EPT Berlin: Day 3, levels 17 and 18 live updates (4,000-8,000, 500 ante)



3pm: Duc in Hot pot
There's 400,000 in the pot already from some pre-flop argy-bargy, and as soon as the 9♥7♦6♣ flop is dealt The Duc Ngo announces "All in". He has 140,000 behind. Besim Hot is the other player in the pot, and he too has around 150,000. "Do you have the aces?" he asks. No answer. He folds, at which point Ngo lets out a rather loud "Yeeesssss!". -- SY

2.55pm: Nice river secures the chips
Ilya Gorodetskiy doubles up to 700,000. He had K♦Q♥ on a J♦9♣5♠[10d]J♣ board and got all the money from Simon Boss, who had K♥J♠ and was sucked in by the river card. Boss down to 150,000.

This renewed success may present complications for Gorodetskiy, who normally commentates for Russia on EPT Live, due to kick off tomorrow. He may be late for work. -- SY

2.50pm: Luskisms
"The chip leader is the one with all the chips at the end. Until then there's no chip leader." - Marcel Luske.

Shortly after saying that, and five streets later, the board read Q♥8♠5♥Q♣2♥ and 100,000 was piled into the middle.

Luske bet 30,000 which Sebastian Panny immediately raised to 90,000. Luske called, later saying that he'd guessed Panny had either a monster or nothing. It was a monster. Q♠Q♦ for Panny.

2.45pm: Chop, chop
Andre Andrade raised to about 100,000 pre-flop, with only about another 30,000 behind. Marko Neumann moved all in and Andrade called. "Of course," Andrade said, when the dealer asked him if he was going to call.

Andrade: A♥Q♣
Neumann: J♠J♥

This was as close to 50-50 as it gets, but by the time the board was fully exposed, it was precisely 50-50. It came 5♥7♦6♣3♣4♠ and they chopped it, both playing the straight on the board. -- HS

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2.40pm: All the way from Russia
Theo Jorgensen just doubled up, aces versus the kings of Sebastian Panny, a PokerStars qualifier from Austria. The pot was worth another 250,000 to Jorgensen, up to half a million.

Ilya Gorodetskiy has lost a little today but is still riding the wave of good fortune that got him here in the first place. Gorodetskiy, who's also known as Russian language commentator for EPT Live, went from 80,000 to 350,000 in the last levels yesterday. Well played, I'd said.

"You could have put an orangutan in my seat," said Gorodetskiy. "It wouldn't have mattered."

He's now hovering around the 300,000 mark.

Next to him is his countryman Grigory Torosyan who, along with Stefan Bormann is all-in. Torosyan, who is a football and basketball commentator back home in Russia, was covered but at least had pocket aces going for him. Bormann had kings. The board ran T♦4♠5♣7♣2♣. Torosyan high-fived Gorodetskiy standing next to him, up now to 400,000. -- SB

2.30pm: All's well that ends well
There was a bit of an ado on table four, with the tournament henchman Alen Babic called over to make a ruling. Carsten Joh raised to 25,000 from under the gun and Frank Schaefer announced raise, before putting forward 24,000 chips. After a short pause, he then seemed to be preparing to move all in, but there was some debate as to whether Schaefer had seen the original raise, whether he was actually attempting to move all in, or what he was trying to do.

This might have been fine under many circumstances: as long as a player announces raise they can put out the calling amount before counting out the value of their raise. But in this instance, Schaefer was 1,000 short if he had intended to call, which made it look as though he actually hadn't seen that original bet.

There was a good deal of discussion, but Babic decided that because Schaefer had said "Raise" without putting out even enough to call, he was committed to a raise, but no more. Babic said that Schaefer should put out a min-raise to 50,000. (Babic is only a small bloke with a big smile, but you wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of him.)

The min-raise stood and it was folded back to Joh, who solved the whole problem by re-re-raising all in anyway. Schaefer called.

Schaefer: Q♣Q♠
Joh: A♥K♣
Babic: smug grin

The flop ran out 8♥2♠4♣8♠[10d] and Schaefer's queens doubled him up to about 180,000. -- HS

2.25pm: Olaf put the Ketul on
Olaf Sagorski opened this pot with a raise to 26,000 from first position and was only called by Ketul Nathwani in the cut-off to go to a 6♠T♥2♠ flop. Sagorski led for 41,000 and was called by the Brit to see the 5♣ turn. Second bullet from Sagorski; this time for 45,000 and a quick all in from Nathwani. It was another 175,000 for him to call and he took so long over the decision that the clock was called on him. The count got down to the last ten seconds before he finally made the call.

Nathwani showed him 6♦6♥ for a set and he was way ahead on Sagorski's 8♠8♦. The river came J♦ to confirm Nathwani's double-up to around 400,000. --MC

2.20pm: Marcel Luske flying (Dutchman)
Marcel Luske, the Team PokerStars Pro from Holland, is up to 630,000 after winning a succession of pots. This was one was an oddity against fellow Team PokerStars Pro Johannes Strassmann. The German had made it 19,000 and Luske called blind from the big blind. On the 2♠4♦9♠ flop Luske check-called Strassmann's 22,000 (having looked at his cards by now). Both checked the 7♠ turn and on the 9♣ river Luske bet a teasing 20,000, called by Strassmann.


Marcel Luske

A big hand for Luske? Nope, [10s]2♥ for bottom pair, and that was good enough. -- SY

2.10pm: Prydryk out
Ruslan Prydryk leaves the tournament, busted by Samuel Chartier, a PokerStars qualifier from Canada. Chartier had kicked things off with a raise to 18,000, Prydyk moved all in for 30,500 total, called by Lennart Holz. But Holz then had to get out of the way when Chartier raised again by another 100,000.

Prydryk: A♥[10d]
Chartier: A♣J♦

The board ran K♠4♥9♠7♦3♦ and Ukrainian Prydryk is out. -- SY

2.05pm: The deadly river
Marcel Koller wins a big pot from Luis De La Haza, the killer river ensuring a load of chips got in the middle. Koller started it with a raise to 20,000 pre-flop, called by De La Haza on the button and Julian Thew in the big blind.

The flop was Q♠7♥Q♥, Thew checked, Koller made it 35,000 and only De La Haza called. On the [10s] turn Koller bumped it up to 94,000 - call. Then on the K♥ river it all kicked off - Koller reached to count chips, but then announced "All in", it was for around 180,000 more. "Call," said De La Haza. The river, had sucked the Spaniard in...

Koller: K♦Q♦ for the full house
De La Haza: A♥[10h] for the flush.

That left De La Haza down to 60,000 only, but Koller shoots up to nearly 700,000. -- SY

2pm: Thorson downed by Ainsworth
William Thorson is out as Jude Ainsworth's steamroller continues. It looked like a three way limped pot, with Thorson (who likes a limp) in late position and Ainsworth in the big blind. The flop was out: 2♠5♠4♣ and Ainsworth bet 18,000. Another limper folded, but Thorson moved all in, counting out the 18,000 and then telling Ainsworth that he had about 107,000 behind.

Ainsworth counted out a few towers of red chips, prompting Thorson to say: "I don't mind yellow chips. That's OK." And Ainsworth added a couple of the higher-denomination tokens and called.

Thorson: 9♠[10s] (flush draw and overcards)
Ainsworth: 8♠5♥ (top pair and one overcard)


William Thorson

Neither player seemed too unhappy with where they were at, but it was Ainsworth who enjoyed the turn 7♣ and river 8♦ the best. Thorson, who has never not made the final table after making the money at an EPT Main Event, will not be continuing that record. -- HS

1.50pm: Vlad all over
With around 100,000 in the pot and a flop of Q♣9♦7♥ on the board, Vlad Zguba checked to Mathias Kuerschner who bet 55,000. Zguba took his time about it, and a crowd had gathered before he re-raised to 200,000 total. Now it was Kuerschner to think.

"Pocket jacks?" he asked. "I think you've got pocket jacks."

Zguba said nothing. Kuerschner looked at his cards again and passed. Zguba up to around 650,000 now. -- MC

1.45pm: Back
After the first 15 minute break of the day, we're back to the action.

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1.30pm: 'My biggest laydown, ever'
This was Theo Jorgensen, probably making his biggest exaggeration ever. However, it seems it was a tough laydown. Dag Palovic had made it 15,000 pre-flop and Jorgensen raised it up to 42,000. Now Palovic moved all in, covering the Dane.

"This has to be my biggest laydown, ever," he said, shaking his head and folding. "Here, you can see one of my cards. This one?" asked Palovic. And he turned over K♥. "The other was a 2," he said, lying of course. Possibly. -- SY

1.25pm: Down, up, out
Christer Johansson has been busted by Jude Ainsworth, but the story starts a few hands earlier. Johansson had been busy raising a few pots, and when Adam Von Chamier made it 35,000 Johansson moved all in for 168,000. Von Chamier made the call all in with 161,000.

Johansson had A♥Q♥ and was racing with Von Chamier's [10d][10c], but he lost the flip when the board ran 8♣4♦2♦3♥2♣. That left Johansson with only 9,000. But he tripled up next hand, before meeting his demise against Ainsworth.


Jude Ainsworth

Ainsworth made it 20,000 from the small blind and Johansson pushed for only 7,000 more. "You can fold," he joked. But of course Ainsworth couldn't and he made the call. "You are ahead," said Johansson as they turned the cards over.

Ainsworth: 6♠Q♥
Johansson: 2♣8♥

The end was swift, with the flop coming J♠[10h]Q♥, no nine appeared on the 5♣ turn or 6♦ river and that was that. -- SY

1.20pm: Stress from Strauss
Alexander Strauss just doubled up through Vikash Dhorasso who snap called Strauss's all-in. Dhorasso showed A♥Q♥ but slumped a little as Strauss showed K♠K♣. The board ran 3♣4♠8♦9♠3♠, a hand that costs Dhorasso 202,000 of his stack, taking him down to less than 200,000. - SB.

1.15pm: Hot hot
At the same time that Huber and Inizan were at it on table five, their neighbours on table six were in a similar-seeming hand. The board was out all the way: [10d]2♣A♥J♥7♠ and Besim Hot bet 95,000 at a pot of about 200,000. The Duc Ngo had the decision, but thought better of it, yielding the pot to Hot. -- HS

1.10pm: Huber on the charge
Ordinarily, chips "in the pot" are splayed all over the place, the result of players shoving them forward with disdain. This time, however, there were neat towers in the middle of the table - and there were loads of them, totalling at least 320,000.

The board was also out, all the way to the river: 9♣A♦A♠6♥8♥ and the two players involved were two of yesterday's most dominant forces, Marc Inizan and Stefan Huber. Inizan had checked that board and Huber bet 96,500.

To general mutterings of confusion as to the reason of the bet size, Inizan went into the tank to decide whether he wanted to call it. Eventually curiosity got the better of him and he made the call. Huber showed A♣7♠ and Inizan mucked.

Huber now has about 1.5m and it leading this thing. Inizan, however, is down to 170,000. -- HS


Marc Inizan

1.05pm: Making his Marc again
Marc Inizan has busted Ismael Colin in fortunate circumstances. Colin moved all in from mid-position for 89,000 and was called by Inizan in the cut-off. Colin opened T♥T♣ which dominated Inizan's 8♠8♦ but the board came 7♣8♥7♣6♥J♣ to flip the hand on it's head. Colin too his exit really well and wished everyone luck before he left.

1pm: First among equals
Describing a modern poker player as aggressive is as redundant as describing an employee of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Berlin as "hot". They all are. Anyhow, Jan Collado and Ilya Gorodetskiy are the equivalent of "the one in shorts" and "the one collecting the coats" today, ie, in the very top percentile even in their field.

In the first couple of orbits, Collado raised to 12,500, Gorodetskiy raised to 31,500 and Collado moved all in for his stack of about 250,000. This was all completely standard, and Gorodetskiy folded. -- HS

12.55pm: Ride'em cowboy
Alfonso Amendola, the Italian cowboy, just strutted up to 370,000. Amendola had called a pre-flop bet of 12,500 for a flop of 8♠3♥A♥. Both Norman Kastner in the small blind and Jonas Gutteck in the big checked to Amendola who tipped 43,000 into the middle. Fold, fold and up, up for Amendola. - SB.

12.50pm: Battle of Britain
Julian Thew, John Kabbaj and Stuart Fox are three of six British players left in the tournament - and they're all sitting in a line. For the likes of Rasmus Vogt, also on that table, any pre-flop raise has got to penetrate that full front line.

Just recently, Vogt tried just that, but there was no shaking Thew. The two of them went all the way to the river with a board of 5♥K♦3♥2♣Q♥ and after Vogt checked, Thew bet 11,000. Vogt called but was shown K♣3♦ for a flopped two pair from Thew, which was good for it. -- HS


Julian Thew

12.46pm: All in twice
Jude Ainsworth raised to 14,500 from early position and Thomas Scheld moved all in from the small blind, a total of 69,400. Ainsworth dwell-folded. On the next hand, it was folded to Davin Georgi in the cut off and he raised, only to run into similar resistance from Scheld. He moved all in again.

Georgi called though and showed his A♥Q♣. It wasn't good enough to beat Scheld's 8♠8♥ on a board of J♠3♥9♠7♠2♣. -- HS

12.45pm: Ta ta, Tu To
He was a force on day 1B, finishing top of the pile, but yesterday was a struggle for Tu To Tuan. He came back today with just 95,000 - and that did not last long. He is missing, presumed out. -- SY

12.40pm: Ask, and the dealer will oblige
Gianni Giaroni, the Italian who must be the most senior player left in the field, proves that you only need to ask. Sven Eichelbaum had raised and Giaroni moved all in for 80,000. Call.

Giorani: A♦J♣
Eichelbaum: A♠K♠

The first four cards were 7♥9♠7♣3♠. At this point, and facing elimination, Giorani said to the dealer: "Three. Three please," knowing such an unlikely river would generate a split pot and save his skin.

The river? 3♦. -- SY

12.35pm: No, Theo
Theo Jorgensen re-raised Jesper Petersen by another 31,000. All well and good, except Petersen replied by moving all in for around 250,000. That more or less had the Dane covered. He went into the tank, displaying some fancy chip moves, before folding to fight another day. -- SY

12.30pm: Lucky Pauly
The shorter stacks are getting busy, and in some cases lucky. Thorsten Pauly moved all in for around 120,000 and got a call from Thilo Meyer, who was also all in but had Pauly covered.

Meyer: A♥K♦
Pauly: A♣5♣

Pauly needed a lot of help to get out alive, and duly got in when the board ran K♣2♦4♦3♣4♥ to give him a straight. -- SY

12.25pm: Picks up where he left off
Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth is quickly back to doing what he does best today; busting players. Action folded around to him in the small blind and he raised to 16,500. Dimitri Hefter quickly moved all in from the big blind for a little more than 100,000 and the Irishman made the call to go to showdown:

Ainsworth: A♦T♦
Hefter: K♣8♦

The board ran 5♠5♣2♥T♠A♣ to see Ainsowrth make two-pair. The players shook hands and Hefter joined the growing queue at the payout desk. --MC

12.20pm: Thorson back
Thorson has managed to get some of those lost chips back fairly quickly. When he raised from the hi-jack to 13,000 Mihai Manole three-bet to 43,000. Thorson then moved all-in for his remaining 320,000. Manole thought for so long that Thorson called the clock on him. Manole conceded and folded pocket jacks face-up. - MC.

12.15pm: Thorson rocked
William Thorson just took a direct hit, fired by Davin Georgi. After some betting and raising pre-flop Giorgi's money went in with A♠Q♥ and Thorson had to call with A♥T♦. The board ran A♦A♣J♥8♥9♠. Thorson down to 320,000. - SB.

12.10pm: Knowing the numbers
Thanks to the numbered card system of identification everyone is now in the picture. Like Dirk Jaspert for instance (number 707) who just doubled up through Maksim Semisoshenko (number 702). - SB.

12.05pm: Einbrot, many chips
Vlad Zguba was in action minutes from the off. He opened for 15,000 before Andre Einbrodt moved all-in for just short of 50,000. The action was folded back to Zguba who called showing Q♣9♣ to Einbrodt's A♦J♦. The board ran J♥5♥2♥3♦A♥ giving Einbrodt the double up.

12pm: Once more
Off we go for day three. This is the race to the final three tables, the 24 players who will return tomorrow for day four. Action is eight handed, and the seat draw is over on the seat draw page.

While they find their seats, read today's introduction. Look over at the chip counts and then remind yourself of where city planners got the idea for this place's name.

After that, settle down for some poker.


Vlad Zguba

PokerStars Blog reporting team (in order of proximity to next birthday): Marc Convey (tomorrow), Howard Swains (May), Stephen Bartley (September), Simon Young (too old to celebrate birthdays anymore).