PokerStars qualifier Martin Meciar wins Eureka4 Rozvadov and €87,600!
Off the back of a record-breaking event in Vienna, the Eureka Poker Tour returned to Rozvadov to create the biggest ever standalone tournament in the history of the tour. With 493 entries, it still meant that there was a €7,000 overlay for all who entered the event.
PokerStars qualifier Martin Meciar came into the final table with the chip lead and it was one that he never relinquished over a lightning-fast final table that lasted just over four levels; the Slovakian player always looked to be control and the victory seemed assured from early on. Coming into the heads-up match with a 5:1 chip lead, it was expected that Belgian amateur Michael-David Passy would give him a tough battle, provided the latter was able to get an early double up. However, the battle was brief and bloody as Passy reshoved 8♥5♥ into Meciar's Q♣Q♥ and wasn't able to catch up.
PokerStars qualififer Dawid Mysiewicz was the first player to be eliminated from the final after about 25 minutes, the Polish player moved all in with ace-king but ran into Sasch Ranzinger's pocket queens. Ranzinger also eliminated former EPT winner (and PokerStars qualifier here) Michael Eiler; the EPT Season 7 Vienna winner had hoped to be the first player to do the Eureka/EPT double but he reshoved A♦J♣ into Ranzinger's A♥K♥ and couldn't find that illusive knave to keep himself alive.
Straight after Eiler's exit, Bert Geens pushed over the top of a Meciar raise with Q♣T♣ but the latter called instantly with A♠A♥ and spiked a third ace on the flop for good measure. Unlike the other exits, Geens didn't leave but stayed to rail his good friend Passy, continually shouting and offering support.
Christian Jambor had been unable to get anything going at any point throughout the day, summed up by his exit hand - pushing with A♣Q♣ against Ranzinger's A♥3♠ but losing out when the board came 2♣T♦6♠5♥4♦, his opponent making a straight on the river. Four-handed saw Razinger and Meciar, the two biggest stacks, constantly going to war with one another. Something had to give and it was Razinger who opted to five-bet all in with J♥T♦, he was instantly called by Meciar's K♥K♦ for the biggest pot of the tournament. A blank board later and the Slovakian had the vast majority of the chips three-handed.
Beatrix Wolfsberger had spent the majority of the final table as one of the shorter stacks, carefully navigating her way up the ladder while avoiding the marginal spots. She managed one double up with Q♠J♠ against Meciar's A♣6♣ but the second showdown against the Slovakian was to be her last. Meciar raised to 200,000 from the small blind and Wolfsberger moved in for just over a million in chips with J♣9♣. Meciar called with A♣T♥ and the board bricked out to give him a massive 5:1 chip lead against Passy heads-up.
After a brief break for the two remaining players to agree a deal, the heads-up lasted exactly three hands, Meciar limp-trapping with pocket queens and Passy moving in with 8♥5♥. The Belgian managed to flop a pair but couldn't improve beyond that. Handshakes abounded but it was the Slovakian who took home the €87,600 first prize.
Eureka4 Rozvadov Main Event
Entrants : 493
Buy-in : €1,100
Prize pool : €500,000
Places paid : 71
1 Martin Meciar (Slovakia) PokerStars Qualifier €93,600
2 Michael-David Passy (Belgium) €59,000
3 Beatrix Wolfsberger (Austria) PokerStars Qualifier €42,300
4 Sascha Ranzinger (Germany) PokerStars Qualifier €33,300
5 Christian Jambor (Germany) €26,110
6 Bert Geens (Belgium) €20,450
7 Michael Eiler (Germany) PokerStars Qualifier €15,400
8 Dawid Mysiewicz (Poland) PokerStars Qualifier €10,700
The next scheduled Eureka Poker Tour event will be in Prague later this year, check out the Eureka Poker Tour website for more news. Meanwhile, from Rozvadov, it's over and out!