EPT London: Level 28 updates

We're now into level 28 where the blinds are to 30,000-60,000 with a running 5,000 running ante. We play uninterrupted from here all the way through to a new EPT London champion. Updates will be posted here level by level with the latest information at the top. Click refresh to update the page. Don’t forget you can also watch the action live on EPT Live and click here for prize winners so far

6.35pm: Players are on a 60 minute dinner break. Chip counts are as follows:

Marcin Horecki, Poland, Team PokerStars Pro, 2,152,000
Eric Liu, USA, 1,666,000
Michael Tureniec, Sweden, PokerStars qualifier, 1,357,000
Michael Martin, USA, 860,000

6.30pm: On the last hand before the dinner break, Michael Tureniec takes a pot off of Eric Liu. There's a min raise pre-fop, a call from the Swede, and then a flop of 2h-Jd-Kc. Liu bets 150,000 and Tureniec calls. They both check the 9h turn and they both check the Ks river, meaning Tureniec's jack is good.

6.25pm: Michael Tureniec takes back to back pots with two pre-flop bets. That puts him just ahead of Michael Martin in an increasingly tight chip leaderboard. The approximate counts at this point are:

Marcin Horecki - 2,162,000
Eric Liu - 2,006,000
Michael Tureniec - 967,000
Michael Martin - 900,000

6.15pm: Marcin Horecki doubles up through Eric Liu
Eric Liu again minimum raises from the button and Marcin Horecki call again from the big blind. They see a flop of 7d-Kc-8h and they both check. Horecki then checks the Qh turn and Liu slides in a tower of blue chips, worth 200,000. Horecki immediately announces all in, for 750,000 more. Liu ums and ahs ad eventually calls, showing A-10h for an overcard, a flush and inside straight draw. Horecki has twice checked top pair - he has K-10 - but the river bricks and Horecki is now the chip leader. Liu still has more than a million.

6.10pm: There's a familiar pattern developing. It's called getting out of Eric Liu's way. Horecki breaks the mould to call Liu's pre-flop minimum raise but then lays it down when Liu bets the ace high flop. Here's Kara Scott with some tips for online play:

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6.03pm: Horecki's evident willingness to raise pre-flop and then fold has clearly been noticed by his opponents who have now shoved all in over the top three times. The latest to do so is Tureniec and Horecki lets it go again.

6.02pm: Marcin Horecki button raises and Michael Tureniec moves all in from the small blind. They have similar stacks and Horecki decides to pass his pocket fours face up.

6pm: We're now four-handed and here's how they stand:

Eric Liu - 2,897,000
Marcin Horecki - 1,376,000
Michael Martin - 900,000
Michael Tureniec - 862,000

Liu has more chips than the rest of the players combined.

5.50pm: The dynamics have changed now that we're four handed and everyone now has a decent-ish stack. Marcin Horecki, second in chips, raises pre-flop and Michael Tureniec moves all in for about 570,000. Horecki tanks and folds.

5.43pm: Philippe Dauteuil, Canada, eliminated in fifth place earning £195,766
The Canadian player, who led the tournament for long periods between days two and three, is out. He had got short, moved all in from UTG with 8-8 but ran into the kings of Marcin Horecki. Horecki obviously called with his huge stack and there were no miracles on the flop, turn or river. We're down to four and there's a short break.

5.35pm: Here are the chip stacks after Smurfit's elimination:

Eric Liu - 2,367,000
Marcin Horecki - 1,025,000
Michael Martin - 960,000
Michael Tureniec - 657,000
Philippe Dauteuil - 606,000

5.30pm: Marcin Horecki and Eric Liu get involved when the Team PokerStars Pro raises pre-flop and the chip leader calls from the blind. The flop comes 10s-9d-8d and they both check. The turn is the Kc and Eric bets 200,000. Horecki calls. The river is the Qc and they both check. Liu flips 9-8 for two pair and that's good.

5.26pm: Alan Smurfit, Ireland, eliminated in sixth place, earning £153,351
The Irish player had left himself very short, found an ace and moved all in with about 200,000. He can't have like Michael Martin announcing all-in behind him and he will have liked Martin's jacks even less. Smurfit had one over-card with his A-4 but a jack flopped and although there was a gutshot straight draw, it didn't get there and the steady Irish player is out.

5.25pm: The levels have gone up again and this is getting exceptionally expensive.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour