Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 29th 2013 Contents A44
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The best name in poker belongs
to Athanasios Polychronopoulos,
a New Yorker from a family who
own their own Greek restaurant.
His recent victory in a $1,500-
buy-in no-limit event at the
World Series of Poker may have
also produced the most exciting
hand to close out a tournament
through the midway point of the
summer poker series.
Polychronopoulos and Manuel
Mutke were heads-up with relatively
even chip stacks when they got it all-
in. Mutke held A-J and was a 70-30
favourite against Polychronopoulos'
dominated Q-J, with five cards to
"I had played a lot with him
(Mutke) the last few days and thought
he wanted to set the tone as being
aggressive," Polychronopoulos said to
wsop.com. "I wanted to be aggressive,
A jack came down on the flop---
doing little to alter Mutke's huge
advantage---and the board was void
of any obvious draw. Polychronopou-
los could be helped only by the three
remaining queens in the deck.
According to WSOP media rela-
tions director Nolan Dalla, Poly-
chronopoulos and his tablemates had
been discussing their favourite cards
at the final table as a way of adding
levity to the seriousness of the poker
an hour before this particular hand.
Polychronopoulos had said his
favourite is the queen of clubs.
After a brick on the turn, that is
exactly the magical card that fell on
the river, giving Polychronopoulos his
second WSOP career bracelet and
putting him over the $1 million barrier
in lifetime earnings.
Polychronopoulos admitted that
he probably could have played the
hand differently, but he wanted to
take a stand against Mutke's rampant
"On the last hand, his three-bet
sizing was a little big," Poly-
chronopoulos said. "I was worried
that he might actually have a hand,
but I also thought he was trying to
be a bit aggressive and was trying to
set the tone early on. I had Q-J, and
it's heads-up poker---so it's about
aggression, and some luck."
Kudos to Polychronopoulos for
opting against picking the boring old
ace of spades as a favourite.
Senior Moments: For the 10th
year in a row, the $1,000-buy-in Sen-
iors No-Limit Hold Em Champi-
onship set an attendance record, with
4,407 runners, making it the largest
single-day starting event in WSOP
history and proof that the resized
accommodations at the Rio can han-
dle just about anything.
Ken Lind, 68, took that massive
field to the bank, earning $634,809
with his first-ever WSOP cash.
"I put this on my bucket list about
six or eight years ago," Lind said to
cardplayer.com. "I have been pushing
it off every year, but finally my wife
talked me into doing it. She said,
Before you start pushing grass up,
go do it!' So I said OK."
Players had to be 50 or over to
enter the seniors event. Herman
Moonves, 92, was the oldest player
registered in the field.
Tweet of the Week: Poker legend
Doyle Brunson, 79, continues to stay
out of the Rio, stating his preference
to play in the cash games instead of
the long tournament grind. So when
he posted "This is why I'm not playing
tournaments ..." along with a picture
of a stack of at least $150,000 in front
of him, perhaps he made the right
decision you still can be a historically
losing player with an economic jus-
Solution to Thursday's puzzle
The word may sound familiar, but do you know
what it means?
Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3 x 3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.
2 Dance to pop music
4, 7&14 Being sold at a very
low price (5, 3,1,4)
8 Convent dweller
9 Cut grass
11 Combine ingredients
13 Dance under a pole as it is
14 See 4A
2 Game similar to lotto
3 Black and white bear-
4 Place to exercise
5 Precious stone
6 Annoy or upset
10 Artificial hair
12 Old-fashioned hotel
ACROSS: 1 Apt 2 Bop 4
11 Mix 13 Limbo 14 A song
DOWN: 1 Awful 2 Bingo 3
10 Wig 12 Inn
LUCKY CARD FALLS AT THE PERFECT MOMENT
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