EPT8 Berlin: Ulusu on the loose, increases lead


The question is, are you bothered about being mocked when you have two and a half stacks of blue chips and a ton of reds, adding up to a stack of about 340,000. This is the position Cengiz Ulusu is in (although he may not read this blog).

Ulusu, the coin-flipper, came into the day as chip leader with somewhere in the region of 240,000, a position that allows certain confidence. Now he's added a 100,000 more, using that confidence as a sock of horse manure, swinging it around his head.

His original table having broken, Ulusu sauntered over to table five, his new home; a big leather coat, a big turtle neck jumper, a big chin, slowly working his way through the crowd to his new seat, the furthest from the door.

Cengiz Ulusu, yesterday

Rumour had it that, in the first half hour of the day, Ulusu had been using dice to determine particular actions, single headedly filling the gap between poker and role playing games. It's entirely possible Ulusu has yet to fully convert from Magic: The Gathering.

There were no signs of dice when he called Alexander Meidinger's opening bet of 2,400. Selim Citak, a few seats along, raised to 6,300, then rested his head on his hand with an expression of, what hindsight suggested, contentment. Meidinger, looking less content, lumped in the last of his stack, moving all in. Ulusu, still stacking his chips, looked left, left again, then right, before announcing he was all-in (cue that sock of horse manure).

The cause of Citak's happiness was the two black aces he turned over. The cause of Meidinger's reluctance was the queen-jack of clubs. Meanwhile, taking his time to turn over his hand, there was Ulusu, with pocket nines.

Citak stood, worried that there were cards out there that could cause him trouble; the three that landed on the flop for instance, the 8-5-7. Citak had now lost the contentment, and cut an lonely figure, standing behind his chair. Then bang, the six of spades on the turn, flattening his hopes, and causing Ulusu to beam as he banged the table. The river was a ten. Citak was gone, managing a "nice hand", so too Meidinger who by now everyone had forgotten about.

Ulusu increased his advantage (twice the average stack), stood to adjust his belt, and then wait as players were brought in from other tables. In 40 minutes this table has lost five players. With Ulusu in bloom it's something of a hellfire corner for the replacements about to arrive.

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in Berlin