EPT Warsaw: Inspiration abounds on day 1b

Warsaw has its favourite sons who have shaped its history. Frederic Chopin was one, thought to be inspired by the pains of love when composing such masterpieces as his Piano Concerto No. 2. The EPT’s equivalent is John Duthie, who was inspired to think up the tour in the bath. So be it. It was no less incredible a moment.

What that moment did was bring several hundred poker players from the comforts of home to four-degree Poland to play in a sub-basement card room for poker glory; no windows for some kind of memorable view; no culture other than converting pounds or dollars into zloty for a spin on the roulette wheel.


But still they come and it’s testament to the tour that more are expected to arrive here from events in Amsterdam, unable to let an EPT event slip by. They land at Chopin airport by the way. How’s that for coming full circle?

We have a full day 1b ahead of us. Yesterday 53 of the initial 99 progressed, bagging chips after seven levels. That modest field, as we’ve mentioned previously, is likely to be eclipsed today. For some it will be nothing more than a minute waltz before they’re gone into the Warsaw night, for others though it will have all the dramatic fanfare of the Grand Valse brilliante.

But that’s enough of the fanciful. From here on in it will be about the poker, and that will feature the likes of Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Dario Minieri, Luca Pagano, Isabelle Mercier, William Thorson, Katja Thater, who made the final here two seasons ago, and Alex Kravchenko keen to follow on from his cash finish in Budapest. Also playing will be local boy Marcin Horecki, hoping to turn some home field advantage into a repeat of his third place performance in London. Or better.

As usual we’ll have news throughout the day on the blog, as well as regularly updated chip counts and video blogs which can often speak more than a thousand words.

If you haven’t understood a word of this it may be that you’d prefer another language, in which case you can keep tabs on the day on our Swedish, Polish, Hungarian and German blogs.

For a taste of what it's been like playing hte EPT Warsaw so far the video blog team talked to Raul Paez and Juan Maceiras of Spain, both of whom seem convinced they're on their way to the final...

Watch EPT Warsaw 08: Raul and Juan on PokerStars.tv

They also spoke to Julien Van Lang from France, who secured his seat thanks to a French TV programme...

Watch EPT Warsaw 08: Interview with Julien Van Lang part II on PokerStars.tv

Stephen Bartley
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