EPT Copenhagen: Marcel Luske trips up
Shall I run this table or you? Luske and Cloutier chat
by Simon Young
The two giants of poker sat down together and greeted each other like old friends. Which, of course, they are. Marcel Luske and T J Cloutier are neighbours on today's EPT Copenhagen Table of Death, so called because sharing the felt with them are Juha Helppi and Alexander Stevic.
One poor player, who met Marcel in the lift on the way to the card room, told him: "It's not good - I have been drawn on the same table as you." Quick as a flash, Marcel replied: "I am afraid that is the least of your worries."
Early hands on this table, currently with 25-50 blinds, went to Sweden's Stevic, who was raising and collecting many pots uncontested to add to his starting stack of 10,000. Then the first big clash of the day occured.
Helppi and Luske faced each over a rainbow flop of K-5-A. Helppi bet 200, Marcel called. The turn was a 7, apparently no help and both players checked. The river was another king. Marcel seemed to like it and bet 500, but Helppi rerasied another 1,500.
Marcel went into the tank before folding - flashing a KING for the laid-down trips. A genius fold, or duped Dutchman? We will never know, as Helppi put his cards in the muck without showing.
Cloutier, sporting a neat PokerStars jacket, has been playing tight so far, something noticed by Luske, who teased him: "You've only played three hands in the first 90 minutes." Marcel then burst into song, as he tends to do at the table. His choice of music? "That's What Friends Are For."
Table of Death Chip Stars: Helppi 12,000, Luske 11,000, Cloutier, 11,000, Stevic 10,000.
Meanwhile, an incredible hand on neighbouring table 10. Three players saw a board of 7-K-Q-6-9 ALL diamonds. Now Mark Petersen bet 1,000, Ireland's Roy "The Boy" Brindley folded, but Allan Aspholm raised to 3,000. Petersen moved all in over the top. Called. Showdown. Guess the hands? Aspholm had A-A with the diamond for top flush, but Petersen had 5-8 diamonds for the straight flush. He doubles up and is early chip leader. Aspholm is clutching at thin air.
Petersen: Straight Flush
Not so much good fortune for well-known Swedish player Per Ummer. Raising on the button, he was then re-raised all in by the big blind. He tried to talk himself out of calling, but failed. His chips went in, and he showed K-K. His worst fears were realised when the other player - Steven Mitchell - flipped over A-A. No help for Ummer and he was, um, out.
Finally, just as a bonus, here's another pic of Marcel Luske and T J Cloutier, showing that poker really is a thinking man's game:
Lost in thought: Luske and Cloutier