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"@WSOP $1,500 Six-Max event gets 1,587 entries, up from 1,069 in 2013. Poker is dead, right?" That was a Tweet from ESPN's Andrew Feldman lauding the growth in Event #11 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, which started on Monday and will crown a winner on Wednesday. Percentage-wise, attendance in the $1,500 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em tournament was up almost 50% year-over-year. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for the real royal bonus and win $1,000. --- As Feldman added on Twitter, "Seeing such a big spike at that price point is a great sign for the industry… As @wickedchops said last night, that field represented what we saw in 04/05/06. Amateurs taking a shot, which should make WSOP really happy." The tournament, according to a few players, was scheduled at a more optimal time this year and came on the heels of the Millionaire Maker, which began on Saturday and will hold its final table on Tuesday at the Rio in Las Vegas, the site of the WSOP for the last 10 years. Greg gspot_17 Ostrander posted on Twitter when the $1,500 Six-Max event wrapped up on Monday, "Grinded my way thru… the 1500 6max. Short stacked most of the day. 1,600 players started, 131 left. In the money already!" Everyone remaining is guaranteed at least $2,600 and the top prize is $449,000. Here are the top 10 chip stacks with 151 players remaining: 1. Steven Hensley - 184,200 2. Nicholas Frenzuh Immekus - 159,900 3. Luis Camprlo - 145,000 4. Blake Whittington - 135,400 5. Chris MacNeil - 130,000 6. Jason jdpc27 Wheeler - 119,200 7. Abraham Korotki - 103,000 8. David Davidp18 Peters - 90,000 9. Erik Cajelais - 89,000 10. Eddy Sabat - 86,000 Also at the Rio, the final table of the WSOP Millionaire Maker is set. The winner will make $1.3 million and Stephen Graner has a stranglehold of epic proportions on the rest of the field. Graner has 12 million in chips, two-and-a-half times the size of the next closest player, James Duke. Graner has one-third of the chips in play and the blinds were at 30,000-60,000-10,000 when the action stopped on Monday: 1. Stephen Graner - 12,005,000 2. James Duke - 4,645,000 3. Andrew Teng - 4,375,000 4. Andrew Dick - 4,185,000 5. Bradley Anderson - 3,850,000 6. Jonathan Dimmig - 2,870,000 7. Maurice Hawkins - 1,960,000 8. Jeffrey Coburn - 1,660,000 9. Jason Johnson - 1,245,000 Although his name isn't in his PocketFives profile, Jason Johnson is a crowd favorite headed into the final table. According to a thread in the Live Poker forum, Johnson is known as krushurdreams on our site and the original post read, "Fellow PocketFives member krushurdreams made the final table of the WSOP Millionaire Maker. He's last in chips, but has done a great job of doubling up and staying in the game, so I know he can do a great job at the final table tomorrow." The final table of the Millionaire Maker starts at 1:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
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.