Rozvadov has earned its reputation of Europe’s poker capital through years of regular poker festivals of international magnitude and players willing to go above and beyond for the generous prizes available. The Indian Poker Series is the one currently in progress and its Main Event brought roaring success to local player registered under the nickname Simona who claimed the top prize of €18,406 coming with the first place on the official rank list.
Just like in every culminating event, interest towards registering brought together many poker enthusiasts from all four corners of the world. There were some 394 players entering the player field willing to go far in this poker tournament. For those of them who fell prey to more ambitious players, there was also the obligatory re-entry option which gave a second chance to 100 participants. Thanks to their joint efforts and contribution of €220 for each entry, the overall prize pool paid reached €95,000. Even though the originally announced guaranteed prize pool amounted to some €100,000, this did not affect cash payouts in a significant way.
Players entering the field received some 50,000 in chips, providing them with the chance to operate with them as they deem most appropriate. The four starting flights, on the other hand, succeeded in attracting as many people as possible to the field. The second starting flight took place on Friday, bringing 71 players to the poker tables at King’s Casino poker room. As many as 14 of them had to re-enter the race due to an untimely elimination.
The chip leader of this starting flight was Dang Toan Nguyen from the Netherlands who with 617,000 in chips had almost double the amount possessed by the runner-up player. Nguyen ranked second at the official redraw day. From this starting flight only 24 players made it to the other side and claimed their spot on the official Day 2 of the Main Event.
More poker action ensued on Day 1c which was set to commence on Saturday. This third starting flight managed to attract some 93 players to the poker tables and some 18 of them had to re-enter the field throughout the day.
Poker Festival Comes to an End
The player who dominated this flight and managed to amass the largest chip stack was Valentino Adler from Germany, claiming a total of 680,000 in chips at the end of the day. With the help of this chip stack he managed to become the overall chip leader of the four starting flights and welcomed the survivors as the leading figure. He managed to reach the 8th spot of the Final Table and this brought him €2,242 for the deep run.
This starting flight also saw Romanian poker pro Ion Tabacaru make his way in the Main Event and progressing ahead with 130,000 in chips to his name. His poker skills were proved as he reached the fourth position on the official leader board and claimed a total of €6,831 for his deep run in the culminating event. The fourth starting flight saw 97 participants registering, as well as 32 re-entries further boosting the prize pool.
German player Cong Tuan Le reached far in this day of fast-paced action which brought him some 474,000 in chips at the end of the flight. Following the Final Day of poker action he managed to reach the 13th position and received a total of €1,302. Jeremy Bleu familiar from ranking among the top players on both the Welcome Event and Main Event’s Day 1a made it to the 14th spot for €1,150. Varun Gupta who claimed the 14th spot during the same flight claimed 44th position and a sweet payday of €466.
As for the heads-up duel of this tournament, it took place between poker player Simona and German player Christofor Stefanidi. The latter could not outplay the eventual winner which is why he had to settle for the Main Event runner-up position and a consolation prize reaching €11,685. Belarus player Michail Petrovic Deikun was the participant who made it all the way to the third position on the official rank list, bagging some €8,446.
With the end of this Main Event, the TIPS also came to a conclusion, but this does not mean an end to poker action at King’s Casino. This Thursday is set to witness one of the all-time favorites for players in the region – Monsterstack Madness, featuring a €100,000 GTD Main Event running all the way to Sunday.