EPT Prague: When I grow up

There will be a time in the not so distant future, when young kids, no taller than your knee, will watch old clips from the European Poker Tour, look up to their parents and say “when I grow up, I want to be Dario Minieri.”

Sure they'll still be plenty of aspiring firemen, ballerinas and cowboys, but "being Dario" will feature near the top of the list. It won’t just be for a style of poker that has the explosive power of TNT, or the dashing look of his branded scarf; it will be for his sheer balls in the face of adversity, the knack of convincing an overwhelming favourite that he’d be a fool to call. The deal he offers is always the same - surrender now and be treated well.

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Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri

The latest episode came on a board of 5d-4s-4h. Minieri announced all-in and stood up, the fate of his remaining 34,700 no longer in his hands. Milan Kojnok of Slovakia had the decision to make.

“I hope you fold but it doesn’t matter” said Dario. “I will show if you fold. If I had more chips then maybe... or I could be lying!” This last bit came with a grin. Perhaps prudently Kojnok folded his pocket sixes face up. Minieri showed his A-4

“I had outs!” exclaimed Minieri, leaping up to gather his chips. The kids will be right - everyone should want to be Dario Minieri when they grow up.

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in European Poker Tour