My, this has been a very good couple of weeks for Mr. Jan Skampa. Things were already looking rather nice when he took fourth place at last month's EPT Vilamoura to put the 23-year-old student up to third in the all-time Czech money list - but with the even nicer €682,000 he's just picked up here, he's just moved up to number one, to the voluble joy of the mostly local rail.
We saw aggression, but over the three hours of three-way play and the three or four hours of heads-up play that followed, we saw patience too. Young Mr. Skampa has proved himself a versatile and talented player, and fully deserving of the pile of money and the shiny trophy that are now his.
Prague has always been one of the most welcoming and entertaining stops on the EPT tour, and 2009's sojourn here in the Czech Republic has been no exception. As Jan Skampa raises his new EPT trophy in his own home town and the rest of us all begin the long trudge home to our various corners of the world, it's goodbye from us, and it's goodbye from them.
Avitan raised his button and Skampa called to see a flop. Skampa check-called 700,000 and they moved on to see a turn. Skampa now bet out 1.55 million, hushing for a moment the gentle murmur of railers amusing themselves - but Avitan folded, and they continued.
Eyal Avitan limped into the pot from the button, and Jan Skampa knocked the table for a free flop from the big blind. It came down , and Skampa fired 250,000. Avitan made the call, and the turn was the . Skampa led again, 525,000 this time. Before his chips had even hit the felt, Avitan was right there with another call.
The filled out the board, and Skampa paused a bit longer this time. Eventually he fired a third bullet though, 1 million straight. There was no snap-call this time, but there was a tank-call from Avitan.
Skampa turned over for aces and queens, and Avitan had the same two pair. Unfortunately for him, his was out-kicked, and Skampa takes down the biggest pot in quite some time. He's now up very close to 10 million, putting Avitan down around 7.5 million.
We're back for more poker. During the break, the yellow T5,000 chips were removed from play, and we have a new chip in play. The gold/brown T100,000 chips are making their first appearance since last season's EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo.