Eureka3 Czech Republic: Fabian Leib takes the lead after Day 1B field swells capacity

A €500,000 guaranteed prize pool for a €1,000 buy in poker tournament is never anything to be sniffed at. And when only 123 players show up on Day 1A, you can be absolutely certain that the value hunters will descend en masse when they get a second chance 24 hours later.

So it proved on Day 1B of the Eureka Poker Tour event at the King's Casino, Rozvadov. There were more than twice as many players here today--298 to be precise--taking our final number of runners to 431, the second-largest Eureka event in its three-season history. The first prize was set at €115,000, and the man bagging up the most chips in the hunt for that sum was Fabian Leib from Germany, who increased his starting stack of 20,000 to a remarkable 153,500.


Fabian Leib: the composure of a chip leader

When reporters took their first audit of the big stacks at around level three, Leib already had about three times more than the average. He stuck around the 70,000 mark for long periods of the day, and then won a monster pot in the last level, knocking out two short stacks with his top pair queens to their middle pair and missed flush draw, respectively, he rocketed deep into six figures. He'll be the man with the heaviest bag to open tomorrow morning, when the two day one fields combine.

Not far back is the Italian player Giovanni Mazza. It took him three attempts to count his chips at the end of the day, and he also recruited a dealer to help out, but between them they established that he had 149,200. That's pretty healthy.


Giovanni Mazza: big stack

Another few players just crept over the 100,000 mark: Rosen Simeonov, with 132,400; Valeri Savov, with 117,100; and Kasparas Klezys, with 103,900.

Christophe De Meulder, of Team PokerStars Pro, didn't quite break into six figures, but he will consider 99,500 to represent a fine day in Rozvadov.


Christophe De Meulder: Getting the chips is the easy bit; getting them in the bag harder

De Meulder finished the night sitting on the same table as his Team PokerStars Pro colleague Jan Heitmann, who also had a profitable day. Heitmann had 64,500 at close, which will be 64 big blinds when they return to play level nine tomorrow.


Jan Heitmann keeps close eye on his stack

Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz, of Team Online, is also likely to be more than happy with his 74,700. Unfortunately Sandra Naujoks, the other Red Spade in the field, bust before the end of play.

The full payout structure is on the payouts page. And the full end of day chip count will appear on the chip-count page as soon as we have it. (Don't hold your breath; there is a lot of inputting to be done.)

While you wait, why not take a look through all of today's coverage:

Intro to the day: Same, only bigger
Welcome to Roz Vegas
Michael Eiler and Torsten Brinkmann lurk in ever growing field
Czech stars of the world stage come home to play
Short trip for Ognjen Sekularac as final numbers confirmed
On the other side of the camera
A good day to be a Team PokerStars Pro

And then join us tomorrow for Day 2. Goodnight from Rozvadov.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in Eureka Poker Tour