Harry Lodge Reaches PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event Final Table
18 December 2017
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The 855 players who bought into the €5,300 PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event have been reduced to the final table of six and among those returning to fight for a €775,000 first-place prize is the United Kingdom’s Harry Lodge.

PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event Final Table Seat Draw

Seat Player Country Chips
1 Harry Lodge United Kingdom 1,230,000
2 Kalidou Sow France 8,135,000
3 Michal Mrakes Czech Republic 5,010,000
4 Gabriele Lepore Italy 1,815,000
5 Colin Robinson USA 1,425,000
6 Jason Wheeler USA 8,100,000

Fifteen players returned to their seats for the penultimate day’s action in the Prague Main Event. Pierre Calamusa bust within minutes of the restart and he was followed to the rail by Serhii Popovych, Navot Golan, Thomas Lentrodt, Robert Heidorn and Alex Foxen.

Foxen’s exit left nine players in the hunt for the title and these nine players moved to the unofficial final table.

Jason Wheeler, who is no stranger to making deep runs in major live poker tournaments, went into the nine-handed unofficial final table with a 7,210,000 stack, or 120 big blinds in old money. Lodge was sat with 1,945,000 chips, or 32 big blinds, and nicely poised for a potentially life-changing cash win.

Aleksandr Mordvinov was eliminated in ninth-place when he got his stack in with against Kalidou Sow’s on a flop. Sow turned the to complete his straight flush and the player count reduced by one.

Eighth-place went to Ukraine’s Valentyn Shabelnyk, again at the hands of Sow. Shabelnyk check-raised all-in on a four-five-eight board with pocket queens and was snapped off by Sow who held seven-six for a flopped straight. Sow improved to an unnecessary flush on the turn to leave Shabelnyk drawing dead.

The final elimination of Day 5 was that of Matas Cimbolas. The popular Lithuanian saw Sow open from the button and decided to three-bet all-in for almost 14 big blinds from the small blind with ace-jack. Sow’s heater continued as he called with a pair of kings. Cimbolas paired his jack on the flop but the turn and river were blanks to resign him to seventh-place, a result worth €104,000.

The tournament was paused for the final time after Cimbolas exited, the six remaining players now guaranteed €147,000 for their efforts. There is 49:35 remaining of Level 28 when the players return at noon local time, which means the blinds are 40,000/80,000/10,000a.Play resumes at 1:00 p.m. local time.

Wheeler and Sow, courtesy of their 101 big blind stacks, will start as favourites to win the title, although nobody should write off the chances of Michal Mrakes who has played some exceptional poker throughout the week and is lurking in the wings with 62 big blinds at his disposal.

Do not give up on Lodge either because his 15 big blind stack is still large enough to do some serious damage to all but Wheeler and Sow and he is an intelligent enough player to use his stack to his full advantage.

Find out how Lodge and the other five finalists get on by heading to the UK & Ireland PokerNews Live Reporting pages.

Ben Heath and Kfir Ivgi In Final 16 of the €10,000 High Roller

Another tournament that is in play on Dec. 18 is the €10,000 High Roller. Some 256 players competed in this high buy-in event and only 16 of those hopefuls have the chance to win the €498,000 top prize.

Coventry’s Kfir Ivgi is one of two British players who will return to the action today. Ivgi recently won a €2,200 no-limit hold’em event at the PokerStars Championship Prague series for €126,340 and it looks like he is riding the wave of positive variance at the moment. Ivgi sits down with 700,000 chips.

The other Brit still in contention for the victory is Ben Heath. Heath sits back down with 966,000 chips, enough to place him fourth from the returning 16 players.