EPT Prague: Double up for PokerStars poker twins

Yesterday I wasn’t quite sure, today I know for a fact. There are twins at the EPT Prague and what’s more they both qualified on PokerStars and both made it through to day 2.

Sebastian and Daniel Zink are at least easy to pick out from the crowd, even though they look close to identical. Only two players here have long ginger hair – the Zink boys, I spoke to Sebastian first...

“We’re not identical twins! As some people think”.

Fair enough, but I was having trouble. The only difference is a short tuft of ginger beard under Sebastian’s lower lip. They have same long locks, the same headphones, and weirdly the same amount of chips - not to mention owning the rights to a great poker story should they play this one out to the finish heads-up.


PokerStars qualifier Sebastian Zink


But first they have day two to contend with. I wanted to see if there was any brotherly spookiness going on; the same hands perhaps or raising and folding at the exact same time. Well, not that I could see, but I couldn’t help keeping track.

Then Sebastian moved all-in. He’d been thinking for some time about the bet from Casper Hansen in cap, sunglasses and a New England Patriots shirt. Then, rather neatly and with pin-point German precision, he slid his stack forward.

On went the shades, so too his headphones, his head resting on both hands, waiting for Hansen to act. Now's my chance, I thought. I had a quick look over at Daniel. Was he all-in? No. Some theory... Hansen folded. Off come the shades and headphones - Sebastian had chance to relax again.

I went over to watch Daniel for a while, now with a few less chips than his brother. But wait, maybe there was something to this theory after all, for just five minutes later it was Daniel moving all-in. Could it be that they were born five minutes apart I wondered?


PokerStars qualifier Daniel Zink


Fate shone differently on Daniel though. Holding A-J he moved in behind a bet from Dutchman Ben Wolbers who then insta-called with a shaky A-T. Daniel was ahead and looking to double up, but the stray ten hit the flop. Left with 600 he threw it in next hand. Christer Johansson called, seeing him off.

Tournament over, all he could do was seek solace from his brother. He looked a little hurt and deflated but happy to talk to me. The brothers started playing three an a half years ago, Daniel starting slightly earlier. Just 23 years old, Daniel studies Mathematics, although the way he laughed as he said it implied whatever maths he was learning didn’t come from a text book.

“I’m very disappointed. I got it in with the best hand – I knew I had the best hand and he instantly called! It’s ridiculous! But I started as the short stack, went up a bit when I had queens against aces, so I had some luck.”


Sebastian Zink with brother Daniel in the background


Sebastian now left flying the Zink flag.

Tournament update:

Stephen Devlin -- PokerStars qualifier – UK – 195,500
Adrian Koy – Germany – 178,700
Mikael Norinder – Sweden – 171,300
Kristian Kjondal – Norway – 116,700
Markus Golser – Austria – 103,900
Praz Bansi – UK – 100,000
Britt Petersen – Denmark -- PS Qualifier – 86,100
Magnus Petersson – Sweden -- 84,400
Jose Navarro – PokerStars qualifier -- Spain – 83,000
Ken Lennaard – Sweden – 74,000
Tobias Reinkemeier – PokerStars player – Germany – 74,000
Johannes Strassmann – PokerStars player – Germany – 73,100
Juha Lauttamus – Finland – 73,000
Alberto Spigolon – Italy – 67,100
Luigi Rizzi – Italy – 66,300
Simon Christensson – PokerStars qualifier – Sweden – 65,000
Martin Wendt – Denmark – 64,000
Antony Phillips – PokerStars qualifier – UK – 62,400
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier – Team PokerStars Pro – France – 62,000
Michael Durrer – PokerStars qualifier -- Germany – 60,300
Tommy Pavlicek – PokerStars player -- Canada – 57,800
Ben Wolbers – Holland – 57,800
Dag Martin Mikkelsen – Norway – 56,600
Johan Palokangas – PokerStars qualifier -- Finland – 56,100
Dag Palovic – Slovakia – 55,600
Juhani Junnilainen – PokerStars qualifier -- Finland – 55,000
Frantisek Striz -- Czech Republic – 54,000
Leo Kam – Canada – 52,200
Tomas Brolin – Sweden – 49,200
Cristiano Blanco – Italy – 49,000
Joseph Michael -- PokerStars player -- USA – 47,400
Gerd Mueller – Germany – 47,000
Nicholas Goodall – PokerStars player -- UK – 47,000
Oyvind Roysem -- Norway – 46,500
Christer Johansson – Sweden -- 45,000
Marco Witt – PokerStars player – Germany – 44,800
Marc Karam – Canada – 44,000
Erik Pettersson – PokerStars qualifier – Sweden – 42,200
Mike McDonald -- PokerStars qualifier – Canada – 39,000
Jorma Nuutinen -- PokerStars qualifier – Finland – 39,000
Florian Langmann – Germany – 37,600
Loris Brunelli – PokerStars qualifier Italy PS Qualifier 37200
Michael Ellis – UK – 35,000
Reijo Manninen -- PokerStars qualifier – Finland -- 32200
Kenneth Hicks Jr – PokerStars qualifier – USA – 30,700
Nicolai Vivet – PokerStars qualifier -- Denmark – 26,500
Sebastian Zink – PokerStars qualifier – Germany – 25,300
Nichlas Saarisilta – PokerStars double shootout qualifier – Sweden – 25,200
Mika Paasonen -- PokerStars player – Finland – 25,100
Priyhan De Mel – UK – 21,900
Casper Hansen – Denmark – 21,000
Bjorn-Andre Kildanen – Norway – 20,000
Andrew Feldman – UK – 19,000
Piotr Paruszewski – PokerStars qualifier – UK – 18,800
Christopher Moorman – UK – 17,300
Krzysztof Czerwinski – PokerStars qualifier – Poland – 17,000
Jesper Petersen -- PokerStars qualifier – Denmark – 16,400
Maciej Mazur – PokerStars qualifier – Poland – 15,000
Pavel Blatny – PokerStars qualifier -- Czech Republic – 12,500
Martin Hruby -- Czech Republic – 10,800
Danny Stiegler – PokerStars qualifier – Germany – 9,900
Antony Lellouche – France – 9,800
Jean Philippe Rohr – France – 7,800

Brad Willis
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