PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Last ever Eureka Prague winner and inaugural London Festival champ go back to work
There are two players out in today's Day 1C field that are of particular importance. They might not be household names in the poker world, but Hubert Matuszewski and Rehman Kassam represent the incredible past and amazing future of PokerStars live events.
You see, back in December, Poland's Matuszewski (who affectionately became known as 'The Hube' behind the scenes on the PokerStars Blog) took down the last ever Eureka Main Event. Then a month later, at the end of January, Kassam became the first ever PokerStars Festival champion on European soil.
For his victory in Prague, Matuszewski outlasted an enormous field of 2,031 players to win the Eureka6 Prague Main Event for €193,298, defeating Vladas Tamasauskas after an epic heads-up battle. And let me tell you - as one of the reporters covering that event - that tournament was insane. Just take a look at this shot of the tournament clock taken during heads-up play:
Yep, you read that right - Level 40. Just before that, instead of moving on to a new level, the clock stopped at the end of Level 39, thinking the event must be over. The dealer then had to ask the floor staff what the next level should be. 'Level 40' (600K/1.2M) and 'Level 41' (800K/1.6M) didn't exist on the structure sheet until that night. Check out the wrap of that event here.
We can only hope that this PokerStars Festival Rozvadov Main Event doesn't go on for that long. Then again, this field is enormous, so it's not impossible.
Rehman Kassam took down a massive field in London too during the first PokerStars Festival London. That one had 778 unique entrants and 166 re-entries, which in the end saw Kassam bank £89,320 after making a three-way deal. The final table of that one included Ludovic Geilich and Daniel Harwood (the latter of which finished runner up, but won the largest prize of £95K thanks to the deal).
It's great to see both these guys back in the action here in Rozvadov. Can Kassam astonish the poker world by winning the first two European PokerStars Festivals back to back? Can Matuszewski become both a Eureka champ and Festival champ?
We'll have to wait and see.
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