EPT8 Deauville: Teichert demonstrates the danger of defending with Brunson
If not today then sometime soon, Nikolaus Teichert will ask himself, "Why did I make that call?" It's a question we've certainly been asking ourselves up on the stage behind the final table, just a heavy velvet curtain separating us from them. Perhaps he wanted to emulate Doyle Brunson, maybe he thought he could outplay Kursevich with any two cards, but Teichert's decision to get involved in a big pot out of position with T♠2♣ is one he'll regret.
Vadzim Kursevich opened from the cut-off to 110,000 with 5♦5♠ and Teichert defended his big blind with that ten-deuce. The German over bet 500,000 into the 9♠5♥2♦ flop with bottom pair and Kursevich made the call with middle set. Well, you would. Teichert opted to bet the same amount, 500,000, into the Q♥ turn. Kursevich tanked, perhaps debating whether he should try and get it in here and now, maybe simply trying to feign weakness for the action on the final street. He called again.
A second deuce fell on the river, the 2♥, and Teichert slammed his hand down on the table to check. It handled like a don't-blufff-me-because-I'm-calling check. Kursevich slowly pulled out 875,000 and pushed it forward. Teichert made the call with his rivered trips. Kursevich tabled a full house and chipped up close to 5,000,000, now bearing down on Paul Guichard's chip lead.
A couple of hands later Teichert shoved with A♣7♦ and was knocked out by Bruno Jais with A♠T♠. From 2,800,000 to 0 in three hands. And it all started with the decision to defend his big blind with Brunson. That took us to ten, Etienne Moudaress' departure shortly after (to the indomitable Kursevich) leaves just nine players who break to one last table.
The final nine
1. Bruno Jais, PokerStars.fr qualifier, 5,770,000
2. Mick Graydon, PokerStars qualifier, 1,220,000
3. Olivier Rogez, 2,345,000
4. Vuong Than Trong, 2,465,000
5. Vadzim Kursevich, 5,555,000
6. Paul Guichard, PokerStars.fr qualifier, 4,710,000
7. Luca Pagano, Team PokerStars Pro, 1,870,000
8. Sergey Baburin, 1,130,000
9. Yorane Kerignard, 1,655,000