Play begins at noon, Saturday 29 March, for the final table of EPT10 Vienna. The full line-up is as follows.
Seat 1: Oleksii Khoroshenin, 27, Ukraine – 2,150,000
An EPT regular, who has been playing the tour since Season 8, this is already Oleksii Khoroshenin’s best live result to date. Prior to EPT Vienna his best cash came when he was runner-up to Joao Barbosa in the EPT Barcelona €5,000 six-handed turbo in September. He also finished 53rd at last season’s EPT Berlin Main Event for €15,000 and came close to making the final of the EPT Prague €10,000 High Roller in December, finishing tenth for €32,800. Khoroshenin is currently ranked 20th in the Ukraine all-time money list with $278,873 in live tournament winnings.
Seat 2: Anthony Ghamrawi, 27, Vienna, Austria – PokerStars qualifier – 5,150,000
Anthony Ghamrawi is the local hope going into the final table, playing in his home city of Vienna. Ghamrawi spent Day 5 wearing a baseball cap signed by Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu on the TV table, but he did most of his best work on Day 4, doubling up through Stephen Chidwick and then eliminating the former chip leader Sebastian Trisch. Ghamrawi’s best live result to date was defeating a 1,465 strong field in one of the Rio’s $235 Daily Deepstack tourneys in Las Vegas for $54,344. He also made the final of the WPT Vienna Main Event in 2012, finishing ninth for €19,660. However, making the final table this week, where he is guaranteed at least €77,000, is by far his biggest live result. He won his seat to EPT Vienna in a €320 NLHE Deep Hyper-Turbo qualifier in February.
Seat 3: Marko Neumann, 27, Recklinghausen, Germany – PokerStars qualifier – 1,585,000
Marko Neumann plies his trade online as “BriDge2PaiN” but is also an EPT regular, who finished seventh in the Berlin Main Event in Season 6 for €120,000. He has been playing poker for nine years, the last seven as pro, and has had countless successes in online MTTs and SNGs. Only two weeks ago, he took down the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $83,790, and he qualified for EPT Vienna online in a €82+R satellite. He and his long-term girlfriend Aga had been planning to fly to Thailand on holiday yesterday but Neumann has wisely changed his flight to Sunday instead.
Seat 4: Simeon Naydenov, 26, Sofia, Bulgaria – 3,550,000
Simoen Naydenov first came to prominence when he finished ninth at EPT Campione in Season 8, earning €41,000. However, the major turning point in his career came last summer when he became the second Bulgarian to win a World Series bracelet, taking down the $1,500 shootout for $326,440. Now 26, Naydenov graduated in Business and Economics before taking up poker with friends and progressing through the ranks. His first major cash came in Varna in 2009, when he finished fourth in a €1,000 event for €18,600. He also plays online, as “IamBuddhaa”, and came second in a WCOOP PLO event in September 2010. As well as poker, Naydenov also runs a social media marketing company and has represented Bulgaria in two World Cups of the strategy game Age of Empires.
Seat 5: Frei Dilling, 25, Copenhagen, Denmark – 4,230,000
Frei Dilling has played poker for the past seven years and turned pro five years ago. He is primarily a cash game player, at stakes of $10-$20 and up to $50-$100 online. This is his second cash in Main Events on the EPT and he also has a seventh place finish on the World Poker Tour.
Seat 6: Rumen Nanev, 44, Varna, Bulgaria – 2,765,000
Rumen Nanev is another tour regular, who first played on the EPT in Sanremo in Season 4. His best result to date was actually at that first event in Italy when he finished fourth in a side event for €61,140. He has had four EPT Main Event cashes including in Deauville, where he came 18th for €23,000, and in Barcelona, where he finished 21st for €20,000. This, however, is his first major final. Nanev currently ranks #4 on the Bulgaria all-time money list, with his fellow finalist, Simeon Naydenov, at #3. He said: “It was one of my goals to make a final table this year so I feel great. I am really happy that both Simeon and I have made the final. We’ve been supporting each other throughout the tournament. We are good friends and always stick together at events. But no mistake – I’m going after him at the final”. Nanev comes from Varna in Bulgaria but moved to Vilamoura in Portugal two years ago.
Seat 7: Pablo Gordillo, 20, Leon, Spain – PokerStars qualifier – 4,075,000
Pablo Gordillo is a finance student, who won his seat to EPT Vienna on PokerStars.es in a €250 qualifier. He had previously tried several times to qualify but came up short, so is making the most of his trip having finally won his way on to the tour. Gordillo had a rocky start to the event and was down to 4,000 chips on Day 1. But after surviving through Day 2, his fortunes turned on Day 3 when he won a huge pot against Portugal’s Michel Dattani to take the chip lead. He ended the day as chip leader and was second in chips to Timo Pfutzenreuter at the end of Day 4. This is already his biggest cash – either live or online. He came third in a €200 side event at Estrellas Madrid in January for € 2,421 and cashed for €12,000 in a Sunday Special on PokerStars.es two months ago. He said: “Yes, I thought I could make the final. I felt nervous when I was in my hotel room but once I was at the table I felt very calm and confident”. Gordillo came to Vienna with his friends Benjamin Garcia and Miguel Riera and all three are planning to move to London in the next few months so they can play on PokerStars.com.
Seat 8: Timo Pfutzenreuter, 23, Bonn, Germany, PokerStars qualifier – 3,740,000
Timo Pfutzenreuter’s best result to date was third place in the WSOP $5,000 PLO Six-Handed event last summer for $194,000, where he was eliminated by eventual winner Steve Gross. Pfutzenreuter also went deep at EPT8 Berlin, finishing 41st for €15,000 and his total live tournament winnings already amount to more than $300,000. Originally from Bonn in Germany, but now studying business at university in Vienna, Pfutzenreuter has been playing on the EPT since Season 6. He also has solid online results including winning the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up in 2011 for $117,000 and fifth in TCOOP Event 47 for $104,100. He also took down the PokerStars Monday OLO for $17,000, a PokerStars GCOOP Event for $11,000 and was runner-up in the Sunday 500 for $55,500. He won his seat in a €215 NLHE Deep Hyper-Turbo a month ago and has spent much of this week reading The Wolf of Wall Street at his table.