This event was always expected to be the biggest of them all on the Eureka Tour calendar, with those expectations practically met already. The Eureka Prague Day 1a has already had 222 players take to the field with there still another flight of Day 1 happening later today.
The €1,000 + €100 event initially saw just 190 players hit the felt by the time the cards started getting dealt, however as the play went on there were another 32 later starters taking their places in the action. They were taking advantage of the six level registration rule that meant players didn’t officially have to start until the 6th level if they wanted.
The end of day chip leader Ricardo Ibanez Rodriguez amassed a stack of 136,000 chips, though he only managed that amount on the very last hand to be played during the first opening flight of Day 1. By winning that hand he pushed past Juraj Berzinec who has 125,000 and found himself at the top of the pile.
Only Two PokerStars Team Pros So Far!
There is expected to be far more taking part later today but last night there were just two PokerStars Team Pros at the felt, with one in Ana Marquez doing well to finish just outside the top ten chip counts with 71,200 and the other Richard Toth being eliminated during the seventh level.
Marquez is one of the hardest working pros on the circuit, there are not many events that she misses either online or offline and simply lives and breathes poker. She is also highly consistent, regularly making cashes.
With regards to Toth, he was certainly not the only big name to be sent to the rail on Day 1a as we also lost Martin Staszko and the super aggressive Jaroslav Urban. Additionally, the runner up in the Eureka Bulgaria was almost eliminated far earlier than he would have hoped.
The second flight of Day 1 kicks off at 12pm local time today, with a fresh batch of players hoping to secure a place in Day two which is to be played on Friday. The organisers are hoping for a similar or even bigger field than yesterday, with them hoping a combined total of 500 will have registered. Whether that target is matched or not, the early signs are that this event is going to be a closely contested one.
The Current Top 10!
Ricardo Ibanez Rodriguez – 136,000
Juraj Berzinec – 125,000
Krysztof Chimielowski – 119,200
Ioannis Triantafyllakis – 115,600
Alexandru Fuioaga – 97,700
Kimmo Kurko – 96,600
Elena Tamarovskay – 85,400
Adam Jaguscik – 82,500
Matias Knaapinen – 78,900
Kovalouka Bartlomeij – 73,000