Eureka6 Rozvadov: Day 1A live updates

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10:25pm: Done
Level 10 - Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

That's Day 1A of the Eureka6 Rozvadov Main Event in the books. Day 1B begins at 2pm CET but before then we'll bring you a recap of today's play. That'll follow shortly.

10:10pm: Last four hands
Level 10 - Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

The tournament clock has been paused and there will be four more hands before play is done for the day.

10:05pm: So close
Level 10 - Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

Plenty of fallers in the last level of the night and it was a case of so close to Day 2 for: Felix Kaltner, Marco Weidner, Jaroslaw Szyndler, Josip Petrovic, Frank Blumlein, Gennadii Savonik, Andre Moschke and Michael Mrakes.

9:55pm: Luca's late night charge
Level 10 - Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

Ivan Luca is up to 110,000 after busting a player. We didn't catch it first hand but apparently Luca had queens to his opponent's pocket jacks.

9:40pm: Busted
Level 10 - Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

The final level of the night has just begun.

9:35pm: Busted
Level 9 - Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

Over half the field has now been eliminated. Those who lost the last of their chips in level nine include: Vlad Darie, Marius Pospiech, Adam Jagucik, Christoph Glatzner and Tobias Schmidt.


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9:20pm: Big stacks
Level 9 - Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

As the end of level nine approaches, here are the big stacks

NameCountryChips
Daniel KaracicCroatia140,000
Grzegorz WyrazPoland137,000
Tonino SchmitzGermany125,000
Gaspare LeggioItaly125,000
Michael EilerGermany100,000
Boris AndreevRussia98,200
Jesper HansenDenmark93,000
Harald CasagrandeAustria90,000
Ondrej MarCzech Republic85,000

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Michael Eiler - running up a big stack

9pm: Luttke loses flip
Level 9 - Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

It's getting to that stage of the night where we're starting to see a lot more pre-flop flips.

I just witnessed one play out between Gregory Luttke and Robert Hana. The action was started by Luttke, he opened to 2,200 and Hana three-bet to 6,400 total. "How many blue chips do you have left, four of five?" asked Luttke to Hana. After it was established the total was five 5k chips, Luttke slid forward a stack of his own and Hana called all-in.

Luttke: A♥Q♠
Hana: J♣J♦

The 3♦K♦3♣8♠4♥ board kept the pair in front and meant Hana, who was all-in for 36,400, doubled to around 75,000 whilst Luttke dropped to 44,000.

8:55pm: They might be back tomorrow
Level 9 - Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

Anyone eliminated today has the opportunity to try again in the turbo Day 1C that starts at 22:00 CET tomorrow night. So we might see some of: Oliver Knoll, Christopher Sandig, Clemens Erretkamps, Eugen Doban, Stephen Nitzschke, Jacek Bozio, Marciej Wojcicki and Marek Bartoszewicz tomorrow.

8:50pm: Break time
Level 9 - Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

The players are back for the final two levels of the day. 131 of 219 have got as far as level nine and the average stack is 41,800.

8:35pm: Break time
Level 8 - Blinds 400/800 (100 ante)

That's the end of level eight and the players are now on a 15 minute break.

8:25pm: More for Mulligan
Level 8 - Blinds 400/800 (100 ante)

Andre Strobel was short stacked and made his move with A♥3♣, it wasn't a lot for Lee Mulligan to call and he gave him a spin with A♠2♠.

It looked like it was going to be a chopped pot but the 9♣T♠J♣K♠9♠ board made Mulligan's flush and Strobel was knocked out.

Lee Mulligan, 34,000
Andre Strobel, 0

8:15pm: Luca keeps climbing
Level 8 - Blinds 400/800 (100 ante)

A couple of levels ago Ivan Luca was down to just 12,000. He's now up to over 50,000 after eliminating Vojtech Skalak. On a A♠A♣J♣ flop Luca bet 2,500 and Skalak check-raised all-in for 12,400 total. Luca thought for a short time before calling.

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Don't mess with this man

Luca: A♦5♠
Skalek: T♣9♣

The T♥ turn and 6♦ river kept Luca in front and sent Skalek to the rail.

Ivan Luca, 52,000
Vojtech Skalak, 0

8pm: Chip counts
Level 8 - Blinds 400/800 (100 ante)

It's still Boris Andreev who leads, the Russian player has 103,000.

NameCountryChips
Boris AndreevRussia103,000
Felix KaltnerGermany90,000
David UrbanSlovakia83,000
Grzegorz WyrazPoland68,000
Michael EilerGermany66,000
Tillmann RaschkeGermany64,000
Sebastian LangrockGermany49,000
Alex KravchenkoRussia48,000
Ivan LucaArgentina40,000
Brandon BoswellUSA38,000
Rasmus AgerskovDenmark36,000
Petr SatekCzech Republic35,000
Lee MulliganUnited Kingdom34,000
Marius PospiechGermany28,000
Jan-Peter JachtmannGermany28,000

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Boris Andreev

7:45pm: The numbers are in
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

Late registration closed at the start of this level and the tournament staff have confirmed that 219 players entered today.


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7:35pm: No Eureka moment for these players
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

Exits everywhere! It's goodbye to Ali Sameeian, Stefano Perin, Stefan Deckert, Udo Hemmert, Dennis Hubner, Andreas Losche, Friedrich Brunsch, Josef Snejberg, Jens Hansen, Jan Krnac, Stonewall Jackson, Antonio Karman and Vitezslav Cech.

7:25pm: Call the clocks
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

I've just witnessed something that I've never seen before in live poker:

I arrived at the table to see a T♥T♣5♥5♦9♦ board on the felt. Teodor Popovic had bet 10,000 into a pot of 23,000 and David Urban was in the tank. He took so long to come to his decision that the clock was called.

The floor was called and Urban was read his rights. He'd got over halfway into his allotted minute before he took action and his play was to move all-in. He had about 50,000 total and covered Popovic, who had 28,000 back.

Whilst Urban was in the tank Popovic had looked very cool, simply bouncing a pen on and off the felt. No he stopped and instead began to shuffle his cards. He kept doing that for at least two to three minutes and he seemed no closer to a decision.

It looked like we might get the clock called twice on the same street here, something I'd never seen before. Eventually a player at the table had enough and did indeed call the clock. It should be noted it wasn't the same player who had called the clock on Urban, nor was it Urban himself.

So Popovic was now on the clock and it ticked all the way down to zero at which point his hand was declared dead. Urban pointed at the PokerStars Blog and said: "Just for you," and showed K♣J♣ to the table for a stone bluff. No guts, no glory.

David Urban, 83,000
Teodor Popovic, 28,000

7:05pm: The Poker God's care not for reputation
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

At the very end of level seven two of the more familiar faces in the field were eliminated as Makarios Avramidis (a WSOP bracelet winner) and Raphael Wimmer (a Eureka Main Event champion) were both eliminated.

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Wimmer won't be the winner this time

7:03pm: Six down, four to go
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

The players are back in their seats for level seven. They'll be a break at the end of level eight and then two more levels before Day 1 is over.

6:47pm: Break time
Level 6 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

The players are on a 15 minute break.


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6:40pm: Out
Level 6 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

There's no easy way to say this but: Adrian Esslen, Kim Torvald Kallmann, Timo Scarcella, Demir Ismail, Tobias Peters and Ling Chen are all out.

6:30pm: Falandys suffers Voss loss
Level 6 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

On the river of a 2♦6♦9♣A♠5♠ board Mathias Falandys bet 2,100 only for Christian Voss to move all-in for 9,900 total. Having got a count Falandys considered his options and then threw out two blue 5k chips to signify a call.

Voss showed 8♥7♥ for the rivered straight, Falandys mucked but as it was an all-in hand his cards were turned over to reveal he had A♥T♥.

6:20pm: Sweet turn for Kaltner
Level 6 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

Felix Kaltner (cutoff) and Lee Mulligan (button) were heads-up to a 4♠6♦Q♥ flop and there was enough in the pot to suggest this was a three-bet pot. Kaltner checked to Mulligan and called very swiftly when Mulligan bet 2,500.

That was all the betting they'd be though as both players checked the 7♠ turn and 4♣ river. Kaltner showed 7♣7♥ for the turned set although from post-hand discussion it's likely he didn't need to hit a third seven to win.

Felix Kaltner, 59,000
Lee Mulligan, 26,000

6:10pm: The six-figure club
Level 6 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

Boris Andreev is the first player over 100,000 and it was the good old fashioned aces versus kings that got him there. But, he was the player with kings and flopped a third one to bust TutusTuncay.

The Russian is up to 105,000, that's 3.5x the average.

6pm: The last of the level five bust outs
Level 6 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

Whilst 214 players have shown up to play today just 193 remain. Level six has just started, those who fell in level five were: Robert Ashelm, Oliver Dopp, Hasan Unal, Tutus Tuncay, Stefano Perin and Zofia Mudrochova.

5:45pm: Big names arrive
Level 5 - Blinds 150/300 (25 ante)

This event just got a whole lot tougher. That's because Ivan Luca and Alex Kravchenko have both entered this event during level five.

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Ivan Luca (pictured in the Rozadov High Roller)


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5:40pm: Side events await
Level 5 - Blinds 150/300 (25 ante)

The bad news for Alexandru Benchea, Eleftherios, Adrian-Constantin Tulba, Wolfgang Hosl, Dominic Lindner and Kurtulus Albayrak is that they're all out of the Main Event. The good news is that there are loads of side events that they can play.

5:35pm: Raschke races ahead
Level 5 - Blinds 150/300 (25 ante)

Tillmann Raschke looks to be the early chip leader. The German is up to 72,000 and has almost tripled his stack already.

5:20pm: Over 200
Level 5 - Blinds 150/300 (25 ante)

The field has ticked up to 206 runners total now, more than double the number who played Day 1A during Season 5.

5:10pm: Gone
Level 4 - Blinds 100/200 (25 ante)

The introduction of the running ante has definitely upped the rate of exits. Eureka5 Hamburg champion Tom Holke is one of those on the rail. He's been joined by UKIPT champion Daniel Stacey, Maciej Kondraszuk and Milan Topoly.

4:55pm: Add another bracelet to the list...
Level 4 - Blinds 100/200 (25 ante)

And over $1,600,000 in lifeterm earnings. Jan-Peter Jachtmann has just sat down. The German player won the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha event at the World Series of Poker in 2012. That win earned him $661,000 of his tournament earnings. Whilst that remains his only six-figure score he's had four cashes of over $50,000.

He's a threat, that's for sure.

4:45pm: Chip counts
Level 4 - Blinds 100/200 (25 ante)

A few counts of the names, notables and big stacks in the Day 1A field. UKIPT5 Isle of Man champion Dan Stacey is a recent arrival.

NameCountryChips
Brandon BoswellUSA55,000
Michael EilerGermany38,000
Petr SatekCzech Republic35,000
Rasmus AgerskovDenmark34,700
Marius PospiechGermany33,000
Lee MulliganUnited Kingdom30,700
Makarios AvramidisGreece29,300
Tom HolkeGermany26,000
Sebastian LangrockGermany26,000
Daniel StaceyUnited Kingdom23,200
Raphael WimmerAustria22,600
Josef SnejbergCzech Republic18,075

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Tom Holke


4:35pm: Round four
Level 4 - Blinds 100/200 (25 ante)

Players are back in their seats and cards are in the air. Level four sees the introduction of a running ante.

4:20pm: Take a break
Level 3 - Blinds 75/150

That's the end of level three and the players are now on a 15 minute break.


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4:15pm: I Claudius (will shove)
Level 3 - Blinds 75/150

Claudius Istrate calmly placed the all-in triangle on top of chips. His river shove was for 7,550 into a pot of a similar size. Adrian Esslen was the man in the tank and he was eyeing up a T♦9♠8♥J♦5♣ board.

During this pause in the action Lee Mulligan told me that the turn had checked through but that Istrate had bet the flop, Felix Kaltner had called, Esslen had raised and Istrate had been the lone caller.

The triangle toppled from Istrate's chips a couple of time but he diligently replaced it each time this happened. After a couple of minutes Esslen released his cards and Istrate showed Q♠T♣ for the turned straight.

Adrian Esslen, 18,025
Cladius Istrate, 15,500

4pm: A few fallers
Level 3 - Blinds 75/150

A couple more players have fallen during the level three. Thomas "The Talk" Traboulsi is out, as is Nick "Sandmann" Korts.

3:45pm: Ace start for Boswell
Level 3 - Blinds 75/150

Brandon Boswell is up to 55,000 after he eliminated Josef Gulas in a pot worth 32,000. His Czech opponent five-bet jammed with pocket jacks into Boswell's pocket aces and didn't catch up.

He's the second exit of the day.

3:30pm: Holke takes a hit
Level 2 - Blinds 50/100

I joined the action to see Eureka5 Hamburg champion Tom Holke involved in a big pot. Holke is easy to spot in a tournament room as he wears a Cowboy hat in the colours of the German flag. He'd bet 2,700 into a pot of 6,200 on the river of a Q♦2♣8♠3♦4♠ board.

Petr Satek was his lone opponent and after about 20 seconds thinking time the Czech player made the call. Holke was reluctant to show but he did eventually turn over 2♠7♠ (2,700 for 2-7!) and Satek then showed K♠8♦ to claim the pot.

Petr Satek, 35,000
Tom Holke, 26,000

3:15pm: Who wants to be a millionaire?
Level 2 - Blinds 50/100

There are a number of poker players who've had success on the game show circuit. Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree is famous for her appearance on a show called Golden Balls for instance. But we think you'd be hard pushed to find someone who's had more on screen success than Sebastian Langrock.

On 11th March 2013 he became the eleventh person to win the jackpot (€1 million) on the Wer wird Millionär? gameshow (Who will become a millionaire?). He's playing today, his poker abilities have failed to match his quizzing smarts as yet as he's racked up 'just' €239,417 in live tournament earnings so far.

Just for fun let's see if you're as smart as Langrock. Below is the question that won him the jackpot. See if you can get it right. No googling allowed, but you can phone a friend if you like.

Q:Who should be familiar with the twenty-past-four position?

A: Driving Instructor
B: Karate Master
C: Waiter
D: Agricultural architect

3pm: Show us your bracelet
Level 2 - Blinds 50/100

We've mentioned already how Pius Heinz's WSOP bracelet is on display here in the King's Casino (see 2:25pm post). Well he's not the only player in Rozvadov with a WSOP bracelet to his name.

At this year's WSOP Europe in Berlin, Makarios Avramidis defeated a stacked field to win the €2,200 No Limit Hold'em Six Max event. Beating the likes of Marvin Rettenmaier and Stephen Chidwick earned him €105,000.

He's one of 162 runners who've entered the fray so far.

2:46pm: Man down
Level 2 - Blinds 50/100

As the clock ticked into level two the first elimination of the day occurred. Nandor Solyom is the first player out on Day 1A.

2:35pm: A funny thing happened on the way to the hotel room
Level 1 - Blinds 25/50

The thing with top class poker players is that they spend so much time clicking buttons that they, how shall we say, lack some life skills in certain areas. As this story neatly illustrates.

I'm indebted to Lee Mulligan for this story, which he told me shortly before play began. "I'm staying at this hotel out in the sticks," began Mulligan. "And I saw this Argentinian guy wandering around in the snow at 2am."

Interesting.

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So it's second left and then the first right...

"I've seen this problem before," continued Mulligan, who's from Bristol, not Buenos Aires. "At this hotel there's an annexe and it's not immediately clear when you get your keys where your room is. He was quite a way from where he needed to be so I gave him a lift."

During this ride the pair struck up conversation and Luca told Mulligan that he'd been travelling around Europe playing poker and won something. "It was only when I got back and looked him up online that I realised what a sicko he was," said Mulligan.

Mulligan is already in his seat, no sign of Luca yet. Let's hope he doesn't get lost again.


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2:25pm: Retirement's working out well for Heinz
Level 1 - Blinds 25/50

Pius Heinz won the WSOP Main Event in 2011, banking over $8,700,000 in the process. He is, in his own words, "retired from poker." Well maybe not. He was here at the King's Casino to play a high stakes cash game that was streamed on Twitch and then hopped into the €5,000 High Roller that started on Wednesday.

That event attracted 22 entries (16 uniques and six re-entries) and Heinz beat the lot of them. It was no easy task to pocket the first prize of € 44,814 though. Three handed he was up against Ivan Luca and Martin Kabrhel, who are no strangers to high stakes tournaments. With Luca vanquished in third he and Kabrhel were both deep-stacked but it was the German who prevailed to earn the trophy.

His WSOP Main Event bracelet is on display here in the casino, maybe he'll put the trophy in the same display case?

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Just when he thought he was out...

2:15pm: Spotted
Level 1 - Blinds 25/50

It's early days but we, and by we I mean my German colleague Robin Scherr, has already spotted a few familiar faces in the field.

There are two Eureka Main Event champions already seated. They're Raphael Wimmer, the Austrian won this event last season, and Tom Holke. The German player took down Eureka5 Hamburg.

But what's a Eureka title when you've won an EPT Main Event? Michael Eiler has that distinction, he won EPT7 Vienna where he defeated a final table that included Martin Hrubý and Daniel Negreanu to win €700,000. He's also in the field today.

2pm: Shuffle up and deal
Level 1 - Blinds 25/50

Right on time this event is under way. There are currently 128 players in their seats, already eclipsing the 98 who played Day 1A at this event last year.

1:50pm: Time to start Season 6

For the fourth time the Eureka Poker Tour is back in Rozvadov and we're here to kick off the tour's sixth season. Playing host to the tour is the King's Casino, which is located on the border of the Czech Republic and Germany.

The 22 event festival is already in full swing, but today our attention turns to the flagship €500,000 guaranteed Main Event, which year on year has attracted more players. It gets underway at 2pm CET.

Eureka Rozvadov Main Event history:
Season 3: 421 players, €500,000 prize pool, Bart Lybaert from Belgium for €115,000
Season 4: 493 players, €500,000 prize pool, Martin Meciar from Slovakia for €87,600
Season 5: 664 entries, €644,080 prize pool, Raphael Wimmer from Austria for €99,695

Key Eureka6 Rozvadov Facts:

- 25,000 starting stack
- Blinds starting at 25/50 for 500 big blinds
- Levels are 45 minutes on Day 1 and they'll be 10 of them. On Day 2 from level 15 onwards levels increase to 60 minutes.
- Late registration is open until the start of level seven.
- Day 1A is today, Day 1B takes place tomorrow and there's also a special Turbo Day 1C at 10pm CET. That's only open to players who have busted either Day 1A or 1B. The field will then combine for the first time on Sunday. Players will reach the money on Day 2 and then play down to a final table on Day 3. The final table will play out on Tuesday. Cue mad celebrations and swigging of pilsner from the trophy (possibly).
- Full Eureka6 Rozvadov schedule here.

PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at Eureka6 Rozvadov: Nick Wright. Photos by Tomas Stacha. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog

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