EPT Monte Carlo: A-games and A-bombs in level 8

Victor Ramdin started with less than 2,000 today, he now has over 30k. I can’t tell you exactly what happened but the old Ramdin theory of ‘too much importance placed on two cards’ may have proven true – at least once.

“I got my A-game back sir! I got enough chips to last me to the end of the day.” He jokes. “I don’t need to go crazy!”

These moments of celebration are suddenly smudged out by the sound of thunder, an explosion not from the sky this time but from a few tables away. The man in seat one, Russian player Kirill Rabtsov, had just thwacked the table two handed, the table shuddering, hard enough to knock him backwards off his chair. Some would say this was a tantrum. Some would say he had good reason.

He can hardly speak, but Thierry van den Berg can, who explains how there have been five double ups on this table now, most of them through the man sat physically shaking in seat one who is having trouble coming to terms with the fact that his pocket tens had just been beaten on a board of T-A-2-K-K.

His opponent, now smiling and with an unlit cigarette dangling from his mouth, arms wide as if to say “What are you gonna do?” had held king-ten.

Then there’s Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein, the master of calm and cool – no outbursts here. He doubled up again, this time with pocket kings against king-queen, taking him up to around 50K.

It doesn’t take chips to convince you you’re going to win, just a little pre-planning, sheer optimism and a snack on some brains. All that will see you through, as Kara Scott discovered earlier when she talked to Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu.

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in EPT Monte Carlo