Eureka3 Czech Republic: Final table player profiles

Here's how the final eight line up for Eureka3 Czech Republic at King's Casino, Rozvadov.

Seat 1: Thomas Erler, Germany, 1,642,000


Thomas Erler is the 38-year-old chip leader, who has often enjoyed his trips to Rozvadov, cashing multiple times in tournaments here since 2010.

Seat 2: Ronald Szczerba, Germany, 409,000


Ronald Szczerba is an experienced live tournament player, often playing in Vienna, where he earned the biggest live cash of his career - more than €12,000 - in June 2008. He has the chip leader to his right today, so will be hoping to improve on his second-smallest stack at the table.

Seat 3: Dirk Recknagel, Germany, 257,000


Dirk Recknagel enjoyed a remarkable penultimate day in this tournament, winning at least five all in confrontations, usually with the worst hand, to parlay his tiny stack into a final table spot. He was in 30th place from the 30 remaining for day three but ground it all the way to the last eight.

Seat 4: Kasparas Klezys, Lithuania, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,224,000


When Kasparas Klezys took down a side event at last season's Eureka event in Latvia, it was his first ever live tournament cash. However, he has been one of the most exciting players to watch in the run up to this final table, and is set to multiply his PokerStars online satellite victory into huge prize.

Seat 5: Bart Lybaert, Belgium, 1,508,000


Bart Lybaert, 21, is on a good recent run, having cashed at the UKIPT London main event last month, his first live cash. He started playing €5 single table tournaments in his friend's basement and within a couple of months he has made it to Eureka final table.

Seat 6: Fabian Leib, Germany, 1,179,000


Fabian Leib is an insurance broker, who started playing poker five years ago and usually prefers live cash games over tournaments. This is only his fourth ever multi-table tournament, but is at home at King's Casino Rozvadov, which he described as his "poker paradise".

Seat 7: Giovanni Mazza, Italy, 873,000


The only Italian player on the final table, Giovanni Mazza will start sixth in chips. Mazza now lives nearby in Germany, which makes King's Casino one of his favourite poker hotspots. He plays both cash games and tournaments.

Seat 8: Bülent Demirtas, Germany, 1,145,000


A 36-year-old actor, Bülent Demirtas, who goes by the name Billy, started playing poker a long time ago but switched to playing hold's in 2006. He likes to use all his acting skills to manipulate his opponents and he's had a really good run in past few months. He recently cashed for €13,500 at the PokerStars Masters Finale in Dortmund. He also managed to claim 76th place out of 50,000 players in the Seventh Anniversary Sunday Million on PokerStars.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in Eureka Poker Tour