EPT Madrid: Day 1B, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 200-400, ante 50)


6.40pm: Important announcement
An announcement has just been made that there are not one, nor two but three great options for dinner. You can order food from the bar, go to the quality buffet or hit the barbeque that has been set up outside. Fantastic news. After the passing showers of yesterday the beautiful weather is fast returning to Madrid. Chunk a shrimp on the goals for me, Juan...

In other news, Martin Jacobson squeeze-jammed with [6][7] suited and was called by pocket sixes and more than doubled to 28,000.

And it's break. Back in 75 minutes. -- RD

6.30pm: Johansson, C, knocks out Finn
Christer Johansson is up to 58,000. After Joni Jouhkimainen opened for 900 Johansson raised to 2,800 before Jouhkimainen shoved for 25,000. Johansson, being in the possession of aces, duly called, up against Jouhkimainen's pocket jacks. There were three kings on the flop but nothing else of interest and Jouhkimainen fell to the rail. -- SB

6.22pm: Akkari building, Demidov stacking
Andre Akkari is up to 60,000 but fellow Team PokerStars Pro Ivan Demidov, who is sat just a few seats around, is up to 95,000. -- RD

6.15pm: Happy hour
Don't forget you can send us your comments in the box below this post. From now right up to the dinner break, we're having a special period during which we'll waive grammatical mistakes and poor spelling. Get in touch. -- SB

6.10pm: Black in the Black
Andy Black is up to more than 100,000 after eliminating Lee Goldman, who confessed to looking forward to a bit of sight-seeing after busting out.

On a flop of 9♥2♠6♠. Goldman, in the small blind, checked to Black who bet 2,000. With the action back on him Goldman raised to 7,400 prompting Black to insta-shove for about 60,000. Goldman called for the remainder of his stack and turned over what looked to be a hand winning 9♠9♦. For Black, Q♣Q♥.

But all was not lost for Black, despite the odds. He missed the J♠ turn card, which gave Goldman outs to the flush, but Goldman, charitably, called for a queen. It came, the Q♦ landing on the river. What was even more incredible was that it was the only queen to save Black.

"The queen of spades would have been no good," exclaimed Black, realising how fortunate he'd been and thanking Goldman for the call. For his part Goldman was out, but graciously admitted to an itching to see the Madrid night life.

"See you in Vegas," said Black, shaking his hand. Goldman is out, but Black moves into six figures. -- SB

6.02pm: The highs and low of Benny Spindler
Benny Spindler is a young German pro who first hit the live scene with a scintillating third place finish at the PCA in 2009 ($1,100,000). Yesterday he almost clinched his first high roller title but lost heads up to Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier despite taking a commanding lead into the heads up. His second place finish paid out €316,000.

He's currently down to 8,000, just 20 big blinds, in this main event. For every high... -- RD

6pm: Three hands with Thorson
William Thorson is feeling a little under the weather today but he is still above his starting stack with 33,000. He just opened three pots in-a-row and Team PokerStars Blog followed the action.

  • Hand one: Thorson limped in from the cut-off and called when Japanese Businessman Masa Kagawa raised to 1,150 from the small blind. Both players checked the 5♥3♦Q♠ flop before Kagawa led for 1,200 on the 4♥ turn. Thorson raised to 3,000 and Kagawa conceded defeat and folded.

  • Hand two: Thorson min raised from the hijack and was called by Kagawa, Nam Le and Eugene Katchalov en route to a 9♠A♦2♥ flop. All three players checked to the 8♥ turn and Le led out for 1,200 from the small blind. He took the pot as everyone folded.

  • Hand three: Thorson opened to 750 and the big blind defended to see a K♠9♣3♥ flop. A Thorson bet of 1,050 was too much for the big blind as he check-folded. -- MC

    5.50pm: Lodden down to fumes
    Johnny Lodden is down to his last few thousand and he didn't look very happy about it. Myattention was drawn to his table by the sound of chips in one hand being angrily thumped down into a small stack of some other chips. I arrived just in time to see Lodden's [a][q] getting called down on a queen-high board by the nut straight. He's down to fumes now. -- RD

    LEVEL UP: BLINDS 200-400, ANTE 50

    5.45pm: Binger busto
    Nick Binger is out and was last seen sat in a hunched position on a cushioned bench outside the tournament room. "I played bad and ran bad - classic combination," he said.

    He also Tweeted the following: "Sigh. Bad read (unrelated to last tweet I swear) to get me short then shoved A9 with 14bbs over lp open. He had JJ. 2k turbo in 30 min." - MC

    5.40pm: Don't bluff Wu
    Team PokerStars Raymond Wu is up to 57,000 after catching an opponent bluffing. He called a raise preflop and 1,300 and 4,000 bets on the turn and river. The final board read Q♥6♥5♣4♥5♣ and his opponent mucked when called on the river. -- MC

    5.35pm: Spanne in the works
    Dario Minieri continues into level five, his stack up to around 40,000 despite a recent setback against Christian Spanne.

    On a flop of 7♠J♦Q♦ Spanne, in middle position, checked to Minieri in the cut-off who bet 1,525. Spanne called for a turn card 8♠.

    Spanne checked again and Minieri went on the offensive, again, betting 3,325. Against what seemed to be the run of play, Spanne pulled a raise from up his sleeve, making it 8,025.

    Minieri checked the amount with the dealer, eventually passing and tapping the table. Minieri down but still on course. - SB

    5.25pm: Team Pro battle to the death
    EPT winner Victoria Coren linked to our blog earlier and we'd like to thank her for that by publicising her exit. She fell at the hands of fellow Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem. Her most recent tweet read:

    "Good old poker. Aces for me, flush draw for Mr Hachem... AND it's time to see the sights of Madrid!" -- MC

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    Vicky Coren, now in holiday mode

    5.20pm: You got to fight for your right
    Roland De Wolfe, who appears to be in fancy dress as one of the Beastie Boys circa 1986, was in early position when he opened the pot for 800. He quickly found calls from Neil Channing and Bradley McFarland, both in middle position.

    All three players checked the 6♥4♥2♠ flop but upon the A♦ turn it was McFarland who took the initiative with a 2,100 bet. Wolfe quickly mucked his hand and left the table - probably to go breakdance or spray some graffiti somewhere. Channing stood his ground and made the call, but he couldn't do the same on the 4♣ river. McFarland's 9,650 was too much. Channing passed to leave himself with 35,000, McFarland up to 75,000. De Wolfe on a little over his starting stack. -- RD

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    Roland De Wolfe

    5.10pm: Weisner well up
    Melanie Weisner has been in action again, this time increasing her stack to more than 45,000.

    On a flop of J♠3♣9♥ Ivan Demidov and Weisner had checked to the button player who then bet 1,700 from the button. Demidov, in early position, called, but Weisner, in the hijack, raised to 3,950. The button called but Demidov passed taking things to the turn card, 9♠.

    Weisner paused, then went to her stack, lumping 8,475 forward. The button's expression didn't change, only his plan, which went from one of winning the hand, to folding. He did so, smiling. Weisner winning chips. - SB

    5.05pm: From the tournament floor
    Gloria Balding brings you the midday update, with a little help from Victor Ramdin.

    5.02pm: Pagano takes the pot
    Luca Pagano bets 6,000 into a 3♣4♠J♥ flop and takes the pot, which returns him to his starting stack of 30,000. -- RD

    4.55pm: Negreanu busts
    Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu is out. I'm not sure of the action but I reached the table just when Negreanu raised all-in from the small blind on the turn of a 9♠7♦J♠3♥ board. His opponent was on the button and called with 9♦9♠ for a set.

    Negreanu tabled J♦6♦ and said, "Yeah, that's what I was worried about - a big hand."

    The river came 2♣ and the Canadian wished everyone luck and made a hasty exit. -- MC

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    Kid poker joins the rail

    4.40pm: Players starting to return
    Among the players returning to their seats are Martin Jacobson and Daniel Negreanu. Last level Jacobson lost a 33,000 flip with queens to ace-king to drop to 25,000, while Negreanu has clawed his way back to around 24,000 after dropping to 11,000.

    Players that won't be returning to a chip stack include PCA champion Galen Hall and EPT Snowfest winner Vladimir Geshkenbein, who failed to catch with his shoved flush draw against an over pair. -- RD

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    The stars are out at PokerStars EPT Madrid

    PokerStars Blog reporting team at EPT Madrid (in order of ailments today): Rick Dacey (back and neck pain), Stephen Bartley (tension headache) and Marc Convey (annoyingly chipper and carefree). Photos by Neil Stoddart.

    Rick Dacey
    @PokerStars in European Poker Tour