EPT Tallinn Final Table: Level 25 & 26 updates (25,000-50,000, ante 5,000)

ept-thumb-promo.jpg3.24pm: Konstant pressure
Konstantin Bilyauer continues to grow his stack skywards. In the last hand before the break he raised to 125,000 on the button and was called by Dimitry Vitkind in the big blind. Both players checked the [10s][10h]A♣ flop, before Vitkind bet 125,000 on the 4♦ turn, a bet Bilyauer called. It was back to the flop tactics on the 7♥ river though as both players checked. Bilyauer's J♦J♠ besting Vitkind's 7♣5♣. -- NW

3.20pm: BREAK
That's a fifteen-minute break at the EPT Tallinn final table with just four players left. Chip counts have been done each hand by a full and accurate chip count is taking place now. -- RD

3.15pm: Vitkind a non-believer of Bilyauer
The two remaining Russians just clashed in a pot that actually made it to showdown. Dimitry Vitkind raised to 130,000 from the button and was flat called by Konstantin Bilyauer in the big blind. The flop was a monotone 3♥4♥K♥, Bilyauer checked, Vitkind bet 175,000 and Bilyauer called. The turn was the A♠ and both players checked to the 6♣ river which Bilyauer led for 375,000. After a minute or so of thought Vitkind made the call only to be shown the very nutty A♥8♥ by Bilyauer. -- NW

3.10pm: Norwegian moves
Kevin Stani just upped the gambling stakes by five-bet jamming on Konstantin Bilyauer and showing 7♥8♥. Bilyauer opened to 125,000 from the button only to face a three-bet to 300,000 from Stani in the small blind. The Russian's response was to four-bet to 725,000 but he quickly snap-folded when Stani quickly moved all-in. Game on, ladies and gentleman! --MC

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Kevin Stani just opened up a five-bet shove can of whoop'ass

3pm: Vitkind up, Vitkind down
Hand One: From the small blind Dmitry Vitkind raised to 150,000 and Arnaud Mattern called from the big blind. On the flop of A♣6♥7♥ Vitkind c-bet 175,000 and was called. The turn was the 4♥ Vitkind fired again, this time 375,000 which enough at any rate to force a fold from Mattern.

Hand two: Vitkind was involved again, raising to 130,000 from the button and getting looked up by Konstantin Bilyauer in the big blind. The flop fell 9♣7♠3♦. Bilyauer check-raised Vitkind's c-bet of 155,000 to 405,000 and Vitkind folded. Bilyauer showed 5♦6♠. -- NW

2.55pm: First big hit for Mattern
Arnaud Mattern has doubled-up Konstantin Bilyauer to 3.7 million denting the Frenchman's chances of becoming the first double EPT champion. Mattern raised to 125,000 from first position and was called by the Russian to go to a 5♣4♠A♣ flop. Mattern led for 150,000 only to face a 1.7 million all-in bet from Bilyauer. Mattern got a count and made the call but wasn't happy to see what he was facing. Bilyauer opened 4♦4♣ for a set and Mattern tabled A♥Q♦ for top pair. The board ran out J♦ and T♣.

With that Bilyauer takes over the chip lead and Mattern slips to second with 3.4million. It really is anyone's game right now. -- MC

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"So who do you think's going to win?"

2.50pm: Mattern wins another
This is getting repetitive but Arnaud Mattern continues to stretch his lead, this time he took chips from Kevin Stani. The Team PokerStars Pro made it 120,000 to go from the button and was flat called by Stani from the big blind. The flop of K♥4♠4♣ was checked through. On the 3♠ turn Stani check-called a bet of 140,000. The 7♥ fell on the river and Stani checked once more. Mattern fired again, this time 310,000. Stani thought long and hard about his next move, he cut out the call and riffled those chips for a couple of minutes before eventually surrendering his hand. -- NW

2.42pm: Falling like flies
Incredible, it's been a whole five minutes since a player has been knocked out. Of course, as the short stacks get knocked out it's deepens the stacks of the chip leaders and a little more time is needed thinking through some of these tournament changing decisions. -- RD

2.40pm: Red battle
Two hands out of three Dmitry Vitkind has three-bet fellow countryman Konstantin Bilyauer. Once was enough for Bilyauer though as he four-bet jammed Vitkind on his second attempt and received a quick call for a 2.6 million showdown:

Bilyauer: A♠T♠
Vitkind: 7♣7♥

The board ran 3♥3♣3♠8♣9♠ to make a full house for Vitkind. Vitkind has had to battle with a short stack for over a day but now has a stack where can do more than just move all-in pre-flop. --MC

2.35pm: Mikko Jaatinen eliminated in fifth place (€80,000)
Steven Van Zadelhoff had barely left the table before another bust out occurred. Team PokerStars Pro Arnaud Mattern raised to 120,000 from the button and Mikko Jaatinen moved all-in for around 800,000 from the small blind. Konstantin Bilyauer got out the way and Mattern quickly made the call.

Jaatinen: K♠9♦
Mattern: A♣K♥

The board ran out 4♠2♦7♦[10s]K♦. Jaatinen takes home €80,000 and Mattern streches his lead up to 5,250,000. -- NW

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Mikko Jaatinen: wins €80,000 for his fifth place finish

2.30pm: Steven van Zadelhoff eliminated in sixth place (€63,000)
The Dutchman moved all-in from the small blind for around 900,000 and was quickly called by Kevin Stani from the big blind.

Van Zadelhoff: Q♦9♥
Stani: Q♥Q♠

Flop: 6♥7♥8♥

Van Zadelhoff picked up a few outs with his open-ended straight draw.

Turn: 4♠
River: 6♣

Van Zadelhoff wins €63,000 for his sixth place finish and we're down to five players. -- NW

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Steven van Zadelhoff: sixth place finsish at EPT Tallinn for €63,000

2.20pm: Piling on the pressure
Arnaud Mattern is really bullying the table at the moment. Konstantin Bilyauer opened to 125,000 and was called by Kevin Stani before Mattern three-bet to 420,000 from the big blind. Both players thought hard about their decisions but neither decided to play on further in the hand. The Frenchman has amassed such a stack that he'd be able to take them on without putting his tournament life at risk - a fact that both players would be more than aware of. -- MC

2.12pm: Three in a row for Arnaud
The Team PokerStars Pro has won the first three hands after the break, gaining 110,000 a time. He's now got just over 4,000,000 in chips. Check out our chip counts page for official counts. -- NW

2.05pm: Back in their seats
Play has started again. Quick reminder of chip counts for the final six players.

1 Konstantin Bilyauer, Russia, 3,659,000
2 Steven van Zadelhoff, Netherlands, 908,000
3 Kevin Stani, Norway, PokerStars qualifier, 2,327,000
6 Dmitry Vitkind, Russia, PokerStars qualifier, 888,000
7 Arnaud Mattern, France, Team PokerStars Pro, 3,948,000
9 Mikko Jaatinen, Finland, 928,000

We're updating the chips every single hand so keep checking on the chip count page by clicking here or on the 'Latest chip count' link on the right. We've got a new iPad and have stationed ourselves just a few feet away from the action to bring you the most up to date tournament counts the EPT has ever seen. Viva the iPad revolution. -- RD

There is a 15 minute break for the players. The chip counts are up to date on the chip count page.

1.50pm:Missed river bet
Konstantin Bilyauer felt he missed a river value bet against Arnaud Mattern and expressed so to the Frenchman. Mattern opened to 95,000 from the cut-off and was only called by the Russian to see a 5♠7♠5♦ flop where he check-called a 125,000 bet. Both players checked down the Q♣ turn and A♦ river. Bilyauer opened A♣J♣ for the pot as Mattern mucked .--MC

1.45pm:Jaatinen cripples Calia, Bilyauer busts him
As earlier reported Nicola Calia is out in seventh place, his demise took place in two consecutive hands. In the first he moved all-in for 605,000 from the cut-off and was called by big blind Miko Jaatinen, who had 480,000 total. Jaatinen had pocket sevens, Calia A♦8♠ and he did not improve. On the second Calia moved all-in for his last 121,000 and Konstantin Bilyauer made the call having already invested 40,000 from the big blind.

Calia: K♦9♦
Bilyauer: 7♥4♣

The board ran out J♥4♦6♥2♣3♣ Bilyauer's flopped pair of fours was enough to send Calia to the rail. --NW

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Nicolo Calia: 7th place finish at EPT Tallinn

1.38pm: Nicolo Calia eliminated in 7th place for €47,000
Details with you shortly.

1.34pm: First double-up of the day
Russian Dmitry Vitkind has emerged from being in a dominated position to double-up to more than 900,000. He moved all-in from the small blind after Mikko Jaatinen raised from mid-position. Jaatinen called with A♣K♣ and was in great shape against Vitkind's A♥J♥.

That all changed on the 3♣Q♥5♥7♦4♥ board with Vitkind making a flush on the river. Konstantin Bilyauer openly showed his delight by cheering at his fellow countryman's result. --MC

1.29pm: Jaatinen jams
From the small blind Arnaud Mattern raised to 100,000, from the big blind Mikko Jaatinen quickly moved all-in for 900,000 in total, just as fast Mattern released his hand. -NW

1.25pm: Dutch delight
A limped pot is a rare thing at this final table but that's what just happened. Konstantin Bilyauer completed from the small blind and Steven van Zadelhoff checked his option. On
the 3♦8♠[10h] flop Bilyauer check-folded to van Zadelhoff's bet of 75,000. --NW

1.20pm: Picking on the chip leader
Arnaud Mattern is getting used to folding at the moment. He raised to 90,000 from under-the-gun but folded to a button three-bet to 280,000 from Kevin Stani. The very next hand he folded from the big blind when Dmitry Vitkind moved all-in from the small blind. Something tells me that this won't affect him too much, though. --MC


Arnaud Mattern

1.15pm: Chip leaders applying the pressure
The last three pots have been won uncontested pre-flop. Two have gone to Arnaud Mattern, the other to Konstantin Bilyauer. Between them the two of them have almost eight million of the 12 million chips in play. --NW

1.10pm: Mattern lets one go
Arnaud Mattern is looking to pick his spots wisely as he tries to navigate his way to a victory. He let a hand go after Mikko Jaatinen three-bet him all-in for over 600,000. Mattern raised to 95,000 from the button before the Finn made his move from the small blind. The Frenchman lifted up his cards (K♠T♣) for all behind to see and folded after giving it a minute's thought. --MC

1.05pm: Bilyauer building with a boat
And yet again the Russian bested Team PokerStars Pro Arnaud Mattern. The Frenchman opened to 95,000 on the button and was flat called by Konstantin Bilyauer from the big blind. Both players checked the flop of 7♠Q♠A♣ and the pattern was repeated on the J♦ turn. The Q♣ fell on the river and the Russian led out for 260,000, Mattern announced call. Bilyauer showed J♣J♥ to claim the pot. Mattern is at least losing small pots and winning the big ones. -- NW

1.02pm: All-in and fold
Kevin Stani opened to 90,00 from the cut-off, Nicolo Calia was next to act and the Italian moved all-in for 545,000. It folded back to Stani and he elected to fold. -- NW

12.52pm: Bassam Elnajjar elimination details
Team PokerStars Pro Arnaud Mattern has extended his chip lead by eliminating Bassam Elnajjar. Mattern raised from under-the-gun to 95,000 (second hand in a row he'd raised) before Mikko Jaatinen three-bet to 265,000 from the next seat along. The Elnajjar moved all-in for 860,000 from the small blind.

Mattern got a count of both players' stacks, thought about his decision for a minute and then moved all-in. The Finn folded to leave it as a heads-up showdown:

Mattern: A♣A♦
Elnajjar: A♥Q♥

The flop came 3♥J♥5♠ giving Elnajjar a flush draw, bu the 6♠ turn and Q♠ river handed the pot to the Frenchman.

Remember you can review the chip counts, which are being updated constantly, on our chip count page. --MC


Arnaud Mattern shakes Bassam Elnajjar's hand

12.48pm: Bassam Elnajjar eliminated in 8th place for €32,000
He was busted by chip leader Arnaud Mattern - details to follow in a few moments. -- SY

12.38pm: First all-in of the day
Steven van Zadelhoff has become the first player to move all-in today. Team PokerStars Pro Arnaud Matter raised to 95,000 from the cut-off before the Dutchman moved all-in for around 800,000 from the BB. Mattern asked for a count before passing. --MC

12.30pm: Mattern continues to run good
He had the button on the first hand! Steven Van Zadelhoff raised to 95,000 from under the gun+1 and took the pot down uncontested. --NW

12.27pm: And we're off!
The EPT Tallinn final table has begun! Here are your players - all friends for now... -- SY


12.25pm: Short delay
Things are a little slow in getting going, what with player interviews and pictures to get done and dusted. We'll be under way shortly. -- SY

11.55pm: Welcome to Final Table day at EPT Tallinn:
The final eight players return today after four long days of poker with the aim of claiming the inaugural EPT Tallinn title. Team Poker Stars Pro Arnaud Mattern leads the way with 3.72 million chips but not too far behind are Kevin Stani and Konstantin Bilyauer. Between them, the three have around three-quarters of the chips in play. A certain five players from Finland, The Netherlands, Lebanon, Italy and Russia still have a say in this tournament though and cannot be counted out.

It's final table day so the start of play will be a little delayed while the players do all their interviews and have their photos taken. Be sure to join us back here shortly for the start of play. In the interest of fair play we will start play at the beginning of Level 25 rather than play out the remaining 14 minutes that was left on the clock last night.

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Arnaud Mattern: The man they are all chasing

PokerStars Blog reporting team (in order of staff sit and go placings last night): Nick Wright (1st), Simon Young (2nd), Marc Convey and Rick Dacey (these fish were way down the field).

All photos (c) Neil Stoddart

Marc Convey
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour