Thursday, 31 May 2012

Pavlos leads the brothers' battle

Pavlos leads the Xanthopolous charge so far
Vienna victor Pavlos Xanthopolous has inevitably joined us in his native Greece for the Main Event - just as he promised - and thus far he leads his brother Christos in the race for a second ParadisePoker Tour crown.

Christos Xanthopolous of course took down the London event back in 2010 and the family name was further ingrained in ParadisePoker history when Pavlos matched his achievement in April.

Pavlos has the added incentive of trying to overtake Andreas Zauner at the League summit but both men would dearly love to make another final table appearance and as the PP blog last passed their tables, they each took down a pot to keep that dream alive.

It is the more recent champion that holds the chip edge at this stage, boasting 32,000 to the 23,000 in Christos' possession and the latter built that chip tower by putting his tournament life at risk. 

The board read 6♥5♣2♦-K♣ when we saw the London winner lead out and unfazed by a check-raise, shipped his stack into the centre and forced the villain to fold.

Elsewhere the PP blog also caught up with Peter Csecsetka, who has a hefty 67,000 chips to work with yet insisted he had barely won a big pot all day but for one bluff. Fellow Hungarian Gabor Bank has hit the rail, though the PP blog is none the wiser on how it came about.

The luck of the Danes continued to run low, meanwhile, as Mikkel Bergmann lost to a river Queen in a 77 vs AQ race for 30,000 chips, and Ronni Borg was just keeping his head above water with 10,000.

Here's our latest chip count from around the room:

Peter Csecsetka - 67,000
Peter Horvath - 55,000
Paul Kasselouris - 52,000
Mikkel Bergmann - 35,000
Pavlos Xanthopolous - 32,000
Christian Schulz - 30,000
Miguel Rato - 25,000
Christos Xanthopolous - 23,000
David Pishvafar - 19,000
Bastian Bluem - 19,000
Ronni Borg - 10,000

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