The sports lexicon is littered with clichés. Some work only for certain sports, like ‘on any given Sunday,’ or ‘he’s got a good touch for a big man’. Others such as ‘give 110%’ and ‘you’re only as good as your last game,’ transcend multiple sports.
Poker is a game that some consider a sport and if the last of those clichés was put through the poker translator it’d (probably) come out as ‘you’re only as good as your last tournament.’ Well, if that’s the case there’s a lot of poker players who’ve gone from hero to zero (enough with the clichés, Ed.) here in Malta today.
First to feel the icy hand of lady variance on his shoulder was Carrel when he got involved in a pre-flop raising war with Nick Petrangelo which the American won. The cut off versus button battle ended with Carrel five-bet shoving with [A], for a shade under 60 big blinds, and Petrangelo snap calling with K♠K♦. No outdraw was forthcoming and Carrel was on his way.
Whilst Carrel’s exit was akin to ripping off a band-aid – swift and mostly painless – Mateos’ exit saw the plaster stretched off the skin a centimetre at a time. He, Scott Seiver and Mike McDonald were all involved when the A♣9♠6♥ flop hit the felt, but after a 5,000 bet from Seiver McDonald ducked out to leave the pot heads up. The 3♠ turn card didn’t look like it would cause the flurry of action that followed but after Seiver bet 13,200 Mateos responded by moving all-in for 46,500.
Seiver had earlier regaled the table with the hand history of the big Mateos versus Johnny Lodden hand from the EPT11 Grand Final so certainly knew what the Spaniard was capable of. He got a count, grimaced, weighed it all up, made the call and showed A♦J♣. His reticence was unfounded as Mateos opened Q♠10♠ for a flush draw which missed on the 8♥ river.
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