Eureka3 Croatia: Johnny come latelies

It's a curious phenomenon but poker tournaments rarely start on time, usually it's just a few minutes after the advertised start time as was the case today. That might be down to any number of reasons - maybe a backlog at registrations , or a few last minute wrinkles with the tournament clock or waiver forms.

Despite this a lot of poker players are late to tournaments, at least on Day 1. Often this is intentional, players may prioritise an extra hours rest over battling when the blinds are small. Sometimes it's just laziness, sometimes they get lost on the way to the tournament and I'm sure there are a myriad of other reasons too. But there's no two ways about it there are a lot of late comers at poker tournaments.

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Seats wait to be filled

One of those today is Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden, we're now into the second level of the day and he's nowhere to be seen. He's not alone, neither Christophe or Matthias De Meulder are in the card room yet either. A look on the PokerStars client perhaps reveals the reason why though. Last night Lodden went deep in Scoop-42-H a $2,100 8-max event before eventually busting in 57th place of 905 runners. Matthias De Meulder finished 208th in the same event and went deep in event 43-M the $1,050 main event, busting in 482nd place for $1,736.77.

Although late registration shuts at the start of level three, anyone who's already registered and paid up - as the Team Pros are - can turn up at any point and only then will their stack be put into play. They won't receive a full stack though, they'll be a standard deduction for every level they've missed, usually around three lots of blinds.

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Team PokerStars Pro Dag Palovic was on time

Tournament Update: Despite the absence of the biggest names in the tournament there are plenty of others already seated and playing. Amongst them are Team PokerStars Pro Dag Palovic, Daniel Bavac, Matej Marinovic, Petar Zografov and Milan Rakic. I'll be updating the stacks of the names, notables and big stacks here throughout the day. A total of 166 players are now playing Day 1B.

edit: As I was writing this, Matthias De Meudler and Eureka3 Czech Republic winner Bart Lybaert took their seats.

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in Eureka Poker Tour