Eureka6 Bucharest: Final table player profiles
Meet your final eight in the Eureka6 Bucharest main event:
Seat 1: Moshe Eliyahu, 27, Nahariya, Israel
Moshe Eliyahu had only $13k in reported live cashes prior to entering Eureka6 Bucharest. He's now guaranteed to double that; making the final table here already secures him a €11,630 payday. This is not Eliyahu's first visit to the Romanian capital; last August, he arrived to Bucharest for the Israeli Poker Tour and picked up three cashes during the festival, including his best result until today: €8,910 for a sixth place finish in the €550 Main Event. Eliyahu has been wearing a green shirt of his favourite football club Maccabi Haifa during the Eureka Bucharest Main Event. He can become the third Eureka champion from Israel should he follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Idan Greenberg (Eureka1 Bulgaria winner) and Liran Machluf (Eureka3 Bulgaria champ).
Seat 2: Avishai Shitrit, 30, Beersheva, Israel
Another Israeli player on the final table is Avishai Shitrit from Beersheva, who's sitting right next to his fellow countryman Moshe Eliyahu. Shitrit is a poker pro who started playing six years ago. He's focusing on both tournaments and cash games. The 30-year-old splits his time at the tables between live and online, and making the final table here is the biggest achievement of his career.
Seat 3: Razvan "razvyqq" Belea, 27, Targu Jiu, Romania, PokerStars player
Razvan Belea comes from Targu Jiu, Romania. His live results don't reveal much about him as he has recorded only two small cashes on the home soil. However, he's a poker pro, grinding online as "razvyqq". In the online realm, his biggest accolades came in the PokerStars Big $11. Belea has made five final tables of that same tournament including two second and two third place finishes. He banked over $11k several times in these events but making the final table here at Eureka6 Bucharest is certainly his biggest achievement to date. Belea's moniker indicates that his favourite hand is pocket Queens but on Day 3, he didn't mind holding a pair of Kings when he knocked out Mihai Ciorteanu (18th) & Adrian Ion Popa (19th) in a single hand. Apart from poker, Belea's hobbies are playing football and watching movies. The linguists amongst you might enjoy the fact that Belea means "trouble" in Romanian.
Seat 4: Yasen Dichev, 27, Varna, Bulgaria
Bulgaria's Yasen Dichev hails from Varna's suburb Aksakovo. The 27-year-old emerged as the chip leader at the end of Day 2, bagging up about 14% of all chips in play. That already made Dichev a huge favourite on making the final table. Should he finish sixth or better, he'll celebrate the best result of his career. So far, he's amassed $54k in live tournament cashes with the biggest prize of €21,000 earned in the €1k Event at EPT12 Prague. Dichev is currently ranked #57 on the Bulgarian all-time money list but can possibly move thirty places up the ladder if he wins this tournament. He's been playing poker for ten years and considers himself an amateur. However, he's also doing well in online tournaments; his biggest payday was around $119k.
Seat 5: Jozsef Liszkovics, 28, Odorheia Secuiesc, Romania, PokerStars player
Jozsef Liszkovics is a poker pro from Odorheia Secuiesc, Romania. He's been playing poker for four years, almost exclusively online. The 28-year-old specializes in tournaments and his biggest accolade was a first place in the PokerStars Bigger $109 worth about $37k. He's also a huge Real Madrid fan, filling a sentence "Hasta el final, vamos Real" in his profile. While his favourite football club is preparing for next week's Champions League final, Liszkovics will experience his biggest final tomorrow.
Seat 6: Razvan "b91pit" Bordei, 34, Bucharest/Romania, PokerStars qualifier
Amateur poker player Razvan Bordei has made his biggest live tournament final table right here in his home city. The 34-year-old from Bucharest has been enjoying poker since 2009, playing both live and online. Prior to entering Eureka6 Bucharest, Bordei amassed $24k in live cashes including a €2,080 payday for a 134th place at Eureka4 Vienna. He'll collect his second Eureka Main Event cash here in the Romanian capital and it will also be the biggest of his live career. In the online realm, Bordei's biggest win was about $25k.
Seat 7: Florin Ionut Pandilica, 36, Bucharest, Romania
Florin Ionut Pandilica is also a local player. He's been playing poker for the past decade and has racked up over $75k in live tournament winnings. Pandilica collected his biggest cash at EPT8 Barcelona, finishing 50th for €14,000 in the Main Event. He prefers tournaments over cash games.
Seat 8: Carmen Zainescu, 45, Plaiesti, Romania
There were only four female players in the Eureka6 Bucharest Main Event but one of them made it to the final table. Carmen Zainescu celebrated it loudly as she'd had the shortest stack in the tournament since there were two tables left but still found her way amongst the final eight. Zainescu, 45, hails from Plaiesti and has been playing live tournaments for five years. Her resumé includes cashes worth nearly $26k and she's about to boost it with her result in this tournament, which has already beaten her previous best (€3,700 for 15th at PokerFest Bucharest back in 2013). Zainescu claims family to be her other hobby.
All profiles by Jan Kores. Photos by Tomas Stacha.