EPT Prague: Small pots

It's not been a great day for the overnight chip leader Christer Johansson, who ran queens into aces in an 80,000 pot very early on and then got consistently unlucky in a number of small pots until he dribbled down to about 40,000.

Johansson was drawn on the same table as the day 1a chip leader Ludovic Lacay, and the day has been slightly brighter for the Frenchman, who is sprinkling his play with some characteristic flamboyance. Moments ago, Lacay made a standard raise from the button and Nikolaos Panopoulos called from the big blind. The flop came As-7s-3h and Panopoulos check-called Lacay's continuation bet.

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Ludovic Lacay

The turn was the 2h and Panopoulos bet 10,000, which snapped Lacay into action. He re-raised another 30,000 and Panopoulos reluctantly folded. Ever the showman, Lacay turned his cards over and showed Jc-8s which translates, generously, to second-pair draw. (Nothing, in other words.)

A few tables away, a pot was brewing between Juan Maceiras and Juha Helppi. Helppi raised 4,000 from under-the-gun and Maceiras was the only caller on the button. The flop came Qd-7d-Jc and Helppi checked.

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Juan Maceiras

Maceiras bet 5,000 and Helppi took some time over his decision. "Come on Juha," goaded Maceiras. "I'll show you, Juha! I'll show you!"

"All in," said Helppi, and slid his stack of about 37,000 towards the middle. Gulp, said a now silent Maceiras.

"All right, you win," Maceiras admitted, a touch sheepishly. He then turned over a queen to show that he was folding top pair. Helppi looked a little surprised but didn't return the compliment. He handed his cards back to the dealer and began stacking chips.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour