The short version is this: Nicolas Dumont is the chip leader tonight with 5.225 million chips and eight players remaining in the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event.

The long version, detailed below, is that when it came to the Day 5 chip lead, it was an elaborate game of pass the parcel. No one held it for very long, but everyone seemed to have a turn. The music happened to stop after six levels. At which point Dumont, who had spent much of the day as a spectator, happened to have biggest stack.

Chip leader Nicolas Dumont

So we have no clear favourite, just eight potential winners.

But while that leaves us to scratch our heads, it sets up final table that should keep things interesting when play resumes tomorrow.

Here’s how they’ll line up.

Name Country Chips
Seat 1 Javier Fernandez Spain 2,755,000
Seat 2 Tomas Jozonis Lithuania 3,800,000
Seat 3 David Peters USA 2,400,000
Seat 4 Krisztian Gyorgyi Hungary 1,900,000
Seat 5 Patrik Antonius Finland 2,975,000
Seat 6 Ole Schemion Germany 1,160,000
Seat 7 Nicolas Dumont France 5,225,000
Seat 8 Honglin Jiang New Zealand 2,985,000

There was no waiting around when play began. The first level featured four eliminations, with two more following in the next.

Dan Abouaf departed first, within a few minutes of the start. Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari soon followed, shoving with pocket queens only for Patrik Antonius to find aces.

Not that aces were always good.

Italian Davor Lanini found them but had them duly cracked by the seemingly unstoppable Ole Schemion, who called with jack ten and promptly flopped trips. Shortly after sending Lanini to the rail, Schemion would crack kings too.

Shortly before the end of the level Spaniard Adrian Mateos, a former EPT winner in Monte Carlo, departed in 13th place, shoving with pocket fives only to find Schemion calling with pocket nines.

So far all the action had been on the feature table. But Stefan Huber then left as the blinds went up on the outer table.

Huber was all-in with jack-ten, which proved no good against Honglin Jiang’s king-seven, which made a straight.

Then another former EPT champion busted. Davidi Kitai made it to 11th place, shoving with king-queen only for Javier Fernandez, holding king-ten, to flop a ten. That proved enough to dispatch the Belgian.

Davidi Kitai on his way out

While Schemion was battling for the lead out front, PokerStars qualifier Krisztian Gyorgyi was on the brink of reaching the final table.

With 10 players left, Gyorgyi, playing the Main Event for €5, took on the all-in Josip Simunic who was looking for something to help his ace-jack. Gyorgyi though had called with pocket jacks – a hand that held well to reduce the field to nine.

The change from five handed to nine handed had a predictable effect on the pace of things. It wasn’t until after the dinner break that the story really continued.

By now Schemion had pegged himself to a big lead. But having doubled up through Gyorgyi, Antonius took chips from Schemion, turning a full house just as Schemion made a set to win a pot worth more than 5 million.

Patrik Antonius (left) and Ole Schemion

Then a three way all-in resulted in Sanli Saleh going to the rail, Dumont tripling up, and Schemion freefalling to 40 big blinds.

A day not without some big swings for Ole Schemion

Suddenly Schemion’s part in the story of the day was not his ascendency, but his potential collapse – even if it was hardly one of design – as Antonius surged into the lead.

Not that anyone was showing signs of strain. How could he (or anyone) when Gyorgyi was putting in the performance of a lifetime?

Krisztian Gyorgyi

The Hungarian, playing this huge tournament for pittance, pulled off a do or die bluff with seven-deuce, then celebrated with high fives that made even the usually straight-faced David Peters giggle. And Gyorgyi was moving up the payouts too.

So far only Saleh was out since the field condensed to nine, but it looked like Jiang might follow. But his all in with K♣Q♣ flopped a king to better Antonius’s pocket queens, doubling him up. In the next level Tomas Jozonis did the same against Fernandez.

They played a full level to close the day without losing a player. Stalemate tonight, but the lead will have to stop changing at some point tomorrow.

The plan had been to play to six, but as midnight passed play ended with eight. They’ll return tomorrow when play restarts at noon, along with our live updates. They’ll be a new champion, and a Platinum Pass winner by the end of the day.

See you then. – SB

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12:32am: That’s it!
Level 28 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

We aimed to get to six players. We got to eight. That’s not a bad effort. Bagging is now under way and a full recap from a loooooooong day is incoming. Stand by! — HS

12:30am: Preflop power
Level 28 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

“Let’s see a flop,’ Patrik Antonius said. A lot of the flops had been settled preflop and this one would be no exception.

Nicolas Dumont raised to 180,000 from early position with A♦J♣ and action folded to David Peters on the big blind. We could see that he was holding the Q♦, but the other hole card was a mystery that will only live on in Peters’s mind.

Whatever it was, it motivated Peters to three-bet to 500,000. Action folded back around to Dumont and he folded. Peters is up to 2.4 million while Dumont’s lead dipped a bit to 5.4 million.–AV

12:20am: Jiang takes two from Dumont
Level 28 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Honglin Jiang has moved up to 3.36 million after taking two small ones off chip leader, Nicolas Dumont.

Dumont opened to 180,000 from under the gun holding A♦Q♠ but made a good fold after Jiang three-bet him to 540,000 from the next seat with K♠K♦.

Honglin Jiang: Good time for kings

A few hands later, Jiang raised to 175,000 from under the gun with A♦K♣. Dumont called from the big blind with A♥2♥ before he check-folded to a 160,000 bet on the 9♦K♠6♥.

Dumont dropped to 5.01 million and Jiang rose to 3.36 million. –MC

12am: A pair of jacks
Level 28 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Javier Fernandez just picked up a pair of pair of jacks. Let me say that again, he picked up pocket jacks two hands in a row.

In the first, he raised to 180,000 from early position and Nicolas Dumont called from the big blind with A♥8♠. The flop came 6♠8♣5♦ and Fernandez bet 225,000 when checked to. Dumont called and the 3♠ came on the turn. Dumont checked again and Fernandez moved all-in for 1.4 million.

Dumont folded and then Fernandez got pocket jacks the very next hand, the same suits too: J♦J♣.

Javier Fernandez: Jack-man

Fernandez raised to 185,000 from under the gun that time and Patrik Antonius called with 3♦3♣ from the cutoff. Honglin Jiang called from the big blind and the flop came 6♦8♥8♦. Action checked to Antonius and he bet 275,000, Jiang folded and Fernandez moved all-in again.

Antonius folded and dipped to 3.2 million while Fernandez is now up to 3.12 million. –AV

11:55pm: Flop raise from Antonius and a shove from Peters
Level 28 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Patrik Antonius has moved up to 3.68 million after raising Javier Fernandez off a flop.

Fernandez opened to 190,000 from the hijack with J♦10♦ and Antonius defended his big blind with A♥7♦. The flop came 7♠5♦5♥ and Antoius check-raised Fernandez’s 155,000 c-bet to 450,000. Fernandez folded to drop to 1.83 million whereas Antonius moved into second place with 3.68 million.

Tomas Jozonis made a great fold the very next hand. He opened to 175,000 from the hijack with A♠Q♥ and then laid it down after David Peters moved all-in for 1.67 million with A♣K♠ from the next seat. –MC

David Peters: Gets it in

11:45pm: Ace high vs ace high
Level 28 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

While we haven’t had a lot of eliminations at the official final table, it hasn’t been because of a lack of action. In the most recent million-plus chip pot, Honglin Jiang raised to 175,000 from the hijack with A♦8♥ and Krisztian Gyorgyi called from the big blind with A♣3♣.

Gyorgyi checked in the dark and Jiang bet 150,000. Gyorgyi called and the 7♥ came on the turn. Both players checked and a 6♦ completed the board.

Gyorgi then bet 300,000 and Jiang was put in a pickle. Could he call with ace-eight high? He used up a time bank to think of the answer and decided that he could.

Krisztian Gyorgyi: Takes a stab

Jiang called and was right. He chipped up to 2.99 million while Gyorgyi dropped to 2.18 million after the hand. –AV

11:30pm: Dumont shoves on hero
Level 28 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Nicolas Dumont has extended his lead after he four-bet jammed on the hero of the hour, Krisztian Gyorgyi.

Nicolas Dumont: Leading the way

He opened to 180,000 from under the gun holding Q♠Q♣ before Gyorgyi looked down at A♦Q♦ on the button and three-bet to 475,000. That opened up the betting for Dumont who took the opportunity to move all-in. Gyorgyi folded and dropped to 2.89 million. Dumont moved up to 5.97 million. –MC

11:20pm: Another double, Jozonis takes this one
Level 28 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

Action folded to Javier Fernandez on the small blind and he looked over at Tomas Jozonis, who was down to just 1.5 million. Fernandez moved all-in with J♦9♣ and Jozonis called with A♦7♣.

Tomas Jozonis: Always a sweat

Tomas Jozonis: Double

The board ran 8♠6♣Q♠K♠A♣ and Jozonis doubled with a pair of aces. Jozonis is up to 3.17 million while Fernandez dipped 2.78 million. –AV

11:15pm: Schemion into shoving mode
Level 28 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

One player who won’t hang around to ladder with a short stack is Ole Schemion. The German star, and chip leader just an hour ago, has moved into shoving mode.

Ole Schemion’s shove gets through

He opened-shoved with 10♦9♦ from the small blind in one hand and then was all-in again the next hand. Tomas Jozonis raised to 175,000 from second to act with Q♣7♣ but folded after Schemion three-bet all-in for 1.35 million with A♠Q♥. –MC

11:05pm: Antonius takes the first one back
Level 28 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

We’re back from break and Patrik Antonius has taken down the first hand. Action folded to Krisztian Gyorgyi on the small blind and he just called with Q♥4♥. Antonius checked with 10♥3♦ and the flop came 3♣10♦K♣.

Patrik Antonius: Knows a good fold when he sees one

Antonius hit two-pair and made it 120,000 when checked to. Gyorgyi stared down Antonius and went for the fold.

“It’s a good fold,” Antonius said as he chipped up to 2.7 million. –AV

11pm: The return
Level 28 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

They’re back, and I think the idea is to play down to six or to the end of this level, whichever is soonest. Then we’ll be done for the night. — HS

10:45pm: Break time stacks
Level 28 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (BB ante 80,000)

When they come back, they will be playing with an 80,000 chip big blind. Here’s how they stack up:

Name Country Chips BBs
Nicolas Dumont France 5,370,000 67
Javier Fernandez Spain 4,625,000 58
Krisztian Gyorgyi Hungary 3,240,000 41
Patrik Antonius Finland 2,600,000 33
David Peters USA 2,190,000 27
Honglin Jiang New Zealand 1,960,000 25
Tomas Jozonis Lithuania 1,790,000 22
Ole Schemion Germany 1,405,000 18

Nicolas Dumont: Chip leader

10:40pm: Fernandez out flops Antonius as level ends
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

An amazing level of action has come to an end with another big pot.

Patrik Antonius opened to 135,000 from under the gun with K♥K♣ and Javier Fernandez called in position with J♥J♦. The Finn continued for 200,000 on a 4♣J♠6♣ flop and Fernandez called to the Q♦ turn. Antonius checked and Fernandez bet 675,000. Antonius called.

Antonius checked over the Q♣ river as well and then found the fold after Fernandez jammed for 2.46 million. That dropped Antonius down to 2.6 million and Fernandez up to 4.625 million.

Join us back here in 20 minutes where the action will continue until the end of the level or when six remain. –MC

10:25pm: Fernandez takes a few
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Javier Fernandez just took down a pair of pots and now he’s second in chips with 3.62 million.

He raised to 140,000 with A♥10♥ from early position the first hand and Tomas Jozonis called from middle position with 9♥9♦. Both players checked the 10♠6♣2♦ flop and the K♦ came on the turn. Jozonis bet 175,000 and Fernandez called, bringing the 10♦ on the river. Both players checked again and Fernandez took it down with trip tens.

Then Fernandez opened to 140,000 from under the gun and Patrik Antonius called from the cutoff. Honglin Jiang went along from the big blind and the flop came 10♥5♥5♠. Antonius bet 225,000 when checked to and both players went along to the Q♠ on the turn.

All three of them checked and checked again after the 4♥ completed the board. Antonius turned over 9♠8♠ while Jiang tabled tens with 10♦9♥ and Fernandez showed an overpair with J♠J♥.

Fernandez chipped up to 3.62 million while Antonius dipped to 3.61 million and Jiang dropped to 1.99 million. –AV

10:05pm: Could be worse to fantastic for Jiang
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Honglin Jiang saw the positive side of things when he got his chips in bad saying, “Could be worse!” Well, they ended being very good as he doubled through Patrik Antonius.

Honglin Jiang: Drawing thin, but hits

Nicolas Dumont opened to 125,000 with A♣10♠ before Jiang (K♣Q♣) moved all-in for 1.1 million and Antonius (Q♠Q♥) called. Dumont folded but Jiang was still in a terrible spot.

Honglin Jiang: Lives to fight another day

However, the board ran K♠6♣3♣6♦10♥ to make Jiang two pair. Antonius dropped to 3.72 million and Jiang up to 2.42 million. –MC

9:50pm: Three-way all-in; Saleh eliminated, Dumont takes lead, Schemion short
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

We know you still might be recovering from all the action these past few hands, but we have a bit more for you. Actually, we have a massive three-way all-in that left one Sadri Saleh out, Ole Schemion short and put Nicolas Dumont in the lead.

Patrik Antonius raised to 120,000 from the cutoff with A♣4♦ to start things off. Then Schemion looked down at J♠J♦ from the button and called. The short-stacked Saleh moved all-in for 560,000 with 2♠2♣ and Dumont found himself with Q♥Q♦ on the big blind. Dumont moved all-in for 2.19 million and Schemion called, putting two opponents at risk.

Sadri Saleh: An uncomfortable wait

Dumont improved to a set of queens on the 9♥5♠Q♣ flop, and there was nothing more dramatic on the 4♠ turn or K♦ river. Dumont more than doubled into the lead with 5.12 million.

No more Sadri Saleh

Schemion dipped to 1.47 million and Saleh won €54,000 for finishing ninth. –AV

Near triple for Nicolas Dumont

9:45pm: Saleh bluff fail
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Sadri Saleh has dropped down to eight big blinds after he chose a very unfortunate spot to bluff.

Patrik Antonius raised his button to 120,000 with K♦8♦, picking up calls from Ole Schemion (Q♠J♠) and Saleh (7♥4♥) in the blinds. The flop spread 9♠2♣4♠ and Saleh led for 205,000.

Schemion called and then led out for 300,000 on the 8♠ turn only for Saleh to raise to 800,000 leaving himself just 560,000 back. Schemion, with his made flush, jammed and Saleh had no choice but to fold. Schemion moved back up to 3.66 million–MC

9:40pm: Antonius doubles through Schemion, takes lead
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

It started out small enough.

Patrik Antonius just called from the small blind with 5♠5♦ and Ole Schemion checked his option with Q♦3♦. The flop came 3♠6♣5♥ and Antonius hit a set. He bet 100,000 and Schemion called, bringing a 3♣ on the turn.

Schemion hit trips, but Antonius filled up. Antonius bet 250,000 and Schemion raised to 665,000. Antonius clicked it up to 1.3 million and Schemion called.

Patrik Antonius: New leader

The river was the 7♦, bringing a possible straight. But Antonius moved all-in. Schemion called and dropped to 2.35 million while Antonius took the lead with 5.12 million. –AV

9:35pm: ICM suicide or Hungarian hero?
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

We’ll let you decide, but anyone who can reduce David Peters to tears of laughter is a hero in my book. The player we’re referring to is €5 PokerStars qualifier, Krisztian Gyorgyi.

Tomas Jozonis opened with A♦K♠ and called after Gyorgyi three-bet to 360,000 out of the small blind with 7♣2♠. Yes, 7♣2♠. A three-bet from a qualifier with 7♣2♠.

Krisztian Gyorgyi: You’d smile too after that bluff

Gyorgyi didn’t know it at the time but the Q♦10♦9♦ was almost as bad as it could have been without Jozonis having a made hand. Gyorgyi continued for 500,00 and Jozonis called. The 4♣ turn was dealt. Gyorgyi then moved all-in for 1.52 million and got a fold out of Jozonis!

Krisztian Gyorgyi: A moment for the history books

Gyorgyi then stood up and beat his chest, talked into the cameras and fist-pumped anyone at the table who was keen. All his opponents found it hilarious and Peters, as we said, was in tears. Jozonis moved up to 3.36 million –MC

9:25pm: Peters picks some off Schemion
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

There are dangers to raising with 5♥4♥ from early position, especially if you’re doing it against David Peters. Schemion raised to 125,000 and Peters called from the small blind with A♠K♣.

Krisztian Gyorgyi was on the big blind with A♣4♦ and the flop came Q♣10♦Q♦. Schemion then bet 125,000 when checked to and only Peters called. A 5♠ came on the turn and both players checked. Then a J♣ came on the river to give Peters a straight and he checked. This time Schemion checked behind and Peters took down the pot.

The pot put Peters up to 2.55 million while Schemion’s lead shrunk to 4.94 million. –AV

9:15pm: Antonius into bronze position
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Patrik Antonius has moved up to third in chips with 2.65 million after he emptied the clip on Ole Schemion. It was a case of too many out for Schemion in the end.

Antonius opened to 120,000 before going on to bet 200,000, 600,000 and all-in for 660,000 on each street of a 8♦9♣A♥ 5♣ 4♦ board. Antonius had top pair with A♣J♥ to beat the drawing 10♣7♣ of Schemion.

Patrik Antonius makes Ole Schemion wince

Schemion stuck with Antonius all the way but folded on the river and dropped to 5.08 million. –MC

9:10pm: Back at it
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

Tomas Jozonis started the Level 27 action with a raise to 125,000 from middle position and Ole Schemion called from the small blind. Sadri Saleh called from the big blind and the flop came 3♠9♥2♣. Action checked to Jozonis and he bet 175,000.

Saleh and Schemion folded and Jozonis took down the first hand of the level. Jozonis is now a sliver away from 3 million. –AV

9:05pm: Off we go again
Level 27 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (BB ante 60,000)

They’re back from their dinner and playing again. Stand by for all the latest action.

Who’s getting this?

8:05pm: Peters ships with queens, takes us to dinner
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

On the very last hand before the break, Honglin Jiang opened again, this time to 110,000 with K♣10♣. David Peters looked down at Q♥Q♣ and three bet to 285,000. Even as the rest of the players at the table got up and left for their sustenance, these two stayed seated for the 10♠J♠2♠ flop.

Peters, with 1.62 million in his stack, opted to ship them all in. Jiang has 1.38 million, and he decided to preserve them with a fold.

So that’s it, they’re off for an hour. When they come back, the big blind with be 60,000 and here’s how they will stack up:

Name Country Chips BBs
Ole Schemion Germany 6,120,000 102
Tomas Jozonis Lithuania 2,675,000 45
Krisztian Gyorgyi Hungary 2,585,000 43
Nicolas Dumont France 2,480,000 41
David Peters USA 2,315,000 39
Javier Fernandez Spain 2,190,000 37
Sadri Saleh Canada 1,960,000 33
Patrik Antonius Finland 1,540,000 26
Honglin Jiang New Zealand 1,375,000 23

8pm: Fernandez shoves before dinner
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Javier Fernandez found a spot to get his chips in the middle, on the penultimate hand before a one hour dinner break.

Ole Schemion (6♠5♠) raised to 110,000 from under the gun and was called by Honglin Jiang (7♦7♣) in middle position before the Spaniard came in with a big squeeze, an all-in one worth 1.66 million. He had the goods with A♣K♠ but found no callers. –MC

7:50pm: Antonius doubles
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Krisztian Gyorgyi looked down at 6♥6♦ from early position and raised to 110,000. A short-stacked Patrik Antonius was down to 770,000 and looked down at K♠K♣. He moved all-in.

Patrik Antonius: Kings for the king

Action folded back around to Gyorgi and he thought for a time bank and called. The board ran A♣Q♦A♥3♥3♠ and Antonius doubled to 1.67 million while Gyorgyi dipped to 2.71 million. Antonius is still the table short stack, but he’s now up to 33 big blinds. –AV

Mine, all mine

7:45pm: Fernandez flops a set, cannot get paid
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Javier Fernandez finally got his final table going, flopping a set and moving up to 1.97 million.

The Spanish player opened to 110,000 from middle position holding 10♠10♥ and was called by David Peters (button with 9♥9♣) and Ole Schemion (BB with 6♦3♦). The J♥2♠10♦ flop was great for Fernandez in that he flopped a set, but bad because his continuation bet found no callers. –MC

7:35pm: Schemion snags another big one
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Ole Schemion is now up to 6.4 million after flopping a set and taking a big pot off of Javier Fernandez.

Schemion raised to 100,000 from middle position with 8♦8♠ that hand and Sadri Saleh called from the hijack with 5♦5♥. Fernandez was on the small blind with K♦Q♠ and reraised to 450,000.

Schemion called, Saleh folded and a K♥J♥8♠ flop hit the board. Fernandez continued for 335,000 and Schemion called, bringing a 7♥ on the turn. Fernandez slowed down to a check and Schemion shoved.

Tough times for Javier Fernandez

Fernandez folded and dipped to 1.7 million while Schemion’s lead grew to 6.4 million. –AV

7:20pm: Antonius falls further back as Peters shoves on him
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Patrik Antonius’s woes and David Peters’ recovery have continued with the latter shoving on the former.

Peters opened to 115,000 from UTG+1 and called when Antonius three-bet to 350,000 from middle position. The flop spread 6♥7♦3♦ and Peters check-raised his opponent’s 225,000 c-bet all-in for 1.445 million.

Peters held Q♦J♦ for a flush draw and managed to force Antonius to fold A♠Q♣ and preserve the 960,000 he had back. –MC

7:15pm: Pair of pots leaves Antonius short(ish)
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Patrik Antonius is now the table short stack with 1.61 million, but that’s still 32 big blinds so he has plenty of space to manoeuver.

The recent decline came courtesy of David Peters and Ole Schemion. In the first hand Peters raised to 115,000 from the button and Antonius called from the big blind. The flop came down Q♣10♥8♠ and Antonius had hit a pair of eights with 8♥4♠. Peters was holding 9♥5♥ and bet 150,000 when checked to. Antonius called and a K♦ came on the turn.

Antonius checked again, but folded after Peters bet 375,000.

Then Antonius lost one to Schemion, in an unraised pot. (Antonius completed from the small blind and Schemion checked.)

“Are you trying to trap me?” Antonius asked. We can never be sure of Schemion’s intentions, but considering he was holding A♠5♦, it wasn’t likely.

The flop came A♦4♥J♠ and Antonius, who was holding 9♦8♠, bet 100,000. Schemion called and the 9♠ came on the turn. Both players checked and the 10♦ completed the board. Antonius slowed to a check this time and Schemion made it 105,000.

“Wow…wow wow wow,” Antonius said. “I just want to see this.”

So he did. Antonius called and dipped to 1.61 million after Schemion showed his pair of aces. Schemion on the other hand extended his lead to 5.92 million. –AV

7:07pm: Lovely spot for Peters aids recovery
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

David Peters has moved up to 28 big blinds (1.42 million) after finding a great spot to get all-in.

Honglin Jiang raised to 100,000 from the hijack holding 10♦9♦ before Tomas Jozonis got frisky with 5♦4♠ on the button, making it 350,000 to go. Peters looked down at A♠K♠ in the big blind and ripped 860,000 all-in.

David Peters: Nice spot

Jiang folded and so did Jozonis, despite getting nearly 3:1 on his money. –MC

7:05pm: The price of information: Beer
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Whenever Krisztian Gyorgyi has a big hand, he has a hard time keeping it to himself. Back when there were two tables left, he showed the table pocket aces twice after he won the pot with a preflop three-bet.

Now, at the final table, he raised to 155,000 from early position with 9♦9♣. Everyone folded and Gyorgyi seemed to want to show people his cards again. But now that they’re at a final table fighting for €712,000, information won’t come so cheap.

Krisztian Gyorgyi: Playing for beer money

Gyorgi told his tablemates that from now on it would be one beer to see his hole cards. At Monaco prices, that could add up pretty quickly actually. –AV

6:52pm: High Roller bursts its bubble
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Word reaches us that the €25K High Roller has burst its bubble. Head over to our exclusive coverage of that to find out how this went down. — HS

6:50pm: Patrik power plays
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (BB ante 50,000)

Patrik Antonius will use big stack pressure techniques even when he’s a short stack.

Tomas Jozonis raised to 110,000 from middle position with pocket eights and then Antonius made it 350,000 from the button with 10♣4♣. Frisky. Action folded back to Jozonis and he folded his pocket pair.

Patrik Antonius: Getting frisky

The pot put Antonius up to 2.18 million while Jozonis dipped to 2.84 million. –AV

6:40pm: Peters value bets himself
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

David Peters, so long the chip leader in the Main Event, has been cut adrift at the bottom of the counts with 860,000.

Honglin Jiang raised to 90,000 from the highjack holding K♦J♦ and was called by Peters in the big blind with 9♦6♣. The board rolled out 9♥3♦8♥8♠J♠ with no chips going in until the river where Peters lead for 180,000. Jiang called and Peters saw the bad news.

David Peters: On the slide

That was the last hand of Level 25 too so Peters has just 17 big blinds to work with in Level 26. –MC

6:35pm: Straight over straight boosts Schemion into the lead
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

A miraculous hand here between the two chip leaders, which ended in a change at the top–but a brilliant fold as well.

Ole Schemion raised to 90,000 from early position and Sadri Saleh called from the hijack. Tomas Jozonis went along from the big blind.

The flop came 9♣7♠10♦ and Jozonis had flopped a straight with J♥8♦. Saleh had an underpair with 5♦5♣ while Schemion had a gutshot straight draw with Q♣J♦. Jozonis bet 150,000 and Schemion went along for the ride while Saleh folded.

Ole Schemion: Rivered nuts

A 5♠ came on the turn and Jozonis upped the bet to 725,000. Schemion called and then an 8♣ on the river gave Schemion the queen-high straight. Jozonis bet out again, this time for 725,000.

Schemion then raised to 2.5 million and Jozonis thought for a while with his jack-high straight. Jozonis used a few time-bank cards and eventually found a fold. (Imagine if Saleh had been in too, with his set of fives!)

Tomas Jozonis: Stupendous fold

The hand put Schemion in the lead with 5.28 million while Jozonis dropped to 2.97 million. –AV

6:23pm: Keep your options open
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Just a reminder, folks, that the €25K High Roller is approaching its bubble and we have exclusive coverage of that going on too right now.

6:20pm: The fours are strong within Saleh
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Sadri Saleh took down the second pot of the unofficial final table holding pocket fours.

Honglin Jiang raised to 90,000 from second position holding A♦Q♥ and was called by Patrik Antonius on the button who held A♥Q♣ as well. Saleh was in the big blind and called with 4♠4♥ before a 3♠3♣7♠ flop was checked by all three.

The turn was the 5♥ and Saleh got both opponents to fold with a lead for 155,000. –MC

6:10pm: Jozonis grows lead
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

We’re down to one table and Sadri Saleh raised to 85,000 in the second hand back from break. Our chip leader, Tomas Jozonis, then used his chip lead to turn up the heat.

Jozonis three-bet to 275,000 from the hijack with with A♦9♠. Action folded back around to Saleh, who had J♣10♣ and let it go. Saleh still has 2.33 million while Jozonis’s lead grew to 4.2 million. –AV

6:05pm: Back in action
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

We are now back in action, reporting on a 30-minute security delay. There’s 25 minutes left on this level, so we’re cracking straight on with things. — HS

The last table

5:30pm: Pause in action
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

We’re now going to pause our tournament coverage on the blog so that we can report from here-on alongside the PokerStars.tv live stream. They are broadcasting on a 30-minute security delay, with cards-up coverage. We’ll pick it up alongside them in about 30-40 minutes. — HS

5:25pm: The last redraw of the Main Event
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

The unofficial final table has been set and the final nine players have been redrawn onto one last table. They’ve gone off on a 20-minute break and when they come back, they’ll line up as follows:

Name Country Chips
Seat 1 Javier Fernandez Spain 2,305,000
Seat 2 Tomas Jozonis Lithuania 4,015,000
Seat 3 David Peters USA 1,170,000
Seat 4 Krisztian Gyorgyi Hungary 3,119,000
Seat 5 Patrik Antonius Finland 2,210,000
Seat 6 Ole Schemion Germany 3,890,000
Seat 7 Sadri Saleh Canada 2,415,000
Seat 8 Nicolas Dumont France 2,190,000
Seat 9 Honglin Jiang New Zealand 1,155,000

5:15pm: Simunic busts in 10th
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

We’re down to an unofficial final table, with nine players now left.

The final hand of multi-table play started when David Peters raised to 90,000 from the button. Josip Simunic was on the small blind and moved all-in for about 850,000 and then Krisztian Gyorgyi reshoved for 2.4 million from one seat along. Peters quickly folded and players tabled their hands.

Gyorgyi turned over J♣J♦ while Simunic tabled A♣J♠.

Krisztian Gyorgyi prays for his jacks to hold

“GG,” Simunic said, and he also put his Mario card protector in the middle. The K♥9♠3♥8♣Q♥ board brought no help for Simunic and he was eliminated in 10th.

Josip Simunic: GG

Gyorgyi remained surprisingly quiet, and celebrated with a clap and by lifting his arms in the air.

Krisztian Gyorgyi: Going to the final for €5

“Breathe,” Simunic told him as he hugged him goodbye. The €5 qualifier is now headed to the final table. –AV

Josip Simunic, right, passes on his good wishes to Krisztian Gyorgyi

5:09pm: Schemion calls Jozonis
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Tomas Jozonis picked up a good-sized pot against Ole Schemion.

Schemion opened on the button with A♥2♣ which Jozonis called on the big blind with 8♠8♦.

Schemion bet 60,000 on the 7♥9♦7♠ flop, which Jozonis called for the 5♥ turn card. Both checked that. Jozonis then bet 260,00 on the 9♥ river. Schemion thought for a moment then went with the call. He lost.

Schemion drops to 4.35 million chips while Jozonis climbs back to 3.4 million. – SB

5:07pm: Schemion not unbeatable
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Just when it looked like Ole Schemion would cruise to another big pot, Javier Fernandez turned things around on the river.

Schemion opened pre-flop, and the two of them saw a flop of A♣10♣2♠. Schemion, with A♦5♣ had made top pair with Fernandez lagging behind with Q♣J♦.

Schemion checked the action to Fernandez who bet 85,000. Call. It was the same pattern on the 7♣ turn, the bet being 375,000 this time.

On the 5♠ river Schemion bet another 325,000. At this point though Fernandez came back with an shove all-in for 2.1 million. That took the wind out of Schemion’s sails. He folded.

Javier Fernandez: Big move

Fernandez let him see a card, turning over the J♦. Schemion put on his best smile. – SB

5:05pm: Schemion up again
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Ole Schemion continues to tear through the feature table, moving up to 5.59 million chips after a hand against Tomas Jozonis.

Schemion opened for 100,000 on the button with Q♣6♣ which Jozonis called from the big blind with K♦6♦. But the flop was all Schemion.

3♦Q♦Q♠

Jozonis check-called Schemion’s bet of 80,000 for the A♣ turn, and then did the same when Schemion made it 275,000 this time.

Ole Schemion: Queens

On the 4♣ river Jozonis checked one last time. Schemion bet 620,000, making it an easy fold for Jozonis. – SB

5pm: Simunic dips further
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Josip Simunic has dropped down to 1.08 million after he was caught bluffing by PokerStars qualifier Krisztian Gyorgyi, who moved up to 2.05 million.

Simunic raised to 90,000 off the button and was only called by Gyorgyi in the small blind. Both players checked the 9♥10♠7♦ flop before Gyorgyi led for 90,000 on the 3♠ turn. Simunic called and then bet 175,000 on the river when the action was checked to him.

Josip Simunic: Dipping

Gyorgyi made a quick call and took the pot with 7♣6♣ after Simunic announced he had queen high and mucked. –MC

4:55pm: Dumont doubles
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

We’ve had an all-in and a call, ladies and gentlemen.

Action folded to Nicolas Dumont in the small blind and he just called. Honglin Jiang then raised to 120,000 from the big blind and Dumont moved all-in for 1 million.

Jiang thought, used a time-bank card and thought a bit more. Then he called. Dumont turned over 10♥10♠ and Jiang showed A♥J♦ for a flip. The 8♥9♣4♦Q♦5♠ board dodged Jiang’s over-cards and Dumont got the double up.

Nicolas Dumont: Just like that, a double

Dumont’s stack grew to 2 million while Jiang dropped to 1.425 million. –AV

4:45pm: Three pots
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

– David Peters raised to 90,000 from under the gun and was called by Honglin Jiang in the big blind. The board rolled out 7♦10♥7♣A♠7♠ with no bets going in until the river where Jiang bombed for 300,000 holding A♥9♦ for a full house. Peters called with A♣Q♥ for the same full house and they chopped it up.

– Two hands later, Jiang raised to 90,000 off the button and Josip Simunic defended his big blind. Jiang continued for 75,000 on the 8♥Q♣A♣ flop and was check called. The 3♣ turn was checked to the 3♥ river where Jiang bet another 225,000. Simunic check-time-bank-folded and was shown the 4♦ by a smiling Jiang.

– Peters opened to 90,000 off the button and was called by Simunic before Krisztian Gyorgyi squeezed all-in for around 1.5 million. Both opponents folded and Gyorgyi opened A♥K♦. –MC

4:35pm: Fernandez forces fold
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Sadri Saleh opened for 100,000 on the button with A♥9♥. Javier Fernandez was in the big blind with 10♠7♣ and called to see the 9♦7♥7♠ flop.

Both checked that for a 6♦ on the turn. Fernandez bet 160,000 which Saleh called for the K♥ on the river.

Still ahead, Fernandez bet 525,000, which forced the fold from Saleh.

Fernandez is up to 3.1 million now. – SB

4:25pm: A Peters push, but not much else
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

David Peters moved all-in, but that’s where the excitement ended. Honglin Jiang, who had raised to 90,000, folded and Peters took down the pot.

He won the next with a raise to 90,000 from the button and then got the following one as well. Peters raised to 90,000 from the cutoff and Nicolas Dumont called from the big blind. Action checked down to the river of the 3♥10♥A♥6♦2♣ board.

Dumont turned over a pair of deuces with 4♠2♠, but Peters had a bigger pair with 5♠5♥. Peters is now up to 1.5 million. Dumont is now the table shorty with 1.15 million. –AV

4:10pm: Jiang breathes a sigh of relief
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (BB ante 40,000)

Honglin Jiang breathed a huge sigh of relief after he saw he had the winning hand on showdown in a battle of the blinds. It pushed him up to 2.57 million and Nicolas Dumont down to 1.335 million.

Dumont completed from the small blind to face a raise to 120,000 from Jiang in the big blind. He came back with a reraise to 380,000 and was called. The flop fanned 3♦2♥K♣ and Dumont continued for 260,000. Jiang called before the 8♣A♦ turn and river were checked through.

Dumont opened J♣J♠ but lost out to Jiang’s K♥Q♥. –MC

4pm: Big hands, but pots kept small
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

A couple of interesting hands to round out Level 24 action on the feature table. (It’s into Level 25 in real life, down on the outer table.)

On the first Sadri Saleh found A♦K♥ and raised to 80,000 from under the gun. Ole Schemion three-bet to 215,000 from the cutoff with Q♥Q♦. This could have got costly.

Saleh opted just to call the three-bet, and that was the right move because the flop of 10♠3♦Q♠ then fell. Saleh checked, Schemion bet 215,000, and Saleh was able to fold.

On the next hand, Schemion opened to 10♣5♣ from early position and Javier Fernandez called in the cutoff with 10♥10♦. Tomas Jozonis then looked down at K♠K♦ on the button and he put in the three-bet to 300,000.

Schemion folded, but Fernandez called and they went to the A♠2♠8♥ flop. Jozonis bet 200,000 and Fernandez thought he’ll peel one.

The Q♠ came on the turn and both players checked. That brought the J♠ on the river. After Fernandez checked again, Jozonis now bet 650,000 and Fernandez was able to slip away. — HS

3:50pm: Saleh forces Antonius to fold
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

A big hand develops between Patrik Antonius and Sadri Saleh.

Tomas Jozonis limped from the button with Q♦9♠. Antonius did the same from the small blind with A♣7♠ and Saleh checked his option with 7♥4♥.

The flop came 4♦7♣5♦.

It looked good for Saleh. So when Antonius made it 80,000 he called for the K♦ on the turn (Jozonis leaving them to it).

Sadri Saleh: Good run-out

Antonius bet again, 150,000. Again Saleh called. The river card 4♠ gave him a full house.

Patrik Antonius: Perplexed

Antonius bet another 225,000. Saleh went to his stack and pushed forward 600,000, which got Antonius’s attention. He spent two time bank cards thinking before eventually folding, leaving the chips to Saleh. – SB

3:40pm: Break bluff
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

In the last hand of the level, Honglin Jiang raised to 70,000 from under the gun and Krisztian Gyorgyi called from the small blind. Nicolas Dumont called from the big blind and then they checked a J♠7♦3♦ flop. A 2♥ came on the turn and Gyorgyi bet 120,000. Only Dumon called and a 6♦ completed the board. Gyorgyi bet 220,000 this time and Dumont thought.

The clock had already ticked into the break and a small crowd had formed.

“Show the bluff for the tv,” Philipp Gruissem said after Dumont folded. Gyorgyi then turned over A♦5♣ for ace-high and clapped his hands together and shouted in celebration. Dumont dipped to 1.975 million while Gyorygi left an unstacked pile of chips on the table worth 1.375 million.

They’re going for a break in real life, but coverage will continue from the security-delayed feature table. — AV

3:30pm: Guess who’s creeping back up?
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/35,000 (BB ante 30,000)

David Peters is back up to 1.26 million after flopping top pair in a three way pot.

Honlin Jiang opened to 70,000 off the button, picking up calls from Peters and Josip Simunic in the blinds. The flop came K♣8♥A♥ and Jiang continued for 130,000. Only Peters check-called before the 7♥ turn and 5♠ river were checked through.

David Peters: Prowling back

Peters opened A♠9♣ and Jiang mucked to drop to 1.26 million. –MC

3:25pm: Simunic slices some off Jiang
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Honglin Jiang won a pair of pots preflop and took down another on the flop, but then he lost one with a big river bet to Josip Simunic.

Simunic opened to 70,000 from the cutoff that hand and Jiang called from the big blind. Both players checked the 7♥K♣6♣ flop and checked again after the 7♠ came on the turn. Jiang then took a stab at it for another 70,000 after the 2♠ landed on the river, but Simunic raised to 205,000.

Jiang used up a time-bank card making his decision and finally threw in a chip for the call. Simunic turned over K♠J♠ for kings and sevens and Jiang mucked. Jiang is hanging steady at 1.9 million while Simunic chipped up to 1.45 million. –AV

3:20pm: Fernandez flies, Jozonis dips
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

They’re going crazy for their double-ups on the feature table at the moment, and this time it was Javier Fernandez’s turn.

He opened to 70,000 from the button with A♥Q♥ and then saw Tomas Jozonis three-bet to 275,000 from the small blind with A♦6♦. Fernandez called for the Q♣3♦5♠ flop.

Jozonis bet 200,000 and Fernandez called. The 8♦ turn was the action card. Joznis kept telling his story and bet 650,000. Fernandez then ripped it it with top pair, pushing 575,000 more over the line.

Big moment for Javier Fernandez

Jozonis didn’t seem to like it much, but had the nut-flush draw and was getting five-to-one. He called.

The A♠ was good only for Fernandez, and Jozonis’s latest hit puts him down to 2.4 million. Fernandez vaults to 3.46 million. — HS

3:15pm: Saleh at the double
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Sadri Saleh and Tomas Jozonis just played a pot on the feature table, which ended in a big double for Saleh.

It began with an open from Saleh under the gun. He had J♠J♦ and made it 75,000. Jozonis called in the big blind with 10♠6♦ and they saw the most amazing flop. It came 7♠4♦9♠.

That meant Saleh had an overpair to the board, but Jozonis had both straight and flush draws. A straight-flush draw, no less. Jozonis set Saleh in for his last 780,000 and, after a while in the tank, Saleh called for his tournament.

Sadri Saleh: Big double

Saleh need to fade all the outs and the first step was the 10♣ turn. The next step was the K♥ river.

That meant that he doubled to 2.16 million. Jozonis is down to 4.09 million. — HS

3:10pm: Peters loses more, wins some back
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/35,000 (BB ante 30,000)

David Peters may be having a bad level, but he’s a fighter. He folded to a three-bet but won some straight back.

He opened to 70,000 from under the gun and was called in one spot before Honglin Jiang squeezed to 300,000 from the big blind. Both opponents folded.

Jiang completed from the small blind the very next hand and Peters checked his option. Peters called 40,000 on an A♣J♦Q♥ flop before he bet 120,000 on the 4♦ turn. Jiang check-folded to drop to 1.85million and Peters crept back up to seven figures with 1.085 million. –MC

3:05pm: Peters taking a pounding
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

It hasn’t been a good level for David Peters.

Peters recently lost two big pots and is just shy of 1 million. In the first pot, Peters raised to 70,000 from under the gun and Honglin Jiang called from the button. Both players checked the 3♠8♠10♦ flop and a 10♥ came on the turn. Jiang bet 105,000 and Peters called, bringing a 2♥ on the river.

Jiang upped the bet to 325,000 and Peters used up three time-bank cards making up his mind. When the final seconds were ticking down on his third card, he called. Jiang turned over A♣10♠ for trip aces and Peters mucked. The hand put Jiang up to 1.8 million while Peters dipped to 1.3 million.

Then he dipped even more.

Action folded to Nicolas Dumont on the button the following hand and he raised to 70,000. Peters called from the big blind and the flop came 7♥K♣4♥. Peters check-called a bet of 75,000 and a Q♦ came on the turn. Peters checked again and Dumon made it 175,000. Peters called and a J♣ completed the board. Dumont spent a time bank card thinking when action checked to him and he made it 400,000 to see a showdown. Peters mucked and dipped to 975,000 while Dumont is now up to 2.275 million. –AV

2:55pm: Kitai out in 11th (€44,100)
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Just like that, we lose another former EPT champion.

There were a few omens pointing towards a victory here for Davidi Kitai, none more so than the fact that this week’s first-place prize, of €712,000, was precisely the same as the one he took when he won EPT Berlin. But omens mean nothing, and Kitai is actually out in 11th for €44,100–a prize amount he has never won before.

Davidi Kitai: Got it in good

Kitai’s last hand played out as follows:

Javier Fernandez opened the button with K♣10♦. He made it 70,000. Kitai was in the small blind and found K♥Q♠ and shoved for 425,000. The decision made its way back to Fernandez and, as Fintan Hand said in the commentary booth, his hand was “just enough” to call. “It’s close though,” Hand added.

So this was a good spot for Kitai with the dominating hand. However the dealer favoured Fernandez with the 10♥8♦9♠ flop. The turn 3♦ didn’t help Kitai and the 9♣ river was his death knell.

Goodbye to Kitai

Kitai is on a huge tear at the moment, and will surely be back. But he may end up taking a small amount of time off for the birth of his first child, due in three months. His wife Catherine was on the rail here, as ever, and gave her conquering hero husband a kiss of congratudolence as he was knocked out. — HS

The smooching Kitais

2:45pm: Dumont”s freeroll double
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/35,000 (BB ante 30,000)

“Oh shit!” exclaimed Honglin Jiang after he saw opponent Nicolas Dumont’s hand when the two were all-in. Both had top pair, top kicker but Dumont was freerolling to a flush.

Jiang started the hand with an under the gun raise to 70,000 and Dumont called from the big blind. The flop spread 5♥Q♠2♥ and Jiang continued for 100,000. Dumont used a time bank chip before he check-raised to 300,000 and then called all-in for 870,000 when he was shoved on.

Dumont: A♥Q♥
Jiang: A♣Q♦

Nicolas Dumont double in a game of narrow margins

The board ran out 2♦4♥ bring the flush in on on the river. Dumont rose to 1.65 million and Jiang dropped to 1.35 million –MC

2:35pm: Potless Peters
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

You can’t win them all.

David Peters recently played five pots in a row and he didn’t take down a single one. Krisztian Gyorgyi started the Peters losing streak off with a raise to 85,000 from under the gun. Peters called from the small blind and Josip Simunic did the same from the big blind. Gyorgyi continued for 120,000 on the 10♣2♣6♦ flop and took down the pot.

Krisztian Gyorgyi: Sets Peters in a spin

The next hand got to a showdown. Honglin Jiang raised to 70,000 from the cutoff and Peters called from the button. They checked down to the river of a 10♠5♣J♠2♣9♣ board and Jiang took it down with A♥5♦ while Peters mucked.

Then action folded to Peters on the cutoff and he made it 70,000. Dumont called and they checked to the end of an 8♦5♥7♣J♠10♠ board and Dumont bet 110,000. Peters folded and then Dumont took the next hand off of him too.

Peters raised to 70,000 again and Dumont three-bet to 230,000 from the small blind. Peters folded and then lost another 70,000 the following hand. This time Simunic made it 70,000 from under the gun and Peters called from the big blind. The flop came 5♥K♥Q♥ and Simunic took it down with a 55,000 c-bet.

Peters is now down to 1.75 million. –AV

2:25pm: Huber straightened out, busts in 12th
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

It just wasn’t Stefan Huber’s day today. The Aussie Millions runner up had his stack halved early doors and his count continued to slide from there until he had little wriggle room.

End of the road for Stefan Huber

He moved all-in for 240,000 from under the gun and picked up no callers, but he was out the following time he was all in, on the very next hand. Honglin Jiang shoved from the small blind and Huber called off.

Jiang: K♠7♣
Huber: J♦10♠

The board ran 5♦4♣6♠J♣8♣ to make Jiang a straight. He moved up to 2.35 million as Huber left with €39,300 for his efforts, and a hug from Josip Simunic. –MC

Josip Simunic bids farewell to Huber

2:20pm: Simunic doubles
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Josip Simunic has kept the no-elimination streak at the outer table alive.

Simunic managed to make it all the way to the river before moving all-in too. Honglin Jiang started the hand with a raise to 70,000 from the cutoff and Simunic called from the big blind. both players then checked the 6♣6♦5♠ flop and a J♣ came on the turn.

Simunic bet 110,000 and Jiang called, bringing a 3♦ on the turn. Simunic moved all-in for about 300,000 and Jiang called.

Josip Simunic: 666 for double

Jiang showed ace-jack for a pair of jacks and sixes, but Simunic had 6♠4♥ for trip sixes. Simunic doubled to 925,000 while Jiang dipped 1.95 million. –AV

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2:10pm: Back to it
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (BB ante 30,000)

Coverage from the feature table now pauses for 20 minutes as they go on their tournament break, but they’re back and playing in real life on the outer table. They’re into Level 24 now.– HS

2pm: Kitai on the move
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Davidi Kitai is the next player to move over to the empty seat on the feature table. – SB

1:55pm: Adrian Mateos out in 13th place (€39,300)
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Adrian Mateos, a champion here three years ago, had been the short stack for much of the level today and got his chips in with 5♠5♣.

Ole Schemion, who has never won a Main Event but is always sniffing around to deep stages, called with 9♠9♦. They waited for the board.

Adrian Mateos and his best ‘That’s poker!’ face

It came: 8♣7♥A♣K♥7♦

That sent Mateos to the rail in 13th place. Schemion moves up even more, now playing a stack of around 4.5 million. — SB

Adios Adrian

1:50pm: When is a break not a break?
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Players are on a 20-minute break in real life, but our coverage continues as we’re reporting from the live stream on its 30-minute delay. The fun never stops. — HS

1:45pm: More pots for Peters
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Guess what? David Peters is winning hands.

In this round, he won five out of seven. He did lose the first one though. In a classic Peters vs Simunic blind vs blind battle, Peters called from the small blind. Josip Simunic checked from the big blind and the flop came J♣7♠10♦. Peters bet another 25,000 and Simunic called bringing a 10♥ on the turn. They checked that, and again after the Q♣ landed on the river.

We finally got to see some hands. Peters showed 8♣4♦ and Simunic took down the pot with A♠3♦.

David Peters: Just keeps building

Peters raised from the button the following hand and Krisztian Gyorgyi called from the big blind. Peters then took it down with a c-bet and did the same to Honglin Jiang the following hand.

Jiang and Peters made it to the turn the hand after that. They both checked the flop and Peters took it down with a bet on the turn. Peters took a rest the following hand, but went back to winning the next.

Stefan Huber completed from the small blind and Peters raised to 75,000. Huber called and the flop came 4♦9♣7♣. Peters bet 60,000 when checked to and took down the pot. Then he found himself back on the small blind against Simunic.

Action folded to Peters again and he looked over at Simunic’s stack, he had a little less than 500,000.

Peters moved all-in and Simunic folded. Peters is now up to 2.33 million. –AV

1:40pm: Schemion cracking everything
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Ole Schemion has now cracked aces and kings.

He saw a flop of 6♠A♥8♣ against Tomas Jozonis.

Schemion: 9♣5♥
Jozonis: K♠K♦

Schemion checked, then called Jozonis’s bet of 45,000. On the 8♦ turn Schemion bet 105,000. This time Jozonis called.

Then the river: 7♣

Schemion now had his straight. He announced 390,000 but Jozonis had got the message. He folded. – SB

1:35pm: Schemion and Jozonis neck and neck
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

There’s barely a cigarette paper’s width between Ole Schemion and Tomas Jozonis at the top of the counts. They each have about 3.7 million.

Ole Schemion: Unstoppable

Tomas Jozonis: Ice cold

1:30pm: Lanini gone in 14th (€35,500). Schemion closing in on lead
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Davor Lanini looked down at A♦A♣ in the big blind and was happy to take Ole Schemion to the flop. Schemion had opened from under the gun, making it 50,000 to play, and Lanini three-bet to 125,000. Schemion called.

That flop came J♣8♦J♠.

Unfortunately for Lanini, Schemion held J♦10♣.

Davor Lanini consoles with his rail

Lanini checked, then called Schemion’s bet of 130,000. On the 4♠ turn Lanini chose to lead the betting, making it 250,000. Schemion, after a short pause, announced he was all-in. Lanini, with 500,000 behind, called.

He needed help on the river. A lot of help. But it didn’t come.

He leaves in 14th place and picks up €35,500. Schemion meanwhile closes in on the lead with 3.7 million. – SB

Davor Lanini goes looking for his payout

1:20pm: Dumont puts Kitai through the ringer
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Nicolas Dumont has risen to 750,000 after a successful four-bet jam.

David Peters opened to 60,000 from under the gun and was called by Davidi Kitai before Dumont squeezed all-in for 570,000. Peters folded quickly but Kitai had a really tricky decision by the look of it.

He used two time-bank cards as he assessed his stack and gave Dumont a paper stare down before he folded to drop to 700,000.

Nicolas Dumont: Puts Kitai to the test

Dumont held his stare very impressively and that may have been the deciding factor in Kitai folding pocket tens, which is what he said he had after the hand. –MC

1:25pm: Mateos slipping down
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Adrian Mateos’s face said it all. He’s had to back out of another hand, this time against Javier Fernandez.

Mateos three-bet with 5♥4♥ on the button pre-flop, getting a call from Fernandez who had opened with K♥10♥.

The flop came Q♥5♠J♦, which Fernandez check-called after Mateos made it 125,000 to play. Fernandez did the same on the A♠ turn after Mateos bet another 350,000.

On the A♥ river, Fernandez checked again. Mateos was out of options and checked too, conceding the pot to Fernandez.

Adrian Mateos: On the slide

Fernandez moves up to 2.8 million while Mateos becomes the short stack at the table with 30 big blinds. – SB

1:20pm: Perplexing Peters
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

“Uh-oh, he’s limping,” Josep Simunic said. Once again, action had folded around to David Peters on the small blind, leaving the hand between him and a short-stacked Simunic on the big blind.

Peters jammed in this spot the last few times and now he limped. Was it a trap? Simunic was about to find out as he moved all-in.

Josip Simunic: Not falling for the trap

But no, no trap. Peters folded and Simunic took down the pot.

Peters doesn’t go long without winning a pot though and he took one off Davidi Kitai a few hands later. Peters raised to 60,000 from the cutoff that hand and Kitai called from the small blind.

Both players checked the 8♣A♣Q♣ flop and checked again after the 5♣ came on the turn. A 5♠ completed the board and Peters bet 115,000 when checked to. Kitai called and then mucked after Peters showed A♦5♥ for the rivered full house. Peters is now up to 2.15 million while Kitai is down to 700,000. –AV

1:15pm: Good flop for Antonius
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Patrik Antonius and Tomas Jozonis went to a flop. Antonius was in what can only be described as better shape.

Antonius: K♦10♦
Jozonis: K♥3♠

The flop: 10♠10♣K♠

Patrik Antonius: Flopping boats

Antonius checked raised the flop to 175,000 which Jozonis called for the 2♦ on the turn. Another bet of 375,000 from Antonius was enough to win the pot, after Jozonis sniffed out the danger. – SB

1:10pm: Double delight for Dumont
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Nicolas Dumont has got his day back on track with a double through Honglin Jiang. He’d been looking for this.

He was down to 290,000 when he made his move from the button. Jiang was in the small blind and successfully isolated Dumont by moving all-in.

Jiang: A♦4♦
Dumont: A♠J♠

Nicolas Dumont: A double

The board ran 4♣5♥J♣K♠ to make both players pairs with their kickers. Jiang was still left with 2.19 million after the hand, while Dumont moves up to 630,000. –MC

1:05pm: Short-stack sagas
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Despite the numerous shorties on the outer table, we haven’t had a called all-in. David Peters has been picking on Josep Simunic. Peters has jammed on Simunic’s big blind from the small blind twice and Simunic has let it go both times.

Simunic showed 5♦4♦ after the second jam and said he’d call next time.

Then the other two shorties went at it. Nicolas Dumon raised to 55,000 from under the gun and Stefan Huber moved all-in for 395,000 from the hijack. Action folded back around to Dumont and he used a time-bank card. He only had slightly more than Huber.

Stefan Huber: Building again

Dumont folded and was left with 400,000 while Huber is up to about 530,000. –AV

1pm: Andre Akkari out in 15th (€35,500)
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Andre Akkari’s main event is over in 15th place.

He opened with Q♠Q♥ before Patrik Antonius three-bet with A♠A♦. Akkari then four-bet, putting half of his stack into the middle which, after a pause for drama, prompted Antonius to shove. Akkari called.

Andre Akkari: Bad news

The board came 5♥K♣5♠K♥4♥.

No help for Akkari. He leaves. Antonius up to around 2.5 million chips.

Andre Akkari: Departs with queens

Javier Fernandez has been balanced on to the feature table. – SB

12:55pm: Jiang didn’t get the Kitai memo
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

The memo is question states that it’s unwise to try and bluff Davidi Kitai. Honglin Jiang tried it, on a very coordinated board, but Kitai made the right call, again.

Kitai raised to 55,000 off the button and Jiang peeled from the big blind. Kitai continued for 55,000 on a J♦10♥K♥ flop and Jiang check-called before he led for 90,000 and 225,000 on the 4♥ turn and 8♣ river. Kitai called both times before hearing the lovely words, “Nice call, queen high.”

Davidi Kitai: Do not bluff this man

Jiang opened Q♥6♣ and lost out to Kitai’s two pair with K♦8♦.

The Kiwi got a few of those chips back the very next hand when he three-bet Kitai’s 55,000 raise to 210,000. Kitai folded and settled on exactly a million. Jiang has 2.22 million. –MC

12:50pm: Dan Abouaf out in 16th (€35,500)
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Dan Abouaf was left with one chip after moving all-in against Sadri Saleh.

Abouaf shoved with A♥J♦ only to be called by Saleh with A♠K♥ from the big blind.

Dan Abouaf: Bad news

The board came 10♦8♦K♠A♣2♦. It appeared that Abouaf was out, but Saleh wasn’t so sure. The difference was a single 5K chip, which kept Abouaf alive.

But not for long.

On the next hand he at least found something: A♣9♥. But Andre Akkari was calling with A♠10♥. Not that anything is ever straightforward.

The flop came 6♠4♥9♣. Then the turn J♣.

This the start of Abouaf’s great comeback. All he needed to do was, ahh, no. He needed to fade the river card 10♠. He didn’t.

Dan Abouaf departs in 16th

Saleh, meanwhile, moves beyond 1.1 million.– SB

12:45pm: Dumont looking to double
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Nicolas Dumont is one of the outer table short stacks with less than 20 big blinds and he’s been looking for a double up. No one’s given to him yet though.

Dumont moved all-in from the button for 390,000 when action folded to him, but everyone got out of the way. Then he tried again from the big blind. Krisztian Gyorgyi raised to 65,000 from the button that hand and Dumont jammed.

Nicolas Dumont: Will someone double this man

Gyorgi turned over an 8♠ and folded his hand. No called all-in for Dumont yet and he’s still short with about 450,000. –AV

12:35pm: Jiang vs. Peters
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

Honglin Jiang and David Peters continue to push the action on the outer table. They tangled in two pots against each other with the score one all, but Jiang winning the bigger pot.

Jiang opened to 60,000 from second position but folded to Peters’ cutoff three-bet to 180,000.

The second leg went the way of Jiang. It was the very next hand and he raised to 60,000 from under the gun. Peters elected to call to see a 4♦A♣J♥ flop where he called another 65,000. The heat got too much for him on the turn though as he folded to a 150,000 bet.

Jiang – 2.52 million
Peters – 1.98 million
–MC

12:30pm: Jiang halves Huber
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

Stefan Huber is down to about 520,000 after Honglin Jiang picked up pocket aces.

Jiang played them slow, calling from the small blind. Huber checked from the big blind and the flop came 8♣8♥J♠. Jiang continued for 40,000, Huber raised to 125,000 and Kitai let it go. Jiang called anda K♦ came on the turn. Jiang check-called a bet of 250,000 and a J♦ completed the board.

Jiang checked again and this time Huber checked behind. Jiang turned over A♠A♦ and Huber mucked. Huber’s now down to 520,000 while Jiang’s chipped up to 2.25 million. –AV

12:20pm: A word about our coverage
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/25,000 (BB ante 25,000)

A word about our coverage today: we won’t be spoiling anything that is happening on the feature table, so you can watch on the stream anything that happens over there. We’ll only publish it here 30 minutes after it happened, in accordance with the security delay for cards up coverage. However, this will be the first (and on many occasions only) place to find out what’s going on on the outer table, and the €25K High Roller. — HS

Two table set up

12:15pm: Peters dominates the whole first level
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (BB ante 20,000)

To be fair, there was only five minutes of Level 22 remaining when play resumed today. Four hands were played before the blinds went up and no flops were seen. David Peters open-raised three of them – to 45,000 – taking the blinds and ante each time after facing no resistance. –MC

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

With five minutes left on Level 22, cards are in the air on Day 5. They will, I expect, not bother with the end-of-level break. — HS

Introduction: The history boys

Five years ago in this room, the European Poker Tour (EPT) produced its best ever Main Event final table. Arguably, it was the best final table of any open event in the history of the game.

There were four Team PokerStars Pros–Daniel Negreanu, Jake Cody, Jason Mercier and Johnny Lodden–plus bracelet winner and online phenom Noah Schwartz. It says all you need to know that Steve O’Dwyer, the eventual winner, was nowhere close to top billing in the run-up to the final. Afterward, yes. O’Dwyer went on to win the lion’s share of his current $22 million tournament haul using the €1.2 million first prize earned at EPT9 Monaco. Victory here set his bankroll into perpetual forward motion.

EPT9 final table (l-r): Grant Levy, Andrew Pantling, Noah Schwartz, Jake Cody, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Lodden, Jason Mercier, Steve O’Dwyer

We say this as prelude to today’s action in the Salle des Etoiles as the 2018 EPT Main Event returns for its penultimate day. From 16 players remaining, our aim is to get down to a final six. And there’s still a chance that we could get close to rivalling that star-studded line-up from half a decade ago.

Players still with chips include the following: Ole Schemion, David Peters, Patrik Antonius, Adrian Mateos, Andre Akkari and Davidi Kitai. Between them, those six have amassed a $71.8 million in live tournament winnings, plus something pretty similar in online cash games and tourneys.

There are three former EPT champions, eight WSOP bracelets spread among them, plus numerous other victories in major tournaments. Between them, there are 12 million-dollar (or more) tournament scores.

$1m scores EPT titles WSOP bracelets Other titles Total earnings
Ole Schemion 4 0 0 12 $14.5m
David Peters 3 0 1 13 $20.6m
Patrik Antonius 3 1 0 1 $11.2m
Adrian Mateos 2 1 3 4 $14m
Andre Akkari 0 0 1 0 $2.1m
Davidi Kitai 0 1 3 3 $9.4m
          $71.8m

Here’s another interesting nugget of information: if Antonius makes the last eight, he will make an EPT final table a full 12 years, seven months and 16 days since he first appeared at one.

That will smash Victoria Coren’s long-held record for time between first and most recent final-table appearances. It’s 4,611 days since the fresh-faced (and hirsute) Antonius finished third at EPT Barcelona in Season 2.

Patrik Antonius talks to Natalie Pinkham after busting EPT2 Barcelona

Nothing is certain, of course, and we have a turbulent day ahead. None of the stars above are actually even in the chip lead at the moment. That honour rests with Lithuania’s Tomas Jozonis, whos 4.075 million stack is nearly twice as large as Schemion’s, his closest challenger.

Take a look at how we got here in yesterday’s recap. Here are the full chip counts. And here’s what they’re all playing for. Then stick with us all day to see if we can live it like it’s 2013. Play begins at noon. — HS

Monte Carlo outside. Wait…outside?

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