Eureka4 Prague: Final table player profiles
Seat 1: Endre Sagstuen, 24, Norway, PokerStars player - 4,090,000
Endre Sagstuen is an online tournament specialist, although the Norwegian is also doing well in huge live tournaments with a deep run in the record-breaking Estrellas Main Event at EPT100 in Barcelona back in August. On that occassion, Endre Sagstuen fell just shy of the final table, finishing 12th (out of 2,560 players) for €23,094, scoring the best live result prior to this final table.
Seat 2: Lucas Blanco, 24, Spain - 2,790,000
This is another deep run for Lucas Blanco in a PokerStars event; he managed to do it in the Estrellas and UKIPT London Main Events before, where he finished 5th and 13th respectively. Now he can add a Eureka final table to his name. Blanco's best result is worth €35,710 so far at the Estrellas event in Marbella. He plays mostly online tournaments and the biggest cash he earned on PokerStars was around $18,000.
Seat 3: Atanas Malinov, 21, Bulgaria, PokerStars qualifier - 6,365,000
Not only he is the youngest player on the final table, Atanas Malinov from Bulgaria also shares the chip lead. As a PokerStars qualifier, Malinov won the seat for just €82 and has already turned it into a minimum €28,100 payday, which will be his best live result. Malinov has also managed two 3rd place finishes in the PokerStars SCOOP for around $80,000 in total.
Seat 4: Athanasios Xenodochidis, 25, Greece - 1,940,000
Athanasios Xenodochidis is a 25-year old poker player from Greece. He mainly plays no-limit hold'em cash online. His biggest result online was winning the Hot $16.50 Turbo on PokerStars for $12,500 and he'll be going into the final table as the shortest remaining stack.
Seat 5: Ayman Zbib, 39, Lebanon - 5,135,000
Ayman Zbib is a 39-year old from Lebanon. Zbib is a well-known singer in his own country but when it comes to poker he regards himself as "75% professional". He only plays poker live and has previously cashed in EPT main events both here in Prague and in Deauville. He starts the final table third overall behind the joint leaders Botond and Malinov.
Seat 6: Jonas "donut604" Mackoff, 29, Canada, PokerStars player - 4,340,000
Representing Canada, Jonas Mackoff is an online heavyweight entering the final table - under name "donut604" he grabbed both Super Tuesday and FTOPS titles earlier this year, earning more than $115k in each. Mackoff is not new to the live scene either - just two months ago, the Canadian won a side event at EPT11 London for £30,800. Now he aiming for his biggest ever live score but he'll need to finish at least third to do so.
Seat 7: Balasz "birs320" Botond, 30, Hungary, PokerStars player - 6,365,000
30-year-old Balasz Botond is undoubtedly one of the most experienced players on the final table and on top of that, he starts with the chip lead alongside Malinov. The Hungarian has already scored many great results both live and online. He finished 4th in EPT8 Campione for €154,000 and can beat it if he gets down to heads-up today. Botond made also both WSOP & WPT final tables in his career and his live winnings exceed $500,0000 so far. Botond used to work in a Budapest department store and started playing poker five years ago. It took him only six months to become a professional and eventually ditch his job. Botond plays as "birs320" on PokerStars.
Seat 8: Vladimir Velikov, 25, Bulgaria - 3,560,000
Twenty-five-year-old Vladimir Velikov is another Bulgarian reaching the Eureka 4 Prague final table. Velikov has already clinched the best live result, but his main achievements come from playing online on PokerStars. The Bulgarian won the Sunday Million two years ago for around $153,000 and also recently celebrated victory in the Sunday 530.