Pedro Marques bags the lead with 13 players left in the Main Event.


Pedro Marques leads the Main Event after a long day at the tables. 13 players remain


As the sixth level of play began tonight, and with 17 players left in the Main Event, tournament staff had a decision to make.

Would they still stop play at 16 left, as per the original plan? Or, play on until the end of the level regardless.

Why the debate?

Because with a tournament of this stature, and a prize pool so big, the general consensus is that there is still a lot of poker left to play.

Great for fans watching the live stream, and reading our coverage. But a logistical concern for those marshaling the players to the final on Sunday, and getting it wrapped up before closing time.

Not that there were any objections when the decision was taken to play on.

We got another hour of what is proving to be the type of poker that you’d expect from what is the biggest EPT Main Event ever. The usual action, but also then swings that make this game totally unpredictable.

The day would finish though, with Marques leading. The remaining 13 players return for the penultimate day at noon tomorrow. They’ll play for something like 12 more hours getting down to six.

Marques helped provide some of the drama at the end of the day. Fabiano Kovalski looked most likely to lead, sending Upkeshka De Silva to the rail on the last hand of the day. But while his stack towers over most, it couldn’t beat Marques.

Name Country Chips
Pedro Marques Portugal 9,150,000
Fabiano Kovalski Brazil 8,745,000
Rodrigo Carmo Portugal 5,330,000
Matthias Tikerpe Estonia 5,200,000
Haoxiang Wang China 4,655,000
Mark Buckley Ireland 4,400,000
Georges Hanna Lebanon 3,770,000
Piotr Nurzynski Poland 3,570,000
Patrick Clarke Ireland 3,550,000
Ognyan Dimov Bulgaria 3,100,000
Danny Tang UK 2,435,000
Ben Heath UK 2,030,000
John Juanda Indonesia 1,988,000

Notable among the players chasing the lead is John Juanda.

Juanda won this event back in 2015, for a first prize of more than €1 million. He could eclipse that this weekend if he can breathe life into what will be the short stack returning tomorrow.


John Juanda may be the short stack but he cannot be counted out of a potential second EPT title this weekend


And if we’re talking of potential double winners don’t discount Ognyan Dimov, who won his title in Deauville just months before Juanda won in Barcelona. He’s also parked overnight in the bottom half of the chip counts. But if today proved anything it’s that such things can change very easily.


Like Juanda, Ognyan Dimov is still on course for a potential second EPT title after winning EPT Deauville back in 2015


The day began with a field of 56. Anthony Chimkovitch was the first to depart, one of 43 players to reach the rail today.

He was followed by the likes of Ali Tariq, Rui Ferreira, Luke Haward, Stefan Jedlicka, Kalidou Sow, Michael Zhang, Rifat Palevic, Ben Pollack, and Jamie O’Connor.

Others would follow, including Johan Storackers, an old-timer from the early days of the EPT, back to pick up where he left off. He reached 19th place before departing.


Johan Storakers, a familiar face from the early years of the EPT, reached 19th place on what was his return to the tour. A great performance


A full list of payouts can be found on the payouts page.

Play restarts at 12 noon CEST, with the cards up live stream on a half hour delay, starting at 12:30pm. We play down to six. Count on it being another long day.

Until then, scroll down for the full archive of coverage from Day 4. – SB

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12:10am: Done in real life, stream still streaming
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Play has ended for the night here in Barcelona, but the stream is still streaming so stick around. We’ll have a full recap of the day’s shenanigans here ASAP. — HS

12am: De Silva busts on last hand of the night
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

What a brutal last level of the night for Upeshka De Silva. He could’ve been battling for the chip lead, but he suffered his second three-outer to bust on the very last hand of the day.

Tough times for Upeshka De Silva, busts in 14th

Fabiano Kovalski opened to 125,000 off the button before De Silva three-bet all-in for 1.27 million. Kovalski said that he wished he hadn’t done that, but called anyway.

De Silva: 9♠9♦
Kovalski: A♥7♣

The board ran K♠3♣A♠J♦6♥ to pair Kovalski’s ace.

Fabiano Kovalski: Big win right at the end

That put him up to 8.745 million which will be good for second in chips heading into the penultimate day. –MC

11:58pm: Marques bluffs Nurzynski off trip fours
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

It was a limped pot between Pedro Marques with A♠2♥ in the small blind and Piotr Nurzynski with J♥4♦ in the big blind, when the flop came 4♥8♥4♠ to give Nurzynski trip fours. Marques checked, Nurzynski bet 75,000, and Marques called.

The turn was the 10♦. Marques checked, and Nurzynski made a largish bet of 300,000. Marques studied a while and called, building the pot to 930,000.

The 5♥ river completed the board, and Marques checked again. Nurzynski took a short while, then carved out chips to bet 650,000.

Marques didn’t fold right away. In fact, he spent a time bank card, then after a recheck of his cards announced he was check-raising all in!

Nurzynski thought about 20 seconds… then he folded! “You’ll see it later,” said Marques and he showed the bluff.

Marques has 9.285 million now, while Nurzynski has just over 2.9 million. –MH

11:55pm: Marques gets river value against Nurzynski
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Piotr Nurzynski opened from under the gun with K♠Q♣ and Pedro Marques called from the big blind with Q♠7♠, building a pot of 340,000.

The flop came Q♦10♠3♣ and Marques checked. Nurzynski continued for 125,000 and Marques called. Both then checked the J♦ turn.

The 7♣ on the river gave Marques a second pair, and he led for 355,000 (just over half the pot). Nurzynski thought for a while then called to see he was beaten.

Marques keeps adding. He’s got 8.15 million, with Nurzynski’s 4.075 million the closest competitor at the table right now. –MH

11:50pm: Marques folds pair to Heath three-bet
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Pedro Marques opened to 135,000 from under the gun with 6♠6♥, then Ben Heath reraised to 415,000 from the hijack with K♥J♥. It folded back to Marques and he thought for 10 seconds or so before letting his pair go.

Marques still sits with a big stack of just over 7.5 million, while Heath is now at 2.325 million. –MH

11:45pm: Wow, followed by wow as Buckley cracks De Silva’s kings
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Big hands, big pot, a couple of wows and suck-out. The story ends with Mark Buckley surging up to 5 million.

Mark Buckley: This man cracks kings

Buckley opened to 125,000 from under the gun before Upeshka De Silva three-bet to 385,000 from the next seat. When the action folded back around to the Irishman, he four-bet all-in for 2.265 million. “Wow!” De Silva said as he checked his cards one more time before calling.

Buckley: A♠Q♦
De Silva: K♠K♣

Upeshka De Silva: Can’t hit in late night play

“Wow!” Haoxiang Wang said as the flop came A♥7♣3♣ hitting Buckley’s three-outer. The board ran out 9♥ and 5♣ and De Silva dropped to 1.56 million. –MC

11:40pm: Alner straightened out by Clarke
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Tom Alner is out, sent to the rail by Patrick Clarke in a standard flip that toyed with each of their emotions before it was done.

Clarke opened the pot, making it 135,000. Alner moved in for right around 1 million and although Clarke thought for almost all of his 30-second allocation, he didn’t ask for a precise count before calling.

They were off to the races: Alner had A♦J♦ and Clarke had 8♦8♠.

Technically the flop hit Alner. It came J♠9♥7♥. But Clarke now also had a straight draw. The 4♣ turn was a blank but the 10♥ river was one of the outs Clarke needed and that was curtains for Alner.

Tom Alner and the face of a sick, sick man

Clarke moves up to 3.14 million, while Alner gets €78,800 for 15th. — HS

11:33pm: Marius Conan eliminated in 16th place (€69,350)
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

John Juanda opened to 135,000 from the hijack with A♥Q♦, then Marius Conan jammed all in from the cutoff for 2.065 million after being dealt 9♦9♣.

Pedro Marques was next to act on the button and he had K♠K♣, and he quickly reraised all in himself.

The fun continued as Piotr Nurzynski then looked down at J♥J♦ in the small blind, but given all that action ahead of him he got away from the hand. The big blind and Juanda folded, too, and the remaining two players showed their hands.

Disaster for Marius Conan

There was no more drama from there, as the board ran out 4♣Q♠5♠10♣6♣ and Conan is out in 16th place. Marques now has just over 8 million. –MH

11:35pm: Carmo wins blind battle versus De Silva
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Rodrigo Carmo has moved up to 5.3 million after making the second but flush in a blind battle versus Upkeshka De Silva.

The latter raised to 155,000 and bet 165,000 on a K♠9♦J♦ flop. Carmo called both bet then took over, betting 450,000 and 400,000 on the 6♦Q♦ turn and river.

De Silva check-called both times but mucked upon seeing Carmo’s K♦5♥. He dropped to 3.6 million. –MC

11:30pm: Nurzynski bluffs with the best hand
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

John Juanda raised to 130,000 from the cutoff with 9♠8♠ and Piotr Nurzynski called from the big blind with 10♣9♥.

The flop came J♠7♥4♥, giving both players different gutshot draws, and both checked. The turn was the 3♠. This time Nurzynski checked and when Juanda bet 160,000, Nurzynski check-raised to 475,000. Juanda thought about it, then called.

With the pot up to 1.3 million, the K♥ completed the board, putting a third heart out there but missing both players’ draws.

Nurzynski led out for 1.1 million (bluffing with the best hand, in fact), and Juanda took a long while — making the commentators on the live stream think he might be about to reraise as a bluff — but folded.

Juanda has a little over 2 million now, while Nurzynski is up to 4.7 million. Knowing the hand would be appearing on the stream soon, Nurzynski showed his hand and Juanda talked about hands with which he would have called. –MH

11:25pm: A new move in the bluffing range. Maybe
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Matthias Tikerpe opened to 125,000 from mid position and Fabiano Kovalski called on the button. This hand was significant mainly because of their respective chip stacks: Tikerpe had about 5.5 million and Kovalski about 7 million. Any major skirmish between the two could bring the house down.

The dealer put the Q♦9♦Q♥ on the table and Tikerpe checked it over. Kovalski bet 75,000 and Tikerpe called. Hmm.

The K♦ turn was another scary card but they both checked it. And then the K♥ came on the river. All. Those. Pictures.

Tikerpe bet 100,000 and Kovalski used a time-bank card as he pondered his decision. He then raised to 575,000 and Tikerpe folded immediately.

The time-bank raise is super strong in most circumstances, and was a tactic employed by Tikerpe on the previous significant hand here, which is precisely why I’m expecting the best players to have now included it in their bluffing range.

Not to say Kovalski was bluffing here, just to say it’s a possibility. — HS

11:22pm: Juanda over Heath
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Ben Heath raised to 120,000 from the hijack with A♥6♥, and John Juanda came along from the big blind with K♦9♥.

The flop came 8♥5♦9♣, giving Juanda top pair and both players checked. The turn was the 4♣. Juanda led for 160,000 and Heath called.

John Juanda: They all count

The river was the 2♣. Juanda sat for a moment then reached for chips, betting 300,000. Heath didn’t take too long before folding.

Juanda has 2.675 million now, Heath 1.775 million. –MH

11:20pm: More for Marques
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Dealt A♠7♠, Ognyan Dimov raised to 135,000 from early position and Marius Conan called from the hijack with A♦J♠. Pedro Marques then looked down at A♥K♥ in the cutoff and three-bet to 550,000.


Pedro Marques: Putting stack to good use


Action folded back to Dimov who got out of the way, and Marques rechecked hhis cards before folding as well. Put Marques up to 5.9 million now. –MH

11:15pm: Tikerpe takes down three-way pot
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

It’s rare to see a three-way pot that goes all the way to the river with all still involved. That just happened, and even though there was no showdown, it was interesting.

Mark Buckley started proceedings with an early position open to 125,000, picking up calls from Matthias Tikerpe (cutoff) and Fabiano Kovalski (bb) before all three checked a J♦4♣6♠ flop.


Matthias Tikerpe: Enjoying a fine day


The 9♠ came on the turn and chip leader Kovalski led for 185,000 and saw both opponents call. The 9♦ completed the board and Buckley had a stab with a 435,000 bet but folded, along with Kovalski, when Tikerpe used a time-bank chip and then raised to 1.1 million.

Kovalski – 8 million
Tikerpe – 5.85 million
Buckley – 2.45 million
–MC

11:06pm: Marques pressuring with big stack on feature table
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

On the first hand on the feature table following the two-table redraw, Piotr Nurzynski picked up J♦J♥ in early position and raised to 125,000, and won the blinds and big blind ante.

Next it was Danny Tang getting a pocket pair, the 2♠2♣ in the hijack, and he raised to 130,000. This time Marius Conan got A♦J♠ in the small blind and called, then the table’s big stack Pedro Marques three-bet to 525,000 with 6♠5♣ from the big blind.

Tang folded his deuces, preserving his 2.875 million, and Conan folded as well, keeping his 2.425 million.

Now Marques is up to 5.5 million. –MH

11:05pm: Even more for Kovalski
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Fabiano Kovalski won the first hand back at the outer table and saw his stack swell to a huge 8.25 million.

Upkeshka De Silva opened to 125,000 from middle position and was called in one spot before Kovalski squeezed to 625,000 from the big blind. De Silva was the only caller and he called another 455,000 on a 6♣8♥8♦ flop. The 3♠ turn was checked through to the K♠ river where De Silva folded to a 700,000 bet to drop to 3.7 million. –MC

11pm: Last two tables
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Here’s how they line up now:

Table Seat Name Country Chips
1 1 Ben Heath UK 2,325,000
1 2 Georges Hanna Lebanon 3,450,000
1 3 Danny Tang UK 2,995,000
1 4 Ognyan Dimov Bulgaria 3,355,000
1 5 John Juanda Indonesia 2,170,000
1 6 Marius Conan France 2,665,000
1 7 Pedro Marques Portugal 5,250,000
1 8 Piotr Nurzynski Poland 3,780,000
2 1 Upeshka De Silva USA 6,340,000
2 2 Rodrigo Carmo Portugal 4,160,000
2 3 Matthias Tikerpe Estonia 5,370,000
2 4 Haoxiang Wang China 2,940,000
2 5 Patrick Clarke Ireland 1,685,000
2 6 Fabiano Kovalski Brazil 7,035,000
2 7 Tom Alner UK 935,000
2 8 Mark Buckley Ireland 3,430,000

10:45pm: De Rosa loses stack, Kovalski soars to summit
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Enrico De Rosa is our 17th placed finisher, losing a huge pot to Fabiano Kovalski. While De Rosa goes looking for a check for €69,350, Kovalski moves up to the top of the counts, with about 7 million. He’s also looking for a new seat because we’re having a redraw now, with 16 left.


Enrico De Rosa: The latest faller


We picked this up on the turn with about 500,000 in the pot and the board showing 3♥K♥7♠8♠.

De Rosa checked and Kovalski bet 475,000, which sent De Rosa into the tank. After spending a time-bank card, he emerged with a shove, putting his whole 2.1 million stack forward.

Kovalski snapped and that wasn’t good for De Rosa. Kovalski had 7♥7♣ to De Rosa’s K♠Q♦ rendering the 6♦ river an irrelevance.


Fabiano Kovalski: Massive win


With 1hr 11mins on the clock still, they will do a redraw. — HS

10:43pm: Juanda gets there, doubles through Hanna
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

John Juanda did have the best hand preflop.

Georges Hanna opened for 125,000 from the button and it folded around to John Juanda in the big blind who jammed for about 1.025 million. Hanna made the call, tabling K♣Q♠ while Juanda had the big edge with A♠K♠.


John Juanda gets there


The flop came 4♠7♥Q♣, though, and suddenly Hanna was the one way in front. The 10♠ turn had Juanda calling for a jack, but he got another card that suited him just as well on the river — the A♥.

Juanda made the better pair and doubled to about 2.1 million, while Hanna has 3.55 million now. –MH

10:42pm: Wang jams flop in three-way pot, wins
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Haoxiang Wang opened for 125,000 from under the gun with A♣Q♠. Piotr Nurzynski called from the next seat over with K♥10♥, then Danny Tang re-raised to 400,000 from the cutoff seat holding J♠J♣. It folded back to Wang and he called, and so did Nurzynski.


Danny Tang, pushed out by Wang


The flop came A♠9♣9♦, Wang jammed all-in, and the others folded. Wang is up to 2.925 million, Nurzynski has 3.35 million, and Tang has 3 million even. –MH

10:40pm: Chopping pots
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

John Juanda survived with ace-king versus ace-king on his table the previous level, and he came over to the other outer table this level to watch a similar encounter.

Marius Conan and Ben Heath tangled in a preflop raising war that saw the latter at risk with his 2.6 million stack. He opened A♣K♣ and Conan opened A♥K♥. “I hope to see some flush draws – just kidding!” Juanda said to laughter from the table.

The 6♥9♥2♣4♦3♣ board offered Conan a big hope of claiming the scalp but the river bricked.

“I’m so happy right now!” said a relieved Heath.


Ben Heath: So happy right now


“It must feel like tripling up!” Fabiano Kovalski said. –MC

11:35pm: Buckley betting big with aces
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Back to the action and things got interesting quite quickly.

Ognyan Dimov opened in early position, betting 135,000 with K♥K♣. Mark Buckley had A♥K♦ in the cut off and called, as did Danny Tang with K♠2♦ in the blinds. The flop came A♠A♦10♣.


Mark Buckley: Betting big


Tang checked. Dimov bet 115,000 and Buckley called, leaving Tang to drop out. The turn: 4♣

Another 200,000 bet went in from Dimov, which Buckley raised to 435,000, easily ahead with the aces. Dimov wasn’t done, and called. The river: 4♦

Dimov checked this time, then folded to a Buckley bet. – SB

10:30pm: Let’s play one more level
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

The 17 remaining players have returned from their break and have been informed by tournament staff that we are playing the whole of Level 27 regardless. That’s the truth whether we finish with 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, or even fewer. Key point: we’re playing the full level, in a change to our advertised programme. — HS


TOURNAMENT BREAK: 20 MINUTES


10:05pm: Seventeen left at the break
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

With 17 players left, off they go for a 20-minute tournament break. — HS

10:03pm: Level ends with a pot for Tang
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Danny Tang opened for 115,000 under the gun with K♠J♥. Matthias Tikerpe, who has climbed into the lead thanks to a series of sub-million chip pots, called in early position with A♦10♥. Mark Buckley was on the button and called with 2♠2♣.

The flop: K♦5♥Q♣

The action was checked to Buckley who bet 195,000. Tang called, leaving Tikerpe to back out.

The turn card 5♣ was checked for a 7♥ river card.

Now Tang bet 480,000. Buckley, suspecting Tang had nothing, went in with the hero call. But he would come up short. Tang’s king was good for a pot worth 1.8 million. It also brought the level to an end.- SB

10pm: Pedro Marques eliminates Denys Shafikov in 18th
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

We’re reporting on a rush of bustouts here, as well as a rush of players moving up close to or over the 5 million-chip mark to challenge for the lead.


Day is done for Denys Shafikov


Just now Denys Shafikov was the latest to be all-in and at risk, having committed something around 1.2 million pre-flop with 8♦8♠ and unfortunately finding himself against Pedro Marques’s Q♠Q♣.


Pedro Marques: Moving on up


The flop and turn came 5♣3♦4♦ then 6♠, which did give Shafikov more ways to survive. But the river was the 3♥ and he’s out in 18th place, earning €69,350 for his effort.

Marques, meanwhile, may well be the chip leader now. He has about 5.4 million. –MH

9:55pm: De Silva over 5 million after stopping Storakers in 19th
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

It folded around to Upeshka De Silva in the small blind who opened for 150,000, and the action was on Johan Storakers in the big blind. He didn’t take too long before choosing to reraise all in for just over 1.55 million, and De Silva called in a flash.


Upeshka De Silva: Hair-raising


De Silva had A♦J♦, which meant he had Storakers in tough shape with his A♣3♠. The 10♦A♥2♣ flop paired both but kept the kickers in play, and neither the 9♣ turn nor the 7♠ river helped the at-risk players.


Johan Storakers: An expression that says it all


Storakers is out in 19th place, while De Silva now jumps to 5.35 million and appears to have the chip lead at present. –MH

9:50pm: Hanna touching 5 million
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Georges Hanna’s stack has grown to 4.95 million, some of which came via Upeshka De Silva just now, who dropped to 3.8 million.


Georges Hanna: Nearing 5 million


Hanna raised to 105,000 from under the gun and was only called by De Silva two seats along. The flop fanned 8♥8♣7♦ and Hanna check-called 125,000 bet before the 3♣A♦ turn and river were checked through. Hanna opened 10♣10♥ and De Silva mucked. –MC

9:40pm: Kovalski keeps collecting
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Rodrigo Carmo opened for 100,000 from middle position and both blinds called — Fabiano Kovalski (small) and Marius Conan (big). The trio all checked the 10♦J♣5♦ flop, then Kovalski led for 195,000 after the 9♠ turn and both of his opponents called.

The river brought the 8♣, an interesting card to complete the board. Kovalski thought for a while, leaning forward as he continued to receive a massage. He then bet 850,000 — a big bet, more than the size of the pot. Conan folded quickly, but Carmo had to think for a while before letting his hand go, then chuckling afterwards as he did.

After being short earlier, Kovalski now has moved all of the way up to 3.95 million. Carmo has 3.55 million at present, and Conan 2.55 million. –MH

9:25pm: No Korn left on this cob
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Andres Korn got his chips in good but couldn’t hold and busted in 20th place. (There has been some action on the feature table that we’ll get to when it’s aired on PokerStars.tv.)

The hand started with a 110,000 cutoff raise from Pedro Marques before Korn three-bet all-in for 475,000 from the small blind. Call.

Korn: A♦7♥
Marques: Q♥10♦


Andres Korn: Pop Korn


The board ran J♦6♦9♥10♠10♣ to make Marques trips. He rose to 4.3 million as Korn hit the rail. –MC

9:20pm: David Petrzelka out in 21st place
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Another elimination, and this time it’s David Petrzelka heading for the rail after moving all-in for his last 590,000.

He had A♦Q♥ which looked good when Matthias Tikerpe called with A♠10♣. But then the board saw to that. It came 8♠A♣9♣J♠7♠

David Petrzelka: Finally he couldn’t win

A cruel run of cards gave Tikerpe the straight on the river. Petrzelka at least managed a grin. – SB

9:15pm: Kovalski wins all-in, doubles through Clarke
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Patrick Clarke opened to 100,000 from middle position, then Fabiano Kovalski three-bet to 275,000 from the hijack seat. The others left all folded, then Clarke paused just a moment before announcing he was re-raising all-in and Kovalski called right away to commit his total stack of just over 1.75 million.

Clarke: 9♣9♠
Kovalski: A♠K♣

The flop fell 6♠A♣J♠ and just like that the at-risk player was in the lead. The 7♠ fell on the turn, leaving just the two red nines for Kovalski to fade (and Clarke to hope to see).

Fabiano Kovalski: Massaged a double

The river was the 2♠, giving Kovalski an unneeded flush, and he doubled up to about 3.65 million. Clarke now sits with about 1.625 million. –MH

9:10pm: Serhii Holodiuk departs in 23rd place
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

It’s the end of the road for Serhii Holodiuk. Down to 115,000 he shoved in early position with 9♠7♠. The best he could hope for was live cards, but when Piotr Nurzynski called the news wasn’t good. He had J♦9♣.

Serhii Holodiuk: Couldn’t hold on

It got worse on the flop, the board coming 3♥J♥A♣5♦10♠ sending Holodiuk out in 23rd place. – SB

9:05pm: Hanna cracks kings, busts O’Connor in 23rd
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Georges Hanna raised to 105,000 from middle position and Upeshka De Silva called from the cutoff seat. It folded over to Jamie O’Connor in the big blind who looked over the situation for a moment, then reraised to 440,000.


Georges “Cracker” Hanna


Action back on Hanna, he didn’t wait long before moving all-in, and De Silva quickly stepped aside.

Hanna: A♣Q♦
O’Connor: K♦K♥

The flop brought the card O’Connor didn’t want to see — an ace — coming 6♣A♦J♣ to put Hanna in front. The turn was the 8♦ and river the 10♦, and O’Connor was eliminated in 23rd for a €50,575 cash.

Jamie O’Connor: Kings cracked

The chips actually had to be counted just to be sure, given that the pair were fairly close in chips. That means O’Connor essentially doubled his stack and now has about 4.1 million. –MH

8:55pm: More pre-flop raising on Table 3
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Following on from the last update, there’s been a couple more pots three-bet pre-flop to take down chips. Both times it was Rodgrigo Carmo raised out, the first by Ben Heath, who re-popped Carmo’s UTG+1 100,000 open from one seat over. The next time, Carmo raised to 100,000 again from under the gun and Marius Conan made it 430,000 from the small blind and won. — HS

Marius Conan: Three bet wins

8:55pm: Alas for Alner
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Don’t worry Tom Alner fans, he’s not out, he’s just been raised off two pots on the bounce to drop to 1.855 million.

Marius Conan opened to 100,000 from the hijack before Alner three-bet to 275,000 from the next seat and Rodrigo Carmo four-bet to 600,000 off the button. Both Conan and Alner folded.

Alner raised to 105,000 the very next hand and Enrico De Rosa defended his big blind. The board ran out 6♥9♠10♠10♥A♠ with Alner waiting until the river before continuing for 125,000, but he was forced to fold again when De Rosa check-raised to 255,000. –MC

8:50pm: Alner over Clarke
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Patrick Clarke opened for 100,000 from the cutoff seat and only Tom Alner called from the big blind. The flop came Q♦5♦A♣, and Alner check-called a continuation bet of 75,000 from Alner. The turn was the 6♣, and both players checked.

The river was the 8♥. This time Alner led for 300,000, and after a short pause Clarke called the bet. Alner opened A♦2♦ for aces, and Clarke mucked.

Alner moves up around 2.3 million with that pot, while Clarke has 3.25 million now. –MH

8:45pm: Shove, shove
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

We’ve just seen back-to-back shoves on one of the outer tables, with Andres Korn and then John Juanda committing all their chips pre-flop. In the first instance, Jamie O’Connor opened to 100,000 and Korn pushed for 650,000. O’Connor folded, as did everyone else. They all also all folded after Juanda open-shipped for a little over 1 million on the next hand. — HS

8:43pm: De Silva takes first pot back
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Upeshka De Silva took the chip lead in the last level before dropping back into the field just before the break. He’s back in his seat and gotten off to a winning start in Level 26.

He was in middle position and battling Andres Korn in the big blind. De Silva bet 75,000 and Korn check-called. Both players checked the Q♣ turn before Korn led for 280,000 on the 3♣ river.

Korn opened J♣J♠ and lost out to De Silva and his A♣Q♥, who rose to 3.5 million. Korn dropped to 655,000. –MC

8:41pm: Double up from the start
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

It was one of those hands that looked like all hell could break loose.

Danny Tang opened with A♥10♥ from under the gun for 115,000. Hoaxiang Wang called with 7♦7♣ before David Petrzelka moved all-in on the big blind for 275,000, holding K♦Q♥.

David Petrzelka: Yo-yo goes up

Tang then four-bet to 435,000 forcing a fold from Wang, but taking things to a showdown. And a board: K♠8♣6♦5♦6♠.

That’s a double up for Petrzelka, who tries once more to climb the chip counts. – SB

8:40pm: Back to business
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

The 23 remaining players are back from dinner and play has resumed. The plan to play two more 90-minute levels or down to 16 players, whichever comes first. Look below for an updated glimpse at the top of the chip counts as play gets back underway. –MH

Name Country Chips
Ognyan Dimov Bulgaria 4,965,000
Rodrigo Carmo Portugal 4,650,000
Matthias Tikerpe Estonia 4,610,000
Pedro Marques Portugal 4,050,000
Patrick Clarke Ireland 3,650,000

TOURNAMENT DINNER BREAK: 75 MINUTES


7:25pm: Small double up for Holodiuk
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Serhii Holodiuk doubles up as the level ends. He shoved with just 90,000 from the button, having found Q♣9♦. Mark Buckley called with Q♥2♥. The board sorted things out on the flop: 6♦9♠9♣7♠2♦. — SB

7:25pm: Marques builds a house for dinner
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Pedro Marques made a full house versus Upeshka De Silva on the last hand before dinner to rise to 4.12million.

De Silva raised to 90,000 from the hijack and he was called by Marques in the small blind and John Juanda in the big blind. The flop rolled out 5♦9♦10♣9♥10♦ with De Silva betting 215,000 and 400,000 before checking the river. Juanda folded on the flop but Marques stuck around all the way and tabled 5♠5♣ for a full house. De Silva said he had a flush and mucked to drop to 3.24 million. –MC

7:20pm: Dinner imminent
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Players are preparing for a 75 minute dinner break. We’ll have full counts of the remaining 23 shortly. — HS

7:15pm: Buckley and Petrzelka clash all in
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

A big double up for Mark Buckley. He moves up to 3.5 million, while David Petrzelka slumps once more after having built his stack up with two double ups.

The hand started with a bet of 85,000 from Haoxiang Wang under the gun with A♥7♥. Next to act was Ognyan Dimov who 3-bet to 250,000 with 7♣7♥ in the hijack.

In the cut off was Buckley with A♦K♥. He shoved for 1.5 million. That moved the action to Petrzelka, who had Q♦Q♥ and a decision, which cost him at least a couple of time bank cards. He called.


Mark Buckley watches the king on the turn save his tournament and double him up


We had a classic race, the queens narrowly ahead.

The board came: 9♦10♣5♣K♠10♠

The turn card changed everything for both players. Petrzelka would have surged ahead had his hand held. It didn’t. He’s not back to playing a short stack. Buckley plays on. – SB

7:15pm: O’Connor takes from De Silva
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Jamie O’Connor had just gotten through three-betting over an opening raise by Upeshka De Silva, getting the latter to fold and winning O’Connor the pot, when the next hand saw De Silva limp from the cutoff, O’Connor bet 140,000 from the button, and De Silva call.

The flop was A♦K♦9♥, and after a continuation bet from O’Connor, De Silva called to stick around. The turn was the 4♣ and once again O’Connor was firing, this time betting 315,000, and once again De Silva called him.

The river was the J♣, and after sitting quietly for a few seconds O’Connor said he was all-in for his last 900,000 or so. De Silva took his time, but this time relented and pushed his cards away.

O’Connor has around 1.9 million and De Silva 3.825 million with the dinner break just a couple of minutes away. –MH

7:05pm: Shakhabiddin Muradov out in 24th place
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Shakhabiddin Muradov’s tournament has come to the end.


Shakhabiddin Muradov moves all in


He shoved with A♦Q♠ for 380,000, which the newly energised Piotr Nurzynski called with 7♥7♦.

The board brought no particular excitement: 3♥K♥6♦6♥2♣

Muradov’s rearguard was at an end. Down to 23. – SB

7pm: Hanna shoves river, De Silva folds
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Georges Hanna of Lebanon opened from under the gun with a raise to 90,000 and just got one caller in Upeshka De Silva sitting two seats to his left.

The flop came 8♦5♦6♥ and Hanna continued for 135,000 with De Silva calling. The turn brought the 10♠ and this time Hanna checked, De Silva bet 135,000, and Hanna called.

The river was the 8♥, and the initiative swung one last time as Hanna led the betting, going all in for the just over 1.2 million he had behind. De Silva used a time bank card to think about it, but eventually released his hand.


Georges Hanna: Shoving


Hanna is up around 2.25 million now, while De Silva still has a bit over 4.1 million. –MH

6:55pm: De Silva takes the lead
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Two pot wins for Upeshka De Silva has seen him fly up to 5.28 million which is good for the chip lead.

First up, he three-bet to 200,000 off the button after an 85,000 hijack raise from Georges Hanna. Hanna called the raise and a 135,000 bet on the 7♠3♣7♥ flop, but he check-folded to a 400,000 bet on the 8♣ turn.


Upeshka De Silva: Leading again


Shortly after, De Silva was battling with neighbour Johan Storakers. De Silva check-called a bet on the turn before the river was checked through.

The board read 7♦6♥K♥8♦A♥ and De Silva’s A♦6♠ had got there versus Storakers’ K♠J♦. The Swede dropped to 1.6 million. –MC

6:52pm: Again Petrzelka shoves. Again Wang calls
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Another double up for David Petrzelka in a hand that had looked likely to send him to the rail.

Haoxiang Wang opened from the cutoff, making it 100,000 with A♦K♠. Petrzelka had 7♥7♦ and shoved for around 900,000. Wang immediately called.

The flop: 10♠A♠10♣

That put Wang in front, leaving Petrzelka in need of one of the two sevens still in the deck. It arrived on the turn: 7♠

Wang shook his head. Petrzelka’s expression didn’t change. The river card 5♠ was irrelevant. Petrzelka plays on. – SB

6:50pm: Reraise-shoves getting through
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

A couple of all-in-and-no-calls to report from the outer tables, both coming preflop over opening raises.

In the first, Andres Korn had opened from late position, then Denys Shafikov shoved from the blinds and got Korn to folded. Shafikov is on 800,000 now, Korn 1.25 million.


Denys Shafikov? Denys Shoveifkov, more like


In the second at the other table, Marius Conan had made a button raise then Tom Alner pushed all in from the small blind to win the pot. Alner has 1.35 million now, Conan 2.9 million. –MH


Tom Alner? Tom All-iner more like


6:47pm: Petrzelka gets his chips in. Wang calls
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

A double up for David Petrzelka on the feature table.

He shoved for 490,000 with 5♦5♣, before Haoxiang Wang re-shoved with his 4.2 million with A♣K♦.

The board came: 9♥Q♥6♦5♠K♣


David Petrzelka: Smiling like a man at the double


Petrzelka plays on. – SB

6:45pm: Kovalski collects
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Fabiano Kovalski opened for 80,000 from under the gun and got two callers, Patrick Clarke in the small blind and Enrico De Rosa in the big blind.

The flop came J♠7♣Q♠ and it checked around to Kovalski who bet and both of his opponents called. The 8♦ turn again brought two checks, then a bet of 275,000 from Kovalski that only Clarke called this time.


Fabiano Kovalski: Keep betting, keep collecting


The Q♥ came on the river and Clarke checked. Kovalski fired again for 450,000, and that was enough to win the pot as Clarke folded.

Kovalski is at 2.3 million now, while Clarke has 3.9 million. –MH

6:37pm: Lifeline for Muradov
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Shakhabiddin Muradov gets his double up, which should keep him in the game for a while yet.

Ognyan Dimov open shoved from the small blind for 5.3 million, with 8♠7♥. Sitting next to him was Muradov who called all in with his last 180,000 holding A♥3♦.

The board came: K♥2♥3♥A♣8♦ to double up Muradov. – SB

6:35pm: Down and Upeshka
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Upeshka De Silva folded to a big river bet from Pedro Carmo, but then made a big shove versus Jamie O’Connor to gather chips back.

De Silvae and Carmo made it to the river of a 6♣J♣5♣A♠4♠ board with around 800,000 chips in the middle. Carmo bet 855,000 when the action was checked to him and De Silva time-bank-folded.

A couple of hands later, De Silva limped in and then called after O’Connor raised to 140,000 in position. O’Connor bet 130,000 on the flop 6♣J♣9♥ flop and 400,000 on the 2♦ turn. De Silva check-called the flop bet but check-jammed the turn bet. O’Connor made a quick fold.

De Silva – 3.68 million
Carmo – 3.375 million
O’Connor – 1.23 million
–MC

6:30pm: More for Tikerpe
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Matthias Tikerpe followed up his decent win from Rodrigo Carmo by taking a few more chips from Marius Conan in a three-bet pot.

It began with an open to 80,000 under the gun from Tikerpe and a three-bet to 250,000 from Conan in the cutoff. The button and blinds backed away but Tikerpe called.

The dealer showed them the 8♠K♠4♣ flop and Tikerpe check-called Conan’s 190,000 continuation bet.


Marius Conan: Pushed out


They both checked the 7♣ turn. (The sentence “They both checked the xx turn writes itself in contemporary tournament poker coverage.) Then they saw the 7♠ on the river.

Tikerpe now stabbed 300,000 at it and Conan had seen enough. He folded. — HS

6:27pm: Aces for Nurzynski
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Piotr Nurzynski found pocket aces and turned it into a pot worth 400,000.

Haoxiang Wang opened for 85,000 from the button with 6♣2♣. Nurzynski called form the small blind, with his A♦A♣. Then David Petrzelka called from the big with 6♦4♠.

The flop: Q♦3♦7♣. All three players checked for the turn card: 3♠


Aces for Piotr Nurzynski


The action was checked to Petrzelka. He bet 180,000, which forced a fold from Wang. Nurzynski though called for the river card: 10♥

A check from Nurzynski. Another from Petrzelka. The aces were shown face up. – SB

6:25pm: Tikerpe collects from Carmo
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Rodrigo Carmo opened for 80,000 from under the gun, Matthias Tikerpe called from middle position, and Tom Alner came along as well from the small blind.

The flop came A♠6♥4♥. It checked around to Tikerpe who bet 160,000, and only Carmo called. The turn was the J♠ and Carmo checked. Tikerpe bet 280,000 this time, and Carmo called again.


Matthias Tikerpe: Moving in the right direction


The 6♦ completed the board and Carmo checked a third time. Tikerpe gathered together chips, setting forward 460,000 of them, and Carmo called again without too much hesitation.

Tikerpe opened his hand, showing he had flatted preflop with A♣K♥, and Carmo mucked.

Tikerpe moves up around 4.1 million with that pot, while Carmo slips back down to 3.25 million. –MH

6:20pm: Big pot goes Carmo’s way
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

A big pot developed between Fabiano Kovalski and Rodrigo Carmo, which ended with a big bet from Carmo and a fold on the river by Kovalski.

Carmo opened for 80,000, which Kovalski called in the big blind. The flop was A♦8♠6♠

Kovalski now checked to Carmo, then check-raised Carmo’s bet of 60,000, to 195,000 total. Carmo, calm and thoughtful throughout the hand, called.

The turn was the Q♦. Now Kovalski bet 330,000. Carmo called again. The river: Q♥

Kovalski checked one last time, tapping his arm. Carmo bet 750,000 (saying “75” which Ben Heath asked to be cleared up after the hand). This was enough to end the hand for Kovalski, who folded, dropping to 1.95 million.

Carmo meanwhile is up even more. He now has 5.85 million. – SB

6:15pm: Juanda bet-folds river
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

John Juanda has dropped a little to 1.6 million after a blind battle versus Andres Korn.

The former Barcelona champion raised to 120,000 from the small blind and was called by Korn in the next seat. The flop fanned 2♠K♣4♠ and it was Korn who bet first, for 130,000. Juanda check-called and both went on to check the 5♠ turn.


The hood hides Andres Korn


Juanda then led for 200,000 on the 9♠ river but folded when Korn raised to 575,000. Korn moved up to 2 million. –MC

6:10pm: Play begins at the last three tables
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

On the first hand after the redraw, John Juanda opened for 90,000 from middle position and got one customer in Upeshka De Silva on the button. The flop fell 5♥7♣6♥, and Juanda check-folded to a stab of 175,000 from De Silva.

De Silva has about 3.6 million, while Juanda is on right around 2 million.

A reminder — they’ll play out this level (about 75 minutes remains), then go on a 75-minute dinner break which looks like it will start around 7:20pm local time. –MH

6pm: Last three tables
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Here’s how they line up at the last three tables of the EPT Barcelona Main Event:

Seat Table 1 Table 2 Table 3
1 Haoxiang Wang John Juanda Matthias Tikerpe
2 Piotr Nurzynski Andres Korn Patrick Clarke
3 David Petrzelka Georges Hanna Enrico De Rosa
4 Danny Tang Denys Shafikov Fabiano Kovalski
5 Serhii Holodiuk Upkeshka De Silva Marius Conan
6 Ognyan Dimov Johan Storaakers Tom Alner
7 Shakhabiddin Muradov Jamie O’Connor Rodrigo Carmo
8 Mark Buckley Pedro Marques Ben Heath

5:51pm: Horak departs in 25th
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Jiri Horak only had two big blinds when he came back from the break, and they didn’t get him far. Shortly after Joel Isla was knocked out from in the field, Horak put his chips in with J♠3♦. Marius Conan looked him up with J♥10♠ in the small blind and Piotr Nurzynski also called in the big blind with A♥9♠.


Jiri Horak: No comeback from two big blinds


The two active players were inactive on the Q♦A♦4♠ flop, and on the 2♣ turn. Nurzynski then bet the 6♣ river with a lock on the hand and Conan folded.

Nurzynski officially scored the knockout and the field was trimmed down to the redraw amount. — HS

5:50pm: Isla eliminated by Wang
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Joel Isla just got his stack in with A♥10♠ and was up against Haoxiang Wang’s J♦J♣. The board brought a bunch of low cards — 6♣7♥6♦2♠6♠ — and thus no benefit for Isla who is out in 26th. Wang moves up to 4.2 million.


Joel Isla: Isla time to say goodbye


There has also been an elimination from the feature table–watch on PokerStars.tv in 30 minutes–so the field is now down to 24. There’s a full redraw taking place right now, and we’ll have details of the new seating assignments imminently. –MH

5:45pm: Carmo cements second place
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Rodrigo Carmo has moved closer to chip leader Ognyan Dimov after he picked off a David Petrzelka river bluff.

The latter raised to 120,000 from the small blind and Carmo defended his big blind. The board rolled out 9♦A♠2♥4♥3♥ with no chips going in until the river where Petrzelka bet 250,000. Carmo wasted little time in calling with 5♣8♠ for a wheel straight to beat Petrzelka’s Q♥6♠. Petrzelka dropped to 790,000. –MC

5:43pm: Start-of-level action
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Danny Tang won the first two hands of the level at his table, earning both with preflop raises that were called and then flop continuation bets that weren’t.

On the third hand, Enrico De Rosa was the won opening and Patrick Clarke called from the big blind. The pair battled through a 7♦6♣5♦A♦3♠ board, at the end of which Clarke bet 300,000 and got called by De Rosa. Clarke showed A♥4♦ for a straight and De Rosa mucked. –MH

5:40pm: Juanda wins first pot back after the break
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

The flop was already dealt when we got to the table: 2♥6♥3♠

John Juanda, playing from the big blind, checked to Matthias Tikerpe who bet 105,000 from the button. Juanda called. The turn: A♠

Both players checked that for the river card: K♦. This time Juanda bet first, 210,000, which was enough to force Tikerpe to fold. – SB

5:38pm: Good fold from O’Connor as Dimov continues to crush
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

On the first hand back from the break on the feature table, Ognjan Dimov found A♥A♣ against Jamie O’Connor’s K♠J♦. Dimov was UTG and O’Connor was on the button and it went raise, call.

Then the bad news for O’Connor was that the flop came 6♥3♥K♣ and he flopped top pair, which was no good. Dimov bet 80,000 and O’Connor called.

On the 9♣ turn, Dimov bet 300,000 and O’Connor called again, which then took them to the 5♠ river. Dimov barrelled for a third time, pushing 835,000 out there, which put O’Connor, with a 2.28 million stack, in a hell of a spot.


Jamie O’Connor: Folding well


O’Connor took a good long while to think it through, but then folded correctly. Great fold, but a hit to O’Connor’s stack nonetheless. — HS

5:35pm: Last level before dinner
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Play is back under way in Level 25. The field will take a 75-minute dinner break at its conclusion. That will likely be a little longer than 90 minutes from now, however, as a full tournament redraw will take place when 24 players are left–ie., after two more eliminations. That always takes quite a while to administrate.

But for now, we play on with Ognjan Dimov the large chip leader, with 5.01 million. At the other end, Jiri Horak’s 100,000 is 2.5 big blinds. — HS


TOURNAMENT BREAK: 20 MINUTES


5:15pm: Instant Carmo’s gonna get you
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Renato Kaneoya of Brazil has been knocked out in 27th by Rodrigo Carmo of Portugal, a continuance of Carmo’s red-hot Day 4.


Rodrigo Carmo: Red hot


Kaneoya’s last hand started with Carmo opening for 65,000 from the button, then Kaneoya three-bet to 265,000 from the button. The action folded back to Carmo who jammed all-in, and Kaneoya called.

Kaneoya: 9♦9♠
Carmo: A♠J♠


Renato Kaneoya’s tournament comes to an end


The flop came J♥6♥J♣, instantly swinging the advantage to Carmo by giving him trips. The turn was the 2♣ and the river the 5♠, and Kaneoya is out. Carmo is way up to 4.65 million now with the day’s next break approaching. –MH

5:10pm: Wang doubles Isla
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Joel Isla was down to 210,000 in the big blind, not a great position to be in. He found a hand good enough to call all-in with though, and doubled to 465,000.

Haoxiang Wang was the player to put him to the test after he shoved from the small blind. Call.

Wang: J♣8♥
Isla: K♦6♠


Joel Isla finds a double


The board ran K♠7♣2♣9♣8♠. Wang dropped to 3.56 million.
–MC

5:05pm: Four way showdown (don’t get too excited)
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Not all hands have dramatic outcomes. But that doesn’t stop it getting tense before the showdown.

There were four players to the flop, which came: 9♠6♥J♣. And then it started.

Upeshka De Silva checked. Then Fabiano Kovalski checked. Then Haoxiang Wang checked. Then Georges Hanna checked.

The turn: 7♣ They all checked again.

Then the river: Q♦ One by one, they all checked one last time and all showed their cards:

De Silva: 3♥3♦
Kovalski: 6♠4♦
Wang: 7♦10♦
Hanna: 8♥8♠

Wang had tapped his seven, right up until the moment Hanna showed his eights. At least they could laugh about it. – SB

5pm: Holodiuk doubles short stack
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

After folding many hands and sitting in 27th position out of 27 for a while now, Serhii Holodiuk finally open-raised all-in for his last 85,000 from the cutoff and got one caller in Danny Tang on the button.

Holodiuk had 9♥9♦ and Tang had 3♣3♥, and the nines held through the 4♣J♣8♣J♥5♥ board.

Serhii Holodiuk: Double time

With the blinds and big blind ante, Holodiuk has 280,000 now, Tang 2.55 million. –MH

4:55pm: JJ gets paid on the river
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

John Juanda flopped a set in a three-way pot but had to wait until the river to get paid, by which point he had a boat. He got one street of value and his stack grew to 1.8 million.

Rodrigo Marques opened with an early position raise to 65,000 and was called by Matthias Tikerpe (button) and Juanda (big blind). The board rolled out 3♣10♦2♠2♠6♦ with no chips going in until the river where Juanda led for 180,000.

John Juanda: Flopped a set of threes

Marques folded to leave Tikerpe to make a call, but he mucked upon seeing Juanda’s 3♦3♠. Tikerpe dropped to 2.4 million and Marques to 3.4 million. –MC

4:50pm: Kovalski and Wang each show a ten. Kovalski wins
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

The board looked scary.

J♦Q♦9♦8♦

It might have gone some way to explain the caution on display. Up to this point Fabiano Kovalski had been betting, with Haoxiang Wang calling. At this point though Kovalski’s bet of 1.1 million stopped Wang in his tracks. He smiled, and folded, showing: 10♣

Showing mercy, Kovalski turned over: 10♠

He took what was in the middle. – SB

4:45pm: Bad timing costs Chong
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

The entertaining Victor Chong has hit the rail after a case of bad timing.

Table chip leader Upeshka De Silva raised to 60,000 from under the gun and the action folded around to Chong in the small blind.


Victor Chong: Malaysia’s finest departs


He moved all-in for 450,000 and was called by Georges Hanna in the big blind, which was enough to scare off De Silva.

Chong: A♠10♠
Hanna: Q♥Q♠

The board ran 5♦K♣J♣J♦J♥. Chong flopped a gutshot but did not hit it. Hanna is up to 1.9 million. –MC

4:37pm: Muradov shoves. Kaneoya calls for a chop
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Shakhabbin Muradov just made a move in a hand against Renato Kaneoya.

He’d bet pre-flop, and again on the flop: K♣8♠8♥

Kaneoya had called each time, and did so again when Muradov moved all-in for 350,000 on the turn: 9♠

Muradov: K♥10♠
Kaneoya: K♦J♠

The river: K♠

An ultimately harmless chopped pot. Both players back to where they started. – SB

4:35pm: Aces over kings – Wang KOs Sitbon
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Upeshka De Silva opened for 65,000 from middle position, then Michael Wang three-bet to 240,000 from the button. It folded to Julien Sitbon in the big blind who paused a few beats then four-bet jammed for 680,000 total.

De Silva had to think about it, but he released his hand. Wang didn’t have to think about anything. He called in a snap.

Sitbon: K♣K♠
Wang: A♥A♣

“Jacks, yea!” said De Silva upon seeing the hands, glad that he folded. It was a little bittersweet for him, though, after the board ran out 9♥7♣10♠Q♦8♥, which would have added up to a straight for him.


Julien Sitbon: Out in 29th


Sitbon is out in 29th. Meanwhile Wang was glad how it all turned out with him now stacking 3.55 million, and he and De Silva chatted afterwards. Wang said what he would have done if De Silva had called and given him a bad beat.

“I would cry,” he said with a wide grin. “I don’t want you to cry,” chuckled De Silva, who still has 3.3 million. –MH

4:30pm: De Silva running ok, into second place
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

“Running okay…..at the right time,” Upeshka De Silva said after he busted David Leja in a 3 million chip pot.

Haoxiang Wang opened to 65,000 and was called by Leja in cutoff before De Silva squeezed to 310,000 off the button. Wang folded but Leja used a time-bank card and then four-bet all-in for around 1.5 million. Call.

Leja: A♠Q♠
De Silva: A♣K♠

The board ran 2♥4♥4♣10♦5♥ and Leja busted in 30th place. De Silva is up to 4.42 million.–MC

4:25pm: Irish machine Clarke knocks out Gutyi
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Patrick Clarke just knocked out Mykhailo Gutyi in a hand that culminated with Gutyi using multiple time-bank cards as he contemplated his river decision.

The board showed 10♦A♦3♦K♥10♣ and Clarke had gone all-in, and after his long bout of thinking Gutyi ultimately called. Clarke showed Q♦8♦ for a flopped flush, and that beat Gutyi’s A♠3♠ for two pair to end the latter’s run in 30th.

“Machine,” said Serhii Holodiuk of Ukraine, sitting on Clarke’s left. “German mah-sheeen!”

“Irish machine,” grinned Clarke who hails from Ardee, Ireland. He’s up to 4.1 million now. –MH

4:20pm: Weis felted in sickener
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Oliver Weis has been eliminated in 32nd place from the feature table, losing a cruel set-over-set encounter to Marius Conan.

Weis had 6♠6♦ to Conan’s 10♥10♦ and the dealer put the 5♠6♣10♣ out there like it was no big deal. Mark Buckley was also involved at this stage, but he binned his no pair, leaving the other two to go through the motions of two men who thought they were trapping each other.


Oliver Weis makes his way from the feature table


The last of Weis’s 1.1 million chips went in on the river, by which time the Q♣ turn and 3♦ river was down. Weis hit the rail as Conan hit 3.3 million. — HS

4:15pm: Hanna cracks Gonzalo’s kings
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Following an opening raise, Joel Gonzalo made it 180,000 to go from the button, then Georges Hanna jammed all-in from the big blind to knock out the middle man, but Gonzalo called.


Joel Gonzalo: Kings cracked


Gonzalo had K♥K♦ and Hanna A♥Q♣. The community cards came 3♠5♠A♦, then J♠, then 2♣, and the ace on the flop gave Hanna the big pot. He bumps up to 1.575 million after that, while Gonzalo is now down at the bottom of the counts with about 300,000. –MH

4:10pm: Tang takes more from De Rosa
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Danny Tang’s ascent has continued after he took a small pot off Enrico De Rosa again to move up to 2.9 million. De Rosa is still doing just fine on 3.25 million.

Tang opened to 70,000 off the button and De Rosa peeled to see a 2♣A♦A♣ flop appear. The action was checked there and on the 4♣ turn before Tang’s delayed, delayed 135,000 c-bet on the Q♣ river was check-called by De Rosa. Tang opened K♠J♣ and De Rosa mucked. –MC

4:05pm: Carmo pushes Kaneoya down the counts
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

A huge pot was brewing between Renato Kaneoya and Rogrigo Carmo, which had the potential to become big enough to send one of them to the top of the counts. We didn’t get the dial turned all the way up to 11 in the end, but Carmo will be happier than Kaneoya about the way it turned out.

It began when Carmo raised the cutoff and Kaneoya three bet to 200,000 from the button. Carmo responded with a four-bet to 550,000 and Kaneoya called. Will more than 1 million already in there, they saw the 6♠K♣J♠ flop.


Rodrigo Carmo & Renato Kaneoya play a huge pot


Carmo now led out, but for only 350,000. Kaneoya called that too, taking them to the 10♠ turn.

Both players had less than a pot-sized bet left now, and Carmo decided to rip it in. His shove was for about 1.3 million and it looked like Kaneoya would be heading to the door if it went wrong. He had about 1.1 million behind.

As it turned out Kaneoya, who is from Brazil, folded, yielding the pot to his Portuguese opponent, with not a word exchanged between the two, despite a common language.

Carmo is up to 3.05 million while Kaneoya has that 1.1 million he saved at the end. — HS

4pm: Petrzelka and Carmo chop it up
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Matthias Tikerpe tried to open-raise in two successive hands at his table, but David Petrzelka came over him with three-bets both times. In the first Tikerpe folded, then the second time after he’d made it 65,000 and Petrzelka 130,000, Rodrigo Carmo four-bet to 425,000 and Tikerpe had to step aside.

Petrzelka didn’t though — he pushed all in for about 1.2 million and Carmo called right away. Don’t get too excited, though. Petrzelka had A♠K♥, Carmo A♦K♣, and the board came harmlessly to result in a chopped pot.

Rodrigo Carmo has 3.175 million now, Petrzelka 2.4 million. –MH

3:55pm: De Silva forces Isla off a hand
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Upeshka De Silva has moved up to 2.675 million after he forced Joel Isla off a hand on the river.

De Silva opened to 60,000 from middle position and Isla was the only caller from the big blind. De Silva continued for 120,000 on a 9♦8♦4♦ flop and Isla check-called after using up three time bank chips.


Upeshka De Silva: Powering still


Both players checked the 10♣ turn before De Silva bet 135,000 on the 8♠ river. Isla used up one more time bank chip, check-folded and dropped to 840,000. –MC

3:50pm: A great watch
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

The action on the outer tables is keeping us busy this afternoon, but if you want to know what’s going on on the feature table, head over to our friends at PokerStars.tv, where you’ll actually know a lot more than us.

Ognyan Dimov: Up, up and up

What we can tell you is that Ognjan Dimov has powered into the chip lead up there. — HS

3:45pm: Tang takes from De Rosa
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Enrico De Rosa of Italy returned from the break to the second-largest stack in the room behind leader Ognyan Dimov, and soon after play resumed he was trying to put those chips to use against Danny Tang.

Enrico De Rosa: Second biggest

Tang had opened for 70,000 from the cutoff, then De Rosa three-bet to 260,000 from the small blind and after some thought Tang called. De Rosa continued with a small bet of 110,000 after the Q♦A♣4♠ flop and Tang called, then both players exercised caution with checks after the 4♦ turn and K♠ river.

De Rosa opened 10♠9♠, while Tang showed K♥Q♥ for two pair to take the pot. Tang moves up to 2.4 million, while De Rosa still has 3.175 million. –MH

3:35pm: Double knockout on feature table
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Level 23 ended on the cards up feature table 30 minutes after is finished on the cards down outer tables. That’s the life of a reporter when there’s a security delay. During those 30 minutes Mark Buckley knocked out two fearsome competitors in Stefan Jedlicka and Kalidou Sow.


Mark Buckley: Double knockout


The first was when Buckley’s 10♣9♦ hit the flop to beat Jedlicka’s Q♠5♥. Jedlicka had a short stack. Sow also had a short stack, of 324,000 only, but his beat was worse. His A♦Q♦ lost to Buckley’s A♥9♠ when the 9♥ came on the flop.


Kalidou Sow: Not this time, Kalidou


Our total field, as Level 24 begins, is now down to 32 players around four tables. — HS

3:30pm: A Platinum Pass is a Platinum Pass. Jonathan Concepcion on his low key win last night

It counts as one of the more low-key Platinum Pass wins. But it was a win nonetheless for Jonathan Concepcion. He earned the added Platinum Pass in a PSPC satellite last night. He was chip leader when they reached “the money”.

He won his pass as the chip leader when they reached “the money”. Eight other players also won $30,000 packages, but only one of them — Concepcion — won the coveted Platinum Pass.

Concepcion talks about his plans for the PSPC below.


TOURNAMENT BREAK: 20 MINUTES


3:25pm: Carmo knocks out Pollak
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

“You don’t like to fold, do you?”

So asked Andres Korn just now of Rodrigo Carmo. Carmo had just busted the always tough Benjamin Pollak following an all-in preflop confrontation. Carmo looked up from counting his chips to repeat Korn’s question.

“I don’t like to fold?” he said. “No.”

“Good to know,” answered Korn.

In the hand Carmo had opened with a standard raise then saw Pollak reraise all-in for 450,000 or so. I had seen Carmo fold in this same situation not long ago, actually, but this time he called and turned over A♦8♦ while Pollak had 5♣5♦.


Benjamin Pollak: Hot streak ends in Main Event


The flop came 2♦Q♦7♦, giving Carmo a flush right away and ending all further suspense as far as the turn and river were concerned. Pollak wished the table well and headed to the payout desk in 33rd. Meanwhile Carmo has just about 3 million as they are about to head to the next break. –MH

3:20pm: Clarke carves Palevic, soars to 3.7 million
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Patrick Clarke has taken over at the top of the counts with 3.7 million. Clarke told us that he took about half of Rifat Palevic’s remaining chips in a big pot a little while ago, and then watched on as Palevic lost the rest to Mykhailo Gutyi.


Patrick Clarke: Massive stack


Gutyi’s ace-king hit against Palevic’s queens. That sent Palevic out in 34th. — HS

3:15pm: Lofberg gets rivered, busts
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Klas Lofberg was looking good for a double up until a pesky river ruined his party. He was up against Matthias Tikerpe and all the chips went in preflop.

Lofberg: 10♦10♥
Tikerpe: Q♥J♠


Klas Lofberg texts home: I’m out


The board ran 2♦6♦5♠A♦Q♦ and Tikerpe rose to 2.5 million. –MC

3:10pm: Wang knocks out Zhang
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Tom Alner opened from the button for 70,000 and Haoxiang Wang called, then Michael Zhang squeeze-re-raised all in from the big blind for something like 700,000. Alner got out of the way, but Wang called quickly and showed J♣J♥.


Michael Zhang: Game is up


Zhang had 3♥3♦, and the small pair didn’t get any bigger after the board came 2♠2♣8♣5♣A♠. Zhang finishes 36th, while Wang moves up to around 2.55 million. –MH

3:05pm: Isla back on the up
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Joel Isla’s had a tricky level losing chips but he’s back on the up after winning a pot of John Juanda.

Juanda was in middle position and Isla in the big blind. The board read 5♥5♦A♥6♣ at the turn where Isla check-called 100,000. The J♦ completed the board and Juanda (wisely) checked behind that street as Isla opened A♦J♠ when he did, and rose to 1.06 million. Juada dropped to 1.04 million. –MC

3pm: An update from Table 3
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Table 3 has been somewhat quiet of late. That’s where Rodrigo Carmo sits, the player from Portugal who moved out into the chip lead earlier today, but hasn’t been involved in too many skirmishes since.

At that table WSOP bracelet winner Andres “Cacho” Korn of Argentina just picked up a couple of small pots, once after three-betting from the small blind, and again after opening from the button. He’s at about 1.15 million right now.

After those two hands Carmo took a shot at opening a pot, but it folded to Frenchman Benjamin Pollak who jammed all in over that, and Carmo got out of the way. Pollak, winner of the €100K Super High Roller here a few days ago, has 490,000 now and seems relaxed as ever, having just ordered a green tea. –MH

2:55pm: Heath busts Reard
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Alexandre Reard was down to his last 140,000 with the blinds getting close once again. That’s when he looked down at A♠K♠ and decided to put all of his chips forward. Ben Heath then reraised from the button with A♥Q♥, chasing the others.


Alexandre Reard: Roasted


The 6♦Q♦9♦ flop hit Heath’s hand, and the 2♠ turn and 2♦ river kept him in front to win it and knock out Reard in 39th. Heath is up close to 1.5 million. –MH

2:50pm: Tang picks off a Sitbon bluff
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Danny Tang has jumped up to a top-ten stack (2.2 million) after he picked off a Julien Sitbon bluff attempt.

The two players were heads up to the turn of a 6♠K♣8♦10♦ board where Tang (big blind) check-called a 135,000 bet from Sitbon. The Frenchman was in second position and bet another 285,000 on the 8♥ river when the action was checked to him again. Tang called with K♥10♠ to beat Sitbon’s A♠4♠ and dropping him down to 920,000. –MC

2:45pm: Hanna zings Zhang
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Michael Zhang opened for 55,000 from the cutoff, then Georges Hanna pushed all-in for his last 285,000 from the small blind for 285,000. It folded back to Zhang who contemplated briefly before calling and turning over 4♥4♦. Hanna showed A♦J♦.


Georges Hanna: Takes one from Zhang


Hanna was in trouble through the Q♥7♦2♦ flop and K♣ turn, though by then had a lot of extra outs to go along with the aces and jacks. He hit one with the 9♦ river that completed a flush, and is now up to 630,000. Zhang slips to 1.05 million. –MH

2:42pm: Lofberg shoves, wins
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Klas Lofberg just pushed the last of his chips in on the river and shook off the last of his opponents in the process.

He was last to call, from the big blind, after David Petrzelka opened to 55,000 UTG+1 and Andres Korn called on the button. Those three looked at a flop of J♠K♣7♥ and all checked it.

After the 7♣ turn, Lofberg bet 90,000 and only Korn called. That brought the 4♣ river and Lofberg moved in for a little more than 300,000.

It was too much for Korn and he relinquished his claims to this one. — HS

2:40pm: Chudapal couldn’t quite make the money jump
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Siarhei Chudapal busted in 40th place for €24,910 but tried to use up his four remaining time banks before committing his chips, in the hope of laddering to earn just over €5k more.


Siarhei Chudapal: No further up the ladder


The action folded to him in the small blind and he completed before Michael Zhang set him all-in for 440,000. After nearly two and a half time-bank-tanking, he called.

Chudapal: A♥6♠
Zhang: A♠J♦

The board ran 10♥9♦6♥10♣2♠ to see Zhang’s hand hold up. He moved up to 1.25 million. –MC

2:35pm: Eights enable Marques to double through Juanda
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Pedro Marques opened for 55,000 from early position and from a couple of seats over John Juanda three-bet to 165,000. It folded back around to Marques who didn’t take too long before reraising all in for 1.15 million total, and Juanda called in a flash.

Marques: 8♠8♥
Juanda: A♠K♦


Pedro Marques: Eights good


The five community cards all came low enough to satisfy Marques, arriving 6♣3♦6♦J♣2♦, and he doubles to 2.36 million. Juanda slips to 1.32 million. –MH

2:30pm: De Silva’s rise continues with Michailidis bust
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Dimitrio Michailidis has been eliminated just shy of the final 40, having lost the last of his stack to Upeshka De Silva in his final hand.

The complicated path the pair took to the river will not be part of this hand update. The salient point, however, is that with a board showing K♥3♦4♣Q♥7♣, all of Michailidis’s stack was at risk behind A♣9♠, but De Silva’s Q♣7♦ for two pair was more than enough to earn him what was in the middle.


Dimitrios Michailidis: End of the road


Michailidis is out, while De Silva’s great Day 4 continues. He is now up around 2.95 million and among the leaders now. –MH

2:25pm: Sitbon river raise earns fold from Muradov
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

With the board showing J♠7♦8♥4♠9♣, Shakhabiddin Muradov made a half-pot stab of 125,000 in an effort to win the pot, but when Julien Sitbon raised to 250,000, Muradov instantly turned his hand over — 2♦2♥. Sitbon was confused at first, thinking Muradov perhaps thought he had only called not raised, but Muradov was letting his hand go, showing his deuces as he did.


Julien Sitbon: Everything’s going great


Sitbon sits on about 1.4 million now, while Muradov moves down to 810,000. –MH

2:20pm: Michael Soyza on his Barcelona win

Michael Soyza has already won a Platinum Pass to the PSPC and that success, in the APPT Korean Main Event, has proved to be a springboard for a run of tremendous results. That includes victory in the opening €10,000 event here in Barcelona. Our video team caught up with him.


2:15pm: Unpredictable Wang’s delayed aggression works
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

I’ve got to be honest: I’d hate to play against Haoxiang Wang. You just never know where or how he’s going to come at you, but rest assured, he will.

He opened off the button and was called by Siarhei Chudapal and David Pedro Leja in the blinds. The flop fanned J♦2♣3♠ and all three players checked. Chudapal then led for 45,000 on the 4♠ turn and was called by Leja before Wang raised to 200,000. Both Chudapal and Leja reluctantly folded and Wang showed the 5♥. He moved up to 1.35 million. –MC

2:05pm: Pollak shoves on Tang before table break
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

With the elimination of Dimitrios Michailidis (report coming), the field has shrunk to 40 remaining players. They will condense now to five tables with eight players on each. The table to break is the one that most recently featured Danny Tang and Benjamin Pollak, and they had a small skirmish on the last hand before it broke.


Benjamin Pollak: Thinks, shoves


I say small, but it could have been huge. Tang opened to 60,000 and Pollak moved all-in over the top from the small blind. It was for 585,000. Tang thought for a moment, but folded, and then they both went separate ways. — HS

2:05pm: Palevic power
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Enrico De Rosa and Rifat Palevic started the day with more than a million chips each, and they’re continuing to spar on Table 1. Here’s a typical pot.

Palevic opened to 125,000 under the gun and De Rosa called in the cutoff. The flop brought the K♦3♥4♥ and Palevic checked. De Rosa bet 90,000 and Palevic called.

They both checked the A♥ turn and the dealer put the Q♠ on the river. Palevic cut out a big over-bet, pushing what looked like 495,000 forward. De Rosa didn’t like it and folded, flashing Palevic his pocket tens as he did.


Rifat Palevic: Power play


We’ve known all about Palevic on the EPT for several years, but he gained some wider exposure when he won his first WSOP bracelet in Vegas this summer. And now here he is again, doing what he does. — HS

2:05pm: Yaghmai busts to Palevic
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Nariman Yaghmai got the last of his short stack in behind A♦10♦ from middle position and got one caller in Rifat Palevic who was in the blinds with 4♥4♣.

The board missed Yaghmai, coming 5♠Q♦9♥6♣7♥, and he is out in 42nd place. Palevic has about 1.1 million now. –MH

1:55pm: Time to Guo
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

He made it to the first break against all the odds, but now Hongbin Guo is out. He lost his last 185,000 on the first hand after the break, sending his chips to Upeshka De Silva.


Hongbin Guo: Out


Guo laddered up from the €19,760 the first player out today won to take home €24,910 instead. — HS


TOURNAMENT BREAK: 20 MINUTES


1:35pm: Tang takes a small one off Pollak
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Danny Tang attempted a semi-bluff against Benjamin Pollak, but ended up making some showdown value on the river which was good.

Pollak opened to 45,000 from the cutoff and Tang defended his big blind. Both players checked the 2♥5♣6♥ flop and Tang then led for 70,000 on the 8♣ turn.


Danny Tang: In the millions


Pollak called and both went back to checking on the 7♥ river. Tang opened J♠7♣ and moved up to 1.38 million after Pollak mucked, dropping to 776,000. –MC

1:32pm: Michailidis doubles through De Silva
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Dimitrios Michailidis open-raised all-in for his last 285,000 with A♦5♥ and it folded around to Upeshka De Silva who called from the big blind holding 10♥10♦.

The board rolled out A♠9♠8♣K♦Q♦, pairing Michailidis’s ace and enabling him to survive. He has 620,000 now, while De Silva continues with 815,000. –MH

1:30pm: Ace-king fails Gortikov who falls to Holodiuk
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Aleksei Gortikov got his last 350,000 in the middle and was called by Serhii Holodiuk. It seemed like a good spot for Gortikov, having A♦J♦ and needing to fade Holodiuk’s A♥Q♥.


Aleksei Gortikov: The image of a fallen man

The 8♥Q♣6♣ flop fell, however, making the spot seem much less favorable for Gortikov. The turn was the 6♦ and river the 4♠, and Gortikov is out. Holodiuk moves up to 1.075 million. –MH

1:25pm: Gutyi gives to Heath
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Mykhailo Gutyi tuned a pair into a bluff on a flushing board, but ran into the Broadway of Ben Heath.

Heath opened the pot with a raise from the hijack, picking up calls from Rifat Palevic and Gutyi in the blinds. All three checked the K♣J♣A♣ flop before Gutyi led for 110,000 and 235,000 on the 7♠4♦ turn and river. Only Heath called both bets, the river with a snap and Gutyi opened J♥6♥. Heath showed his Q♠10♣ and moved up to 1.6 million as his opponent dropped to 800,000. –MC

1:20pm: Wang wins huge cooler
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

A massive cooler just sent China’s Haoxiang Wang soaring up the chip-counts, and sent both him and his defeated opponent Dimitrios Michailidis to their phones to photograph the turn of events.


Dimitrios Michailidis: Wrong side of a horrible runout


It was a classic pre-flop set-up: an open raise from the button from Michailidis and a call from the button from Wang. That then took them to the 6♣J♠Q♣ flop.

Of course, we didn’t find this out until the end of the hand, but Michailidis had pocket jacks and Wang had Q♠6♦. There was no way either of them was getting away from this.


Haoxiang Wang: The most special of all big blind specials


Wang checked, Michailidis bet 40,000 and Wang check-raised to 120,000. Michailidis called and then, well, the Q♥ turn was even more of an action card. If they were committed before, they were super-glued to the hand now.

Wang led 210,000 and Michailidis called. That then brought the 10♣ river. Wang now shoved for 715,000 and Michailidis called quickly, even though he was now not loving life.

They turned over their hands and the dealer began shipping everything to Wang, whose bigger boat earned him this 2.2 million pot. Michailidis will need to rebuild from about 300,000. — HS

1:15pm: Haward heads railward
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

The colorful Luke Haward has been eliminated after failing to survive an all-in versus Klas Lofberg sitting on his left.

It was a blind-versus-blind battle, and the black hat wearing Haward was all in with A♦Q♦ while the beige-hat wearing Klas Lofberg had K♠K♣.

Haward stood as the flop came 7♠5♥9♥. “Not good,” said Haward with a grim grin. Neither the 9♠ turn nor the 7♣ river were good, either, and Haward is out. He wished the table well, with Renato Kaneoya coming around to shake his hand and let him know it was fun playing with him these last days.


Luke Haward: Time to head home


After getting super-short early on today following a failed bluff, Lofberg is on 760,000 now. –MH

1:10pm: Hongbin, it’s not time to Guo
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Hongbin Guo managed to double up his micro stack and then picked up the blinds and ante after successfully jamming the next hand. He’s up to 245,000.

Haoxiang Wang doubled him up on the first hand. He set Guo all-in on the turn of an A♥6♦3♦J♦ board holding [J♣7♣. Guo called with A♥9♥ and the river was the 2♣. Wang dropped to 1.04 million.

Guo moved all-in for 195,000 off the button on the next and and found no callers. –MC

1:05pm: Carmo runs over Hong, motors to top of counts
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

The big-stacked Rodrigo Carmo raised from middle position, the short-stacked Nan Hong reraised all in from the small blind for about 240,000, and when it folded back to Carmo he was quick to call.

Carmo showed A♥J♦ while Hong had Q♣J♥. The 2♠4♥K♥A♠8♠ board didn’t help Hong and improved Carmo to a pair of aces, and the latter won the pot while Hong exits the tournament in 46th place.


Rodrigo Carmo: New chip leader


Carmo looks to be the chip leader at the moment, having boosted his stack up to 2.8 million in the first hour of play today. –MH

1pm: Ferreira Rui the day
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Rui Ferreira has certainly made his mark at EPT Barcelona with deep runs in the Super High Roller and the Main Event. Unfortunately for him his Main Event ride has just come to an end.


Rui Ferreira: Super High Roller hits the rail


Shakhabiddin Muradov opened and was called by Joel Isla before Ferreira squeezed all-in for 445,000 out of the big blind. Isla was the only caller to set up a showdown.

Ferreira: A♥J♦
Isla: A♣Q♥

The board ran 3♥7♦7♥9♣5♣ and Isla’s hand held up. He moved up to 1.57 million and Ferreira will probably head over to the High Roller event that’s only 30 minutes old. –MC

12:55pm: Storaakers stacks Wu
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Jack Wu was all in and at risk just now at Table 5 and Johan Storaakers didn’t need too much time to make the call.

Wu had A♠K♥ while Storaakers showed J♦J♠. The 4♦A♣8♦ was good for Wu, pairing his ace, then the K♦ turn added a second pair for him. But the river brought the Q♦ and a fourth diamond, giving Storaakers a winning flush and knocking out Wu.

Both players found the runout remarkable enough to get their phones out to record the moment, after which Wu headed to the payout desk while Storaakers stacked up 1.4 million. –MH

12:50pm: Reard doubles through Weis
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Alexandre Reard open-pushed all-in for his last 180,000 from the cutoff, and after a bit of a think Oliver Weis called from the button. Reard had K♠9♦ and needed help to survive against Weis’s Q♦Q♦.


Alexandre Reard: Double time


Help came on the flop which arrived 8♣K♦6♥ to pair Reard’s king, and after the 3♥ turn and 7♣ river Reard doubled back to about 365,000. Weis has 1,450,000 now. –MH

12:45pm: Wang fun bluff fail
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Haoxiang Wang showed some fun aggressive tendencies yesterday and that has continued today with a big bluff attempt. It didn’t work but Wang seemed to enjoy the hand even though he lost 755,000 chips.

The action folded to Dimitrios Michailidis on the button and he raised to 40,000 and then called after Wang three-bet to 130,000 out of the big blind. The flop fell 8♠4♥Q♣ and Michailidis called a 125,000 c-bet before the J♠ turn was checked through to the 2♣ river.

Wang led for 300,000 and Michailidis used two time-bank chips before calling with J♣10♣. It was good as Wang could only muster up six-three off suit to drop to 1.29 million. Michailidis rose to 1.4 million. –MC

12:42pm: Martinez makes his move, towards the cash desk
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Raul Martinez’s ride has come to an end.

He was down to 240,000 when he moved all-in from the small blind after the action folded to him. Rodrigo Marques Carmo was in the big blind and called.

Martinez: Q♥8♣
Carmo: K♥6♠

The board ran 10♥K♣9♠K♠A♠ to hand the latter the pot and the scalp. Carmo moved up to 2 million. –MC

12:40pm: Shafikov bluff-shoves Sow
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Kalidou Sow just faced a big river decision versus Denys Shafikov, having checked a 8♦2♣6♥K♣5♠ board with more than 700,000 in the middle, then watched Shafikov shove all in.


Kalidou Sow: Would you bluff this man?


Sow used up some time bank cards before finally relenting and letting his hand go, and Shafikov agreed to a request from someone else to show his hand — A♣7♥! “Nice hand,” said Sow with a smile at the sight of the bluff.


Denys Shafikov: He would


Shafikov has about 1.1 million, while Sow has 1.275 million now. –MH

12:35pm: Set over set catapults Juanda, ends Mattsson’s run
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Three players just saw a 8♠4♠5♥ flop — John Juanda playing from the blinds, Simon Mattsson in middle position, and Pedro Marques on the button.

It checked around to Marques who bet 70,000. Juanda called, then Mattsson raised to 235,000. That folded out Marques, but Juanda responded with an all-in reraise to more than 1.1 million, and Mattsson (who had less) called the push.


John Juanda: Former champ with his first elimination of the day


Juanda tabled 8♦8♥ for top set, and Mattsson shook his head as he revealed his 5♠5♦ for a lesser set. The turn was the Q♣ and river the 9♦, and after some counting of chips to confirm Juanda had Mattsson covered, the latter wished the table well before heading to the payout desk.

Juanda — who won the EPT Barcelona Main Event just three years ago — has himself a big stack again with about 2.475 million, while Marques is now playing 920,000. –MH

12:33pm: Zhang tanking and Guo double delight
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

All players returned with six time bank chips apiece today, but Michael Zhang has already used all of his up.

The action folded around to short-stacked Brit on the button who had already noticed that Hongbin Guo was all-in on the next table with two callers and a money jump looming. Therefore he sat and used up all six time bank chips before folding.

Guo was all-in for fumes in the small blind and facing up to Upeshka De Silva in the big blind and Dimitrios Michailidis under the gun. The latter two players created a side pot with a bet-call on the turn of a 2♣3♥3♣6♦5♦ board before the river was checked through. Before the cards were flipped up, Guo was already celebrating as he’d noticed another player busting in 56th place meaning he was already up €5,000 or so extra.

Then he celebrated again as his 9♣6♣ for two pair beat out the A♣10♣ and A♠7♥ of his two opponents. –MC

12:30pm: Five down already
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

We’re not 30 minutes into Day 4 and five players are out. Following Anthony Chimkovitch and Leonardo Parmiggiani, reported below, were Martin Alfonsin, Renjun Yang and Simon Mattsson. — HS

12:25pm: Guo clinging on
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Not a bad runout here for Hongbin Guo. The overnight short stack will be delighted the way all of this played out.

The hand started with Julien Sitbon opening to 45,000 from the lojack seat and Victor Chong then called from the hijack. David Leja then called from the cutoff and, sitting on the button with 75,000 in his stack, Guo moved it in.


Hongbin Guo: Cling on


The blinds got out the way, but then Sitbon four-bet to isolate, making it 195,000. It worked as both Chong and Leja stepped aside.

Sitbon then turned over A♣10♣, which was pretty good for Guo and his A♥10♠.

Although the window card was the 5♣, giving slight pause, the rest of the board ran 5♦5♥5♠4♥. That was a chopped pot, but each remaining player took half of Chong and Leja’s donations. — HS

12:22pm: Muradov wins big one to survive, Parmiaggiani out
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

On a flop of 9♠J♠A♦, Shakhabiddin Muradov checked from the big blind, then Leonard Parmiaggiani bet 70,000. Rui Ferreira called the bet from late position, but then Muradov shoved all in. Parmiaggiani responded by reraising all in himself, and Ferreira stepped aside.


Leonardo Parmiggiani: Despair sets in


Muradov tabled 9♦9♥ for a flopped set while Parmiaggiani had A♠K♠ for top pair and a flush draw. When the 6♠ came on the turn to fill the flush, Muradov’s shoulders slumped in disappointment. But then the 6♦ river paired the board and he was sitting straight again, having made a full house to survive.


Shakhabiddin Muradov: What can you do?


Muradov jumps up to about 2.175 million after that one, while Parmiaggiani was knocked down to a single green 25,000 chip. Shortly thereafter Muradov would win that, too, to send Parmiaggiani to the rail. –MH

12:20pm: Chimkovitch runs out of chips
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Antony Chimkovitch is an early casualty from one of the outer tables, joining what appears to be a knockout from the feature table as well here during the first hands of the day. –MH

12:17pm: Wu moves in
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Jack Wu of Thailand made it seem as though he didn’t like he hand. And, in truth, he might not have. But it looked as though Khalidou Sow was either on a move, or didn’t believe Wu’s time-bank theatrics, when they played a pot pre-flop.

Wu opened to 45,000 from the hijack and then Sow three-bet to 110,000 from the big blind. Wu then fumbled for a minute with his time extension cards, handing one over, and counting out his entire stack with apparent trepidation.

Wu then announced that he was all-in for 300,000. Sow folded immediately. — HS

12:15pm: First hand fillip for Petrzelka
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

An early sweetener for David Petrzelka here as he scooped a decent chunk on the day’s first hand, finding a non-believer (and then a bluffer) in Klas Lofberg.

Petrzelka opened to 50,000 from UTG+1 and Lofberg was the only caller in the big blind. They both then saw a low flop of 4♣9♥7♦. Lofberg checked to the raiser, who bet 70,000. Lofberg called.


David Petrzelka: Nice early victory


Both players checked the 9♣ turn, which meant they saw the Q♠ river. Lofberg now led for 120,000 and Petrzelka called immediately.

Lofberg showed his 6♣6♦ and it was never ahead of Petrzelka’s 8♥8♣.

That gave Petrzelka an additional 240,000 and brought his stack to 1.4 million. — HS

12:10pm: Food for thought
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Luke Haward has arrived, once more dressed conspicuously in colorful attire, a scarf, and a black felt top hat he removed upon entering. On the rail was Orpen Kisaciloglu, here to play today’s €10K High Roller but also with a friend still in this Main Event.

“Time to pull the rabbit out of the hat,” grinned Kisacikoglu to Haward who quickly tipped his hat to show what was inside.


Luke Haward: What else is under the hat?


“Time to pull my breakfast out of the hat!” laughed Haward, showing a carefully wrapped snack inside.

We’ll see what other tricks Haward reveals as play begins. –MH

12:05pm: Off they go!
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

The plan is to play six levels or to 16 players, whichever comes soonest, with a 75 minute dinner break at the end of today’s fourth level. And with that–and the announcement that the button is going into the No 1 seat–play is under way. — HS

11:15am: Welcome to Day 4 of the EPT Barcelona Main Event
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Welcome back to EPT Barcelona where Day 4 is upon us. Forty players will come and go today before we have a suitably-sized Day 5 field size of 16.


EPT Barcelona Main Event chip leader Mark Buckley


Mark Buckley heads into today as chip leader after a fantastic day at the baize yesterday. He starts the day with 2.65 million but was as high as 3.7 million at one point. The Irishman told the blog that he played solid for four hours, building up his big stack, before he decided to five-bet bluff an aggressive player at the table, only for him to have aces that time. He heads a top 5 that reads:

Name Country Chips
Mark Buckley Ireland 2,650,000
Fabiano Kovalski Brazil 2,530,000
Matthias Tikerpe Estonia 2,350,000
Rodrigo Marques Carmo Portugal 2,175,000
Enrico De Rosa Italy 1,925,000

We’ll be (mostly) following the action at the outer tables, but if you’d like to watch the feature table, then EPT Live is your friend. Cards will be in the air at midday CEST so please join us back here then. –MC


EPT Barcelona trophy


Buy-in: €5,300 (€5,000 to prize pool, €300 fee)
Starting blinds for Day 3: 2,500/5,000 (with 5,000 big blind ante)
Day 3 Schedule: Six 90-minute levels.

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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the €5,000 Main Event: Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Martin Harris and Howard Swains. Photography by Joe Giron/PokerPhotoArchive and Neil Stoddart.

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