PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Troyanovskiy, Katchalov & Staszko headline King's High Roller final table
While the majority of the high roller regulars are no doubt packing their bags for Panama right now, a few opted to stop by King's Casino this week for the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov King's High Roller. Its €5,300 buy-in might seem small compared with the €50Ks and €100Ks of the Championships, but here it's the biggest game in town.
And wouldn't you know it? Three of those high roller regulars have made it to the final table. The cream always rises etc.
Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Eugene Katchalov and Martin Staszko are obviously very well known around these parts, and all three are making their presence felt right now as the King's High Roller is now down to just seven players. All have had great results in the Czech Republic over the years, too.
Troyanovskiy is dominating this event right now, busting two players almost back-to-back to bring us down to seven. First, Troyanovskiy sent Aviv Meiri packing when his Q♥J♥ beat Meiri's T♦T♥ all-in pre. Then Andreas Samuelsson became his next victim, losing with his K♠K♦ to the Russian's A♠K♥ after an ace hit the flop. Troyanovskiy is a big chip leader now with 675,000 - more than double that of second place's Andreas Eiler (300,000).
Troyanovskiy kicked off the year with four cashes at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas, banking just shy of $30K. But back in 2014, the Russian finished in sixth place in the EPT11 Prague €50K Super High Roller for €159,170.
Katchalov has had the most success of late, in this very country no less. At the final EPT/Eureka stop in Prague in December, the Ukrainian won a €2K event for €125,950. Not too shabby. He has 245,000 right now.
Staszko had a somewhat quiet 2016 compared with his previous years' results, but his bankroll was bolstered at the end of 2015 when he finished runner-up in the Eureka5 Prague Main Event, good for €172,600. He sits with 205,000.
Here's a look at how the final seven stack up:
And another glance at what they're playing for:
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