EPT Budapest: Winners and losers

A few regular faces to the European Poker Tour are playing their first hands of this new event, including a few of its former winners and near winners. EPT4 Dublin champion Rueben Peters plays today as does Fintan Gavin, who finished runner-up in Barcelona last month, and Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki who just a few weeks ago narrowly missed out on a first EPT title in London, coming third.

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Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki

In the Art Deco surroundings of the ballroom tournament area, all clean lines and right angles, one of the exceptions is Arnaud Mattern who is in contrast all stubble and aviator eyewear. The Frenchman won in Prague last season, one of the new events to the calendar, looking for a second in Budapest away from the television cameras. A few early pots and he’s headed in the right direction. At least 539 others are trying to do the same.

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Arnaud Mattern

Or make that 538. One of the first players out is PokerStars qualifier Mark Dalimore from the UK, betting all the way from early position on a board of As-Js-9h-x-9s.

Looking back on the hand Dalimore thought the turn card was a three of diamonds, but more importantly thought he made a straight flush when he pushed all-in on the river. Actually, holding Qs-Ts, he had just a queen high flush. His opponent insta-called with a king-high flush. Dalimore was gone.