Seat 1: Alex Clark – 1,465,000
Alex Clark, 31, is a manager in the fitness industry but has been playing poker for 13 years. Though he plays mostly live poker, he won his seat via Grosvenor Poker and has turned that ticket into a final table spot in the MPNPT Main Event. Clark, having never been to Prague before, has made the most of both the tournament and his holiday, saying “I’ve loved it. Prague is incredible, the hotel’s amazing.”
Before returning to his hometown of Hull, Clark will pick up a decent prize here, with a place of 6th or better topping his previous best result.
Seat 2: Daniel Stacey – 1,425,000
Daniel Stacey is a poker professional from Stoke, in the UK. He largely plays tournaments, both online and live, but is a big fan of the convenience of online tournaments. His largest win came from making a Sunday Million final table six years ago where he finished 4th. Alongside his online achievements, Stacey has racked up $239,000 in live tournament winnings from events all over the world. Stacey likes Prague although hasn’t had much time to explore on this trip as he’s been busy making this final!
Seat 3: Jari-Pekka Rattya – 1,050,000
Jari-Pekka Rattya qualified on Paf for the MPNPT Main Event and is heads up in a Paf-only last-longer for an MPNPT London package with Marko Keskel. Rattya, 54, is a horse racing journalist from Finland who started off playing regularly on the Grand live tour and then when it ended migrated, with a lot of his poker friends, to the MPNPT. “It’s nice that the same people come to events,” he said, “It’s like a holiday where if you’re lucky, you can also win some money!” Rattya sees the worlds of sports and poker as separate, with one key thing in common – betting. With over $100,000 in live winnings already, Rattya, a tournament-only specialist, would best his prior top result should he take down the Main Event here.
Seat 4: Mateusz Warowiec – 2,175,000
Part of a contingent of players from Poland at this year’s MPNPT Prague, Mateusz Warowiec, 33, has been a professional poker player for nine years. His experience playing online tournaments showed in his unflappable demeanour at the table as he built and then maintained the chip lead through Day 1a and into Day 2. Starting off playing online, Warowiec now travels regularly around Europe and to Prague in particular from his home in Warsaw to play live events, which, although he knows a lot of the people on the tour, feels “more like a job than a holiday!” Warowiec’s biggest live result was a runner-up spot in an early UKIPT in Manchester (worth £43,500), but as recently as this April he was in Prague coming second in the PCT Main Event for Kč 236,300.
Seat 5: Martin Mulsow – 550,000
Martin Mulsow has had the most success in live events of anyone on the MPNPT Prague final table, with over $370,000 in live winnings under his belt already (his most recent €50,000 cash was in March this year at the WSOP International Circuit in Rozvadov where he made the final). The 32 year old German student now lives in Vienna and has been playing poker for ten years, both live and online. Mulsow won his Main Event seat via a Facebook competition and said he found the MPNPT, “Super friendly and fun: I haven’t seen a bitter face all event.”
Seat 6: Marko Keskel – 1,290,000
Estonian Marko Keskel will celebrate his 38th birthday next week, and an MPNPT title would be a fantastic early present. A self-described gamer and semi-professional poker player, Keskel is one of two Paf qualifiers to make the final, and is therefore still competing in a special last-longer with Jari-Pekka Rattya. The winner will receive an MPNPT London package on top of the winnings they take from the Main Event. Keskel has dabbled in every type of poker game: “I’ve tried all of them!” He is pleased that his hometown Tallinn has become a hub for the game, and plays whenever the opportunity arises, including the Kings of Tallinn, Estonian Championship of Poker, and the MPNPT. Of the latter, he said, “I like the €550 buy-in – it’s not too high, not too low.”
Seat 7: Jason Poelman – 855,000
Jason Poelman, 40, has been playing poker for 12 years, exclusively at brick and mortar casinos and card rooms. Poelman hails from Belgium where he works in the chemical industry. This final table represents his biggest cash in a live tournament wherever he places, and he described MPNPT Prague as having a “great atmosphere;” despite finding the venue, Rebuy Stars Savarin Casino quirky and a bit odd on first arrival, it grew on him and its “quaint, old-style” charm has won him over.
Seat 8: Andrei Lazar – 2,815,000
Language barriers and the end of the break prevented us from interviewing Russian player Andrei Lazar in depth, but our final table chip leader has shown confidence and flair in the building of his nearly three million chip stack. A ready smile for the blog team and no fear of experienced tablemates will make him an interesting player to watch on the livestream.
Seat 9: Vilem Vrana – 385,000
Vilem Vrana, 33, lives right here in Prague and bought in directly to the MPNPT Main Event. The opportunity to play in a live festival like this only arises for Vrana around once a month as he works as a lawyer. Low volume or not, he regularly plays online tournaments, having moved into this format from PLO cash games. His previous cashes are all from events in Prague, but wherever he finishes on the final table, he’ll bank his biggest live win today.