Raphael Wimmer Wins The Eureka 5 Main Event in Rozvadov

Raphael Wimmer Wins The Eureka 5 Main Event in Rozvadov

Raphael Wimmer emerged from a plight that saw him holding 4 big blinds to eventually overcome Josef Pavelka, in heads-up action, to win the first prize in the Eureka 5 Main Event in Rozvadov.

Austria has their first Eureka Main Event champion in the shape of Raphael Wimmer.

Raphael Wimmer Wins The Eureka 5 Main Event in Rozvadov
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The Season 5 opener in Rozvadov, Czech Republic attracted 664 players and created a total prize pool of €644,080. The nine-day festival was held in the Kings Casino, for the third time, and it generated over €1m in prize money spread over 22 different events.

The final table of the €1,100 Main Event was fairly low key. It was littered with inexperienced live-tournament players. This included Wimmer, who had never before cashed for more than $8,000 and had never registered any success outside of his native Austria.

Two names that you may be familiar with are Marek Blasko and Hossein Ensan. Blasko is the winner of two German Championship of Poker (GCOP) titles, and there was a time that I thought he was going to walk away with a World Poker Tour (WPT) title, in Bratislava, before Roberto Romanello got inside his head and started screwing around with the wiring. Ensan finished third in the Season 11 European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event in Barcelona for $860, 091.

Ensan would be the first to leave the contest in eighth place. Branislav Ondrus and Josef Gulas were next. Then there were five and €323,470 to play for. With an average stack of 13 big blinds, and a situation where Wimmer held half of the chips in play, it was decided to do a five-way chop that left €10,000 in the middle.

The five-way chop

Raphael Wimmer – €89,685

Marek Blasko – €59,962

Rastislav Paleta – €59,962

Ruben Pleijster – €53,215

Josef Pavelka – €50,646

The expectation was for Wimmer to go on and win quite comfortably. He did, but it wasn’t. During three-handed play, Wimmer fell as low as four big blinds but managed to fight back to overcome his two Czech opponents to take the title.

In other Eureka 5 news, Dzmitry Urbanovich defeated Arpad Balazs, in heads-up action, to win the €2,200 High Roller. PokerStars Team Pro Mattias De Meulder finished third. Urbanovich took home €25,725 for his troubles.

Eureka 5 Rozvadov Final Table Results

1st. Raphael Wimmer – €89,685*

2nd. Josef Pavelka – €50,646*

3rd. Rastislav Paleta – €59,962*

4th. Marek Blasko – €59,962*

5th. Ruben Pleijster – €53,215*

6th. Josef Gulas – €25,630

7th. Branislav Ondrus – €18,680

8th. Hossein Ensan – €12,770

*Indicates a five-way deal