Eureka5 Prague: Stat attack


The European Poker Tour Prague field

You may have noticed that it's a favourite habit for people covering poker tournaments to crack on pretty much non-stop about how big they are. This goes double in Prague, where both the EPT and Eureka have surged over the past few years.

Jan Kores, the media coordinator for tournaments in this part of the world, has been keeping a spreadsheet detailing all the important stats from all five seasons of the Eureka Poker Tour, and I'm grateful to him to be able to lift the following wholesale.

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Here's the full breakdown of the Eureka Poker Tour: numbers and winners across the seasons:

Season 1

Prague, Czech Republic
Buy in: €740+€60
Players: 329
Prize pool: €231,290
Winner: Keith Johnson, UK, €58,400

Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Buy in: €730+€70
Players: 211
Prize pool: €149,410
Winner: Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez, Spain €40,010

Varna, Bulgaria
Buy in: €730+€70
Players: 308
Prize pool: €218,095
Winner: Idan Greenberg, Israel, €55,145

Zagreb, Croatia

Buy in: €730+€70
Players: 259
Prize pool: €183,398
Winner: Richard Bodis, Hungary, €47,298

Season 2

Zagreb, Croatia
Buy in: €1,000+€100
Players: 178
Prize pool: €172,660
Winner: Alija Filipovic, Croatia, €42,700

Varna, Bulgaria
Buy in: €1,000+€100
Players: 246
Prize pool: €238,590
Winner: Petar Zografov, Bulgaria, €48,745

Riga, Latvia
Buy in: €1,000+€100
Players: 278
Prize pool: €269,660
Winner: Lauri Merikallio, Finland, €68,800

Prague, Czech Republic
Buy in: €1,000+€100
Players: 652
Prize pool: €632,440
Winner: Menikos Panagiotou, Cyprus, €137,100

Season 3

Rozvadov, Czech Republic

Buy in: €1,000+€100
Players: 421
Prize pool: €500,000
Winner: Bart Lybaert, Belgium, €115,000

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Buy in: €1,000+€100
Players: 283
Prize pool: €274,510
Winner: Achilles Bozso, Hungary, €59,100

Varna, Bulgaria
Buy in: €1,000+€100
Players: 417
Prize pool: €407,480
Winner: Liran Machluf, Israel, €93,000

Prague, Czech Republic
Buy in: €1,000+€100
Players: 1,315
Prize pool: €1,275,550
Winner: Dimitri Holdeew, Germany, €226,400

Season 4

Vienna, Austria
Buy in: €1,000+€100
Players: 1,432
Prize pool: €1,389,040
Winner: Zoltan Gal, Hungary, €208,655

Rozvadov, Czech Republic
Buy in: €1,000 + €100
Players: 493
Prize pool: €500,000
Winner: Martin Meciar, Slovakia, €87,600

Prague, Czech Republic
Buy in: €1,000+€100
Players: 1,738
Prize pool: €1,685,860
Winner: Balazs Botond, Hungary , €206,948

Season 5

Rozvadov, Czech Republic
Buy-in: €1,000+€100
Players: 664
Prize pool: €644,080
Winner: Raphael Wimmer, Austria, €99,695

Hamburg, Germany
Buy in: €1,000+€100
Players: 581
Prize pool: €563,570
Winner: Tom Holke, Germany, €107,920


Tournament stops: 17 (not including Prague Season 5)
Number of entrants: 9,805
Prize pools: €9,335,633

The Eureka is, by necessity, smaller than the likes of the EPT and visits fewer countries. But it's interesting the number of similarities it shares with its more dominant cousin: winners from 12 different countries already; no double winner; bumper fields in Prague.

It also has Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez, the Spanish player, who has a first and a second place finish from Season 1 on his resume, much like the likes of Ram Vaswani, Noah Boeken, Brandon Schaeffer et al, who achieved something similar in the early EPT seasons.

It's also pretty appealing that the core of its winners' rostrum comes from within the Eureka-zone--ie, central and eastern Europe--with the occasional tourist breezing in from Belgium, the UK, Spain and Israel.

It's a cosmopolitan field in Prague, with players from as far afield as Australia, Brazil, Bahrain, China, Iran, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Nicaragua, Oman and Pakistan. So that spreadsheet of Jan's may be getting even more intriguing at the end of this week.

German language coverage is on All the schedule information is on the EPT App, which is available on both Android or IOS.

The Eureka coverage is all handily organized on the Eureka Prague page.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in Eureka Poker Tour