It is now clear that the decision to start the Eureka Main Event just a few days before the start of EPT in Vienna was a great success. Although the tour has only been in existence for a relatively short time (since 2011), the number of players it attracts seems to be steadily growing. This year’s event in Vienna broke the record in terms of player entries. A total of 1,432 players took their seats in magnificent Hofburg palace, breaking the Eureka – Prague record by more than 100 players.
The big turnout resulted in an even bigger prize pool, totaling €1,389,040 and very respectable first place prize money in the form of €244,000. The play started on March 19 with Day 1A, and the field is now at 47 players who will play down to the final table of eight today and return tomorrow to fight for the biggest prize the Eureka Main Event has offered to date.
The story of the tournament is Sangkhadech Fremming, the chip leader heading into Day 3 with 1.5 million in chips. Although this is impressive in its own right, what makes it much more outstanding is the fact that Fremming came into Day 2 with a measly 9,800 chips, which was less than half of the starting stack and a whole six big blinds when play started. A couple of lucky double ups later and he was back in the game, although the Dane was surprised to hear that he was leading the way going into Day 3 after the official chip counts were up. If Fremming goes on to win the event, it will make for a really great story about a (couple of) chip(s) and a chair.
Notable names that made it through to Day 3 include Todor Purice, David Kaufmann, Max Pescatori and Benjamin Pollak. The event was full of big names like Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Pius Heinz, Marcel Luske, Mickey Peterson, Max Lykov, Kevin MacPhee, Dominik Panka and many others who will not be making their appearance at this Eureka final table.
Apart from the Eureka final table, tomorrow is also Day 1A of the EPT Main Event and judging by the numbers so far, we should see a really big field with a lot of big names in the mix, guaranteeing a lot of fun and excitement. We will be bringing you updates here at PokerUpdate.com as things go down, so make sure to check in from time to time for fresh information from the tournament action.