By Simon Young
If anyone doubts that poker continues to grow in popularity, they should sit up and take notice of countries like Hungary, where the game is only just beginning to take hold. Increasing numbers of Hungarians are finding their way into big tournaments, and PartyPoker is delighted to have sent one to the WSOP.
Adam Markovits: building a healthy stack
Adam Markovits, from Budapest, is already well up on his trip to Las Vegas, having finished 22nd in the $2,000 NL event here at the Rio, cashing just over $20,000.
It set up him up nicely for a shot at the Main Event, and he’s wasted no time in announcing his authority to a tricky table that includes previous EPT Copenhagen winner Mads Andersen, and Alex Kravchenko, the Russian who came fourth in the WSOP Main Event last year for $1.8 million.
Despite these imposing table predators, Adam, who runs a property building company back in Budapest, is up to over 34,000 from his starting stack of 20,000, and his recent form suggests he won’t be giving up those chips easily.
PartyPoker qualifier Mika Paasonen faced a decision for a third of his 33,000 chips when I past his table. With a board showing 7-7-8-K-9 with three spades, his opponent had moved all in on the river for about 11,000. Mika, with his Finland flag now planted in his chip stack, stared his man down, dwelled, and then folded 3-4 spades face up.
Mika Paasonen: folding when it matters
During the recent PartyPoker Million VI cruise, I’d seen him fold Q-Q face up pre-flop, so he’s well capable of laying down a good hand when he thinks he’s behind.
Meanwhile, it’s been confirmed that 1,098 players started today, slightly down on the 1,297 yesterday. Unofficial total registrations so far are 5,278, a number that is sure to increase over the next two days.
It was busy enough at the Rio yesterday, but today numbers have swelled further as the July 4th holiday crowds flood into Vegas.
It’s now the end of today’s second two-hour level – more to follow later.