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TODAY’S ACTION

€5,300 EPT Prague Main Event – Day 6 (Final Table) (Live Updates)
Entries: 1,285 I Prize pool: €6,232,250 I First-place prize: €1,030,000

After six days of play it’s time to crown a champion in the EPT Prague Main Event. Jon Kyte has led the way for the past few days and brings a healthy chip lead into five-handed play. Can he go all the way and win more than a million?

€10,300 EPT High Roller – Day 3 (Live Updates)
Entries: 240 I Prize pool: €2,328,000 I First-place prize: €491,950

Juan Pardo is on course to win his sixth PokerStars live title in two years, but will have to get through the likes of Scott Margereson, Tobias Peters, and Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson as they play down to a winner today.


FINAL TABLE PLAYER PROFILES

After five days of play, the EPT Prague Main Event reached its final table on Saturday afternoon and trimmed its record-breaking field of 1,285 entries to its last five players.

Read some more about them in our final table player profiles.

FEATURE ARTICLES

A REFRESHER IN SECURITY AND INTEGRITY AFTER EMOTIONS BOIL OVER AT EPT PRAGUE

After a rare incidence of violence at EPT Prague, tournament staff stress the importance of security and integrity and keeping everyone safe at PokerStars live events.

Find out what lessons can be learned from this unusual incident.

DREAM SPOT FOR SPRAGG AS ABSURD COOLER ENDS COLILLAS’ EPT PRAGUE RUN

Viewers of the EPT Prague live stream were in shock last night as an absurd three-way cooler saw Marle Spragg triple up and Ramon Colillas eliminated.

If you’ve got a strong stomach, click here and find out what happened.

ICE STOCK MAKES SUCCESSFUL DEBUT ON EPT ACTIVITIES CALENDAR

Players and guests at EPT Prague had the chance to learn Ice Stock – basically petanque/bocce on ice. It wasn’t skilful, but it was fun — and offered redemption to a bubble boy.

Read all about it.

FUN AND FESTIVITY AT THE EPT PRAGUE PLAYER PARTYIt’s been a long year on the European Poker Tour (EPT). Thank goodness the organisers have always been on hand to throw a Player Party, allowing players, guests and staff alike the chance to throw caution to the wind for an evening.

SHORT-STACK MASTER ADRIA DIAZ IS SPINNING AND GOING AT EPT PRAGUESpin & Go pro Adria Diaz won a package to Prague and is now hoping to reach the final table where his short-handed, shallow-stack skills thrive.

FRENCH CROWD THRILLED BY SERGE CHECHIN’S CHARGE AT EPT PRAGUEOnline qualifier Serge Chechin is flying the flag for France at the EPT Prague feature table today, making his legions of fans very happy.

LOUISE ULRICK SHARES THE WEALTH TO REUNITE BOOTCAMP FRIENDS IN PRAGUEAfter winning the Power Poker Bootcamp Showdown in Cyprus, Louise Ulrick opted to split her prize between former adversaries and bring them to EPT Prague.

‘I KNOW WHAT’S IN FRONT OF ME’: SPRAGGY REFLECTS ON HIS BEST POKER YEARWe speak to Spraggy at EPT Prague about his best poker year to date and the debut of mystery bounty tournaments on PokerStars.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN EPT QUALIFIERGoing on your first poker trip can be daunting, especially if you’re bringing someone with you who isn’t familiar with the poker world. Here, we break down what an average day might look like for an EPT qualifier and their guest. That way, you can get the most out of your poker vacation.

TAKE THE VLTAVA RIVER CRUISE ON THE GOOD SHIP POKERSTARSAmong the numerous activities on offer to players and their guests on the European Poker Tour (EPT), the Vltava river cruise in Prague remains hugely popular. And why wouldn’t it? It allows for tremendous views of one of the world’s most beautiful cities — and comes with some wintery treats to eat and drink as well. Take a look through our photo gallery.

EPT QUALIFIER ANTHONY DESAI ON PLAYING THE TOUR THAT LIT HIS POKER FIREAnthony Desai grew up watching the EPT, learning from both the players and the commentators. Now, having won packages to two events, the 27-year-old security worker from London is becoming a regular. “Just to be here, it’s amazing.”

ROMAN GRANDFATHER EGIDIO SALANDI STARTS NEW POKER CAREER — THANKS TO POWER PATHAfter a long career as a doctor, Egidio Salandi is now playing more online poker — and won a Gold Pass to EPT Prague through the Power Path. We caught up with this genial 70-year-old.

MIKE KESSEL TURNS CHARITY DONATION INTO EPT PRAGUE TRIPPresident of the Cleveland Clinic in Toronto by day, Mike Kessel won a charity tournament in aid of a breast cancer hospital and is now loving life on the EPT.

HOW NICOLAS ZAMMATARO IS USING ONLINE QUALIFIERS TO NURSE HIS POKER DREAM BACK TO HEALTHFor years, Nicolas Zammataro paused his poker dream to pursue his nursing career. But now, after qualifying for EPT Prague for €50, he’s ready to start dreaming again.

CASTING CALL! WHAT’S IT LIKE AT THE EPT FEATURE TABLE?PokerStars Blog drew up a seat under the bright lights for the EPT dress rehearsal. Find out what you can expect if you find yourself at an EPT feature table.

MEET PETER ÖNNESTAM, ONE OF THE SIX GOLD PASS WINNERS AT EPT PRAGUESix players chose to use their Gold Passes at EPT Prague, one of whom was Sweden’s Peter Önnestam, a 48-year-old art director from Stockholm playing his maiden EPT.

HUGE REPEAT WINNERS IN PRAGUE AS CREAM RISES TO TOPLet’s take a look around the festival so far to see what’s been happening, and note how repeat winners seem to be the current trend.

GRZEGORZ KOPACZ AND THE DECADES-OLD DUBLIN PUB LEAGUE THAT LED HIM TO EPT PRAGUEOnline qualifier Grzegorz Kopacz skipped the final week of his pub poker league to be here in Prague, forfeiting his chance of hometown glory for a shot at EPT success.


RECORD-BREAKING MAIN EVENT STATS

The €5,300 EPT Prague Main Event set a new record for the destination, with 1,285 entries coming from 936 unique players and 349 re-entries. The previous EPT Prague record was 1,267 entries last year.

Prize pool information:
€6,232,250 total prize pool
191 places paid
€1,030,000 for the winner
€8,420 minimum cash

Nationality stats:

64 countries represented

Top five nations: Italy (79 players or 8.4% of the field), France (78 or 8.3%), Germany (68 or 7.3%), the United Kingdom (48 or 5.1%), Sweden (44 or 4.7%).

Alexander Tkatschew wins record-breaking Eureka Main Event for €511,710

Austria’s Alexander Tkatschew outlasted a record-breaking Eureka field of 4,403 entries to win €511,710.

This is Tkatschew’s second EPT trophy in recent months as he took down a €25K High Roller in Cyprus for €432,090.

You can read a full recap of the event on PokerNews.

RESULTS SO FAR

Take a look through all the flagship and side event results from the EPT and Eureka Prague festivals.

RESULTS SO FAR

ABOUT EPT PRAGUE 2023

December’s festivities make it the most wonderful time of the year, but the weeks leading up to the holidays are pretty great too. And there’s nowhere that poker players from around the world would rather spend their time than in Prague for the European Poker Tour (EPT).

It might be chilly outside, but EPT Prague 2023 has plenty of poker action to heat things up inside the Hilton Prague at the King’s Casino. The festival begins with the EUREKA Poker Tour – always massive for a €1,100 buy-in – before moving up in stakes to the EPT line-up.

Plus, when you’re not at the tables, you get to wrap up warm and explore one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. From the market stalls and Christmas trees at the Old Town Square to the bustling Charles Bridge, the stunning Prague Castle to your pick of incredible (and affordable) restaurants, Prague is one of those places you’ll want to return to again and again.

Poker players certainly do, and that’s why the EPT comes back here year after year, always bigger and better. 

Want to join us this year? Then get these dates in your diaries now: December 6-17, 2023

Whether you’re a casual player who has never played a live event, or a seasoned pro hoping to book your trip for cheap, PokerStars players can win their way to EPT Prague through the Power Path – an exciting new way to qualify online for next to nothing.

It could be you who follows in the footsteps of previous Prague winners like Hossein Ensan, Martin Finger, Kalidou Sow, and Roberto Romanello.

KEY DATES AND FULL SCHEDULE

December 6-17, 2023

See below for key tournament dates.

EUREKA

Main Event: December 7-11 – €1,100
Cup: December 9-10 – €440
High Roller: December 10-11 – €2,200

EPT

Super High Roller: December 10-12 – €50,000
Main Event: December 11-17 – €5,300
Mystery Bounty: December 13-15 – €3,000
High Roller: December 15-17 – €10,300

You can look through the full EPT Prague schedule here.

EPT PRAGUE 2023 STREAM SCHEDULE

Tuesday December 12

13:00 CET

EPT PRAGUE: €10K MYSTERY BOUNTY – DAY 2

Wednesday December 13

12:30 CET

EPT PRAGUE: €5K MAIN EVENT – DAY 2

Thursday December 14

12:30 CET

EPT PRAGUE: €5K MAIN EVENT – DAY 3

Friday December 15

12:30 CET

EPT PRAGUE: €5K MAIN EVENT – DAY 4

Saturday December 16

12:30 CET

EPT PRAGUE: €5K MAIN EVENT – DAY 5

Sunday December 17

13:00 CET

EPT PRAGUE: €5K MAIN EVENT – FINAL TABLE

English-language coverage on our central/global channels will be hosted by James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, Griffin Benger, Nick Walsh and Maria Ho. 

There will also be streams on our French, Spanish and Brazilian channels. Plus, there will be broadcasts in German and Italian.

MINI EPT PRAGUE ONLINE SERIES

With EPT Prague currently underway, many of those who won packages and seats are either already in the Czech capital or they’re packing more eagerly than they’ve ever packed before.

But don’t worry if you won’t be making the trip to the EPT this time around. There’s still a way you can get a feel for the EPT experience from the comfort of your own home.

A Mini EPT Prague online festival has been announced to run alongside the action at the Prague Hilton, meaning you can play while you watch the live stream on Twitch or YouTube.

The series runs from Tuesday, December 12 through to Sunday, December 17, with 18 tournaments over six days and buy-ins starting at just $1.10.

There’s a ridiculous amount of added value added to the Mini EPT Prague events, too.

$40K IN ADDED VALUE

To ensure the Mini EPT Prague series is a can’t-miss series, PokerStars is adding $40K in added-value tournament tickets to the prize pools.

The $5.50 and $55 Mini Main Events on December 17 will each award a Gold Power Pass worth $10,300 to the winner, which can be used at any future EPT stop for a full EPT experience.

Plus, there are also six added value Silver Power Passes worth $2,500 each up for grabs.

Both Mini Main Events begin on Sunday, December 17.

$5.50 Mini EPT Prague Main Event (Low edition – $50K Gtd) – 12:15 ET (17:15 WET)
$55 Mini EPT Prague Main Event (High edition – $125K Gtd) – 14:15 ET (19:15 WET)

ACTIVITIES GUIDE

Your focus might be on the tables when at EPT Prague 2023, but rest assured, there will be plenty to keep you entertained on any days off, not to mention the guests who will be joining you.

Prague is a city like no other, and this is a poker event that remains among the most popular of the year. You can take advantage of the incredible winter delights Prague has to offer, and complement your trip with these activities, all of which are free.

This year’s agenda includes ice curling, a river cruise and, of course, the Player’s Party.

Take a look at the full list of EPT Prague activities here.

POKER IN THE EARS PRAGUE PODCAST

In their final episode of 2023, James and Joe look ahead to the last European Poker Tour event of the year: #EPTPrague.

They run through the live streaming schedule (six days of coverage on the PokerStars Twitch and YouTube channels) and catch up with 2016 Main Event champion Jasper Meijer van Putten. The second guest of the week is mindset coach Elliot Roe, who discusses his new book ‘A-Game Poker’.

Plus, Joe talks about being auctioned off at a charity tournament, and Ed Nice from the UK hopes to be rewarded for watching the terrible movie ‘Champagne and Bullets’ as he takes part in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’.

Please follow/subscribe to #PITE and join our community on Discord. The podcast returns in February 2024.

PREVIOUS WINNERS AND RESULTS

2007 – Arnaud Mattern (France) – €708,400

2008 – Salvatore Bonavena (Italy) – €774,000

2009 – Jan Skampa (Czech Republic) – €682,000 (recap)

2010 – Roberto Romanello (UK) – €640,000 (recap)

2011 – Martin Finger (Germany) – €720,000 (recap)

Martin Finger took down EPT Prague in 2011

2012 – Ramzi Jelassi (Sweden) – €835,000 (recap)

2013 – Julian Track (Germany) – €725,700 (recap)

2014 – Stephen Graner (USA) – €969,000 (recap)

2015 – Hossein Ensan (Germany) – €754,510 (recap)

Before he won the WSOP Main Event, Hossein Ensan was the EPT Prague champ in 2015

2016 – Jasper Meijer van Putten (Netherlands) – €699,300 (recap)

2017 – Kalidou Sow (France) – €675,000 (recap)

2018 – Paul Michaelis (Germany) – €840,000 (recap)

2019 – Mikalai Pobal (Belarus) – €1,005,600 (recap) – Pobal’s second EPT title

2022 – Grzegorz Główny (Poland) – €692,252 (recap)

2022 – Jordan Sacucchi (Canada) – €913,250 (recap)

MORE FROM EPT PRAGUE

EVENT AND TRAVEL GUIDE

Prague is a popular stop on the EPT circuit, with hectic tournament action and a wide variety of cash games, complemented by a beautiful city packed with bars and restaurants that never break the bank.

Here is the complete guide to the event including a look back at some landmark moments, and everything you need to know at or away from the tables.

NO MORE PRAGUE SQUEAK!

Anyone who had ever played at EPT Prague prior to last year would have endured the dreaded Prague squeak. The chairs used to grind against the tournament floor, producing a grating screech, like nails on a chalkboard.

But not anymore! In 2022, that issue was taken care of with help from Steve O’Dwyer, who was on a crusade to end it.

And end it he did.

EVERYTHING ELSE

POKER NEWS LIVE UPDATES
Our live reporting partner will offer hand-by-hand updates from a number of tournaments across the series. We’ll link to their updates when the series begins.

EPT PRAGUE OFFICIAL SITE
The PokerStars Live official page, with everything you need to know about the tournament series in Prague.

FULL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
The full EPT Prague schedule can be viewed here.

DOWNLOAD THE POKERSTARS LIVE APP
All the info you need on your mobile device from the Apple iStore or Google Play for Android.

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