Eureka4 Vienna: An orbit with Eugene Katchalov
Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov has been going pretty well so far in this tournament. Only last month he finished 2nd at EPT Deauville for €379,500. With that in mind it was time to observe just how the Ukrainian does it.
Table 65, Blinds 150/300 (25)
Seat 1: Francesco Cirianni, Italy
Seat 2: Rene Crha, Czech Republic
Seat 3: John Christian, Germany, PokerStars qualifier
Seat 4: Eugene Katchalov, Ukraine, Team PokerStars Pro
Seat 5: Rami Taqtaq, Canada
Seat 6: Philippe Metzler, Luxembourg
Seat 7: Evgenii Starikov, Russia
Seat 8: Stefan Nowak, Germany
Seat 9: Mario Lehenauer, Austria, PokerStars qualifier
Seat 10: Risto Antero Ailamo, Finland
Starikov had the button. Katchalov raised to 700 preflop, Taqtaq called behind him and Lenhenauer called in the big blind. The flop was 3♥2♦9♥ and it was checked to Katchalov who bet 1,000. Taqtaq folded but Lenhenauer made the call before leading out for 1,800 on the J♦ turn. This time Katchalov made the call and the dealer put out the T♠ on the river.
Lenhenauer checked and Katchalov bet 4,600. The Austrian tanked for five minutes, chewing on his glasses before he finally said, "Call."
Katchalov turned over 3♦3♠ for a flopped set and won the pot.
It was passed to Stefan Nowak who raised to 700 on the button, Risto Antero Ailamo moved all in for 7,575, making Nowak fold.
Taqtaq raised to 800 and Nowak called in the cutoff. Taqtaq fired bets of 1,100, 2,100 and 4,600 on the flop, turn and river respectively of a K♦2♠3♦9♥Q♠ board. Nowak called the first two bets before instantly folding to the one on the river.
Lehenauer raised to 850 from the cutoff, Crha defended in the big blind. Both players checked the 7♠3♣4♥ flop before Crha won the pot with a 925 bet on the 5♠ turn.
Lehenauer raised to 850 again but quickly folded when John Christian moved all in from the big blind.
Ailamo raised to 750 from middle position and Katchalov defended his big blind. Both players checked the 8♣4♣K♦ flop before Katchalov check-called a bet of 750 on the 3♣ turn. The J♦ river was checked down and Katchalov's A♥8♠ was still good.
Ailamo raised to 600 and was called by Crha, Christian and Taqtaq for a four-way flop. The 2♠J♦8♦ board was checked to Christian on the button who bet 1,400 and the other players all folded.
Lehenauer raised to 850 from early postion and won the blinds and antes.
Crha raised to 700 preflop, Christian called as did Starikov in the big blind. The flop came 7♠4♣Q♠ and it was checked to the raiser Crha who bet 925. Christian folded but Starikov called to see the K♥ on the turn, the Russian checked a second time and Crha fired a second bullet worth 1,375. This time Starikov check-raised to 4,000 and Crha thought briefly before folding.
Ailamo limped for 300 before Christian raised to 900. Metzler made the call on the button and Ailamo came along for the ride. The dealer put out a flop of A♦J♠4♠ which was checked to Metzler who bet 1,250. Ailamo called and Christian folded with a slight sigh. The 7♥ on the turn did not seem to change much but Ailamo moved all in for 4,025 and Metzler called.
The 5♣ on the river changed nothing and the Finn was eliminated. Katchalov finished the orbit with 57,000.
- There are 760 players remaining out of 965 who entered
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- Recent eliminations include former EPT winner Anton Wigg, Michael Piper, Konstantin Puchkov, David Yan, Andrew Chen, Yury Gulyy, Ognjen Sekularac, Mateusz Moolhuizen
- Both Louis Salter and Jack Salter were knocked out within minutes of each other, "I started before him so I technically lasted longer" said Jack.