EPT Vienna: Day 3, level 18 & 19 updates (5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante)


6pm: Zapletin laps it up as we hit the break
If there was a long flight of stone steps nearby Kirill Zapletin would have been running up them and jumping up and down just like that scene in Rocky, you know the one. Tomer Berda had opened for 20,000 and Victorino Torres had called before Zapletin moved all-in for 87,000. Zapletin made the call (suspiciously with just 30,000 behind). Torres also made the call. The rest of the chips went in on the T♣5♦3♣ flop with Zapletin able to win 270,000 should he come out on top.

Torres: A♠J♣
Zapletin: 5♠5♥
Berda: K♣K♥

The turn and river blanked. Zapletin's celebrations were *ahem* lively and overshadowed Berda raking in the small surplus 60,000 chip pot. Zapletin is up to 270,000.

The players have gone on a 15-minute break. -- RD

5.58pm: Tick, tick, BOOM!
Simaldoni has just busted out of the tournament. He looked like a man on the edge after losing a big four-bet pot to Hajiyev and then another chunky one to Surinder Sunar. We didn't see the exit hand so whether it was a tilt or just a standard set-up we don't know but Andreas Wiese was the player to deliver the coup d'etat. He is up to 1.1m -- RD

5.55pm: You win some, you lose some
After long spells of inactivity two players just moved all-in on adjacent tables, each getting an entirely different outcome.

In the first Umberto Vitagliano shoved with A♦T♦ and was called by Sergey Rybchenko with 6♠6♥. The board ran 2♦T♥7♥J♠K♥ to which Vitagliano said "Come on baby!" while high fiving the other Italian player at his table.

Not such good news for Balazs Csermely. He moved all-in with 7♣7♥, a slow should that should have been accompanied by a rumbling noise, which was called by Konstantinos Nanos of Germany, who showed J♦J♣. Nanos is a quiet player, rarely speaking and performs no histrionics. That all changed just now, when he performed some rapid fist pumps. It was like watching him score the winner for the national team on TV but with the sound turned down.

The board ran A♠2♦8♥T♠Q♥ to send Csermely to the rail with less than five minutes to play before end of the level. -- SB

5.50pm: Slow playing Surinder
You can't buy experience and Surinder Sunar just showed that he's certainly picked up a trick or two in all his years at the felt.

Adrian Simaldoni raised to 23,000 from the hijack and Sunar smooth called from the cut-off. The flop was 4♠A♦2♣ and both players checked. The 3♠ arrived on the turn and Sunar called a bet of 20,000. The 2♦ completed the board, Simaldoni led for 25,000 and Sunar then moved all-in for 94,000. After about 10 seconds Simaldoni called but mucked upon seeing the A♦A♠ that Sunar held.

Sunar is up to 297,000 and although that's still below the average stack (475,945) we believe it's his tournament high. -- NW

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Sunar has every reason to be happy after doubling up

5.48pm: Müllered
Elmar Müller is the latest casualty, Team PokerStars Pro Martin Hruby doing the damage. It all went in pre-flop, Müller having just over a 100,000 to start the hand.

Hruby: A♠K♠
Müller: K♦Q♦

The flop of 6♦9♠2♦ gave Müller a number of outs but he missed them all on the 3♣[10h] turn and river. - NW

5.45pm: If looks could kill...
..then surely Ramin Hajiyev would be dead a thousand times over. Adrian Simaldoni is drilling daggers and other assorted sharp things at Hajiyev with his stare from across the table.

Hajiyev raised to 23,000 from the cut-off and was called by Marc Zaicik on the button before Simaldoni raised to 75,000 from the big blind. Hajiyev then four-bet the action up to what appeared to be 130,000 (certainly no more than that) leaving himself about 200,000 behind.

Simaldoni appeared to be in a quandary and he solved his problems by creating a new and different one instead; he flat called and checked in the dark. Hajiyev quickly announced all-in on the 8♣A♠7♣ flop and Simaldoni went deep into the tank, and eventually mucked.

Hajiyev tossed Q♠7♠ on its back thus starting the long stare down by Simaldoni, who has left himself with 400,000. -- RD

5.40pm: Another one bites the dust
Emile Jad Yazbeck, down to his last 60,000, had the opportunity to open the pot from the hijack with K♦J♦. What to do? Get them in the middle - get them all-in!

That's exactly what he did do and he was called by one-time chip leader Jose Severino in the next seat A♠3♦.

The board ran 8♥4♦8♣7♦4♠ to make two-pair with an ace kicker, the winning hand for Severino, to put him up to 440,000. We need to lose 15 more players before we end for the night. -- MC

5.30pm:Sergey slays Secara
Claudiu Secara is out, he held A♠[10d] but was eliminated by Sergey Rybchenko who had him dominated with A♥K♠. The board of Q♠J♠A♦Q♣J♣ kept things interesting but Rybchenko added Secara's last 130,000 into his stack. -- NW

5.25pm: Negreanu extends lead
Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu's chip lead has extended after he won another pot.

The action folded to him on the button and he raised to 22,000, only to face a three-bet to 80,000 from Ville Mattila in the BB. The Canadian quickly called to see the 2♠A♠9♣ flop where both players checked. The turn came 7♠ and Matilla checked again to allow Negreanu the opportunity to take control of the hand which he did with a 125,000 bet.

The Finn checked his cards once more before he slid them into the muck. Matilla down to 720,000 whereas Negreanu is up to 1,602 million. -- MC

5.20pm:Halfway there
A total of 40 players have already made the money and over the next two and a half days another 40 will trouble the cashiers desk. To see who has won what so far check out the payouts page. -- NW

5.10pm: In the hole
Field mice only come out of their holes long enough to gather food (don't they?). Nima Ahary only comes out from behind his hands to bet. Otherwise his face remains obscured, until the next time.

On a flop of T♣5♠9♠ Ahary had bet 26,000 from under-the-gun in what would be a string of hands for the American. He was up against Daniel Negreanu, mid massage, who called from the big blind for a 6♠ turn. Negreanu checked to Ahary who, emerged to throw out a bet of 77,000, before quickly resuming his pose. Negreanu, who had 1.4 million behind, let this one go.

Nima Ahery

Two hands later he was in action again, raising from the small blind to 30,000 which Ville Mattila raised to 60,000 from the big. Head in his hands again, Ahary folded this time.

Then a third hand, and another 22,000 from the button. Konstantinos Nanos was in the big blind and called for a flop of A♦6♠4♣. He checked to Ahary who bet 22,000, again quickly breaking off his head holding thing to throw chips into the middle.

Nanos's response was to raise to 56,000. Ahary called for a J♦ turn and Nanos made it 115,000 to play this time. Ahary folded, still safe in his burrow though, on around 350,000. - SB

4.55pm:Gavril gone
The player count had been stuck on 41 for close to an hour, but with the elimination of Peter Gavril just 40 players remain across five tables. Gavril was down to 100,000 and pushed over the top of a pre-flop raise from Riekus Wijermars, who made the call.

Peter Gavril

Wijermars: 7♠7♥
Gavril: 3♣3♠

The board of K♣6♦8♣[10h]4♣ sent Gavril to the gallows. -- NW

5.10pm: Gavril bluffs himself dry
Peter Gavril is down to 103,000 after making a big play at Martin Hruby. The Czech Team PokerStars Pro had been the aggressor on the 6♦8♥3♥ flop, getting 71,000 in. Both players had checked the 8♠ turn before Hruby check-called the Romanian's 100,000 bluff on the 9♣ river.

Hruby's 6♣3♣ was good enough to beat Gavril's K♠T♠. Hruby is now up to 1,150,000. -- RD

4.55pm:More chips for Hruby
Team PokerStars pro Martin Hruby continues to apply pressure and again he bested Riekus Wijermars in a pot. Hruby raised on the button to 21,000 then Wijermars made it 50,000 from the small blind, Hruby though upped the ante making it 80,000 total, a bet Wijermars called.

The flop fell 9♣J♥3♠ and both players checked to see the turn, the K♣. Wijermars check-folded to a bet of 100,000 from Hruby, who now has around 900.000. -- NW

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Martin Hruby now has a lot more yellow chips

4.52pm: Hruby v Wijermars
Riekus Wijermars and Martin Hruby seem to be the most active players at the table (certainly at the moment). Hruby raised from the small blind to 24,000 and Wijermars called in the big blind. The Czech Team PokerStars Pro then check-called 25,000 on the T♣6♠5♥ flop before both players checked the J♠ turn. Hruby fired 40,000 into the Q♥ river and Wijermars called.

Hruby: Q♣5♠
Wijermars: [j][t]

Wijermars never looked like raising that unfortunate river. -- RD

4.50pm: From the people who brought you "An Interview with JP Kelly"...
Daniel Negreanu avoids any close shaves to secure the chip lead, and Rick Dacey brings you the latest news from the tournament floor.

4.45pm: Wiese gets there on river
Andreas Wiese is up to 680,000 after snatching a pot from Mihai Manoli. Wiese raised to 25,000 from the button and called when the Romanian three-bet to 65,000 from the BB. The flop came 9♠6♥T♣ and Manoli check-called a 65,000 bet before both players checked down the 6♠Q♠ turn and river. Wiese opened A♥Q♣ for the pot as Manoli mucked, moving down to 347,000. -- MC

4.40pm: Back from break
Players have returned to their seats and cards are in the air.

4.25pm: Break time
Players are off for another 15-minute break. Just one more player to fall until we go eight-handed across five tables, i.e. there are 41 players left. -- RD

4.22pm: 101 damnations
Pierre-Elie De Oliveira was getting short on 101,000 but the timely arrival of bullets saw him double up when he three-bet shoved into Sergey Rybchenko's T♦T♣. A low flop left Rybchenko hoping for a suckout but an ace on the turn killed those hopes. -- RD

4.15pm: Lechner loses a race to a girl
PokerStars qualifier Matthias Lechner has been eliminated by Morten "Pokergirl1" Erlandsen.

Lechner was sat in the BB and down to his last fifty-odd thousand, and facing a raise from Erlandsen. He put the rest in with his holding of 3♣3♥ and the Dane made the call with K♠9♦. The board ran 9♠6♦Q♣6♣7♠ to put Erlandsen up to around 230,000. -- MC

4.08pm: Baranov out
Day 1A chip leader Sergii Baranov has just been knocked out after moving all-in under-the-gun for 150,000 with pocket eights. He quickly found a customer in Konstantinos Nanos who tabled kings, leaving Baranov in bad shape. The Ukrainian picked up a strong draw on the 7♠9♥6♦ flop but failed to get there. Nanos is chipping up nicely. -- RD

4.05pm: Penna arrabbiata arrivederci
Paolo Della Penna is out having lost his last 120,000 to Wolfgang Beyer. Penna held A♦Q♦ but was dominated by Beyer's A♣K♦ and didn't hit. Beyer is up to 390,000. -- NW

4pm: Cainelli continues climb
No limit hold'em is a funny old game; you can be almost out, then a few minutes later be right back in the hunt. Luca Cainelli's fate was looking doomed a few moments ago when he was down to 31,500 but now he's up to 185,000.

PokerStars qualifier Victorino Torres opened to 20,000 from first position and called when the Italian shoved for 93,500 with 6♠6♣ from the BB. Torres opened A♣Q♣ but was helpless to stop the board coming 6♦9♣2♠8♦. Torres is down to around 250,000 as a result. -- MC

3.55pm: Ellwood was good
Jack Ellwood is out. He moved in with A♥K♦ which was called by Tonio Röder with J♣J♦. The board came 4♥Q♦8♠8♥6♥ which Ellwood acknowledged with a nod before leaving. Röder up to more than 900,000 chips now.

Pretty standard, according to Ellwood, who now plans to see a bit of Vienna. - SB

3.50pm: Baranov barrels
Sergei Baranov has been involved in a lot of pots today and just played another big pot, this time against Ville Mattila.

I joined the action on the turn of a 5♠6♥J♣8♣ board to see Baranov betting 64,000 into a pot of approximately 90,000, Mattila made the call. The rivercard was the 6♠ and Baranov bet again, this time 90,000. Mattila took his time to think the hand through before making the call. Baranov was reluctant to show his hand but turned over K♣4♣. Mattila showed 7♠7♦ to win the pot, Mattila now has over one million, Baranov just 220,000. -- NW

3.50pm: From the video people
Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly takes the hot seat to tell us about how he got started in poker, his early results, terrible bank roll management, and his first big win, in the first of a two part interview.

3.45pm: Double up blunts Botond
Jaques Zaicik just doubled through Balazs Botond in a button versus small blind encouter. Zaicik held A♣Q♥ to Botond's A♠9♠ and stayed ahead on the 6♠A♥3♥3♣4♦ board to double up to 400,000. -- NW

3.40pm: Cainelli crippled, then trebled
Luca Cainelli is all over the place at the moment. He went from 250,000 to 95,000 via 29,000 in two hands. Cainelli opened a pot from the cut-off to 20,500 and was called by Fabrizio Gonzalez in the big blind. Gonzalez check-called 45,000 on the flop and insta-called Cainelli all-in shove on the 5♠ turn.

Cainelli: 9♠9♦
Gonzalez: 3♣3♠

Cainelli was left drawing to two outs and failed to catch leaving him with just 31,500, which he shoved into the middle on the next hand. Both blinds, Gonzalez and Giacomo Maisto, made the call and checked down the K♠K♥T♣5♠4♠ board with Cainelli's pocket queens pulling him back up to 95,000. -- RD

3.35pm: Ulusu canned
Cengiz Can Ulusu has been eliminated after three-betting all-in but running into monster hand behind him. Fabrizio Gonzalez opened the pot with a raise before Ulusu moved all-in from the cut-off and Antonio Buonanno followed him in from the button, Gonzalez thought for a short while before folding pocket tens (he later said).

Cengiz Ulusu


Ulusu: A♥J♥
Buonanno: K♠K♦

The board ran T♦Q♦5♠7♥2♥ to bust Ulusu and send Buonanno up to 830k. On a side note Gonzalez almost had a fit when he saw a ten appear on the flop. -- MC

3.25pm: Three in a row for the UK?
With Toby Lewis winning EPT Vilamoura and David Vamplew taking down EPT London the UK could make it a hat-trick of wins here in Vienna. But there are just three UK players left in at the moment and it's not looking good.

Leading the charge is Jack Ellwood - who finished fifth in the WCOOP main event - but he's on just 190,000. The other two British players left in are Charles Combes and Surinder Sunar both of whom have less than 15 big blinds coming into the current level. Sunar in particular has never seemed to have more than half the average stack in the last day and a half. -- NW

3.30pm: Down to 48
Two players depart within a few seconds of each other as the field is reduced to 48.

First Tommie Janssen was eliminated. The chips were in the middle on a board reading K♥4♥9♥8♦5♣. His plan with Q♣9♣ backfired when Balazs Botond showed A♥7♥ to move up to 980,000 chips.

Then on the table next to them Sergii Baranov called a pre-flop all in by Markus Herbel. Herbel was ahead, showing A♦Q♣ to Baranov's A♥T♣. But that changed on the 7♦3♥T♦ flop, one that got a cheer from the Ukrainian. The cheer changed to a gracious apology after the 9♥ turn and J♠ river.

Baranov up to 350,000. - SB

3.27pm: More head shaking than a Metallica concert
Kirill Zapletin has been shaking his head for longer than perhaps anyone else ever done so at a poker table.

He just made a bet in the region of 50,000 on a A♣8♠J♣2♣7♣ board after Victorino Torres checked to him on the river. Torres made the call and Zapletin turned over 5♣5♦ for a baby flush. Torres showed Q♣9♦ for the second nuts to win a chunky pot.

Unfortunately I missed the action before the river but whatever it was Zapletin didn't like the way Torres had played the hand. He was still shaking his head a good minute later. -- RD

3.25pm: Be brave, get lucky
If that was a motto it would be fitting for Umberto Vitagliano. The action folded around to him in the small blind and he open pushed for his last 134,000. Dominique Papesch, a local player, thought for a while and made a good call with K♦Q♥. Vitagliano was behind with his 6♠9♣ but not for long as the board ran 3♦6♥9♠Q♣5♥ to make him two-pair. He celebrated by shouting "Come on baby, come on baby". -- MC

3.20pm: Negreanu takes another scalp
Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu just eliminated fellow Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen. The Mexican shoved all-in for 117,000 from the cut-off and it folded to Negreanu in the big blind. 'There's a lot of hands you could be doing that with,' said the Canadian before making the call.

Guillen: A♥4♣
Negreanu: A♦J♦

Flop: [10d]3♦Q♦

Negreanu flopped the nuts

Turn: 6♠

'Be nice to make a royal flush,' said Negreanu.

River: 9♥

With that pot Negreanu now has 1,200,000. -- NW

3.10pm: Play restarts
Players have returned to the tournament room. Level 18 is under way.


PokerStars Blog reporting team (in order of noble truth): Stephen Bartley (suffering), Marc Convey (the origin of suffering), Rick Dacey (cessated suffering) and Nick Wright (too late).