in the Bahamas with online satellites already underway.
Marius Gierse follows in second place with 3,375,000 while David Peters is third with 2,985,000. Marton Czuczor already had several deep runs in EPT Main Events and is aiming to reach his first final table; the Hungarian comes into Day 5 with a healthy stack of 2,935,000. Other notables still in include EPT regular Kiryl Radzivonau (2,590,000), Andrew Hulme (2,205,000), 2015 World Series of Poker Europe runner-up David Lopez Llacer (2,200,000) and Sam Cohen (2,065,000).
The other two big names in contention will return with the shortest stacks. Martin Kabrhel has been very vocal at the tables and made it to Day 5, while Felipe Ramos is the last remaining PokerStars Team Pro and has 525,000. This represents just over 10 big blinds for level 26 with blinds of 25,000/50,000 and a running ante of 5,000.
Day 5 Seat Assignments
|1||1||Martin Kabrhel||Czech Republic||640,000|
|1||3||David Lopez Llacer||Spain||2,200,000|
|1||8||Sam Cohen||United States||2,065,000|
|2||6||Andrew Hulme||United Kingdom||2,205,000|
|2||8||Jasper Meijer van Putten||Netherlands||3,770,000|
|3||7||David Peters||United States||2,985,000|
The goal of the day is the final table of the last six for cards-up coverage on Monday and two further redraws will take place - with two tables left and once the tournament is down to the last nine hopefuls. The PokerNews live reporting team will be there to cover all key hands until a winner is crowned. You can also follow the updates of the record-breaking €10,300 High Roller as well, which is scheduled to determine the last ever EPT High Roller champion within the next two days.