Live updates from level 1 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
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1.50pm: Calling with the nuts
Yuriy Alniya raised it up to 300 only to face a re-raise to 1,100 from Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano. The call was made before a 3♥Q♣9♠ flop was revealed. Alaniya check called Pagano’s 1,200 bet before he called a 1,400 bet after the 4♠ turn came down. The river K♦ came and Pagano had enough of the small ball technique as he fired 5,600 into the pot after it was checked to him a third time. Amazingly Alaniya only called with J♠10♠ for the nuts! Pagano had already confidently revealed K♠K♣ for a rivered top set.
“Thank you for not raising” said a slightly startled Pagano. He knows he could have a lot less than his current 27,900 after that hand.
1.25pm: A taste of things to come… moving pictures
1.10pm: Pagano lets one go
Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano is a wiley old fox. He knows this is a marathon, not a sprint, and can sniff out danger to avoid becoming an early casualty. He raised it up to 300 pre flop, only to face a re-raise to 1,000. The Italian called. Pagano liked the 2♥8♠4♥ flop and bet out 1,200 – only to be re-raised again, this time to 3,000.
He folded, asking: “Did you have kings?” His opponent turned over Q♠Q♦, prompting a “that’s close enough, and good enough” reply.
1:00pm: Play to background music
“It’s like a background music track of chips being riffled,” commented EPT founder John Duthie on the eerily quiet atmosphere only broken by the sound of players riffling their chips.
One player doing more than just riffling was EPT season four Prague winner Arnaud Mattern who just reraised Karpus Seroey’s hijack raise of 200 up to 650 while sitting in the cut off position. Seroey made the call to see a 5♠9♦3♣ flop that he checked very quickly. He then called Mattern’s 1,800 bet before both players checked the 9♠ turn and 9♥ river. Seroey tabled A♦K♥ which was good to take the pot as Mattern mucked.
Seroey takes an early advantage over his table mates that include Raoul Refos and Mark Dallimore.