EPT9 Berlin Day 2: Lamatsch makes decision on der Match

April 23, 2013

Tournament directors are there to make the important decisions, and there was none as important as the one faced by Thomas Lamatsch tonight. He’d scheduled six levels of 75 minutes, meaning play would end at some time around 9pm. But that wasn’t earlier enough for some who were eyeing kick off in tonight’s match between Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

It seemed “Lamatsch” had a decision to make about “the match”. It’s said that commeth the hour, commeth the man. Lamatsch proved himself to be that man, cancelling the last break of the day to allow play to finish early enough for Bayern fans, Barcelona fans, and beer fans, to reach the bar on time. Those wishing to catch the Millwall vs. Blackburn game will also be greatly relieved.


Thomas Lamatsch (right)

It’s not clear who was behind the decision. Lamatsch is the figure of authority but is unlikely to have made decision based on a personal whim (oh, to wield such power). Instead he no doubt gauged the mood of the players and acted accordingly.

It’s not the first time it’s happened. Events in Madrid and Barcelona, where there are teams worth pausing to watch (this has yet to happen at UKIPT Nottingham), have bagged up a level early to allow players to watch the games. Here is no different.

It means we’re into the last level of the night, with kick off an hour away.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter

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