EPT San Remo: Day 3, level 18 updates (4,000-8,000, 400 ante)
5.05pm: LEVEL OVER
The third level of this day is over. Back in fifteen minutes for the fourth.
5.05pm: Boeree battles blind
Liv Boeree is nearing the million mark now after winning a pot versus her big blinded opponent while sitting in the small blind. She raised and was called to go to a 9♦8♥2♥ flop where she continued with a 24,000 bet. The big blind raised to 48,000 and she called. Both checked the 3♣ turn before Boeree led out for 48,000 on the A♣ river. The big blind called then mucked upon seeing Boeree's A♦9♣ for two-pair. --MC
5.03pm: And Magnussen takes hit
Lars Magnussen raised it up to 21,000 pre-flop and then faced a re-raise to 69,000 from Antonio Buonanno. Magnussen gave a it a good dwell before announcing all in - getting an insta-call from Buonanno.
The board ran a kings-friendly A♦7♠7♥[10d][10h] and Buonanno doubled up, leaving Magnussen down to 40,000. -- SY
5pm: Dempsey takes hit
James Dempsey made it 18,000 from the button and got re-raised to 45,000 by Per Albin Linde in the small blind. Call. They checked a 2♥6♥[10d] flop, and on the J♥ turn Linde bet 65,000 - call. Finally, on the K♦ river Linde bet 185,000, which Dempsey called after a short dwell.
Linde turned over 7♥8♥, and the turned flush was good. -- SY
4.55pm: Standing up to the chip leader
If you're going to take on a chip leader, you better have a hand. And if you do, you better get it to stand up. If you can tick those two boxes, you're looking pretty good for a double up. Heinz Kamutzki just went up against Jakob Karlsson - and now he has about 400,000 to his name.
Karlsson raised to 18,000 from the cut off and Kamutzki made it 52,000 from the big blind. The action came back to Karlsson and he shoved forward a big stack of orange chips, worth 25,000 apiece. Karlsson is one of the only players with enough of them to do that, and it represented a question posed to Kamutzki as to whether he wanted to play for his tournament life.
"Yep," implied Kamutzki with his insta-call. He had Q♦Q♠ against Karlsson's A♣Q♥ and the board did not have an ace on it. Kamutzki earned the double up and Karlsson is pegged back to "only" 1,200,000. -- HS
4.45pm: Mattern matters
Arnaud Mattern filled us in on his 113th place exit on his way out of the casino. "I had about seven big blinds for about five hours," said the Frenchman. I shoved with king-eight off suit for 57,000. I got called by Thomas Bichon who had A♠T♠. The flop came A♥9♥5♥ and I had the king of hearts for a flush draw but didn't hit. I'll hit another time." -- SB.
4.35pm: Boeree will settle for that
Liv Boeree is up to 850,000 after taking a chunk of chips off Giuseppe Pantaleo. Pantaleo raised to 16,500 from early position and was called by Boeree in the cut-off and Otto Vilhelm Sandstrom in the big blind. Pantaleo continued the aggressive line with a 22,500 bet on the 6♣9♣4♦ flop. Boeree raised to 68,000 and Pantaleo called once Snadstrom folded. The turn came T♥ andPantaleo check-called a 110,000 bet before both checked the T♥ river.
Boeree opened 6♥6♦ for a set. Pantaleo threw his cards away and they flipped over revealing Q♦Q♥. -- MC
4.30pm: Arnaud Mattern out
Mattern was busted by fellow French Team PokerStars Pro Thomas Bichon. Mattern pushed with K-8 and was up against Bichon's suited A-10 - and an ace on the flop settled things quickly. -- SY
4.35pm: Folding the best
Claus Uhrskov made it 20,000 from the button and Rosario Cibelli pushed all in from the big blind for 133,000. Uhrskov tanked then told Cibelli: "You think that I am stealing from the button so you push. But I am not stealing."
He then folded A♥ face up - and Cibelli gave him the courtesy of showing K♦Q♥. -- SY
4.20pm: Big slick, big win
Michel Abecassis faced a 22,000 bet from Gianfranco Ironico - and pushed all in for 140,000. Ironico gave a shrug and called, leaving only 11,000 behind.
The board ran A♠2♥Q♠6♦4♣ and Abecassis now sits with 280,000 . As for Ironico, he was out next hand -- SY
4.15pm: Thorson approaching seven figures
Jens Thorson and James Dempsey have renewed their rivalry, Dempsey opening for 18,000 from under the gun before Thorson raised to 43,000. Dempsey called for a flop of 5♥J♥K♣, Dempsey checked and then passed to Thorson's bet of 59,000.
On the next hand Thorson was involved again, this time against Luigi Alessandro who has just arrived at the table. Thorson opened for 18,000 pre-flop from under-the-gun. Alessandro called for a flop of 6♦3♠A♠. Thorson made it another 26,500. Alessandro tank-passed. Thorson moves up to more than 900,000. -- SB.
4.10pm: Flushed with chips
James "Flushy" Dempsey is up to 660,000 after busting Maurizio Agrello. Dempsey raised from the button and then called Agrello's shove from the big blind. Demsey tabled 6♥5♦ and the Italian opened A♠6♦ before the board ran 5♣J♠9♣Q♥2♥. Dempsey caught his kicker and is now up to 660,000. --MC
4pm: Fabretti doubles Uhrskov
Pierpaolo Fabretti raised to 17,500 under-the-gun and it was folded all around to Claus Uhrskov in the big blind. He called and the two of them went to a flop of 7♣A♦6♦. Uhrskov checked and Fabretti bet 26,500, which put Uhrskov into the tank. He took a long, long time before announcing that he was all in for 176,000.
Now, one of the first lessons you learn at poker school is to beware the tank-raise, but Fabretti considered himself priced in and called. Fabretti nodded in a "Yeah, I figured" kind of way when Uhrskov showed A♣K♣. Fabretti's A♥J♦ didn't get any better through a [10c]4♠ turn and river. -- HS
3.50pm: Here we go again
I know we've gone on about this before, but the casualty rate here in San Remo is simply extraordinary. We started today with 194 players, and after just two levels - which included the bubble slowdown - we are down to 122. That means we've lost 72 players already in 150 minutes of play, or one every two minutes.
If it carries on like that the tournament could be over today - even though we still have tomorrow and Tuesday scheduled as playing days before Wednesday's final.
Expect tomorrow and Tuesday to be super short days, which means we'll have plenty of time to enjoy some local pizza - probably from the chap you see below...
PokerStars Blog reporting team in order of coffees consumed today: Simon Young (14), Marc Convey (2), Howard Swains (1), Stephen Bartley (1).