FPS Monaco: On the thing that bursts after which everyone cashes
There's a word we use when reporting on poker tournaments to describe the period we've just crossed through in the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event.
It's a metaphor. Think soap. Economic crises. Gum. Boiling water. Champagne and soda.
You know what it is. It rhymes with trouble and double, which is convenient as both are relevant words we might employ here.
Especially if we are purposely avoiding using that other one this time, if only to see if we can.
There were 144 left, with only 143 getting paid. Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari had stolen over quickly just moments before, dashing away from his appearance on the currently-shooting Shark Cage in order to play a few hands, win one to increase his stack twofold, and scurry back.
The double took him out of trouble. Helped him avoid finishing one spot shy of the cash -- exactly what happened last month to him at LAPT Chile Main Event, in fact.
Meanwhile with just a couple of minutes left before the end of Level 16 hand-for-hand commenced. Announcements were made explaining the procedure, and soon enough two different players were all in and at risk on adjacent tables.
One was Patrick Nakache, sadly holding A♥Q♦ versus Michael Brinkenhoff's A♦A♣. With most other tables finished and the break imminent, a deep circle of others formed about the table.
A K♣T♠6♥ flop earned an audible response. Then after a 6♣ on the turn, the J♦ popped out on the river, earning a much louder roar. Brinkenhoff (on the left) seemed as glad about the development as Nakache (on the right). Take a look:
It hadn't burst. The thing that shall not be named, that is.
Next door another player made it through as well -- he had aces versus another's pocket sixes -- and the break came and went with all 144 still involved.
Twenty minutes later they were back, gathered eight apiece around 18 tables. Three hands went by with no action. On the next Ugnius Simelionis doubled up with pocket kings, then Alexander Kuzmin faded a straight draw to survive with jacks.
A couple of hands later two more players made it through -- one with kings, the other with queens. Then came another hand with two simultaneous all-ins.
One involved the animated Jacques Guenni who during the long wait to reveal the hands sang, danced, and cried to the field "Everybody give me 10 euros if I bust!" The performance was so pleasing, someone actually did give him a 10€ note even before the hands were shown and board dealt.
Guenni had kings versus John Andress's A♥K♦. "I'm waiting for my king!" cried Guenni. While no king came, no ace did, either, and with a loud "YEA, PAPA!" Guenni kept his seat.
On the next table less drama surrounded Cedric Demore's all-in with A♣A♠ versus Paul Delavache's K♣K♦, and a seven-high flop kept things even-keeled. But the king Guenni was shouting for suddenly appeared on the turn in the form of the K♥ -- disheartening for Demore, who one card later had busted.
Out one spot shy of the money was Demore, turning from a player into the word we're not using.
Those who made the cash are earning a minimum of €1,790. All are still eyeing the €177,000 up top. Players can play more freely now, no longer worried of missing the cash.
In a similar spirit, we'll lift all restrictions on our vocabulary hereafter as well.
Key FPS Monaco Main Event Facts:
- Halfway through Level 18, 143 players remain from the starting field of 993 -- all have made the cash
- Gilles Silbernagel (650,000), Dean-Henry Taibi (500,000), Saneh Hanibael (485,000), Cedric Louard (430,000), and Michael Brinkenhoff (420,000) are chip leaders at present.
- Among others busting just shy of the money were Mikka Anttonen, Rocco Palumbo, Lucien Cohen, Mathieu Brun, Jeremy Palvini, and Clement Genon-Catalot
- The tournament is scheduled to play 8 one-hour levels today, with 15-minute breaks every two levels (there is no dinner break)
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.