EPT12 Barcelona: Congratu-dolences to Lodden; Jorgensen ready for battle
Nuance can sometimes be lost in translation, but there's often no mistaking when a Team PokerStars Pro puts a tongue in cheek.
Both Johnny Lodden and Theo Jorgensen hit up social media this afternoon with a couple of wry photographs/comments, and it doesn't take too much of a detective to notice an element of irony in both of their contributions.
Lodden's ticket was handed to him at the end of his participation in the €2,000 Estrellas Poker Tour high roller, in which he earned €4,670. He's not going to say no, but he'll hope his career still has bigger paydays.
Jorgensen, on the other hand, was taking his seat in the €5,000 Main Event, and unleashing some of his characteristic bravado. Jorgensen has a very particular line in self-confidence, in which he casts himself as the conquering hero whether on an upswing or down.
More than perhaps anyone in poker, Jorgensen really does meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same, usually by banging on about his superlative skills and then hitting the Omaha cash games.
Back to the €2,000 Estrellas high roller, and although the tournament is now liberated of Lodden's presence, it still has a way to go. At time of writing, there are still more than 70 players involved, including Shyam Srinivasan, Fernando Brito and Aku Joentausta.
None of the three was blessed with an especially enormous stack, but they were the most recognisable faces with great tournament experience between them.
Jorgensen's tournament, of course, has even longer to run. We are just about the mid-way point of the fourth level, of the eight that will be played on this opening flight. There are at least 440 entries today, a number certain to rise as action continues, and about 35 are already out.
Of course, there will be another opening flight tomorrow.
You can follow all the action from the various tournament floors on PokerStars Blog. The Main Event action will be on the Main Event page. We also have the final of the Super High Roller, which will be on the Super High Roller page.
The Estrellas Main Event also plays its final table. Action from that is on the side events page.
You can also begin plotting your own bid for EPT glory by downloading the PokerStars client and having a crack. Follow this EPT event via the EPT app. There you will get all the latest news, chip counts and payouts. You can download it on Android or IOS.