EPT Vienna: Final table level 28 & 29 updates (50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante)


5.29pm: Break time
Another period of inactivity brings the level to an end. Players are now taking a 15 minute break. When they return, for what will be the last level before the dinner break, blinds will be 60,000-120,000 with a 15,000 ante. -- SB

5.18pm: "This is quite an important pot"
So says EPT winner Jake Cody in the commentary box and he's not wrong. Nanos opened to 250,000 and was called by Cainelli on the button. Negreanu squeezed to 650,000 from the small blind and Cainelli made the call.

Negreanu fired a large 750,000 bet into the Q♦9♥3♦ flop and Cainelli passed. The Team PokerStars Pro claimed to have had kings. -- RD

5.15pm: The details
Average stack 3,468,000
Average number of big blind is 34.68

Find all the chip counts on the chip count page.

5.10pm: Michael muscles Nanos off pot
Michael Eiler's stack is now around the 20 big blind mark, an amount commonly accepted to be a useful stack to three-bet shove with. And what do you know, that's exactly what he did.

Konstantinos Nanos made it 250,000 from the button and Eiler moved in for 2,020,000 total. Nanos grimaced and passed. -- NW

5.03pm: Hruby's never-say-die attitude
Hruby continues to fight a rearguard action with raises and shoves. Two 215,000 bets have stolen the blinds. If Hruby makes it to the final three he'll have played one of the best short stack games in poker history.

He's just taken a pot away from Eiler after defending his big blind. He's up to 2.1 million now. Fair play, Mr Hruby. -- RD

5.04pm: Negeranu raise-folds
Negreanu raised from the cut-off to 220,000 and Eiler moved all-in for 2,170,000 from the big blind. Negreanu did some finger arithmetic and passed. -- RD

4.59pm: Nanos goes to hollywood
Konstantinos Nanos should probably stick to the day job (poker player) acting is, it seems, not his strong point.

He and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu got involved in a big pot, his acting on the river picked up by the EPT Live commentary team of Nick Wealthall and Jake Cody.

The hand started with Nanos raising to 260,000 from early position and Negreanu defending his big blind. On a flop of 6♦A♣5♥ Negreanu check-called a bet of 280,000. On the 3♥ turn Negreanu check-called a bet of 485,000. There was more than 2,000,000 in the pot before the [10c] fell on the river.

Konstantinos Nanos

Negreanu checked once more and Nanos started the Hollywooding. He stacked up some chips, took his sunglasses off and then started to stack up a bet. Negreanu said: 'Don't do anything crazy now, I might call a bet of 650,000.' After a little bit more tank time Nanos slid out a bet of 750,000 and Negreanu folded instantly. -- NW

4.50pm: Nice turn of events for Cainelli
Eiler limped into Cainelli's big blind and both players checked the 3♦7♥Q♦ flop. Cainelli bet 175,000 on the 3♥ turn and Eiler called. A blank 2♣ on the river was checked by Eiler and Cainelli slid 320,000 forward. Eiler made the call and was shown T♥3♣ for trips. -- RD

Luca Cainelli

4.45pm: Hruby shoves
...And gets it through. He moved all-in for 1,105,00 after Daniel Negreanu had opened to 220,000. The Canadian didn't give it too much thought before folding. -- NW

4.39pm: Check-raise from Nanos
Nanos limped from the small blind and Eiler checked behind. Nanos checked the 2♠3♣8♣ flop and Eiler bet 130,000. Nanos check-raised to 475,000 and Eiler passed. Nanos showed the 8♦. -- RD

4.34pm: Nanos wins one
Nanos defended his blind after Daniel Negreanu had raised to 225,000 from the button. Both players checked all the way to the river on a board of [10d]K♥A♣3♦J♦ before Negreanu bet 325,000, Nanos made the call with K♦8♥, way ahead of Negreanu's 4♦5♥. -- NW

4.32pm: Eiler up and up
Eiler opened for 250,000 putting pressure on Martin Hruby's big blind. The raise took the small pot down adding to the German's burgeoning 3 million stack. -- RD

4.28pm: Negreanu's climb continues
Negreanu raised to 200,000 and was called by Eiler in the small blind and Cainelli in the big blind. The Canadian bet 375,000 into the 2♦8♥J♠ flop and took the pot down.

Negreanu claimed to have aces. -- RD

No pressure: Daniel Negreanu

4.25pm: Andreas Wiese eliminated in sixth place
Andreas Wiese moved all-in for 705,000 from the cut-off and was called by Michael Eiler from the big blind. On their backs:

Wiese: A♥5♠[
Eiler: K♦K♥

Andreas Weise, eliminated in sixth place

The board of Q♣[10d]8♣5♥3♦ gave Wiese a sweat but he couldn't get there. -- NW

4.23pm: News for the ladies
Allesandra Cravero, from Italy, has won the ladies event at EPT Vienna. Cravero, a student, defeated Russian pro Natalya Nikitina heads-up to the title, earning a first prize of €4,650.

A field of 31 played the €330 event, creating a prize pool of €9,300. Among those taking part were a mix of professionals and amateurs, including Anastasiia Syva, from Latvia, who won the first event of the season in Tallinn, and Birgit Lausecker, one of Austria's top female players.

For her part runner-up Nikitina, clearly disappointed, collected €2,790. Cravero on the other hand, was delighted. "I don't want to turn pro or anything like that but I feel great," she said. "I really enjoy poker and this is the best win I've had so far."

4.20pm: Eiler takes a pot
Eiler opened to 250,000 from under-the-gun and was called by Nanos in the big blind. Play was checked through to the K♥7♣4♥6♥ turn which Eiler bet to win the pot. -- RD

4.14pm: Wiese
It's been a great start for Wiese after the break. He first got a walk from Negreanu in the big blind and then shoved into Martin Hruby from the small blind. He's chipped up to 725,000 (still less than eight big blinds). -- RD

4.12pm: Play restarts
Cards are in the air again

3.56pm: End of the level
That's the end of the level. Players are on a 15 minute break. When they return blinds will be 50,000-100,000 with a 10,000 ante. -- SB

3.55pm: Negereanu chips away at Eiler
In the last hand before the break Michael Eiler opened to 215,000 from the button. Negreanu three-bet to 560,000 from the big blind piling the pressure on the young German.

Michael Eiler

Eiler, not one to be pushed around, and certainly not afraid to play pots with Negreanu, made the call. A dry 2♦2♥9♣ flop and a long pause before Negreanu shoved all-in. Eiler insta-folded. -- RD

3.50pm: The Wiese effect
There have passed a few hands with little action taking place; just some raise and takes with no opposition coming from the blinds. Andreas Wiese's short stack is handcuffing the medium stacks from playing as they await his fate . -- RD

3.46pm: Small ball
Michael Eiler started the final table as the most active player but he's been quiet of late. Not now though, as he raised to 215,000 from the cut-off.

Daniel Negreanu was sat in the SB and thought for a while before making the call. The two went heads-up to a 4♣5♦5♥ flop where both players checked. The turn came 9♥ and they both checked again.

Daniel Negreanu

The river brought the 6♠ and the both of them checked for a third time. Negreanu tabled ace-jack but lost out to the German's ace-queen. -- MC

3.38pm: Hruby shifts gear
Hruby has been short stacked throughout the final table but has just taken three pots down with pre-flop raises. That's 450,000 he's picked up with no opposition. That's a vital addition to his stack and he's up to 1.6m. -- RD

3.25pm: Tricky play
Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu completed from the SB when the action folded around to him and called when his big blinded opponent, Andres Wiess, raised. Both players checked the flop before Negreanu check-called a 250,000 bet on the turn of the 9♥4♥K♥5♠ board. The river came Q♦ and both players checked.

Negreanu tabled J♠J♣ and claimed the pot. -- MC

3.22pm: "Scary movie"
Nanos raised and was three-bet to 555,000 by Negreanu in the big blind. Nanos made the call and Negreanu led 400,000 into the 4♠Q♥3♠ flop. Nanos quickly raised to 800,000 and Negreanu insta-shoved back for 3.73 million. Nanos had actually tried to raise to 1 million but some of his chips fell off as he was sliding them forward.

This pot caused Nanos some real pain as if he was suffering from severe heartburn or a terrible migraine. "Scary movie," said Nanos. Indeed it was and he passed after much head rubbing and huffing. Nanos claimed to have ace-queen and Negreanu flashed the K♠. It's a great pot for Negreanu who takes back the chip lead with nearly 6 million. -- RD

3.18pm: Hruby sucks out
In the first hand of six-handed play Daniel Negreanu raised to 160,000 from under-the-gun to face an all-in push from fellow Team PokerStars Pro Martin Hruby, sat two seats along. The action folded back around to Negreanu who called with A♣Q♥.

Hruby tabled A♦T♣ and managed to hit the three-outer on the K♥9♣T♦5♦9♦ board, to double-up to 1,370,000. -- MC

3.12pm: Nit-roll knocks out Matthias Lotze
Cainelli raised under-the-gun to 230,000 and Lotze moved his 1,065,000 stack into the middle.

Matthias Lotze

The action passed all the way back to the Italian who asked for a count. Lotze took a swig from his sugary soda drink as the dealer chopped his chips outs. Cainelli didn't like it and spent a long time working out what he'd be left with if he called and lost. He finally decided to make the call.

Cainelli: J♠J♥
Lotze: T♥T♦

Lotze was in awful shape and his hand missed an outdraw on the K♥3♥9♥9♦K♠ board. Lotze must have thought that he was in better shape before Cainelli turned his hand over. He's out in seventh place. -- RD

3.05pm: Back on the horse
Daniel Negreanu bumped it up to 160,000 from the cut-off and Konstantinos Nanos called from the BB to see a 9♠K♠8♠ flop.

Both players checked, as they did on the 8♦ turn. The river came 4♣ and the man from Greece led for 360,000 and pretty quickly Negreanu slid his cards into the muck, saying "I had a pretty good hand on the flop".

That'll make Nanos feel a lot better after the big lay down he made in the hand before. -- MC

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3pm: Cainelli gets it in
Nanos raised to 230,000 from under-the-gun, which he really seems to like doing,and picked up a call from Luca Cianelli in the hijack.

The J♦3♦K♣ flop was enticing enough for Nanos to bet 345,000, and for Cainelli to call.

Luca Cainelli

The 7♣ didn't slow Nanos down. He fired another 470,000 and Cainelli moved all-in for 2,440,000, but boy did he take his time about about it. It was almost 2 million for Nanos to call, getting two-to-one on his money. Nanos went deep into the tank but eventually passed to the tighter player's shove.

Cainelli now has 3.6 million. -- RD

2.52pm: Chinese aces good for Negreanu
One of the less active players today, Luca Cainelli, decided to get back in the action with a raise to 215,000 from the cut-off. Daniel Negreanu put his hand over his mouth in ponder-mode before calling from the button. The raise was into the BB of Andreas Wiese and he was having none of it, and three-bet to 580,000.

The action was back on the Italian, who folded, but Negreanu made the call in position to go to the 5♠Q♦K♦ flop.

Wiese was first to speak and he studied Negreanu, then he checked it over to his Canadian opponent who checked behind. The turn came 6♠ and Wiese checked again to face a 200,000 bet from Negreanu that he quickly called. The river came 5♣ and both players went back to checking.

Negreanu tabled 8♣8♥ and it was good for the pot. -- MC

2.44pm: Eiler and Negreanu at it again
Michael Eiler opened for 215,000 from the button and Negreanu defended the big blind. They both checked the 6♦J♥T♣ flop but Negreanu's 425,000 lead into the T♦ turn was enough to win. The pot gets Negreanu back in to the chip lead (or close to it alongside Konstantinos Nanos). -- RD

2.39pm: Hruby shoves and...
Hruby moves all-in for 610,000 and takes the pot. He's creeping up but is still relatively short on 765,000. -- RD

2.35pm: Play restarts
Nanos is the current chip leader with 4,185,000. Daniel Negreanu has 3,820,000. -- SB

The final table

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Vienna (In order of "we owe it to Nick to point this out"): Nick Wright ($64,853 in tournament winnings), Marc Convey ($8,918), Rick Dacey ($8,424) and Stephen Bartley ($1,164, but it's the taking part that counts.)