EPT12 Malta: Dietrich on high roller Fast track
If it's possible to know you're playing badly, it must follow that you know when you're playing well. It's not that Dietrich Fast said as much, he just implied it, both in the stack he bagged-up last night and something he said before he did so.
I was standing alongside his table as play ended last night. I thought I'd check whether my chip counting skills were still up to scratch and set about making a rough guess as to how much Fast had: a stack of pale greens, three stacks of blues, some pale ones and a couple of loose ones on top. All in I figured he had 930,000 and wrote it in my notebook.
Fast then got up to watch the last hand of the day from a safe distance behind his seat. He nodded as he stood beside me, then he looked down at my notepad.
"Your number is wrong," he said, smiling. "It's nine-three-one".
So I was 1K out, but to the grinning Fast this was all part of the game. He was enjoying himself, and it showed.
He's man in form, having flown here from his hometown of Berlin on the wings of a first WSOP bracelet earlier this month. You could say it's reward for the effort he's put in over the past few years. As we mentioned yesterday, Fast is a player who has cut his teeth in side events, and worked his way up to what is now his first €25K tournament.
Today we'll find out how that experience, and his current form, fares at the business end of an EPT High Roller.
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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.