The 563-strong field that began the EPT Prague Main Event has been systematically whittled down to just 23 players. Leading this group is 2010 EPT Berlin winner Kevin MacPhee with 2.096m chips, followed by Jan Bendik with 1.846m and Peter Skripka at 1.216m. Considering MacPhee’s Berlin triumph came amidst the chaos and confusion of that high-profile heist, we don’t doubt his powers of concentration are formidable, thus we like his chances when play resumes at noon local time.
Moving stateside… When Full Tilt pulled out of Washington state, they promised that (unlike PokerStars) players who journeyed beyond state borders would still be able to participate in cash games. But fans of Full Tilt’s Rush Poker Mobile are finding that even when they step across the state line, they’re still getting the cold shoulder from Full Tilt. Full Tilt is aware of the situation, but claims they’re helpless to do anything about it. The culprit here is the Geo-IP technology being employed by various internet service providers. As some players are discovering to their dismay, you might take your smartphone up on the space shuttle, but as far as the Geo-IP is concerned, your smartphone never leaves Washington.
The name Washington seems to be cursed, at least poker-wise. The congressional cowboys in Washington, DC can’t seem to stay on the legislative bull long enough to get a poker bill passed, and Washington State has made playing poker a Class C felony. At this rate, don’t be surprised if Denzel Washington gets cast as the baddie in the Rounders sequel.