Eureka3 Czech Republic: The longest list in the room: the bustouts
It is difficult to estimate how many poker tournaments have been attended by reporters of PokerStars Blog. We've been doing this since about 2006 and have been all over the world several times.
But if we did sit down to count them all up, we would end up with a number almost certainly in the thousands rather than hundreds, with fields of players often into four figures. If you wonder why we all carry furrowed brows and crows feet, it is probably because of all the carnage we have seen. Tournaments only end with one winner, meaning these eyes must have witnessed hundreds of thousands of players getting knocked out; all those small moments of misery combine to create a heavy load.
Here's the thing: there's really no easy way to approach a player once they have been knocked out of a tournament. Even if they have come second for a life-changing amount of money, the chances are they are still disappointed. And on day one, there's really nothing that can be said to an eliminated player. You have to shrug your shoulders, frown slightly, and present an expression that says: "Better luck next time" but doesn't say: "Perhaps it wasn't wise getting 200 big blinds in with ace-ten off-suit, but who am I to judge; I'm just writing about this stuff." It's a real act of contortion.
Anyhow, it's a sad fact of tournament poker that players will go broke, and they will often do it kind of quickly. In Rozvadov today, we have already lost at least 16 players, whose identities are as follows:
Ondřej Drozd, Alexander Lahkov, Hüseyin Arkun, Huseyn Erbay, Timo Rolle, Pierre Claude Alexander, Christos Konstantinos, Markus Lehner, Jaroslav Urban, Bernd Gleissner, Makai Lajos, Tomáš Brož, Michael Durrer, Max Senft, Marek Bartoszewicz, Tomas Butzhammer.
That name contains four of our notables from the day: Lahkov, Senft, Durrer and Butzhammer. The former finished runner up at WPT Prague in December last year, earning €223,129. One suspects his bankroll hasn't necessarily been dented, even if his pride has taken a knock.
As for Senft, his elimination today represents the end of a good little roll. He won a €1,100 event here last week, for €51,713, so he will probably still leave Rozvodov with happy memories. For the record, he ran queens into the aces of Ulf kenneth Kull, a PokerStars qualifier from Finland.
Durrer has been on an EPT final table. He finished seventh in Dublin on season three, not long after he finished 12th in Baden. He has four lifetime EPT cashes, but will continue to search for his first on the Eureka tour.
Butzhammer was one of the chip leaders for long periods at EPT Deauville last month where his name also amused the sniggering masses of the largely English-speaking press room. It only escalated when he made it to the EPT Live feature table.
In this largely German-speaking corner of the Czech Republic, Butzhammer's name is no more amusing than your average polysyllabic moniker. And neither really was his elimination: he had a short stack and suited low connectors, which he slammed into a pair of pocket kings. He was soon out on his ass.