EPT11 London: Hearing voices

October 12, 2014

It’s quiet in the tournament room. There’s plenty going on, just not a lot of noise, save for riffle of chips and some murmuring coming from the group of people watching the UKIPT Main Event. That means when someone does speak it’s easy to hear them. And a few members of the Day 1a field in particular can be heard better than others.
Like Tino de Zutter for example.

“F****** h***!”

De Zutter had just turned a straight but was dealing with the reality of the river, which had gifted his opponent Alexander Trevallion with the nut flush. De Zutter, from Belgium, was expressing himself in poker’s natural language of obscenity–English.

Living the first moments of this new pain, De Zutter watched as his chips were neatly bundled up and shipped to Trevallion opposite, who said nothing. De Zutter drained the can of soft drink in front of him and then stood up. “That’s poker,” he said, again in English, before leaving, presumably to find a hard drink.


Another voice is that of Vincent Gabel, whose deep American growl is fascinating not only because it has a resting volume twice that of those at his table, but because he’s also Belgian, and has no trace of an accent. He does though have competition though in the shape of Alfie Adam in the seat next to him.

“Rooney used to do special things,” said Adam, like an all-knowing teacher addressing his polite but sceptical students, albeit one watching the England match on his phone. “He does just normal things now.”

Some ignored Adam’s analysis. Charlie Coombes, whose stack at that stage was small enough to fit in the palm of his hand, agreed quietly, perhaps not wishing to draw attention to himself, although his mother Jan was watching his progress from the rail, reading to give comfort should his elimination happen sooner or later. It happened sooner. “I don’t understand this game,” Coombes said has he gathered his things after Adam out kicked him to kick him out.

All this peace and quiet was soon drowned out though by developments in the UKIPT Main Event…

Follow the action from the EPT London Main Event this week on the PokerStars. You can also watch live coverage on the EPT Live webcast between October 14-18 on PokerStars.tv.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.


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