The Swede cuts a sorry figure, cursed by the lurgee which, for lack of a better world, has plagued players and many others at EPT Barcelona for the entire festival. Whether it manifests itself as a cold, a bad throat or a sinus condition, it’s not pleasant, particularly when you’re playing cards for very high stakes, such as Jansson.
So he’s taking what measures he can to get through the experience. He has a wet face towel over his sinuses to try to sooth the pain, plus a box of tissues in his laps. They’re all over the place, and as he uses them he places them in a green plastic bag next to his seat. From a distance, with all the tissues, he’s either been punched in the face or is watching a Nora Ephron marathon. Every now and again he leans forward to throw an ante into the pot, and looks gaunt as he breaths through his mouth.
Still, his stack looks pretty good, so he has reason to be hopeful. By good I suppose we mean aesthetically so. Players are advised to wash their hands if they win any of them.
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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.