EPT Prague: Minieri gone

The last remaining Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri has just been eliminated. A resting place of 47th for the Italian who left a trail of wreckage in his wake. He got it all-in with pocket queens against Raul Mestre’s A-Q. The first card on the table was an ace, busting Minieri.

After the scenes of jubilation when the bubble, like those in mission control when they bring a damaged rocket safely back to earth, we’re back to the serious business of eliminations. Everyone gets paid now but the new goal is to make it through to tomorrow.

Some of those who won’t be there are now making an orderly queue at the cash desk.

Paolo Grossi went first, a €7,000 pay day for the Italian thanks to the narrowest of margins. He was followed by Oscar Silow of Sweden and Jeff Sarwar of Finland. The Finn’s path to the money was a shaky one, first getting dangerously close to the felt before regrouping in a quick fire all-in call hand against Johnny Lodden. Lodden had led but was soon regretting it when Sarwar called showing pocket jacks to Lodden’s T-3 which Lodden seemed more keen to fold than to show.

Lodden’s crash took him to less than 23,000 but as usual that would not be the end of the Norwegian. Whilst Sarwar would depart after a Q-J versus aces hand, Lodden would bounce back after two all-ins and is now armed with 52,000. Not much but an improvement.

Down to 46 players remaining.

Stephen Bartley
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