Eureka Poker Tour Croatia Won By Richard BodisAugust 30, 2011 1:44 pm
Richard Bodis has won the 2011 Eureka Poker Tour in Croatia, after overcoming a field of 255 players over four days to lift the title, and collect the €47,298 ($67,850) first place prize.
The 34 year-old Hungarian entrepreneur first started playing poker five years ago, but his triumph in the €800 event at the Golden Sun Casino in Zagreb represents his first ever major cash in a live event. Following his win, an elated Bodis commented:
“The trophy and the win means far more than the money.”
On the way to his victory in Croatia, Bodis also had to overcome a tough field consisting of players from at least ten different countries, including Brits Owen Shiels, Michael Leedham and Neil Rawnsley, as well as US WSOP winner Chris Moneymaker. After Days 1a and 1b were completed, 85 players returned on Day 2 of the tournament with 11 players then starting on Day 3.
Starting the day as chip leader, Richard Bodis would then go on to trade the top spot on several occasions with Vasileios Chantzaras and Carsten Luxig. However, after Bodis with pocket tens eliminated Jose Carlos Fibla Lopez (4-4) in 4th, he then held two-thirds of the chips in play.
Soon after, Bodis found himself heads-up against Germany’s Carsten Luxig, who was responsible for dispatching Marko Milkovic in 8th, Zvonko Petrovic in 6th and Vasileios Chantzaras in 3rd place.
Ten minutes later and Richard Bodis relegated Carsten Luxig to a runner-up finish worth €30,150, after making a good all-in call holding Q-10 on a K-10-2-5 board, to his opponent’s 6-5.
The final position payouts were as follows:
1 Richard Bodis (Hungary) €47,298
2 Carsten Luxig (Denmark) €30,150
3 Vasileios Chantzaras (Greece) €16,950
4 Jose Carlos Fibla Lopez (Spain) €13,300
5 Michael Lundquist (Denmark) €11,000
6 Zvonko Petrovic (Croatia) €9,150
7 Matej Marinovic (Croatia) €7,350
8 Marko Milkovic (Croatia) €5,850
9 Andreas Leledakis (Greece) €4,400
The Eureka Poker Tour next head to Bucharest, Romania with the competition getting underway in November.