Posts Tagged ‘level’
8.20pm: One level short
A hardy 140 of the 266 entrants have made the last level of the night, however: Karl Mahrenholz, Richard Pearson, Izabela Raniszewska, Stuart Kinghorn, Ian Roberts, Alastair Edmunds, Kevin Thomson, Sebastian Richter, Heath Cram, Leslie Barton, Andrew Badecker, John Caldwell, Fredrick Wise, James Johnston, Mark O’Connor, Gordan Goodall, Sondre Svanevik, Lewis Hunter, Thomas Somerville, Antonis Poulengeris, Ivan Tikhov, Kenneth Diack, Stephen Woodhead, Rudy Raveyts, Gordan Huntly, Pal Zsibrita, Clayton Mooney, Christopher Bell, Dawid Szopinski, Dale Garrard and Andrew Abernethy are all out. — NW
8.15pm: Haxton and Schneider bust
Not a good 10 minutes for Team PokerStars Online representatives as both Ike Haxton and Felix Schneiders are out.
Busto. Got it in for 20bb in a limped pot sb vs bb on KhQd7h with 2h3h vs jh6h and lost to J-hi. Sorry @Dr_Darren
— Isaac Haxton (@ikepoker) November 1, 2013
Close before the end of day 1 I shoved ATs over an open for 12bb, button coldcalld TT and no help for me #busted #ukipt #iom
— Flix (@xflixx) November 1, 2013
The respective talents of the table that Haxton was at have now been spread around the room, Fatima Moreira De Melo is now sat to the left of Jake Cody, Sin Melin is in the seat that was previously occupied by David Williams and John Eames is easing himself into his new table with a massage. – NW
8.10pm: Mark Lane takes chip lead with huge pot
There’s been a lot of enthusiastic banter at Mark Lane and Thomas Dunwoodie’s table, mainly between the two and, one suspects, that it’s probably because they both have huge stacks of chips. You can afford to be happy and carefree when your Day 2 berth appears to be booked.
The pair had a small tussle on a [7s][3d][9s][7h][qs] board but Lane never looked interested and Dunwoodie eventually flashed pocket nines for a full house.
There was a lot more action in the next hand though. An under-the-gun limp was raised to 1,500 by Richard Pearson in the next seat long. Lane quickly four-bet to 4,075 from middle position and Pearson called.
Pearson checked the [9s][2c][8s] flop and Lane bet 7,000. Pearson quickly announced that he was all-in for a substantial amount (it could easily have been as much as 40,000) and Lane made the call.
The board blanked out and Pearson said, “I thought you had ace-king.”
“Are you f*cking daft?” asked Lane.
The pair continued to argue until Dunwoodie pointed out that it could be considered a rubdown. It was half in jest anyway. Lane’s stack appears to be around 130,000. A huge cooler between Lane and Dunwoodie would be quite spectacular. — RD
Blinds up: 400/800, ante 100
8pm: Phillips on the slide
Level number seven has not been kind to PokerStars Team Online’s Dale Philip:
Lost 25k pot all in pre with AKo vs @CChattha’s A4s. K on the flop then he went runner runner flush. 7k left at BB800. #UKIPTIsleOfMan
— Dale Philip (@Daleroxxu) November 1, 2013
He’s Scottish though so he’ll be clinging to those chips for dear life.
7.50pm: Chip counts
The board is showing that 162 players remain and that the average stack is a shade over 31,000. There are a fair few notables grinding stacks of all sizes, here’s how they’re getting on
Martins Adeniya – 59,000
Nick Abou Risk – 36,000
Max Silver – 22,600
Ben Jenkins – 33,000
Pierre Neuville – 23,600
Richard Evans – 19,200
Fatima Moreira De Melo – 35,000
Ike Haxton – 16,200
John Eames – 49,075
Sinem Melin – 27,000
Dale Philip – 19,975
Fraser McIntyre – 16,800
Jack Ellwood – 50,000
Karl Mahrenholz – 30,000
Barry Greenstein – 59,600
Jake Cody – 19,500
Leo Margets – 38,800
Sam Grafton – 55,000
Julian Thew – 36,000
Rob Yong – 21,600
Alan Gold – 28,225
“All-in,” announced Ike Haxton, pushing his stack of 7,575 across the line, it folded all the way to James Johnston in the small blind and he announced call, Fatima Moreira De Melo folded the big blind and it was time for the showdown.
The [6c][9h][Jd][8h][5s] board favoured the Maltese based Team PokerStars Online member and he plays on. — NW
7.35pm: In the belly of the beast
“It is arguably the most important building in all of online poker.”
Venture into the high security bunker with Brad Willis, simply by clicking here. Every single hand ever dealt on PokerStars is stored here. Even a ninja couldn’t make it through (allegedly). — RD
7.30pm: The great Szabo
Gabor Szabo now has a stack of 55,000 and it came to him courtesy of a big pot against Team PokerStars Pro David Williams. I didn’t see the entire hand but on a [9s][Qd][4c][4s] board Williams bet, Szabo raised, Williams shoved and Szabo snap called.
The [5s] completed the board and Williams shipped the majority of his stack to Szabo, the American is down to just 10,000. — NW
7.25pm: Play it again, Sam
Sam Kenny just won a huge pot, one that dented Jake Cody and eliminated Jon Kalmar. Pre-flop Kalmar was all-in for 1,100 and Kenny and Cody both matched his bet. On the [Kc][7c][6c] flop Cody fired out a bet of 2,000 and Kenny smooth called. To the [5d] turn they went, Cody bet 4,500 and Kenny smooth called again.
The [Qs] completed the board, Cody bet again and again the price was 4,500. After about 30 seconds Kenny made it 15,000 total, Kalmar was already on his feet by this point, Cody mucked, Kenny showed [Ac][Jc] for the nuts, Kalmar’s [6h][4c] was turned over as he walked away. – NW
7.20pm: Table captains
We’ve done a sweep of the biggest stacks at all of the tables at the last break. These are some of the biggest stacks in the game at the moment.
Thomas Dunwoodie, United Kingdom, 113,000
Mark Lane, United Kingdom, 111,000
Simon Fuller, United Kingdom, 73,000
Fabio Esposito, United Kingdom, 70,000
Lewis Cheetham, United Kingdom, 69,500
Sam Grafton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 68,000
Jonathan Barr, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 68,000
John Eames, United Kingdom, 66,500
Garcia Rivera, Spain, 66,000
Martins Adeniya, United Kingdom, Full Tilt Poker Ambassador, 64,000
Guy Robert Johnson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 62,000
Francis Dunleavy, Ireland, 60,000
Radu Zamostean, Canada, PokerStars Qualifier, 57,000
Richard Pearson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 57,000
David Williams, United States, Team PokerStars Pro, 55,000
Daniel Stacy, Ireland, 52,000
Ion Tronaru, Romania, PokerStars Qualifier, 51,000
Nicholas Newport, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 49,500
Remy Hordan, Isle of Man, 49,000
Jack Ellwood, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 48,500
Isai Scheinberg, Canada, 48,500
Martin Hanitz, Norway, PokerStars Qualifier, 47,500
Leo Margets, Spain, Team PokerStars Pro, 46,500
Liam Batey, United Kingdom, 46,000
Liv Boeree, United Kingdom, Team PokerStars Pro, 45,000
Sam Kenny, Isle of Man, 45,000
Cory Desmond, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 43,500
Alexander Ekart, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier, 40,000
Ben Jenkins, United Kingdom, Full Tilt Poker Ambassador, 39,500
Dainis Budovskis, Latvia, PokerStars Qualifier, 39,000
Daniel Shapiro, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 37,000
Brian Watterson, Isle of Man, PokerStars Player, 36,500
Michael Opree, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier, 32,000
Kevin Daly, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 31,500
Alan Gold, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 30,000
Ike Haxton has dribbled down to around 8,000 chips, only good for about 12 big blinds, but he’s a man that can obviously look on the bright side.
Don’t have many chips, but I do have a fine local beverage. #luckybeerlevel pic.twitter.com/8dvRawoC1v
— Isaac Haxton (@ikepoker) November 1, 2013
We’ll check to see if Haxton has been paid for his product placement. I’m pretty sure that’s not the case though. I don’t think Okell’s could afford him. — RD
7.05pm: What does the fox say?
The fox says, “Give me your chips.”
Underneath that outfit is VIP Program Senior Manager Caleb Sheridan who yesterday made it through Day 1A fifth in chips with 90,300, some of which came from Team PokerStars Online’s Andre “acoimbra” Coimbra. Cue this.
The fox was friendly at the @PokerStarsVIP Party, but took all my chips at the @UKIPT iom pic.twitter.com/RmwxGE81mz
— André Coimbra (@andrebcoimbra) November 1, 2013
Sheridan promised the PokerStars Blog that he would don the fox outfit again if he made the final table. He made this promise before he had many chips, but we’ll hold him to it. — RD
Blinds up: 300/600, ante 75
We’re getting the biggest stacks from each table during the break, which is starting now. Back in about 15 minutes. — RD
6.35pm: More exits
The table of death (see: 6.10pm post) has now been broken, in part because Gary Clarke busted from that table. He’s not alone as Israel Rozental, Peter Murphy, Ewan Brown, Steve Day, Kourosh Radfar, Gavin Flynn, Fintan Gavin, Kevin Iacofano and Colin Lovelock are all out. — NW
6.30pm: Graydon going great guns
Tournament chips want to be with each other. You start them split up between hundreds, if not thousands, of players and they all slowly creep and crawl across to big stacks which eventually merge into one enormous pile, often pictured alongside a trophy and a happy grinning face. There’s definitely some of that chip magnetism going on at table 20. At one end of the table in seats 6, 7 and 8 sit Mick “BIGMICKG” Graydon, Thomas Dunwoodie and Liv Boeree. They’ve got 60,000, 80,0000 and 55,000 respectively. That’s way above average right now. Consider that last night’s chip leader, Dara O’Keraney, made it through with 112,100 and that we’ve still got more than two levels left to play today.
Graydon may be busy running up a stack here but he’s also got one eye on EPT Prague next month (which he’s already qualified for) and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January (which he’s already qualified for). Nice life.
Also, the Day 2 seat draw will be published here on the PokerStars Blog at around 10pm.
Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso is among the latest eliminations. Just 193 of 245 runners remain today, other exits include: Milena Langdale, Peter Robinson, Tomasz Raniszewski, Mark Wagstaff, Alex Dreyfus, Simon Child, Morgan Kan, David Dean, Matas Cimbolas, Dustin Iannotti, Neil Raine, Richard Milne Snr, Patryk Slusarek, Patrick Uzan, Aedan Jenkins, Mark Spelman Chihao Tsang and Andrew Leinwand. — NW
6.10pm: Table of death
Table 20 is particularly stacked right now, in seat two is Julian Thew (22,000), to his direct left is Jon Spinks (11,000), cast your eyes on seat six and the face of Gary Clarke (8,600) will be found. He’s not the only Irish grinder at the table as Mick Graydon (47,000) is sat to his left and in seat nine is Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (50,000).
It proved the table of tournament death for Spinks just moments ago, Thew opened from under-the-gun+1, Spinks three-bet, Thew set him in and Spinks called.
Earlier Thew had flopped a set of deuces to crack Spinks’ pocket jacks and it looked like Spinks would get revenge as the flop came [Ac][10s][2h]. At this juncture Spinks was a 89% favourite, he improved to 91% on the [Ah] turn but the [As] river gave Thew a bigger full house and the table recoiled in horror at the outdraw. To his credit Spinks didn’t flinch and shook the hands of his opponents as he left the table. “I didn’t even see that I had a house,” said Thew to me. — NW
6pm: Internal power struggles?
Do you enjoy your time at PokerStars? Do you find the PokerStars Blog to be a pleasurable experience? Do you enjoy the videos that you can watch at PokerStars.tv? Well, you’ve kind of got Morten Tonnesen to thank if you do. Tonnesen is Director of Customer Experience for PokerStars and oversees everything that is, well, experiential. Things are going pretty well for him at the moment. At last look he was chipped up to 36,000, which counts for a nice uptick considering he bought in deep into late registration. And he’s here to play.
A fellow PokerStars man, Steve Day, Manager of VIP, Team Online, RGs & SnGs (that’s quite some remit) is at the other end of the table nursing a smaller stack, around 9,500 when he opened to 700 and was called by Tonnesen in the small blind. Tonnesen led 1,100 into a [6d][6c][3s] flop and Day quickly passed. However, one of Day’s proteges, Caleb Sheridan, was one of the chip leaders last night. Bragging rights are far from settled. — RD
5.50pm: Behind the scenes at PokerStars HQ
You know that roving camera crew that we were talking about? They’ve only gone and got themselves into PokerStars HQ. You want to see where all the PokerStars hands play out? You really should take a look at this. It’s fascinating stuff. It’s where the random number generator software plays out and every single hand is stored for prosperity. — RD
Blinds up: 200/400, ante 50
5.45pm: Thew runs golden once more
Back when Julian Thew was binking everything in sight he picked up the nickname ‘goldenballs’ as like David Beckham’s free kicks, he seemingly couldn’t miss.
Jon Spinks was around the poker scene at that time and he might just be thinking about that as Thew just got lucky in a hand against him. The latter opened from the cut-off, Spinks 3-bet to 1,500 from the button, Thew moved all-in for around 11,000 and quick as a flash Spinks called.
First to show was Thew, he had [2d][2s] which was way behind the pair of jacks that Spinks had. However, the [Ah][2h][9d][6h][5d] board favoured Thew and he doubled up to around 21,500. — NW
5.35pm: Chip counts of those you might know
There are many a name and notable in the field today here’s how some of them stack up currently:
Julian Thew – 21,500
Pierre Neuville – 29,075
Richard Evans – 27,900
Vanessa Rousso – 10,600
Fatima Moreira De Melo – 23,400
Ike Haxton – 30,000
John Eames – 32,575
Liv Boeree – 43,000
Sinem Melin – 19,000
Fintan Gavin – 15,000
Jon Spinks – 8,700
Karl Mahrenholz – 18,600
Felix Schneiders – 17,500
Jack Ellwood – 25,700
Dale Philip – 16,800
Kevin Iacofano – 11,000
Leo Margets – 37,500
Sam Grafton – 33,500
David Williams – 26,700
Jake Cody – 26,700
Barry Greenstein – 33,000
Rob Yong – 20,600
Jon Kalmar – 18,500
Alex Dreyfus – 12,700
Daniel Stacey – 32,000
The current chip leader appears to be Thomas Dunwoodie, he’s got around 70,000. You can keep up to date with selected chip counts here. — NW
All these players can console themselves with the fact that they at least lasted longer than Marc ‘The Conv’ Convey. However, the end result is that: Gabriel Tuna, Athir Kamal Ali, Scott Van Der Vliet, Gregory Brew, Kevin Santner, Joel Tetlow, Istvan Csabai, Robert Davies, Rajeev Dhiri, Andrew Laurie, Chris Dowling, David Thommeny and Klas Finke are all out. — NW
5.15pm: Cue the emotional music
There’s a video team roaming around checking out the sights and sounds of the Isle of Man. They’ve also been getting some sneak peeks behind the scenes at PokerStars HQ, but more on that later. Now, put your feet up, wrap yourself up nice and warm, and hit play… — RD
5.05pm: Liv Boeree, Team PokerStars Pro and table football beast
In the lead up to the last break we spotted this tweet.
They have a foosball table here at #UKIPTIOM . Who wants a game on next break?
— Liv Boeree (@Liv_Boeree) November 1, 2013
Could I resist? Of course not. A misspent youth included quite a few hours spinning table football plastic men, mainly in the Marquis of Granby pub in Epsom (just South of London, United Kingdom). I fancied my chances to be at least competitive, up until the point I arrived down at the Players’ Lounge to see Boeree put 10 goals past “AJ” unanswered. And she was educating at the table, “Keep one hand on your goalie. It’s a massive leak not to.”
I was up next. Fellow Team Pro David Williams half-looked on from a bar stool while Fatima Moreira de Melo appeared (any sport, any competition seems to attract her like a bee to a flower). We decided to play first to five. I scored an own goal from the put in, which is pretty far from an auspicious start. Boeree proceeded to smash, dance and spin another three past me before I trickled one in (most likely a consolation).
“I’m not going to give away my secrets,” she said.
Boeree’s competitive in all arenas. You have been warned. — RD
4.55pm: Back to the booth for Convey
A bad day for Marc ‘The Conv’ Convey just got worse as he’s busted out of this tournament. He four-bet all-in with [A][K], but Ashraf Wahid, who’d squeezed on the button had aces.
Despite flopping a king Convey didn’t get there and he’s off to find some paracetamol to cure his headache. — NW
4.45pm: Abou Risk loving island life; Silver playing sheriff
Nick Abou Risk and Max Silver are firm friends off the felt and whilst both are above starting stack it’s Abou Risk who’s leading the way.
Up to 53.5k after the second break #UKIPTILoveMan
— Nick Abou Risk (@nickabourisk) November 1, 2013
25k despite bringing my live 9 high hero call count up by 1. I am now 0/3 lifetime
— Max Silver (@max_silver) November 1, 2013
4.35pm: Halfway home
We’re now halfway through Day 1B and the board is showing that 222 of 245 entrants remain. Late registration has just ended so we’ll be able to tell you the final number of runners shortly.
What I can tell you for sure though is that: Josef Gulas, Sarne Lightman, Andrew Wagner, Rory MacDonald, UKIPT3 Leader Board winner Thomas Hall, Christopher Glover, Daniel Williams, Ermal Doda, Mark Simpkin, Dainis Budovskis, Steven Waters, Mark McShane, Matthew Hunt, Nicholas JamieSon, Nick Smith, Kurt Maertens, Robert Campbell, Anthony Nicholls, James Hunter and David Lewis are all out.
12.45pm: Donev ruins Rashkov
In a series of pre-flop raises Ivo Donev and Rumen Rashkov got all their chips in the middle, the latter at risk for around 160,000.
The [10h][5d][Qh][2d][10s] board saw Donev outdraw Rashkov and send the latter to the rail, Donev is up to around 375,000.
12.30pm: Action table
Table 24 is the action table, here’s three hands in a row that just happened.
Hand one: Down to just 24,000 Patrik Demus, who’s one of the two remaining Full Tilt qualifiers, moved all-in with [9c][4h], Damyan Donchev gave him a spin with [Kc][Jh]. It looked all over on the [Js][Kd][6h] flop, but the [10h] turn and [Qc] river gave Demus an unlikely straight.
Hand two: George Cristian Malancu moved all-in for around 70,000 with [Kh][Th] and Demus called all-in for slightly less with pocket queens. The [7c][6h][Ah][Qs][4s] board gave Demus another double and left Malancu with just 10,500.
Hand three: Malancu’s chips went in the middle on the next hand, Ital Levy isolated to 20,500 on the button, but Donchev called from the big blind. On the [7h][8h][5s] flop Levy put out a bet and Donchev folded. First to show was Levy who revealed pocket jacks, Malancu was in trouble with [4h][3d] the [Qh] turn was a blank but the [6h] river gave Malancu a straight and a treble up.
12.20pm: Down to four tables
Whilst I was writing up the Georgiev exit another two players were eliminated. With the exits of Valentino Konakchiev in 34th and Sergei Popov in 33rd there’s been a short pause whilst a table is broken and the 32 remaining players take their places around the final four tables.
12.15pm: George Ene first to go
The shortest stack at the start of Day 3 was George Ene and he’s the first player to be eliminated today. He moved all-in for 67,000 with [Kc][Jh] and Georgios Phiniotis called with [Ad][Jc]. The [Qh][4d][5s][Ah][7s] board ruling decisively in the Cypriot’s favour.
12pm: Pfeffer leads with 35 left
Just 35 players remain in the Eureka3 Bulgaria main event and by the end of today that figure will be reduced to the final table of eight.
It’s a close run thing at the top with Richard Pfeffer in the lead with 478,500 but there are three other players within two and a half big blinds of him. And last year’s champion Petar Zografov is still in, although with 131,000 he’s in 25th place as play gets underway. And two Full Tilt qualifiers are still in the hunt to win a package to Eureka3 Prague.
(Table, Seat, Name, Country, Status, Chips)
21 1 Marjan Milanovic Serbia PokerStars Qualifier 123,000
21 2 Alon Mor Israel PokerStars Qualifier 213,000
21 3 Papantoniou Stylianos Cyprus 347,500
21 4 Othonas Katakis Greece PokerStars Qualifier 134,000
21 5 Michal Vojtisek Czech Republic PokerStars Qualifier 324,500
21 6 Petar Zografov Bulgaria PokerStars Qualifier 131,000
21 7 Milen Ivanov Bulgaria 470,500
22 1 Liran Machluf Israel PokerStars Qualifier 248,500
22 2 Stefan Ivanov Bulgaria 251,000
22 3 Sergei Popov Russia PokerStars Player 158,000
22 4 Atanas Georgiev Bulgaria 76,500
22 5 Georgios Phiniotis Cyprus 82,000
22 6 Richard Pfeffer Hungary 478,500
22 7 Gheorghe Sandulescu Romania 303,000
23 1 George Vranas Greece PokerStars Qualifier 166,500
23 2 Piotr Mikolaj Sowinski Poland 464,500
23 3 Tane Tanevski Macedonia 395,000
23 4 Ferdi-Hakan Ciorabai Romania 230,000
23 5 Ivo Donev Bulgaria 205,000
23 6 Teodor Gheoarca Romania PokerStars Qualifier 239,000
23 7 Valentino Konakchiev Bulgaria 80,500
24 1 Patrik Demus Hungary Full Tilt Qualifier 124,500
24 2 Ital Levy Israel 458,000
24 3 Vlad Stefan Lache Romania Full Tilt Qualifier 95,000
24 4 Damyan Donchev Bulgaria PokerStars Qualifier 193,500
24 5 Adam Sipos Hungary PokerStars Qualifier 319,000
24 6 Richard Larsen Norway PokerStars Qualifier 251,500
24 7 George Cristian Malancu Romania 82,500
25 1 Rumen Rashkov Bulgaria 187,500
25 2 Alexander Moiseev Russia PokerStars Qualifier 82,000
25 3 Bogdan Kovacevic Serbia PokerStars Player 154,500
25 4 Goran Mandic Croatia PokerStars Player 314,000
25 5 Martin Indekgaard Norway 371,000
25 6 Ioannis Vogiatzoglou Greece 116,000
25 7 Chuplan Garaev Russia 186,500
And here’s what they’re playing for:
Cards are in the air and play is underway.
8.15pm: Eruption! Ludovic Geilich is your PokerStars Marbella Festival champion! It began as they had been beginning. The pot that is. Ludovic Geilich opened for 400,000 and Pablo Rojas moved all-in. Geilich checked his cards and made the quick call. Each players’ contingent rushed past the rail and crowded the table.
“Out,” Tournament Director Toby Stone ordered. The staff moved everyone back, but they were busting at the seams.
Geilich tabled [9s] [9d], a hand he was quick to point out was Phil Hellmuth’s to win the Main Event way back in 1989.
Rojas flipped [Qs] [Jc], his life now resting on a coinflip.
With the situation under control, the dealer took three cards off the top of the deck:
[Kc] [Td] [Tc]
To say it was loud would hardly capture the atmosphere. This was a sweat. Everyone was calling out, some bellowing, the card their hero of the moment would desire.
Rojas had flopped very well and it was still anyone’s game.
The fourth card arrived:
Now the Spanish cheers reached a fever pitch, desperate for their man to continue in this event. One card to go, Geilich’s contingent hoped.
Boom goes the dynamite. The fans could not be contained and the rail dispersed as if it had never been there in the first place. Geilich encircled by his friends, jumped up and down to “LUDO! LUDO! LUDO!”
Breaking away from the pack, Geilich found Rojas in the chaos, the two competitors turned friends embraced and exchanged hearty congratulations. Rojas takes home a treasure — €98,000. But it is Geilich who is the envy of all, awarded €130,000.
That is what has been witnessed. Ludovic Geilich had conquered Marbella in a virtuoso display of no-limit holdem prowess. — GC
7.58pm: Grinding, grinding, ground
The trend continued — Geilich winning more than his share of small pots. Rojas was down to a re-shove stack, dipping dangerously below twenty big blinds. Two hands were representative of this stretch:
Geilich opens for 400,000 and Rojas moved all-in. Geilich folds.
Rojas folds his button.
Rojas was down to somewhere in the 2,500,000 neighbhourhood. Thirteen big blinds can not last long without an all-in confrontation. — GC
There was a lot of folding in the first ten hands to start this level, with Rojas continuing to vary his open size. Here is the break down of how it began:
1) Rojas makes it 500k on the button, Geilich folds.
2) Ludovic Geilich opens to 400k, Geilich folds.
3) Pablo Rojas open folds his button.
4) Geilich makes it 400k and Rojas calls. The flop is [Qs] [6c] [2d] and Rojas leads for a suspicious 225,000, which Geilich calls. The turn was the [Qh] and Rojas lead again, but for 475,000. Geilich releases his hand quickly.
5) Rojas folds another button.
6) Geilich raises his button the minimum and Rojas folds.
7) Rojas raises to 450,000, Geilich says “all-in,” and Rojas folds.
8) Geilich raises to 400,000 and Rojas folds.
9) Rojas shows [Tc] [4s] and folds his third button of the last four.
10) Geilich makes it 400,000 and gets one caller. Guess who? The community cards start [Kh] [7h] [5c] and check matches check.
The [Kd] turns and Geilich wins the pot for one quarter of the pot, betting 200,000 when checked to.
That’s an eight to two tally in Geilich’s favour. Rojas is going to have to start scrapping over the small pots if he is going to swing the match. This much is certain: Geilich will never take his foot off that gas pedal. — GC
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 100,000-200,000
7.30pm: Level 31 is over
Wow next level is 100k/200k.
The chip stacks are like this currently, Geilich getting the better of the duel.
Geilich – 10,500,000
Rojas – 4,500,000 — RS
7.15pm: Geilich pushes for dominance in the four-bet realm
With the blinds getting to semi-ridiculous levels and every single button opened, the number of three-bet re-steals is rising and naturally this has led to this aggressive pair increasing the regularity of a big four-bet re-re-steal.
RIght now Geilich is the one getting away with these lucrative manoeuvres most effectively. Two recent hands saw him pop the button to 320k, Rojas dig out a 700k move and Geilich pick up the Spaniard’s chips with one final definitive act of aggression – betting 1.5 million and getting a pair of mucks for his efforts. — RS
7.09pm: Value betting like a champion
These two love to play pots. You might think the fact the stacks are slow to change is down to nittery but the truth is the chips are ebbing and flowing back and forth almost every pot. The result is a very fluid dynamic between these two that is probably just favouring Geilich.
Recently the pair played out a very interesting pot – Geilich peeling a Rojas raise preflop, before the pair checked the [Jd][6d][6h] board.
A [4d] on the turn saw Geilich lead for 395k, called by Rojas with the comment, “let’s see if your jack is better than mine then,”
The [Js] on the river saw Geilich consider his options before popping out a 975k bet.
Rojas called, only to muck when Geilich showed him [As][7s] for ace-high.
Rojas was visibly annoyed at this, having made a hero-call with what we think was king-high.
“You make the same bet with any two cards,” he grumbled. Geilich disagreed.
“No, no I don’t!”
Is there trouble in paradise? — RS
6.56pm: The mucking metagame
Here are the rules, if you want to see, you have to show. Last aggressor (ie who made the last bet) has to show first if called. If they don’t show and muck their hand, the other player can take the pot without showing themselves. Got it? Good.
Geilich min-raised the button and Rojas called. Three cards were dealt face up (strange game this), and they were [Qc] [7s] [3h].
Rojas made an action we are told is referred to as a “check.” Then Geilich cut out a 345,000 chip bet. Rojas called.
Another card was added to the board, the [6h]. Both players dabbled in the art of checking on this street.
Then, yet another card, the [5c]. Rojas fired out 425,000 and Geilich called. Rojas mucked and so did Geilich, in that order.
“I call so you need to show,” reminded Geilich.
Rojas had a deep laugh about that, leaned across the felt, and the two exchanged fist bumps. A mutual respect has been mutually earned and the pre-chop bromance is back in full effect. — GC
6.43pm: Five easy pots
Rojas and Geilich have entered into a protracted poker match. Who would have thought? Five recent hands went like this:
1) Ludovic Geilich raises to 320,000 and Pablo Rojas folds.
2) Pablo Rojas raised to 390,000 on the button and Geilich folds.
3) Geilich raises to 320,000 and Rojas folds.
4) Pablo Rojas raised to 380,000 and Geilich three-bet to 840,000. After a quick think Rojas made it 1,835,000. Geilich looked to have bad intentions, but folded.
5) Geilich raised to 320,000 and Rojas called. The flop came [Jd] [2s] [8c].
Rojas checked, Geilich bet 315,000, and Rojas raised to 650,000.
“If I fold, will you show me?” Geilich asked. Rojas now has ear buds in and likely didn’t hear.
When Geilich folded those ear buds came out.
“The cards? You know that’s not possible.” Rojas grinned.
“I wish we had hole card cameras here,” he continued, “so you could see everything tomorrow.” — GC
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 80,000-160,000, ante 20,000
6.34pm: Rojas fights back
Prior to the dinner break Rojas was beginning to show a few signs of frustration and dejection. Since the resumption though he has cut a different figure.
Little talking, sunglasses on, earphones in – Rojas looks the model of focus – a hermetic seal wrapped round his visage to protect him from leaking any useful information to the alert Geilich, who soaks it up like a sponge.
And you know what? His new strategy’s working…he has won a series of small pots to reduce Geilich’s lead ratio from 3:1 to 3:2 and the rail cries of “Vamoooo” that signal Spanish success are increasing in frequency.
Could the tide be turning?
9 million for Geilich, 6 million to Rojas… — RS
Both players are active on their buttons and a few moments ago the pair engaged in a game of preflop chicken. It started with a standard Ludovic Geilich preflop button open to 240,000 – Rojas looking to end the positional aggression with a three-bet from the big blind to 575,000.
Geilich pondered things in his usual way clicking chips and thinking it over before cutting out 2 big stacks of 25k chips totalling 1 million and scattering a number of 25k and 5ks on top as icing – 1,200,000 the giant 4-bet – before pushing the chips over the line.
Rojas looked briefly interested but something changed and he blinked first, mucking his hand leaving Ludovic to sweep up a tasty pot with no showdown. — RS
6.05pm: Calm before the storm?
Rojas limped his button and Geilich checked. The flop?
Can’t take the suspense?
It was [8c] [3s] [5d] and both players checked.
[2h] turn and both players… checked.
The [9d] smashed down on the table with a thunder usually reserved for Thor’s hammer or Zeus’ bolts of lightening. No, not really — it arrived without even a soft whimper. Geilich quickly check-folded to a nearly minimum bet from Rojas. — GC
5.55pm: Small pot procession
The final table may have began with a flurry but the melee has turned to a war of attrition between two heroes.
Geilich raised the button and Rojas called. The flop came [Ah] [Ac] [Kc] and both players checked. On the [2h] turn Rojas check-called a 245k bet from Geilich, who checked the [4d] river back in position.
Rojas: [Kh] [Ts]
Geilich: [4h] [Th]
On Rojas’ button he raised to 325,000 which, after a handful of previous folds, elicited a call from Geilich. The flop was [Kd] [Jd] [4c] and it went check, bet 375,000, call. Both players checked the [5h] turn and the [7h] river.
Geilich mucked when he saw Rojas hadn’t deemed the [Js] [8c] worthy of a river value bet. — GC
5.45pm: Rojas is a chameleon
His words, not ours. But well said. Rojas was opening the button to 325k at 60k-120k, which was unusual enough. But in addition to that he’s also been limping buttons, three at the least. Geilich doesn’t quite know what to make of it at this point, but remains a confident bruiser. — GC
5.35pm: Meet your chip-leader
The incomparable Nick Wealthall had a chat with Ludovic Geilich before final table play began this morning:
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 60,000-120,000, ante 10,000
5.30pm: Two left gunning for the title
Folllowing the break, we’re back heads-up with hand-reader extraordinaire Ludovic Geilich holding a roughly 3-1 chip lead over his sparring partner, Spaniard Pablo Rojas. –RS
10.35pm: How Go the Stacks?
At this moment with 29 players remaining, it looks like it is Yoshitaka Okawa who has the chip lead with 645,000. Some of the notable names that are travelling along nicely, or are at least alive in the tournament, include Jay Tan (470,000 in chips), Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im (395,000), Michael Marvanek (375,000), Shashank Rathi (360,000), Yvo Molin (210,000), Vyacheslav Kuzmin (140,000) and Lim Wai Cheung (140,000).
10.20pm: Enrico The Latest Busto
Enrico Chong is the latest player to hit the rail, with his [kc][qs] unable to improve against the [9s][9d] of his opponent. Chong was all-in for 99,000 preflop on his last hand, but found no luck on the [7d][6s][4s][2h][7s] board. Following Chong’s elimination, just 29 players remain and we are a just a couple of bust-outs away from moving to the final three tables.
10.10pm: Back for More
The 31 remaining players are back from their break and ready to keep making their way to the final nine. It is still unclear exactly how much longer we will be playing this evening, but at the very least we will make it down to just two tables of nine.
Level Up, Blinds 5,000-10,000, Ante 1,000
1.15pm: Bloggers curse
As I was writing that post about Gordon Huntly, he was busy exiting the tournament. We noticed his seat was empty and Niall Farrrell informed us that he put 300 big blinds in with pocket queens only to run into the rockets of James Gavaghan.
At least he’ll have time to see family and friends, as well as play the many side events on offer this week. — MC
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 50-100
1.02pm: Who’s here?
Some of the familiar names we’ve spotted during the first level include: Andrew Ferguson, Brett Angell, Dara O’Kearney, David Lappin, Fergal Nealon, Dean Lyall, Paul McTaggart, Jeff Kimber, Manig Loeser, Neil Rawnsley, Thomas Hall and Thomas Ward. — NW
12.55pm: Welcome home, wee lady
Gordon Huntly left his native Scotland many moons ago to seek his fortune in far-flung places. He settled in Asia and retired to Thailand after working hard for many years in that region. We write, “retired” but Huntly swapped the office environment for the poker room more than the golden beaches of his new home. He quickly found the same success he enjoyed during his working career.
His first big score came at an APPT event in Manilla in 2010 where he finished second for a cool $ 166,800. That was just the warm up as he claimed his first major title when he took down the ANZPT Sydney title less than a year ago for $ 238,832.
Huntly hails from Edinburgh and has come home to try his luck on home soil. He’s sat at Niall Farrell’s table today and we’ll be keeping an eye on his progress today. — MC
12.40pm: That man off the telly
UKIPT host Nick Wealthall is wearing tracksuit bottoms and a polo shirt. Hardly stop the presses, earth-shattering news, but much like if Marcel Luske was spotted in similar attire – which he was earlier today when I saw him checking in – you kind of do a double take as you’re so used to seeing them smartly dressed.
The TV and Radio presenter is taking a break from those duties to play in a UKIPT event, he played UKIPT Newcastle earlier this season and he’ll be hoping to go a bit better than he did there. “I really like Edinburgh,” explained Wealthall. “I spend some time here each year for SCOOP and WCOOP radio, it’s my favourite city in the UK.”
He then asked if there were any big names playing in the event today, I pointed to the adjacent table at two-time UKIPT winner Wojtek Barzantny. “Oh,” said Wealthall. “No one else has got a chance then!” And sat to Wealthall’s immediate right is Jack Sambrook, seventh place finisher at UKIP Newcastle back in September. — NW
12.30pm: Don’t mess with a jet-lagged Farrell
There are many tired looking faces around the room (including yours truly) as a lot of us have made the long trek back from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure that concluded in the Bahamas two days ago.
PokerStars qualifier Niall Farrell is one of those who made the trip but it hasn’t numbed his instincts so far. He opened with a raise from mid position and was called by the big blind en route to a [9h][tc][7s] flop. Farrell continued for 225 and called when his opponent check-raised up to 600. The turn fell as [8c] and the big blind led for 800 only to face a raise to 2,100. He didn’t take too long to muck his hand whilst shaking his head. — MC
12.10pm: UKIPT Edinburgh is go
Cards are in the air here in Edinburgh, 223 players so far, but expect that number to rise. — NW
12pm: Welcome to UKIPT Edinburgh
Happy new year to all the loyal UKIPT Blog followers, the tour has moved more than 370 miles north from Bristol to Edinburgh for the only Scottish stop of Season 3. There’s also been a change of venue as we’re now ensconced in the Balmoral Hotel, slap bang in the centre of Edinburgh.
If the past two seasons are anything to go by the cream will rise as Nick Abou Risk and Fintan Gavin took down the title in Seasons 1 and 2 respectively. They’ll be plenty of players amongst the 550 who are expected, who fit that description.
Hoping to keep the title in Scotland will be (among others): EPT London champion David Vamplew, David Docherty, UKIPT Champion of Champions Richard Sinclair and Alex Ferguson (not that one).
However, can anyone stop Wojtek Barzantny from the three-peat? The back-to-back UKIPT Bristol champion is playing today as is UKIPT Brighton Season 1 champion Jamie Burland andTeam PokerStars Online’s Dale Phillip.
The players are in their seats here at the sumptuous Balmoral Hotel and whilst it might be Edinbrrrrrugh outside (it’s 0 degrees) stay tuned for some hot poker action over the next five days.
4.25pm: Jussi Häkkänen doubles through Alex Jobling
Jussi Häkkänen three-bet all-in for 202,000 with [Ks][10d] and Alex Jobling made the call with [Ad][Qh]. A [2h][Jc][Kd][6s]Qh] board kept the Finn in. — NW
4.22pm: Reed bust; more chips for Sambrook
Jack Sambrook.is up to around 850,000 after eliminating over night chip leader David Reed in a 600,000 pot. It all went in pre-flop with Reed holding [A][K] to Sambrook’s [A][J], however a jack on the river sent the pot Sambrook’s way and Reed is out in 22nd.
Willian Chung has been eliminated in 21st place, no details I’m afraid. — NW
4.20pm: Not the real McCoy
All Gary McCoy could do to survive at the end was get his chips in good. He managed to do that but was still eliminated by Jack Sambrook.
The aggressive Sambrook opened to 22,000 from the button and called when McCoy moved all in for 88,000 from the small blind.
The board ran [js][qh][8h][3s][6d] to pair Sambrook’s queen. McCoy took his defeat like a sportsman and wished everyone luck before departing. — MC
4.15pm: Final three tables
Below is the seat draw for the final three tables.
Seat One: David Reed
Seat Two: Barry McMahon
Seat Three: Dan Hemingway
Seat Four: Saulius Tumosa
Seat Five: Ben Senior
Seat Six: Akshay Reddy
Seat Seven: Jack Sambrook
Seat Eight: Gary McCoy
Seat One: Anthony Shields
Seat Two: Matthias Mordhorst
Seat Three: Chris Ferguson
Seat Four: Sam Holden
Seat Five: Ewan Brown
Seat Six: Kevin Killeen
Seat Seven: Ashfaaq Taus
Seat Eight: Brett Angell
Seat One: Willian Cheung
Seat Two: Alex Jobling
Seat Three: Jason Cockburn
Seat Four: David Knight
Seat Five: Empty
Seat Six: Jussi Häkkänen
Seat Seven: Kevin Monroe
Seat Eight: Ian Burdon
4.10pm: Knight turns into day for David
David Knight thought he was out of the door after he three-bet all in with [ad][8s] over the top of Alex Jobling’s raise was called. The latter tabled [qh][qs] but couldn’t stay ahead of his opponent on a [tc][7s][9h][6d][ah] board.
Knight is up to 115,000 chips after making a straight. — MC
4pm: Jude Ainsworth eliminated in 24th place (£2,400)
No sooner had they re-drawn to three tables then the last remaining Team PokerStars Pro – Jude Ainsworth – was eliminated.
The Irishman told me: “There had been a raise and a call before the button (Jason Cockburn) re-raised. I’m in the big blind and find [Ad][Kd], so move all-in for 16 big blinds and he called with queens and that was the end of my Newcastle UKIPT.
Seat draw of the final three tables is on its way. — NW
3.55pm: Another huge pot from table one busts Chung
Most of the biggest pots today have come from table one, and another just occurred. We wrote a hand earlier that involved Timothy Chung and Chris Ferguson, which might go along way to explain the former’s exit.
We missed the action but were informed that Chung raised and called when Ferguson three-bet from the small blind. The flop came queen high and there was a c-bet and call before the rest of the chips went in on a blank turn.
Chung opened pocket jacks but was behind to Ferguson’s ace-queen. Ferguson is up to 1,150,000 chips as a result.
The tournament is down to 24 players remaining and a full redraw is in progress. We’ll post that draw shortly. — MC
3.45pm: Re-draw at 24
We’ve been informed that they’ll be a complete re-draw at 24 players, this is a new rule in all live PokerStars tournaments. According to Tournament Director Toby Stone this is to ‘mix up the luck,’ late in tournaments. 27 players remain right now, these are the players to bust in the last hour:
28th. Anders Sanchez, £1,960
29th. Lee Dixon, United Kingdom, £1,960
30th. Lee Atherton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,960
31st. Giannis Drousiotis, Cyprus, £1,960
32nd. Jakub Kyrian, Czech Republic, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,960
33rd. Michael Huber, Austria, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,960
3.35pm: Ainsworth eliminates a man
Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth is back up to around 160,000. He eliminated a shortstacked Steffen Gjelseth to get back in it. Ainsworth had pocket fives, Gjelseth [K][J] and Ainsworth flopped a set of fives to eliminate the Norwegian.
And soon after he open shoved and got no callers to pick up more valuable chips. – NW
3.30pm: Ainsworth crippled
Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth dropped down to 63,000 chips after his [kc][kh] was beaten by Timothy Chung’s [as][ts].
There was a lot of raises pre flop that saw them both all in. The board ran out [jc][jh][ad][5c][3d] to make Chung a full house. Chung up to 450,000 chips. — MC
3.20pm: Holden flushed with chips
It’s an ominous sign for the rest of the field that Sam Holden is working his way up through the chip counts (around 500k).
He opened from the cut-off and Barry McMahon defended his big blind and went on to check-call 18,000, 40,000 and 90,000. The final board read [qs][qc][9s][5s][7d] and Holden opened [js][2s] for a flush. McMahon mucked and dropped own to 136,000. — MC
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 5,000-10,000 ante 1,000
3.10pm: Real McCoy
Gary McCoy just won a flip with [10s][10c] against Andres Sanchez who held [Qd][Jh], a eight high board reduced Sanchez to less than one big blind, which went in blind from the big blind next hand.
Sam Holden three-bet pre to 36,000 with pocket kings, which were way ahead of Sanchez’s [Qs][2h]. The board ran out [Jh][Ah][Js][3h][4s] to send Sanchez crashing out. — NW
3pm: Ainsworth chugging along
Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth is still chugging along, he has 320,000 which is right about average. He’s not got the kindest of table draws though. To his direct right is Timothy Chung (300,000) a player Jesse May described as an, ‘absolute animal’ after playing with him on Day 1.
To Ainsworth’s direct left is David Reed (400,000) and one seat further to the left is Chris Ferguson, who sits second in chips on 920,000. — NW
2.55pm: Wide range for Ferguson
Chris Ferguson is up to 920,000 chips after taking a big pot off Timothy Chung with a weak holding that hit big.
Around 90,000 had made it into the middle before both players checked the [4d][2c][5h] flop. The turn and river came [2s][js] and Chung check-called both streets, the last bet being 80,000.
Before Chung called on the river he asked Ferguson if he had king-two suited or aces. He wasn’t far off as Ferguson opened [ks][2d] for trips and the pot as Chung mucked. — MC
2.45pm: Today’s exits
The first two levels saw 28 players bust out, here’s whose finished where so far today:
34th. Neil Walker, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, £1,960
35th. Miles McKenzie, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,960
36th. Andrew Robson, United Kingdom,PokerStars Player, £1,960
37th. Keith Hawkins, Untied Kingdom, £1,740
38th. Shane Gregory, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,740
39th. Stuart Atkinson, United Kingdom, £1,740
40th. Gary Oakes, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,740
41st. Cathal Shine, Ireland, PokerStars Player, £1,740
42nd. Cormac O’Dea, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,740
43rd.Viktor Leonov, Lithuania, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,740
44th.Roland Wilkinson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,740
45th.Andrew Grayson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,740
46th. Mark Buckley, Ireland, PokerStars Player, £1,520
47th. Vassilis Korkas, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,520
48th. Paul Jenkinson, United Kingdom, £1,520
49th. Stephen Odysseas, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,520
50th. Nathan Watson, United Kingdom, £1,520
51st. Steve Warburton, United Kingdom, £1,520
52nd. Matthew Dougal, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,520
53rd. Alan Tinlin, United Kingdom, £1,520
54th. Emma Jones, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,520
55th. Sharapov Oleksandr, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,300
56th. Chris Mcnicholls, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,300
57th. Thomas Ward, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,300
58th. Dylan Roberts, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,300
59th. Paul Delaney, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier
60th. Guido Braye, Netherlands, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,300
61st. Alfie Adam, United Kingdom, £1,300
62nd. Paulius Anilionis, Lithuania, PokerStars Player, £,1300
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2.35pm: Kyrian busts in battle of the short stacks
Jakub Kyrian was down to 37,000 chips and shoved into the big blind of the second shortest stack at his table – Akshay Reddy.
The play seemed a good one, especially as he held [ac][5c]. What he didn’t probably count on was Reddy calling off a large chunk of his stack with [jd][9d]. The board ran a Reddy friendly [qd][qc][jh][4h][qh] to eliminate Kyrian in 33rd place. Redd up to 145,000 chips. — MC
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 4,000-8,000, 1,000
That’s two levels of absolute carnage in the book, we’ll be getting chip counts and an update on who’s finished where so far during the 20 minute break. — NW
2.03pm: Cockburn doubles through Monroe
Kevin Monroe’s rollercoaster of a day continues and this times he’s a bit unfortunate to have lost his latest all-in.
He had [Kd][9d] whilst Jason Cockburn held [Ad][Qd], the [6h][Kc][Js][6h][Ah] board giving, then taking away from Monroe in a pot worth around 175,000. — NW
2pm: A bad beat story worth hearing
Honestly it is! Lee Dixon is absolutely raging and to be fair with good reason. On the [5c][7s][Qh] flop Giannis Drousiotis donk-led for 12,000, Dixon made it 40,000, Neil Walker was then all-in (this could’ve happened pre-flop but regardless he was all-in).
Now this is where it got interesting, before Drousiotis took action the dealer burned and revealed the turn card – the [5s] – this is important for later in the hand. But because action hadn’t been completed this turn card wouldn’t stand and would have to be shuffled back into the deck along with the burn cards. After this issue had been resolved, Drousiotis folded [Qc][Jh] face-up. The other two players now revealed their cards:
Dixon: [Qd][5d] – two pair and he would have had a full house
Walker: [As][Qs] – top pair
Turn: [3d] – so far so good for Dixon
River: [Ac] – ouch a brutal out draw and one that Dixon rightly felt aggrieved over. He got up left the table and when he returned he was still shaking his head and banging a stack of chips into the felt, to help ease the frustration. — NW
1.55pm: Jobling rockets clear after monster pot
By far the biggest pot of the tournament just played out between Alex Jobling and Mark Buckley resulting in the former rocketing clear at the top.
Jobling opened to 14,000 and Buckley called to see the [tc][8d][7d] flop where he raised a 14,000 c-bet up to 54,000. Call.
The turn came [as] and Jobling checked to face a 60,000 bet. He treated it to a check-raise to 150,000. Buckley called leaving himself 208,000 behind as the action headed to the [js] river. Jobling set Buckley all in for the last of his chips and he called whilst saying, “I have to call, I have a set of eights” and opened [8c][8s].
It was no good though as Jobling rivered a straight with [ts][9s]. He raked in the huge amount of chips and now has a massive 950,000. — MC
1.45pm: Camel curtailed
We’ve just lost Keith ‘The Camel’ Hawkins in 37th place. It folded to him on the button and he moved all-in for 83,000 with [Jc][10c], from the small blind Willian Cheung tank called and showed [Ad][6d].
The [7s][8d][Kh] flop gave Hawkins more outs, but he missed them all on the [3d] turn and [Kd] river. — NW
1.32pm: Good Job
Alex Jobling is now one of the chip leaders after making a good river call to boost his stack to around 500,000.
I only saw the river action but with approximately 185,000 in the pot Shane Gregory (under-the-gun) fired out a bet of 83,000 and Jobling (mid-position) went into the tank. He had roughly 240,000 back and he cut out the requisite calling chips to see what he’d have left after the call.
After a couple of minutes thinking over his decision he announced call and slid his chips over the line. It was Gregory who was first to show, opening [6s][5s], Jobling then revealed [Ac][Qs] to claim the pot. — NW
1.25pm: Cry me a river
Kevin Monroe causing more river -card pain for Andrew Robson. The board read [qc][qd][3c][8d][ac] and Monroe bet 28,500 from under the gun. Robson released his hand once more.
Brett Angell’s lead has disappeared after he made a hero-looking call on the river of a [7d][8h][5s][kc][3d] board. He was battling in the blinds with Alex Jobling and checked to face a 70,000 bet. He called and mucked upon seeing Jobling’s [ks][tc]. He’s down to 385,000 as Jobling rose to 335,000.
En route back to the press room we saw Monroe not get his own way for once today. He three-bet folded to Sam Holden’s four-bet to drop back to 405,000. Holden is back up to 215,000. — MC
1.10pm: Three more bite the dust
Three more exits to tell you about…
• Miles Mckenzie took out Andrew Grayson, pocket jacks against [Ah][Qs]. The latter was all-in for 90,000, a [Jd][6d][3c] flop pretty decisive, the [Kc] turn opened up the possibility of a unlikely outdraw, but the [4h] river was a blank.
• Overnight chip leader David Reed found aces at the same time as Ronald Wilkinson picked up [Ah][Kd]. These two premium hands created a 280,000 chip pot that went to Reed on a [8h][2d][8s][3c][2h] board. He’s up to 470,000.
• Viktor Leonov was all-in on the turn of a [Jd][6c][7s][Ac] board with [9s][7h] and was up against Anthony Shileds who had [As][6d]. The [Qd] completed the board to send Leonov out in 43rd place. — NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 3,000-6,000, 500
1pm: Monroe causing all sorts of problems
There’s no doubt who the table captain at table number five is. Keith Hawkins, Sam Holden and Jude Ainsworth all started there, but it’s Kevin Monroe ruling the roost.
The Team PokerStars pro has position on the hyper-aggressive Monroe, it’s not helping one bit at the moment though.
We caught up with a hand between the two on the turn of a [5d][2c][kh][3s] board. Ainsworth led for 55,000 from the small blind but had to admit defeat when Monroe shoved on him.
A couple of hands later Ainsworth was the only caller when Monroe raised pre flop. Monroe continued on a [5c][3d][qd] flop and Ainsworth folded. It seems as if Ainsworth is smelling the blood of his prey but doesn’t quite have the right tools to slay the aggro-beast right now.
Monroe – 405,000
Ainsworth – 125,000
12.45pm: Semi-calm restored
After the crazy opening spell, calm has been restored somewhat. There are still 51 players remaining but we don’t that figure to last very long.
- Gary Oakes has become one of the short stacks after he tank-called Lee Dixon’s squeeze all in with [9h][9d]. Dixon opened [ac][qs] and just got there on the [2d][th][3s][td][qh] board.
- David Reed and Brett Angell are now sat at the same table and it didn’t take too long for the two players to clash. The former opened from under the gun and was three-bet by the latter in late position. Reed was having none of it and four-bet him back to force a fold.
- Kevin Monroe put Andrew Robson under all sorts of pressure in a hand. He defended his big blind and called flop and turn bets before shoving the river. The final board read [qc][5c][3s][ad][7s] and Robson had 110,000 back by the river. He looked in real pain as he came to the decision to relinquish his hand. -MC
12.44pm: Carousel ends for Dougal
Matthew Dougal must’ve been pretty happy when his all-in with pocket jacks found a call from Benjamin Senior’s [Qc][10c]. The [2c][9h][9c] flop gave Senior a flush draw, which completed on the [3c] turn, the [8c] river was a bit of overkill. Dougal out in 52nd.– NW
12.42pm: Empty Tin-lin
Alan Tinlin is another of the early casualties on Day 3. He was all-in for 60,000 with pocket sixes, Paul Jenkinson with the overcards – [Ad][Qs] – this time the overcards won the day, the board coming [7c][4c][7h][Qc][5h] to send Tinlin out in 53rd. — NW
12.40pm: Men only at the table please
And the last remaining female in the field is out. Emma Jones came back today with less than one big blind so that she managed to hold on to finish 54th is a miracle in itself. Her shrapnel went in with pocket eights pre-flop and she got two callers.
On the [kh][6c][3d] flop Alex Jobling bet out and his opponent got out the way, Jobling showed [3h][3c] for a flopped set and the turn and river bricked out to send her to the rail. — NW
12.35pm: Taus takes one out
Ashfaaq Taus is up to around 350,000 after eliminating Sharapov Oleksandr in a blind on blind battle. Taus raised to 11,500 from the small, Oleksandr shipped for 89,500 from the big and Taus called the extra.
The [9h][Qs][5h][3s][2d] board ruling decisively in the Dutchman’s favour. — NW
12.30pm: Angell takes out two
Brett Angell is the chip leader having eliminated two men early on today. I missed the first but Angell told me he held [A][K] and flopped a king to outflop Guido Braye’s pocket fives, the latter all-in for 40,000.
Then he won a much bigger pot. Christopher Mcnicholls jammed for 105,000 with [Ac][Js], Angell making the call with [Ad][Kd] and holding on a [Qd][8s][Js][9d][7d] board, rivering the nut flush just for good measure. He’s up to around 500,000 now. — NW
12.27pm: More for McMahon
At start of play Barry McMahon was second in chips and he just padded his stack by eliminating a shortstacked Dylan Roberts. The latter was all-in for around 30,000 with [9d][8d], McMahon called with [Ad][10s]. The board running out [9s][Qd][Ah][10d][2s] to eliminate Roberts. — NW
12.25pm: Ward won’t be winning
One of the short stacks coming back today was UKIPT2 Edinburgh 4th place finisher Tom Ward. Two quick hands saw his demise though. In the first he called Akshay Reddy’s shove, Ward had pocket nines, Reddy [Js]10s]. A board of [4h][8s][10c][Ks][4d] reducing Ward to less than two big blinds.
That went in soon after with [Kd][9s], Cormac O’Dea the would be executioner with [As][4s], a board of [Ac][10d][Ks][10s][10c] ended Ward’s day. — NW
Eleven players have been eliminated in the opening 15 minutes. We caught most of them, details on the ones we did coming right up. — NW
12.05pm: Shuffle-up and deal
Play is under way here in the Aspers casino. We expect today to last around nine levels. give or take a level. — MC
11.50am: Solid Reed leads the way
Welcome back to Newcastle and Day 3 of UKIPT3 Newcastle. Today the plan is simple, make the final and be in with a shot of winning the £105,900 first prize tomorrow. To make those eight very happy, 54 players are going to be left with a sense of what might have been.
Play will begin in a little under 10 minutes and David Reed will start as chip leader. The 22-year-old student from Bradford, who’s playing in his first major live tournament bagged up 363,500 at the end of play yesterday, after more than doubling up on the final hand.
He’s got a score of seasoned UKIPT veterans in the chasing pack, Barry McMahon (4th UKIPT3 Nottingham) and Brett Angell (2nd UKIPT2 Nottingham) are less than 10 big blinds behind.
Also lurking are Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth (237,500), Sam Holden (207,000) and Keith Hawkins (119,500). This one is still anyone’s tournament and we’re set for an exciting days play. Some rudimentary maths tells the PokerStars blog that we think it’ll take around nine levels to play from 62 (10 players busted in a crazy final 10 minutes last night) to the final eight. Stay right here for all the coverage. — NW
Numbers are in for today and there are 133 players in the mix. Added to yesterday’s 148 and Thursday’s 110, that makes a total of 391 chasing the Red Dragon of the Macau Poker Cup.
We will have a full break-down of the prize pool as and when it is calculated. Suffice to say, the HK $ 3m guarantee has been breached.
12:40am: Yabuuchi busts to bring Day 2 to a close
Nobuhiro Yabuuchi has missed out on reaching the final day of play here at the MPC Red Dragon after his elimination in 19th place to bring our day to an end.
Yabuuchi moved all in preflop for around 100,000 with [qs][qc] as Abhishek Goindi made the call with [ad][kh].
The board of [as][8c][6c][8s][9h] paired up Goindi’s ace to eliminate Yabuuchi from the tournament. With that, the players are now bagging, tagging and heading home for some much-needed rest. It’s likely that Jay Tan will be our chip leader with over 1.5 million, but we’ll have confirmation of chips for you shortly.
12:30am: Jay passive with Big Slick
With so many chips in front of her, Jay Tan would be feeling a little frustrated right now for not being more aggressive with her [as][kh]. When facing a raise to 46,000 from Dong Woo Kang, Tan decided to flat call on the button to see a [qh][3s][jd] flop. Kang open-shoved for 185,000 and Tan was forced to make a reluctant open-fold of her hand, but Kang flashed the same hand – [ac][kc]!
12:20am: From red to white hot
“Quads! Quads! Quads!” squealed Jay Tan after eliminating yet another opponent. She has gone from red hot to white hot as Tong Seng Lew has felt the brunt of her form.
Lew moved all in preflop for his last chips with [ac][kh] and thought he was racing with Tan’s [ts][td], but the way this girl has been running, this was a race she was never going to lose. Not only did she win, but she did it in style, making quads as the board ran out [tc][6h][kd][th][3d].
Lew is out with Tan now up to 1.55 million.
12:10am: Darian doubles up
Darian Tan was one of the short stacks in the room but a desperate double up has kept his title hopes alive. Tan moved all in for 80,000 from middle position and play folded around to Ke Chen who called in the big blind with [ac][5d] as Tan would need help with his [jh][9h].
Tan had to wait until the river but he finally got there with the [2h][5h][6s][4d][7h] board delivering a flush for the double up. He moves up to 180,000.
12:05am: Down to 18
We’ve just received word that we’ll be playing down to the final two tables this evening before we wrap things up. That means four more eliminations before we’re outta here!
12:00am: Red hot Tan
Following the break, Jay Tan has gone on one hell of a heater as she has steamrolled her way to the tournament chip lead.
After winning a big pot with pocket aces against Denny Yu, Lee then proceeded to take out previous MPC champion Patrick Lee.
Lee raised to 38,000 from early position with Tan calling on the button to see a [4s][td][7d] flop fall. Lee tossed out 50,000 before Tan moved all in. Lee called off his last chips quickly but didn’t like what he saw. Lee opened [kh][kc] for an overpair but Tan tabled [4h][4c] for a flopped set!
“Wow,” sighed Lee, as the [5d] turn and [ac] river completed the board. A great run by the previous MPC champ as he is eliminated from the tournament.
“Am I dreaming?” laughed Tan as she moved up to a massive 1.4 million. Seated to her direct right is Ke Chan who holds 1.2 million as the top two stacks in the room. Expect fireworks!
11:45pm: Play resumes
The final 23 players are back with likely one to two more levels to play before we call it an evening.
Ke Chen remains a clear chip leader with around 1.15 million in chips.
2.35pm: Engel departs in sixth
Contrary to Marc Convey’s earlier forecast, Ari Engel is no longer in the game. After folding to a Martin Finger bet on the flop in the hand prior, Engel decided to act when he looked down on the button to find [as][6s]. Finger had made it 125,000 in the cut off and Engel three bet to 850,000.
Finger asked how much Engel had behind, but in the same way he has done throughout these latter stages Engel said and did nothing, leaving it to Finger to work it out. When he did (Engel had 650,000 back) he announced all-in.
Engel didn’t act immediately, perhaps experiencing his last few moments in the event. Then he called only to see Finger’s [ad][jh].
Finger stood up. Engel said “mis-deal,” jokingly referring to an exposed card earlier in the hand.
The board ran [7c][9c][9h][td][2s] to send Engel to the rail in sixth place. – SB
2.30pm: Still game, baby
Ari Engel thinks he’s back in the game and we don’t disagree after he was fortunate to double up. He all but moved all-in from under the gun and called off the rest after Denys Drobyna shoved from the next seat.
The board ran [9c][2c][7c][as][qc] to four-flush Engel. He’s up to 1,700,000 whereas Drobyna is down to 1,325,000.
Engel stood up and yelled, “Still game, baby!”– MC
2.20pm: Down to 6
Andreas Wiese will be going no further, eliminated in seventh place by Martin Finger who called his countryman’s all-in with pocket fives, with his own Ace-Six. The ace on the flop sent Wiese to the rail. – SB
2.14pm: Drobyna finds aces, doubles
David Boyaciyan opened under-the-gun for 150,000 and was called by Martin Finger in the cut-off. Denys Drobyna slowly peeked at his cards and then moved all-in for 980,000. Boyaciyan called, Finger passed.
What a spot in which to find aces. The board blanked out seven-high to rocket Drobyna back into contention with 2,000,000. — RD
2.10pm: Engel straight to the red zone
Ari Engel is down to a 900,000 chips now after paying off chip daddy David Boyaciyan, who increased his stack to 8,830,000.
The American raised to 120,000 from early position and was only called by the Dutchman en route to a [9c][3c][4s] flop. The action was checked to the [5h] turn where Engel check-called a 220,000 bet. The river brought the [2h] and Boyaciyan bet 500,000 when the action was checked to him again.
Engel thought for a while and then asked of his opponent, “What’s the story my friend? Trying to bluff me?”
He got no response so asked, “You have a six there?”
He apologised to the table and then called. Boyaciyan didn’t have a six but he did have [ah][td] for the bottom straight. Engel mucked. — MC
1.55pm: The proverbial
“Michael Martin had one big blind and won a final table,” said Nicolas Levi, talking to Andreas Wiese who had 180,000 left. “You have three. Easy.”
Levi was referring to Martin’s heroic chips and a chair performance at EPT London several years ago. Whether Wiese got any comfort from that we don’t know but he just doubled up, ensuring he remains in the final table for a little longer.
He shoved for 180,000 in late position which Guillem Usero called in the big blind, showing [as][3d] to Wiese’s [jc][td].
The board ran [5c][th][6d][9s][9h] to help Wiese who now has 400,000. – SB
1.46pm: Wiese down to three big blinds, Usero doubles
Andreas Wiese is down to just 190,000 – three big blinds. Guillem Usero opened for 125,000 from middle position and Wiese moved all-in for 1,300,000. Usero made the call for 1,110,000.
The board ran out [ad][ks][3s][qd][7s]. — RD
1.45pm: Think again
A bet of 125,000 from Martin Finger on the button got Andreas Wiese thinking in the small blind. He raised to 265,000 leaving himself 1,300,000 bhind. With the action back on Finger the Geramn announced all-in. Wiese passed. – SB
1.43pm: Levi’s leverage
Nicolas Levi came in to today with aspirations of playing deep stacked multi-street poker. That plan changed with his big loss earlier and now he is down to three-bet shoving.
His 1,410,000 went over the line in a three-bet from the small blind after his nemesis David Boyaciyan opened to 130,000. The Dutchman tank-folded. — MC
1.37pm: Usero on the up
Guillem Usero has won two pots on the bounce to increase his stack by almost 20%. An under-the-gun shove for 980,000 got through, despite David Boyaciyan thinking long and hard about the call from the big blind.
The Spaniard got a walk the next hand and is up to 1,170,000. — RD
1.30pm: Two shoves and a river card
Ari Engel just moved all-in behind an opening bet of 120,000 by Martin Finger in early position. Finger shook his head and passed. Denys Brobyna tired the same a hand later with similar results.
A few hands after that Nicolas Levi opened for 125,000 in the cut off which Finger called on the button for a flop of [2c][9s][9h]. That was checked for a [jc] turn card. Levi checked to Finger who bet 150,000 which Levi called slowly and deliberately. The river came [kc]. Levi checked but was ready to surrender when Figner bet another 325,000. Levi down to 1,450,000. – SB
1.20pm: Into level 28
After a slightly longer break than expected play has resumed with blinds at 30,000-60,000 with a 5,000 ante.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 30,000-60,000,5,000
First break of the day. Back in 15 minutes.
12.55pm: All-ins aplenty
Two hands, two all-ins.
1) Ari Engel opened from the hijack and Denys Drobyna moved all-in for 1,000,000. Pass.
2) Andreas Wiese opened under-the-gun for 125,000 and was three bet Guillem Usero to 235,000 from the button. Wiese moved all-in and took the pot.
All-in plays are the name of the game at the moment. — RD
12.50pm: Down to seven
Mads Wissing knew he’d have to act quickly today. He got his chips in and a caller in Guillem Usero who re-raised all-in. It was inevitable but not ideal for Wissing who turned over [7c][4d] to Usero’s [8d][8h].
The flop came [ks][ah][qs].
“Mads needs running cards to split the pot,” said Luca Vivaldi, officiating, much to Wissing’s amusement.
The [7c] helped a little on the turn but the [6h] river sealed Wissing’s departure.
“Good game guys,” said Wissing.
Usero up to 1,400,000. – SB
12.45pm: Boyaciyan doubles in huge pot
David Boyaciyan from Holland is the new chip leader with more than 7,500,000 after doubling up through Nicolas Levi.
He raised to 140,000 from early position and Levi was the only caller from the cut-off. The flop came [kc][7s][tc] and this is where the fireworks went off.
Boyaciyan continued for 160,000 and was swiftly raised up to 375,000 by Levi. The Dutchman showed more strength by three-betting to 860,000 and called quickly for 3,765,000 when Levi shoved.
Boyaciyan: [kd][ks] for top set.
Levi: [th][7h] for bottom two-pair.
The board ran out [8s][9s] and this final table has a new chip leader. Levi was left with a little less than two million chips. — MC
12.30pm: Usero under a million
Gullem Usero has dropped down to 1,000,000 chips, conceding a pot to Martin Finger.
Finger opened from under the gun, 100,000, which Usero then raised to 150,000 in the small blind which Finger called for a flop of [ac][jd][2h].
Usero bet 155,000 and Finger called for a [6h] turn card. This time Usero checked to Fingr who bet 255,000, forcing Usero to pass. – SB
Martin Finger opened to 100,000 and Ari Engel three-bet to… 1,100,000 with 600,000 behind. Was it a live misclick? It was suggested to be so by Nic Levi. — RD
12.15pm: Cards in the air
Thomas Lamatsch has made the introductions and play is about to start.
12.05pm: The line-up today
Wissing is a well-respected cash game and tournament player in Denmark. Recent highlights on his live tournament record include last year’s WSOP Main Event where he finished in 25th place. In September Wissing made the final of the Partouche Main Event in Cannes finishing in ninth. He also recently competed in the International Federation of Poker’s World Championships as part of a seven-man Danish team. As well as his live successes, Wissing has also won several online tournaments including two Sunday majors.
Seat 2: Guillem “GabrielMoyaa” Usero, 21, Valencia, Spain – 1,405,000
Usero has been playing poker for two-and-a-half years, the last two as a pro. He mainly plays online cash games – NL $ 3/$ 6 to $ 25/50 levels and occasionally online tournaments, his best result being third in a $ 100 re-buy tournament on PokerStars for around $ 100k. He also plays live tourneys and his best live result to date – apart from making the EPT Prague final – was fifth place at WPT Barcelona last May for €40,000. He also cashed in the Estrellas Madrid Main Event in February.
Seat 3: Nicolas Levi, 28, living in London, originally from Paris, France – 5,690,000
Levi came across poker quite by accident seven years ago while studying computer science in the UK. Levi discovered “a totally different game, a mix of psychology and mathematics”.
“From the very first hand, I thought ‘this is the game for me,” he said. “Beating chance seemed a very exciting challenge.”
Since then, Levi has become a regular on the international poker scene. The Season 8 EPT Prague final is not his first; way back in Season 3 Levi made the final of EPT Dortmund, finishing seventh place for € 85,700. He has also achieved numerous other deep runs; his four WSOP finals include fifth in the 2010 WSOPE Main Event for £208,119 and sixth in the $ 10,000 pot-limit hold’em Championship for $ 114.525. Levi been based in the UK since 2000 – and in London for the last four years.
Seat 4: Martin Finger, 21, Frankenberg, Germany – PokerStars qualifier – 5,800,000
Business science student Martin Finger has been playing poker for about three years, kicking off in home games with friends before finding his way into online poker. This is where he thrives, and he has already earned Supernova Elite status on Pokerstars. Online he grinds the heads-up sit n gos but he also plays a lot of EPTs.
As well as winning his seat to Prague, Finger qualified for EPT Loutraki a few weeks ago but didn’t cash. He has done well in EPT side events however including runner-up in the EPT Barcelona €1k event for €42,000, third in the EPT Barcelona Heads-up tourney in Season 7 and ninth in a €1k EPT7 Berlin side event. Making the final at EPT Prague – where he’s guaranteed at least €66,700 – is by far his biggest live score to date.
Seat 5: Andreas Wiese, 35, Hannover, Germany – 1,670,000
Wiese has been playing poker for six years, mainly focusing on live games. He’s been playing tournaments for a couple of years – his best result to date being sixth place at EPT Vienna last season. That was his first major event but he also came third in a €1k side event here in Prague last year and was 14th at EPT Snowfest in March. He regularly plays cash games at his local casino in Hannover and considers himself a “semi-professional” although still working as an anaesthetist at Hannover Hospital.
Seat 6: Ari “BodogAri” Engel, 28, Brooklyn, New York – 1,670,000
Back in his college days, Engel used to watch his roommate play online poker, but he didn’t start pursuing the game himself until after graduation. When he finally threw a few bucks on to a poker site it only took ten days of gains to convince him to quit his job and take up the game full-time. Since then, Engel has earned close to $ 2.5 million online, at one point climbing to the very top of the online player rankings.
He’s also begun to amass a respectable live record that includes two WSOPC rings and more than $ 500,000 in cashes. Things have gone so well for Engel that he’s recently begun to give lessons on tournament poker (see www.ariengel.com for more info) and his students’ results indicate that “BodogAri” knows how to teach the game. Now based in Canada, Engel won his seat on PokerStars. This is his first ever EPT.
Seat 7: Denys Drobyna, 28, Kyiv, Ukraine – 1,180,000
Drobyna is a full-time poker pro who mainly plays online – no limit cash games at the $ 5/$ 10 to $ 25/$ 50 levels. Online cash games are his bread-and-butter and he rarely plays online. He made his first EPT appearance at Dortmund in Season 4 and has played around six EPTs so far. His best finish to date was 25th place at EPT San Remo six weeks ago. His best overall live result was 15th place in a 2008 World Series $ 2k event for $ 35,843.
He said: “I’ve been playing well here in Prague, and I’ve also been lucky. I won a couple of coin flips but you need to be able to fold right, raise right – and get the right cards at the right time. I feel very focused right now; I need to be – there are a lot of good players still in.”
Seat 8: David Boyaciyan, 32, Amsterdam, Netherlands – 3,770,000
When David Boyaciyan won the Amsterdam Master Classics last month for €382,200, it took the poker world by storm. Not only had a total unknown beaten some of the best players in the world, but he wasn’t even a pro.
Following his Amsterdam victory, Boyaciyan, a banker by trade, decided to play EPT Loutraki and Prague just to see how far his luck would run – and finds himself back on another major final table within the month. But players who think Boyaciyan is only about luck might be chastened to discover that last summer he played two WPTs at the Bellagio and final-tabled both. He comes to tomorrow’s EPT Prague final armed with a lucky chip card protector bearing a photo of his 18-month-old daughter Elina. At the Maser Classics, he had a chip with a photo of his four-year-old son Joel. Both kids are at home being looked after by Boyaciyan’s wife Hilda.
11.55am: Welcome to the final table
Welcome to the final table of the European Poker Tour main event in Prague. A total of 722 players started this event and now only eight remain. Their task, to play the best poker of their lives and win a first EPT title. Hyperbole aside, it’s the most prestigious title in world poker.
Before the final though came the party. PokerStars celebrated its tenth birthday/Christmas/ the final, in typical fashion last night, at the Buddha Bar in down town.
Back to today. Eight to one and a new EPT champion. Play starts at 12 noon.* — SB
* It will not start at 12 noon.
2.05pm: Chips ahoy
The chip count page has been updated. Click here to see the full list. This is how the top five look as we approach the bubble:
Garri Tevosov, Russia, 744,000
Martin Finger, Germany, 669,000
Dennis Bejedal, Sweden, 525,000
Guillem Cavaller, Spain, 520,000
Mads Wissing, Denmark, 516,000
1.55pm: Runnin’ Blue
There’s a missing player on table 5. After a level of play Paul Simmons had yet to show up, prompting tournament staff to call his room. They got through. Simmonds said he’d be here in two seconds. We expect to see him dashing in any moment.
Meanwhile at his table Jude Ainsworth and Anton Wigg continue to dictate terms to the others. First Ainsworth raised before Wigg re-raised to take the pot. Then Ainsworth tried again, betting 10,000 which Wigg called before Stefano Demontis moved all-in from the small blind for 62,500. Ainsworth passed but Wigg tanked for a while, eventually folding Ace-Deuce face up.
Note: Simmons has just taken his seat. — SB
1.40pm: Lodden luckless again
Johnny Lodden does seem to run very bad in EPTs. We’ve lost count of the amount of times he’s busted just before the money or when the tournament is down to two tables. The Team PokerStars Pro Tweeted:
“out rigth before the bubble once again.. 1010 vs 55 for 210k pot.. f###ing hate poker at the moment!” — MC
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 2,000-4,000, 500
1.25pm: Break time
Stay with us here as we go into bubble-bursting territory. We’ll be back in 15 minutes.
1.23pm: So that’s how Kastle does it
Casey Kastle opened for 8,000 and was called in two spots, including Artur Wasek in the big blind. The [jc][7s][ks] flop was shoved by Kastle for around 60,000 and he took the pot. Kastle battling on. — RD
1.20pm: Cultural excursion into the void
Tournament officials would in no way dissuade players from bringing their mothers along to watch, but they’d rather not have to make it mandatory. In the case of some players it may be the only way to calm their eruptions of petulance and total disrespect to fellow players.
Sebastien Boyard had certainly been unlucky, his kings beaten by Danyel Boyaciyan’s Ace-King when an ace hit the river. But it was hardly the most extraordinary set of events.
Boyard banged the table then stood, hands behind his head, which had the unfortunate result of exposing his midriff, the waistband of his trousers lower than Savile Row would permit. More words in followed from the Frenchman, not the type you learn in French class but the ones you ask the French exchange student to teach you.
“You’re a nice fish,” said Boyard to Boyaciyan. “A really nice fish.”
The tournament official told him not to be mean but he wasn’t listening, and was gone.
“Congratulations,” said Dominik Nitsche to Boyaciyan, who throughout this little tantrum had said nothing. It was a sentiment echoed by several other players at the table. — SB
11.05pm: Peters receives early Christmas present
David Peters is down to 61,000 but it could have been worse for him, according to a colleague of ours.
Peters raised to 6,300 from the cut-off before Vesa Leikos three-bet to 16,400 from the next seat along. When the action got back to Peters he shoved with pocket eights and was called by the Finn who was holding pocket queens.
The board ran blank and the reports that came back to us was that Peters pulled back his 6,300 so the full amount owed could be cut from his stack. At this point the dealer also pushed Leikos’ 16,400 three-bet into Peters’ stack and then counted the Finn’s stack and took that from Peters.
Basically, Peters was left with 61,000 whereas he should have been left with around 45,000; a full 32,000 swing between the two stacks.
Peters busted soon after.– MC
1.10pm: Wigg loses one, still going strong
Anton Wigg is sat steady on 350,000 after losing a cagey hand to Pontus Khosravi. The pot had been opened under-the-gun by Khosravi for 7,000 and Wigg had made the call. A 7,500 c-bet into a [3d][2d][kd] flop was called before Khosravi check-called 15,600 on the [8c] turn.
The [2h] river was checked by both players. Wigg showed [td][ts], Khosravi scooped with [js][jd]. — RD
1.05pm: Kastle still standing
Casey Kastle is still with close to 100,000. How does the perennial short stack do it? Through careful and tight negotiation it seems. Will Kastle make the money? It seems likely given I can’t see him stacking off light now. — RD
1pm: Go no further
The arrival of Jude Ainsworth on Anton Wigg’s table makes it one to keep an eye on and the two of them are quickly duelling in a pot.
On a flop of [qh][9s][ks] Wigg, in the small blind, checked to Ainsworth on the button who bet 7,800. Wigg called for a [qd] turn card and check called Ainsworth’s bet of 15,000 for a river card [td].
With this Wigg led the betting, making it 26,800 to play. Ainsworth didn’t fold immediately, but he did eventually. Wigg up to around 400,000 while Ainsworth drops slightly to 300,000.
At the other end of the tournament room Daniel Strelitz moved all-in with a board reading [5h][jd][2h][5s][9s], his stack of 161,500 laid out in front of him like he’d been asked to empty his pockets by the desk officer.
Leonid Bilokur was left to face him. He’s been watching medieval costume dramas on his iPad all week and now the Russian had his own drama to face in the shape of the modern looking Strelitz whose hair flops over his eyes. Bilokur crossed his arms.
With around 80,000 more in the middle it was a tough one for Bilokur who had Strelitz covered but not by as much as he’d have liked. After a few minutes pause he folded, showing [ac][jc] as he did. Strelitz showed nothing, and stacks up around 220,000. Bilokur drops to 280,000. – SB
12.51pm: Pastor gets paid
Juan Manuel Pastor is up to around 120,000 after making a huge three-bet shove with aces and finding an opponent willing to make a call all-in with an under pair.
That opponent was Lubor Dedic and he opened to 6,300 from mid position before the Spanish Team PokerStars Pro shoved for 110,000 from the small blind. Local boy Dedic tanked before he called.
The board ran [ac][jc][4h][8c][qs]. Dedic was drawing dead by the turn. — MC
12.43pm: Lots of action on table five
I got caught in the slipstream of Jude Ainsworth who, heavily rugged up in a large, puffy winter coat, was moving through the tables to take his new seat on the right of Anton Wigg, who himself had just opened a pot from early position. As Ainsworth placed his racks down Vesa Leikos moved all-in for 60,000 and was called by Pontus Khosravi. Wigg passed.
By the time that the board had delivered a suck out for Leikos on a [kd][as][5d][qh][js] river Ainsworth had his stack arranged and readied – always a giveaway tell of someone used to playing with a big stack.
Moments later Wigg knocked out Stefan Verhage with pocket kings to chip up to 320,000. — RD
12.40pm: Ainsworth getting ready for the action
Irish Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth talks to the cameras. Okay, camera.
12.35pm: Lodden takes Fulham into Europe
Sorry, that was in FIFA12 on his iPad, but Johhny Lodden had managed to double-up to 120,000.
Calvin Anderson opened to 6,300 before Lodden shoved for 55,800 from the small blind. Andreas Wiese was in the blind and shoved as well, for about 105,000. Anderson folded to leave it heads-up.
The board ran [jh][4d][6s][as][9c] to see the Team PokerStars Pro hit his three-outer on the turn. — MC
12.25pm: Two sugars with the morning controversy, please
There’s nothing like a bit of controversy and argument around the table to wake one up in the morning. Table ten was the scene of the scene.
Petru Moraru opened to 8,000 from under the gun and Konstantin Tolokno called from the small blind before Zachary Korik moved all-in for around 70,000 from the big blind. Before Moraru could act Tolokno called and both players in the blinds tabled their cards.
A ruling was asked for and the TD said that both all-ins had to stay, and Moraru was free to make a decision armed with the extra information at his disposal. The Romanian was unhappy at this ruling and insisted that he would have been able to fold out Tolokno if he had the option to act first. He appeal was rejected and the Romanian open folded his ace-king.
Tolokno opened [8c][8h] and was racing Korik’s [ac][9h]. The board ran [ad][9h][kh][6h][9h] to make Korik a full-house. It was quite ironic that Moraru would have lost the hand if he had managed to get what he wanted; to be heads-up with the dominated ace of Korik. — MC
12.15pm: Ace-king versus nines (times two)
We just enjoyed a spot of instant variance with ace-king racing against nines consecutively on neighbouring tables: one winner apiece.
Max Silver had four-bet shoved on Daniel Todorov who tank-called with nines for his 62,600 stack. His pair held against Silver’s ace-king. Todorov doubles, Silver drops to 200,000.
Andreas Wiese was at the next table along holding [as][kd] and he managed to catch Broadway on a [2d][js][qh][th][ad] board against Calvin Anderson’s nines. Wiese, also a short stack, is now on 110,000. — RD
12pm: This is a changing world
If you thought there was no room left for sporting behaviour in poker, and I’d count myself among them, Kevin MacPhee just put us in our place, approaching chip leader Garri Tevosov to wish him good luck ahead of the start. If you were reading yesterday’s coverage it was Tevosov’s pocket queens that cracked MacPhee’s pocket kings to send him into the lead and MacPhee to the rail. — SB
11.55am: Like Lazarus…
Contrary to puffed up reports in last night’s round-up of the day, Andrey Saenko, chip leader at the start of Day 2, is not out. While we decide who best to blame, and how to punish them, rest assured family Saenko that your boy still has 101,400 chips. — SB
11.40am: And so to Day 3
Welcome back to Day 3 of the European Poker Tour main event in Prague. From a starting field of 722 just 136 remain, a figure that todays will be put on a medium heat until it’s reduced to 24. It may have a tendency to boil over in parts, but on the whole this should affect taste.
Our head chef today is Garri Tevosov, who to the surprise of all of us, including him, leapt out of the frying pan last night and into the chip lead, catching some luck in a big hand at the bell which entitles him to a stack of 764,000 this afternoon.
The Christmassy bit of Prague