Tough tables sometimes form thanks to the randomness of the seat draw, while others evolve out of the remains of broken tables, slowly forming into something hideous you imagined living in the closet at night. Few rival the line up in Copenhagen that pitted Gus Hansen, Bertrand Grospellier and Annette Obrestad together but another monster has formed in Dortmund, featuring Alex Kravchenko, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Steve Jelinek and Barny Boatman.
On a flop of [3D]-[2S]-[7C] Ruthenberg and Boatman are still at it, Ruthenberg making it 450 before Boatman bumped it up to 1,500 total. The Barcelona winner thought about it but mucked…
“I had a seven. Not enough?” asked Ruthenberg.
“I didn’t think you had anything” replied Boatman.
“Is that a yes?” Both players were grinning now.
“I didn’t think you had anything.”
Elsewhere the conversation is a little more one-sided. And loud.
The commotion centred on Stig Top Rasmussen, who in a former life was a pro Handball player, standing by his seat. Nothing unusual about that necessarily, but he was yelling. I went over to have a look.
God knows I tried, but the school boy German I took with me collapsed while trying to keep up with Rasmussen, who speaks fluent German thanks to several years on the German Handball circuit. I got the gen from the German press instead.
The board had been dealt Q-2-7-2-8 with action on every street. The problem started when Rasmussen moved all-in with T-9 on the river. Petter Petersson went into the tank, long enough for Rasmussen to call the clock. This was the important bit. Rather than calling the floor, the dealer simply accepted the clock had been called. A minute passed, then another, and another before Petersson called, showing Q-J to win the hand. But Rasmussen demanded Petersson’s hand be declared dead since several minutes had elapsed beyond the permitted one.
The dependable Thomas Kremser was called over to untangle the mess, eventually declaring that the situation would stand. Rasmussen pleaded with Kremser, then with the ominously quiet players at his table, before leaving the tournament area.