EPT Warsaw: Super Dario

Here we go with the statistics: we’re in level 15 with the blinds at 1,500-3,000 with a running 300 ante and 24 players remain.

In terms of the one player lighting up the room yesterday it would have to be Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri.

There was more to it than his explanation “I got many hands” to account for his gallivant through a tournament field, something that left some players jumbled in his wake. He didn’t always get hands, just as Joao Barbosa, who was crushed late last night by a Minieri move with T-8.

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“The guy was raising and re-raising and very often three betting” said Minieri. “He was being very aggressive because of the bubble, so I knew I could show him the bluff.

“I don’t know about how I’ll play today, I don’t have a plan, I’ll wait to see the table draw. I just want to play well and be lucky, because you need to be lucky!”

Although if there was ever a player who creates his own luck it’s Minieri. “Yeah”, he smiled, quoting a couple of hands he lost yesterday as if to make himself sound like a mere mortal like the rest of us. But it takes more than luck to turn up on day three with 211,400.

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in European Poker Tour