Eureka5 Hamburg High Roller Day 1: High quality field in attendance
It's High Roller day on the Eureka Poker Tour with the start of €2,200 buy-in two-day event. The Main Event is on a break and will be back on Wednesday for Day 1C. SCOOP has finished for most players so this high buy in event offers the chance for players to continue to play some top level poker.
Cards were in the air from 7pm CET for the first of nine scheduled 40-minute levels that'll take Day 1 through to a finish time of around 1:30am. They'll be a 15-minute break after every three levels.
Sixty-two players have already taken their seats and players spotted so far include Jan von Halle, Pieter de Korver, Lasse Frost, Denys Drobyna, Grzegorz Derkowski, Allan Baekke, Sven Reichardt, Thang Duc Nguyen, Martin Mulsow, Olga Iermolcheva and Tobias Peters.
Also in the field are last night's live satellite winners: Vincent Wagner, Sascha Niese, Peter Fritsche, Viktor Waal, Adriatik Agalliu, Matthias Rauscher, Andrey Dimitrov, Stefan Husemann, and Hussein Ataya.
There's also a turbo satellite - that's generated eight seats - still running so they'll be added to the field in due course.
We're also lucky enough to welcome one former one and one present professional footballer. Sergej Barbarez is a Bosnian former professional footballer who played for many Bundesliga clubs, including Hamburg SV, where he's considered a club legend. The other is Max Kruse, who currently plays for Borussia Mönchengladbach, but will move to high-flying Wolfsburg this summer.
Three of the above mentioned players are former EPT champions. Duc Nguyen, as mentioned in the Main Event coverage, won EPT3 Baden back in 2006 for €487,397. Fast-forward two-and-a-half years and it was more fairy tale stuff when De Korver played the EPT5 Grand Final after winning a poker reality show on Dutch TV. He only went and won the thing for €2,300,000, the biggest first-place EPT prize ever given out on European soil.
One more year on and it was Baekke's turn, at EPT6 Snowfest. The popular Dane took down the title and €445,000. Baekke told the PokerStars Blog that, being a father of six now, he prefers to stay at home in Denmark and concentrate on playing online. He's having a great 2015 too as he's in second-place on the PokerStars Yearly Leader Board thanks to several out-right wins playing under "Sifosis" and a third-pace finish in the Sunday Million three weeks ago.