Eureka5 Hamburg: The tour debuts in Germany
Welcome to Hamburg for the second stop of Season 5 on the Eureka Poker Tour. In its four and a bit seasons this tour of Central Europe has visited the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia and Austria but never Germany.
That wait is over as the newly refurbished Spielbank Schenefeld hosts a ten-day poker festival filled with a Main Event, a High Roller and a host of side events. The €1,100 Main Event will be the centre of our focus for most of the festival and this stop has four starting flights. The first two flights will play out over this weekend followed by a two-day hiatus before Days 1C and 1D play out on Wednesday and Thursday.
All remaining players will then join together on Day 2 (Friday) and play on (with sleep breaks) until a winner is crowned on Sunday. The ultimate aim will be to join Raphael Wimmer as a Season 5 Champion after the Austrian bettered 663 players back in February en route to winning the Rozvadov title and €99,685.
The Spielbank Schenefeld is an intimate casino with space for only 20 poker tables - hence the four starting flights - and has been constructed very differently to most you'll encounter. The curved-roof, steel-structured frame has mostly been filled in with glass meaning one can see the outside, from within a casino! They'll be no stumbling out into the street expecting darkness only to be blinded by the morning light. To be fair though, sometimes it's better if a casino is shrouded in darkness.
Most of the online qualifiers for this event will be playing the latter flights so this weekend will be filled with local players and those within a reasonable travelling distance.
Cards are due to be in the air at 1pm CET.
Eureka Hamburg Key Facts:
- Players begin with 25,000 chips (an increase from Season 4's 20,000)
- Blinds start at 25/50
- 10 - 12 45-minute levels make up Day 1A
- 45-minute dinner break after level 6 (roughly 6pm)
- Registration will close around 6pm.