Another EPT is coming to an end, even though it might not feel like it right now. The sun went down over Vienna a short while ago, the last few minutes of sunlight shining across the part of town that, with its grassy areas is full of activity as Saturday afternoon turns into Saturday night.
In the Heldenplatz outside there were youngsters kicking footballs or tossing Frisbees. Across the Burgring ring road in the museum quarter there was a man playing the Jazz Suite by Shostakovich on empty liquor bottles filled with water (CDs €15). There was also an old man with a tick grey beard, his possessions in a plastic shopping bag at his feet, watching people through a pair of binoculars from no more than a few feet away. I suppose it’s possible he was bird watching.
The Heldenplatz at sunset, just outside the Hofburg Palace
As sundown ushers in Saturday night on the streets outside, a similar transition is taking place inside. As side events come to a close, and the High Roller events finds its winner, the Main Event plods on, now with five left after the departure of Bulgaria’s last hope Simeon Naydenov.
Sometimes a player will have an air of confidence about him, even on day one. Naydenov was one of them. His sixth place might be a disappointment for him in the short term, but the fact that it moves him even closer to second place on the all-time money list for Bulgaria (short less than $100,000) suggests an exciting new talent that is only just getting started.
His departure has thinned the rail slightly, more so now the High Rollers have packed up for another festival. Soon the only people left within the Hofburg will be the players, and without a line of taxis ready to take them straight to the airport.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.