Over 1000 Entrants Break Records at EPT Prague Main Event
New records continue to be set at the Hilton Hotel, Prague this week as over 1000 entrants to the main event make for the largest prize pool tournament ever to be held in the Czech capital city.
In total 1007 players bought in for €5300, making for a total prize pool of €4,883,950 and a first place prize of €889,000.
Of those 1007 players, 549 returned today for Day 2, and this has already dwindled down to under 300.
Players will need to last until the final 127 to squeak into the money and min-cash for €8600. A final table will net just over €66,000. Along with the €889k first place prize, the champion will also win an official EPT 10 Main Event watch from watch-maker and event sponsor SLYDE.
The chip leader with 600,000 chips is Kwan Lau Ka, a Chinese-born grinder who lives in Spain and plays PokerStars’ Spanish poker site under the name “kaju85.” He was the first player to achieve SuperNova Elite on the dot-ES site when Spanish regulation opened in June 2012.
In second place with 440,000 chips is London-based Sebastian Saffari, a live poker pro with dozens of cashes in the last couple of years totallying more than $3,000,000. He sits at #646 on the GPI rankings.
Pokerstars pros David Williams and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier are also in contention, as is Eugene Katchalov.
The six-day event plays down to the final nine on Tuesday, and a champion will be crowned from the final table on Wednesday.
To follow along with all the action, watch the livestream (below). You can also visit the PokerStars blog for live updates and chip counts.