EPT8 Campione: All quiet as Kastle chips up
There's an unusual level of quiet across these late stages of Day 1A. It's really quite odd. I've conferred with some colleagues, they agree it's quite peculiar. Here we are in Italy surrounded by passionate players and yet things feel calmer than ice-cold Copenhagen. It's almost... supernatural.
I can't place my finger on it. Then I hear Casey Kastle.
"I've been the short stack all day now they're asking me for a change," said the Slovenian, more than happy to accommodate the dealer's request.
Kastle is providing change for the dealers. This, on the EPT, must be a first. We're come to know Kastle as the guy who will find himself short and then somehow, incredulously so, manage to get through the bubble into the money before either busting or doubling and running up a stack. Kastle's done that twice this season. Kastle now sits joint first alongside Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske at the top of the 'Cashed in different countries' rankings with results from 22 separate countries.
Kastle had been down to 2,800 a little earlier but now sits on a stack of closer to 22,000. This, on EPT grounds at least, is out of sorts with Kastle's normal tournament progression. Will it go to his head? It seems not.
"He's asleep at the moment," said a colleague in the press room, who claimed that Kastle's dozes for a good hour of each tournament that he covers. It seems an exaggeration, but given his habit for finding himself short stacked near the bubble, it may account for a lot.
Level 8: blinds 300-600, ante 75
Players: 140 of 178
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