EPT10 Prague: A round with Duhamel, Katchalov and Ladouceur
Table 12 is not long for this world. It is the next to break and players continue to depart at a rate of knots, meaning it will endure for about another 30 minutes at best.
None will be more relived than Jonathan Duhamel, the Team PokerStars Pro, who has found himself in something of a tight spot. To his right is Marc-Andre Ladouceur, a countryman and a team-mate of Duhamel, but by far the most active player at the table. To Duhamel's left is Martin Wiklund, of Sweden, who has the biggest stack in the room.
With the table on its way out, it seemed wise to take a close look at its final stages in our regular "A Round With..." series. This is where we report on every hand in an orbit, regardless of the size of the pot. It's the only reliable way to get a real feel of how these tournaments tend to progress.
Here's the line-up of the table, with approximate counts, as we get out our magnifying glass. You'll see a couple of big stacks, a couple of shorties, two Team PokerStars Pros and a Team Online member. It was a pretty exciting orbit, all things considered.
We were in level 17 with blinds at 2,500/5,000 (500 ante).
Seat one: Simon Deadman, UK, 70,000
Seat two: Antonio Lafosse, Peru, 93,000
Seat three: Sergey Baburin, Russia, 362,000
Seat four: Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Canada, 138,000
Seat five: Jonathan Duhamel, Canada, 180,000
Seat six: Martin Wiklund, Sweden, 940,000
Seat seven: Eugene Katchalov, Ukraine, 210,000
Seat eight: Nicolai Kramer, Germany, 295,000
Hand 1 - Button with Eugene Katchalov
A pattern had established itself in the run-up to this orbit, with Marc-Andre Ladouceur entering just about every pot, despite his short-ish stack. Nothing changed as he was the first into this pot too, raising to 11,000 from middle position. Martin Wiklund, who had been willing to tangle with Ladouceur, did so again, raising to 25,000 and after it was folded back round to Ladouceur, he made the call.
They went to a J♥3♦8♥ flop and both players checked. Then they also checked the 2♦ turn. Both seemed to have lost their bottle as they also checked the 3♠ river and Ladouceur's 8♠9♠ was good.
Ladouceur chuckled along with Duhamel about something, out of earshot, and Duhamel unfurled his trademark slanted grin.
Hand 2 - Button with Nicolai Kramer
No one saw it happen, but a drink was spilled out of a plastic cup on the floor between Nicolai Kramer and Eugene Katchalov's chair, moistening a packet of peanuts that has also been spilled there. It was like a small section of a dorm-room floor the morning after a pretty lame party. On the table, it was folded to Eugene Katchalov in the cut off and his raise to 10,000 got the job done.
Hand 3 - Button with Simon Deadman
A security guard was summonsed to deal with the spilled drink emergency. To his credit, he didn't delegate. He went over to the corner of the room, found a thick orange cloth, and wiped it up beneath his feet. Back on the table, Marc-Andre Ladouceur opened to 11,000 and Martin Wiklund called. It was those two at it again.
The flop fell [10d]9♣2♠ and Ladouceur bet 13,000. Wiklund called. The turn was 7♣ and Ladouceur bet 21,000, which Wiklund called again. They both checked the 9♠ river and Ladouceur tabled K♠K♥, which was good.
Hand 4 - Button with Antonio Lafosse
No spills to attend to, so the poker continued uninterrupted, with Martin Wiklund opening from early position. He made it 11,000 to go. Eugene Katchalov called to his left and action made it round to Sergey Baburin in the small blind.
Baburin three-bet, to 32,000, and on another day that might have been the end of it. But no. Not only did Wiklund four bet to 65,000, but after a short pause, Katchalov re-raised all in for what was counted at 218,500.
It elicited two quick folds and Katchalov about 100,000 to his stack without needing to see a flop.
Hand 5 - Button with Sergey Baburin
Nikolai Kramer started this one, and he finished it too, ending the participation of Simon Deadman. Kramer opened to 10,000 and Deadman shoved for his short stack. Kramer didn't need to ask for a count, he simply double-checked his cards, saw two kings and called.
Deadman had A♠[10s] and did not catch Kramer's kings through a 3♦[10h]4♣J♥6♦ board. If only Deadman had a better name to make puns around after an elimination.
Hand 6 - Button with Marc-Andre Ladouceur
As Nicolai Kramer stacked up his new chips, and Simon Deadman departed, Marc-Andre Ladouceur asked his German opponent: "Are you Kilian's brother?" Nikolai Kramer admitted that he was, and Ladouceur reminisced about playing online against several of Kilian's friends who live together in Vienna.
There is a film crew trailing the Kramers across the EPT this season, making a documentary about them for German TV. Although Kilian, the better known of the two, has long-since departed this tournament, Nicolai is still giving them some good footage as he eases into the late stages.
It seems unlikely that this part will make the cut, however, as Nicolai raised to 11,000 and won the blinds and antes.
Hand 7 - Button with Jonathan Duhamel
Sergey Baburin opened the pot from the hijack and was called by Marc-Andre Ladouceur in the cut off. Jonathan Duhamel, on the button, folded and took a stroll away from the table. He hadn't managed to find a chance to put a chip in the pot this round.
Eugene Katchalov also called from the big blind and that took three of them to the flop. It came 2♣7♦2♠ and Katchalov checked. Baburin bet 14,000 and Ladouceur called. Katchalov got out of the way. The turn came K♠ and the pattern flipped: Baburin checked, Ladouceur bet 21,000 and Baburin called. The K♥ fell on the river and this time after Baburin checked and Ladouceur bet 54,500, the Russian gave up.
Hand 8 - Button with Martin Wiklund
It was the last hand of the orbit and Marc-Andre Ladouceur ended it as he started. He opened to 11,000. Martin Wiklund called on the button and Kramer too came along from the big blind.
The flop came 3♠4♥8♠ and it was checked to Wiklund. He bet 18,000 and after Kramer called, Ladouceur gave it up. The 8♥ came on the turn and Kramer checked. If he was hoping for a bet from Wiklund, he didn't get it as the Swede checked behind. And then when the A♥ came on the river, Kramer checked again.
Wiklund also checked behind for a second time, and a resigned Kramer tabled A♦8♦, for a boat. He laid the trap but Wiklund didn't fall in.
That was the end of a lively orbit, in which Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Eugene Katchalov and Nicolai Kramer chipped up, while Simon Deadman's race came to a close. One suspects they'll all be happy to see the table break.
For coverage of Day 3 of the EPT10 Prague Main Event, head to the EPT Prague Main Event page. There's hand-by-hand coverage and chip counts in the top panel, plus feature pieces below the line. All the information about event can be found on the main European Poker Tour website.