EPT Berlin: Day 3, level 18 & 19 updates (blinds 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante)
6.38pm: End of level
Dinner break for 90 minutes.
6.35pm: Big stack attraction
Ben Wilinofsky has just been moved to the seat directly to the left of Anton Morgenstern. That's over 2 million chips between them with Morgenstern packing the slightly larger 1.17 million stack. Could be a very big stack come out of that move. -- RD
6.30pm: Ship's ahoy for Ahrary
Nima Ahrary's ship has sailed for this tournament after busting to Saar Wilf. Wilf raised from early position before Ahary three-bet to 60,000 from the big blind. Wilf set him in for his whole stack (160,000) and Ahary made the call.
The board ran T♣7♠8♣J♥8♣ to send Ahary on his not so merry way. -- MC
6.20pm: Playing to the Maximilian
Another all-in at the table tucked in between the feature table and about 500 people having a look around. David Stogel shoved from the cut-off with A♠K♣ and was called by Maximilian Heinzelmann with A♣7♥. The board came J♣6♣9♦4♦T♦ to double up Stogel. - SB
6.12pm: If looks could kill
The glare from Jurgen Kees, no matter how brief it was, was loaded with intensity. Little surprise given that he had just been knocked out by Mario Adinolfi who got it in with a draw on the turn. There was around 120,000 in the pot when Kees moved all-in for 180,000. Adinolfi looked at the 3♣Q♦6♦4♣ board and took his time in making the call.
Kees: 4♦4♠ for a set
Adinolfi: 9♦7♦ for flush and straight draws
The river was red. It was the 2♦ which completed the flush for the large, bearded Italian. "Yes!" he cried, thumping the table. "I'm going to win this tournament. I don't care about the money," he added. He's up to 820,000 after hitting that outdraw 23% outdraw. -- RD
5.57pm: Back-to-back for Bolivar
Back-to-back hands for Bolivar Palacios take him from 96,000 to about 450,000. In the first hand the Panamanian, who reached the final table of the PCA in January, showed J♥J♦ while Kent Lundmark called with 5♥5♠. The board ran 7♥K♠T♥3♥T♦ to leave Palacios a little more than 200,000.
Then on the next hand Palacios shoved again, this time with A♠Q♠. Calling him was Ben Wilinofsky who turned over J♣J♠. After the flop of 3♠4♦4♠ Wilinofsky turned to Palacios and said "This is a fun one," girding himself for the impending defeat. He was right, the turn came 9♠ to give Palacios the flush, and a fighting stack. - SB
5.47pm: Andrulis couldn't find the crucial third bullet
Markus Grewe just scooped a pot worth around half a million chips with king-high after his opponent in the hand, Kristijonas Andrulis, gave up on the river.
We reached the action on the A♦2♥T♥ flop where Grewe check-called a 67,000 bet. The turn came 6♣ and Grewe checked quickly and called when his Lithuanian opponent fired 135,000. The river came 2♣ and the action went check-check.
Andrulis tabled 5♦3♦ for five-high. Grewe squinted when looking at Andrulis' hand before opening K♥9♥ for a busted flush draw. His hand was good though and he's up to 900,000. Andrulis has dropped to 650,000.
Team PokerStars pro Henrique Pinho is sat at the same table and needled Andrulis by saying, "I think they're going to write about that one online."
"They can do what they want", came the short and sharp reply. -- MC
5.42pm: Danzer down
With the action folded to him in the small blind Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer shoved for about 550,000 in the small blind only to be called by Anton Thotatinsson in the big; the shorter stack with 248,000. Danzer showed K♠Q♥ to Thotatinsson's A♣K♣ and congratulated his opponent on the call.
The board came 2♦2♥8♥7♣4♣ to give Thotatinsson a vital double up. Danzer drops to around 310,000. - SB
5.35pm: Lundmark doubles with aces
Marcellino Terracciano has just doubled up EPT Barcelona winner Kent Lundmark with ace-king versus aces. It all went in pre-flop as Lundmark chipped up to 250,000. -- RD
5.27pm: Morgenstern versus Kursevich
Vadzim Kursevich didn't move, didn't curse, he just clenched his teeth a little harder. He'd three-bet shoved from the big blind for 150,000 with pocket eights over Morgenstern's 22,000 open from the hijack. The German had called with 5♣5♥ and had promptly hit a set on the 5♠2♣T♣ flop.
Kursevich kept quiet and his good behaviour was rewarded with a set of his own as the 8♦ dropped on the turn. No five on the river and he doubled to 320,000. Morgenstern down to 1.2 million. -- RD
5.21pm: Back from break
The players are back in their seats and gunning for the big money.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 5,000-10,000, ANTE 1,000
5.05pm: "Gloria, you're always on the run now, Running after somebody"
The mid day update with Gloria Balding and Henrique Pinho...
5.04pm: Break time
The tournament is on a 15 minute break.
5pm: Rainer feeling Emde inside
Rainer Emde didn't quite make it to the end of level 18. He was down to 58,000 chips when he pushed all-in from the hijack. Jeffrey Hakim was on the button and smooth called after thinking for nearly a minute. Both the blind players folded to leave it heads up.
The board ran 3♠4♥T♥2♦K♦. Emde picked up extra outs on the turn but the river blanked. -- MC
4.54pm: Morgenstern monstering on
Anton Morgenstern is now challenging for the chip lead with just 59 players left in. Just moments ago he knocked out Felix Schulze in that most classic of races;
the 100m sprint ace-king versus queens. Morgenstern held Q♥Q♦ to Schulze's A♠K♥ and the board blanked out 2♦J♣5♦3♥5♠, despite Morgenstern picking up a gutshot draw on the turn. The German is up to 1.35 million. -- RD
4.48pm: Back on the Doletzki
On a flop of A♦T♣K♦ Andreas Doletzki was all-in with A♣J♥ against the A♥T♦ of Maximilian Heinzelmann. After the cameras were called, arriving like a crash team in an emergency room, the turn 3♣ and river 5♦ were dealt, sending Doletzki to the rail. - SB
4.44pm: A close Schafe
Thorsten Schafer just had to pay-off Dara O'Kearney who was all-in. Schafer showed A♣K♣ to O'Kearney's 6♠7♦, O'Kearney choosing to watch the hand standing up, reading to leave.
But the board was kind to O'Kearney, running 4♣3♣5♠K♦7♠ to give him the straight, keeping him alive. - SB
4.39pm: Bijgaart's big pair holds
Team PokerStars Pro Joep van den Bijgaart has just knocked out Michal Kusak after getting it in with A♠A♦ against the Pole's A♣K♥. The Dutchman is now up to 375,000 after the board ran out 8♠Q♠Q♦9♥Q♥. -- RD
4.33pm: Clemencon gone
French pro Tristan Clemencon was down to his last 85,000 when they went in from under-the-gun and it looked like he was going to get his bet through. But, the last man in his way had different ideas.
Maksim Kolosov was in the big blind with Q♠Q♥ and made an easy call. Clemencon tabled J♦9♦ but failed to catch up on the 7♦7♣4♠9♣3♠ board. -- MC
4.25pm: Another one gone
After Maksim Kolosov opened for 18,000 in early position Martin Genath moved all-in from the small blind for 34,000. Kolosov called quickly showing A♠Q♦ to Genath's 6♦3♦. "That's my favourite hand," said Kolosov. Genath would have gladly swapped.
The board ran 9♥A♣Q♣8♣Q♥, Genath becoming the latest elimination. - SB
4.20pm: A real page turner
Martin Jacobson looks poised and in control at his table. He opened another pot for 16,000. Thomas Traboulsi is in the seat next to him and since Day 1 has been reading an eBook on a digital device. After Jacobson bet Traboulsi actually finished the sentence he was reading before folding. Antonio Del Valle Simon subsequently moved all-in for 141,500 to take what was in the middle. - SB
4.15pm: Laubinger can't miss
Alessandro Laubinger is on a hot streak. He flopped top set in a massive hand last level and I've just seen him catch a two-outer against Maksim Kolosov to win another large pot.
Laubinger check-called 40,000 on a Q♦A♥4♣2♠ board with K♣Q♣ against Kolosov's A♦K♦ to catch one of only two cards that would put him ahead; the Q♠. He checked again and Kolosov, who thought he was betting for value with A♦K♦, pushed out 80,000. Laubinger made a quick call and took the pot. He's back up to one million. -- RD
3.55pm: Blind tactics
This level jump usually proves to be a key one at EPTs. The increase from the 6,000 big blind to 8,000 radically affects many of the embattled players who suddenly find themselves with a stack that is effectively 25% smaller. This can be devastating for those that have failed to plan ahead. We expect a rash of fallers over the next hour. -- RD
3.52pm: A-ha-ha, a-ha-ha, Gloria, how's it gonna go down?
Gloria Balding reports from the tournament room...
3.50pm: We're back
Play resumes in Level 18.
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Berlin (in order of ideas presented today for the "in order of" thing): Stephen Bartley (0), Marc Convey (0) and Rick Dacey (0)