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Next up on the European Poker Tour schedule is EPT Prague. The event heads to Casino Atrium Prague at the Hilton Prague December 7-18, for a plentiful festival that includes 43 events. EPT Prague is anchored by the €5,300 Main Event running December 12-18 and the series will also award two Platinum Passes to the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship. In addition to the €5,300 Main Event, the EPT Prague schedule features the €1,100 buy-in EPT National event December 8-12, the €50,000 buy-in EPT Super High Roller December 10-12, and the €10,300 buy-in EPT High Roller December 16-18. Prague Known for Its Big Numbers EPT Prague is one of the European Poker Tour’s most iconic stops, and it never fails to deliver with impressive field sizes and large payouts. If you include the one-year rebranded PokerStars Championship Prague in 2017, the Prague Main Event has attracted 9,065 entries over the years and generated a total of €43.8 million in prize money. That’s an average field size of 824 entries and an average prize pool of nearly €4 million. The first-place prize has averaged nearly €750,000, too. France’s Arnaud Mattern was the first EPT Prague Main Event winner when he took the crown back in 2007, and other past winners include Roberto Romanello in 2010, Martin Finger in 2011, and Stephen Graner in 2014. Jasper Van Putten won the largest EPT Prague Main Event, topping a field of 1,192 entries in 2016 to win €699,300 after a heads-up deal was made with Marton Czuczor. Graner’s €969,000 prize from 2014 remains the largest first-place payout in EPT Prague Main Event history. The €10,300 buy-in High Roller has also been a favorite of players heading to Prague. First installed in 2010, this event has attracted a total of 1,584 entries and generated more than €16.6 million in prize money. The €1,100 buy-in National tournament is Prague’s best mid-tier offering and known to attract tons of players, with 9,746 entries across six years and a total of €9.45 million dished out. That’s an average field size of more than 1,600 runners. Two Platinum Pass Packages Up for Grabs EPT Prague will award two coveted Platinum Pass packages, valued at $30,000 each. The packages include a $25,000 entry into the PSPC tournament in the Bahamas in January 2019, six nights’ accommodation at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, and $2,000 in travel expenses and room folio credit. Details on how to win a Platinum Pass during EPT Prague have yet to be released, but stay tuned to PocketFives.com for an update. The Czech Republic Capital Delivers Off the Felt, Too If you’re a fan of poker and the winter holiday season, there are few places better than Prague in the month of December for the EPT’s trip there. The city is absolutely beautiful at this time of year, dressed from head to toe in holiday garb with incredible sights and delicious treats to delight. For the adventurers out there, Prague has a few must-see attractions, starting with the Charles Bridge and Old Town Square. Taking a stroll across the 14th Century Charles Bridge is simply charming. It’s as picturesque as anywhere in the world and comes full of life. Prague’s Old Town Square has become a favorite of anyone who travels to EPT Prague. The historic streets are lined with restaurants and holiday vendors for you to grab a bite or a pint while listening to live music or enjoying one of the many street performers putting on a show. While you’re down in Old Town Square, make sure you check out the Prague Astronomical Clock. The medieval clock is the oldest astronomical clock in the world that is still in operation. As you continue to stroll around town, you may want to check out Prague Castle. It’s stunning and provides amazing views of the city. EPT Prague Schedule DATE TIME EVENT TOURNAMENT BUY-IN 12/7/18 4 p.m. 1 NL Hold'em €1,100 6 p.m. 2 NL Hold'em - 8 Handed €10,300 8 p.m. 3 NL Hold'em - EPT National Qualifier 'Win your seat at 100,000 chips' €125 12/8/18 12 p.m. 4 (1a) NL Hold'em - EPT National €1,100 2 p.m. 5 NL Hold'em - €1,100 Cash Qualifier €120 7 p.m. 6 NL Hold'em - €1,100 Cash Qualifier €120 10 p.m. 7 NL Hold'em - Hyper Turbo - Freezeout €1,100 12/9/18 12 p.m. 4 (1b) NL Hold'em - EPT National €1,100 4 p.m. 8 NL Hold'em - EPT Super High Roller Qualifier €5,200 7 p.m. 4 (1c) NNL Hold'em - EPT National €1,100 10 p.m. 9 NL Hold'em - Hyper Turbo €1,100 12/10/18 12 p.m. 10 (1a) NL Hold'em - EPT Cup €330 12:30 p.m. 11 NL Hold'em - EPT Super High Roller €50,000 2 p.m. 12 NL Hold'em - EPT Main Event Qualifier 'Win your seat at 100,000 chips' €600 6 p.m. 10 (1b) NL Hold'em - EPT Cup - Re-Entry To A Following Flight €330 10 p.m. 13 NL Hold'em - Hyper Turbo - Knockout €2,150 12/11/18 12 p.m. 14 NL Hold'em - EPT National High Roller €2,200 4 p.m. 15 NL Hold'em - EPT Main Event Qualifier €800 9 p.m. 16 NL Hold'em - EPT Main Event Qualifier €550 12/12/18 12 p.m. 17 (1a) NL Hold'em - EPT Prague Main Event €5,300 4 p.m. 18 NL Hold'em - EPT Main Event Qualifier €800 8 p.m. 19 NL Hold'em - EPT Main Event Qualifier €550 10 p.m. 20 NL Hold'em - Turbo - To €25,000 €2,700 12/13/18 12 p.m. 17 (1b) NL Hold'em - EPT Prague Main Event €5,300 12:30 p.m. 21 NL Hold'em €25,000 4 p.m. 22 PL Omaha €1,100 9 p.m. 23 NL Hold'em - Hyper Turbo €2,150 24 NL Hold'em - Turbo €550 12/14/18 2 p.m. 25 NL Hold'em €2,200 2 p.m. 26 PL Omaha €10,300 8 p.m. 27 (1a) NL Hold'em - Weekend - Super Stack €330 10 p.m. 28 NL Hold'em - Turbo - To €25,000 €2,700 12/15/18 12:30 p.m. 29 NL Hold'em €25,000 1 p.m. 27 (1b) NL Hold'em - Weekend - Super Stack €330 6 p.m. 27 (1c) NL Hold'em - Weekend - Super Stack €330 6 p.m. 30 NL Hold'em - Turbo - EPT High Roller Qualifier €1,650 10 p.m. 31 NL Hold'em - Hyper Turbo €1,100 12/16/18 12 p.m. 32 H.O.R.S.E. €550 12 p.m. 33 NL Hold'em - Hyper Turbo - EPT High Roller Qualifier €1,100 12:30 p.m. 34 NL Hold'em - EPT Prague High Roller €10,300 4 p.m. 35 NL Hold'em €1,100 6 p.m. 36 NL Hold'em - Turbo - Win The Button €330 10 p.m. 37 NL Hold'em - Hyper Turbo - Knockout €2,150 12/17/18 4 p.m. 38 NL Hold'em - Deep Stack €2,200 6 p.m. 39 NL Hold'em €10,300 12/18/18 12:30 p.m. 40 NL Hold'em - Turbo €220 2 p.m. 41 NL Hold'em - Turbo - 6 Handed €2,150 5 p.m. 42 NL Hold'em - Turbo - 6 Handed €5,200 6 p.m. 43 NL Hold'em - Super Hyper Turbo €1,100 *Photo courtesy of PokerStars.
After turning a Platinum Pass he won for $86 into a $35,000 score in the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship, Anthony 'tonydatiger' Maio now finds himself atop the PocketFives United States Online Poker Rankings. Maio currently has 5,134.21 points and is ahead of David 'bewater' Goodman in second and Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano in third. United States Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Anthony 'tonydatiger' Maio 5,134.21 2 David 'bewater' Goodman 4,716.53 3 Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano 4,596.22 4 Jon 'itsmejon' Borenstein 4,497.39 5 Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo 4,196.83 6 Justin 'Lappy' Lapka 3,992.79 7 'Hurricane27' 3,978.63 8 David 'dehhhhh' Coleman 3,914.59 9 Chance 'Chances Cards' Kornuth 3,770.43 10 'jordanfrog' 3,665.53 Maio has a handful of recent four-figure scores, including a good number of those coming from WSOP.com and PokerStars NJ. Maio’s biggest score on WSOP.com recently was a first-place finish in the $20,000 Monthly Saturday [PLO, 6 Max] for $6,400 and 141.42 points on January 27, 2019. Just a few days before that, Maio took fourth in the WSOP.com Tuesday Showdown - $30,000 GTD [Re-entry] for $5,137 and 98.65 points on January 23. On PokerStars NJ, Maio recently finished runner-up in the Sunday Special - $200, $25,000 Gtd for $4,000 and 104.32 points on February 3. Also on PokerStars NJ, but back in the middle of January, Maio won the Winter Series 6: $1,000 NL Hold'em [High-Roller,6-Max], $25,000 Gtd for $11,020 and 165.98 points. Goodman’s recent results have all been on WSOP.com, highlighted by scores of $8,336 (146.09 points), $4,387 (98.09 points), and $6,893 (129.11 points) in the month of January. For Gagliano, all but one of his cashes in 2019 have come from WSOP.com or PokerStars NJ, and he already has five victories in online poker tournaments this year. He won the BorgataPoker.com Mega $535 Tuesday - $12,000 GTD Six-Max NLH [3x RE] for $6,975 and 150 points on January 23, the PokerStars NJ Winter Series 13: $200 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO,6-Max], $18,000 Gtd for $3,458 and 115.32 points on January 20, the PokerStars NJ Winter Series 4: $150 NL Hold'em [4-Max], $20,000 Gtd for $7,222 and 153 points on January 14, the PokerStars NJ Sunday High Roller [6-Max] - $500, $10,000 Gtd for $5,405 and 103.97 points on January 13, and the WSOP.com Tuesday Showdown - $30,000 GTD [Re-entry] for $11,357 and 188.39 points on January 2.