“Meanwhile Vadzim Kursevich is on our feature table trying to become the first two-time EPT champion,” said James Hartigan staring down the lens of a TV camera, Joe Stapleton nodding by his side.
Pulling back the curtain of TV production we can reveal that Kursevich is already out (25th, €35,000), the dream of a first two-time EPT champion dead in the water yet again. But television often acts retrospectively so Hartigan is encouraged to repeat the link again, still enthused, after an excitable (if there any other kind?) Italian man wanders into shot, resplendent in an unbuttoned short and plaid golf trousers.
We’ve long scratched out copy and conversations about the elusive first double champion. A few have come close this season; Kevin MacPhee, Anton Wigg, Vladimir Geshkenbein, David Vamplew, Mike McDonald, Michael Tureniec and Rupert Elder, but none have really threatened to do so. MacPhee got the closest but acrimoniously bust to Barny Boatman at EPT San Remo back in October.
Will Season 9 see our first double champ? As PokerStars Blog’s Stephen Bartley likes to say, “I don’t think we’ve seen our double champ win their first title yet.” Then again, Bartley is not the most optimistic of folk. In the meantime, let’s turn our attentions back to who will be the winner here: Ben Vinson currently the main candidate with 2,200,000.
Level 23: blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 3,000
Players: 22 of 665
Average stack: 907,000
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