Eureka4 Vienna: PokerStars qualifier Gerald Karlic Leads Day 1A

It's incredibly difficult to think of a setting more spectacular for a poker event than the Hofburg Palace here in Vienna. When Steve O'Dwyer arrived late tonight to check out the room before playing in tomorrow's Day 1B, the Irishman immediately stated, "This room is way too nice to play poker in!" In some respects, it's hard to disagree as you could spend hours wandering around this vast complex, taking in the sublime architecture.

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Thumbs up from Gerald Karlic, the Day 1A chip leader

The first stop of Season 4 saw records broken once again with the biggest ever Day 1A for the Eureka Poker Tour as 457 players stumped up €1,100 to take their shot at the title. After ten levels of play and with the field whittled down to below 140 players, it was PokerStars qualifier Gerald Karlic who finished the day as the chip leader with 241,500. The Austrian won a big pot right at the end of the day against Norway's Age Spets making him one of only two players who finished above the 200,000 mark. The other was Romanian Razvan Bordei who ended with 220,000; other notables to have made it through include former EPT winners Michael Eiler (182,500) and Jannick Wrang (115,000), Eureka Prague winner Dimitri Holdeew (90,600) and former WSOP Main Event winner Pius Heinz (74,100).

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Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko

It was not a good for the three Team PokerStars Pros who played today. Jan Heitmann went into detail earlier about a hand he felt he had misplayed which cost him his tournament life. His good friend and fellow Team Pro George Danzer looked to be in good shape for most of the day, but he was a victim of kings versus aces after the dinner break. Meanwhile Alex Kravchenko was one of the late arrivals but never really got going and busted in the final levels of the day.

Now it's time for everyone to hit the hay. There's already rumblings behind the scenes that around 800 players might be expected tomorrow for Day 1B including numerous big names and several more Team Pros. 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 12pm local time, we'll see you then!

Chris Hall
@PokerStars in Vienna