EPT Warsaw: The fate of former champions
A raising war of sorts between Sergey Shcherbatskiy and Frenchman Arnaud Mattern had everyone’s attention for the full ten minutes it took to play. The wait came on a board already dealt and showing 8c-6s-Kc-2-s-Ts. Shcherbatskiy bet 25,000 on the river, a move that sent Mattern into the tank for several painful minutes.
Mattern had the call counted, a tower of reds topped with a single yellow chip, he just couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. He checked the clock for the tournament average (115,000) and then asked if Shcherbatskiy would show if he folded. The Russian, a sporting type, agreed and with great difficulty Mattern laid down his hand. Shcherbatskiy showed his pocket queens, meriting a pat on the table from the Frenchman, now down to 70,000.
It’s been a good few minutes for Russian players and bad for former champions. A few moments ago Eduard Kapitonov doubled up through Roland de Wolfe to the tune of about 50,000.