November Niner Jerry Wong Leads EPT Prague €10K High Roller

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While it’s uncertain of the Prague stop on the schedule will be next year when the European Poker Tour (EPT) is rebranded and divided into PokerStars Championships and PokerStars Festivals, today it has been clear that there’s a poker-loving community here with deep pockets.

The final EPT Prague High Roller event had a lot to live up to and it won’t disappoint if the first day is anything to go by. Already this festival we’ve witnessed amazing High Roller victories for Stefan Schillhabel, Leon Tsoukernik and Ike Haxton, but whoever wins the €10K High Roller can almost certainly claim that their title was the hardest of the four to win. The reason? Players and lots of them.

Last season’s overall of 315 runners turned into eclipsed by the time the players headed for dinner and by the end of the day the field had swelled to 325 unique players and 68 re-entries total 393 runners. Until play starts tomorrow with late registration open it’s a case of how high can we go?

After 10 levels of play 200 players remain. November Niner Jerry Wong leads with 402,900 and the top five is as followed:

Position Player Country Chip Count
1 Jerry Wong United States 402,900
2 Andrey Zaichenko Russia 365,000
3 Sameer Khurana Poland 279,900
4 Aleksey Ponakov Latvia 269,000
5 Niklas Astedt Sweden 268,400

Other players who bagged big stacks include: Sameer Khurana (279,900), Niklas Astedt (268,400), Rocco Palumbo (258,000), Kully Sidhu (253,600), Mustapha Kanit (234,900) and Haxton (221,400). Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree will also be back, she finished on 93,800 and bought some festive cheer to proceedings today.

The hand of the day undoubtedly involved Bryan Piccioli and Tamer Kamel. Both players made a flush, it’s just Piccioli’s was of the Royal variety and in spades no less. The best kind!