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Viennese Whirl

by Jennifer Mason |  Published: Jan 01, 2011


The European Poker Tour made its triumphant return to Vienna, Austria at the end of October, doing what it likes to do best — break records and let everyone know about it. The prize pool of almost €3 million made it the richest poker tournament ever held in Austria, and in total 587 players filled the new venue, the Kursalon Palace, to the chandeliers. German economics student Michael Eiler lifted the trophy and claimed the €700,000 for first place after five long days (see report in this issue), but if that was the icing on the cake, its base was a mixture of unusually tenacious chip leaders, a “triple crown” bid, and a light dusting of spicy controversy. Austria has previously held three EPT tournaments in Baden, and Julian Thew won a similar amount of money to this year’s top prize for his victory there in 2007, but the fields ...

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