A poker festival lasting for 12 days sounds like a really long festival, and it is. I mean it’s got as many days as Christmas, just with more PokerStars trophies and fewer turtle doves (who knows about calling birds though). But when there are 97 events scheduled over those dozen days it makes for a lot of logistical planning as there’s always multiple events running simultaneously and space and planning needed to ensure the 139 tournament tables are enough to cope with the demand.
Since we last checked in with the side event action, a lot has happened. There have been turbo titans crowned, people flipping out (sorry people playing flip outs) and yet another massive Eureka field. So, without further ado here’s our side event round-up.
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A total of 273 players felt the need for speed and 39 of those got some return on their investment including: Davidi Kitai (39th), Marcin Wydrowski (38th), Martin Mulsow (28th), Matas Cimbolas (27th), Mick Graydon (18th), Roberto Romanello (9th) and Artur Wasek (8th).
The win though went to Jouni Huovila, who cut a heads-up deal with Canada’s Thomas Popov to seize his first ever EPT trophy and a winners’ cheque worth €24,190.
Russian pro Konstantin Maslak defeated a field of 25 to take top honours and €4,485. This is only the second live event victory of Maslak’s career – and pales slightly in comparison to his first as he won the WSOP $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low tourney for $269,612 in June of this year.
The other three events were all €100+€10 Flipouts (everyone is all-in on the first hand, with the winner of each table making the money and the final table). They were won respectively by Emile Geodjenian, Henrique Pinho and Przemyslaw Misztela. A special mention for Dara O’Kearney, who after bemoaning his luck at bricking all of the equivalent events in Malta, saw variance smile kindly on him as he final tabled two of the three flipouts. He finished second to Misztela but actually banked more thanks to a heads-up deal.
One more result to tell you about, this one from Monday, as Romanian player Victorio Piturca won his first live tourney trophy by taking down Event #16 a €1k NL Hyper-Turbo. Piturca won €25,000 after cutting a three-way deal with runner-up Kevin Killeen and third-placed American Michael Rocco.
There are oodles of big names this year too with Team Pro represented by Andre Akkari, Liv Boeree, Eugene Katchalov and Vanessa Selbst, whilst Team Online’s Lilia Novikova is also in the mix. Plenty of EPT champions too as: Kevin Macphee, Martin Finger, Ruben Visser, Ognyan Dimov, Dimitar Danchev, Julian Track, Salvatore Bonavena, Anton Wigg, Robin Ylitalo, Michael Tureniec, Roberto Romanello and David Vamplew are all involved.
As are the 20 players who’re back for Day 2 of the €1,000 pot-limit Omaha eight-handed event. Pedro Marques leads the way in that one, whilst David De Abreu, Dario Alioto, Bart Lybaert and Fabrice Soulier are also still sniffing around the first prize of €39,320.
Among today’s offerings a €300 eight-handed limit Hold’em turbo and €500 pot-limit Sextuple Omaha (6 handed) have already started and a €100 Turbo Super Holdem – Three hole cards, all play – (€50 Rebuys) and a €1,000 no-limit Hyper-Turbo began this evening. You can find the results of all the side events that have finished on this page.
Coverage of the Eureka Main Event is all handily organized on the Eureka Prague page.