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Eureka4 Prague: Jostling for position

Level 10, the final level, is just beginning as this record-breaking day heads towards its' climax. Tables and players are being dispensed with quicker than robots in a Michael Bay film. There are around 490 players left out of the initial 1,263 and the task of finding a chip leader at this point is...more

by Chris Hall on December 8, 2014 11:13 PM

Eureka4 Prague: Finding a needle in the haystack

If I said that nearly half the field has already been eliminated, that would sound impressive however nearly 700 players still remain with three hours left in the day. To paraphrase Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, "Finding a chip leader is like finding a needle in a haystack." It's all made doubly ...more

by Chris Hall on December 8, 2014 9:06 PM

Eureka4 Prague: A round with Eugene Katchalov (as a passive observer)

Usually there's always time for "a round of..."with a Team PokerStars Pro and today was no different as Eugene Katchalov was the chosen victim man, he started the round on the button with 24,000. The table began as follows:Seat 1: Pablo FernandezSeat 2: Sin MelinSeat 3: Daniel SilbersteinSeat 4: Fra...more

by Chris Hall on December 8, 2014 7:51 PM

Eureka4 Prague: Closed registration, open seats

Registration has now closed for Day 1B of the Eureka Poker Tour event here in Prague and the numbers are just being tabulated in the EPT equivalent of Skynet. A full number will follow but tournament director Thomas Lamatsch said the total number of players in this event will be over 1,600. A lot of...more

by Chris Hall on December 8, 2014 5:01 PM

Eureka4 Prague: A Eureka record

Into the third level of Eureka4 Prague and it's officially confirmed that this is the biggest event ever on the Eureka tour. Over 1,000 have now entered today and with well over a hundred more alternates still waiting to get a seat (the tournament is already on alternate no. 76), the field is likely...more

by Chris Hall on December 8, 2014 2:58 PM

Eureka4 Prague: The field grows even more

"Full-to-bursting" is how I'd currently describe my laundry basket (there's a lot of socks) but coincidentally it's also an apt description of the poker room here in the Hilton Hotel in Prague. There's not a table or seat spare and the "overspill" section that is situated just outside the tournament...more

by Chris Hall on December 8, 2014 1:27 PM

Eureka4 Prague: Over 1,000 players expected

There's an air of nervous apprehension in the room downstairs, every single table is in use - a total of 102. "It's going to be mental today," opined tournament director Luca Vivaldi. The cash game tables won't be in use but Vivaldi said that if a large enough number of players turned up late then t...more

by Chris Hall on December 8, 2014 11:16 AM

Eureka4 Prague: Fara leads record-breaking field

About four hours. That's how long it took for the EPT Prague Festival to begin breaking records as Day 1A of Eureka4 Prague saw a record 475 players enter the first of two start days in the opening event of 59 planned. With 787 players already having registered for tomorrow, it's already looking as ...more

by Chris Hall on December 8, 2014 12:52 AM

Eureka4 Prague: Fara and away

A big pot in the last level looks to have pushed Tomas Fara into the chip lead and become the first player over the 200,000 point. On the turn of a Q♦K♣5♥4♣ board, Fara raised Hans Kersebom's 4,000 bet to 13,300. Kersebom called with about 25,000 left to see the 9♦ on the river before chec...more

by Chris Hall on December 7, 2014 10:48 PM

Eureka4 Prague: Chip leaders, come out to play...

At this point in the evening, usually two or three players have smashed through the 100,000 mark. They're easy to spot, even in a large field and narrowing down the possibilities for the overall chip leader at this point becomes easier. For example, by this point at Eureka4 Vienna, the tournament ha...more

by Chris Hall on December 7, 2014 8:31 PM

Eureka4 Prague: A round with Martin Hruby

With Martin Hruby the only member of Team PokerStars Pro playing today, he was an easy choice to follow for a round. Hruby started in Seat 7 with 29,000 which was above the 26,300 average at this point. The blinds were 200/400 with a 50 ante and it looked as though only one player had been knocked f...more

by Chris Hall on December 7, 2014 5:44 PM

Eureka4 Prague: Breaking the records early on

The EPT Prague Festival is only a few hours old but already records have been broken as Eureka4 Prague has, unofficially, 474 entries today - the largest number of entries for a Day 1A Eureka event and 17 more than the 457 who entered at Eureka4 Vienna. Perhaps even more impressively, it's 108 entri...more

by Chris Hall on December 7, 2014 4:37 PM

Eureka4 Prague: So many faces, so few names

With the number of players now having entered up to 457 and registration still open for about an another hour, it's surprising to see how many of the field I don't actually know. Without wishing to blow one's trumpet, I feel I have a pretty decent grasp of regular players on the European circuit but...more

by Chris Hall on December 7, 2014 3:03 PM

Eureka4 Prague: Taking one's queue

Having finished breakfast this morning at around 10.30am, I was struck by a peculiar sight when leaving the dining area. The queue to register for PS Live and the casino was right in front of me. At this point, it's important to note that to get from the breakfasting corner to the poker room involve...more

by Chris Hall on December 7, 2014 12:57 PM

Eureka4 Prague: Going out with a bang

The fourth season of the Eureka Poker Tour is coming to a close with the final event here in Prague, a scene of record numbers last year. Once more, the tournament is being held at the Hilton Hotel in a massive room that slightly resembles an over-sized basketball court. There are over 140 tables re...more

by Chris Hall on December 7, 2014 11:42 AM
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