EPT Budapest: Know when to hold 'em, know when... etc.

Players are taking their first 15-minute break of the day at the end of level two. As usual, it's been a mostly sedate opening, interrupted by a couple of bust outs and one seemingly unlikely story. It prompted utter disbelief in the press room, and at least three repetitions of the same story in various languages.

"Dario Minieri just folded kings! Pre-flop!" came a chorus, in English, Swedish and Hungarian. And it was true. The Team PokerStars Pro is known as one of the most aggressive players on the circuit and the common perception is that he'll playing pretty much any two cards. But Minieri is an all-round talent, which means he can also pass a losing hand, even if it is two kings.

In this instance, his instincts were spot on. One opponent had queens and the other aces. Minieri did well to get out of the way. And while nothing has changed - Minieri will still play any two cards - he will only do so on his own terms. Calling all in does not fit the bill.

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Dario Minieri

His Team PokerStars Pro team-mate, Betrand "ElkY" Grospellier has, meanwhile, vaulted in and among the early leaders. He has more than 20,000 after getting it all in pre-flop with aces, which beat some (unfolded) pocket kings and some pocket sevens. ElkY is on the hottest of hot streaks at the moment, and it looks like continuing for the moment at least.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour