€5,300 EPT Main Event



€5,300 EPT Main Event
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Szecsi in the Lead with 12 Left in PokerStars EPT Prague Main Event

will_shill • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Norbert Szecsi
Norbert Szecsi

Hungarian Norbert Szecsi enjoyed a day to remember, as he dominated proceedings to bag the chip lead with 12 players remaining in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague Main Event here at the Hilton Prague.

Szecsi came into the day third in chips behind Luigi Shehadeh and Gaby Livshitz, and he hardly put a foot wrong and will be the clear chip leader with two days left.

Sitting third on the Hungarian all-time money list, Szecsi is a regular on the European Poker Tour, with his biggest career cash coming last year in Barcelona where he finished second in the €10,300 High Roller for €626,357 after a heads-up deal. He's also used to poker success in here in the Czech Republic, winning his first WSOP bracelet a little over a year ago just 90 minutes down the road.

EPT Prague Main Event Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountsBig Blinds
11Gaby LivshitzIsrael3,925,00098
12Norbert SzecsiHungary6,715,000168
13Vlastimil PustinaCzech Republic460,00012
14Erdal GulsevenTurkey400,00010
15Dietrich FastGermany3,650,00091
17Dominik PankaPoland1,070,00027
21Ricardo Da RochaBrazil2,830,00071
22Laurent MichotFrance830,00021
24Luke MarshUnited Kingdom4,380,000110
25Gab Yong KimSouth Korea3,050,00076
26Tomas PaivaPortugal4,405,000110
28Mikalai PobalBelarus2,780,00070

Tournament officials had initially announced that the tournament would play down to 16 players, however, midway through the day this was changed to playing five full levels. Then, due to the pace of eliminations, this was revised further to a hard stop at 12 players which was reached at approximately 20:30 local time.

The remaining 12 players are all guaranteed €55,690 and will return tomorrow at midday for the penultimate day. They will play down to six players ahead of the final day on Tuesday.

Remaining Payouts

PlacePrize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)
Start-of-day chip leader Luigi Shehadeh
Start-of-day chip leader Luigi Shehadeh

Day 4 Action

The pace at the start of the day was in stark contrast to what would later transpire, with all 41 players who started the day surviving for the first 40 minutes. However, after the elimination of Andrei Stoenescu, that precipitated a flurry of bustouts with the likes of Sylvain Loosli, Giorgiy Skhulukhiya, Day 2 chip leader Roman Herold, Gaelle Baumann and Philipp Zukernik all gone by the first break.

Zukernik fell at the hands of Norbert Szecsi in a hand where the Canadian made four-flush holding ace-king and called all in for his last 40 big blinds, only for the Hungarian to have rivered a full house.

This elimination had Szecsi atop counts, with start-of-day chip leader Luigi Shehadeh and Gaby Livshitz the only other players above three million in chips.

Hossein Ensan
Hossein Ensan

Upon resumption, the tournament lost its biggest name, as former EPT Prague winner and World Champion Hossein Ensan bowed out in 28th place. He got it in with ace-jack and was ahead of Luke Marsh who held king-queen. A jack on the turn gave Ensan a pair, but it improved his opponent to a straight and Ensan was gone.

Szecsi still led, but after Aleksandr Sheshukov doubled through him, it was Akin Tuna who was the big stack at the three table redraw. The pair traded the chip lead over the course of the next level as the eliminations began to slow.

Start-of-day chip leader Shehadeh suffered a disappointing day, getting his chips in with ace-king against the tens of Richardo Da Rocha. A king on the flop saw him take the lead, but Da Rocha spiked a ten on the turn to send him out in 19th place.

Norbert Szecsi
Norbert Szecsi

By the next break, Szecsi had broken the five million chip mark with only Livshitz attempting to close the gap behind him. Dietrich Fast's stack received a boost when he flopped a full house with pocket queens to crack the aces of Akin Tuna.

But by the end of the day it was Szecsi who stands alone, almost 2.5 million chips ahead of his nearest rival.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for continued coverage of the EPT Main Event and the€10,300 High Roller which got underway today. We will bring you live coverage of both over the final two days of the EPT Prague festival.

Tags: Akin TunaAleksandr SheshukovAndrei StoenescuGaby LivshitzGaelle BaumannGiorgiy SkhulukhiyaHossein EnsanLuigi ShehadehLuke MarshNorbert SzecsiPhilipp ZukernikRoman HeroldSylvain Loosli

Play Ended

• Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Play ended with 12 players remaining with 1 hour, five minutes, and 11 seconds left in the level. The full chip counts and a recap are to follow.

Szecsi Adds More Chips to His Stack

• Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Norbert Szecsi raised to 90,000 from the hijack with {a-Clubs}{8-Spades} and was called by Dietrich Fast in the small blind who held {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}.

The flop came {j-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}, they both checked to the {3-Clubs} on the turn. Fast check-called the 140,000 bet of Szecsi.

The river completed the board with the {q-Clubs}, Fast checked and Szecsi bet 400,000. Fast checked his cards once more and then folded.

Norbert Szecsi hu
Norbert Szecsi
hu 6,720,000 650,000
Dietrich Fast de
Dietrich Fast
de 3,650,000 -310,000

Tags: Dietrich FastNorbert Szecsi

Morten Hvam Eliminated in 13th Place (€55,690)

will_shill • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Morten Hvam
Morten Hvam

On a {3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{5-Spades} flop both Morten Hvam and Luke Marsh checked. The turn was the {q-Spades} and Hvam bet 80,000. Marsh raised to 275,000 and Hvam used a time extension before shoving for around 1.1 million.

Marsh called with {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and the pair shook hands as Hvam turned over {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} and was drawing dead. The {4-Hearts} completed the board and Hvam was eliminated.

With 12 players left, tournament officials have taken the decision to pause the clock and to end Day 4 here in order to balance the amount of play between the remaining days.

Tomas Paiva pt
Tomas Paiva
pt 4,400,000 -50,000
Luke Marsh gb
Luke Marsh
gb 4,300,000 1,060,000
Gab Yong Kim kr
Gab Yong Kim
kr 3,000,000 -215,000
Mikalai Pobal by
Mikalai Pobal
by 2,800,000 -75,000
Laurent Michot fr
Laurent Michot
fr 825,000 230,000
Morten Hvam dk
Morten Hvam
dk Ausgeschieden

Tags: Luke MarshMorten Hvam

Stefan Egermann Eliminated in 14th Place (€50,090)

zedmaster84 • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Stefan Egermann
Stefan Egermann

Stefan Egermann was the initial raiser from under the gun and picked up a call by Tomas Paiva in the big blind.

Paiva bet the {k-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{6-Clubs} turn for 125,000 and was called by Egermann, they then headed to the {4-Spades} river. Paiva slid forward a bet o 425,000 and that sent Egermann deep into the think tank. He used four time bank extensions and moved all in for 1,100,000.

Paiva gave it just short consideration and tossed in a single chip for the call.

Egermann tabled {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} for a bluff gone wrong and Paiva scored the knockout with the {j-Clubs}{4-Clubs} for a flush.

Stefan Egermann
Stefan Egermann
Tomas Paiva pt
Tomas Paiva
pt 4,450,000 1,515,000
Stefan Egermann de
Stefan Egermann
de Ausgeschieden

Tags: Stefan EgermannTomas Paiva

Szecsi Puts Gulseven At Risk

• Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Erdal Gulseven raised to 90,000 from the middle position with {q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and was called by Norbert Szecsi in the big blind with {10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}.

The flop came {a-Spades}{k-Spades}{7-Spades}, Szecsi checked and Gulseven did the same.

The turn was the {a-Clubs}, Szecsi bet 140,000 and Gulseven called.

The river completed the board with the {8-Diamonds}, Szecsi shoved to put Gulseven at risk who opted to fold in the end.

Norbert Szecsi hu
Norbert Szecsi
hu 6,070,000 255,000
Erdal Gulseven tr
Erdal Gulseven
tr 400,000 -230,000

Tags: Erdal GulsevenNorbert Szecsi

Aleksandr Sheshukov Eliminated in 15th Place (€50,090)

zedmaster84 • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Aleksandr Sheshukov
Aleksandr Sheshukov

Aleksandr Sheshukov had all but the last T-100,000 chip in the middle when he was involved in a battle of the blinds with Luke Marsh and checked the {a-Hearts}{9-Spades}{4-Spades} flop. Marsh pushed all in and Sheshukov called.

Aleksandr Sheshukov: {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}
Luke Marsh: {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}

Sheshukov sighed and called for a seven, which never came on the {a-Clubs} turn and {2-Hearts} river run out. Sheshukov has been eliminated in 15th place and takes home €50,090 for his efforts.

Luke Marsh gb
Luke Marsh
gb 3,240,000 465,000
Aleksandr Sheshukov ru
Aleksandr Sheshukov
ru Ausgeschieden

Tags: Aleksandr SheshukovLuke Marsh

Akin Tuna Eliminated in 16th Place (€44,500)

• Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Akin Tuna
Akin Tuna

Akin Tuna shoved for 160,000 from the cutoff and Dominik Panka shoved for 890,000 on the button for the blinds to fold.

Akin Tuna: {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}
Dominik Panka: {9-Spades}{9-Clubs}

The flop came {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}{8-Hearts} to keep Panka ahead.

The turn was the {10-Spades} to not help Tuna at all.

The river completed the board with the {2-Spades} for Tuna's tournament run to be over as he was eliminated in sixteenth place for €44,500.

Dominik Panka pl
Dominik Panka
pl 1,150,000 340,000
Akin Tuna tr
Akin Tuna
tr Ausgeschieden

Tags: Akin TunaDominik Panka