And so departs from the Grand Final the last hope of a double winner. But then, following events in Sanremo, do we even bother with that conversation anymore?
Had Mark Teltscher managed his own remarkable double he could at least have laid claim to the longest period between two titles. But his demise, coming as it did in a hand against Sebastian Von Toperczar, denied him a second EPT crown to go with that earned in London all the way back in Season 2.
Teltscher, a curious and attentive player at the table, got up from his chair and put on his bulky grey jacket. Suddenly he seemed disinterested and aloof. He instinctively reached for his phone, as is now standard behaviour when standing about on your own waiting for something to happen. Then he raised his eyebrows and peered out across the tournament room, as if looking for someone.
A floor person approached to congratulate him. He said a courteous “thank you” and was led to the pay-out desk. Oddly, this was only the fourth time Teltscher had been in this situation on the EPT, this being his first cash since finishing second to Sander Lyloff at EPT Barcelona in Season 4.
Earlier in the week Teltscher had talked about his return to Monaco (he drives here in his Ferrari), and of being happy to talk to the media, charmingly polite all the way. Now though things were different. Gone, I suppose, was the plan for what lay ahead, replaced by a more unsavoury reality. From the outside it was a remarkable performance. From the inside one wonders if it’s not filled with irritation and regret, at least in the short term.
So perhaps the camera team, setting up to capture a few words from the defeated former champ, should have known what would happen next. While their need was for a conclusion to this week’s Teltscher story, Teltscher himself had other things on his mind. As one of the crew stepped in to ask for a couple of minutes, Teltscher side stepped him, hands in the air as if to say “no comment”, like an unsuccessful defendant leaving a courtroom, seeking an expedited departure.
It will remain to be seen whether Teltscher will come back to wrap up his performance in a couple of sentences. But his performance here this week, when broadcast, will be worth watching nonetheless.
All the hand-by-hand action, including chip counts, will be in the panel at the top of the main event page. We will have feature pieces below that.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.