EPT San Remo: What’s the rush?

April 18, 2009

The first level is typically a cautious one; few big hands, no point getting carried away, take things easy. It’s the way to stretch the day out a little.

It’s not an approach everyone agrees to. One player busted first hand, attempting a hero call on the river with top pair, only to be getting his coat when his opponent showed a straight.

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Tom McEvoy

While the likes of Team PokerStars Pros Chad Brown and Marcin Horecki get comfortable and Tom McEvoy, complete with Hemingway beard, examines the faces at his table, a few players are shifting up a gear. Johannes Strassmann is getting busy, so too Greg Raymer and Chad Brown.

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Chad Brown

Brown sits alongside Almira Skripchenko and Christophe Gross and from the small blind calls Gross’s bet of 225. Skripchenko does the same for a flop of 3♠5♦5♠. Using auction type gestures that only the dealer is tuned into, each of them checks for a turn card 10♠. Now Brown makes it 350. Skripchenko calls while Gross gets out of the way. More checking after the river card 3♣. Skripchenko shows 10♦9♦ to take it down.

Another player walks past carrying their coat as the clock ticks towards the end of level one.

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