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Stephen Chidwick Headlines Day 4 Of Card Player Poker Tour Venetian Main Event

From a field of 564 entries, the Card Player Poker Tour Venetian main event is down to its final 12 players with one of the best players on the planet near the top of the ...

Buy-In: $8,050 + $514
Prize Pool: $1,714,327
Entrants: 203

PokerStars EPT Warsaw Main Event

  • Oct 20, '09 - Oct 25, '09


Updates on Day 4 (Oct 24, 09)


EPT Warsaw: Day three, level 17 updates

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Blinds: 3,000-6,000 (500 ante)

8pm: That’s it!

The bursting of the bubble ceremony means play has finished for the day. The 24 remaining players – all now safely in the money – are busy bagging and tagging their chips before heading off for some well-earnt rest. Or in Peter Hedlund’s case, another drink.

We’ll have a full wrap of today’s events up very shortly. In the meantime see the bubble burst for yourself…

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7.59pm: Bubble boy!

After a long and torturous bubble period, Domantas Klimciauskas is the unfortunate last man to go home without a cent for his efforts here at EPT Warsaw. After being floored a little earlier, he managed one double up, then added some more, but his day – and tournament – came to end on the following hand…

Klimciauskas made it 40,000, called by Oleksandr Vaserfirer. The flop came [jc][9h][8c] and Klimciauskas bet 12,000. Vaserfirer moved all-in – call!

Klimciauskas: [as][js]

Vaserfirer: [8s][8h]

Klimciauskas needed a minor miracle to overtake Vaserfirer’s set of eights – but the [4h][4s] river ensured that did not happen.

Spare a thought for the Lithuanian – he had to sit next to a very noisy and well-oiled Peter Hedlund all day… and now he leaves with nothing.

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Peter Hedlund

7.55pm: From the last half an hour

More all-ins going unchallenged. Alexander Klimashin tried it, Sarwer called (“Simple enough I guess”) but couldn’t end things then and there with his [qd][6h] against [kc][7d]. Then Wojciech Polak shoved but found no takers for his pocket jacks. Julian Hoffmann Mogensen was next, one of three micro stacks on the same table. Then Paul Schulmann. No, nothing.


Jeff Sarwer

7.50pm: Is that the time?

It’s just ticked past 7.50pm and still no one has returned to the press room from the tournament floor. That means we’re still seeking our unfortunate bubble boy. Any minute now. Any. Minute. Now.

7.30pm: Pettersson out

Thomas Pettersson exited in 26th place – very unluckily as turned out. Vitaly Lunkin made it 17,000 pre-flop and Pettersson re-raised to 53,000. Lunkin wasted no time going all-in – and Pettersson was quicker in calling. Guess the hands?

Lunkin: [kc][ks]

Pettersson: [as][ah]

All good for Pettersson, who was covered by Lunkin. But hang on…. the flop dealt an instant dagger to his heart, coming [kh][6s][2d]. He now needed one of two aces to stay alive, but the [3d] turn was not one, nor was the [4h] river. Unlucky.

7.25pm: Closing in on the bubble

Updates are infrequent at the moment as our crack reporting staff is camped out on the tournament floor (down four flights of stairs from here) as they await the elimination of the final two players of the day. That will take us through the bubble and into the money.

Word is that one of the short-stacks, Peter Hedlund, has doubled up, leaving the pressure firmly on the likes of Maurice Schulmann, Alexander Klimashin and Wojciech Polak. The big stacks are doubtless loving every agonising moment.

7.15pm: Chips

The full official counts are in for the final 26 players. You know by now where they are:


Sneak preview: these are the top three.

Jeffrey Sarwer, Canada, 900,000

Alexander Debus, Germany, 500,000

Clayton Mozdzen, Canada, 425,000

7.10pm: Play resumes

Play has restarted in level 17. We play down to 24 players tonight meaning the day will come to an end after two more players are eliminated.


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EPT Warsaw: Day three, level 16 updates

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Blinds: 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

6.58pm: Two gone

I didn’t see Yordan Dimitrov’s exit, I just heard it: an almighty thump as he nearly punched a hole through the table, drinks and chips stacks wobbling from the force, his all in not holding. Just 26 players remain now as players take a 15 minute break at the end of the level.

6.55pm: One gone

Paul Schulmann moved all-in after playing the waiting game for some time. It was 66,000 to call and Anatoly Gurtovoy was happy to, turning over [ad][as] to Schulmann’s [qs][kd]. The board came [9c][3h][5h][js][qd]. Before the river Schulmann said “Come on,” in the same way you might say “One time!” when playing your one time chip. He’s gone.

6.50pm: Hedlund land

Again with Peter Hedlund. This time he moved all-in with [ah][tc] and is called by Domantas Klimciauskas with [3s][3d]. The board is kind to the Swede, running: [th][2h][4s][td][8c]. Still below 100,000 though.


Peter Hedlund

6.48pm: Adieu, Genadiew

Anton Genadiew is out. All-in for 60,000 with 4-4, he was called by Alexander Debus holding A-J. It was a race that started well enough for Genadiew as the flop came [10d][6s][8c], but the turn and river were rather devastating – both were aces.

6.45pm: That’s what we call a nice flop No. 2

Alexander Klimashin makes it 12,000, and Anatoly Gurtovoy re-pops to 32,000. Klimashin shoves, Gurtovoy calls!

Klimashin: [jd][jh]

Gurtovoy: [ah][kh]

A convincing board for Gurtovoy, this one… [ac][as][9s][ks][3d]. He doubles to 320,000. Klimashin down to around 70,000.

6.40pm: That’s what we call a nice flop No. 1

Domantas Klimciauskas thought he was in a great spot with [kd][kh] against the all-in of Thomas Pettersson, who had [ac][kc]. Alas – for Klimciauskas, at least – the flop came [as][ah][qs], and turn and river [10s][3s]. A double up for Petterson, who now has around 200,000.

6.35pm: Judah jinxed

Mel Judah is out, coming third in a three-way coup. Christophe Benzimra started it, making a standard raise from under-the-gun, which was called by Judah on the button and Konstantin Puchkov in the big blind. The flop came [2d][10c][7s] and now here came the fireworks. Puchkov checked, Benzimra bet 26,500 and Judah moved all in for his last 90,000 or something close. Puchkov proved to be no pushover either as he now shoved all in too, covering the Australian.

Benzimra agonised over a call but laid it down, later claiming it was kings. That was a good fold: Puchkov had [2s][2c] and had flopped a set, which was also well ahead of Judah’s [10d][jd]. There were no miracles on turn and river and Judah departs.


Mel Judah

6.30pm: Deeb damaged

Jeff Sarwer opened another hand for 12,000. Shaun Deeb two to his left called from the cut off and they saw a flop of [2d][ts][qh]. Sarwer carried on where he’d left off, betting 17,000 which Deeb called and did the same with a 31,000 bet on the [ts] turn, which Deeb called. On the [3s] river Sarwer again wasted no time going to his stack, betting another 26,000. Deeb took a minute, removing his sunglasses and considering his options. He opted for calling. Sarwer showed [qd][kc] and Deeb mucked. Out-kicked he had queen-jack.

6.25pm: Crazy in the Hedlund

Peter Hedlund raised the hopes of a lot of people downstairs when he moved in. Some are tiring of his constant chatter and hoped the all-in would be the end of him, but those with a soft spot for the Swede were happy to see no one call. Hedlund still in and still talking.

6.20pm: A sliver out of Sarwer

Alexander Klimashin just found a way to beat Jeff Sarwer in a hand, although you wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. Klimashin raised from early position, making it 12,000. Sarwer called on the button and Anatoly Gurtovoy called in the big blind too. The flop came [4s][7d][8s] and all three of them checked. The turn was [5s] and it went check, check before Sarwer bet 16,500. Gurtovoy folded but Klimashin called and the river came [8d]. Klimashin checked again, Sarwer bet 23,500, and Klimashin called. Sarwer announced ace high, showing [ah][2h] but Klimashin’s [10c][6s] had turned a straight.

6.15pm: Real hands?

Shaun Deeb raises to 11,500 from the hijack and Antony Lellouche makes it 29,500 from the button. It’s passed back to Deeb, who folds [ac][10h] face up, saying, “I’m pretty sure this is the best hand.” There’s nothing wrong with that read per se – Lellouche is a three-betting machine – but it’s way off in this instance. The Frenchman shows pocket kings. “Well, it was the best of the three hands I just raised with,” says Deeb, downscaling his claim somewhat.


Antony Lellouche

6.10pm: Staying alive

Wojciech Polak doubled up with [qh][5d] against Spain’s Dani Vargas’ [6d][6c], thanks to a queen falling on the turn. He’s still relatively short, however (I mean his chips, he’s probably quite tall).

6.05pm: Deeb weilds the axe

Shaun Deeb just disposed of the Swede Tomas Sayech, the pair getting it all-in pre-flop:

Sayech: [ac][qc]

Deeb: [10h][10c]

Time for a race, and it ended perfectly for Deeb as the board ran [ks][8h][3c][10d][8s] for a pretty full house. He’s now up to 270,000 and in a nice position in the chip count, although may feel a little uncomfortable being just two seats away from runaway leader Jeffrey Sarwer.

6.01pm: Monster for Sarwer

Jeffrey Sarwer now sits behind a mountain of chips approaching 900,000 after a huge hand against Piotr KiliÅ„ski. Sarwer raised to 11,500, KiliÅ„ski re-raised to 35,000. Sarwer made it 85,000 and KiliÅ„ski went all-in for a total of more than 300,000. Sarwer called with aces, KiliÅ„ski had A-K… and was praying for a miracle. It didn’t come as the board ran 2-10-5-4-10.

6pm: Constant Konstatin

Konstantin Puchkov opened for 12,000 which Michel Abecassis called from the big blind. The flop came [ac][4s][2h] which both players checked. They did the same again on the [ts] turn. When a [jc] arrived on the river Abecassis kept on the tradition of checking, but Puchkov was ready with a 25,000 bet that spilled out of his hand. Good enough for the pot.

5.55pm: Puchkov pushes off

Michel Abecassis opened for 12,500 in late position. The action was folded to Konstantin Puchkov in the big blind, who called for a [4d][jh][2h] flop. Puchkov checked before Abecassis won the hand with a 17,500 bet.

5.50pm: Chips

As ever, the chip monkeys have done their bidding and the full, official count for our remaining 32 players is on the chip count page. Jeff Sarwer is the first man to pass 500,000.


5.40pm: Pagano tells all

While we’re waiting for play to restart, here’s a good chat with Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano, in which he describes his start to day three…

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5.35pm: New level

There are 32 players remaining on four tables. We need to lose one more table or eight players, which is the same thing.

A full chip count is under way (which will appear on the chip count page) and there’s every chance this man will still be top of the tree. His name is Jeff Sarwer.


Jeff Sarwer

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EPT Warsaw: Day three, level 15 updates

ept-thumb-promo.jpgLive updates from day three, level 15 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

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Blinds: 2,000-4,000 (400 ante)

5.21pm: Four tables

Kalle Niemi is out. He lost a massive pot with aces against sixes and then got his last 50,000 or so into the middle, re-raising Maurice Schulmann’s 11,000 opener, and finding himself in a flip with [7c][7d] against Schulmann’s [kc][jd].

The first four cards were fine: [2s][3d][5c][8c] but the [jh] on the river ended a dismal day for Niemi.


Kalle Niemi

He was our 33rd player out and that meant tournament officials began breaking another table to consolidate the field around four slabs of felt. As they were doing so, the end of level bell rang, and so there’s a 15-minute break for them to continue their work.

5.20pm: Nice bluff, sir

Konstantin Puchkov played this rather well. On a [2s][8d][kh] board he moved all-in for 37,000. “Will you show if I fold?” asked the man sitting next to Jani Sointula. “Yes,” came the reply. After a bit of a dwell, there was a fold.

“You said you would show if I folded!”

“OK,” said Puchkov – and flipped [6c][7h] for complete air. Nice!

5.18pm: From small acorns

Michel Abecassis started the day as one of the short stacks. At one point labouring with a stack of 37,000 the Frenchman now sits with more than 330,000, almost ten times the size. He opened from under the gun, 10,200 total. Moreira called from the big blind for a flop of [jc][4s][2c] which both players checked. After the [6s] turn Moreira made it 15,000 which Abecassis called for a [ts] river card. Both checked and it was Moreira on top, showing [ad][jh] before Abecassis passed, tapping the table.

5.16pm: Arm waving Canadians

Luca Pagano made it 11,000 to go from the cut off. Clayton Mozdzen called for a flop of [5s][kh][ac] and then checked. Pagano made it 13,000 which was again called for a [jc] on the turn. Mozdzen checked again and Pagano made it 30,000 now. With a wave of his arm Mozdzen announced all-in. Pagano passed.


Clayton Mozdzen

5.15pm: Prydryk doubles

Ruslan Prydryk doubled up with [6c][6h] thanks to a rivered set against Kalle Niemi, good enough to send him up to 180,000.

5.13pm: Two more gone

Two more depart from Casinos Poland. First Jeremi StÄ™piÅ„ski was all-in with [ad][5s] but failed to overtake Konstantin Puchkov’s [9c][9h] on a [10h][6s][qd][8h][5h] board. Soon after, at the same table, Alexandre Brivot fell to Jani Sointula. We’re down to 34.

5.10pm: Double ups

Peter Hedlund just doubled up, moving all-in with [as][qd] and getting called by Yordan Dimitrov with [kh][qh]. The board ran out [8s][9d][2h][8d][9s]. Hedlund made a “whoo!” noise. “I’m Swedish, what do they think I have?” he asked no one in particular, now up to more than 100,000. Vitaly Lunkin did the same, doubling up after getting his chips in with aces and surviving an encounter with pocket kings. He’s up to 150,000.


Vitaly Lunkin

5.05pm: Pettersson doubles

There are benefits to sitting at Peter Hedund’s table. Free drinks, for one thing. There are also drawbacks: Peter Hedlund chiefly, a chatterbox of international repute. Thomas Pettersson’s stay at the table might have ended recently, when he was all in against Vitaly Lunkin. The betting went: 9,500 from Pettersson in early position; 30,000 from Lunkin on the button, shove from Pettersson and call from Lunkin.

Pettersson was in good shape though. He had [ac][kh] against Lunkin’s [as][qd]. The board came [ah][9h][5d][5s][kd] and Pettersson doubled up. He also got another beer sent his way from his countryman Hedlund.


Peter Hedlund

5pm: Abecassis has chips

Michel Abecassis called the clock on himself looking at the following things: a board of [8d][6s][7h][9c][ks], a pot already something like 100,000, and Anatoly Gurtovoy’s stern face, the latter having moved all in with a stack that covered the Frenchman’s. After taking about half of his self-restricted time, Abecassis called for his tournament and Gurtovoy showed [8h][8c] for the flopped set. Abecassis had [5s][5h] however for the bottom end of the straight. He stacked up about 200,000 after that.

4.50pm: The Tome of Moreira

Tome Cardoso Moreira moved all in and Alfio Battisti did the calling. He had queens whilst Moreira had [ad][kd]. The board ran [4d][7s][jd][ks][3s]. Moreira allowed himself a quiet whoop and began stacking his new chips, up to 180,000.


Tome Cardoso Moreira

4.45pm: Opening and closing

Kalle Niemi opened for 11,000 which Julian Hoffmann Mogensen on the button raised to 26,000. Niemi called. The saw a flop of [7d][2d][6h] which Niemi checked. Julian Hoffmann Mogensen now made it 35,000. Niemi thought about it. He has a lot of chips but most of them are black and purple and its sizes doesn’t compare to its value. He passed.

4.40pm: No stopping Debus

Alexander Debus picked up a nice 100,000 pot against Tome Cardoso Moreira with having to showdown. Moreira made it 16,000 pre-flop. Call. On the [as][jc][5s] flop Moreira made it 35,000. Call. Both checked the [ad] turn, and Moreira again checked the [2s] river – but Debus was having none of that, firing out 65,000, which was enough to force a fold.

4.35pm: Underdog wins No. 2

This time it was Frenchman Michel Abecassis with the slice of luck. After a bit of raising argy-bargy, he went all in for a total of 90,000 with [10c][jc] but got called by Anotoly Gurtovoy with [ac][ad].

Abecassis needed a lot of help – and he got it as the flop came [3d][2c][3c][5c][jh] for his flush.

4.30pm: Underdog wins No. 1

Alfio Battisti was all in for 78,000 and in a lot of trouble against Dimity Vitkind, seeing as his [as][5h] was dominated by [ac][10d].

No matter, the board ran out [8d][5d][3c][7s][8c] and he doubled up.

4.25pm: Vargas fights on

Dani Vargas doubled up through Kalle Niemi. The Spanish player made it 10,000 from mid-position and Niemi made it 30,000 from the button. Vargas shoved for his last 45,000 or so and Niemi, with a much larger stack, called. Niemi had [js][jh] but Vargas had [ac][as]. The board was vaguely interesting, even though it changed nothing: [qc][ah][8c][qd][jd], so they both finished with full houses. Vargas got a handshake from Santiago Terrazas, who wandered past soon after.

4.15pm: Phillips finished

It would have been extraordinary, but now the dream is dead. The EPT Barcelona champion Carter Phillips is out and he will not become the first double winner. It’s been a wretched day for him today, and the final nail in the coffin was hammered in by Maurice Schulmann.

Phillips had built his micro-stack up to about 20,000 when he shoved it in with [ad][8h]. But he ran into Schulmann’s [ah][kd] and the board ran out [5h][js][10c][5s][kc]. Over and out for Phillips.

4.05pm: And…

Players are back from the break and the reason this is a picture of Jeff Sarwer is that he is the chip leader.


On with level 15.


Jeff Sarwer

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EPT Warsaw: Day three, level 14 updates

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Blinds: 1,500-3,000 (300 ante)

3.51pm: Take a break

It’s break time, folks. See you soon.

3.50pm: Ouch!

Carter Phillips fans look away now. He and Kalle Niemi just got it all in pre-flop: Phillips had [ah][kh] and Niemi had [5s][5h]. Their stacks were almost identical — about 120,000 each.

The flop gave something for everyone: [as][qs][3s] and, as Jari Mahonen observed, Niemi was behind but he now had the spade outs. The turn was [4h] and Mahonen now said “Deuce” as an additional out, but the [ks] river was the real killer and Phillips was knocked all the way down to his last 5,000, and facing the small blind next.

As expected, he got those chips in sharpish, shoving after Antony Lellouche opened. There was something cruel about this: Phillips had aces now, and doubled up against Lellouche’s [qd][9c]. But with only about 12,000, Phillips is now in deep, deep trouble.

3.46pm: Lucky Luca

Luca Pagano was all-in for his tournament life on a [7h][2c][4h] flop with [ac][4c], but was a long way behind Jeremi StÄ™piÅ„ski’s pair of jacks. Pagano needed help and the [3c] turn gave him a flush draw. But it was not a club, but the [4d] river which saved his day, giving him trips.

A yelp of delight, and Pagano has life again, back up to 160,000.

3.45pm: Kiliński escapes

Piotr Kiliński continues to impress, and is not afraid to get his big stack tangling with Jeff Sarwer, who is sitting behind around 400,000 following his elimination of Sorel Mizzi.


Piotr Kilinski

On a [5s][6d][4h][4c] board, with around 50,000 in the pot already, KiliÅ„ski bet out 42,000. That sent Sarwer into dwelling mode. “Are you making another move?” he asked.

“I’m not sure,” said KiliÅ„ski. “I don’t actually remember my hand.”

Sarwer called and they saw a [qc] river. Both checked and Sarwer showed [ad][ac]. Kiliński mucked.

“That was a terrible flop for me,” Sarwer said. “You were on the button and could have had anything. If you had bet big on the river I would probably have folded.”

3.40pm: From bad to worse for Phillips

Carter Phillips is having an awful day. Now down to around 100,000 after being what he claimed was slow rolled by Maurice Schulmann. Phillips had re-raised him pre-flop and Schulmann seemed to take a while to announce all in. Called by Phillips:

Phillips: [7c][7d]

Schulmann: [qc][qd]

“Did you just slow roll me?” asked a visible angry Phillips. No response, and the board came out [4s][js][8c][2c][2d].

“You took all that time to make a decision to move all in like that with queens?” added Phillips as Schulmann raked in the pot. Again, no response.

3.35pm: Who’s telling?

On a flop of[2d][7d][ad] Jeff Sarwer made it 22,000 with Piotr Kilinski in the hand with him. Kilinski, still the leader despite Sarwer’s recent surge in chips, made it 80,000. “Hmm, interesting,” said Sarwer, still stacking the bounty Sorel Mizzi left for him. “Jack-ten this time?” he asked, then “How big’s your ace?” and then “King of diamonds?” Kilinski didn’t flinch despite Sarwer staring at him all the way through. Before too long Sarwer made up his mind. “This time you have something,” said, tapping the table. “Nice.”


Jeff Sarwer

“No, he had nothing,” chipped in Shaun Deeb quietly. Only Sarwer heard. “A draw maybe?”

Meanwhile Kilinski was doing some conferring of his own, whispering something in Polish to casino staff who then began to giggle. What did he say? “He said he was lying.”

3.30pm: And another tete-a-tete

There are a lot of bemused local faces here in Warsaw at the one-man cabaret act that is Peter Hedlund. Typically oiled by a small glass of amber liquid on his coffee table, he is up and out of his seat throughout all the action, chatting with Alex Kravchenko on the rail, chatting with everyone on his table (headphone count: five), chatting with all the reporters and chatting with himself. “Who wants a bottle of vodka?” he said. “I’ll buy us a bottle of vodka to share. There’s a Lithuanian here. A couple of Russians. You like vodka?” Vitaly Lunkin’s and Domantas Klimciauskas’s reactions made the chiseled visages of Mount Rushmore seem animated.

Hedlund is getting more response from his countryman Thomas Pettersson, sitting in the one seat. Pettersson is chuckling away at Hedlund’s antics, including when Hedlund raised his blind, almost called Pettersson’s hand perfectly, and got shown it with an approving smile. “I knew it!” said Hedlund. “You have it all over your face. You have the worst poker face in Sweden.” Then, to the room: “This guy has the worst poker face in Sweden!”

3.25pm: Battle of the black chips

Sarwer v Mizzi is not the only personal scrap going on in Warsaw today. Antony Lellouche and Carter Phillips have also been at one another, with a good deal of humour tossed in for good measure. Just recently, Phillips decided to post his big blind of 3,000 all in black chips, 30 of them in a single tower. Fine, thought Lellouche, as he slid in a pre-flop raise of 8,000, also all in black chips.

Phillips decided enough was enough and made the raise out of the blinds with four yellow chips, worth 5,000 apiece. And the glint of gold saw off Lellouche, who let his hand go. Phillips showed pocket kings, so that was a wise decision from Lellouche.

3.15pm: Mizzi mangled

If you look down at the post from 3pm you’ll see a rare moment of very astute prophesy. The Sarwer-Mizzi battle did indeed end nastily, at least for Mizzi. Jeff Sarwer raised from the cut off to 7,000 and Mizzi, in the big blind, made it 18,500 to go. Sarwer wasn’t having that, making it 42,000, and after a short while Mizzi moved all in. Sarwer called in a heartbeat, saying “Sorry” as he did so. He showed [as][ad] and Mizzi was in trouble with his [kd][qs].


Sorel Mizzi

The flop came [10h][2d][kc] and the turn was a slightly interesting [9d]. The [10s] ended it in Sarwer’s favour though and a quick count revealed that Mizzi was covered. Just. Sarwer is now bothering the 380,000 mark, while Mizzi heads back to his room.

3.10pm: Vaserfirer is all heart(s)

Oleksandr Vaserfirer doubled up thanks to a flush. He got his 45,600 all in against PokerStars qualifier Anton Genadiew , and did not look too happy when they turned over – [ah][10h] for Vaserfirer, but [kd][ks] for Genadiew.

But hang on, that expression about fat ladies and singing comes to mind again. The board? [4h][10s][qh][9h][6d].

Vaserfirer up to 95,000

3.05pm: Too much, too little, too late

Sorel Mizzi opened for 7,500. Piotr KiliÅ„ski re-raised to 16,000 which Mizzi then called. The flop came [qc][ad][th]. Mizzi checked before KiliÅ„ski made it 19,000. He took that pot and then got into the next one, opening for 7,000. Jeff Sarwer was the caller this time in the small blind. The saw a [tc][9c][8s] flop which they both checked. On the [8d] turn KiliÅ„ski checked before Sarwer made it 6,500. KiliÅ„ski passed this one. “Too little?” asked Sarwer. “I bet too little.”

3pm: Sarwer v Mizzi

This little battle between Canadians Jeff Sarwer and Sorel Mizzi is happening more and more as the afternoon goes on. You sense it might end in tears for one of them soon. On this hand there is a [3c][4d][ac] flop, and Sarwer has bet 16,500. Mizzi, though, reaches for a stack of yellow 5,000 chips and makes it 66,500, leaving around 70,000 extra behind.

This sends Sarwer into the tank. But Sarwer being Sarwer is not quiet. “Flush draw?” he asks. “Maybe 5-6 clubs?” No response from Mizzi, who has his cap pulled low over his eyes.

“OK, I believe you,” Sarwer said, mucking his hand, but turning up the [ah]. No response from Mizzi as he raked in another nice pot.

This little battle – with Shaun Deeb wedged between the two of them – will be one to keep an eye on.

2.55pm: Double up for Pagano

Luca Pagano is having a great afternoon. Starting with 71,000, he’s now up to 145,000 after a timely double up in a sweet spot.


Luca Pagano

Alexander Klimashin had bet 6,000, and the Italian came over the top for 18,000. Klimashin announced all-in – called instantly by the Team PokerStars Pro:

Pagano: [kh][ks]

Klimashin: [kc][ah]

The board ran [9c][10s][qs] making life a little uncomfortable for Pagano, but the turn and river were [8h] and [5c] giving him a monster pot.

2.50pm: Not to labour the point…

…but you really should check out that chip-count page, where you’ll see Piotr KiliÅ„ski at the top and his table-mate Shaun Deeb now in second place.

2.45pm: Chips

A full official chip count is now with us from the end of the last break. It’s where it always is, which is the chip count page.


2.40pm: Play resumes

Players are back from the break, ready for level 14. It looks like a long and tiring session ahead, but one player is ready for that. See how Carter Phillips starts his day…

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Tome Cardoso Moreira

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EPT 6 Warsaw: Fight for the cash

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EPT Warsaw: The race to the money

ept-thumb-promo.jpgIt’s just past noon on another grey Warsaw afternoon. It’s been grey since we got here on Monday, and I’m expecting it to be grey until we leave.

But — get your analogy crowbars at the ready — the action in Casino Poland at the Hyatt Regency hotel has been anything but drab. It’s been a vibrant and colourful tournament through its opening three days, and it is only now where it gets really interesting.


A statue, yesterday

Fifty-five men will return to the fray, and play will end sometime this evening with a whoop. That will be when we hit our target of 24 players, all of whom will be in the money. Yep, today is the race towards the bubble. Of the 203 players who started, 24 get paid. That means 31 :( faces and 24 :) ones. Or something like that.

Take a look over at the prizes page to see what they’re all playing for. (The first prize is €358,644 if that one click is too strenuous.)

The Canadian PokerStars qualifier Clayton Mozdzen is leading the pack, with a mighty 332,300 chips. The imposing presence, in all senses, of Carter Phillips is right behind, with 299,800. And with the likes of Shaun Deeb, Jeff Sarwer, Mel Judah, Sorel Mizzi, Vitaly Lunkin, Peter Hedlund, Antony Lellouche and the Team PokerStars Pro trio of Luca Pagano, Peter Eastgate and Thierry van den Berg, also lurking with menace, this is far from a foregone conclusion.


Clayton Mozdzen


Peter Eastgate

Full chip counts are always available on the chip count page. And review the tournament to date with a glance at end of day wraps from day 1a, day 1b or day two.

As ever, there will be words, pictures and video at throughout the day. Stick with us and let’s see how the whole thing pans out.

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EPT Warsaw: Day three, level 13 updates

ept-thumb-promo.jpgLive updates from day three, level 13 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day.

Blinds: 1,200-2,400 (200 ante)

2.20pm: And that is the break

And that is the break. Did you just read that?

2.20pm: Anger going into the break

Emotions can change rapidly in poker, but it’s rare to see such as hasty swing as this one from Lukasz Wasek. Anatoly Gurtovoy began things, raising to 9,000 and Wasek moved all in, which was about 17,000 more. Gurtovoy took his time over the call and the level ended, allowing most players to file out.

Wasek then started the chatter: “Fold my friend,” he said. “Come on, I need the toilet.”

“You go to the toilet,” Gurtovoy said. “I’ll still be here. I wait for you to come back.”

There was a good deal of chuckling about this, including from both men involved in the pot, and it continued even after Gurtovoy called.

The cards were exposed: [8d][8c] for Gurtovy, [ah][qd] for Wasek. The board ran out [10c][kh][3h][ks][7c], which eliminated Wasek, whose chuckling now stopped, to be replaced by a water bottle (plastic, lid on) bouncing off the centre of the table and a rapid storm out the room.

2.17pm: Cretu takes a nibble out of Deeb

There’s 11,000 in the middle, beside a flop of [4c][qd][2d]. Shaun Deeb (button) and Corneliu Cretu (under the gun) are the players with cards. Check, check. The turn is [5h] and Cretu bets 11,000, which Deeb calls. The river is [qh] and Cretu bets 30,000, which Deeb takes a while to call. Eventually he does, but is left rapping the table when Cretu shows [2h][2c] for the flopped set and rivered boat.

2.17pm: Gotcha!

Alfio Battisti from Italy and our overnight chip leader Clayton Mozdzen were getting busy on a [6c][as][8d] flop. 11,000 apiece went in the middle. More went in on the [ah] turn, and then the [ad] river Battisti moved all-in for his last 43,500. Mozdzen looked perplexed, but called anyway…

Battisti turned over the monster [ac][8c] for quads, and Mozdzen could only say “Nice hand” as he folded what was probably an eight for the full house.

2.15pm: On second thoughts

Sorel Mizzi opened for 5,300 in early position and the action was folded to Jeff Sarwer in the small blind. “I call,” and got a flop of [ac][7h][3h]. Sarwer checked before Mizzi made it 8,700. “Okay, that’s enough,” said Sarwer, grinning and folding. “A friendly Canadian pot,” said Mizzi.

2.10pm: Damage done by Deeb

With a flop of [8s][ac][9h] just Jeff Sarwer and Shaun Deeb remain in the hand. Sarwer checks and Deeb makes it 7,300. Sarwer then re-raises, making it 16,100. Deeb called for a [th] on the turn. Sarwer bet 21,600. Deeb waited, decoding the hand, then called for a [ah] river. Both checked, Sarwer grimaced as he turned over two pairs, [qc][8d]. Deeb showed [jc][tc] for the pot.

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2pm: Michael Seban busts

Michael Seban made a gutsy move against Sorel Mizzi that went wrong, and cost him his tournament life. He raised on the button, Mizi re-raised from the big blind, and Seban announced all-in. Mizi called in a flash. “Aargh,” was Seban’s response as he tabled the unspectacular [qd][js]. Mizzi had [as][kh].

The board came [7s][10h][10d][2h][kc] and Mizzi raked in the 100,000 pot. We’re down to 50 players.

1.58pm: Phillips loses more

Carter Phillips is not having it his own way today. He’s lost a few pots already, and just lost another 35,000 chunk of change, getting all in pre-flop against Jari Mahonen. [4h][4s] for Phillips, [qc][qh] for the player from Finland.

The board ran [2d][3c][8s][6h] – adding a straight draw for Phillips – but the river was a [kc].

1.55pm: Pagano doubles

Luca Pagano has doubled up, taking his [as][kc] against Olaf de Zeeuw’s pocket jacks. A king flopped and Pagano moved to more than 140,000.

Late yesterday, he was down to about 20,000 before he outdrew pocket eights with king-nine, flopping trips, and then outdrew aces with deuces. He was the first to admit the good fortune, but the A-K versus jacks today was at least close to 50-50.

1.45pm: Pushing back

Wojciech Polak opened for 6,000 under the gun. Jeff Sarwer was waiting in middle position, re-raising to 14,500. Anatoly Gurtovoy thought for a moment in the big blind but passed, sending the action back to Polak. He then announced that he would raises, 45,000 total. Seeing this Sarwer announced all in, shoving a tower of yellows into the middle. “What can I say,” said Sarwer, “I like to push back.”

This was the half way point of the hand. While Polak ran through his options everyone else took a minute. Mel Judah was out of his chair doing calisthenics, bending over to touch his toes. “The chairs are too low,” he said, “bad for the back.” Lukasz Wasek, Aleksey Yuzikov and Gurtovoy were standing to watch, glad to be away from the danger for a hand at least and Olaf De Zeeuw was looking for a drink and on the next table someone had just made quads. Sarwer looked tired and thoughtful while Polak looked taken aback, assuming perhaps that his re-raise would have seized the pot. Instead he was now folding.

“A good action table, eh?” said De Zeeuw. Sarwer up to 270,000. Polak admitted to having jacks. You could forgive him for wanting solace.

1.35pm: Kurtz v Kilinski – Kilinski wins

“Someone tried to five bet him off ace-king with five high.” This was how Shaun Deeb described to his new table-mate Jeff Sarwer how come Piotr Kilinski is our chip leader. The “someone” was Matthias Kurtz, who did indeed try that audacious all in five bet with [5h][4h]. Kilinski was going nowhere except the chip lead, stacking up more than 350,000. Kurtz is out.

1.30pm: This was always going to happen

Kings of the three-bet, Antony Lellouche and Carter Phillips, are on the same table, and unsurprisingly they’re getting heavily involved. Most recently, Lellouche has just doubled up through the American in a pot of more than 100,000.

Lellouche made it 6,200 from early position and Phillips made it 11,500 from the button. At this point, the seasoned poker observer would put their ranges somewhere between “absolutely anything” and “no really, absolutely anything”.

But then it got more interesting. Lellouche made it 42,000 and Phillips asked how much more he had behind. He was told “something like 55,000” and Phillips said: “I didn’t know you had that much when I three-bet.” He went ahead and five bet nonetheless, setting Lellouche all in. The Frenchman called and was ahead.

Lellouche: [ah][ks]

Phillips: [ad][qc]

The board was all low and the big slick stayed good. Lellouche is now troubling 220,000 and Phillips is down to about the same.

1.20pm: Try, try again

Michel Abecassis has tried a couple of all-ins, neither time getting any takers. He hovers around 40,000. At the same table Piotr Kiliński and Corneliu Cretu took a slow dance to the river. Kiliński opened for 6,000 under the gun which Cretu raised to 22,000. The action was folded back to Kiliński who called for a [8d][7s][ac] flop. Both checked, getting an [8h] in return. Another check from Kiliński before Cretu made it 24,000. Again Kiliński called for a [2h] river. More checking before Kiliński turned over [qh][qd] for the pot.

1.10pm: Eastgate out in three-way coup

Team PokerStars Pro and world champion Peter Eastgate is out after a three-way all-in that saw Tome Cardoso Moreira rake in a nice pot.

Eastgate kicked it off by betting 6,500. Clayton Mozdzen, with chips to spare, raised it up to 16,000 – then Moreira went all-in for around 49,000 more. Eastgate moved all-in as well for around 35,000 – and with so much out there, Mozdzen felt he had to call. So the three of them went on their backs:

Eastgate: [jc][jd]

Mozdzen: [jh][9h]

Moreira: [qs][qc]

“Put some hearts out there,” demanded Mozdzen. But the dealer was having none of it as the board came [5s][7d][2h][9c][5c], giving Moreira the 150,000 pot – and putting a minor dent in Mozdzen’s hopes.

1.07pm: Sevens will do

Jari Mahonen just lost a few more. He raised to 6,500 pre-flop under the gun and got a call from Ruslan Prydryk in the big blind. They saw a [9h][9s][5c] flop – check, check. They also checked the [kh] turn and [4h] river. Prydryk showed [7c][7h] and that was enough to take the pot.

1.05pm: Level up!

We’re back for level 13. Unlucky for some?


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EPT Warsaw: Mozdzen with the most at day two close

Like all good plans today’s one was simple: reach 56 players or play through five 75 minute levels. It turned out those two points almost coincided. Just 32 minutes remained on the clock when the 56th player Gianni Giaroni busted from EPT Warsaw, the last of today’s 92 eliminations.

Carter Phillips’s plan today was also simple. Take the massive chip lead accumulated on day one and wreak havoc until day’s end. He nearly made it, but tonight EPT Warsaw has another leader, the Canadian PokerStars qualifier Clayton Mozdzen.


Tonight’s chip leader Clayton Mozdzen

Mozdzen knows exactly what it feels like to lead the field in an EPT; such was his position for much of day one on Tuesday before a bad spell sent him tumbling down the chip list just as Phillips began his tear to the top. But today the mojo swung back in Mozdzen’s favour, and with the same gusto that propelled Phillips it was Mozdzen surging to the lead while Phillips suffered some decisive blows.


Carter Phillips

But that was by no means end of story for Phillips. His earlier misery had been foisted upon him by the Russian Anatoly Gurtovoy who seized the chip lead himself when he took chunks from Phillips in a pocket queens versus ace-king showdown. Gurtovoy then purloined more to further frustrate Phillips. But in a display of maturity belying his 20 years and 362 days, Phillips rallied, never allowing the setbacks to become permanent and closed the day in second place with 299,800. Still, chips he’d previously called his own stayed with Gurtovoy who had 247,000 at the close.

It’s been a good day for Canada with two more of the country’s poker sons having profitable days. Jeff Sarwer, who may or may not have already planned in his head the required moves needed to win on Sunday, had another solid day.


Jeff Sarwer

At one point Sarwer topped the 300,000 mark before slumping slightly, closing the day on 225,000; while Sorel Mizzi, evidently comfortable at both the cyber and real world tables, bagged and tagged 99,500 tonight.


Shaun Deeb

Others would fall into the category of “There or thereabouts.” Alexander Klimashin was never far from the front, closing on 275,000, the same amount as Piotr Kilinksi. PokerStars Passport winner Shaun Deeb bagged up 226,900, moving a step closer towards the business end of an EPT, while the Team PokerStars Pros Luca Pagano (71,000), Peter Eastgate (41,700) and Thierry van den Berg (26,700) will all return, albeit with some work to do. Day 1b leader Antony Lellouche will also be back but a bad day at the office left him with just 60,000. You can compare those to the rest on the full and official chip count page which has now been updated.


Peter Eastgate

As usual the measure of success for those remaining was dependent of the defeat of others. Along the way some familiar faces were lost, among them the Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, local boy Marcin Horecki, Arnaud Mattern, Dario Minieri and Sebastian Ruthenberg. Scotty Nguyen also departed, joined on the rail by Ludovic Lacay, Vitaly Tolokonnikov, Davidi Kitai, Pascal Perrault and EPTLive’s very own Michelle Orpe.


Dario Minieri

What they miss will be a run for the money on day three. We’re lucky enough to watch it up close. The next best thing is follow everything right here on the blog.

In the meantime brace yourself for that by recapping on all of the events of the day at the links below:

The middle bit

Level eight updates

Level nine updates

Level ten updates

Level 11 updates

Level 12 updates

As always you can find moving pictures from the video blog team at and all this in Polish and German on our sister blogs. Maybe you could tell us if they’re any good. Always on the money, Neil Stoddart provided today’s photos.


Marcin Horecki on his way to the rail

That’s it from us after another day in Warsaw. An earlier finish than expected but the field already hints at a quality finish to this one at the weekend. Day three is next, starting tomorrow at 12.30pm local time. We’ll see you then.

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EPT Warsaw: Peter Eastgate reveals all

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EPT Warsaw: Day two/three, level 12 updates

ept-thumb-promo.jpgLive updates from day three, level 12 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day.

Blinds: 1,000-2,000 (200 ante)

1.05pm: End of the level

That concludes the level carried over from yesterday. Without pause, we now enter level 13.

1pm: Brivot runs into Tsanev

A bad couple of hands for Alexandre Brivot. On the first, he mucked angrily when Alexander Klimashin led for 10,000 on the river, looking at a board of [kd][ac][5c][4d][2s]. And there was more angry mucking after a much more sizeable pot a moment later.

Brivot called from the button, and Konstantin Puchkov called in the small blind, with Nikolay Tsanev checking his option. The three of them saw [6c][2s][10c] and after Puchkov checked, Tsanev bet 3,700. Brivot raised to 11,400 and Puchkov was done. Tsanev was not, and he called, seeing a [3h] on the turn. Tsanev now allowed Brivot to lead the betting, check-calling his 17,600 tickle. The [as] on the river meant another check from Tsanev and Brivot bet 36,800.

Tsanev now agonised over a call, but eventually did so, and Brivot slung his cards high but into the muck. Tsanev silently slid his there too, and we never did find out what either of them had. Brivot, though, lost about 70,000, the same amount Tsanev added to his stack.

12.55pm: Dreams and nightmares

Michael Seban made it 15,100 from the cut off after Tomas Sayech had made a standard raise to open in middle position. Shaun Deeb was in the small blind and folded and when Sorel Mizzi did the same in the big they shared a joke, Deeb laughing his deep cartoon bear laugh. The action was back on Sayech who moved all in for around 50,000. Seban asked how much? Now 50,300. This came after much discussion, confusion and a recount, confirmed by a tournament official. It’s what happens when everyone wears headphones and sunglasses. Seban called, showing [th][td]. But Sayech had woken up lucky and showed [as][ac]. The board ran out: [qs][5s][9c][4d][6d] to double up Sayech. “I dreamed about that,” he said, visibly relieved, up to 100,000. Seban down to 65,000.

12.43pm: Phillips picks off a bluff

Carter Phillips showed just why he has become such a force on the EPT, challenging here to become the first-ever double EPT champion. The board was showing [jd][jc][4c][3h], and Phillips and Jari Mahonen were betting. The [kd] river saw a meaty 30,000 bet from Mahonen, but Phillips sensed something was wrong – and called

Mahonen: [8s][10s]

Phillips: [ac][3c]

Bottom pair with the tabled jacks was enough to take it, and shot Phillips up to 340,000, enough to reclaim the chip lead from Clayton Mozdzen, who sits on a neighbouring table next to Peter Eastgate.

12.40pm: Judah takes chips

Mel Judah picked up an early 20,000 pot from Jeff Sarwer. On a [9d][8d][qc][5c][ah] they checked the river – 7-7 for Sarwer, but 10-10 for Judah.

12.35pm: Ta ta, Thierry

Just five minutes into the restart and we lost short-stacked Team PokerStars Pro Thierry van den Berg. Starting the day with only 26,700 he found a nice spot with 5-5 and got it all in against Alexander Debus’s K-J.

The 4-8-K flop was a bad start for the Dutchman, the J turn a kick in the teeth, and the J river the final, devastating blow. We’re down to 54.

12.15pm: Morning everyone

Players are arriving for day two and the remaining 32 minutes of level 12. Play is set to begin at 12.30pm. The official overnight scores can be found on the chip count page.


7.30pm: Play is done

With a huge rush at the end of the day, play has finished. The “number of players” horse won in the end, as we reached the target of 56 remaining when Gianni Giaroni perished at the death. There were a couple of very interesting hands in the closing stages though, so check here in a moment once I’ve written them up. Then a full wrap will be coming after that.

7.20pm: Best hand comes third

A lot of players like jack-ten, mainly because it has the (often only theoretical) potential to crack huge hands. It was certainly almost the case here for Clayton Mozdzen, but note that almost. He had the biggest stack in town and had two players well covered when they were both all in pre-flop. Mozdzen had [js][10s], and it would be needed to crack the biggest two hands around: Matthias Kurtz had [kd][kh] and Cedric Lebrette had [ac][ad]. But – boom! – how about this flop and turn: [9c][3d][ks][qc]. Kurtz flopped top set but Mozdzen turned the straight. Lebrette’s aces were in big trouble. The river changed things again, though. It was another queen, giving the boat to Kurtz, sending Lebrette out, and Mozdzen ruing what might have been.

The Canadian PokerStars qualifier would have been beyond 450,000 if he’d have won that one. As it is, he had to settle for a “mere” 332,300, still good for the overnight chip lead.

7.15pm: Another champ exits

This time it’s former EPT Barcelona champion and Team PokerStars Pro Sebastien Ruthenberg who has busted. He raised pre-flop but faced a re-raise to 15,500 from Jari Mähönen. It didn’t take long for Ruthenberg to announce all-in – and even less time for Mähönen to call. The reason?

Mähönen: [ad][ac]

Ruthenberg: [ah][kc]

The flop came [ks][6d][4c]. “Oh no, please don’t,” Mähönen pleaded. The dealer must have listened as the turn and river were a harmless [6h] and [8s].

We’re down to less than 60 players, and play could end very soon once we reach the required 56 for the day.

7.10pm: Big moment…anticlimax

Carter Phillips and Oleksandr Vaserfirer got heavily involved pre-flop. It was at least five- probably six-bet — standard raise from Phillips on the button, re-raise to 14,000 from Vaserfirer in the big blind, 38,500 Phillips, 68,000 Vaserfirer, all in Phillips, call Vaserfirer, for stacks of more than 150,000 each. Then they flipped and both had the same hand: [ac][kc] for Phillips, [ah][kd] for Vaserfirer. The rainbow flop, no club, ended interest.

7.05pm: Dario v Deeb, the conclusion

Shaun Deeb has won his last longer bet against Dario Minieri after the Italian tyro just departed Warsaw. Minieri lost almost all of his chips in a pot against Jeremi StÄ™piÅ„ski when they got their similar sized stacks in pre-flop. Minieri had [5c][5d] and StÄ™piÅ„ski had [ad][jd]. A jack on the turn left Minieri with less than 10,000, which all went in the next hand. Out. Before he left, he went over to hand the cash to Deeb — the quantity is their business, but I’m guessing it wasn’t ten bucks — and Deeb said: “Thanks man. It was a lot of fun.” They shook hands and away Minieri went.

Slightly better news for Luca Pagano, who seems to have got some yellow chips back. It looks like he’s up to about 50,000 now.

7pm: Mattern matters

Arnaud Mattern just booked a flight and is leaving the hotel as we type. The Frenchman busted in a straightforward ace-jack against aces showdown.

6.55pm: Another one gone

Sebastian Ruthenberg sends another player home, his [as][qs] getting the better of the all in Richard Grace holding [kc][4h]. The board ran out [ah][qd][8h][3c][2h] to leave Ruthenberg with more than 70,000.

6.53pm: Van den Berg back in business

Thierry van den Berg moves all-in but gets no takers. “King high,” he says, showing pocket kings. A few hands later he tries again but this time is called by 209. The Team PokerStars Pro has [tc][jh] but 209 is ahead with [ah][jd]. But not for long. The board runs: [9d][3c][7s][8d][5c] giving Van den Berg the straight and close to 50,000.

6.52pm: Eastgate reveals all

World champion Peter Eastgate, still in the EPT here, sits down for a decent chat with the video blog team…

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6.50pm: New level

The race is on. At the beginning of play, tournament officials said we would either play five levels or down to 56 players, whichever came sooner. This is the fifth level of the day and there are about 70 players left. What will happen first: 75 minutes tick away or 14 player bust? It’s a thrilling question, be in no doubt of that.

The full chip count is on its way. In the meantime, here’s a picture of a dealer’s hands:


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