EPT Prague: One gone, one hanging on

With Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano gone that left just Marcin Horecki flying the PokerStars flag on day 1a. That was until level five. Horecki has fallen.

The end came for Horecki in the big blind holding Q-J against the small blind’s A-K. He wound up calling Horecki’s all-in on the T-9-x flop, ultimately outlasting Horecki.

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Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki

PokerStars sponsored player Johannes Strassmann is faring better, the German Shooting Star adding a few grand to his stack without showing on a board of Js-5h-8c-Ad-6c. His opponent having none of the 3K bet on the end from Strassmann.

Put this on a graph and plot it. 23K, down to 18K, down to 13K, then up to 20K and back down again to around 13K, no make that 10K. That’s level five for PokerStars sponsored player Johnny Lodden in a nutshell.

As the level comes a close that’s the “roller coaster life of Johnny Lodden” as one onlooker put it as he was up and then went down again thanks to an 800 bet pre-flop, raised to 2,500 which Lodden then re-raised to 6,000 before his Portuguese opponent moved all-in. Lodden folded.

“Did you have queens?” Asked the Portuguese.

“Almost...” replied Lodden.

You can get Lodden’s and other notable chip counts on the updated chip count page which was accurate when it said Lodden had just 1,800. We also mentioned Luke Schwartz earlier who has just lost a lot of the force we credited him with, losing a massive pot to Jose Luis Valero. Valero is now the likely chip leader on over 60,000.

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in European Poker Tour