EPT Warsaw: Crashed and burned

Two hands into this tournament Antony Lellouche got his starting stack of 10,000 in the middle with pocket kings. He ran into pocket aces, but hit a king to double up, then catapulted into a dominant chip lead throughout the rest of that day and this.

But as the noted poker writer William Shakespeare once observed: as flies to wanton boys are we to the [poker] Gods; they kill us for their sport, and Lellouche has now been swatted out of here. "I can't win a showdown so you should call," he encouraged Andrea Benelli as he slid his final 20,000 into the pot. "I've won zero today."

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Antony Lellouche

Benelli did as he was told, flipped A-8o against Lellouche's 4-5c. The flop brought a four but the river brought an eight and Lellouche was put out of his misery.

And it had been fairly miserable. Ever since he peaked at around 100,000, it had been freefall for Lellouche. He doubled up four players on his table, including his countryman Arnaud Mattern. Mattern had deuces, Lellouche had eights and all the money went in pre-flop. But Mattern rivered a deuce for a crippling blow, with Benelli finishing him off.

Mon dieu. Sacre bleu. Zut alors. Etc.

Better news for Dario Minieri, whose aces stood up against the PokerStars qualifier Marco Fantini. It was about a 70,000 chip pot and it was Fantini's last at this event.

Howard Swains
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