The one-of-a-kind flair, the turquoise-blue of Lake Wörthersee and the unparalleled poker-playing action make the European Poker Championship a top European event, bringing together the who's who of the poker scene. With tournaments like the Wörthersee Poker Party, there is also plenty of fun for enthusiastic amateur players. No wonder it draws a growing number of players to the table year after year.
The first major event, the "Showdown on Lake Wörthersee", brought a memorable visitor record of 868 entries. Never before in the 29-year history of the European Poker Championship has there been a bigger tournament. "With the 'Showdown on Lake Wörthersee' I think it's primarily because we appeal to both amateur players and professionals," says a delighted Gerald Golker, poker manager at Casino Velden. Adem Marjanovic of Vienna won this tournament - and therefore prize money of € 84,000.
The first title for European champion was awarded in the Ladies Championship, which was held for the second time this year. Around 40 women bought in. The two-day tournament ended with a successful defence of title by the new win2day testimonial, the Wiener Neustadt native Jessica Teusl.
All of the popular varieties of poker are represented in the European Poker Championship. The 28-year-old South Tyrolean Ivan Mairhofer became European champion in Pot Limit Omaha – here four cards to a hand are played rather than two. There was another Austrian victory in Seven Card Stud, the most traditional version of poker, with Christian Schober.
The Super High Roller Event with a buy-in of EUR 25,000 is not for the faint of heart. 41 buy-ins were paid, with Leon Tsoukernik prevailing in an exciting final against Manig Loeser of Germany, securing the EUR 370,000 in prize money. "It's such a great tournament and I'm happy I could win," said the regular player from the Czech Republic.
In keeping with the overall event, the 2018 European Poker Championship had yet another record at the concluding main event: 250 professional and amateur poker players paid a € 2,500 buy-in into the pot for prize money - more than ever before in a main event. The new European champion in No Limit Hold'em is Philipp Hartmann of Germany, who beat Austria's Herbert Gottsbacher. His title is worth € 150,000.
Casinos Austria Poker Manager Niklas Sattler was also enthusiastic about the 29th European Poker Championship: "It's a marvellous endorsement for the European Poker Championship that we can report an increase in visitor numbers again this year. Of course this is partly because Velden has made a name for itself as the top location for poker in Europe. On the other hand, it's also due to the team affiliated with Casino Director Paul Vogel, who has brought a breath of fresh air to the casino since March of 2018. And that's also popular with the guests and makes us confident that we'll be able to offer top-notch poker here in Velden in the future as well."
Casinos Austria: Strong partner in tourism
The fact that the event brought 15,000 guests from more than 30 nations to Lake Wörthersee in 12 days also means considerable added value for the region. Additional overnight stays generate approximately € 2 million in added value. Bernhard Pichler-Koban, managing director of Veldener Tourismus GmbH, is also aware of the value of the event for the region: "The European Poker Championship on Lake Wörthersee has become a fixture in our summer event calendar: poker is much more than just 'gaming'; poker is synonymous with lifestyle, fun, upscale living and a love of life, and we're delighted that a multitude of international guests are finding their way to us in Velden through this event. For us, it's also a marvellous opportunity to present the beauty and elegance of our place to a new public. Of course we are honoured to be called a poker venue in the same breath as Las Vegas and the major poker capitals. In recent years, the European Poker Championship has become an event with considerable relevance for bookings, and for some businesses this means a 'full house'. A big compliment to the organisers for their professional implementation. We look forward to a sequel in 2019!"
Many poker players have already announced they will attend the 30th edition of the European Poker Championship again next year. The team will be challenged again at this anniversary edition of the European Poker Championship and in view of this year's achievements. That means there is plenty of reason to look forward to the European Poker Championship of 2019.
Photo 1: Main event winner Philipp Hartmann (in front) with Casinos Austria Poker Manager Niklas Sattler, Casino Velden Poker Managers Gerald Golker and Dietmar Printschler as well as Casino Velden Director Paul Vogel (from left to right).
Photo 2: European Poker Championship at Casino Velden
Photo 3: Poker chips
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