EPT Monte Carlo: A tough starting table

April 28, 2009

One table caught the attention quicker than most, a real hotbed of action. PokersStars Team Pros Luca Pagano and Greg Raymer share a table with former EPT Dortmund winner Mike McDonald, Belgian WSOP bracelet winner Davidi Kitai, as well as young guns ‘Randall’ Flowers and Ben Fineman.

Pagano flicked his cards into the muck, giving them some altitude on the way. “When did you become a high folder?” asked Raymer. “You really throw it up!”

“Only with certain cards,” replied the Italian with a smile.

Next to Pagano, former EPT winner Mike McDonald made a raise to 300 which was called by Davidi Kitai, Flowers and the small blind. The flop of Q♥10♦6♠ was checked to Kitai who took down the pot with a 550 bet.

McDonald then tried to create action, encouraging Raymer to straddle on Flowers’ big blind. “I’d like to,” came the reply, “but it would only count as a dead raise.”

Talk shifted to recent events at San Remo last week, the biggest event in EPT history with more than 1,100 players.

“Two years from now, how many will it get?” said McDonald to San Remo organiser Pagano. “1,600? Three day ones? Two day twos? A high-roller event?”

We’ll have to wait and see.

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