Good morning out there, and welcome one and all to the fifth annual EPT Prague. Season 8 has brought us to this Christmas stop on the calendar, and Prague has welcomed the festival with open arms and beaming sunshine on this Monday.
This is one stop that historically produces fantastic champions, and last year's event was no exception. The EPT's favorite Welshman, Roberto Romanello bested a field of 563 in Season 7, joining Arnaud Mattern, Salvatore Bonavena, and Jan Skampa as champions of this event.
We'd expect to see all four of those gentlemen here today (or tomorrow for Day 1b) at the Hilton Prague. And the field figures to be massive. The WPT event here last week drew a 571-player crowd, and we'd be surprised to see any less than that for this EPT, too.
Play is scheduled to get under way in less than 10 minutes, and we've got our pens and pads ready to bring you all of the action as it unfolds. We'll play eight levels with no dinner break today, so we should finish up around 9PM. For now, grab yourself a comfortable chair, a snack and a coffee, and get back here for the start of EPT8 Prague!