The statistics show a steady decline. From 821 in 2006 to 782 in 2011 to 568 at present (according to the Rozvadov official site). But we are not talking about the Eureka Main Event field size. Actually those three numbers represent the population of the Czech village Rozvadov, the latest stop of the Eureka Poker Tour.
And for five days, the crowd down at King’s Casino has every chance to outnumber the village’s entire population. Already 192 players have made their mark on the first opening day of the Main Event. Note that things can only get better as Day 1B starts today at 2 PM local time.
Unfortunately, though, after ten one-hour levels, over two thirds of the initial Day 1A field had to leave the poker tables in defeat. Out of the 192 registered, only 60 survived, with Stefan Raab (photo above) being the fairest of them all. He erupted late in the day as he won a huge pot and eliminated an opponent in Benjamin Hugel. The action heated up on a monotone #qs#8s#10s flop with Hugel three-betting and Raab just calling to see the blank #5h turn. The aggressor shoved, a move that made Raab go into the tank. He eventually called with #jc#9c for the straight, catching Hugel red-handed with just #as#6c for the nut flush draw. The #jh river secured Raab the 140,000 chip pot and the lead.
He passed the 200,000-mark before the end of the last level of the day and owns a healthy 201,600 stack. One other player – Thomas Gluszko – passed that mark and is behind Raab by just 1,000 chips.
Other notable mentions that are still standing include Eureka Vienna Main Event winner, Hungarian Zoltan Gal, and Czech live tournament expert Josef Guláš. Guláš has won over $165,000 in his poker career, according to Hendon Mob Poker DB, including nine cashes in the very place where he is playing now, the King’s Casino. His biggest cash here was worth €15,000 and dates back to 2010 when he won the King’s Casino €50,000 Guaranteed Tournament.
Will he able to top that prize during these five days? Check out PokerUpdate regularly to find out.