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EPT10 Vienna: Habib Takes €2,000 Turbo; Hof Wins Ladies Event, & More Side Event News

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For the third time in its history, the European Poker Tour featured a stop in Vienna. For the past week, the EPT, alongside the Eureka Poker Tour, has been playing out at the stunning Hofburg Palace, which is one of Austria’s premiere tourist attractions.

PokerNews has been on hand to capture all the emerging stories, which incudes Hungary’s Zoltan Gal winning the record-breaking Eureka Poker Tour Vienna Main Event, and Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov taking down the Eureka Poker Tour €2,000 High Roller for €149,400. In addition, we caught up with high-stakes legend Gus Hansen on the latest edition of the PokerNews Podcast.

The EPT10 Vienna is a 40-event festival, and this past weekend some of those tournaments played out. Here’s a look at some of the winners in the various side events.

Walid Bou Habib Wins EPT Vienna €2,000 Turbo for €107,700

On Wednesday night, EPT9 Deauville runner-up Walid Bou Habib won the EPT Vienna €2,000 Turbo event. The 43-year-old Lebanese engineer, who is a serial online qualifier on PokerStars, cut a deal with British pro Tom Hall in heads-up play to take the title and €107,700 first prize.

The tournament attracted 319 runners and created a prize pool of €618,860. That was spread out among the top 47 players with some notables cashing including Steve O’Dwyer (47th - €3,530), Andrew Chen (34th - €3,960), Anton Wigg (19th - €6,370), Todd Terry (14th - €8,230), and Jason Wheeler (12th - €9,160).

Habib, who lives in Beirut and is part of a close-knit group of Lebanese players who compete on the EPT, is the current No. 4 tournament player in his country with more than $1.2 million in live tournament winnings.

As well as his Deauville second place for €475,000, he also went deep at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2011 and the EPT4 Grand Final, and has a further nine cashes on the tour. However, last night’s victory is by far his biggest tournament win.

Here's a look at the final table results:

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Walid Bou Habib

1Walid Bou HabibLebanon€107,700
2Tom HallUK€89,510
3Vasili FirsauBelarus€57,430
4Ami BarerCanada€46,470
5Nick Abou RiskCanada€36,630
6Andreas BerggrenSweden€27,970
7Mark BuckleyIreland€20,540
8Ole SchemionGermany€15,100

Friend of PokerStars Natalie Hof Wins EPT10 Vienna Ladies Event

While Day 1a of the Vienna Main Event and the final table of the Eureka High Roller headlined Sunday's action at the Hofburg Palace, another tournament — the EPT10 Vienna €330 Women's Event — was playing out across the room.

The tournament attracted 61 participants, which created a prize pool of €17,751. In the end, Friend of PokerStars Natalie Hof from Germany made it to heads-up play against Hungary's Laszlone Balics. Hof was on the verge of elimination holding {j-}{j-} against Balics' {a-}{a-}, but a lucky jack on the river extended her tournament life. Not long after, Hof claimed the trophy and €5,325 first-place prize.

Ladies event results:

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Friend of PokerStars Natalie Hof

1stNatalie HofGermany
2ndLaszlone BalicsHungary
3rdMalgorrata OstrowskaPoland
4thMaria von PergerGermany
5thDanijela MatusinskijCroatia
6thZornitsa MaleshkovaBulgaria
7thSigrid Lebensaft-GruberAustria
8thStephanie Meier-StaufferAustria

Saber Captures Event #3 Title

Event #3 €200 NLHE Turbo Deepstack attracted 350 players and created a prize pool of €67,900. Among those to cash were Pavel Chalupka (47th - €390), Darius Wilgos (39th - €435), Imre Lascsik (30th - €495), Roger Heidlmayr (19th - €700), and Josef Mull (9th - €1,360).

Here's a look at the final table results from that event:

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Makram Saber

1stMakram SaberLebanon€13,240
2ndPavel MeshkovBelarus€8,410
3rdSergi TusellSpain€6,300
4thNathalie PerignonFrance€5,100
5thAnton AsenovBulgaria€4,020
6thAurelian ChirieciRomania€3,070
7thBlaskovics ZoltánHungary€2,255
8thHermine WeissAustria€1,655

“Deuces Wild” Event a Success in Vienna

Another preliminary event that has completed here at the EPT Vienna was Event #6 €120 NLH Deuces Wild Deepstack. The tournament attracted 192 players and created a prize pool of €18,624.

The Eureka Poker Tour Main Event, which was happening the same day, meant the “Deuces Wild” tournament began with just eight tables. There was a long list of alternates, and over the course of the next two hours the field swelled to nearly 200 players. The tournament organizers seemed a bit overwhelmed, but they were no doubt pleased with the turnout.

Now there are two important rules you must understand in the “Deuces Wild” event. The first is that five of a kind is a legitimate hand, and according to their rankings it beats a straight flush, but not a royal flush. The second rule was that a player couldn’t play with pocket deuces. If a player happened to wake up with “ducks” (which happened just once at our table in the first 10 levels), they simply tabled the hand and won the blinds and antes. The reason for this, according to one floor, is that having pocket deuces ensures you the nuts no matter what, thus all skill is removed from the game.

Read more on the "Deuces Wild" Tournament over at

Everyone involved seemed to have a good time, though most would admit the strategy was much different than a normal no-limit hold'em tournament. Here’s a look at the eight players who figured it out best:

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Roman Wieczorek

1Roman WieczorekGermany€3,555*
2Christian JamborGermany€ 3,355*
3Jia TseGermany€1,915
4Hannu PeltolaFinland€1,565
5Thomas ThomasbergerAustria€1,245
6Alexander KuzminRussian Federation€955
7Claire LegrandFrance€695
8Roland MaurusGermany€504

*Denotes heads-up deal.

Germany’s Fritz Emerges Victorious in Event #8

Event #8: €250 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed Double Chance attracted 107 players and created a prize pool of €25,948.

Here's a look at the results from that tournament:

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Marius Fritz

1Marius FritzGermany€6,650
2Zoltan NemethHungary€4,600
3Jevgenijs SelivanovsLatvia€3,000
4Sami PartanenFinland€2,450
5Nicolae SimcelescuRomania€1,950
6Stephan InhesterGermany€1,550
7Stefano RossomandoItaly€1,200
8Jacek LadnyPoland€898

Score one for the Czech Republic

Event #9: €330 NLHE Turbo Deepstack attracted 286 players and created a prize pool of €83,226. Here's a look at the results from that tournament:

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Michal Vojtíšek

1Michal VojtíšekCzech Republic€13,580*
2Rudolf KosterGermany€12,675*
3Gennady MenshikovRussian Federation€9,645*
4Marian StrachinescuRomania€6,550
5Nathalie PerignonFrance€5,150
6Peter TraplyHungary€3,900
7Rytis PraninskasLithuania€2,850
8Tomasz KlaczynskiPoland€2,126

*Denotes three-handed deal.

Congrats to Dimitry Chop, Winner of the €500 Pot Limit 7-Card Stud Deepstack Turbo

Event #16: €500 Pot-Limit 7-Card Stud Deepstack Turbo attracted 35 players and created a prize pool of €16,975. Russian player Dimitri Chop won the event for €5,770 after defeating Max Pescatori known as “The Italian Pirate," in heads-up play. Pescatori took home €3,990 for his runner-up finish.

Here's a look at the results from that event:

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Dimitry Chop

1stDmitry ChopRussia€5,770
2ndMax PescatoriItaly€3,990
3rdRene SteudlerSwitzerland€2,550
4thGunter FortkordGermany 
5thVallo MaidlaEstonia€1,530
6thGustav FloszmannAustria€1,185

Here are some various other preliminary results:

EPT10 Vienna Event #17 €2,000 NLH Grand Final Hybrid

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool

1Martin JacobsonSweden€17,590
2Farid JattinUSA€12,720
3Ariel CelestinoBrazil€8,210
4Griffin BengerCanada€6,210
5Valentino Yasenov KonakchievBulgaria€4,810
6Jose Carlos GarciaPoland€3,750
7Marc-Andre LadouceurCanada€2,990
8Jaroslaw SikoraPoland€2,340

EPT10 Vienna Event #19 €550 PLO Turbo

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool

1David ZakineFrance€17,110
2Daniel ShahhoSweden 
3Kimoon SongKorea€7,700
4Lars RomundstadNorway€6,345
5Marius HeieneSweden€5,100
6Vallo MaidlaEstonia€3,990
7Tuomas JarvinenFinland€2,990
8Stanislaw MiadzelGermany€2,210

EPT10 Vienna Event #20 €100 NLH Always 20 BB Unlimited Rebuy

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$20112 unique / 164 with rebuys$26,675

1Ken GeschwindLuxembourg€5,000*
2Vitaly ZheleztsovRussia€4,915*
3Dirk WenkemannGermany€4,270*
4Robert GerthoferSlovakia€2,440
5Bjoern RiegerGermany€1,970
6Helmut TauberAustria€1,550
7Roman SchaferSwitzerland€1,190
8Emmanuel HaiderAustria€890

*Denotes three-handed deal

EPT10 Vienna Event #21 €555 NLHE 1R&A to EPT Grand Final

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$5025 unique / 36 with Rebuys$27,160

1Dominik PankaPoland€10,600
2Benjamin SpiehsAustria€10,600
3George Bogdan AnaRomania€5,960

Remember, you can follow our live updates from both the EPT10 Vienna Main Event and €10,300 High Roller all week long by visiting our live reporting section.

*Photos courtesy of PokerStars.

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