Let’s not mince our words. The EPT Main Event is and always will be the most important tournament at each EPT stop. That’s not to say that there’s not a whole lot of other juicy tournaments going on: High Rollers, deep stacks, sometimes even Super High Rollers.
Here in the impressive* Hofburg Palace the schedule of 40 events closes out today after a solid week of first class poker. If you fade the Main Event it doesn’t mean that you have to leave empty-handed. Just look at the likes of Tom Hall (two 2nds for €136,260), UKIPT winner Ludovic Geilich (1st for €46,360), EPT Deauville runner-up Walid Bou Habib (€107,700), and Martin Jacobson (€17,590 and a €10,600 EPT Grand Final seat).
A little hat tip should go to Friend of PokerStars Natalie Hof for winning the women’s event (€5,352) and another – perhaps with a wider brimmed hat – to Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov who took down the Eureka High Roller for €149,400. It’s been a good couple of festivals for Katchalov.
It hasn’t all been big money poker though. There was also a €220 ‘Mozart Megastack’, sponsored by Joachim Grasel, owner of the chocolate distribution company Suesswaren Grasel and, so we’re told, a keen poker player. Players got to benefit from great dealers, a great two-day structure and tasty chocolates handed out by promo girls in red dresses. Hmmmm, chocolate.
*If you need to ask how it’s impressive just take a look at the picture above.