EPT Monte Carlo: Big stacks

April 28, 2009

Don’t forget, you can follow the latest approximate chip counts on the chip counts page, where the general idea is that we pick out the notable players from this vast and varied field and attempt to keep some kind of an eye on them, even as action changes faster than most people can blink.

Sometimes players appear on our radar simply because of their stack, and into this category today flies Faraz Jaka, a PokerStars player from the United States, and Darko Babic, a PokerStars qualifier from Germany. Jaka has at least 130,000 at the moment, and Babic has something very similar, each of them close to the chip lead. Jaka is sitting to the right of the recent WPT champion Michael Watson, from Canada, while Babic is making the company of Annette Obrestad. There’s more to follow about the young Norwegian sensation, but here’s a sneak preview: she has more than both of those others at the moment.

Also flickering onto the screen is Eric Liu, who made the final table in London. He’s a table-mate of Daniel Negreanu’s at the moment, and is sitting with about 90,000. We found our way to that table after the distinctive tones of Negreanu were heard saying: “All in!” sending the press pack fluttering in his direction.

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Daniel Negreanu

It turned out that the Team PokerStars Pro’s chips weren’t actually in jeopardy – I think he was making some kind of commentary on another hand. But he was then also heard to pipe: “You’ve got air!?!” and then raked in some chips. I really can’t tell you what any of that meant, but he’s got about 65,000 now.


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