EPT Barcelona: Tables of discomfort

In the early stages of a tournament, there's always a quest to determine the so-called Table of Death, stacked with a disproportionate number of stars. Problem is, there are so many supremely talented players on the EPT these days that it's often more difficult these days to find a Table of Life, or at least a Table of Moderate Comfort. There really is nowhere to hide.

In Barcelona today, for instance, the random table draw has created the following match-ups:

Mark Teltscher v David Ulliot v Erik Frieberg
Thomas Fougeron v Hans Eskilsson v Victoria Coren v Daniel Mangas
Vanessa Rousso v Noah Boeken
Annette Obrestad v Halldor Sverisson
Bo Sehlstedt v David "Chino" Rheem
Greg Raymer v Danny Ryan

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Million dollar man David "Chino" Rheem

The EPT and Chino Rheem haven't crossed paths before, but the World Series final table player, Million Dollar Man, November Nine-ster, PokerStars Sixer, is already making his presence known. Moments ago, he was looking for a rule clarification when another player took a phone call in the middle of a heads-up pot. "I don't mind at all, and your hand is live," Chino said. "But are you allowed be on the phone?" No, apparently, confirmed the dealer, but Chino made it easy for his opponent, by sticking in a decent bet on the turn that forced to fold and allowed him to talk on.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in Barcelona