PokerStars .com EPT Prague 2011 is record-breaking with a prize pool of over 3.500.000 euros!
Image A total of 488 players competed on Day 1b of EPT Prague today which, combined with yesterday's 234-strong Day 1a field, give a total field of 722 - by far the biggest major poker tournament ever held in the Czech Republic....

 The total prize pool is €3,501,700; the winner will get €775,000. 104 places are being paid.
EPT Prague is running December 5-10 at the Hilton Prague Hotel. As well as their title and cash prize, the winner will also receive a stunning bracelet from EPT Season 8 Official Bracelet Sponsor Shamballa Jewels worth more than €10,000. Skrill, the Official Payment Provider Sponsor for EPT Season 8, is running a Last Longer contest for patched-up players in the Main Event.

The $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em event started with two Day 1 flights on Monday and Tuesday and is slated to run through Saturday.  The total field of 722 players (234 on Day 1A and 488 on Day 1B) eclipses the previous EPT Prague high mark of 584 set in 2009, during EPT Season 6.  Players from Day 1B are dominating the leaderboard heading into Day 2 (though with so many more runners on Tuesday, that wasn’t unexpected), with Russia’s Andrey Saenko topping everybody behind a stack of 200,800 chips.

Notables returning for Day 2 include Jude Ainsworth (151,700 chips), Ville Wahlbeck (121,900), Chris Moorman (115,000), Liv Boeree (108,700), James Akenhead(105,600), Vitaly Lunkin (95,900), 2011 WSOP Main Event runner-up and Czech Republic native Martin Staszko (55,600), Gus Hansen (52,600), Eoghan O’Dea (50,800), Eugene Katchalov (46,600), Daniel “jungleman” Cates (37,400), 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel (24,100), Mike McDonald (22,400), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (17,400), and Andrey Pateychuk(14,600), who jumped into another tournament just a day after winning the World Poker Tour  Prague.

This year’s WSOP Main Event champ, Pius Heinz, was knocked out in Day 1B, as was former tennis superstar Boris Becker, who was one of the many pelts collected by Andrey Saenko.
The 772 players created a prize pool of €3,501,700.  The top 104 finishers will make the money, with €7,500 as the min cash and €775,000, or about $1,040,167, going to the winner. 

Here is how the prize structure breaks down:
1. €775,000
2. €480,000
3. €270,000
4. €205,000
5. €160,000
6. €125,000
7. €90,000
8. €66,700
9-10. €48,000
11-12. €35,000
13-14. €27,000
15-16. €23,000
17-24. €20,000
25-32. €17,000
33-40. €15,000
41-56. €13,000
57-72. €11,000
73-88. €9,000
89-104. €7,500

End of Day 1 (Combined) Chip Leaders
1.    Andrey Saenko – 200800
2.    Mads Wissing – 178300
3.    Max Silver – 177100
4.    Jude Ainsworth – 151700
5.    Mauri Dorbek – 147800
6.    Denys Drobyna – 145600
7.    Danilo Donnini – 142600
8.    William Thorsson – 133400
9.    Vedzizhev Beslan – 132200
10.   Jesus Cortes – 131200

 
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