€5,300 EPT Main Event

Seat 3: Tomas Paiva, 28, Portugal - 3,380,000

Tomas Paiva

He may have only seven reported live cashes to his name, but 28-year-old Tomas Paiva is a very prolific poker player with a strong online background. Paiva is one of the top sharks from Portugal who has proved his abilities in some of the world's toughest online tournaments. He has a multitude of PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) final tables to his name.

Unlike many of his fellow countrymen, Paiva has not been drawing attention at live tournaments on a regular basis. However, he has already claimed a six-figure payout here in Prague; a sixth place in last year's €10k High Roller secured him €117,340.

It has been more than 10 years since the EPT celebrated a Portuguese champion (Antonio Matias at EPT6 Vilamoura). Luis Medina, Rui Sousa, and Giovani Torre navigated to final tables in Monaco and Barcelona, but they couldn't bring the trophy home. Paiva now follows in their strides, hoping to make it all the way to the top.

Tomas Paiva's Main Event run:

DayChip CountPosition
Day 271,400212 / 415
Day 3237,00062 / 141
Day 4767,0007 / 41
Day 54,405,0002 / 12
Day 63,380,0005 / 5

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