EPT London: Day 1a, Level 5

October 02, 2009


Live updates from day 1A, level five of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young.

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Blinds: 150-300/25

5:40pm– Maridu is a liar (maybe)

Team reporting here…

As one of us walked by, we witnessed this:

Maria “maridu” Mayrinck moved up to 75,000 after eliminating a player. He shoved on a flop of 2♣9♠9♣ with Q♣10♣ and Mayrinck called with 2♦2♥. “Good game,” said Mayrinck with what looked like genuine sympathy in her heart.

A more jaded reporter from this same humble blog walked by a couple of minutes later.

Through a series of hand gestures and mouthed words, Maria communicated she had 75,000. At this point in the tournament, that’s a pretty good number. So, said reporter elbowed his way through the throngs of looky-loos to ask a pretty good question.

“How did you get all those?”

“Flopped a boat,” she said. “Made two sets.”

And then she said something curious, something that made that little part of the jaded reporter’s brain tingle.

“I haven’t bluffed once,” she said.

The reporter let the declaration hang in the air and waited for a punchline. When none came, he said, “Suuuure…”

He walked away wondering how she could lie right to his face.

“Not once!” she yelled behind him.

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5.34pm: Team Pro Talk
Team PokerStars Pro Pieter de Korver has won a small pot to get his stack moving back in the right direction. He was sat in the big blind and called a mid-position raise. They both checked the flop before the turn came, giving us a 5♣K♥5♦K♣ board. De Korver check-called a 3,100 bet before the J♥ river was checked through. De Korver opened Q♥Q♦ which was good for the pot and a stack of 21,000.

Captain Yuen
Young British pro Sida Yuen is currently one of our chip leaders with a stack nudging 90,000. Not bad going seeing as he is surrounded by such luminaries as Team PokerStars Pro Johhny Lodden, EPT Barcelona runner-up Marc Goodwin and Mark Telcher.

As I was observing his play he was involved in pots with two of these players and won them both. The first one was just as I arrived at the table he was heads-up in a blind battle with Mark Telcher. They both checked the turn with around 7,000 in the pot to give us a 3♠4♣7♠10♦Q♥ board. Telcher led out for 5,500 and Yuen made the call prompting Telcher to tap the table in recognition that the call was good. Yuen opened J♥J♦ before scooping in the pot.

The next hand he three-bet Marc Goodwin’s late position raise from the small blind. Goodwin called but folded to Yuen’s bet on the 3♦2♠2♦ flop. “I’ll have a hand against you some time” said Goodwin as he gave up the pot.

4:52pm–Kings still win

Last we wrote of Joep van den Bijgaart, the Dutch Team PokerStars Pro, he was pushing his kings around, killing his opponent’s queens, and doubling up to 42,000.

Just now, our Dutch friend appeared on our perch overlooking the tournament floor and shrugged his shoulders. “Queens against kings,” he said.

It happened on the first hand after the break. Raise, three-bet, four-bet, five bet, ship it…done.

The 80,000 pot went to his opponent with whom he’d been tangling all afternoon.

“He was three-betting me and four betting me with 6-3 suited,” Van den Bijgaart said and wandered off to look for other action.

Better luck next time, Joep.


The second 15-minute break of the day is now behind us and the players are once again in action. Now…with antes.

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