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 ready for the EPT Prague Poker Festival and it looks like all of them will be needed. The queue to get into the main room began at 10am and has shown no signs of abating. All these signs point to one thing - this event is going to be huge.

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Dimitri Holdeew, winner here last year

At Eureka3 Prague last year, PokerStars Player Dimitri Holdeew beat a field of 1,315 players to win €226,400 on a cracking final table that also featured Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki as well as Ami Barer and Stephen Chidwick. At the time this was the largest field ever amassed for a Eureka Poker Tour event, yet the record was immediately broken at the first event of Eureka4 in Vienna when 1,432 players turned up to the Hofburg Palace; Zoltan Gal was the winner there, picking up €208,655. Season 4 of the Eureka Poker Tour also saw the biggest ever field for a standalone event, 493 travelled to Eureka Rozvadov in June as PokerStars qualifier Martin Meciar won the title and €87,000.

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Zoltan Gal, winner of the biggest ever Eureka event

Meanwhile, here in Prague today, there are already over 350 PokerStars qualifiers registered for the one of the two start days either today or tomorrow as well as the usual assortment of Team PokerStars Pros and other well-known players.

Today's Day 1A is one of six(!) tournaments today. There are two satellites for Day 1B, a €200 + €20 Junior's Event for players aged 21 or under and the Eureka Prague Cup - a €300 + €30 event with two start days and a single re-entry.

Eureka Prague Key Facts

- Players begin with a 20,000 chip stack
- Blinds start at 25/50
- The two start days will feature 10 one-hour levels with a dinner break after level six
- Play will finish at around 2am
- Over 350 players have sat down already

Chris Hall
@PokerStars in Live