Eureka4 Rozvadov: Raab leads Day 1A field
In many respects, the Hofburg Palace in Vienna and King's Casino in Rozvadov are opposites. The palace is a behemoth of a building where you could genuinely get lost for days (I still subscribe that you could organise the greatest ever game of hide & seek there). Rozvadov, on the surface, seems a little less luxurious and is obviously in a much quieter location. However, as much as anything else, that speaks about the real popularity of a cardroom based in a village with less than 1,000 inhabitants.
The second stop of Season 4 of the Eureka Poker Tour saw 192 players come to the Czech/German border and part with €1,100 in the hope of claiming a title. Ten one-hour levels later, the field was whittled down to just 60 players - less than a third of whom had started the day. Stefan Raab, who had earlier won a substantial pot when he eliminated Benjamin Hugel, managed to just hold on to the chip lead with 201,600 despite a strong challenge from Tomasz Gluszko who is just 1,000 behind with 200,600. Understandably, the pair are the only players to have broken the 200,000-mark. Other notables to make it through include Ivan Sebeledi (129,800) Josef Gulas (126,000) and Eureka4 Rozvadov champion Zoltan Gal (51,500)
Martin Hruby was the solitary member of Team PokerStars Pro playing today. He had an excellent start but was eliminated in the last level of the day when he pushed for 32,300 with 7♥6♥ but was unable to beat Abdalla Ali's A♣J♠ on a 2♣9♥9♠J♥A♠ board.
With that, it's time to jump on the last shuttle of the day and get some sleep. An even bigger field is expected tomorrow. Remember to check out some of the earlier posts or head over to our sister sites in French or German if they're more to your tastes.
Day 1B starts at 2pm local time, we'll see you then!