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Five Austrian Poker Players You Don’t Want At Your Table
Austrian residents enjoy some of the best quality of life anywhere worldwide. The landlocked country is surrounded by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. It is also the home to some of the best poker tournament players to have ever picked up cards.
Players from Austria frequently travel the world playing in the biggest cash games and tournaments. In addition, there is usually an Austrian or two lurking in the highest buy-in online poker games. Be very wary if you find any of these Austrians at your table. They will take your stack!
Matthias Eibinger is the Austrian Number One
Matthias Eibinger is an absolute beast of a poker players and number one in the Austrian all-time money list. Eibinger has $10,376,476 in live poker tournament winnings, and several more millions from his online poker grinding.
The 28-year-old has racked up some impressive results over the years. His second-place finish in the ARIA $100K High Roller in May 2018 came with $1,006,060 in prize money. Eibinger beat that score, but only just, by collecting $1,008,000 for a runner-up finish in a $100,000 buy-in High Roller in Sochi, Russia.
An impressive 29 of Eibinger’s 77 recorded live results came with prizes of at least six figures.
Thomas Muehloecker the Austrian Online MTT Specialist
Thomas Muehloecker is one of the best poker players on the planet not only from the Austrian contingent. The Austrian seems to have been around forever despite being only 34-years-old. Most players know Muehloecker from his online poker results. He grinds the virtual felt under the aliases “WushuTM” and “onehundredeyes.” Muehloecker has eight figures of online earnings in addition to the $7,545,333 won live.
His biggest cash weighs in at €1,096,206 ($1,277,436). This was his reward for a fourth-place finish in the 2017 €111,111 High Roller for One Drop. In addition to being his largest live score, it is the closest the Austrian has come to winning a WSOP bracelet.
Ivo Donev the Low-Stakes Poker Grinder With $2.3M in Winnings
Ivo Donev is an Austrian veteran with live poker tournament cashes dating back to 1999. Donev was a regular in mid-stakes live events but is now found grinding low-stakes events mostly in the Czech Republic.
Donev has $2,344,918 in live earnings despite his small average buy-in. He has 298 recorded scores, but only one is worth six figures. That came in 2017 when Donev was a surprise entrant in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the WSOP. Donev ultimate finished fourth for $419,337. He is a bracelet winner having taken down a $1,570 Limit Omaha event in 2000.
Gerald Karlic the Globe-trotting Bavarian Star
Gerald Karlic is most certainly Austrian but most of his results stem from outside his home country. The $1,856,931 Karlic has won to date come from 97 results across 20 different countries. It is fair to say Karlic gets around a little bit.
Karlic won a €2,700 buy-in event in Rozvadov, Czech Republic in February 2018 for €230,000 ($281,714). This is still his largest live MTT haul. His two other six-figure prizes come from tournaments held in Spain. Karlic won a €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em event in Barcelona for €110,000 ($147,145) in September 2013. He followed that up in August 2015 with a seventh-place finish in a €10,300 event for €155,600 ($175,723).
Stefan Jedlicka the EPT High Roller Champion
Stefan Jedlicka ranks fifth in the Austrian all-time money listings courtesy of his $1,839,605 in earnings. He confirmed his amazing tournament ability fro the beginning of his career in 2006. Jedlicka reached dozens of final tables and won several low-stakes tournaments in his native Austria.
Four of his 84 cashes weigh in at six figures. He won the €2,200 Estrellas High Roller in Barcelona in August 2016 for €251,500 ($284,7050. Another €335,200 ($365,495) came his way two months later after winning a €10,300 event in Malta.