Seat 1: Walid Abdi-Ali, 37, Kiel, Germany – 1,666,000
Last season, Walid Abdi-Ali fell just shy of the Eureka Hamburg Main Event final table when he was eliminated in 10th place, earning €7,550. But the 37-year-old from Kiel returned to make good on the promise shown last time, cruising to the last six. Abdi-Ali has amassed more than $60,000 in live tournament winnings, the largest single score of which came five months ago when he won the Redbet Live Rozvadov €1,000 High Roller event for €10,500.
Seat 2: Ismet Oral, 28, Hamburg, Germany – 1,190,000
Ismet Oral started playing poker when he turned 18. Ten years later, he’s made it to the Eureka Main Event final table, an achievement made all the more sweet by the fact that it’s in his home city of Hamburg. Oral has only one previous reported cash worth €2,610 for a second place in the €330 NLH Deepstack at King’s Rozvadov. Oral says he prefers to play live tournaments to any other form of poker.
Seat 3: Ercan Atmaca, 49, Enschede, Netherlands – 1,265,000
Ercan Atmaca has been playing poker for 12 years and had already notched up three Eureka Main Event cashes before arriving here this week. His previous best result on the tour was a 15th-placed finish in Rozvadov worth €6,180. But the biggest cash in the 49-year-old’s career came eight years ago when he took down the Uttrecht’s 2008 Dom Classics for €71,610. Atmaca’s live tournament winnings will move to more than $250,000 after this tournament as a seat at the final guaranteed him at least €8,400. The amateur poker enthusiast also enjoys tennis and football.
Seat 4: Dinesh Alt, 25, Bern, Switzerland – 1,260,000
Dinesh Alt has been playing poker for seven years during which time he has risen to the summit of the European game. The 25-year-old professional from Bern has earned $430,000 in live tournament winnings and plenty more online, where he is known as “NastyMinder”. He won the ANZPT Main Event in Sydney for A$226,320 three years ago, but that was eclipsed by his victory in the 2016 PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) Main Event for record-breaking $396,691.
Seat 5: Erik Scheidt, 29, Rostock, Germany – 1,975,000
Erik Scheidt is entering his second Eureka Main Event final table. His debut came back at Eureka 4 Vienna, where he finished seventh for €33,090. That still remains the German’s best result to date. The 29-year-old computer specialist from Rostock has been travelling around the live circuit for the past five years. He’s racked up more than $250,000 in live tournaments including three EPT Main Event cashes and sixth place in the €1k Berlin Cup worth €31,000. He qualified for this event on PokerStars.
Seat 6: Marcel Schauenberg, 25, Hamburg, Germany – 1,795,000
Marcel Schauenberg is another local player on the final table. The 25-year-old comes from Hamburg and has been recreationally playing poker since he turned 18. He’s playing both live and online tournaments. Making this final table is the best achievement of his career. His previous biggest cash came also here in Hamburg; in June 2014, Schauenberg finished seventh in the German Poker Tour Main Event, banking €3,380.