EPT10 Grand Final: Ludovic Geilich, the chip-leader who won't play ball

There is something brilliantly contrary about Ludovic Geilich, who continues to entertain at every stop he plays. He is chip leader here at the moment in Monaco, but he wouldn't want anybody to know about it.

Despite knocking out Martin Finger when Geilich's pocket fours turned a straight at the same time Finger's pocket aces turned top set, Geilich has simply piled up his chips in all kinds of random piles, a chunk of blues interspersed with reds, mixed in with blacks, purples and greens.


Ludovic Geilich's dirty stack

At a conservative estimation, Geilich is sitting with about 200,000 chips, which is more than anybody else. But it's impossible to know for sure. When I wandered past a moment ago, there was what can only be described as a slips cordon of tournament reporters surrounding his table, each pointing at his stack from a distance with a pen.

They were open mouthed and with furrowed brows, running the pen up one stack and down the other, chuntering figures aloud like idiot savants. Geilich pretended not to notice, as though this was simply a normal state of affairs and he was incidental to it. But he knows. Ludovic Geilich knows.

When I last wrote about Geilich, in Deauville at the end of January, I received some abuse to my personal Twitter account from someone who disagreed with the assertion that Geilich was an exhilarating player. There's not anything controversial about that at all; Geilich simply is exhilarating. But the way he plays, which seems at times to be utterly chaotic, rubs certain A-B-C players up the wrong way.

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Ludovic Geilich: Exhilarating. Nothing else

But there is method to the apparent madness, and in the months since Deauville, Geilich has continued to record result after result. He admitted that his victory in a €2,000 deep-stack event in Vienna was primarily used to get him out the hole for that trip, but one suspects that a fair portion of his $101,325 prize for victory in the biggest ever Super Tuesday in April was clear profit.

Geilich has a UKIPT title under his belt, and was at the final table of EPT London earlier in this season. He's yet to decide whether he's representing Germany or Scotland at these major events -- he has a parent from each country, although he certainly sounds Scottish -- but in the grand scheme of things, that's just a minor point.

Geilich is Geilich is ludovi333 is @Gr4vyBo4t and who really cares about anything else?

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Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour