EPT San Remo: Day 5, level 26 updates (25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante)
And with that, they leave for a dinner break. We're chip counting at the moment, and the accurate stacks will appear on the chip count page. Join us again in one hour. -- HS
6pm: Super call
Toni Pettersson had raised two hands in a row to 155,000 and got no takers. He tried for the third time, but this time Michael Piper had had enough - he raised to 340,000. Pettersson called. Both checked the 9♠3♦J♠ flop. On the J♣ turn Pattersson checked, Piper bet 285,000 - and Pettersson check-raised to 570,000 (he actually made it 460,000 but had to increase it to the correct amount).
Piper thought for a moment or two before announcing he was all in - more than covering Pettersson. But the Finn made a quick and brilliant call:
The pocket fours were good, but he had to dodge a king, a ten or a queen, which would fill Piper's straight. The river was A♦ and Pettersson doubled up to 4.5 million. Piper dropped to 3 million.4.40pm: All in Nguyen. Out.Ramon Cserei raised to 125,000 and Thang Duc Nguyen shoved his short stack all in - a raise of 425,000. Cserei took a while but called and was ahead with A♦6♥ against Nguyen's K♥Q♠.
The flop was bad news for Nguyen: A♠9♦9♥ and he was drawing dead by the 6♠ turn. Nyugen, one of two former EPT winners still alive at the start of the day, will not be making it two. That leaves Allan Baekke as the only man capable of reaching that landmark. -- HS
4.38pm: Tamm settles at new table
Erik Tamm has moved from the feature table to one of the two outer tables - and he's quickly putting his big stack to work. Claudio Piceci raised to 110,000 and it was folded around to Tamm in the small blind, who raised it up to 290,000. Call.
On the 2♠5♦A♣ flop Tamm bet 275,000, sending Piceci into the tank. He looked disgusted with life... and mucked. -- SY
4.36pm: Pettersson makes a stand
Toni Pettersson made it 135,000 before Dmitry Stelmak re-raised to 275,000 from the button. It was folded back to Pettersson who was having none of it... raising it up again to 535,000 total. Stelmak looked interested, asking for a count of Pettersson's remaining stack, but upon discovering it was 1.7 million he decided to muck. -- SY
4.35pm: Rybin raises the river stakes
Alexey Rybin, our day 1a chip leader, is still battling hard here in San Remo - and he's got some game. This one seemed innocuous until it all went nuts on the river. The board was K♣5♣[10d]4♦A♦ and there was only 310,000 in the pot. Rybin checked and Thang Duc Nguyen bet 140,000. Rybin didn't much believe that and moved all in for 1,905,000 - a check-raise all in on the river. Phew.
Nguyen took a long while about this decision, during which time Rybin smiled, wriggled, sat back, sat forward, and then showed a 2♦ once Nguyen folded. Who knows. -- HS
4.30pm: The Stelmak stare
Dmitry Stelmak opened from the cut off for 115,000 and Liv Boeree called from the big blind. The flop came 9♥A♣2♠. Boeree checked and Stelmak bet 125,000 which Boeree then called. The turn came 6♦ which both players checked for a 3♥. Boeree now bet 225,000 sending Stelmak into the tank.
He stared at Boeree while fiddling with the chips he'd arranged for the call. When he did call Boeree showed 3♠[3. Stelmak pulled a face and Boeree pulled in his chips. - SB.
4.25pm: The tune of the chip leader
Michael Piper has taken over the chip lead with 3.8 million in chips after eliminating Kadir Karabulut. Piper raised to 110,000 and then called the 700,000 all-in re-raise from Karabulut in the big blind.
Piper tabled A♥A♦ to Karabulut's K♣Q♠ and the board ran 6♣J♠3♣9♥K♥. Piper survived a sweat on the river and continued his fine day five form. --MC
4.20pm: Two for Tayfeh
Mohsen Tayfeh is almost solely responsible for all the action on his table with little getting beyond one of his pre-flop all-ins. First Giuseppe Diep opened for 120,000 from under the gun before Tayfeh moved all in on the big blind for 850,000, getting no takers.
Then, following a bet 125,000 from Liv Boeree and a Toni Pettersson call Tayfeh moved in again for a little more than a million, again from the big blind. Boeree asked for a count but folded, as did Pettersson. - SB.
4.15pm: Berende bounces back
Paul Berende has all but tripled up, coming from slightly behind to get his stack back to around 400,000. Erik Tamm raised to 125,000 and Berende moved all in, for only 20,000 more. It would have been a mandatory call for Tamm had he had the chance to make it, but Ramon Cserei re-raised to about 300,000 to isolate. Tamm got out the way and it was Berende versus Cserei.
The flop offered no help to Berende: 9♠5♥3♥ and he got up to leave. But he was sitting back down after the turn and river came K♥Q♣ and he survives. -- HS
4pm: Off we go again
Tournament staff have coloured up the red 1,000 chips and we're off again with blinds at 25,000-50,000 and a 5,000 ante.
Jacob Carlsson flew out the blocks, raising to 115,000 from early position, but facing a three-bet to 270,000 from Allan Baekke. Carlsson four-bet shoved and Baekke quickly folded. -- HS
3.52pm: Details of the king's demise
Toni Pettersson finished the job against Ronny Kaiser - going to a flop slightly behind, but hitting the right card at the right time to take it down.
Pettersson made it 100,000 pre-flop from the cut off and Kaiser three-bet to 210,000 from the button. It was just the two of them to a flop of [10c]7♦5♥ and after Pettersson checked, Kaiser moved all in. Pettersson called.
Pettersson had A-10 and had spiked top pair. It was better now than Kaiser's A-Q and the turn and river bricked. Kaiser departs while the Finn is flying. -- HS
4.50pm: Break's over
Players are returning from the first break of the day. Just 19 players remain.
PokerStars Blog reporting team in San Remo (in football formation):Simon Young (sweeper), Howard Swains (midfield playmaker), Marc Convey (flamboyant winger) and Stephen Bartley (unused sub).