PokerStars Festival Bucharest: Main Event final table player profiles
Thanks to our Media Coordinator Jan Kores, you can get to know our final table players a little bit better. Here they are, in order of their chip stacks at the beginning of the final day.
Anil Ozdemir - 9.35 million
Anil Ozdemir is the youngest player on the final table. The 22-year-old from Istanbul fell for the game three years ago. Ozdemir plays mainly online tournaments and while he's a recreational player, his résumé includes a runner-up finish in one of the SCOOP Sunday Million editions. Ozdemir is guaranteed to pick up his biggest live cash, beating his €7,370 payday for a fifth place in the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov €275 Opening Event. Away from the table, Ozdemir likes watching basketball.
Sam Grafton - 6.69 million
UK, but lives in Warsaw, Poland
English poker pro Sam Grafton is the most accomplished player on the final table. The 36-year-old is renowned for his stellar results in the online realm. He's racked up nearly $5 million in online tournament cashes. Grafton's biggest payday came during the 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) when he made it to a five-way chop in the Event #02: $2,100 NL Hold'em, pocketing $234,193 for third place. Grafton has two SCOOP titles under his belt, from 2016 and 2017. He's notched many great results including another six-figure cash in SCOOP 2013 (fourth in the Event #08: $1,050 NL Hold'em for $153,251).
Although a tough player on the internet, Grafton has tasted success on the live felt too. He's made several deep runs in EPT Main Events, finishing 12th at EPT12 Prague and 30th in the record-breaking EPT13 Barcelona Main Event. Grafton has amassed more than $770,000 in live cashes. His résumé reveals two reported live tournament wins. He topped the 2012 GUKPT Grand Final for £102,700 and triumphed in the 2017 Aussie Millions A$5k Six-Max, earning A$140,860.
Fahredin Mustafov - 2.3 million
Farhedin Mustafov is a familiar face in live tournaments. The 27-year-old from Bulgaria is closing on $400,000 in live earnings. He will reach the Bulgarian top 20 in the all-time money list with his addition from PokerStars Festival Bucharest. Mustafov's tournament accolades include several notable victories.
He has won two EPT Prague side events and also has a ring from a WSOP Circuit as well as a title from the Balkani Poker Tour under his belt. Mustafov's best live result was third place in the 2015 WPT Prague Main Event for €77,500. While Mustafov is mainly a live player, he claims to have notched his biggest score online. It was around $165,000.
Daniel Nietrzebka - 2.255 million
Daniel Nietrzebka may have been flying under the radar when it comes to live tournament results, but he'll certainly be one of the more experienced players on the final table. The 28-year-old from Gdynia, Poland started playing poker nearly a decade ago. Nietzebka is a poker professional who is at home in online high stakes cash games. When he takes a break from the grind, he spends most of his time playing sports, mainly tennis.
Johann Eclapier - 875,000
Johann Eclapier has been playing poker for more than a half of his life. Eclapier is a poker aficionado who enjoys his time in tournament fields. His biggest achievements came at the Asia Poker Tour Asian Series Mauritius back in 2012. He made three top-five finishes within three days, becoming the most successful French player on the tour. Along with cards, Eclapier likes car racing.
Patrick Bueno - 835,000
from France, lives in Tel Aviv, Israel
Patrick Bueno will certainly remember his trip to PokerStars Festival Bucharest. Bueno made it to a three-way deal in the €170 MegaStack, earning €13,000 for third place. Now he's made it to another final table, navigating to the top eight in the Main Event. Bueno is a poker doyen. He'd been playing the game long before the poker boom. He started collecting his tournament cashes more than 20 years ago.
Bueno, who considers himself an amateur, has amassed more than $1.1 million in his career. His top prize was €264,000 for a runner-up finish in the 2005 Master Classics of Poker. Bueno appeared on the EPT3 Dublin Main Event final table, finishing eighth for €51,740. He has also proved himself in a tough mixed games field, making it to the top ten in the 2008 WSOP $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament.
Traian Bostan - 735,000
Traian Bostan can be considered an expert in tournaments held in his home city. Bostan has been incredibly successful in the major events held in Bucharest. He fell shy of making the Eureka Bucharest Main Event final table, finishing tenth for €7,530 back in May 2016. Six months later, Bostan went all the way to scoop the Unibet Open Bucharest title, beating the 606-entry field for a €100,000 first prize. Bostan is capable of delivering results even beyond his backyard, with his résumé boasting cashes from six other countries, but no place has treated him better than Bucharest. Now he's guaranteed to extend his collection with another notch from the Romanian capital city.
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