EPT Prague: Day 2, level 12 & 13 updates (blinds 1,200-2,400, ante 200)
5.50pm: End of level
It's a 15-minute break as we complete our fourth level of the day. Two to go.
5.48pm: Gork stacking up
Marc Gork is up to around 330,000 after rivering two-pair against Vladimir Malak. Gork, who has opened from button for 5,100, had defended a 16,200 three-bet from the small blind of Malak.
Both players checked the Q♠A♣2♦ flop before Malak led 12,000 into the 8♦ turn. Gork called before betting 35,200 into the river. Malak called for a large proportion of his chips and Gork showed A♦5♠ for two-pair. -- RD
5.45pm: Saout triple up
But there's nothing to get too excited about - he's only up to 24,000. Kevin MacPhee had opened for 6,000 before Saout pushed for 8,000, called by Hugo Lemaire and MacPhee. Those two then checked down the [10s]4♦9♣7♣2♣ board, and mucked when Saout showed J♥J♦. -- SY
5.40pm: MacPhee feels the pain
On a K♥2♠8♠ flop, Kevin MacPhee bet 17,000 and was called by Andreas Berggren. Both then checked the K♣ turn, and on the 9♠ river Berggren thought for a moment before betting 27,000. MacPhee tossed in a call like a man who knew he was behind, throwing in pocket aces and being shown K♦Q♦ for winning trips. MacPhee was not a happy bunny. -- SY
5.36pm: Weekes is a long time in poker
Jonathan Weekes is the latest to bust out. After Roberto Nulli (spell check name Nullify) opened for 6,500 under-the-gun, Weekes was waiting in the hijack to bump things up a bit to 16,000. Nulli called, Weekes shifted in his chair and the flop came J♠Q♦A♠.
Nulli checked to Weekes who bet 18,000 of what a short while ago had been a stack of a little more than 100,000. Nulli waited a few moments before calling. The turn came 3♣. Again Nulli checked while Weekes pushed the remainder of his chips into the middle. Nulli wasted no time in calling and turning over A♣J♥. For Weekes, A♦K♣.
When the river card 5♣ hit Nulli released a loud "yes," while Weekes made no noise at all. He stayed long enough to confirm he was covered and then made for the rail. Nulli buzzed with excitement. Weekes now gone. - SB
5.28pm: Stogel has a trick of his own
The scene was set with 70,000 chips in the middle and two players focused in on battle. David Stogel was in the big blind and checked after the turn was dealt to give the board a 3♦T♠Q♣2♥ look.
Stogel's fearsome opponent was Dermot Blain, the aggressor, and he fired in 48,000 after some thought. Stogel ducked and countered with a 150,000 all-in bet. Blain wilted in the heat of the battle and folded. Stogel further demoralised his defeated opponent by showing A♣J♣ for a mere ace high with gutshot draw. Blain still has 170,000 chips left to recommence battle with. -- MC
5.23pm: Langmann out
Josh Prager raised to 4,800 and it was folded around to Team PokerStars Pro Florian Langmann in the big blind. He wasted little time moving all-in for around 40,000 and Prager made the call:
The flop was good for the German, coming 3♣[10c]5♦, but the Q♠ turn rocketed Prager into the lead. Nothing changed on the 7♠ river and we're a member of Team Pro down. Prager is up to nearly 200,000. -- SY
5.20pm: A Gork in the park
Another player departs with 60 eliminations to go before the money. This time it's the turn of Canadian Mike Adamo (spell check name Alamo), who shoved for his last 16,100 with K♣6♠. Waiting to call was his nemesis Marc Gork, who had tangled with Adamo a few times today, effectively drinking his milkshake. Gork called, showing Q♦T♥ and wished Adamo good luck.
The flop J♣K♠4♦.
"Funny flop," said Adamo.
The turn A♣.
"Unfunny turn," he added. And with a blank on the river he wished the other players good luck and departed.
Gork up to 315,000. - SB
5.16pm: Keiner canned
Team PokerStars Pro Michael Keiner has been grinding a short stack for over a day now, but not any more. I'm afraid there are no stories of a comeback, just one of his demise. He got the last of his chips in good with A♠K♥ to Antonio Buonanno's A♦J♥ but failed to stay ahead on the A♥A♣T♦J♣4♣ board. Both flopped trips but the Italian turned a full house to take the lot. -- MC
5.14pm: Got time for a chat with Boeree?
It's afternoon here. What time is it where you are? I'll tell you what time it is. It's sit-down-with-Liv-Boeree-and-have-a-chat-time. -- RD
5.11pm: Weisner punishing the naughty Nechansky
It was Melanie Weisner that pointed out that Filip Nechansky had taken an extra walk around the table to avoid being put directly into the big blind (see 4.03pm: Controversy!). Did this act of aggression factor into this hand?
Weisner opened from the cut-off to 5,700 and Nechansky three-bet out of the big blind to 15,700. Weisner came back over the top for 29,700 and Nechansky passed. It was, I think, the last hand played at the table before it broke. Weisner is up to 160,000. -- RD
5.05pm: No nit here
Dominik Nitsche is a man full of confidence right now, and he has no fear in playing big pots from any position. He raised from under the gun and was only called by Jonas Gutteck in the cut-off to go to a 8♠7♣4♣ flop. He continued with a 6,600 bet that was raised up to 14,700 by his compatriot.
"How much do you have?" asked Nitsche.
"One hundred and sixty thousand at the start of the hand," replied Gutteck.
Answer in hand, Nitsche raised again, making it 41,700 to play. Gutteck smiled and slid his hand into the muck to move down to 140,000. Nitsche is up to 240,000. -- MC
5pm: Thorsson gone
Kristoffer Thorsson pushed all-in two hands in a row. The first one ended with everyone folding, the second one ended badly. The second time he pushed from under the gun for 30,000 and was looked up by PokerStars player Mikhail Lakhitov.
Thorsson failed to win the race when the board ran Q♦[10h]4♥7♣Q♥. -- SY
4.55pm: Pagano holds back
Luca Pagano raised from under the gun to 6,500 and it was folded around to Antoine Saout in the big blind, who re-raised to 15,300. Pagano eyed the Frenchman, looked at his chips, and called. The flop was K♦A♠K♠ and both checked, but on the 5♠ turn Saout bet 11,600 and, despite a long think about it, Pagano mucked. -- SY
4.50pm: Nielsen slips
On a flop of 5♥7♠J♣ Ronan Monfort checked in the big blind leaving it to Rasmus Nielson to bet 6,200. Monfort called for a Q♥ turn. Again Monfort checked and Rasmus bet again, 9,400 this time which Monfort called again for a J♠ river card. Monfort checked before Nielsen mentioned how it was probably the worst card in the deck. He checked too and mucked when Monfort showed his 4♠4♦.
Monfort up to 100,000 while Nielsen slips down to 270,000. -- SB
4.40pm: Back from the break
We're now entering the fourth level of the day with just over 150 players left. That's 100 gone so far. -- RD
4.25pm: Level done
That's the end of the level. There will now be a 15-minute break before normal service is resumed. -- SY
4.22pm: Richter ripping it up
Dirk Richter has amassed close to half-a-million and continues to terrorise his table. The German limped for 2,000 allowing Team PokerStars Pro Florian Langmann to raise to 8,000 from the button. The action folded to Mikhail Petrov who sat for some time before acting. In fact, the only thing that broke the moment was an old man on the rail shattering a glass and then shrugging as if the glass had no right to be on the side table in the first place. Possibly spurned on by the breakage Petrov re-raised to 16,500. Richter quickly called and Langmann, getting great odds on the call, did so too.
Petrov then led 25,000, around half of his stack, into the 5♦T♦Q♣ flop. Richeter min-raised to 50,000 and both Langmann and Petrov passed. Richter is now on 487,000. -- RD
4.20pm: Bluffing for the win
There most be something in the cold Prague air that makes players want to show their bluffs. It's happened time and time again today. On this one, Dominique Franchi bet 6,000 and got calls from Erst Erstenyuk and Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki. All three checked the 5♣2♠[10h] flop, but on the 6♦ turn Horecki bet 10,000, only for Franchi to re-raise to 22,500. Erstenyuk got out of the way but Horecki called. The river was 2♥ and Horecki checked then folded when Franchi continued applying the pressure with a bet of 33,000.
With that, Franchi proudly turned over his 9♥7♥ for complete air. -- SY
John Eames has won or chopped both of the last €2,000 NLHE side events in Vienna and Barcelona. The same side event is just about to start here and the two minute warning was announced over the PA system. At the same time I walked past John Eames' table to find him three-betting.
There had been a limp before the big stacked (360,000) Roberto Romanello raised to 7,600 and Eames re-raised to 18,100. Both players folded to help Eames move up to 160,000 in chips. It turned out Eames missed the announcement because of his wearing of headphones but he did point out to me that he can late-reg for two hours. -- MC
Filip Nechansky just received a one orbit penalty (nine Earth hands) for his delayed arrival at his new table. According to Jena, the dealer, one of the politest, most courteous dealers on the circuit (who once also brought the blog team cheese burgers),
Nechansky noticed it would be his big blind so took the long route to his seat. He apparently completed a circuit of the table before sitting down, something witnessed by Melanie Weisner. On his eventual arrival the floor was called and a penalty issued. - SB
4.01pm: Quads end Mattia's day
We did not see the action on this one, but suffice to say Gianluca Mattia is out after Jasid Majid made quad tens on the river. - SY
4pm: What a line-up
Liv Boeree has just been moved table and so you now have Marcin Horecki, Fabrice Soulier, Boeree and Kevin Stani seated in a row. That's two Team PokerStars Pros and two EPTS winners (with Boeree being in the overlapping section of the Venn diagram).
Horecki who is now approaching 250,000 was the most recent to be in a hand, unsuccessfully defending his big blind for an 8,000 loss. It's just a drop in the Polish ocean... so to speak. -- RD
3.50pm: They won't be the first.....
....to win two EPTs. Kent Lundmark (EPT7 Barcelona), Christophe Benzimra (EPT6 Warsaw) and Joao Barbosa (EPT5 Warsaw) have all recently departed. -- MC
3.40pm: Pagano power
Will it be cash number 17 for Luca "Prize Money" Pagano? If it is it could be in part down to a hand against Guillaume Darcourt.
Darcourt opened the pot for 5,000 in middle position, which Pagano called form the cut-off for a flop of J♦Q♥6♠.
Darcourt then flung another 6,500 into the middle, which Pagano again called, this time for a 2♣ turn card.
Now what? Another 12,500 from Darcourt which only prompted Pagano to raise to 26,000. Darcourt, called for a 6♣ on the river.
Darcourt fired one last salvo into the middle, 25,000. Pagano arranged his chips, counting out his red ones and stacking them in neat piles. Then, using this as a show of strength perhaps, he announced he was all-in.
Darcourt got the message and with pursed lips nodded curtly, folding his hand. Pagano up to 145,000. -- SB
3.36pm: Watch out for collusion!
Table 20 just broke and Josh Prager was moved to table 18. What's so strange about this you ask? His wife's sitting there, that's what. It's not the first time this has happened as back at San Remo season five Patrik Antonius had his missus at the same table for a short while.
"Oh, husband and wife team", said Josh as he approached the table with his rack. "That's my wife", he went on while pointing at Helen, "I won't bust her but she might bust me", he joked. -- MC
New and freshly updated chip counts have been laid out for your perusal on the chip count page. Either click on this link or or 'Latest chip count' to the right of this page. -- RD
3.30pm: For the last time today...
... I can ask: "Have we mentioned Fatima Moreira de Melo is wearing a leopard print catsuit?" The Team PokerStars SportStar is out in a battle of the blinds confrontation. She had pocket jacks, her opponent A♥K♥, and he rivered a heart for the flush. "She was unlucky," said Roberto Romanello, who himself sits behind an impressive tower of chips worth 300,000. -- SY
3.22pm: Houghton shanked
Laurence Houghton has just lost half of his stack to Mikhall Shakhnovich but given the flop it's hardly surprising that it all went in. Houghton had three-bet Shakhnovich pre-flop and the German had called before checking the T♦K♣6♣ flop. Houghton bet 8,500 and Shakhnovich check-raised to 27,000.
Houghton, a very successful online grinder, sat riffling his chips. 'How much you got left?' he asked. A wave of Shakhnovich showed that he had 40,000 in reserve. Houghton announced all-in and was insta-called.
The Q♠ turn left Houghton both grimacing and hoping for one of the three remaining jacks. None arrived as Shakhnovich rivered the nut flush with the 9♣. Houghton is down to 90,000. -- RD
3.15pm: Happy campers
Three players who are coming back from the break very happy are Roberto Romanello, Tobias Reinkemeier, and Toby Lewis.
The Welshman had a great level to move up to a mammoth 363,000. The German had a good end to the level, winning a big pot to move to 250,000. The EPT Vilamoura winning Brit went from 24,000 up to 180,000 in the last level. He explained it like this on Twitter: "End of 800-1600. Got 180k incred level! Like 180 left let's gogogo!" -- MC
3.10pm: Falling fast
That's two levels done and already we are down to around 180 players from the 254 who started shortly after noon. At this rate, there will be no-one left by tomorrow morning.
While players come back from their 15-minute break, it's worth dwelling on the weather. Following PokerStars tours makes for a confusing journey through weather zones. A few weeks ago we were in sunny Barcelona, where T-shirts were fine, and now we're in the middle of snow storms in Prague. And I forgot to bring a coat.
And just to stress the oddity of this existence, in a few weeks we're off to the sweltering Bahamas for the PCA. Anyway, here's a shot of the white stuff, courtesy of weather snapper Neil Stoddart... -- SY
PokerStars Blog reporting team (in order of confrontations with staff at the coffee service area): Stephen Bartley (two, one for spilling everything, another for cold coffee, although he will argue with anybody), Simon Young (one for cold coffee), Rick Dacey and Marc Convey (zero)