EPT10 Vienna: Double the stakes

Sometimes it's just not enough to pay €5,000 for a shot at €816,000. For those players now cut adrift from the Main Event, the €10,000 High Roller tournament starts today, promising the usual mix of superstars and the occasional amateur on a massive spin up.

The tournament starts at 1pm local time, at which point we'll have a better idea of the complexion of the field. It is, however, possible to have a pretty good guess at some of the usual suspects.

Eugene Katchalov, fresh from victory in the Eureka High Roller, hasn't gone home yet, and he will no doubt be playing again this afternoon. Martin Jacobson also won a side event, so he'll probably play. ElkY is also still here, as are Theo Jorgensen, Jonathan Duhamel and Max Lykov.

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Eugene Katchalov: one High Roller victory already locked up

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Martin Jacobson: looking for second title of the week

Similarly, Dominik Panka has only made one final table this week, which for him is positively slacking. The PCA champ and EPT Deauville High Roller winner will no doubt be looking for back-to-back-to-back.

Many top German players now make their Vienna their permanent homes and I expect the nationality pie-chart to have a pretty sizeable segment representing the neighbours to the north west. Plenty of the highest high rollers--Igor Kurganov, Philipp Gruissem, et al--will almost certainly play too, and perhaps their friends Tobias Reinkemeier, Fabian Quoss and Max Altergott might show up (unless there are some tasty cash games elsewhere in the world, which is always a very large possibility).

On the subject of large cash games, Johannes Strassmann will usually manage to seek them out, but he has actually been giving tournaments another spin this week, so he will likely play. Perhaps he'll manage to bring along his friend Leon Tsoukernik, and maybe even the Crown Prince of Bavaria.

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Johannes Strassmann: big game hunting

The way to follow the High Roller is simple. Look over at the widget on the right of the page and click the words High Roller. There will be hand-by-hand coverage in the panel at the top, including chip counts. Feature pieces will be below.

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Tournament room Vienna

Howard Swains
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