EPT London: Table Tsar Kravchenko

PokerStars qualifier Nik Persaud is out. The details are sketchy but from what he told me it was a cavalier move. "At least I went out in style" he said.

A different path for Alex Kravchenko. He may not play in a cavalier fashion but Kravchenko also cuts an impressive figure at the table. May be it's his rock steady hand, his mirrored glasses or glacial expression, but something makes Alex the dominant presence at any table. It's probably the same in the restaurant at dinner.

His latest hand started with Alex raising pre-flop from middle position, then raised by the big blind before he called. The flop was dealt, Kc-Ks-9s. Kravchenko's opponent, complete with a standard issue hood and considered expression, tapped the table. Kravchenko did the same.

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The turn came the Ts. The face behind the mirrored shades doesn't flinch, even when the action is checked to him. The Russian placed 800 into the pot, getting called. Then the river card, the 3h. Again, no movement from Kravchenko until the action is checked to him. Then, with a concise and efficient flourish of his arm, he bet 2,400.

His opponent sat riffling for a bit. It seemed he was set to fold until he made a blink-and-you'll-miss-it call. A mistake it turned out, watching as Kravchenko turned over his 4s-6s for a flush. Good for the pot and an early boost for the Team PokerStars Pro.