It happens to everyone, well nearly everyone, and even the one person it doesn’t happen to tends to experience it next time around. Regardless of whom it is, and when, the process of being eliminated is an individual thing and is experienced in various ways.
Take one player, whose id card was whisked away too fast to note it in a process that officially erases a player from the event. A Russian, he ambled over to his countryman Andrey Zaichenko a few tables away to explain what had happened.
Zaichenko, who we last saw discussing with a steward exactly how much of his own booze he was entitled to drink on the British Airways flight from Nassau to London, seemed lacking in empathy for his stricken colleague. He let him explain his plight but then swiftly dismissed him, shaking his head as he did so, leaving the departed to a lonely few hours.
At the midway section of the tournament room it was a more isolated experience for former EPT Copenhagen winner Jens Kyllonen.
Jens Kyllonen in happier times
Short stacked, he moved in and then was asked to move out. Kyllonen, who is still looking for a second title to bring balance to his mantel piece, stood, then looked at his iPhone for a second as if he’d been eliminated in order to take a call. With no one on the line really, he put it away, thought about grabbing a drink and decided to leave instead. On the way to the door he looked over to a friend who didn’t look back, then realised he didn’t want to talk anyway and headed for the door instead.
Then there’s Viktor Blom.
Blom can’t do anything without a battery of cameras hovering close by, and that goes for busting out, which just took place in front of several camera phones and maybe one official photographer amongst them somewhere.
As Blom busted he stood, allowing the headphones to fall from his ears as he did so. Close up Blom is tall and lanky and walks with a slight stoop, his shoulders hunching over as if he’d spent the last few years trying not to be noticed in a crowd.
Viktor Blom (left), with Marcel Bjerkmann prior to his elimination
Instead, he’s photographed every step of the way. He laughed at a comment made by Marcel Bjerkmann who had been in the seat next to him, then shook his hand, turning and heading for the rail. Like the others, he thought about stopping by to explain it all to a friend but changed his mind. Blom is gone.
There will be more like him in the last level of the day.