EPT11 Deauville: Your bust out will be televised...eventually
When you wear the Red Spade, getting a lot of attention when you go deep in an EPT event comes with the territory. So when we spotted a cluster of cameras, camera operators and assorted media crowding round Marcin Horecki's table it was an odds on bet that the Polish Team PokerStars Pro was involved in a big pot, perhaps even tournament defining pot.
When we arrived at the table Horecki was indeed all-in, his stack of exactly 98,000 was in the middle and an all-in triangle (not a bunk one it must be said) was in front of his stack. There were two other active players in the hand, David Van Den Berg had already matched Horecki's bet, whilst Sebastien Lebaron had a bet of 15,000 in front of him and about 60,000 behind. Piecing together the action he was the original raiser, Horecki then shoved from middle position, Van Den Berg had called the all-in from the button and Lebaron was now trying to work out if he could fold whatever hand it was he'd opened from his short stack.
Whilst this was all going on Horecki was watching the action from the Main Event feature table on his iPad. Knowing his decision had been made and there was nothing more he could do to alter the outcome of the hand he could keep an eye on #EPTLive and see how fellow Team PokerStars Pro ElkY was getting on.
Another 30 seconds or so passed before Lebaron decided to live to fight another day and mucked what he would later say was ace-queen. Tanking over it was time for showdown:
Van Den Berg: Q♥Q♣
Behind me I could hear the dulcet tones of FPS commentator Benjamin 'BenDo' Dominguet saying: "le classic race" as the dealer fanned a flop of 9♦2♥7♥. There were two more cards to save Horecki, but neither the 3♦ nor the 9♠ helped his cause and he was out. He stood up from the table headphones still in his ears and gave a thumbs up to the cameras as he left the table.
If he kept watching on the way to the payout desk he'd have seen his own bustout a couple of minutes later as the EPT Live cameras cut away from the feature table to feature the Pole's exit.
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