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Valtteri Merikallio wins Eureka2 Latvia and €68,800

Players who play loose and fast are often accused of having a plane to catch. In the case of Valtteri Merikallio this was literally his predicament. The 34-year-old office worker missed one flight back home, due to the epic four-hour heads-up battle between Sam Macdonald and himself here in Riga. Bu...more

by Nick Wright on October 7, 2012 8:21 PM

Eureka2 Latvia: Day 3, Level 24 - 26 updates (blinds 20,000 - 40,000 ante 4,

8.20pm: Valtteri Merikallio wins Eureka Latvia (€ 68,800); Sam Macdonald eliminated in second place (€ 43,700) It's all over here in `Riga, Valtteri Merikallio has won Eureka Latvia.In the final hand Sam Macdonald limped on the button, Merikallio made it 150,000 to go, Macdonald jammed for around 70...more

by Nick Wright on October 7, 2012 7:52 PM

Eureka2 Latvia: Day 3, Level 20 -23 updates (blinds 10,000 - 20,000 ante 3,0

5.18pm: Break timeThe two remaining players are now on a 15 minute break. You'll find level 24 updates in a new post shortly.5.15pm: Mac daddyA couple of small to medium sized pots in a row for Sam Macdonald have seen him stretch his chip lead once more. Roughly 2,300,000 plays 1,800,000 right now.5...more

by Nick Wright on October 7, 2012 3:29 PM

Eureka2 Latvia: Paszkiewicz in Pole position at final table

When 81 players returned at the start of Day 2 Dariusz Paszkiewicz was firmly in the middle of the pack. By the time that number had been reduced to the final eight he was the leader of the pack. The Pole's late surge saw him bag up 1,068,000 overnight to claim the chip lead heading to the final ta...more

by Nick Wright on October 7, 2012 1:08 AM

Eureka2 Latvia: Day 2, Level 19 -20 updates (blinds 5,000-10,000 ante 1,000)

12.55am: Overnight chip countsSeat 1. Zvorimir Zoric, Bosnia and Herzegowina, PokerStars Qualifier, 293,000Seat 2.Vitalijs Tarhanovs, Latvia, 236,000Seat 3.Gary Clarke, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 391,000Seat 4.Valtteri Merikallio, Finland, 579,000Seat 5.Joni Nenonen, Finland, 716,000Seat 6.Dari...more

by Nick Wright on October 7, 2012 1:05 AM

Eureka2 Latvia: Day 2, Level 15 -18 updates (blinds 3,000-6,000 ante 500)

10.45pm: Break timePlayers are now on a 15 minute break, you'll find level 19 updates in a new post.10.40pm: Tomas Ksenevicius eliminated in 13th place (€ 3,500.00)And we're down to the final dozen.Sam Macdonald opened to 12,000 from the cut-off, Tomas Ksenevicius then moved all-inf for 67,500 on th...more

by Nick Wright on October 7, 2012 12:56 AM

Eureka2 Latvia: Day 2, Level 11 - 14 updates (blinds 1,200-2,400 ante 300)

5.18pm: BreakThe 36 remaining players are now on a 15 minute break, you'll find level 15 updates in a new post shortly.5.15pm: Chip leadersThere are 36 players left at the moment, and tables are playing eight handed max now. Some of those not too far behind Marko Martinkovič are Zvonimir Zoric (240,...more

by Nick Wright on October 6, 2012 5:46 PM

Eureka2 Latvia: Day 1B, Level 9-10 updates (blinds 500-1,000 ante 100)

1.55am: In it to Finn it: Joni Nenonen leads Day 1B fieldWhen late registration slammed shut at the end of level two today a total of 141 players had paid their money. Coupled with the 137 from Day 1A they created a total field of 278 for the inaugural Eureka Latvia main event. When numbers had bee...more

by Nick Wright on October 6, 2012 12:18 AM

Eureka2 Latvia: Day 1B, Level 5-8 updates (blinds 300-600 ante 75)

10.32pm: Break timePlayers are now on their final 15 minute break of the day, you'll find level nine updates in a new post shortly.10.25pm: Premium into premiumMantas Stikelis just doubled through Gytis Bernatavicius, pocket aces versus pocket jacks. A Q♣K♣T♥ flop gave Stikelis a fright but h...more

by Nick Wright on October 6, 2012 12:14 AM

Eureka2 Latvia: Day 1B, Level 1-4 updates (blinds 100-200)

5.15pm: Break it upThat's the end of level four here in Riga, players are now on a 15 minute break. You'll find level five updates in a new post shortly.5.05pm: Pace of playThe pace of play today definitely seems more sedate and calm than yesterday, when the player pool seemed to be reduced at an al...more

by Nick Wright on October 5, 2012 5:37 PM

Eureka2 Latvia: Day 1A, Level 9-10 updates (blinds 500-1,000 ante 100)

1.50am: Latvian leads Day 1A fieldThe third stop of Season two of the Eureka Poker Tour saw us welcomed to a new venue, the Royal Casino Spa and Hotel resort in Riga, Latvia. After ten frantic levels of play, during which more than 100 of the 137 players were eliminated, it was Latvian Guntis Aleski...more

by Nick Wright on October 5, 2012 12:41 AM

Eureka2 Latvia: Day 1A, Level 5-8 updates (blinds 300-600 ante 75)

10.50pm: BreakPlayers are now filtering out of the tournament area as they're now on a 15 minute break. You'll find level nine updates in a new post.10.40pm: You're not in Kaunas* anymoreLithuania's Mantas Puidokas has not had a good couple of levels. First his stack was cut in half from 38,000 to a...more

by Nick Wright on October 4, 2012 9:17 PM

Eureka2 Latvia: Day 1A, Level 1-4 updates (blinds 100-200)

5.30pm: Break timeThat's four levels down, players are now on a 15 minute break. You'll find level five updates in a new post.5.20pm: Zero Sum gameContrasting fortunes for two players at table one both of whom have made final tables at UKIPT events. Irishman Peter Barrable, who finished fourth at UK...more

by Nick Wright on October 4, 2012 6:18 PM

Eureka Poker Tour headed for Latvia

There are many reasons to go to Latvia - beautiful landscapes, fascinating history, cheap bars - but we've just come up with the best. Eureka Poker Tour Latvia, ladies and gentlemen, touches down in the capital Riga next month for seven days of poker action (1-7 October) crowned by a €1,100 main ev...more

by Rick Dacey on September 13, 2012 2:44 PM

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