"WOOOOOOOOOO!!!" cried Michael Eiler as he lifted the coveted trophy just now. And we can imagine that this is a wonderful moment for the 20 year old economics student. He's won the Sunday Million before on PokerStars where he plays under the screen name "mae9690" but this win here at EPT Vienna has catapulted him onto the brick and mortar circuit, shown his calmly competent play live on TV to poker enthusiasts all over Europe, and handed him €700,000!
A grinning Eiler was presented with a small version of the huge silver EPT trophy, as well as a glass pyramid courtesy of the Concord Card Casino. Banks of photographers, as well as a small group of his supporters, gathered around him as he began what will probably be a Halloween of celebration.
He hugged runner-up Martin Hruby after the final race was won, and would be the first to admit that the final table did not always look to be his oyster. Stuck around the 2.5 million mark for much of the day, Eiler outlasted start-of-day favourite Daniel Negreanu and super-stacked Konstantinos Nanos to get to the point where he was heads up with the Czech Team PokerStars Pro. Level-headed even when the deck seemed unfavourable (several times earlier in the tournament he was three-outed by all-in opponents), Eiler faced several setbacks along the way to victory but always seemed to recover effortlessly.
The young German player started play today by jumping straight into the action and he was there as it concluded. Congratulations to Michael Eiler, and thanks to PokerStars, the Kursalon and Concord Card Casino for making this event such an exciting and seamlessly run new addition to the EPT circuit. The biggest prize pool ever in Austria has been awarded, the TV table is empty and it just remains to say: Good Night Vienna!