Eureka4 Vienna: The alternates are coming...

Sometimes when a tournament is full up and you're down on the alternates list, you've just got to sit and wait, even if you're someone as well-known in poker as Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. The Frenchman arrived about half an hour ago and immediately joined the alternates lists, becoming no. 72. However, Grospellier shouldn't have to wait too long as the registration desk was already calling out up no. 51, in the meantime he's been happily taking photos with some local fans.


The entrance to the Hofburg Palace

Grospellier will be hoping he starts better than fellow Team Pro Max Lykov. The Russian has already lost half his stack and has about 10,000 remaining. Michael Keiner is more comfortable, sitting in one of the far corners with 27,000 to his name. Keiner is now one of the elder statesmen of German poker, having won a WSOP bracelet in Seven-card Stud in 2007.

Team Online's Mickey Petersen is fairing much better, he's sitting with around 45,000.

Meanwhile fellow Team Online member Dale Philip told me glumly, "I've not won in a hand yet," though to be fair to the Scotsman, he's still on about 20,000 indicating he's barely played one!


Eugene Katchalov and David Vamplew sharing a table earlier in the high-stakes cash area

I was about to write how having David Vamplew sitting two seats to his left would make it a tough starting table for Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov but while going to check on the table, the latter told me that Vamplew had already been eliminated. No doubt this has made life a little easier for the Ukrainian pro who now has about 30,000. Katchalov is one of a select view currently sitting in the high-stakes cash game area which has a ceiling and one wall made completely of glass; this means that not only do poker players in this area have to battle each other, but they must also fight their most deadly of enemies - natural sunlight.

Tournament Updates:

- Former EPT winner David Vamplew is the most high-profile casualty of the day so far.
- Vasili Firsau, David Abramov, Hans Pfister, Samuel Bernabeu and Hans Hein are also out.
- Several PokerStars Team Pros are playing today including Max Lykov, Henrique Pinho, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov and Michael Keiner
- Blinds are 100/200 with a 25 ante.

Chris Hall
@PokerStars in Vienna