EPT Warsaw: He's Joe Serock, and you're not...

“I’ve only played about 85% of hands.” This is Andy Black who has just seen off another player and is calling on authorities to provide more body bags. PokerStars Sponsored player Danny Ryan is also at this table – Andy Black’s table of death.


Andy Black

Everything Andy does is at speed – folding, betting, making change for someone or simply stacking chips. It’s all done as if any minute now someone will close the casino, or come to tell him his car is double parked and has been towed away.

He makes it 2,200 from the cut-off pre-flop. This time Danny Ryan re-raises to 6k and stacks his chips neatly and according to colour, for Andy to count. “Fold” he says instead, the first pot in a while not to go the Irishman’s way.


PokerStars sponsored player Danny Ryan

“You can’t have that many hands” says Danny.

On the next table is Tyler Netter, moved from his starting spot opposite Ken Hicks Jr. Also here is Joseph Serock.

Serock had had a lot of attention thrown his way over the last few weeks, not least because of an impressive 14th place performance in Copenhagen and for his steady climb up the chip list here in Warsaw. There’s something else though, an important part of Joseph’s life, the fact that he’s NOT Joe Sebock.


PokerStars qualifier Joseph Serock

For sake of a consonant Serock’s has been tagged as the son of Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein more than once. So how much of an issue is this? Enough for a website to spring up explaining the situation - albeit tongue-in-cheek.

There’s room for one more twist – Joseph denies the website is his.

“Yeah, I heard about that. I haven’t checked it out for a while” said Joseph before the start of play, with Danny Ryan asking about it too. “That’s a lot of work for someone” he said.

It could be a joke, but for now I’ll take Joseph’s explanation, if only for the thought that somewhere some random fan in the blogosphere is doing all this on Joseph’s behalf – an even better story.

Meanwhile at his table countryman Tyler Netter has called an all-in by Daniel Woolson by moving in his tower of blue chips without counting them. He shows jacks, but Woolson has aces. In an episode reminiscent of Ken Hick’s hand earlier, Woolson makes quads.

“Nice hand bro...”

A few hands later and it’s Serock moving all-in. The hand followed one in which Ulrica Skonnemark had been pushed off of a hand by Aleksandr Gorelik. Now, having made another raise, Ulrica watched as Serock counted his chips, announced “26,900” and then nodded to the dealer his intention to move all-in.

Ulrika mucked again, with a touch more venom this time when she flicked her cards to the dealer, perhaps getting rid of them before changing her mind.

Photos © Neil Stoddart

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in EPT Warsaw