Eureka4 Vienna: Markus Stöger leads the final eight players

On the penultimate day of the Eureka Poker Tour's event here in Vienna, there were just 47 players who turned up a midday for a shot at the €244,270 first prize. After a day where the chip lead changed hands several times between multiple players it was local recreational player Markus Stöger who finished as the chip leader with 5,495,000 - he leads by less than one big blind. Both Bryan Paris and Blazej Przygorzewski are hot on his heels with exactly the same count - 5,430,000.

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Markus Stöger

The final table looks like this:

Seat one: Andreas Freund, 25, Austria - 4,515,000
Seat two: Robert Malinowski, 49, Poland, PokerStars qualifier - 3,305,000
Seat three: Markus Stöger, 44, Austria - 5,495,000
Seat four: Stavros Kalfas, 32, Greece, PokerStars player - 1,050,000
Seat five: Bryan Paris, 28, USA, PokerStars player - 5,430,000
Seat six: Erik Scheidt, 26, Germany, PokerStars player - 950,000
Seat seven: Blazej Przygorzewski, 22, Poland, PokerStars qualifier - 5,430,000
Seat eight: Zoltan Gal, 27, Hungary, PokerStars qualifier - 2,245,000

The table is a real mix of professionals and recreational players and this is what they'll be playing for:

1. €244,270
2. €139,040
3. €98,210
4. €72,230
5. €56,600
6. €43,240
7. €33,090
8. €23,430

The exits came quickly and consistently today as the field shrunk from 47 players to just two tables and it looked like at one stage that we'd have a final table before the dinner break. That did not prove to be the case, even as we lost such big names as Zimnan Ziyard, Benjamin Pollak and Max Pescatori.

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Christian Bauer

The final table bubble saw five different players manage to double up before Christian Bauer, attempting a second double, was foiled when his queens were outrun by Przygorzewski's ace-king.

You can catch up with all of today's proceedings here, here and here.

Tomorrow play will not begin until after 12.30 p.m. local time. It'll be shown on a delayed stream (by at least half an hour) with hole cards on PokerStars.tv and this blog will update at the same time. Before play starts, I will also put up a full list of player profiles so you'll be able to find a little bit more about each of them.

We'll see you tomorrow!

Chris Hall
@PokerStars in Vienna