EPT Copenhagen champ and member of Team PokerStars Online Mickey Petersen is here in Berlin railing his friend Andrew Chen... from his hotel room. Petersen is watching the stream because it's got 'too much information' to miss rather than railing in person.
It's one of the fascinating extra layers to the 60-minute delay showing face-up hole cards: friends of players can analyse the play and report back. Think what you like about that but it is open to all players at the final table to do so. Petersen is one of those players that Chen could call upon, the two grinders are good friends after all.
"Around two years ago I was introduced to Andrew at an EPT event by our good mutual friend Mike McDonald. Andrew is one of the most humble and down to earth players and I think everyone who meets him instantly likes him. I was no exception," said Petesen.
"He has a really good poker mind and he approaches the game in a similar way that I do so we spend a lot of time discussing hands and strategy. We also swaps percentages at most live tournaments, I had a piece at PCA and here in Berlin as well. He didn't play Copenhagen so I am definitely on the better end of that deal!"
Petersen is very confident of Chen's ability with good reason. The Canadian has won $2,016,064 in live tournaments and today's final table will add a large chunk to that score.
"Andrew has so much experience with final tables like this that I know he isn't going to come in with a set plan. He isn't playing for the win and but he isn't just in there to move up the payladder either. His ICM knowledge is very, very strong so I feel like he will do a good job on adapting depending on who busts and game flow. Most of the players at the final table are really strong. I've played a lot online with Pratyush (Buddiga), César (Garcia), Mario (Puccini) and Marc (Wright) and they are all very strong players.
"We spent a couple of hours last night going over the different players, hand updates from the previous days and just general strategy and approach to the final table. There is only so much you can do in terms of preparation but every small edge helps and I think Andrew is as prepared as you can be."
So far that preparation seems to be paying off. Chen is sat in second place and seems to be handling having chip leader Davidi Kitai on his direct left.
Level 28: blinds 30,000-60,000, ante 5,000
Players: 6 of 745
Average stack: 3,725,000
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