EPT8 San Remo: Day 5, level 26 & 27 updates (25,000-50,000, 5,000)
9.05pm: Lodden falls in 9th (€45,000)
Johnny Lodden has just bust out in a monster flip to Daniel Neilson. The Australian opened for 105,000 and was three-bet by Lodden for 275,000. Neilson looked like he was going nowhere. He plucked out a large stack of orange chips and moved them forward: a four-bet of 570,000. Lodden shoved for around 2,000,000 and Neilson instantly called.
It wasn't the flop Lodden wanted, nor the turn or river as the board ran out J♠5♠5♥6♦2♠. Eight players remain. -- RD
8.58pm: Palumbo three-bet shove
Rocco Palumbo just three-bet shoved all-in from the bytton off a Daniel Neilson cut-off raise of 105,000. The 1,000,000 shove took the pot. Palumbo still short, as is MacPhee. -- RD
8.53pm: Boatman defends strongly
Barny Boatman is up to around 2,300,000 after winning a pot out of position versus Andrey Pateychuk.
The action folded around to the Russian on the button and he raised to 100,000. Boatman peeled from the big blind to see a T♥9♣2♥ flop where he checked to face a 130,000 c-bet from Pateychuk. He check-raised to 350,000 and that was enough to win the pot as his opponent folded.. -- MC
8.40pm: MacPhee loses a small one
Kevin MacPhee is down to 1,000,000 and is the shortest stack at the table after losing a small pot to Yorane Kerignard. MacPhee had opened from the cut-off and had been called by Kerignard in the big blind. The board was checked to the river 5♠Q♥6♦9♣T♦ which Kerignard bet 140,000 into. MacPhee called and was shown 9♠T♠.
MacPhee scored a chunk of that back three-betting Andrey Pateychuk the very next hand so is actually back to around 1,200,000. -- RD
8.30pm: The final nine
We have our final nine players and one more will fall before the end of the day. The short stacks are Rocco Palumbo and Kevin MacPhee but both have just over 20 big blinds.
1. Andrey Pateychuk, 3,415,000
2. Kevin MacPhee, 1,295,000
3. Barny Boatman, 2,160,000
4. Daniel Neilson, 4,405,000
5. Rocco Palumbo, 1,125,000
6. Yorane Kerignard, 2,095,000
7. Johnny Lodden, 2,135,000
8. Dimitar Danchev, 4,415,000
9. Jan Bendik, 3,950,000
Play is set to restart shortly. -- RD
8.20pm: Gastaldi falls to fellow Frenchman
Patrick Gastaldi's deep run has come to an end after he lost a two million-chip race to fellow countryman Yorane Kerignard.
Gastaldi raised to 150,000 and then snap four-bet all-in for 990,000 when Kerignard three-bet to 310,000. Gastaldi normally takes a long time over decisions so Kerignard was taken by surprise at his opponent's move. He called off his stack that stood at just 10,000 more.
The board ran K♣K♠4♥K♥8♣.
The remaining nine players will now be drawn onto one table and play will continue until we lose one more. -- MC
8.10pm: Lodden moves into the spotlight
Johnny Lodden has been moved onto the TV table with just ten players remaining. One more player need to go before we move onto one table, then one more before we call an end to play. -- RD
8pm: Tarallo tumbles out in 11th (€35,000)
Angelo Tarallo had to get it in with A♣Q♣ and knew he'd have to win at showdown as he was almost certainly getting called by Andrey Pateychuk.
The Russian had opened the pot for a min-raise and Tarallo had shoved all-in for about 425,000. Call.
The board ran out 7♦6♦5♣7♣8♦ to knock him out in 11th for €35,000 but he also collects €5,000 for winning the Skrill last longer bet. -- RD
8pm: Boatman ducks out of Gastaldi's way
Barny Boatman raised to 100,00 and was called by Patrick Gastaldi and Kevin MacPhee in the big blind.
The flop came J♥J♣A♠[ and Boatman's 50,000 c-bet was only called by the Frenchman. The turn and river came K♦9♥ and both players checked it down. Boatman tabled 2♦2♣, losing out to Gastaldi's K♥Q♥.
The Brit dropped to 2,400,000 whereas Gastaldi is up to a still short 725,000. -- MC
7.50pm: Danchev and MacPhee to the river
A key hand turns into a hammer blow for Kevin MacPhee against Dimitar Danchev.
MacPhee opened fro 110,000 in middle position which was called by Danchev in the cut off. The flop came J♣Q♦5♥. MacPhee bet another 125,000, called. Another 275,000 on the A♣ turn. Called. A river card of Q♥ completed the board.
MacPhee, moving very fast, pushed out 460,000. Danchev, acting much slower, and with about 2,000,000 behind, went for his chips, arranging some towers and pushing forward 1,200,000. MacPhee looked like he gulped, and braced himself to speak. "Call."
A♥Q♠ for Danchev.
MacPhee burst from his seat, slamming down his cards, which the dealer collected, revealing K♦T♣. MacPhee was devastated, upset, all things. More importantly he was suddenly down to 1,500,000 while Danchev moved up to 4,200,000.
Cap and glasses removed, MacPhee sat back down, tossing in his next ante with a clatter. The damage now done.
"I'm calling when I know exactly what you had," he said, to nobody but himself. MacPhee has work to do. - SB
7.45pm: Bendik huge
Jan Bendik is pushing for the chip lead with close to 4,000,0000 after value betting 450,000 into the river of a 2♥Q♥A♣Q♣5♥ board with 9♥5♥ and getting a call from Angelo Tarallo. The Italian tapped the table and mucked. He's now short with 350,000. Push or fold mode for him.
Bendik final tabled EPT Prague last season and looks likely to make his second here in Italy. -- RD
7.38pm: Danchev catches, Lodden pays
Dimitar Danchev opened his button for 105,000 and Johnny Lodden defended his big blind. A standard 125,000 c-bet was checl-called by Lodden on a 9♥Q♦3♦ flop.
Both players checked the A♦ turn before Lodden returned to check-call mode on the A♥ river when Danchev bet 250,000. The Bulgarian showed A♣8♠ with an excitable flourish to take the pot.
Lodden down to 2,250,000, Danchev up to 2,500,000. -- RD
7.35pm: Isaia given his marching orders (out in 12th)
Alessio Isaia was eliminated on the very first hand back on the feature table. He open shoved his last 700,000 and was called by Andrey Pateychuk.
The board ran Q♠K♠3♦A♣T♥ to make the Russian top pair and then a straight on the river. He's up to 3,000,000 in chips now. The Italian home favourite leaves with €35,000 for his 12th place finish. -- MC
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 25,000-50,000, 5,000
7.15pm: Break time
The level winds down with some low key hands, including a tank pre-flop fold from Kevin MacPhee. Players are now on a 15 minute break. -- SB
7.10pm: Andreas Samuelsson eliminated in 13th
Andreas Samuelsson was left with just an ante (5,000) after he doubled-up Angelo Tarallo to around 2,000,000 chips. Both players had moved all-in pre-flop to create the showdown:
The board ran an uneventful 4♣4♦9♥6♣3♦ to send the pot to Tarallo.
Samuelsson managed to get up to 30,000 the next hand when his K♥J♠ bettered Daniel Neilson's A♦5♣ but that was as far as the comeback went as he was eliminated the next hand. He collects €27,000 for his efforts. -- MC
6.50pm: McClung out in 14th
A disappointing day comes to an end for Chris McClung. The Canadian had finished the last two days as chip leader and carried a dominating lead through to today's final 24. He would have hoped to make the final table but it simply wasn't to be. McClung got involved in two large pots - one against Kevin MacPhee, the other Jan Bendik - and both times he found himself dominated.
After one unanswered shove the short stack found himself all-in with 6♠3♣ against Rocco Palumbo's A♦K♥ and failed to catch on a 9♦2♠Q♥A♥K♦ board. Not the finish he would have looked for but largely an impressive performance nonetheless. McClung takes home €27,000. -- RD
Chris McClung is trying to shove his way back into contention. He just managed to scoop the blinds moving all-in from the cut-off into Daniel Neilson's big blind. The Australian didn't have a calling hand and passed. McClung up to around 375,000. -- RD
6.37pm; What's happened to McClung?
Chris McClung came into today as chip leader and extended that chip lead after eliminating two players in one hand. Since then his day has gone terribly. The latest blow came when he doubled up Jan Bendik.
The two were heads-up to a 9♦6♠K♣ flop and all the chips went in. Bendik's stack stood at a little more than 1,300,000, which Mclung covered by about 300,00.
The board ran out 3♠9♣ to see the Slovakian's hand hold. - MC
6.35pm: Lodden likes the cold four-bet
Andrey Pateychuk opened the action from the hijack with a raise to 80,000 and Barny Boatman three-bet from the cut-off to 205,000. The action folded to Johnny Lodden in the big blind who cold four-bet to 375,000 and took the pot. -- RD
6.30pm: Three opens and three losses for MacPhee
Kevin MacPhee is trying to use his chip leading stack to bully opponents but his table mates aren't letting him have it his own way. He just opened three pots and lost all three.
He opened to 85,000 from the button and folded to a 215,000 three-bet from Andrey Pateychuk in the small blind.
He opened to 80,000 from the button to see Barny Boatman three-bet to 210,000 from the small blind and Dimitar Danchev four-bet to 390,000 from the big blind. MacPhee and Boatman passed.
He opened to 85,000 from the hijack and Patrick Gastaldi defended the bib blind. The action checked to the river where the board read 9♣Q♣6♦T♠K♠. Gastaldi led for 75,000 and MacPhee folded. -- MC
A period of calm with little more than raise and take hands to talk about.
Andrey Pateychuk was one beneficiary, as was Dimitar Danchev, raising behind a bet from Barny Boatman. Then it was Patrick Gastaldi's turn to do the same. - SB
6.16pm: Neilson takes the lead, Bendik battered
Jan Bendik's clenched his fist close to his face in celebration. It was too soon.
Daniel Neilson was all-in for his tournament life with 1,955,000 across the line and Bendik had him covered. Neilson held J♣J♦ to Bendik's over cards A♥Q♥.
The flop delivered all kinds of permutations with K♦T♥9♣. The J♥ turn caused the clench as Bendik made his straight, but Neilson still had plenty of boat outs. And, of course, a single quad out. The J♠ slid onto the river giving four-of-a-kind.* Neilson up to 4,000,000, Bendik still alive with 1,245,000. -- RD
*Does anyone ever even say four-of-a-kind anymore?
6.10pm: Fresh chips
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6.03pm: Veldhuis out in 15th as Lodden finds queens again
Johnny Lodden opened from the button and was called by the small blind, Yorane Kerignard, before Veldhuis jammed from the button for 170,000. Lodden re-raised to take the pot heads up and showed queens. Veldhuis let out a sorry laugh, Lodden had dismantled most of his stack just before the break with the same hand.
The 7♠J♦T♦2♦9♥ board provided plenty of outs but Veldhuis failed to catch the river. Lodden up to 2,100,000, Veldhuis out. -- RD
5.55pm: MacPhee in command, 15 remain
Kevin MacPhee is leading the final 15 players here at EPT San Remo having swiped the chip lead away from Chris McClung in a 3,500,000 all-in pot. It's the first time that McClung has been out of the top five in days. Will the Canadian rally?
Full chip counts of the final 15 players to come shortly. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in San Remo (in order of knockouts reported): Stephen Bartley (lots), Marc Convey (many) and Rick Dacey (zero). Photos by Neil Stoddart.