EPT11 Prague: What I've learned...about the EPT

The prestigious American magazine Esquire runs a regular feature on its pages called "What I've Learned...". It has been a mainstay in the magazine for several decades. It is essentially an interview with a senior figure from the world of entertainment, sport or politics masquerading as a list of nuggets of wisdom. The most recent comes from the 81-year-old actor Michael Caine, but pretty much anyone who is anyone from popular culture has once been featured, from Muhammad Ali to Joan Rivers; Hugh Hefner to Robert McNamara.

We've been covering the European Poker Tour for quite some time, and have been here in Prague almost from the beginning of this festival. We have resultantly amassed the kind of knowledge* that, frankly, Hugh Hefner would envy. And so it has come time to share some of our wisdom about the EPT. We'll call it, What I've Learned (About The EPT).

Sunglasses are OUT. Gone are the days of the poker player sitting indoors concealed behind dark shades. Of the returning field of 600 players on Day 2 of EPT Prague, only 44 players were either wearing sunglasses or had sunglasses clipped on their sweaters or resting on their heads.

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Marcin Horecki: In the shaded minority

Bobble hats are IN. There are, at a conservative estimation, a number between some and many bobble hats among the 600 players returning to EPT Prague today.

A remarkable number of men who eat piles of meat for breakfast and go to the gym every morning are incapable of tearing open a plastic bag containing their chips.

Martin Jacobson is good at poker.

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Martin Jacobson: Good

David Lappin has lost his media ID card.

Cherry tomatoes are a more popular item from the breakfast buffet than you would expect.

Thomas Lamatsch, the EPT tournament director, has a suit made of material stolen from an astronaut. Its shimmering can illuminate dark space.

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The only safe distance from which a camera can catch Thomas Lamatsch's suit

The soup on sale at the Hilton poker kitchen is average at best.

A remarkable number of men who eat piles of meat for breakfast and go to the gym every morning, yet are incapable of tearing open a plastic bag containing their chips, are perfectly content to hand their unopened bag of chips to the dealer, some of whom are women of tiny stature and do not eat piles of meat for breakfast, in the helpless expectation that they will tear open the chip bag on the player's behalf.

No player has ever won an EPT Main Event with a first name that is also a former EPT stop. Baden Logan, in today's field, could put an end to that streak.

Mickey Petersen's new beard is real, apparently.

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Mickey Petersen: Spilled a can of iron filings

A victory for Simon Boss of Switzerland would provide the easy headlines for poker writers since Chris Moneymaker won the World Series Main Event and Minh Cash came 18th in a Thursday Daily $60 tournament at Excalibur.

All dealers, some of whom are women of tiny stature and do not eat piles of meat for breakfast, are capable of tearing open a bag of chips.

In February, George Danzer's mohawk was measured as the 18th longest ever recorded, but its recent trimming received a Highly Commended rosette at the 11th annual Hamburg Topiary Gala.

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George Danzer: Mohawk down

ElkY once could not slide open his hotel wardrobe door for six days. It turned out that a sequin had popped off his dressing gown and wedged itself in the mechanism.

It's English only at the tables at the Finnish Poker Championships, which started today in Prague.

If this post was about a female player it would receive approximately 11 times the views it will get otherwise.

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Tatiana Barausova: Among a strong field

*about the EPT Prague Poker Festival

Follow all the action from the Main Event on the Main Event page. There's hand-by-hand updates and chip counts in the panel at the top of the page and feature pieces below. Also, EPT Live is up and running. Follow the action at PokerStars.tv. It's Saturday!

Howard Swains
@howardswains in Prague