Richter Continues Earth-Shattering Performance In Prague
Dirk Richter managed to preserve his lead through Day 2 of the EPT Prague and goes into the third day with a chipstack of 593,000. The German won his seat at the event through a live satellite held in the Czech capital shortly before the tournament began.
Day 2 saw the 254 remaining players reduced to just 93. With the bubble set to burst when the 81st player hits the rail, a tense start can be expected to Day 3.
While Richter was enjoying another stellar day, Welshman Roberto Romanello also shone. He lost a big pot early on, but recovered his poise to finish the day in second position, an improvement of one place on his showing the previous evening. What’s more, he has considerably narrowed the gap on the leader, his 566,000 chips trails Richter’s stack by just 27,000. Second placed started Elias Brussianos from Greece fell away somewhat but still lies in the middle of the field going into Day 3.
Among the players to fall were Praz Bansi, Theo Jorgensen, Kent Lundmark and Christophe Benzimra, while the British contingent lost Laurence Houghton and Liv Boeree, who had her full house defeated by the quad kings of Josh Prager. Aside from Romanello, however, there are three other Brits still in the competition, Charles Chattha, Ben Carpenter and Toby Lewis, and while none of them is brilliantly placed, all should be reasonably confident of at least cashing for the minimum payout of €8,000. They, and the rest of the field, will have their eyes firmly set on a place at the final table where the first prize of €640,000 awaits the winner.
The top ten players going into Day 3 were as follows:
1. Dirk Richter – Germany 593000
2. Roberto Romanello – UK 566000
3. Antonio Palma – Portugal 545000
4. Kevin MacPhee – USA 483000
5. Rob Hollink – Netherlands 452000
6. Denis Kipnis – Russia 384000
7. Josh Prager – USA 362500
8. Drasutis Tauras Narmontas – Lithuania 334000
9. Tobias Reinkemeier – Germany 325000
10. David Stogel – USA 314500
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