Vienna European Poker Masters Tournaments
The next stop on the EPM schedule was the ‘Austrian Classics’ poker tournament. One of the most prominent and reputable of European poker tournaments, the Austrian Classics was incorporated into the maiden EPM, with great fanfare.
The Vienna based event was very well attended by poker enthusiasts from all over the globe, but unlike London there were very few prominent pros taking part. A truly international event, players steamed in from as far as Australia to battle it out for the prize pool estimated at about €750 000.
This time the event was hosted by Absolute Poker, the world’s fourth largest poker destination, and the buy-in was set at €3000.
As the name suggest the Concord Card Casino is just that, a casino exclusively offering card games. There are no noisy slots or race books to mar the concentration and the 30 tables at the Concord offer the usual card games – Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha, 7 card stud or draw and the namesake of the establishment, Concord Aces.
It is situated in the fairytale city of Vienna, Austria’s capital, said to have the third highest standard of living in Europe and a city whose entire centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fourteen year old casino is in direct contrast to the magnificent Fifty Club and Casino in London. In place of the elegance and opulence of its English counterpart, it is a testament to the avant-garde, with all the modern amenities in place including Europe’s first automated card-shufflers, and it operates 24/7.
Defending champion Sigi Stockinger was one of the first casualties of the opening day, but after 14 hours of intense concentration the remaining eight shifted to the Final Table. Initially the protagonists were virtually paralysed with fear and folded at every raise, caution was obviously the watchword of the day with the first flop coming in the 13th hand!
Eventual winner, Richard Toth had the poker gods firmly on his side, and he couldn’t put a foot wrong. Although he joined the final table third on the chip leader board, he was determined to become the chip leader and played with aggressive intent. Toth, who finished second in the no limit hold ’em event at the 2007 WSOP, had the upper hand during the heads-up, as fellow Hungarian Denes Kalo was patently exhausted from far too little sleep and much too much tension. It took Toth 27 hands to down his compatriot though, but he did, and claimed over €100 000 for his sterling efforts.
The Final Table
- Richard Toth – €101 190
- Denes Kalo – €50 440
- Grigorij Orlov – €34 250
- Rein Zijda – €24 900
- Dieter Wagenknecht – €18 680
- Peter Karall – €15 560
- Sergey Rybachenko – €12 450
- Nick Slade – €9 340