By Simon Young
It had been a long, hard struggle for PartyPoker’s Jiri Hlavaty today. Each time I passed him by he was folding, and his stack, which began at 235,000, was getting smaller.
Eventually, when he was down to 70,000, he felt enough was enough and pushed his stack into the middle holding A-9. Sometimes it gets folded round, occasionally a big stack will call with something marginal – but often you’ll walk into something bigger. Such was the case for Jiri: “I got called by a guy with A-Q,” he said. “I was dominated and the cards did not arrive to help me.
“I’d been getting no cards at all all day – the best I saw was 5-5. But the $35,000 winnings is very good for me,” he said. And with that, our qualifier from the Czech Republic, was off to collect his cash before disappearing under the rail – and out of the Rio.
Better news for PartyPoker qualifier Tyron Krost from Australia, who has worked his way back up to 270,000. Not bad at all, especially as he is now sharing a table with Allen Cunningham, fourth in the Main Event two years ago and widely regarded as one of the best tournament players in the world. He also happens to have 1.3 million chips today.
So all this leaves three PartyPoker qualifiers in the field which is down to 279 players: James McManus, Stephen Kenna and Tryon Krost.