Eureka5 Prague: The desk full of broken dreams
It is difficult enough to depict dreams--your average high school art class will stand as proof of that--but it's usually even more difficult to depict broken dreams.
In this respect, the Eureka Poker Tour poker has an advantage. Whenever a player is eliminated, their tournament receipt lands on our desk in the media room allowing us the chance either to type up all their names on to the blog or, if it gets out of hand, take a photo. A photo like this:
Each one of those tickets represents an eliminated player and in the past couple of levels, at least 80 have lost all their chips.
That pile of tickets includes those bearing the following names: Sebastian Pauli, Zvi Stern, Eugene Katchalov, Gareth Chantler, Yan Li and Belmehel Dja Daouadji, names representing a former EPT champ, a November Niner, a Team PokerStars Pro, an erstwhile PokerStars Blogger, a nice short name and a randomly-selected ticket with a name that is very difficult to spell, respectively.
They're a disparate bunch for sure, but what they all have in common is that it's impossible for them to win Eureka5 Prague.
On the other hand, Ismael Bojang was one of the late arrivals to the tournament today and Bojang is already up to around 140,000. He has all the pedigree in the world, but it also helps when you can take kings up against aces and win.
Bojan cashed six times at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this summer, making three final tables, but that represented a downtick on the year before, when he cashed nine times and made three finals. His best Eureka showing remains a second-place finish in a €2,000 side event in Prague in 2013, which earned him €75,600. There's much more up for grabs this week.
You can find German language coverage with Robin Scherr on PokerStarsBlog.de. 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.