EPT Monte Carlo: Day 3 Evening
Day 3 Coverage of the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo will be featured here. Click refresh and scroll to the bottom of this post to see the lastest coverage. Again, many thanks to the newly formed Team Blog: Nigel, Russell, and Mad. Without them, this job doesn't get done.
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8:48pm--The players who actually ate dinner are letting their food settle, while the others who were too nervous to eat are letting their stomachs gnaw on themselves. Thirteen players remain. Blinds will be moving up to 4000/8000/800 when we come back. We'll make an effort to get a good chip count when the players get back to their seats.
In the meantime, here are some results from the semi-finals of the EPT Battleship Event, courtesy of Mad Harper.
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken has won his sem-final match in the EPT Battleship against Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. With a Jack high rainbow flop, Noah went all in with AJ. ElkY thought for a bit, then called with J 10. Elkyu was short stacked with around 600. The turn was a Queen, the river helped no one and Noah went into the final with Jacks and the Ace kicker. ElkY went back to bed $2,400 richer.
Aviation is pilot Bernd "copi" Stadlbauer's expertise but out at sea - in the EPT Battleship semi-final - it was Thomas "Fougan" Fougeron who showed his nautical skills. The short-stacked Austrian Boeing 767 pilot flies home tomorrow - with someone else at the helm -$2,400 richer and Thomas went through to the final against Noah Boeken, who had defeated ElkY in the other semi-final match.
Bernd, 30, who qualified for the 2005 WSOP on PokerStars, started with the hand with QJ. Thomas had A4 of hearts, so both paired up with the AQ7 flop. But nothing arrived on the turn or river to help out the delightful Bernd.
Final results coming in just a moment.
9:08pm--(More Mad Harper greatness) The final of the EPT Battleship Poker Tournament was both short and sweet. Both Noah and Thomas were keen to resume their seats in a $1,000 EPT Grand Final side event so neither was in a lingering mood. Fast and furious action ensued, culminating in a slightly odd final hand. Noah, sitting on around double Thomas's chips, raised pre-flop with K, 10. Thomas called.
The KQ7 flop gave Noah top pair and he moved all in. Thomas muttered something in French which neither semi-fluent tournament director Lee Jones, nor quarter-fluent bloggeress Mad Harper could interpret. Whatever it was, Thomas decided to call with his pocket 8s. Hmmmmmmmm.
The turn brings an Ace, and the river a Jack - giving Noah a straight he didn't really need to bank a $7,200 top prize in his PokerStars account. Thomas won $4,000 for second place.
Noah and Thomas, bathed in the light in the big screen light of their match
9:35pm--Fresh chip count:
GRUNDY, BEN 350K
WILLIAMS, JEFF 349K
CAZALS, THIERRY 320K
LUSKE, MARCEL 230K?
HUSSAIN, ARSHAD 166K?
MIMRAN, ARNAUD 160K
KARAM, MARC 150K
DAVEY, MATTHEW 135K
WAHLROOS, THOMAS 130K
STRANDLI, ALEKSANDER 95K
9:46pm--And suddenly it sounded like the elephant River Dance on the top of the poker room. Large explosions rocked the building, enough to make even a calm reporter's insides feel like they were underneath a jack hammer. In the middle of it, Arnaud Mimran put every one of his chips in the middle, nearly 160K. The flop was T34 and Jeff Williams was agonized. The explosions drew the attention of the crowd which ran em asse to the windows to see an apparent fireworks show going on within mere feet of the building. And yet, Williams had to make a decision. "I hat to put them on the line like this," he said, looking at his chips. "But I'm going to. Don't show me two jacks please." Arnaud obliged...and turned over two queens. With a look of pain, Williams flipped AT. He didn't improve and lost a nice chunk of his stack.
I can't believe I just saw THAT.
Arnaud Mimran, fresh off of pushing his stack above 300K pushed in HIS ENTIRE stack with AcQx on a three-club board. No pair. Nothing but ace-high on the river. It appears he hoped Theirry Cazals couldn't call for that much with the ace of clubs unaccounted for. In fact, Cazals could call...with the 5 and 2 of clubs. Cazals now has a monster stack...uncounted as of it, but safe to say, Cazals is the chip leader. Just now, Mimran found the door, placing 13th and cashing for €28,100.
10:09pm--After coming into today second to last in chips, Matthew Davey, Frequent Player Point qualifier, has finally bid the Grand Final goodbye. All-in preflop with AJ, he gets a grudging call from Jeff Williams, who shows AQ. A queen on the flop and a blank on the turn seals the deal. Davey places 12th and cashes for €33,500. Nice work, sir.
Matthew Davey and family
10:30pm--Huge hand for Jeff Williams. With play folded around to Ross Boatman on the button, Boatman made it 24,000 to go. Williams peered down at pocket queens and made it 90K to go. Boatman thought for a moment and then pushed all in. Williams exploded with frustration, fearing he would call and see kings or aces. Finally, he realized he had no choice, made the call, and Boatman showed him pocket tens. By the turn, Boatman had a gutshot draw to give him six total outs. None of them materialized and Williams has moved to likely second in chips.
10:36pm--By the time I made it back to Jeff's table, he had picked up pocket queens again. This time, he was up against Thierry Cazals. The flop came ace-high and Thierry moved all in. Half the room heard Jeff say, "fold," but Theirry was sure he heard "Call." He was already celebrating when he learned he was not going to pick up another 400,000 chips.
The table said, "He said fold."
The rail said, "He said fold."
The dealer said, "He said fold."
"God, I fold," Jeff muttered.
The pot cost Jeff some chips, but he is still in good shape.
11:06pm--Players are on a 15 minute break with 11 competitors remaining. Things will get interesting here, with blind going up to 5000/10000/1000
11:25pm--Fresh Chip Count
GRUNDY, BEN 268K
WILLIAMS, JEFF 464K
CAZALS, THIERRY 850K
LUSKE, MARCEL 379K
HUSSAIN, ARSHAD 58K
KARAM, MARC 156K
WAHLROOS, THOMAS 180K
STRANDLI, ALEKSANDER 160K
11:48am--Mark Teltscher is a tremendous player, no doubt. I like his game and his reads. This time though, he couldn't talk himself out of calling an all-in with top pair-six kicker on a board that had three spades on it. I suspect he read Aleksander Strandli for a bluff. Regardless, Strandli held the stone cold nuts. Teltscher has been crippled and Strandli doubled through.
11:59pm----Mark Teltscher has busted. Working on getting the details of that one. Update from Mad: Mark Teltscher had already raised all-in pre-flop four times in a row and survived. He couldn't resist a fifth attempt with 78 suited in hearts. PokerStars qualifier Alexsander Strandli calls it with pocket Queens. The flop A, 10, 7 doesn't help either but the two Aces that follow give young Alex an unbeatable full house... and send Teltscher home in 11th place with €33,500.
12:09am--Aleksander Strandli went from short-stacked to having big chips in just thirty minutes. His gain came at the expense of poor Thomas Wahlroos who called Strandli's all-in with his pair of jacks. Strandli held AQs. The flop was benign but the turn and river were both aces. Wahlroose finishes in tenth place and cashes for &euro&33,500.
12:15am--And just as quickly as I can type, we are down to the TV table. Ben Grundy reportedly lost a sizable pot against Mercel Luske, then got AJ in versus pocket nines and lost. He finishes in ninth place for €56,000.
12:20am--So, we're working on getting a final chip count, but here are your final table players:
EPT Monte Carlo Final Table
Seat 1: Marc Karam (Canada) 231,900
Seat 2: Marcel Luske (Holland) 486,000
Seat 3: Jeff Williams (USA) 495, 700
Seat 4: Ross Boatman (UK) 119,700
Seat 5: Tierry Cazals (France) 766,650
Seat 6: Arshad Hussain (UK) 131,600
Seat 7: Fraser Dunphy (UK) 125,600
Seat 8: Aleksander Strandli (Norway) 633,500