Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano has managed to remain consistent in his poker game, which helped him make a historic sixth final table appearance at PokerStars EPT Prague on December 5th, 2009.
Pagano said that he thinks that being a solid player and not taking a lot of risks help him to reach his 6th EPT Prague final table. When the cash bubble burst at PokerStars EPT Prague on Day three and Pagano was still on the hunt, the Italian poker pro was guaranteed a record thirteenth cash on the European Poker Tour.
However, the most prolific poker player in European Poker Tour history said that skill is not the only reason why he has been playing consistently. Pagano said that this is the year where he is getting good cards as well. He said that it is a combination of luck and adapting to the brand new tournament structure.
Pagano said that the fact that he is getting terrific results and a player like Jan Skampa is making another final table appearance, only shows that playing the right way, together with some luck and according to the tournament structure, can be very rewarding for professional poker players.
After finishing in 4th place at EPT Vilamoura just a few weeks ago, Skampa, a budding poker superstars from the Czech Republic, will enter the final on Sunday with the chip lead. It is just Skampa's 4th European Poker Tour event, but he believes that the experience that he gained in Vilamoura will prove invaluable to him in EPT Prague.
Outside of Pagano, Skampa's biggest threat is Purple Lounge Poker Pro Stefan Mattson, who will bring with a considerable chip stack and the experience of both a World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker final table to Sunday's match for a 682,000 euros 1st place cash prize.
Joining Mattson, Pagano and Skampa in the final is the red hot Anthony Roux, who now adds an EPT final table to the World Series of Poker and World Series of Poker Europe finals the Winamax poker pro has found himself in this year.
With half the group full of well-known poker pros, it appears that the EPT has made some important strides in distancing itself from a reputation that its final tables are usually filled with unknown poker players.
Although, the 2nd half of the group still feature relative unknowns like Sven Eichelbaum from Germany, Larry Ryan from Ireland, Gustav Ekerot from Sweden and Eyal Avitan from Israel. Despite his record number of cash-ins and final tables, a win on the European Poker Tour has still eluded Luca Pagano but with another opportunity on Sunday, he believes that a breakthrough is possible. Pagano said that he just have to play his game.