Eugene Katchalov Wins Eureka Poker Tour High Roller
You can now add another high roller title to Eugene Katchalov's impressive poker résumé. The Team PokerStars Pro — who holds a World Series of Poker gold bracelet, a World Poker Tour title, and a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller victory — emerged victorious in the Eureka Poker Tour Vienna €2,000 High Roller event after a delayed finale saw him conquer his heads-up opponent, Nikolaus Jedlicka.
For the win, Katchalov earned a first-place payday of €149,400. Jedlicka scored €127,600 for his runner-up finish.
Final Table Results
The event began over the weekend with a late field of 455 players. On Sunday's Day 2, just 66 of those returned to action with 63 spots making the money. Eventually, a final table was reached, but from there it took four hours to lose the first player.
Dominik Panka was the first player to bust in eighth place, continuing his impressive year with another top result. Panka began 2014 with a bang, first winning the 2014 PCA Main Event for $1,423,096, and then he won the European Poker Tour Deauville €10,300 High Roller for €272,000. This result put another €20,150 in the pockets of the young Polish player.
Following Panka's bust, play lasted into the early hours of Monday morning. Eventually, Katchalov and Jedlicka were pitted against one another, but decided to postpone the duel because both were planning on playing Day 1b of the EPT Vienna Main Event later that day. At the end of the night, Jedlicka had a slight lead with 5.03 million in chips to Katchalov's 4.08 million, and the two agreed to a deal that locked up €127,600 for Jedlicka and €121,700 for Katchalov. There was then the title and €27,700 left to be played for.
The two resumed play on Tuesday. After an extended four-hour affair, the Ukranian-American Katchalov emerged as the victor to hoist the trophy high. Katchalov has now quietly earned over $750,000 in 2014 and is on pace to have one of his best years ever.
The fun doesn't stop there, though, as the PokerNews Live Reporting team is currently in Vienna to provide live coverage of the €5,300 Main Event and later the €10,300 High Roller. Be sure to check out all of the ongoing PokerNews Live Reporting by clicking here.
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