EPT Tallin Day 2: Levels 12, 13 & 14 (1,500-3,000, ante 300)

ept-thumb-promo.jpg7.25pm: Bagging and tagging
Play has finished and players are counting then bagging their chips. It looks certain that Jonathan Weekes is our overnight chip leader with 751,900. We'll have a full wrap with you shortly, and the full official chip counts will also be with you in a few moments. -- SY

7.16pm: Three more hands
With ten minutes left on the clock, tournament staff have announced we shall be playing just three more hands at each table. We'll have news of the chip leaders shortly. -- SY

7.15pm: Weekes' quads send him soaring
Friday 13th has been lucky for Jonathan Weekes. The PokerStars qualifier now sits on just below 800,000 chips thanks to hitting quads. On a 3♥4♦5♠2♦4♥ board, Daniel Aldridge had bet 42,000 before Weekes fired it up to 150,000. Aldridge dwelled for a moment or call before making the call - only to be shown 4♣4♠ for quads. That left Aldridge on around 185,000. -- SY

7.10pm: Eight-handed
There's just under 20 minutes of play left here at the EPT Tallinn and tournament staff have informed players that with 87 remaining, play will be eight hand from here on in. -- NW

7.05pm: Making it against Markushevski
Vadim Markushevski had bet 8,000 into a 7♣3♠5♣ flop and Nathanael Filskov raised to 22,000. Markushevski thought for no short amount of time before committing Filskov with a raise to 108,000. Filskov annouced all-in for 125,000 and Markushevski made the call.

Markushevski: 8♠8♥
Filskov: A♣J♣

The turn instantly made the nut flush for Filskov with the T♣ and a further club with the K♣ simply acted to rub his victory in. Filskov is up to 250,000. -- RD

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Vadim Markushevski misses out on a 250,000 pot

6.55pm: Tilt!
Bassam Elnajjar just sent Robert Peltecci on tilt. Peltecci was the initial raiser making it 8,500 to play from middle position. Elnajjar, who was the cut-off moved all-in for 45,300. Peltecci, who is definitely a player who expresses his emotions at the poker table, cut out the call from his stack and considered what he'd have left should he call and lose. From this blogger's perspective he'd have been left with about 40,000. He tanked for a solid three minutes before folding A♣9♣ face up.

Elnajjar decided to show just the A♠ as he folded. Peltecci said: "I saw the other one it was an eight, an eight," Elnajjar then flipped his other card, not an eight but the 6♠. "I can't believe it," said Peltecci. He walked off head in hands to the nearest corner of the room, wondering what might have been. He was back at the table for the next hand though and the banter continued, "If I have more time to think I may call you," muttered Peltecci. "I had no choice," retorted Elnajjar. --NW

6.50pm: Another suckout for Demidov
The Team PokerStars Pro cracked aces with pocket sixes earlier but this time it was with a dominated A♣5♦ to ace-king that he binked this time. Demidov is now up past the half-million mark and looks unlikely to slow down. -- RD

6.45pm: Salmi dodges kings
Perica Bukara raised from the cut-off to 7,500 and Ville Salmi decided to three-bet from the small blind to 20,100. If the raise was a question then the answer was definitive as Bukare reraised to 57,500. Salmi passed and Bukara showed K♦K♠. Nice pass, Salmi. -- RD

6.40pm: Follow us on your iPad
Russian Team PokerStars Pro Ivan Demidov has just been caught reading his favorite tournament updates on his iPad. His source? The PokerStars Blog, of course. There's a man who knows good quality material when he sees it. -- SY

6.35pm: Mattern aggression
On a 7♦4♦Q♠ flop, Heinz Kamutzki had bet 15,200, only for Team PokerStars Pro Arnaud Mattern to re-raise to 38,500. Kamutzki looked interested in taking things further and asked Mattern how much he had behind. It was around 90,000, and that was enough to force a fold. -- SY


Arnaud Mattern

6.28pm: Mozdzden slips
Clayton Mozdzen, the Canadian PokerStars qualifier, has slipped to 70,000 after calling a 32,000 all-in shove from Mikhail Alexandrov. The Russian had A♣6♣ against Mozdzen's pocket nines but spiked an ace on the flop to double up. -- SY

6.20pm: Cagey at Keiner's place
Team PokerStars Pro Michael Keiner is at a table that promises a lot, i.e it has Jeff Sarwer and fellow team Team Pro Vadim Markushevski at the table, but is delivering very little at the moment. There have been a couple of short stacked shoves and several raise and take them moments. -- RD  

6.15pm:Finn vs Finn means a Finn's going to win
Mikko Jaatinen and Vesa-Petri Juutilainen just played a 110,000 chip pot all of it going in pre-flop. Jaatinen got the action started raising to 7,200, next to act Juutilainen made it 20,200 total. It folded back to Jaatinen and he moved all-in for 53,000 total. Juutilainen riffled some yellow 5,000 denomination chips for a while, before making the call.

Jaatinen: A♥Q♣
Juutilainen: A♦[10h]

Flop: 7♦A♠4♥
Turn: Q♠

Juutilainen tapped the table as if to say, 'good hand,' as he was drawing dead, the meaningless [10d] completed the board as if to rub it in slightly. --NW

6.10pm: Last level of the day
The players are back in their seats for the last 75 minute level of the day, 96 players are still in with a chance of winning the first prize of €400,000 and at least 56 of them are guaranteed a minmum of €6,350. --NW

6pm:Completely random picture
While the break is on, here's a picture of one of our dealers here in Tallinn sporting a pair (of cards, boys, of cards).


5.50pm: Lykov licked
EPT Kyiv champion and player of the year Max Lykov is out. Facing a raise to 5,700 from Didier Erb, the Russian moved all in for 40,000 total Call.

Lykov: A♠J♠
Erb: [10s][10c]

The board ran a blank 8♦7♥5♥2♦6♠, and Lykov bit the dust. That's also the end of level 13. We're now going into a 15-minute break and will return to play out the final level of the day. -- SY

5.48pm: Clock, yeah!
Mikhail Alexandrov raised from early position to 4,500 and was called in two middle position spots by Mark Dalimore and Clayton Mozdzen. Alexandrov bet 11,000 on the K♠9♥A♠ flop and Dalimore moved all-in clearing Mozdzen out of the pot leaving Alexandrov to have dwell. Dalimore then asked the dealer: "Can we get a clock, yeah?" and indeed a clock was called. Alexandrov mucked shortly after. Dalimore showed A♣K♥ for top two-pair. Did he do himself out chips with his casual clock call? Maybe. -- RD

5.45pm: Small one for Hakim
Jeffrey Hakim made a just over minimum raise to 4,900 from under the gun, he got one customer in the shape of big blind Maxime Conte. Both players checked the 4♣K♠6♠ flop, before Conte check-called a bet of 5,800 on the 2♦ turn. The river was the Q♠ both players checked and Hakim's Q♦J♣ had rivered Conte's pocket sevens. -- NW

5.40pm: Neuville not happy
Pierre Neuville is usually a jolly type of person but right now he has quite a severe look plastered across his face. He was earlier on some 170,000 but now looks closer to 70,000. After losing a small checked down pot to Vesa-Petri Juutilainen - who got there on the river - he looked particularly frustrated. -- RD

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Pierre Neuville: Not his normal cheery self

5.35pm: Debut ends in defeat for Wahlbeck
Ville Wahlbeck now knows how Juan Manuel Pastor felt earlier when the fellow Team PokerStars Pros went to battle with each other ending in the Spaniard's elimination. This is because Ivan Demidov has just done the same thing to him. All the chips went in on the river of a 3♣9♣2♠6♣2♦ board. Demidov revealed J♣T♣ for a flush and Wahlbeck mucked and left the tournament without showing his hand. Demidov up to 470,000 now. -MC

5.30pm: Huge laydown
Luca Pagano has just made a huge laydown dropping kings to a five-bet shove from Jonathan Weekes. Weekes had raised from middle position to 6,000 and Ali Tekintamgac made it 17,200 from the small blind. Luca Pagano then four-bet to 48,000 and Weekes moved all-in for over 400,000. Tekintamgac quickly passed and Pagano went deep into thought asking himself: "Can I fold my kings?" The answer was a resounding yes as he mucked them face-up. Weekes showed queens. Pagano drops to 170,000 and misses a good opportunity to double up to near half-a-million. --RD

5.25pm: Mozdzen at the double
From under the gun Robert Peltecci moved all-in for around 100,000. It was a large bet and it folded to Clayton Mozdzen who called all-in for 53,000.

Peltecci: [10c][10s]
Modzen: K♥K♠

"I might hit a ten," said Peltecci, but he didn't as the board ran out 9♦2♠J♠6♣6♦, "I'm not sure what else I could've done,' he added. --NW

5.20pm: Joep van der Bijgaart is out
When a story starts with "The fish in the big blind calls" you know that you're in for a bit if a bad beat story. Team PokerStars Pro Joep van der Bijgaart has just told me his exit story and it's not pretty: "I raise to 5,200 from late position and the fish in the big blind calls. The flop is 9♦5♦[2] and I have K♦K♥. I bet 6,800 and was raised to 15,000. I move all-in and he shows five-deuce offsuit." Oucher. At least there's the EPT Welcome Party to drown your sorrows at tonight. -- RD

5.15pm:Touching half-a-million
Mattias Jorstedt has extended his lead at the top of the leader-board after winning a chunky pot without having to showdown. Four players made it to the 6♣J♣A♥ flop but only two remained after Jorstedt led for 40,000 from the BB. Matvey Linov was that caller from under-the-gun to see the 3♠ turn. Jorstedt though for about two minutes before betting 100,000 chips. Now it was Linov's turn to think for two minutes and the decision he came to was to fold and conserve his stack that sits at 210,000. Jorsted looking good on 495,000. --MC

5.05pm: Monster pot for Pagano
Ali Tekintamgac raised from early position to 6,000 and was three-bet by Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano to 17,000. Tekintamgac made the call. Both players checked the T♦4♣T♠ flop and Tekintamgac checked the 7♣ turn as well before Pagano bet 17,000. The German then moved all-in sending Pagano deep into the tank. It was the rest of Pagano's 85,000 stack to call after two minutes he did.

Tekintamgac: Q♥Q♠
Pagano: A♣A♦

Pagano faded the river and has doubled up to 240,000. Tekintamgac is on a downward spiral. -- RD

5pm: Chip counts
During the last break tournament staff did a full chip count of the remaining players. Is your favourite still in? Find out by clicking onto our chip count page. --NW

4.55pm: Thater gains some much needed chips
Team PokerStars Pro Katja Thater has been grinding the short stack all day but just gained some much needed chips and without going to showdown. She flat called a raise of 5,500 pre-flop from the big blind and saw a 2♦3♥6♣ flop along with Danny Neess and small blind Ville Salmi. It checked to Thater who moved all-in for 24,200 total, both opponents folded. She's still shortstacked as the average is 116,666.--NW

4.50pm: Weekes pushing on
Jonathan Weekes raised to 6,000 and got one caller before picking up yet another little pot on the 4♦K♠9♦ with a 11,000 continuation bet. -- RD

4.45pm: Stacked table
The already chipped-up table of Ali Tekintamgac (260,000) has groaned under the weight of chips from new arrival, and likely tournament chip leader Jonathan Weekes (400,000). Along with Tekintamgac there is Luca Pagano (130,000), Oleksandr Vaserfirer (220,000) and Brian Jensen (80,000). Phew! -- SY

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Pagano has an opportunity to get some big chips

4.40pm: Off we go
Play has begun again. We have this level and just one more after that before we we're done.

4.25pm: Demidov cracks aces
Ivan Demidov has just cracked aces with pocket sixes all-in preflop but any emotion still failed to crack his poker face. The aces opened for 10,600 and Demidov raised to 22,600. His opponent moved all-in and the Team PokerStars Pro called. A 6♦J♦5♥ flop gave Demidov the pot and he's up to 145,000.

That's the end of the level and a 15-minute break. -- RD

4.15pm: High stakes railer
Scott Montgomery made the final table at the WSOP Main Event two years ago and has managed to bag himself a top class railer in Annette Obrestad. The action passed to the Canadian in the cut-off and he mucked. I could be wrong about this but I think I caught a look of 'Eh? Never pass the cut-off!' on Obrestad's face. -- RD

4.10pm: Jordst joins the 300 club
Swede Mattias Jorstedt has just broken the 300,000 chip barrier in a simple raise and take pre-flop. He's at a tasty table though as he is sharing a table with Matvey Linov (260,000) Perica Bukara (270,000) and Team PokerStars Pro Katja Thater (35,000). --NW

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Mattias Jorstedt is near the top of the chip counts

4.05pm: Sarwer doubles
Jeff Sarwer's tournament is back on track with a double-up to 110,000, just above the average. He told us that he opened the pot with ace-queen and then snap-called when Nathanael Filskov moved all-in from the next seat. Filskov only had ten-six and failed to catch up. --MC

4.00pm: "Wanna bring me some luck?"
That's what Joep van den Bijgaart asked me as I approached his table. The Dutch Team PokerStars Pro is running short on 41,000 and is looking for goods spots or good cards - preferably both. He's still in good spirits despite being way under average. -- RD

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Keep your chin up, Joep!

3.55pm: Arnaud Mattern likes cowboys
He's up to 187,000 after getting kings in pre-flop against pocket eights and holding. --NW

3.52pm: Michael Keiner wins a sizeable pot
I joined the action to see a board of 9♥6♥8♣3♣ and Team PokerStars Pro Michael Keiner all-in for 46,000. There was about 35,700 in the middle and Attilio Donato deep in the tank, when he emerged he elected to fold. Keiner did not show despite the protestations of the table. --NW

3.50pm: New chip leader emerges
It's been a pretty good day so far for Brit Jonathan Weekes and it's just got even better as he took down a large pot to move to 410,000 to claim the chip lead. He eliminated Mikhail Mazunin in an 80,000 pot after an action flop saw the chips go flying. Weekes raised to 5,000 with A♣3♣ and the Russian flatted with pocket jacks. The flop came jack high with two clubs and Weekes managed to bink a club after the chips went in. --MC

3.45pm Casey Kastle trebles up
Sampo Löppönen opened to 6,000 and was flat called by Attilio Donato, behind them Casey Kastle moved all-in for 28,000, both players flat called the 28,000 and then checked all the way down on the [10h]2♥6♦2♦6♣ board. Kastle showed A♦A♣, Lopponen mucked, Donato flashed the 8♣8♦ and tossed them in the muck. --NW

3.40pm: Roder riding high
"I was totally not aware of where I am," said Lorenz Roder when he tabled A♣9♠ to take a huge 150,000 pot against Perica Buraka and Pierre Neuville. It was Belgian Neuville that had bet 30,000 in position on the turn of a Q♣9♥9♦7♠ board and had been called in two spots. All three checked the 2♥ river. Buraka looked smug turning over his 9♠5♠ but his smile soon turned sour when he saw Roder's hand. Neuville mucked. -- RD

3.25pm: An orbit with Ivan Demidov
For the first six hands the Team PokerStars Pro did little but look at his hand, fold and then look back at his Ipad on which he was reading cartoons. On the seventh hand he made it 4,200 from the cut-off and was called by the big blind Dylan Coady. The two players checked all the way on a K♥Q♣A♠7♥J♣ board, Demidov showing K♠6♣ to win the pot. The very next hand he was straight back in the action three-betting Juha Lauttamus pre-flop open of 5,100 to 13,100 and getting the Finn to fold. Demidov has around 145,000. --NW

3.15pm: Chip leaders
A sweep of the room has revealed our current top five chips leaders as:

1. Perica Bukara - 350,000
2. Jonathan Weekes - 335,000
3. Matvey Linov - 305,000
4. Ali Tekintamgac - 295,000
5. Santiago Terrazas - 285,000

3.05pm: Back from break
Players have returned to their seats and are ready to get back into it.

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Team PokerStars Katja Thater is still in the running

PokerStars Blog reporting team (in order of time since shaving): Simon Young (six days), Marc Convey (two days), Nick Wright (5am this morning) and Rick Dacey (11am today)

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour