Eureka4 Rozvadov: A flying start for some

Not everyone today will arrive at King's Casino by helicopter but then not everyone is best friends with the owner Leon Tsoukernik. Tony Guoga is a close friend and the two have played more than their fair of nosebleed stakes PLO games against one another. It's been a hectic few days for Guoga, only last week he was voted in as an MEP as a member of Lithuania's Liberal Party.

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Tony G and Leon Tsoukernik arrive via helicopter

For the rest of the players, a more standard arrival via car, taxi or one of the numerous King's Casino shuttles that are helpfully provided to all, is considered completely acceptable. Indeed, when your location is slightly more isolated than the average cardroom you can inevitably guarantee that the transport links will more than make up for this.

The Day 1B crowd are already filtering into the main tournament area, with 192 players yesterday, another 308 are needed today to make the €500,000 guarantee. Tournament director Luca Vivaldi was in a fairly bullish mood though, "I think we'll get 400," the Italian predicted as dealers and members of the floor staff began putting out starting stacks on the tables.

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I believe this is the way you need to be heading...

Last year's event saw 421 players and an overlay on the guarantee but this year it looks a lot less likely as the numbers seem assured to increase. Of people who qualified or bought in on PokerStars.net alone, there was an increase of about 70 players.

Among those playing today are Friend of PokerStars Natalie Hof as well as her other half, former WSOP Main Event winner Pius Heinz. Other players expected include former EPT Vienna champion Michael Eiler and serial EPT/Eureka casher Marius Pospiech.

Key Eureka Rozvadov Facts

- 20,000 starting stack
- Blinds starting at 25/50 for 400 big blinds
- One-hour levels, we'll play ten today with a dinner break after level six meaning play will end around 2am.
- Late registration is open until the end of level four.
- This is the second of the two starting days, then Days 2, 3 and 4 will be a combined field and play will continue until there is only a single player left standing.

Chris Hall
@PokerStars in Rozvadov