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EPT Kiev No-Limit Hold'em Main Event - Event 1

  • Aug 18, '09 - Aug 23, '09
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Updates on Day 4 (Aug 22, 09)

 
 

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: United Nations again on the European Poker Tour

ept-thumb-promo.jpgToday’s story is simple: the final table of EPT Kyiv will be one of the most cosmopolitan ever seen on the European Poker Tour — a notable achievement on what is already the greatest celebration of the international appeal of this game. From a starting field of 296, eight players remain. They come from six different European countries.

We’ve had similar before — San Remo last season, for instance — but you get this kind of diversity nowhere else but the EPT.

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So, did you hear the one about the three Russians, the Belarussian, the Ukrainian, the German, the Pole and the Dutchman? No, neither did I. But it’s no joke, they will tomorrow file into the Palace of Sports to play the final table of EPT Kyiv and chase the first prize of €330,000. Putting it another way, get to know this lot:

Maxim Lykov, Russia, 2,597,000

Vadim Markushevski, Belarus, 1,662,000

Alexander Dovzhenko, Ukraine, 1,590,000

Vitaly Tolokonnikov, Russia, 1,019,000

Lucasz Plichta, Poland, 731,000

Arthur Simonyan, Russia, 531,000

Adrian Schaap, Holland, 520,000

Torsten Tent, Germany, 264,000

Locals are obviously delighted to see a Ukrainian in the top three of that chart. Alexander Dovzhenko was a formidable force this afternoon, cheered on from the partisan crowd, especially when he became the final home hope, and even more so when he took the chip lead for long periods.

Joram Voelklein doubled Dovzhenko up early, then Nikita Nikolaev lost to his aces. Neither of those remain in the tournament; Dovzhenko is at the final table in his home town.

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Alexander Dovzhenko




Vadim Markushevski and Maxim Lykov are EPT wrecking balls in the more traditional style. Both young, expensively-attired and insanely aggressive, they have each picked off the short stacks and stayed out of each other’s way. Lykov was on the featured table from start to finish, riding high and then dipping low, but emerging with the chip lead. Markushevski, on the other hand, was sent bouncing around the room by the table draws, but always had a huge, steady stack.

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Maxim Lykov






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Vadim Markushevski




There’s also nothing unusual about the presence of Torsten Tent and Lucasz Plichta at a final table. They’re both PokerStars qualifiers, in this tournament for a combined buy in of not very much at all.

Tent was a massive stack until he got coolered for a huge chunk of it by Lykov, and will start the final table as the short stack. But he will still have high hopes of emulating his country-folk Moritz Kranich, Sebastian Ruthenberg and Sandra Naujoks as EPT champions.

Plichta’s journey is perhaps even more impressive. He was the only representative in Kyiv from Poland, an FPP satellite champion. He’s free-rolling, and has free-rolled all the way to the final.

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Lucasz Plichta




Of course, we have also loved and lost. A moment’s silence please for the likes of Andrew Malott, Alex Fitzgerald, Grigory Zima, Iliya Gorodetskiy, Bernard Boutboul, Jonas Kronwitter and many others.

Most notable of all, we lost Michael Meyberg, a PokerStars qualifier and a German. He went out in ninth and missed out on the final table by a pip.

No matter, all of those eliminated today will find their exploits etched forever on the prizewinners page. Give them some company over there with a click.

Make our German and/or Russian colleagues happy with a nibble in their direction over at the German or the Russian blogs. You don’t have to stay for long; a click is a click and they’ll never know.

Either that, or you can fritter away some time with our level-by-level review of the day. This was written live and as it happened, and you’ll find typos aplenty to prove it.

Try Level 17 for starters, then rattle through:

Level 18

Level 19

Level 20

before kicking back with a glass of something cold and a bumper Level 21 and 22 special.

(And then let Level 23 take you into slumber.)

There’s telly at PokerStars.tv and tomorrow’s action will be at EPT Live. All photographs are © Neil Stoddart.

Good night, and see you tomorrow for the punchline.

Ah, what the heck. Here’s a video blog and then a picture of a cannon, a statue and a kid with a balloon. Fill your boots.


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A cannon, today




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A statue, today




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A kid with a balloon, today



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PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 4 level 23 updates

EPTLive updates from day 4, level 23 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also follow live coverage from the feature table on EPT Live.

Blinds 2,000-12,000-24,000.

12.10am: Done for the day

That’s it for tonight’s poker action. A full report on the events of the day will be published on the blog shortly. In the meantime catch up on the official chip counts going into the final day. — SB

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12.05am: Done for the night. Good morning

Michael Meyburg moved all-in but contrary to the recent trend Vitaly Kolokonnikov called showing [ad][10s] to Meyburg’s [7d][7c]. It was effectively over on the [qs][10c][js] flop. Meyburg needed a seven but the turn came [5c] and the river [8d]. It sent the German PokerStars qualifier, who qualified for nothing, out in ninth place for €23,000, the final departure for the night. The last eight will return at noon tomorrow and play until one of them becomes the first ever EPT Kyiv champion. — SB

12am: Big one

A massive pot just played out between two of the biggest stacks. It was a battle of the blinds that got ugly for Max Lykov. He raised from the small blind and Alexander Dovzhenko raised to 87,000 from the big. The flop came [7h][5c][js] and after Lykov checked, Dovzhenko bet 100,000. Lykov called. The turn was the [2c] and Lykov checked again. Dovzhenko bet again, this time 250,000. Lykov called. The river was [10c] and this time they both slowed down and each checked. Dovzhenko showed his hand first — pocket queens — and Lykov mucked. The Ukrainian moves a couple of spots nearer to the chip lead again.

11.53pm: Poland all-in

Vadim Markushevski bet pre-flop and Poland’s Lucasz Plichta came out with an all-in flourish. Markushevski called with [ad][2d] to Plichta’s [qg][qs]. Plichta needed to dodge aces and did just that. A double up for Plichta, up to 739,000. — SB

11.46pm: Tent knocked over

Torsten Tent made it 65,000 pre-flop which Maxim Lykov called. Lykov made it 140,000 on a [5h][8s][10c] flop and 232,000 on the [as] river with Tent calling all the way. He made a last bet of 656,000 on the river to make a huge pot. Tent agonised over the decision, eventually calling and showing pocket eights for a set. But Lykov showed queen-jack for a straight. Tent said one of those family unfriendly words and took over the short stack. Lykov up to 3.1million. — SB

11.38pm: All-in

Michael Meyburg moves all in for 310,000 with predictable results. No callers. — SB

11.30pm: Simonyan chips up

It’s very cagey, but Arthur Simonyan has been loving this. His latest pre-flop reraise of one of the chip leaders brings him up past 600,000, more than he could possibly have hoped when he was but a micro-stack. - HS

11.18pm: Here we go

Michael Meyburg moves all-in for 260,000. Could this be the one? Nope. No takers. — SB

11.13pm: Lykov takes another nibble out of Schaap

Max Lykov raises to 58,000 pre-flop from early position. Adrian Schaap calls from late. It’s just the two of them and they see a flop of [2s][qh][8d]. Both check. The turn is [10c] and Lykov bets 111,000. It’s good.

11.10pm: Meyburg moves in

Andrew Meyburg moves all in under-the-gun for his 250,000 stack. Everyone folds.

11pm: Late night

This is our latest night of the week so far, and they’ve been playing nine handed for more than a full level. As they return, the leader is Max Lykov, from Russia. We still need to lose one more player until we have an official final table.

Don’t forget where you can find the chip counts:

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Max Lykov



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PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 4 Level 21/22 updates

EPTLive updates from day 4, level 22 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also follow live coverage from the feature table on EPT Live.

Blinds 2,000-10,000-20,000.

10.46pm: End of the level

That’s it for this level. Players take a short break before play resumes. — SB

10.40pm: Don’t three-bet me

Adrian Schaap raised to 55,000 only to see the aggressive Maxim Lykov three-bet to 115,000. As happened before when Schaap doubled up through Lykov, the former four-bet all in. No snap call this time though as a fold was quick in coming. —MC



10.35pm: Chips

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10.32pm: Re-raise

Alexander Dovzhenko made it 51,000 pre-flop which Vitaly Kolokonnikov raised to 127,000. Dovzhenko thought about it but passed. — SB

10.28: Simonyan cagey play

Vitaly Tolokonnikov and Arthur Simonyan both played a raised pot that was checked to the turn giving us a [qh][8h][8s][5h] board. Vitaly Tolokonnikov was the first to apply pressure with a bet that was good enough to take the pot as Simonyvan folded.

10.20pm: Schaap enters pot, loses

Adrian Schaap has been very quiet since they went down to one table, although he just entered a pot against Alexander Dovzhenko, who has been continually involved. Dovzhenko raised to 50,000 pre-flop, Schaap called, and the flop came [6d][5h][7d]. They both checked and then Dovzhenko fired 60,000 at the [6s] turn. It was good as Schapp got out the way. — HS



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Adrian Schaap




10.15pm: River bet good

A raised pot between Maxim Lykov and Vadim Markushevski brought a [3c][7h][ad] flop where the latter led out for 80,000 and was called. Both players checked the [2s] turn before Markushevski checked folded to a 88,000 river bet from Lykov. — MC



10.10pm: Plichta picks off bluff

Short-stacked Lucasz Plichta is still battling on. Vitaly Tolokonnikov raised from early position to 48,000 and the Polish player moved all in. It wasn’t much more for Tolokonnikov to call, but he didn’t fancy it, was possibly ‘at it’ in poker terminology, and Plichta stacked up a few more. -HS

10.03pm: Tent on tenterhooks

On a flop of [as][7s][qc] Torsten Tent makes it 70,000 which Alexander Dovzhenko called. On the [10h] turn Dovzhenko moved all-in which Tent called showing king-jack for an ace-high straight. Dovzhenko showed pocket sevens for a set and needed the board to pair. Tent couldn’t watch but would make it, the river landing a harmless [8s]. They each have roughly 1.4 million. — SB

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Torsten Tent




10pm: Anticlimax

On the stroke of 10pm, Alexander Dovzhenko raised to 50,000 and Vitaly Tolokonnikov reraises all in, another 425,000. Dovzhenko surprised everyone by callng, but it was anticlimactic. Both players had an off-suit A-Q and there were already chopping once a rainbow flop was dealt. - HS

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9.48pm: Plichta on parade

Lucasz Plichta moves all-in. The action works its way around the table but no one wants the business. — SB

9.35pm: Pot of a million

A pot worth nearly 1 million develops after a three way [9s][8h][3s] flop involving Adrian Schaap, Maxim Lykov and Vadim Markushevski. With already 578,00 in the middle, Schaap checked and Lykov made it 88,000, Markushevski raised to 200,000 and Lykov called for a [5c] on the turn. Both checked for a [8s] on the river. Another 200,000 from Markushevski which Lykov called showing six-seven for a straight. For Markushevski a powerless pair of tens. — SB

9.28pm: Hell of a lot of consonants

Vadim Markushevski and Alexander Dovzhenko tangle on a [ad][7s][3d] flop. Dovzhenko bets 50,000 and Markushevski calls. The both check the [10s] turn for a [5c] river card. Markushevski made it 80,000 which is called and shows ace-jack. Dovzhenko doesn’t show his card and now surrenders the chip lead to Markushevski who has 2.3 million. – SB

9.22pm: All in!

Michael Meyburg shoves in pre-flop for 256,000. No one fancies it. We play on. — SB

9.14pm: Simonyan on fire

Arthur Simonyan has burst into life since the last break, calling a Lykov bet of 40,000 Torsten Tent then moved in for 1,087,000. While Lykov folded Simonyan called showing pocket jacks. Tent immediately regretting things, showing pocket eights. The flop came [ad][10d][5d], leaving Tent with just a single out. It wasn’t the [qh] on the turn, nor the [3c] on the river. We play on. — SB

9.10pm: Will they, will they? No…

Vitaly Kolokonnikov moved all-in, found no takers. — SB

9.04pm: Schaap doubles up

Adrian Schaap made it 46,000 pre-flop which Maxim Lykov raised to 100,000. Tolokonnikov looked like he might jump in as well but folded before Schaap made the move all-in. Lykov called with [as][6d]. Schaap turned over pocket kings. The board came: [3c][kc][2d][ac][5h]. Schaap still here as we play on. — SB

8.59pm: Any takers?

Tolokonnikov moves all-in when the action is folded to him in the small blind. The big blind wants none of it. — SB

8.50pm: Action again

After a quiet spell Arthur Aimonyan moved all-in for 116,000. Michael Meyburg thought about it but it was Maxim Lykov who called with [as][3s]. Simonyan though was ahead with [ah][js]. the board missed both, coming [6h][kd][8d][10h][8h]. Simonyan up to 254,000. — SB

8.33pm: Pseudo final table

Nine players have now made it to one table. But it’s not the final table. We play eight-handed on the EPT and one player will need to be eliminated before we can packup and go home. Vitaly Tolokonnikov is the man under the most pressure.

8.30pm: Outer table shenanigans cripples Tolokonnikov

After a period of nothingness on the outer table — raise and take it poker, with the big stack of Vadim Markushevski to the fore - it kicked off on the very hand after Maslov’s elimination on the feature table. The short stack Michael Meyburg moved all in and Vitaly Tolokonnikov called in the big blind. They had to wait until the cameras could film them and then Tolokonnikov showed [as][8d] to Meyburg’s [jh][js]. Meyburg can’t lose an all in today and he wasn’t going to start now. The jacks were good and Tolokonnikov will take the smallest stack to the psuedo final table. Meyburg has about 300,000. HS

8.20pm: Lykov and Maslov clash on TV

Maxim Lykov makes it 40,000 from under-the-gun which is called in the big blind by Alexey Maslov. They saw a flop of [ac][5c][9s]. Both check for a [jd] turn. Maslov checks before Lykov bets 52,000. Maslov announces raise and makes it 170,000. A huge pot becomes even bigger when Lykov re-raises all-in which Maslov calls, showing [as][8s]. But Lykov has the better hand, ace-jack for two pair. Maslov out. We’re down to one table. – SB

8.08pm: Eleven become ten

Two long names duel in a hand but only one survives. Volodymyr Pilyavskyy is out, his gallant white knuckle survival job has finally run its course. He moved in for 26,000 against Vadim Markushevski. At least he had a hand. Pilyavsky showed [as][ks] to Markushevski’s slightly less impressive 4[10d]. Not to worry though as the flop delivered a brutal [10c][qs][4h]. Nothing on the turn or river to change that. Ten players remain. — SB

8.01pm: Last Frenchman falls

Adrian Schaap raised it up from under-the-gun before Bernard Boutboul strangely called all in with [8c][9d] for a total of 56,000. Schaap took a few chips back and tabled [ah][kh] before the cameras starting rolling and the board came [qd][6c][ts][kc][th] to end the Frenchman’s dreams.—MC



8pm: They’re all chasing this man…

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7.55pm: We’re back

The players have returned from dinner, and it’s now a straight run to the final eight who will come back tomorrow to fight for the title.

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PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 4 Level 21 updates

EPTLive updates from day 4, level 21 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also follow live coverage from the feature table on EPT Live.

Blinds 2,000-8,000-16,000.

8.33pm: Pseudo final table

Nine players have now made it to one table. But it’s not the final table. We play eight-handed on the EPT and one player will need to be eliminated before we can packup and go home. Vitaly Tolokonnikov is the man under the most pressure.

8.30pm: Outer table shenanigans cripples Tolokonnikov

After a period of nothingness on the outer table — raise and take it poker, with the big stack of Vadim Markushevski to the fore - it kicked off on the very hand after Maslov’s elimination on the feature table. The short stack Michael Meyburg moved all in and Vitaly Tolokonnikov called in the big blind. They had to wait until the cameras could film them and then Tolokonnikov showed [as][8d] to Meyburg’s [jh][js]. Meyburg can’t lose an all in today and he wasn’t going to start now. The jacks were good and Tolokonnikov will take the smallest stack to the psuedo final table. Meyburg has about 300,000. HS

8.20pm: Lykov and Maslov clash on TV

Maxim Lykov makes it 40,000 from under-the-gun which is called in the big blind by Alexey Maslov. They saw a flop of [ac][5c][9s]. Both check for a [jd] turn. Maslov checks before Lykov bets 52,000. Maslov announces raise and makes it 170,000. A huge pot becomes even bigger when Lykov re-raises all-in which Maslov calls, showing [as][8s]. But Lykov has the better hand, ace-jack for two pair. Maslov out. We’re down to one table. – SB

8.08pm: Eleven become ten

Two long names duel in a hand but only one survives. Volodymyr Pilyavskyy is out, his gallant white knuckle survival job has finally run its course. He moved in for 26,000 against Vadim Markushevski. At least he had a hand. Pilyavsky showed [as][ks] to Markushevski’s slightly less impressive 4[10d]. Not to worry though as the flop delivered a brutal [10c][qs][4h]. Nothing on the turn or river to change that. Ten players remain. — SB

8.01pm: Last Frenchman falls

Adrian Schaap raised it up from under-the-gun before Bernard Boutboul strangely called all in with [8c][9d] for a total of 56,000. Schaap took a few chips back and tabled [ah][kh] before the cameras starting rolling and the board came [qd][6c][ts][kc][th] to end the Frenchman’s dreams.—MC



8pm: They’re all chasing this man…

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7.55pm: We’re back

The players have returned from dinner, and it’s now a straight run to the final eight who will come back tomorrow to fight for the title.

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PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 4 Level 20 updates

EPTLive updates from day 4, level 19 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also follow live coverage from the feature table on EPT Live.

Blinds 1,000-6,000-12,000.

7.10pm: Dinner chips

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7pm: Dinner

The Malott elimination was the last action of the level. Players are now taking a dinner break, which will last for one hour. We’ll count some chips, grab a bite, and then be back.

Andrew Malott uses PФКЗЯSTДЯS ЬLФG ФИЭ-TIMЗ CHIPâ„¢. It doesn’t work. But he uses it.

We’ve been waiting for this for a long, long time this week, but here it is. Andrew Malott just used his PФКЗЯSTДЯS ЬLФG ФИЭ-TIMЗ CHIPâ„¢, the Ukrainian release of the PokerStars Blog One-Time Chipâ„¢. (Click through to the original explanation of this disc of poker wonderment.)

As described below, Malott had two pair, aces and fours, but he’d run into Alexander Dovzhenko’s set of queens, with only the river to be dealt. “Is this a good time to play my [PokerStars Blog] One Time [Chipâ„¢]?” Of course, he actually meant: “Is this a good time to play my PФКЗЯSTДЯS ЬLФG ФИЭ-TIMЗ CHIPâ„¢,” but we let him off because he doesn’t speak Ukrainian.

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Unfortunately for Malott, and for this tournament in general, this time the PФКЗЯSTДЯS ЬLФG ФИЭ-TIMЗ CHIPâ„¢ couldn’t work its magic* and the miracle two outer didn’t come.

But that was some textbook use of the hottest item of poker gadgetry and we salute him for that. (We also salute him for this whole tournament. He’s been a great guy and a great player throughout.) - HS



*PokerStars Blog One-Time Chipâ„¢ Enterprises does not guarantee success.

6.48pm: That’s your Malott

A pretty brutal hand has caused the demise of the likable PokerStars qualifier Andrew Malott. His conqueror was local hero Alexander Dovzhenko who called a pre-flop raise in position to see a [9h][4s][qc] flop. Malott continued his aggression with a 45,000 bet that was called to take us to the [ah] turn.

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This is where the fireworks really went off as a Malott checked raised a 100,000 bet up to 240,000 before calling for all his chips when the Ukrainian moved all in. Malott confidently turned over [ah][4d] for two-pair but Dovzhenko flipped over [qs][qd] for a set. The river came [9d] to confirm Malot’s surprise exit.—MC



6.35pm: Firing blanks

On a board of [4c][4s][ah][3s][jh] Vitaly Tolokonnikov fired off bigger and bigger bets (34,000, 56,000, 160,000) which Maxim Lykov continued to call. At the showdown both had nothing, Tolokonnikov showing seven-six, while Lykov’s king-high was good. — SB

6.30pm: “How many lives have you got?”

Volodymyr Pilyavskyy’s charmed life continues. He’s got a micro-stack, only 33,000 at the start of this hand, and got it all in pre-flop with [ah][3c]. Michael Meyburg called from the big blind with [as][qs] and it looked like it was all over for the Ukrainian. But after a blank flop, the [3h] turned and Pilyavskyy doubled up. “How many lives have you got?” pondered Adrian Schaap aloud. He got no reply. - HS

6.20pm: Double up but not much

Arthur Simonyan moves in with pocket kings and Lucasz Plichta called with pocket jacks. The board helped no one and the chips went to Simonyen, still the short stack. — SB

6.18pm: Big bets, no flop

Alexey Maslov made it 31,000 pre-flop which Maxim Lykov raised to 77,000. Maslov then came back at him, 206,000 in total which Lykov folded. — SB

6.16pm: Raising and raising

Vadim Markushevski made it 31,000 pre-flop which Vitaly Tolokonnikov re-raised to 90,000. Torsten Tent sighed heavily and folded the big blind and the action returned to Markushevski. Tolokonnikov got the same reaction from him though, taking the pot. – SB

6.15pm: Slow down

There are a couple of very short stacks on the outer table, but they’re clinging on. Michael Meyburg is one of them, and he’s been all in countless times — pretty much any time it’s folded to him or he’s first to act - but no one is finding the hand to call him down. A couple of unraised pots, usually battles of the blinds, have seen a pot, but there’s been no hands of interest out there for quite some time. HS

5.58pm: Ace high good again

Andrew Malott, who grieved for the loss of fellow American Alex Fitzgerald, was betting again, 36,000 from under-the-gun, getting a caller in Alexander Dovzhenko in the cut off. Both checked the [8c][6h][8s] flop for a [4c] turn card. Now Malott made it 71,000 which Dovzhenko eventually called for a [kd] on the river. Both checked again, Malott turning over [7c][9c] to be beaten by Dovzhenko’s [ad][qc]. – SB

5.55pm: Ace high good

Maxim Lykov and Alexey Maslov got involved, with Maslov firing twice on flop and turn on a board of [2c][7c][qc][qd][7d]. Lykov called all the way and his ace-high turned out to be good against Maslov’s king-high. - HS

5.48pm: Simonyan survives

Over on the feature table Arthur Simonyan was short-stacked but got a magical double up courtesy of Maxim Lykov. Lykov raised to 30,000 pre-flop and was called by Simonyan who left very little behind.

The flop came [as][8s][6s] and the remainder of the chips flew in. Lykov had A-J, Simonyan 9-10 – and the [7s] turn and [10h] river filled Simonyan’s straight. -SY

5.45pm: Maxim Lykov

He’s no longer the chip leader, but he’s looking kind of relaxed. This is Max Lykov:

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5.35pm: Malott hammers Fitzgerald

Alex Fitzgerald got very close, but will not be reaching his second EPT final table. His friend and countryman Andrew Malott became his assassin, when Malott raised from the button to 31,000 and Fitzgerald, in the big blind, shoved for his last 200,000.

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Alex Fitzgerald




Malott asked for a count but then called before it was completed, tabling [ac][8c]. Fitzgerald was in trouble with [kc][js] and he got no help from any of flop, turn or river. Assassinato assassinated by Malott. They bumped fists and a very, very dangerous player is gone. - HS

5.37pm: This tank’s made in Germany

Michael Meyburg opened with a raise to 35,000 from the cut-off and is called by Adrian Schaap in the next seat before a [ah][as][4h] came down. Meyburg checked raised a 46,000 bet up to 100,000 only to face an all-in bet from Schaap for 218,000 total. Meyburg went in to a five minute silent tank only interrupted by an apology to the table four minutes in. The fold came at the five minute mark and he’s left himself with 143,000.

MC

5.35pm: Kronwitter busted

Jonas Kronwitter is out. After Maslov opened, he moved in for 215,000 with [as][qd] and was insta-called by Alexey Maslov with [ac][ks]. The board failed to deliver Kronwitter’s much needed queen and he became the 15th finisher. — SB

5.25pm: New level begins

the new level begins with Maslov makes it 130,000 behind some earlier betting. He gets no takers to a 73,000 pot. — SB

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PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 4 Level 19 updates

EPTLive updates from day 4, level 19 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

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Blinds 1,000-5,000-10,000.

5.20pm: Kronwitter out of the gate

Jonas Kronwitter moves all-in. It’s good for some short term tension but nothing more. No takers for the German

5.15pm: Volodymyr Zakharov busted

It started with a bet of 27,000 which Volodymyr Zakharov re-raised to 120,000. Malott wasted no time in moving all-in and Zakharov called. They did that fist tapping thing and stood to pay their respects to the board: [2s][kh][5h][8d][3s]. That was it for Zakharov. Another fist thing (“I have sweaty hands so I won’t give you a handshake,” said Malott), and just 15 remain. – SB

5.10pm: Back!

They’re back, and we’ve counted their chips. Guess where they are. Go on, guess.

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4.40pm: Break

They’re taking a 20-minute break as the redraw is completed.

4.35pm: Kopyl nobbled;16 left

Waldemar Kopyl has been eliminated — details to come - and they’re now doing a redraw at the final 16. Shortly before Kopyl’s elimination, we took a chip count and I’ll be darned if we didn’t go ahead and put it on the chip count page. HS

4.30pm: Kopyl a load of this

Table chip leader Vadim Markushevski raised it up only to be re-raised by Waldemar Kopyl out of the big blind for another 40,000. He made the call as he did a 50,000 bet on the [qd][kc][7h] flop. The turn [ad] saw the action go a little crazy as Kopyl decided to check-raise all in with [5c][4d] but a snap call was quick in coming from Markushevski with [jc][tc] for the nuts! The river came [7s] and a red faced Kopyl shook his opponent’s hand and walked away. - MC

4.25pm: Dovzhenko does Schaap

Adrian Schaap is another player on a yoyo string in this tournament. He’s just taken a bit of a hit, when Alexander Dovzhenko made an excellent call on the river. Dovzhenko raised to 27,000 under-the-gun and Schaap called. He was the only one. The flop came [6c][10c][qh] and Dovzhenko bet 35,000, which Schaap called. They both checked the [qs] turn and then the [8s] river prompted a 60,000 bet from Dovzhenko. Schaap raised another 65,000, an almost min-raise, and Dovzhenko tanked, then called. Schaap tapped the table and showed [ad][ks] for the nut no pair. Dovzhenko’s [as][10h] — a pair of tens - was good. HS

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Adrian Schaap


4.20pm: Checking

Boutboul snaps into action again, this time raising pre-flop to 26,000 which only Maxim Lykov called for a flop of [9s][ad][js]. Both checked for a [qc] on the turn. Both checked the [10s] river. Boutboul showed ace-six which was good enough. – SB

4.11pm: Meyburg rides his luck

Michael Meyburg , the German PokerStars qualifier, has won a series of all-ins to stay alive. The latest saw him push for around 150,000 with [ks][10d] – called by Torsten Tent with [qd][qs].

The flop of [2d][5h][6d] was no good for the German, nor was the [jh] turn – but the [kh] on the river saved his bacon. He’s now up to more than 300,000.- SY

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4.08pm: Huge pot for Markushevski

A massive pot was brewing on table three. Vitaly Tolokonnikov raised to 26,000 from under-the-gun and Adrian Schaap re-raised to 80,000 from mid position. Vadim Markushevski re-re-raised from the big blind, up to about 160,000 and although Tolokonnikov folded, Schaap called. The flop came [4s][8d][qh] and after Markushevski checked, Schaap bet 125,000. Markushevski called. The turn — [8c] - was checked by both and when the river fell [7s], Markushevski instantly moved all in. Schaap took a little longer about it, but eventually folded. HS

4.04pm: Boydachenko falls

Alexey Maslov wasn’t done there, calling the all-in of Kirill Boydachenko. Maslov showed [qh][4h] to Boydachenko’s [ks][9c]. The flop brings some excitement: [5d][qd][ah]. The queen put Maslov ahead and the [8h] on the turn left Boydachenko needing a king, but not the [kh] which made Maslov a flush. Boydachenko out in 18th. – SB

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Kirill Boydachenko


4.03pm: Tent blows another away

Iliya Gorodetskiy can now return to the commentary box as his tournament is over. He was already crippled when it was folded to him in the small blind. He moved in for about 50,000 and Torsten Tent made a standard call. Gorodetskiy had a meagre [8c][4h] and Tent’s [ad][9d] ended up with two pair on the [ah][qc][js][9c][8d] board. - HS

4.02pm: Falling like flies

David Jaoui opened shoved for [as][7c] from mid position but ran straight into the [kc][kh] of Waldemar Kopyl. The board came [qs][3c][9d][4d][jd] to end this tournament for the Frenchman.

4.01pm: Maslov moves

Alexey Maslov moved in again, this time with pocket jacks and a caller in Kirill Boydachenko who turned over pocket nines. The board missed both of them, doubling Maslov to 465,000. Boydachenko on the critical list with just 70,000. – SB

4.00pm: Commentator crippled

Iliya Gorodetskiy has been crippled by Backgammon champion Michael Jurgen Meyburg. He held [5s][5c] to Meyburg’s [ah][jh] and the board ran [jc][4c][kd][qd][2h]. He did manage to double up through the same player the next hand but is still dangerously low.

3.55pm: All-in fold

Alexey Maslov tries the old all in move. Alex Fitzgerald thinks about it for a while but declines.



3.50pm: Boutboul snatches pot from Fitzgerald

On a flop of [8d][2h][5h] Alex Fitzgerald pushed in with [jd][qc] and Frenchman Bernard Boutboul called with [as][4h]. The turn [8s] and the river [7d] – a 220,000 pot to Boutboul. – SB

3.40pm: Hilarity ensues

They’re having a rum old time on table three, although it’s not exactly perfect poker etiquette. Waldemar Kopyl and Adrian Schaap had got about 200,000 chips in the middle and they were all the way to the river, with the board reading [6s][kc][ks][7c][8s]. I arrived at this point and it looked as though Kopyl was waiting to make his move, with Schaap staring him down. This took ages, and Alexander Dovzhenko suddenly decided to wade in, telling the dealer: “You need to tell him that he’s all in.” Apparently Kopyl had verbally announced all in, but hadn’t moved any chips forward.

This was a problem because Schaap had his headphones on and didn’t know. So plenty of people thought that Schaap was actually pondering whether to call the all in, but he wasn’t. He insta-folded when he found out the real situation, and apologised profusely. Kopyl also apologised for not moving his chips forward and everyone was forgiven.

Two hands later Andrew Malott and David Jaoui were all in and Jaoui had flashed his cards before the cameras arrived to film the dramatic moment. Malott told them not to bother because he had the same hand — ace-queen. There were flush outdraw possibilities but none came and it was chop chop.

2.35pm: Lykov breaks the 1.5 million mark

Jonas Kronwitter bet 24,000 pre-flop which was called by Maxim Lykov. The flop came [2c][10c][kh] and Kronwitter bet again, 35,000 this time, which is again called by Lykov for a [4c] on the turn. Again Lykov checks, as does Kronwitter for a [qc] on the river. This time Lykov bets first, 45,000 which Kronwitter has to think about. He opts to fold instead, surrendering a 175,000 pot. He’s down to 228,000 while Lykov continues to shine on 1,506,000. – SB

2.25pm: Return to the action

Players have returned from their break and the 20 players are now looking at one thing: the eight-handed final table. Chip counts are on the chip-counts page and prizewinners to date are on the prizewinners page.

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PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 4 Level 18 updates

EPTLive updates from day 4, level 18 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

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Blinds 500-4,000-8,000.

3.15pm: Breaktime entertainment

That’s the end of the level and as the players take a 15 minute break, here’s a quick chat with Andrew Malott, one of those still in the tournament.


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3pm: Vaserfirer extinguished

Oleksander Vaserfirer is out. He and Lucasz Plichta had some history, and then they both found hands in the blinds. Vaserfirer open shoved for about 200,000 and Plichta snap-called. Vaserfirer had [8d][8s] but he was way behind Plichta’s [kc][kd]. Neither the eight nor any of the running miracles came and Vaserfirer is extinguished. - HS

2.56pm: And on the other table…

Another all in and call takes place as Zima’s fate is sealed. Lucasz Plichta moved in with [as][qd] and was called by Oleksander Vaserfirer with [ah][ks]. It looked like curtains for Plichta but the board proved kind: [9h][7h][jd][10d][kc]. He doubled up to 190,000 while Vaserfirer had to settle for 125,000. – SB

2.55pm: Zima gone

Grigory Zima moved all in with [7c][8s] for 84,000 and was called by Adrian Schaap who turned over [as][jc]. The board brought a seven for Zima but an ace for Schaap on the flop. The turn and river were blanks and suddenly so was Zima. – SB

2.50: Naletov dominated and busted

Michael Naletov moved all in one time and managed to steal the blinds and antes but the next time he tried it he got called by Igor Dubinsky with [as][jc]. His all in was 120,500 and he needed a lot of help with his [ac][8c] but it failed to come on the [2s][2h][6c][jh][th] board. Dubinsky nearing the million mark on 970,000.



2.42pm: Fitzgerald doubles up

Alex Fitzgerald is back in business again, doubling up through Vitaly Tolokonnikov, who has just been moved to the featured table. All the money went in on the turn, looking at this board: [6s][7c][9d][7h]. Fitzgerald bet, something like 40,000, Tolokonnikov raised, something like 80,000, and Fitzgerald shoved for about 180,000. Tolokonnikov called instantly, showing [ah][7s] but Fitzgerald had flopped a straight with [8d][10d] and it stayed good. Fitzgerald is up to about 450,000. - HS

2.40pm: Introducing Torsten Tent

One of the best stories from today is the miraculous surge to the top of the leaderboard of Torsten Tent, the PokerStars qualifier from Germany. No one is surprised any more about either Germans or PokerStars qualifiers surging through EPT fields, and the combination is fearsome. Thanks again to Robin Scherr, our German PokerStars blogger, we know the following about the Tent pitched so high in Kyiv:

He’s 31-years-old, comes from Korbach, near Kassel. He works at the Dunlop tyres production plant in Korbach, but plays poker in his free time, usually pot-limit Omaha cash games. He qualified for EPT Kyiv via the $11 re-buy satellite tournament and this is hiis first major tournament. He’s also got close to a million chips thanks largely to that huge aces against queens hands earlier. Now he’s pitched there, Tent is going to be hard to shift. - HS

2.30pm: A table down

As implied in that last update, a table has now been broken and there are three remaining, housing the last 23 players. - HS

2.25pm: Oh, Nikita

Tournament officials told dealers to stop what they were doing because we were breaking a table. But before they could actually do this, there was all in action on table three. It looked as though Nikita Nikolaev had tried a steal from the small blind with Q-4 and had run slap-bang into Alexander Dovzhenko’s [ah][ad] in the big blind. There was no miracle and Nikolaev is gone. - HS



2.22pm: One more goes

Oleksander Vaserfirer opened with a raise to 22,000 from the high-jack only to see Vadim Markushevski three-bet to 65,000 and Nikita Lebedev go all in for 270,000. Vaserfirer folded but made the call with [tc][s]. It was a race as Lebedev revealed [ah][kh] and the board came [8d][6d][6h][5h][3c] to hand a very nice sized pot to Markushevski but it was at the expense of Lebedev’s tournament.



2.20pm: Folding the best

Alexey Maslov is finding life a little tough on the feature TV table. Three times now he has raised and been forced off the hand. In the last it was Maxim Lykov who three bet, and after a long dwell Maslov folded 9-9. Lykiv flashed A-J, meaning Maslov had folded the best of it, something he can not continue to do as his stack diminishes. -SY

2.15pm: Dubinsky drubbed

Igor Dubinsky moved all-in, still shell shocked by the earlier Ten hand he was in need of help and Vadim Markushevski saw to it that his misery would be put to an end. Dubinsky turned over [kd][qc] but was behind Markushevski’s [as][10h]. The board ran: [ac][3s][6s][ks][3d]. Markushevski up to 665,000. – SB

2.10pm: Chatter

After a flurry of early eliminations, the pace has slowed and there’s an unexpected amount of success being shown to one another. Grigory Zima has been all in about three times, never finding a caller, and on Andrew Malott’s table, there’s a lot of chatter but not much movement in chips. Malott and Iliya Gorodetskiy are chewing a lot of fat, and Michael Meyburg is also wading in. They’re predominantly jibing Vitaly Tolokonnikov, who doesn’t seem to care at all. No wonder, he’s still got a huge stack of more than 500,000 and is happy to let them do the talking.

2.00pm: Another one bites the dust

It was folded around to Joram Voelklein in the high-jack and he open shoved for 75,000 and was called quickly by Vitaly Tolokonnikov in the small blind with [as][jd]. Voelklein was in need of help to stay alive with his [qh][6d] but it didn’t come on the [3d][5h][5s][9s][2c] board.



1.55pm: Boutboul double up

The tournament short stack Bernard Boutboul got it all in pre-flop against Jonas Kronwitter. The all-in, at risk Frenchman had [qc][jd] and the big stacked Kronwitter had [kd][9s]. But the flop was good for Boutboul as it came with a [qs] on it. That stayed best to double up Boutboul. He now has 150,000.

1.52pm: Schaap shuts out Dombrovsky

Out on table three Adrian Schaap bet 27,000 pre-flop, Eduard Dombovsky then pushed all-in for 54,500 more. Schaap counted and thought, then called showing [ac][5d]. Dombrovsky turned over [8s][9s] and girded himself for the board: [4s][3d][5h][ad][10c]. Another player out. — SB

1.50pm: Yo-yo Fitzgerald

Three players get to the flop: Kirill Boydachenko from mid-position, Alex Fitzgerald on the button and Jonas Kronwitter from the small blind. The flop comes [kd][7h][jd] and they all checked, then Kronwitter bet on the turn of [6s]. After Boydachenko folded, Fitzgerald shoved all in for 203,000 total. And Kronwitter eventually folded. Fitzgerald is now past 300,000 again as his roller-coaster ride continues. - HS

1.45pm: Betting the Maxim

On our feature table there was a call before Maxim Lykov raised to 57,500. Alex Ftizgerald was one more seat along in the small blind and with a concentrated look on his face re-raised it up to 137,000. The original limper folded before Lykov moved all in prompting a quick fold from Fitzgerald.



1.40pm: New level under way

Players have returned from their break and we’re into level 18. The full official chip counts are on their way and will be on the chip count page. We can tell you this, though: Torsten Tent is the new chip leader. He has 908,500 and Maxim Lykov has 803,000.

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EPT Kyiv: How to act in a live tournament



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PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 4 Level 17 updates (cont)

EPTLive updates from day 4, level 17 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also follow live coverage from the feature table on EPT Live.

Blinds 500-3,000-6,000.

1.21pm: Break

Players are on a break and we’re counting chips. The full, official counts will appear on the chip count page quicker than you can say: “How do they get that to blink like that?”

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1.20pm: Lucky last hand of the level

As most of the players head off for a 15 break Igor Dubinsky moved all in for his last 49,500 with [ac][2s] and was called by Nikita Lebedev in the small blind with [ad][jc]. The dealer gave us [8c][7d][qs][9s][2d] making a lucky pair of twos for the Ukrainian and a needed double up after a bad start to the day where he fell down the leader board. -MC

1.15pm: Torsten on top

Michael Meyburg has been moving in at regular intervals, trying to recover some of those lost to Andrew Malott earlier on. Meanwhile across the room an all-in of the action kind took place between Torsten Tent and Igor Dubinsky that made the German a new contender for chip leader. Tent made it 16,000, Dubinsky re-raised to 40,500 which Tent re-re-raised to 190,000 before Dubinsky moved in. Needless to say Tent snap called showing [ad][as] to Dubinsky’s [jd][jh]. The board ran [5c][7h][9d][10s][6h]. Tent stacked more than 900,000 while Dubinsky was left with a meagre 90,000. – SB

1.12pm: Trebles all round

Volodymyr Pilyavskyy triples up, all in with J-J on a flop of [ac][ah][2c] he gets two callers in Igor Dubinsky with 7-7 and Nikita Lebedev with 9-9. They checked down the [10d] turn and the [4c] river.

1.11pm: Chips

The way we’re doing this today is this: we’ll be guesstimating chip counts throughout the level, but there’ll be full official counts at the end of each 75-minute period. The chip-count page is where you’ll find all that. — HS

1.05pm: Three-way on TV

On the featured table, Anatoly Zharnitskiy, Alex Fitzgerald and Jonas Kronwitter got to a flop of [2s][3c][jd]. Kronwitter made a continuation bet, having raised pre-flop, and Zharnitskiy then re-raised, committing 40 percent of his stack. Fitzgerald moved all in, for 190,000, and Kronwitter was then sent into the tank. He dwelled for a long, long time, but then laid it down. As did Zharnitskiy, who ruefully conceded: “You win.”

1.00pm: Jaoui jumps

David Jaoui found aces at the same time that Adrian Schaap found jacks. They got it all in pre-flop and there was no outdraw, meaning the Frenchman doubles through the Dutchman. - HS

12.55pm: Double up, double up

After a cagey start play has exploded into action on the outer tables. On two different tables there were two double-ups that occurred two minutes apart.

Firstly Torsten Tent raised to 16,000 from mid position before Michele Limongi re-raised to 79,000 from the button. Before the blinds had a chance to act Tent moved all in for another 138,500. After a tank Limongi called with [9d][9c] but was in bad shape against his opponent’s [jh][jc]. The board ran out [2s][ac][8d][4d][kd] to double tent up and cripple Limoningi.

Two tables along Michael Jurgen doubled up through Michael Naletov with pocket kings versus king-queen. It all went in on a queen high flop. - MC

12.55pm: Mulder mullered

Menno Mulder, the Dutch PokerStars qualifier, is out. He got his final 80,000-odd in pre-flop and was called by Iliya Gorodetskiy. The Russian had [9h][9c] and they were up against Mulder’s [jc][kd]. The flop came [10h][8c][7h] and the turn was a disastrous [jh], filling Gorodetskiy’s straight. Mulder received no miracle nine on the river and he was gone. - HS



12.50: Double trouble

A very big hand just went down on table 4. A short stacked Michele Limongi moved all in for his last 31,500 and was called by Nikita Lebedev in late position before Artem Litvinov called all in for his last 21,500. Limongi tabled [ad][6s], Lebedev opened [ah][8h] and Lebedev showed [th][td]. The board ran out [5h][jh][7s][ks][9h] making the flush on river for the biggest stacked player meaning we have a double elimination, our first of the day.



12.45pm: Malott doubles up

Andrew Malott made it 15,000 from mid-position and Michael Meyburg called for a flop of [3s][jh][5h]. Malott then added 25,000 to the pot. “How much?” asked Meyburg. “Whatever you put out there I’ll put it all-in,” replied Malott, with 100,000 left behind. Meyburg moved all-in and Malott snap called, turning over [ah][10h] to Meyburg [4c][2c]. The crowds gathered and watched the [4h] and [7s] send the chips to the American. — SB

12.41pm: Opening shots

Early activity on table one included an under-the-gun all-in from seat three which Iliya Gorodetskiy thought about but declined calling. Then Igor Dubinsky tried it, announcing all-in. “I knew you spoke English,” said Andrew Malott, which was translated to Dubinsky. “I know three words,” replied Dubinsky, “call, all-in, raise.” But as before there were no takers. — SB

12.40pm: Alexander Dovzhenko doubles

The local player Alexander Dovzhenko and the German player Joram Voelklein got it all in on a flop of [ks][qd][3s]. Dovzhenko showed [kd][qc] and Voelklein had [js][8s]. Voelklein’s hand didn’t improve and the top two pair stood up to double through. — HS

12.35pm: One for Simonyan

It’s raise and take it at the moment on the feature table. While Alex Fitzgerald has been doing most of the aggression, Arthur Simonyan just picked up some chips with an uncontested pre-flop raise. — SY

12.30pm: Fitzgerald flies out the blocks

Alexander Fitzgerald takes the first pot on the feature table, re-raising Kirill Boydachenko pre-flop and then moving all in for 180,000 on the flop of [3h][kh][8d]. It’s good, as Boydachenko lets it go. — HS

12.25pm: A video interlude

Players are going through the motions ahead of the new day. That means microphones being attached, Thomas Kremser talking through the rules and regulations, and gives you the chance to watch the latest video blog instructing us how to act in a live tournament.


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12.20pm: Action stations

There are 32 players left as we resume on day four of EPT Kyiv. The very simple plan today is to play down to a final table of eight. You can get a sample of what that looks like with the EPT Live webcast, which will bring you all the action from the one of the tables. Of course, we’ll also be following that action, as well as from elsewhere on the tournament floor. It’ll be blow-by-blow until we reach the final.




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EPT Kyiv: Lykov lives day three to the Maxim

Boiled down and stripped of any flashiness, stress or emotion, today’s objective for each of the 68 players was simple: survive into the money and then into day four. With the flashiness, stress and emotion stuck back on, that objective became a more complicated light-brigade charge into the unknown until death or double up, or a stealth job, crawling along on your belly, until you reached the money line where you could relax. Then, with that line breached, re-evaluate the situation and play on to 32.

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It’s hardly surprising that a day like today would pivot around the bubble, a point that took just three levels to reach. Before it, the nervous were looking around for others’ misfortune; after it, they were giddy with the delight of a well-earned cash. The unfortunate bubble boy was Serguei Pomerantsev. His bust was the best thing all the others heard today.

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Bubble boy Serguei Pomerantsev (brown shirt looking miserable)


It came after a little more than three full levels after a handful of hand-for-hand hands. Pomerantsev, who happened to be in the PokerStars Blog Featured Seat, moved in for 84,500 behind a pre-flop raise from Jonas Kronwitter, from Germany, who wasted no time in calling. After a delay to decide the outcome of a second all-in elsewhere (a double up), Kronwitter flipped over his pocket jacks, racing against the Russian’s ace-queen. A flopped jack put his hopes to bed and left everyone else in the money.

With Pomerantsev gone the flood gates of cliché were opened slightly, sluicing away the remaining eight players in the best part of a level.

While the bubble excitement inevitably involved the short stacks, the weightier issue of the chip lead involved the big stacks, behemoth things dwarfing their vulnerable neighbours in the fight for total supremacy. That fight came in the shape of a Russian duel that found Maxim Lykov and day two leader Vitaly Tolokonnikov wrestling for the lead with only Jonas Kronwitter from Germany, and able to keep them in sight.

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Chip leader Maxim Lykov


Ultimately it was Lykov atop the day three podium (there actually is a podium in a corridor nearby), bagging up 636,000 to Tolokonnikov’s 613,500 and Jonas Kronwitter on 550,000.

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Jonas Kronwitter


In pursuit of the top echelon are the rear echelon, a formation that includes Joram Voelkein (520,000), Adrian Schaap (520,000) and Igor Dubinsky (517,000), as well as PokerStars qualifiers Michael Naletov (257,000), Michael Meyburg (240,000), Andrew Malott (183,000) and Alex Fitzgerald (185,000). They live on to face television conditions under the lights on day four.

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PokerStars qualifier Andrew Malott


We lost the Kazakhstani qualification miracle man Aleksandr Ivanchenko, Arnaud Mattern and Lika Gerasimova today, as well as the PokerStars qualifiers Priit Turner, Raoul Refos and David Sonelin who, if they return tomorrow, it will only be to watch forlornly from the rail. Vyacheslav Rotach may do the same but the Russian PokerStars qualifier will at least have €7,610 in his back pocket for his 39th place finish.

Today ranks as one of the shortest EPT days. It’s an odd sensation, particularly for players far more accustomed to a lawless late night taxi scrum as they try to beat the sunrise to bed. That said, no one is complaining.

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Things restart at noon tomorrow, a day that may not be quite so brief but which will produce a final eight to do battle on Sunday. All the minutiae will be here on the blog while tomorrow marks the return of EPT Live, offering the best view of the action along with expert commentary and analysis from all sorts of folk picked out of crowds because they know what they’re talking about.

Better than all that it’s free and live online all day. EPT Kyiv promised to be a thriller to the wire. Surely the lawn/flat tyre/leaking roof/dinner can wait.

In the meantime if you blinked and missed day three, or just fancy a recap, you can catch up on all the play-by-play at the links below:

Introduction to day three

Level 3

Level 14

Level 15

Level 16

Lest we forget our colleagues: They may speak funny but apparently their words make brilliant sense in German and Russian. You can also find all the videos of the day as well as more interviews and features on the unbeatable PokerStars.tv.

That’s it for now. See you tomorrow.

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