Eureka Prague: Final Table Profiles

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Seat 1: Jaroslav Peter, 50, Ostrava, Czech Republic - 3,995,000
 Jaroslav Peter is one of two Czech players left in the field (out of 70 who started the event). The 50-year-old only plays live tournaments and earned the 'Czech Poker Tour Player of the Year Award' last year after he managed to win the leaderboard and also the season's finale. Jaroslav already has experience of running deep in a huge field after finishing fifth out of 1,416 players in August's FullTiltPoker.net Pardubice Poker Festival Main Event.

Seat 2: Marcin Horecki, 36, Zakopane, Poland, Team PokerStars Pro - 1,340,000
Team PokerStars Pro Horecki is a professional player who used to be a succesful alpine skier, winning several medals for the national Poland team. An injury forced him to end his sports career and, after starting to play the card game Magic: The Gathering, he soon moved into poker. In October 2008 he finished third at the EPT London Main Event to take home £303,439 and repeated the same result at EPT Prague two years later when he finishing third again for a €247,000 payday. Horecki has also notched up two MicroMillions Player of the Series titles.

Seat 3: Johannes Tiefenbrunner, 22, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany - 935,000 
When you come from Bavaria, it's almost a certainty that you support Bayern Munich – as does young poker player Johannes Tiefenbrunner who has made it to the final table on his very first Eureka appearance. The 22-year-old has had an above-average stack for the whole event so far. Tiefenbrunner plays poker as a hobby, mainly live tournaments. His biggest cash to date was around €30,000 for a tourney in Rozvadov. Now guaranteed at least €21,700 for making the final table, he is now on course for a career-best result here at Eureka Prague.

Seat 4: Dmitri Holdeew, 26, Germany, living in Vienna - 4,720,000 
Business student Holdeew is making his first appearance at a Eureka tournament. He has been playing poker recreationally for around 2½ years but mainly plays cash games. His best live result to date was at a WSOP side event last year. He said: “I’m happy that I’m here. It’s a good event.”

Seat 5: Ami “UhhMee” Barer, 22, Vancouver, Canada - PokerStars qualifier - 7,280,000 
Young Canadian Barer is another online shark in the field. He has won over $5.5 million online under the nickname "UhhMee". He has won two FTOPS titles and came close to winning a SCOOP bracelet but fell short at heads-up stage in Event #03 back in 2011. Eureka Prague could be Barer's biggest live success; so far his largest live cash is €45,000 after he finished 25th at the 2009 EPT Grand Final.

Seat 6: Milan Simko, 21, Chrudim, Czech Republic – PokerStars qualifier - 695,000 
Representing the host nation, Milan Simko is here in Prague chasing the biggest poker result of his life. He plays online on PokerStars where he's known as "Nild0n". Milan won The Hot $55 seven months back and that $12,220 prize is his highest online payout; he has also notched up four further 5-figure cashes. He scooped the title at last year's Paradise Poker Tour in Prague for €33,005 which was his career highlight so date. Milan hails from Chrudim in the east of the country but now lives in Prague.

Seat 7: Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick, 24, Deal, United Kingdom - 4,955,000 
Stephen Chidwick is a well-known British pro who has had huge success both live and online. Known on PokerStars as "stevie444", Chidwick has won almost $4 million online including a $320 WCOOP Pot Limit Badugi event back in September. He missed the WCOOP ceremony for that victory as it was being held tonight, here in Prague, while he was still competing for his place on the Eureka final table. Chidwick first came to fame when he famously won 100 seats on PokerStars for the 2008 World Series when he was only 19. He now has several WSOP final tables to his name. His biggest live cash came in this year's World Series when he finished third in the $25,000 NL 6-handed event for $353,780; his total live winnings exceed $1.5 million.

Seat 8: Mark Dalimore, 50, Ireland – PokerStars player - 2,170,000 
Dalimore has played several EPTs in his time, the last one being EPT Prague last season. The 50-year-old Irishman lived in Southampton before moving to the Czech Republic more than 20 years ago to work for a time-share firm. He now describes himself as a “retired volunteer” – he said: “I don’t work but I do help people, I volunteer!” He has one EPT Main Event cash to his name (Tallinn) but has made the money in side events in Budapest and here in Prague. His best live results to date have been in the World Series Main Event he cashed two years in a row (2010 and 2011) for a total of $66,00. His total live tournament winnings now total more than ¢200,000

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