Eureka3 Czech Republic: A good day to be a Team Pro
You might think you don't speak German but you do. Take a look at this tweet sent out by Jan Heitmann just before heading to dinner. Then if it doesn't make immediate sense, read it out loud.
Doppelt Average zum Dinner schmeckt. @pokerstars Eureka Main Event läuft.— Jan Heitmann (@JanHeitmann) March 21, 2013
Yep, that's the Team PokerStars Pro from Germany announcing his stack at double (Doppelt) the average (Average) at the dinner break (Dinner schmeckt). He's playing the Eureka Main Event, if you couldn't work that bit out.
That stack is currently at about 50,000, which is now slightly less than double the average (currently 35,000) but is still more than enough to be happy. Indeed, he just two-outered a short stack with pocket fives, getting it all in against ace-eight, eight on the flop, five on the turn. That's magic.
It's a pretty good day to be a Team PokerStars Pro in Rozvadov, actually. Christophe De Meulder also has a more than healthy stack. He is up to about 78,000 after getting his 35,000-odd stack in pre-flop with A♥K♥ and hitting a king to vanquish pocket jacks.
De Meulder won a package to play here in the Czech Republic, originally thinking he was heading to Prague. Eventually he realised he was going to Rozvadov and, like most of us visiting here for the first time, didn't really know what to expect.
But, again like most of us, the King's Casino has been a remarkably pleasant surprise to De Meulder. This is as well-equipped a tournament room as exists in European poker, with acres of space and a super well-drilled staff.
De Meulder agreed that with the addition of a hotel big enough to accommodate all the hundreds of players who may be attracted, and a bit more in the way of action in the town, Rozvadov could easily host some of the continent's biggest tournaments in the future.
Not that the Eureka event this week is insignificant. Far from it, in fact. This is the second-largest field ever assembled for a Eureka event, behind only last year's season-ending tournament in Prague. Tournament organisers guaranteed a €500,000 prize pool and are honouring it, even forgoing the usual 3 per cent deductions. You are a fool to have missed out.
On the subject of good day for the Red Spades, Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz is also going well. He has close to 50,000 too.
Stop press: Sandra Naujoks is the exception that proves this rule. She has just gone broke. She opened to 1,600 from under the gun and saw a three bet to 3,600 by Jacob Finke. Naujoks shoved for 13,100 and Finke called.
Finke's Q♥Q♣ stayed good against Naujoks' A♥K♦.
Tournament update: As we enter level eight, the last of the day, the tournament board shows 161 players remain from our starting 298. We're right about on target to lose more than half our field again.
The next level will be all about picking out the big stacks to identify the chip leader at the end of the day. No one has yet surged massively ahead, but I'm prepared to bet we'll have at least eight players with more than 100,000 by the time they bag it up.
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