Eureka3 Czech Republic: On the other side of the camera

There's no two ways about it, poker photographers tend to gravitate to a certain type of player, a player that can be described in a single word: female.

Poker is something of a male-dominated pastime and so they can't necessarily be blamed. The problem for us reporters is that we end up with a load of photographs that don't always get used.

However here in Rozvadov, we have three women in the field who each have some significant accomplishments to their name, over and above their gender. It gives us legitimate reason to showcase what our photographer Tomas Stucha has been up to here in Rozvadov. (Although I'm not going publish his wide gallery of card protector photos. Well, not all of them.)

First up, you may recognise this person. Her name is Sandra Naujoks.


Sandra Naujoks of Team PokerStars Pro

Naujoks became the second woman ever to win an EPT Main Event when she triumphed in Dortmund in 2009, winning €917,000 into the bargain. Although she has never matched that figure (it would be nigh on impossible), she has continued to rack up the tournament cashes as a member of Team PokerStars Pro.

Her most recent in-the-money finish came in London last week, where she finished 64th in the EPT Main Event. She continues to knock on the door, and may well be let in again soon.

This is Natalie Hof.


Natalie Hof: Playa

Viewers of German poker broadcasts have got used to seeing Hof introduce all the action from tournaments across the globe. She was also the host of the WCOOP Radio show that went out a couple of years ago, and has been studying the game for a long while, interviewing the top players and pinching their top tips.

The likes of Kara Scott and Liv Boeree have demonstrated in the past that presenting poker shows is a pretty good stepping stone on the path towards winning major amounts. Hof's time will come very soon.

This here is Irina Batarevich. Her finest achievement to date was when she forced tournament loggers in Cannes last year to (figuratively) hang the French flag the wrong way around.


Irina Batarevich: WSOP-E champ

To explain, Batarevich is from Russia - home of the red, white and blue flag in horizontal stripes. When she made the final table of the WSOP-E ladies event in September, she was surrounded by seven others playing under the Tricolour of France - red, white and blue in vertical stripes.

But Batarevich beat them all (and Trishelle Cannatella of the United States) to pick up the first prize from a field of 84 players. It was a non-bracelet event -- boo -- but Batarevich has a string of other successes in mixed tournaments, suggesting she too is to be feared whatever the field.


Tournament update: The size of the field here on Day 1B in Rozvadov, compared with the size of the buffet, meant that the field had to split in two to have a staggered dinner break. That came at the end of level five, meaning half the field played level six while the other half ate, then the roles reversed.

We now have fewer than 200 players left as they continue to fly out of the door. As yet, however, most of our big names remain in the fray. We'll catch up with Messrs Heitmann, De Meulder, Mikielewicz, Rusicka et all in the next post.

Latest eliminations: Thorsten Stefan Weiss, Francis Alfred Klar, Konstantin Michael Karras, Josef Antoš, Ionut-Tiberiu Zanfirache, Holger Berle, Sascha Vorwerk, Julian Märgner, Liutauras Armanavičius, Yusuf Azaroglu, Gilles Werner Bernies, Sönke Jahn, Tobias Hartmann, Petr Sušeň, Christian Nolte, Jonas Lauck, Jerome Naye, Markus Vermaat, Sascha Jordan, Marián Fridrich, Ben Averbuch, Hartmut Braun, Michal Kováč, Hannes Döring, Uwe Bönschen, Sonja Kovač, Robert Borši, Murat Dayan, Jaroslaw Barglik, Jakub Groblewski, Christian Rainer Göller, Gorden Schmitt, Daniel Peche, Wolfgang Streb, Philipp Kämpf, Petr Hlaváček, István Hefler.

Token card protector shot (one of hundreds):

Howard Swains
@howardswains in Eureka Poker Tour