Oleg Vasylchenko grabbed the chip lead to finish Day 2 of the Season XV partypoker World Poker Tour® Prague Main Event. Just 20 players remain, and they’ll all be returning to action on Monday at 2 p.m. local time to battle for the €132,200 top prize.
Also included in the top prize to the winner is a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.
Vasylchenko bagged up 439,000 in chips, with Usman Siddique (389,000) and Auramidis Makarios (356,500) as the closest competitors.
Martin Kabrhel finished fifth overall with 339,000 in chips, Erik Cajelais bagged 286,500 for ninth on the leaderboard, and WPT Champions Club member Dimitry Gromov ended with 246,500 for 12th position heading into Day 3.
A field size of 167 entries was generated in this €3,300 buy-in event, and the top 21 spots were set to be paid.
To get into the money, one player had to bust in the very last spot without a cash, and that was Maxime Swennen. Swennen went out in 22nd place in a three-way clash that also saw Hlib Kovtunov bust from the tournament.
In Level 16 with the blinds at 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante, Kovtunov, Swennen, and Vasylchenko got all the money in preflop. Kovtunov had the , Swennen had the , and Vasylchenko had strong position with the . The flop gave Swennen top set of queens, but the on the turn improved Vasylchenko to a flush and put him back in front. The river was the , and that was all she wrote for Kovtunov and Swennen. Swennen had the least amount of chips, which meant he was out in 22nd and Kovtunov took 21st-place honors.
Of those to bust before the money was reached were Tony Dunst, Steve O’Dwyer, Tomas Fara, and Ben Heath.
Dunst went out in Level 14 with the blinds at 1,200/2,400 with a 400 ante. Dunst moved all in for about 40,000 in chips with the and was called by Romain Lewis holding the dominating . No help came for Dunst on the ten-high board, and he was eliminated.
The final 20 players will get back into action on Monday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. local time. You’ll be able to find coverage right here on WPT.com.