EPT Berlin: Day 4, level 25 & 26 updates (blinds 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante)
9.20pm: Play end as Pidun pushed out in 9th (€45,000)
Poor old Daniel Pidun. Picking up pocket queens at this point is a dream come true, but not when your opponent has pocket aces.
Pidun held Q♠Q♦ to Armin Mette's A♥A♦ and there was never any doubt that it was going in pre-flop. The flop wasn't a kind one, coming as it did 2♥3♥5♥ giving Pidun just one clean out; a non-heart queen. Ironically enough it was the Q♥ that hit the turn, which led to tournament director Thomas Kremser making an unusual mistake claiming that he was still drawing to one out. Swiftly corrected, Kremser announced that Pidun needed the board to pair. It didn't.
Players are bagging their chips for the night and we'll have a full wrap and chip counts coming to you shortly. -- RD
9.10pm: Quiet resumption
Little to report since the restart. Darren Kramer just opened a pot for 145,000 which was raised to 325,000 by Ben Wilinofsky in the cut-off. Kramer the raised to 685,000 forcing Wilinofsky to fold. - SB
8.57pm: Final table redraw
Here's the final draw. There is no redraw for tomorrow and once we lose one last player play will end for the day. Armin Mette, Team PokerStars Pro Joep van den Bijgaart, Daniel Pidun and Jonas Gutteck are the players most at risk.
Seat 1. Maximilian Heinzelmann - 5,060,000
Seat 2. Daniel Pidun - 1,100,000
Seat 3. Martin Jacobson - 2,165,000
Seat 4. Vadzim Kursevich - 4,375,000
Seat 5. Darren Kramer - 1,600,000
Seat 6. Armin Mette - 1,000,000
Seat 7. Joep van den Bijgaart - 940,000
Seat 8. Ben Wilinofsky - 5,400,000
Seat 9. Jonas Gutteck - 1,150,000
Play due to restart shortly. -- RD
8.50pm: Mariano out in 10th (€45,000)
We are down to nine players after a swift knockout of Cuello Jorge Mariano at the hands of Maximilian Heinzelmann. It all went in pre-flop with Mariano holding K♦Q♠ and Heinzelmann A♣J♠. The flop ran out [j] to send Mariano to the rail in 10th position.
Final table redraw coming shortly. -- RD
8.40pm: Dinner over
Play is set to restart.
7pm: Fabrice Soulier out in 11th place (€36,000)
As the dinner break is called a big pot develops that will send one more player to the rail.
Maximilian Heinzelmann opened for 100,000 on the button which was called by Vadzim Kursevich in the small blind and Fabrice Soulier in the big. The flop came 2♥3♠K♥ which was checked through to Heinzelmann who bet 145,000. Kursevich called before Soulier tank-raised, 375,000 in total.
Heinzelmann asked how much it was - 280,000 to call - then called. At which point Kursevich moved all-in, easily covering Soulier, who called, showing 5♥4♥ for a bag full of outs. Kursevich showed A♣K♠.
Soulier needed an ace, six or a heart but none came on the Q♦ turn or the 3♣ river. The Frenchman busts in 11th place, earning €36,000. - SB
6.48pm: Soulier sails a river value bet
Fabrice Soulier raised to 115,000 from the cut-off and Maximilian Heinzelmann peeled from the big blind to see a 5♦K♦T♠ flop. The two players checked to the J♥ turn where the same set of actions occurred. The river fell 7♥ and Heinzelmann check-called a 125,000 bet from Soulier. The Frenchman tabled K♠2♠ and the German mucked. -- MC
6.38pm: Action from the outer table
We have five players on the outer table with the following players on:
Seat 1. Martin Jacobson
Seat 2. Maximilian Heinzelmann
Seat 3. Vadzim Kursevich
Seat 4. Fabrice Soulier
Seat 5. Cuello Jorge Mariano
We've had a split pot between Heinzelmann and Kursevich and a couple of small pots for Jacobson who has scooped the blinds twice and had a walk once. Add all that up and you'll find it's about 300,000 for the Swede. -- RD
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6.30pm: Double up? Joep
Joep van den Bijgaart just doubled up, moving in with 8♥8♣ and getting a call from Ben Wilinofsky who showed A♣Q♦.
The Team PokerStars Pro was out of his chair preparing for the worst, but was soon at ease as the flop landed on Wilinofsky's head: 3♥8♠8♦. For those keeping score at home the turn card was a 2♠, the river 4♣. Van Den Bijgaart back up to more than 1,000,000. - SB
6.20pm: Kristijonas Andrulis eliminated in 12th place (€36,000)
Kristijonas Andrulis, the last remaining Lithuanian player, has been eliminated in 12th place after Martin Jacobson rivered him. Andrulis open shoved for over 750,000 and the PokerStars qualifier re-shipped from the next seat for around 900,000. The two players in the blinds folded to leave it heads-up.
The board ran K♦7♠T♦T♥Q♣ making the Swede two-pair. Andrulis brushed off the defeat and went and took his seat €10,000 event after he registered late for it. -- MC
6.10pm: Seats being filled
The players are returning to their seats.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 25,000-50,000, ANTE 5,000
5.50pm: End of the level
Players are now taking a 15 minute break.
5.49pm: Heinzelmann gets two streets of value against Mariano
Cuello Jorge Mariano flat called an 81,000 under-the-gun raise from Maximilian Heinzelmann whilst in position. Both checked the flop before Heinzelmann led for 86,000 with the board reading 2♣5♠3♦T♣. The Spaniard called and also called a 151,000 bet on the 6♦ river. The German tabled A♦T♦ and took the pot as Mariano folded. -- MC
5.45pm: Robin Ylitalo out in 13th (€28,000)
Robin Ylitalo is out. He moved in from the big blind behind a raise from Vadzim Kursevich in the cut off. Kursevich called showing A♥K♣ to Ylitalo's A♠T♦.
The board ran 7♠7♦6♦K♠4♣. Goodbye Ylitalo. Kursevich up another six figures. - SB
5.38pm: Mariano rips a quarter-million from Soulier
Cuello Jorge Mariano just three-bet Fabrice Soulier to 250,000 and fired a T♣9♠9♣ flop to win a 560,000 pot from the Frenchman. Soulier - after a long, long stare down - passed to leave himself with 900,000. Mariano up to 2,500,000. The Spaniard is starting to turn the screw here. -- RD
5.28pm: Mug's game
That's the Grand National watched and done with (get it quietly Stoddart), now back to work. -- SB
5.15pm: Traboulsi out in 14th (€28,000)
Thomas Traboulsi's luck has finally come to an end after shoving A♥8♣ into Cuello Jorge Mariano's pocket nines. Mariano had opened for 80,000 from the button and Traboulsi shoved for 350,000.
The 9♣3♠J♣ flop gave the Spaniard a set and left Traboulsi drawing to backdoor outs. One of those appeared with 8♦ and but the river bricked with the K♥. We have 13 players left. -- RD
5.05pm: Luis Jaikel eliminated in 15th place (€23,000)
Three hours later than some people expected Luis Jaikel departs in 15th. He moved all-in for around 450,000. Martin Jacobson also shoved for about 575,000, taking the hand to showdown, where the Costa Rican turned over A♥T♦ to Jacobson's 9♥9♠.
"I folded one ace and one nine." Said Thomas Traboulsi.
The board came 4♠Q♥5♣K♠6♥. The turn gave Jaikel outs but nothing that would help on the river. He's out. Jacobson up to more than 1,000,000 chips. - SB
5pm: Hakim eliminated in 16th place (€23,000)
Action from the TV table with Armin Mette taking out Jeffrey Hakim in a battle of the blinds. The chips went in pre-flop with Hakim holding Q♣J♥ to his opponent's pocket jacks. There was no three-outer for the American through the 3♥A♦6♠A♥6♣ board. -- MC
4.50pm: Feature table
Through some severe neck craning we can see that the feature table is lined up as follows:
Seat 1. Armin Mette
Seat 2. Jonas Gutteck
Seat 3. Ben Wilinofsky
Seat 4. Kristijonas Andrulis
Seat 5. Joep van den Bijgaart, Team PokerStars Pro
Seat 6. Darren Kramer
Seat 7. Daniel Pidun
Seat 8. Jeffrey Hakim
Andrulis just managed to split a pot for his tournament life with pocket fours against Kramer's pocket sixes when the board ran out [j][k][j][k]. -- RD
4.40pm: Two tables
With the departure of Puchkov we're down to two tables in the main event. While the feature table remains off limits, the outer table will line up as follows:
Seat 1 - Martin Jacobson
Seat 2 - Maximilian Heinzelmann
Seat 3 - Vadzim Kursevich
Seat 4 - Fabrice Soulier
Seat 5 - Cuello Jorge Mariano
Seat 6 - Robin Ylitalo
Seat 7 - Luis Jaikel
Seat 8 - Thomas Traboulsi
4.35pm: Puchkov departs in 17th (€20,000)
Konstantin Puchkov was down to 400,000 chips when he moved all-in but his timing was unluckily off, as Jonas Gutteck woke up with a monster behind and moved all-in behind.
The board ran 5♦A♠4♠J♥2♥ to make top set for the German who's now up to around 1,300,000 chips. -- MB
4.25pm: Play resumes
The last 17 players have taken their seats and with Ben Wilinofsky way out in front with 6,000,000, twice that of Maximilian Heinzelmann in second place, it's looking like the Canadian may be the favourite going into the final table. There's still plenty of time for all that to change though. Game on. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team at EPT Berlin (in order of expertise picking their Grand National horses): Stephen Bartley (regular horse bettor who sorted by age, form and going), Marc Convey (went by 'feel' and odds) and Rick Dacey (doubled down on his pregnant friend's picks who chose through baby kicks). Photos by Neil Stoddart.