EPT Barcelona: Old rivalry but Dario still on top

The last time Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri and Slovakian Dag Palovic met it was on the final table of the EPT San Remo in the spring of season four. It was perhaps the quickest final table in EPT, lasting less than three hours despite being a finale laden with poker talent, including Jason Mercier, William Thorson, Anthony Lellouche and Johannes Strassmann.

Different circumstances here though. Palovic labours to keep his stack above the water line whilst Dario enacts a steady trend of chip building. The two would only clash briefly in level six though, Dag raising and winning the pot uncontested, after losing one a few moments before.

Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri

Palovic had been raising on a king-high board with pocket tens, only for his opponent to call him down with another of the kings, a hand Palovic found hard to conceal his frustration with.

Dario meanwhile was intent to pick up pots wherever possible, picking spots to unleash his brutal and unpredictable style of poker with seemingly little concern for those getting in his way.

A middle position raise of 800, re-raised by Minieri to 2,350. Called.

The flop came As-Jc-7c. It was checked to Dario who, with WSOP bracelet glinting, shoved in another 2,350, too much to contend with for his opponent. Minieri is flying the flag for Team PokerStars Pro, with more than 24,000.

It was not such a bright story for his team mate and countryman Luca Pagano. The EPT Player of the Year was unable to sustain a post-dinner come back, crashing out a short time ago.

Stephen Bartley
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