The start of Day 2 is always an interesting time. If you read the seat draw before you sit down, all your opponents are there to see, unlike the unknown table element of a start of Day 1.
The table dynamics are also interesting. No history (unless they’ve played each other before) has been made so you have to monitor stack sizes and previous results to help you when trying to piece together all that imperfect information when involved in a hand.
We always look at the seat draw before Day 2 begins to see if any interesting tables stand out and if any of them can be classified as a “Table of Death.” If there is one, and it won’t break too early, then the folks over at ETPLive will probably nab it for the live stream that’s started today over on PokerStars.tv.
|Joao Ribeiro||Portugal||PokerStars qualifier||31500||11||1|
|Bryn Kenney||USA||PokerStars qualifier||91100||11||4|
|Wojciech Lozowski||Poland||Live satellite winner||22800||11||5|
|Kent Lundmark||Sweden||PokerStars qualifier||62300||11||6|
|Peter Eichhardt||Sweden||PokerStars qualifier||43500||11||7|
|Andrew Chen||Canada||PokerStars qualifier||4900||11||8|
For starters, Andrew Chen busted before we arrived, less than 90 seconds into the day. That might be some sort of record. When a really good player like Chen (he was the EPT High Roller champion by the way) busts from a table as tricky as this, you hope no sharks swim into the gap. Not today. Not at this table. Giada Fang from Team PokerStars Pro Online approached, fin (media ID card) sticking out from in between her rack of chips, and took the empty seat. At least, for the sake of the recreational players at the table, she only arrived with around 25,000 chips.
Bryn Kenney has a fierce reputation in the poker world, both live and online. Natural talent oozes from his pores but it was he who had the most uncomfortable level (bar Chen) and it started when Lundmark three-bet him off the first hand he played. The very next hand, Kenney won those chips back, but off Wojciech Lozowski, the Polish rap star we mentioned earlier. One might put money on him struggling in this company but he proved that theory wrong but being one of the biggest winners.
Lozowski was on a roll after he won the very next pot. Eichhardt raised to 2,000 from under the gun and Eichhardt was the only caller from the small blind. Both players checked the 9♦8♣Q♦ flop before Lozowski led for 3,600 and 4,800 on the 2♦K♣ turn and river. Eichhardt called both times but Lozowski had turned a set of deduces and happily added more chips to his stack.
Two hands later, Lozowski made quicker work winning his third pot of the day. Diogo Cardoso opened from early position and was called by Joao Ribeiro along with Kenney before Lozowski squeezed to 7,200. All three opponents folded.
Thomas Denis opened to 1,700 from under the gun the next hand before Kenney three-bet to 4,600 from a couple of seats along. The action folded around to Cardoso in the big blind and he immediately moved all in for 33,800 after looking at his cards. Denis folded but Kenney called after some thought.
The board ran 6♥J♠4♥6♠5♠ to double up Cardoso.
That was when we left the table. Kenney had lost two-thirds of his starting stack so it’ll be interesting if he manages to stop the slide during the second level of the day and will Lozowski continue to mix it well surrounded by pros?
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