Updates from level 21 of EPT Vilamoura, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
Selected approximate chip counts, updated throughout the day, are available on the chip counts page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. The full payout structure and prizewinners to date are on the payout structure page.
Blinds: 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)
6.15pm: Another break
That's the end of another level. The remaining 12 players are taking a 15 minute break.
6.10pm: Skampa in no hurry
Claudio Coelho limped and Jan Skampa made up the small blind. Antonio Matias checked his option for a flop of 7♥5♦8♥. Skampa made it 42,000 before Matias folded. At this point Pierre Neuville stepped away from the table. "Dah, I missed my plane..." Neuville had been a short stack coming in today and was on the 7pm flight home. Not now. Coelho called for a 3♥. Skampa, a serious and clean looking young man, made it another 90,000. Coelho folded 6♠6♣ face up.
6.05pm: Time to play back
Jeff Sarwer, as you would expect, if dominating his table with just over min bet raises that are getting through most of the time. At some point an opponent was bound to play back and that someone was Gino Gabriel. Sarwer did his usual 35,000 raise before Gabriel re-raised to 100,000 from the big blind. Sarwer called and they went to a A♦A♣5♠ flop where both players checked. When the turn came 9♣ Gabriel moved all in for 425,000. Sarwer asked for a count, thought about it for a while then smiled and said "Nice hand" as he slid his cards in to the muck.
5.50pm: The Matias show continues
Jan Skampa raised to 42,000 in the cut off and Antonio Matias called on the button. The two of them saw a flop of 7♠4♠Q♦ and Skampa bet 66,000, which Matias called. The turn was 8♣ and the procedure was repeated: Skampa bet 132,000 and Matias called. The river was 2♠ and now Skampa slowed down. He checked, as did Matias, who tabled T♠9♠ for the rivered ten-high flush. Skampa mucked and Matias added even more to his huge stack.
5.42pm: Three-way all in
This crazy little pot started with Irish Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth raising to 38,000 from first position and he was called by Antonio Matias in the small blind and Michel Abecassis in the big blind. The flop came down K♣T♥9♠ before Matias led out for 60,000 and was cold called by Abecassis before Ainsworth moved all in for 278,000. Matias looked like he was trying to figure out where he was in the hand and then announced a call. He soon knew where he was when Abecassis moved all in behind for a total of 428,000. It wasn't much more to call now though and he did just that.
The turn came Q♣ to to help Matias hit his gutshot to catch up with Abecassis and the river came 3♣ failing to pair the board. This means Ainsworth is eliminated in 13th place and the other two players chopped the pot.
5.35pm: Skampa skooling
Jan Skampa might have only the second biggest stack on table three, but he's assumed the table captain's mantle. He pushed Jude Ainsworth off a pot with a judicious re-raise pre-flop and he just took some chips from Claudio Coelho with ace high. Coehlo opened to 32,000, Skampa called in the small blind and the flop came 3♦7♥4♦ which both players checked. The turn was 9♣ and Skampa check-called Coehlo's 32,000 bet. The river, 5♥, was checked by both. Skampa's A♥8♥ was better than Coehlo's K♥Q♣.
5.30pm: No Victory for Visser
One of two remaining Team PokerStars Pros Ruben Visser has been eliminated. He pushed his short stack in from early position with Q♥T♥ but ran into Jeff Sarwer's A♦K♠ in the big blind. The board came 5♠7♥7♦7♣8♦ offering no help for the young Dutch maestro who leaves to generous applause.
5.25pm: Long awaited elimination
Coelho is back in action, this time seeing off 102. Crippled by the hand against Jude Ainsworth, 102 shoved with 8♠8♣ getting called by Coelho with J♥T♥. The board came: T♣5♦7♦K♠2♠ to bust him in 15th place.
5.20pm: Coelho the clown
Claudio Coelho limped under the gun and Jude Ainsworth and Pierre Neuville called from the blinds. The flop came 6♣Q♥5♦. Ainsworth and Neuville checked before Coelho made it 33,000. Ainsworth folded but Neuville called for a Q♦ on the turn. Neuville checked that and Coelho moved in a tower worth 75,000, grinning at Neuville. Neuville was having none of it though and re-raised Coelho, 200,000 total. Coelho stopped grinning and began rubbing his cards on the table while bouncing in his chair.
He began staring at Neuville again but the Belgian had a get-on-with-it expression. Then, after a minute of waiting, Neuville mimed playing a violin in faux sympathy for Coelho who folded his 7♠7♦ face up. Neuville grinned, looked like he would show but instead mucked his cards, laughing and giving Coelho a pat on the back.
An open shove by Aurelien Guiglini in the small blind, called by Jude Ainsworth in the big. The Team PokerStars Pro was covered but only just. He showed A♦J♣ to Guiglini's T♦T♠. Ainsworth got nothing from the flop but a jack on the turn. He did a quiet fist pump while Claudio Coelho waved goodbye to him. A blank river and Guiglini was left with less than 50,000. Ainsworth gets a lifeline.
5.10pm: Bad timing
The action folded around to Hugo Felix on the button who open shoved with his last 176,000. Ryan Franklin was in the next seat and asked for a count all the while looking as if he had a difficult decision to make. The count was done and he announced "call" to give us a show down when Gino Gabriel in the big blind folded. Felix tabled J♦7♣ against Franklin's A♠A♦. Gabriel had evaded the trap. The board ran 2♥Q♦4♥3♣T♦ busting Felix.
5.05pm: Matias still going strong
Pierre Neuville raised to 42,000 from early position and Antonio Matias was the only caller from the button. The flop came J♠3♠K♣ and Neuville check-called Matias's 60,000 bet. The turn was 2♥ and they both checked. The river was 9♠ and they both checked that too. Matias' A♦J♦ was good.
5pm: New level
After the first level of the tournament during which no one was eliminated, 16 players return for the start of level 21. Their chips, as ever, are on the chip count page and you'll doubtless notice a few short stacks there. The pressure is on Ruben Visser and Ryan Franklin, among others.
In much safer waters are Antonio Matias, Jeff Sarwer and this man, Jan Skampa: