EPT8 Monaco: Catching up with Karmakinas

Heading towards the final 24 Dominykas Karmazinas is still in the running and looking like a good shot to make back to back deep runs at the EPT Grand Final.* Could he make the final table again? He finished third here for €700,000 two years ago. The Lithuanian has around 230,000, a little more than 20 big blinds, with which to spin up, but he did have a lot more much earlier in the day.

"I was heading there and was chip leader for a moment but things didn't go my way, but as long you have a chip you've still got a chance to make first place," he said.

*Assuming you're only counting Grand Finals which take part in Monaco.

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Dominykas Karmazin (right) alongside chip leader Vadzim Markushevski

It's a water-off-a-duck's-back attitude that's pretty essential for poker pros and must have been helpful two years ago. Karmazinas had got it in with ace-seven against eventual winner's Nicolas Chouity's ace-six but the Lebanese turned a pair to send him to the rail. That must have been a bitter pill to swallow?

"Actually I didn't even think about because my key object was just to play good and make a good move and I did it. There's nothing I can do when the cards are coming. In case I take it in a stressful way my life would be really sad as a professional poker player," said Karmakinas with a laugh.

Back to the now, Karmakinas seems happy with his situation, €30,000 locked up and a good table draw left: "My table is way, way better now than it's been for most of the day. I'm feeling really confident because people are making mistakes as far as IC so my stack is perfect for taking advantage of miscalculations of the stack. The tournament is a very big one and not everyone playing professionally and sometimes the professionals make bigger mistakes than the amateurs. I don't know, it's poker!"

And it's the kiss of death from the PokerStars Blog: Karmakinas bust out in 32nd for €30,000.

Tournament snapshot
Level 21: blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000
Players: 29 of 655
Average stack: 688,000
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Rick Dacey
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