EPT Vienna: Final table, level 26 & 27 updates (30,000-60,000, 50,000 ante)


2.19pm: End of the level
That's the end of the level. Players are now on a 15 minute break.

2.18pm: Nanos takes another one
Lotze opened to 140,000 and was called by Nanos in the small blind who checked the 9♥4♦6♦ flop.

The young German bet 160,000 and Nanos made the call. Nanos checked the 9♣ turn over to Lotze who, after some consideration, checked behind. The 5♠ river was enough for Nanos to bet 415,000. Lotze was left in a tough spot but eventually passed leaving Nanos to rake in another tasty pot. -- RD

2.16pm: Matthias Lotze doubles up
Michael Eiler, who had been quiet for the past couple of orbits, raised to 150,000 from under-the-gun. The action was folded to Matthias Lotze who moved all-in from the button for 625,000. Once the blinds had folded Eiler made the call:

Eiler: K♣K♥
Lotze: A♥Q♠

The board of 5♠[10s]7♥A♠J♣ saw Lotze double up to 1,365,000 and Eiler slip to 2,640,000. -- NW

2.12pm: 40 hands in
As the title may have indicated we are now 40 hands into this final table and Martin Hruby has moved all-in for, I believe, the third time. His shoved from the small blind, getting past Konstantinos Nanos to chip up to 620,000. -- RD

2.06pm: Hruby all-in again
Martin Hruby gets his final 475,000 into the middle and somehow guides it all the way through, with Lotze passing in the big blind. Very important shove for the Czech Team PokerStars Pro. -- RD

2.03 pm: Nanos pushing his lead
Nanos opened one pot to 180,000 and stole the blinds. Then he three-bet Andreas Wiese's 155,000 cut-off raise, using his button well, to increase his chip lead. -- RD

2pm: Hruby wakes up
Martin Hruby had not played a single hand at the final table, until now. He was down to just 400,000 and moved all-in from the small blind. Konstantinos Nanos, in the big blind, must have had a real stinker of a hand as he laid it down, and Hruby collected some much needed chips. -- NW

1.59pm: Lotze now short on chips
Matthias Lotze is back to a one move stack after losing a pot to Andreas Wiese. Lotze raised to 155,000 from the small blind and Wiese called from the big. On the flop of 4♠J♥[10c] Lotze c-bet 155,000 and Wiese called. The turn was the 4♣ and with a pot size bet left Lotze check-folding to Wiese's bet of 240,000. -- NW

1.58pm: Kings!
Konstantinos Nanos raised from under-the-gun to 150,000 and Andreas Wiese three-bet to 450,000 from the small blind. Nanos passed and Wiese showed pocket kings. -- RD

1.50pm: Limping fun
Negreanu limped the small blind and Lotze checked behind. The 7♣4♣6♠ flop was bet by the Canadian, which was enough to take the pot down. -- RD

1.46pm: Lotze scores a small but important pot
Lotze opened to 120,000 from early position and was called by Luca Cainelli in the big blind. The 6♠6♦7♣ flop was checked by the Italian to Lotze who bet 150,000 to take the pot.

It's a great result for Lotze who really needs these chips. He's now up to around 1.1 million. Hruby is on 485,000 and is in real trouble. -- RD

Martin Hruby

1.45pm: Chips chips
Nanos is the current chip leader with €3,780,000. All the latest chip counts can be found on the chip count page.

1.42pm: Wiese takes another one
Andreas Wiese didn't waste any time in putting his new found chip stack to use. Daniel Negreanu made it 135,000 to play and was flat called by Wiese on the button and big blind Michael Eiler came along too. The flop fell 6♠K♣6♣ and after checks from Eiler and Negreanu, Wiese bet 225,000 to take it down, he's now up to 1,700,000. -- NW

1.38pm: Negreanu doubles up Wiese
Negreanu raised to 120,000 and Andreas Wiese moved all-in for just over 600,000. Negreanu quickly called.

Wiese: Q♥Q♣
Negreanu: T♦T♣

The flop gifted the pot to Wiese with a set on the A♦7♣Q♦K♥4♦ board (despite the gutshoht sweat on the turn).

The pot pushed Wiese up to 1,395,000, leaving Team PokerStars Pro Martin Hruby in trouble as the shortest stack. -- RD

1.36pm: Trappy Daniel
In the previous orbit Daniel Negreanu had limped from the small blind and folded when Matthias Lotze moved all-in from the big blind. Negreanu limped again the next time he was small blind, and this time Lotze checked.

The two of them checked it all the way to the river where Negreanu bet 75,000. Lotze folded. Negreanu offered to shoe Lotze one card and turned over an ace. The other card was a king. - NW

The final table

1.31pm: Three-bets and folds
Nanos opened from the hijack to 150,000 and Negreanu defended his big blind with a three-bet to 425,000. Nanos responded by folding (after a good 30 seconds). Negreanu said: "No pair," but claimed to have ace-king. -- RD

1.30pm: Brito beats Hollink in EPT Vienna €10,000 Event
Fernando Brito from Portugal has beaten EPT1 Grand Final winner Rob Hollink to win the EPT Vienna €10,000 event, earning a first prize of €90,000. Hollink received €50,000 for second place.

Brito has enjoyed a phenomenal start to the new EPT Season. He came sixth in the EPT London Main Event just a few weeks ago (£145,000) and currently leads the race for Player of the Year.

Brito, a businessman who lives in Brazil, also won the penultimate event of the EPT London festival, besting a 72-strong field in the No-Limit Turbo Randomized Bounty tournament, picking up another £16,760. He also came second in the same event at EPT Vilamoura.

"I have only been playing poker 18 months but I have always been someone who, when I do something, I want to win," said the 51-year-old father-of-four. "I'm the same whether it's business or whether it's poker."

The EPT Vienna €10,000 event boasted some big names, including Team PokerStars Pros Dario Minieri and Nacho Barbero. Also playing were

Fabian Quoss, Tobias Reinkemeier, Martin Jacobson, who finished runner-up at EPT Vilamoura and Czech EPT side event champ Martin Kabrhel. -- Mad Harper

1.26pm: Not scared
Michael Eiler is certainly not afraid to take on anyone and that includes chip leader Daniel Negreanu.

Michael Eiler

The Team PokerStars Pro made it 135,000 to go from the hijack and from the big blind Eiler made the call. The flop of [10d]Q♥K♥ looked like it might create action but both players checked.

The turn was the 3♠ and once Eiler had checked Negreanu bet 200,000. Eiler called. The river was the K♦ and it was back to the flop tactics as both players checked.

Negreanu showed a three, but Eiler's [10s]9♥ was good enough to win the pot. -- NW

1.21pm: Lotze takes his chance to get it in
Negreanu raised to 135,000 and Lotze picked this as a good spot (or good hand) to three-bet shove for 820,000. Negreanu passed. -- RD

1.19pm: Wiese announces all-in
Short stack Andreas Wiese moved all-in from the small blind into Martin Hruby for 525,000. Hruby passed flashing a low red card. -- RD

1.16pm: A tale of two chipstacks
The players are split into two distinct groups at the moment. There are three shortstacks with around 12 big blinds or less, and then four bigger stacks.

Of the shorter stacks it's definitely Matthias Lotze who is the most active. He's moved all-in once and got no callers, and after Daniel Negreanu limped from the small blind, he moved all-in from the from the big blind, forcing a fold from Negreanu.

With seventh earning €76,000 and fifth €140,000 there are some big money jumps to consider. --NW

1.12pm: Calm after the storm
Action has slowed since Bruno Launais' exit, none of the last four hands have made it to the flop. Michael Lotze moved all-in for 645,000 and got no callers. The next three pots went to Konstantinos Nanos uncontested. -- NW

1.08pm: Negreanu takes a couple down
Every pre-flop pot is worth 125,000 now and Negreanu scooped one by shoving his button into short stacks Matthis Lotze and Andreas Wiese.

Daniel Negreanu and friends

Konstantinos Nanos took one with an under-the-gun raise. Those two then clashed when Negreanu raised to 135k and Nanos called in the big blind. The Greek checked the K♦J♦3♦ flop and Negreanu bet 185,000. Nanos played with his chips for a short while before settling on the decision marked 'fold.'

Negreanu claimed to have had the nuts. -- RD

12.56pm: End of the level
No break but the blinds are up now to 30,000-60,000 with a 5,000 ante.

12.52pm: Hidden bullets knock out Bruno
Bruno Launis opened to 115,000 and Luca Cainelli made the call from middle position picking up a call from Negreanu as well. Konstantinos Nanos sat and studied for some time in the big blind before passing.

Launis kept up his aggression by betting 175,000 into the 8♥2♥J♣ flop. Cainelli quickly counted out chips but took his time making the raise to 550,000. Negreanu passed and Launais announced all-in. Cainelli made the call, tabling A♣A♠ to Launis' A♦J♥, putting the Frenchman at risk in the 3.2 million pot.

A 5♣ on the turn and the 2♣ on the river bounced Launis out in 8th place. -- RD

12.49pm: Eiler and Negreanu tangle again
Eiler raised to 115,000 and was called by Negreanu in the hijack. Eiler kept the betting lead with a 155,000 bet into the Q♥7♣3♥ flop. Negreanu passed. Eiler's chipping up nicely to 3,235,000. -- RD

12.46pm: Hat-trick for Eiler
Michael Eiler has taken the third pot and this one was significantly more interesting than the previous two.

He made it 110,000 to play from the hijack and was called by Dainel Negreanu from the small blind and Matthias Lotze from the big blind.

On the flop of A♠6♦7♠ action was checked to the raiser and Eiler bet 180,000. Negreanu looked interested but passed, however, Lotze made the call.

The 8♣ turn checked through and both players saw the 7♦ hit the river. Lotze, led for 225,000, but he folded after Eiler raised to 625,000. Lotze is now down to 675,000, Eiler up to 3,200,000. -- NW

12.35pm: It's not all about the main event

€3,000 Heads-up results
1st - Ernst Schmejkal Germany € 40,000
2nd - Albert Iversen Denmark € 27,000
3rd - Mark Radoja Canada € 11,500
4th - Santeri Välikoski Finland € 11,500

12.35pm: Second one goes to Eiler too
The second hand has gone to the German too. He made it 115,000 and everyone else folded. --NW

The final table line up

12.30pm: And we're off
The first hand has been dealt and it involved Daniel Negreanu. Okay, it didn't. Negreanu passed under-the-gun. There was just one big blind (as Morten Erlandsen was knocked out in that spot last night). Michael Eiler raised to 110,000 and he took the pot down. -- RD

12.25pm: About to start
Minutes away from the start as Tournament Director introduces the players, referring to these profiles.

12.20pm: The final table

1. Luca Cainelli, Italy - 1,935,000
2. Daniel Negreanu, Canada, Team PokerStars Pro - 5,070,000
3. Matthias Lotze, Germany, PokerStars qualifier - 1,210,000
4. Andreas Wiese, Germany - 730,000
5. Martin Hruby, Czech Republic, Team PokerStars Pro - 975,000
6. Konstantinos Nanos, Greece, PokerStars qualifier
7. Michael Eiler, Germany, PokerStars qualifier - 2,160,000
8. Bruno Launais, France - 1,785,000

12.15pm: Halloween
It's Halloween today (Google for correct spelling) and several people have arrived in what is best described as fancy dress. Although judging from what some players were wearing yesterday, they'd got the dates wrong. -- SB

12.10pm: Introductions
The video bloggers have been at work with their introduction to Day 4. We can't spare the bandwidth to watch it from here so perhaps you could let us know.

12noon: Start time
Well the official start time has passed and we're not close to starting just yet. Last minute wiring, etc. still to be carried out. -- SB

11.40am: What time is it?
Another big question this morning is who will arrive on time? Clocks went back an hour over night for daylight saving. I personally saw clocks giving three different times this morning. -- SB

11.20am: The final table
Welcome back to the final table of EPT Vienna. As you're probably already aware Daniel Negreanu leads with eight players remaining and is on course for what could be a memorable victory. Not only is there EPT silverware up for grabs for the Team PokerStars Pro, but should he take this one down he will become only the third winner of poker's Triple Crown (WPT, WSOP and EPT titles), but will go straight back to the top of the All Time Money List.

Daniel Negreanu

It should be a thriller and you can find profiles of each finalists right here, chip counts here, and the details of who has already won what here..