EPT Prague ME Day 5: Silver Captures Chip Lead

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A casual observer of the poker room of the EPT Prague Main event would be totally unaware that 61 players sat down to play for a top prize of €889,000.

After a long and tumultuous day of poker, 22 players bagged their chips and will return for Day 5.

Max Silver, continues the excellent run that started almost four years ago with his UKIPT Dublin win as he emerged as chip leader at the end of the day.

A large portion of Silver’s winning came at the expense of Ludovic Lacay who started the day as  chip leader.

Both players got it all in pre-flop, with Lacay holding pocket Kings to Silver’s pocket Aces.  The hand crippled Lacay who exited in 33rd place.

Lacay first reaction to his elimination portrayed most poker players’ feelings when running Kings into Aces, but he was ready to take his loss in stride and move on shortly.

Or  ” Hey it’s better, I think I have to fold the last hand. Thank you for the support but it is not yet finished in Prague, late reg Highroller or the WPT noon tomorrow?

Perhaps the most interesting story of the EPT is that of Julian Track. Track will go to Day 5 only a million chips behind Silver. The German has no recorded tournament wins and no other major results. Track held the chip lead several times on Day 4 and is within easy striking distance of Silver.

Even with a far above average chip stack and a sizeable lead, Silver faces formidable competition during his quest to take the title. Additionally, Stephen Chidwick has played excellent poker all week in Prague.

Canadian Andrew Chen is trying for his fourth EPT final. Chen knocked out four players on Day 4 including Vit Blachut and Sotirios Koutoupas, last year’s runner up. Chen bagged 1,134,00 chips to head into Day 5.

Ole Schemion is also eyeing knocking off current points leader Daniel Negreanu and claiming the GPI Player of the Year title. Schemion needs a 17th or better finish to accomplish that feat, which seems likely considering his 2,700,000 chip stack.

As the players prepare for Day 5, chip leader Silver showed the quiet composure of someone who had been there before:


The players will play down to the final table on Day 5.

Chip Counts

1. Max Silver – 3,987,000

2. Julian Track – 3,010,000

3. Ole Schemion – 2,700,000

4. Stephen Chidwick – 2,084,000

5. Ori Hasson – 1,758,000

6. Tapio Vihakas – 1,574,000

7. Jorma Nuutinen – 1,508,000

8. Ka Kwan Lau – 1,350,000

9. Sigurd Eskeland – 1,264,000

The Remaining Payouts

1st – 889,000

2nd – 536,700

3rd – 378,000

4th – 283,800

5th – 218,300

6th – 160,200

7th – 118,200

8th – 84,600

9th – 66,050

10th – 11th – 54,900

12th – 13th – 49,200

14th – 15th – 44,300

16th – 17th – 39,400

18th – 20th – 34,500

21st – 23rd – 29,600