Event #5: €10,400 No-Limit Hold'em (Split Format)

Katchalov Cut in Half

Eugene Katchalov

Eugene Katchalov has just had his early chip boost erased (and then some) at the hands of his neighbor Jani Sointula.

We didn't pick up the action until the turn, walking up to see a board of {10-Diamonds} {2-Spades} {8-Hearts} {A-Diamonds} out on the felt. Katchalov had checked, and Sointula put out a bet of 4,200 into a pot of just more than that. Katchalov spent a few minutes considering, and he eventually made the call to see the {5-Clubs} fill out the board. When he checked one last time, Sointula moved his last 14,350 into the middle on a pot-sized shove.

Katchalov hated the news, and he sunk in his chair a bit as he began to mumble to himself. He looked up at the ceiling and shook his head with a "Why me?" look on his face, but he couldn't get away from it. He made a reluctant call, and Sointula tabled {8-Spades} {8-Clubs}. Katchalov threw his hands up, open-palmed, and it looked like he flashed ace-ten as he sent his cards into the muck.

After that exchange, Katchalov has been reduced to about three-quarters of his starting stack.

Chips Count
Jani Sointula fi 43,000 13,000
Eugene Katchalov ua 22,000 -8,000

Tags: Eugene KatchalovJani Sointula