EPT Madrid: Day 3, level 18 & 19 updates (blinds 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante)

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6.35pm: End of the level
That's the end of the level. Players are now on a 75 minute dinner break. -- SB

6.34pm: Klimciauskas, past and present dangers
Domantas Klimciauskas just lost a chunk to Simon Higgins after three-betting the Brit from 44,000 to 100,000. Yes, that does look like a large open for 4.4 big blinds. Perhaps it was intentional, possibly it was a misclick. Either way the raise and three-bet went in before Higgins made the call.

Both players checked down to the 3♥9♠5♣K♠7♣ river which Higgins led into for 170,000. Klimciauskas went into the tank.

"Ace-king, right?" asked Higgins.

"I'd snap you," replied Klimciauskas, somewhat snappily himself, before having time called on him by Higgins and passing. Higgins on over 1,400,000, Klimciauskas drops to 800,000.

Just moments before Klimciauskas had been recounting a couple of stories about, I think, Ivan Freitez angle shooting and slow rolling him at previous EPTs. Freitez said nothing to refute the claims, but at least Victor Ramdin seemed to enjoy the stories. -- RD

6.33pm: Terminal Idema
Daniel Idema is out. On a flop of K♦J♥Q♦ the chips went in, his with 6♦7♦ and Jose Nadal's call backed by A♣T♥.

The turn came K♠ and the river A♠. Idema the latest faller. - SB

6.32pm: "You say Bachar and I say Bouchere... you say Bachar..."
Philippe Boucher just doubled up through Josef Bachar. Boucher shoved with A♥6♣ which Bachar called with J♠J♣.

The board came 7♠4♦A♣Q♦8♠ to keep Boucher alive. Bachar was not happy, suggesting it had been the same story for all of his life. He's down to 56,000 while Boucher moves up to 250,000. - SB

6.29pm: Alcaria is a ladies man
"I folded the senoritas for you," Andre Alcaria said to Samir Moukawem. It was perhaps a bit of an unnecessary piece of information to pass onto Moukawem considering he was talking about a hand from earlier and had just knocked out his fellow Canadian with kings over queens.

At the next table along Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov made a nice value bet with A♥5♦ on a dangerous looking board for top pair against Philippe Boucher to chip up to 470,000. Boucher drops to 100,000. -- RD

6.22pm: The last lady standing departs
Melanie Weisner has been eliminated in 42nd place, earning €25,000 for her efforts this weak.

She shoved for 23 big blinds (230,000) from the big blind after Ivan Freitez opened under-the-gun. He snapped her shove off to create showdown.

Weisner: A♥K♦
Freitez: 8♠8♥

Frietez wished Weisner luck and asked the dealer to put an ace and two kings on the flop. No such luck for the diminutive American as the board ran T♥9♦J♥3♦9♥ to send her to the rail. -- MC

6.12pm: It's all up to Cohen now as Wilinofsky exits
The only of hope of crowning our first double EPT champion lies with Lucien Cohen now. This is due to the recent exit of Ben Wilinofsky.

He was trying to double-up again after he got his 220,000 stack in with A♠9♠ but ran into the dominating A♣T♠ belonging to Gerardo Godinez. The board ran A♥J♣5♠7♠Q♣ to see the pot go to the Mexican. Wilinofsky now has two lines on his Hendon Mob database page. -- MC

6.05pm: Wilinofsky fights on
Ben Wilinofsky plays on after doubling up through Eugene Yanayt.

The Canadian got his chips in holding A♥6♠ but was behind to Yanayt's A♦9♦. However, not for long.

The flop came 6♦A♠2♠ sending Wilinofsky into the lead. The turn came J♣ and river 5♦ to change nothing. Wilinofsky up to around 220,000 while Yanayt drops to 675,000. - SB

6pm: Macieras takes a hit
Michael Friedrich moved all-in for about 100,000. Juan Maceiras was one seat along and called, forcing Philippe Boucher to fold his hand.

Friedrich showed J♠J♥ while a disappointed Maceiras turned over T♣T♥. The board came J♦K♠7♠J♣A♦ to give Friedrich quads, and the double up. Maceiras down to about 500,000. - SB

5.54pm: Forrest crashes through Van Der Berg
Ted Forrest has doubled up to more than 95,000 after sucking out with 8♣8♠ against Erik van den Berg's Q♣Q♦. The A♥7♦6♠ flop was safe but Forrest caught an eight on the turn. Van Den Berg drops to 130,000. Both players short and in need of another double up. -- RD

NOTE: Van Den Berg then doubled up himself through Fernando Britto, against with queens versus eights. Remarkably, Brito hit the 8♥ on the turn, Van Den Berg's nemesis card. But the Dutchman caught a queen on the river to win the hand.

5.50pm: Sunar sucks out to claim a scalp
Surinder Sunar is back on the up after getting lucky to eliminate Antonio Ferreira.

The Brit raised to 26,000 from early position and tank-called when Ferreira three-bet all-in for 153,000 from the cut-off.

Sunar: K♠Q♦
Ferreira: A♠Q♠

How about this for a flop?

T♥9♥J♣ to flop Sunar the nuts. The 8♣6♥ turn and river changed not a thing and the unlucky Ferraira will head back to neighbouring Portugal. -- MC

5.40pm: Higgins joins the party
Simon Higgins has just hefted his 1,450,000 stack over to sit down between Victor Ramdin and Markus Ristola. The Finn, Ristola, opened the button and Higgins quickly three-bet making Ramdin (big blind) and Ristola pass their hands. Higgins twisted [a][9] over in his hand before mucking and raking in the pot. -- RD


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Simon Higgins is closing in on a 1.5 million


5.35pm: Ramdin hero folds kings pre-flop
Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin just folded pocket kings pre-flop and was shown pocket queens by Ivan Freitez.

Freitez opened to 26,000 from under-the-gun before the player in the next seat three-bet to 49,000 and Ramdin four-bet to 100,000 from two more seats along. When the action was back on the Venezuelan, he quickly moved all-in for nearly 1,000,000. The player in between folded before Ramdin had a decision for his tournament life.

"Oh my god, you got it?" asked Ramdin. "Any other player at the table I fold, but you....", he continued.

He eventually folded and the two opened their hands and Ramdin was dismayed at his missed opportunity. He's down to 350,000 whereas Freitex is up to 1,100,000. -- MC

5.25pm: Forrest cut down
Juan Maceiras opened for 24,000 two pots in a row, pulling up his hooded sweater both times to cover his face up to his nose. On neither occasion did anyone call.

A table along Ted Forrest had his chips in the middle on a flop of 4♠8♦5♠, as did Tamas Lendavai. Forrest turned over T♠T♥ but Lendavai had that topped with 5♣5♦.
Forrest covered him but would be down to 60,000 after then 9♦ turn and 4♦ river card. Lendavai moved up to around 400,000. - SB

5.15pm: Cards in the air
Play restarts in level 19 with blinds at 5,000-10,000, with a 1,000 ante.


LEVEL UP: BLINDS 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante


4.55pm: Break time
That's the end of the third level of play and it's a 15-minute break. -- RD

4.52pm: Lyall trapped then busted
What a torrid turn of events for Dean Lyall. Fisrt he opened under-the-gun for 16,000 and was called by Ivan Freitez on the button before Markus Ristola three-bet to 50,000 from the small blind. Lyall announced that he was all-in for around 500,000 and Freitez instantly made the call for his 350,000 stack. Ristola made a pained fold.

Lyall: T♦T♥
Freitez: A♣A♠

The trap sprung, Freitez looked quite pleased with himself, as did Ritola for making the fold.

"I've got two flush draws," said Lyall optimistically. Those possibilities were crushed on the flop as the board ran out Q♠6♣4♠3♣2♣. Lyall was left short and shoved from the small blind two hands later into Daniel Idema's big blind. Idema made the call with K♣Q♠, Lyall showed J♠T♦ but failed to outdraw. -- RD


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Lyall is now free to see the sights of Madrid...


4.42pm: Bari flops top boat, loses
When you flop top boat you don't expect to lose but that's what just happened to Allen Bari. The American got it in with T♦T♣ against the pocket nines of Garbar Hauksson. The board flopped T♠9♦9♠ before the 6♠2♦ blanked out for Bari. That left the American short and he bust out shortly after. -- RD

4.30pm: Freitez doubles
Ivan Freitez just doubled up through Dean Lyall. Lyall open shoved for around 500,000. When the action reached him Freitez said: "I'm all in too," calling for 330,000, before Markus Ristola folded his pair of nines.

Lyall: T♥T♦
Freitez: A♠A♣

The board came Q♠6♣4♠3♣2♣ to send the chips to Freitez. - SB

4.20pm: Sunar and Wilinofsky face off again
The board read 5♣3♥6♦T♠ and there was 100,000 in the middle. Surinder Sunar checked his big blind before Ben Wilinofsky bet 55,000 from the cut off. The river came 2♣. Sunar checked again.

The two of them have tangled several times today, one of the more intriguing contests between two talented players. Wilinofsky looked at his cards one more time and turned over 7♠7♥. Sunar mucked slowly, down to 320,000. Wilinofsky moves up to 600,000. - SB

4.12pm: Ramdin and Lyall tangling
Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin and Britsh player Dean Lyall are both near average but neither seems happy to be there. Ramdin keeps opening pots and Lyall keeps three-betting them.

Lyall took down one from the small blind but the next, making a small three-bet of 34,000 over Ramdin's 16,500 open, didn't work out so well. Lyall took one stab at the A♠4♠T♦ flop before both players checked the 3♥ turn. Ramdin led 37,000 into the 7♠ river and Lyall passed. It's unlikely to be the last time these two mix it up. -- RD


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Back to back cashes for Victor Ramdin


4.05pm: All-in Gomes
Grzegorz Cichocki is out, sent to the rail by Team PokerStars Pro Alex Gomes. Cichocki shoved from the button for less than 200,000 which Gomes called in the big blind. A♣T♥ for Gomes, 6♦6♠ for Cichocki.

The board came A♥9♦9♣4♠3♥ to send Cichocki out. Handshakes all round. -- SB

4pm: Straight down the middle
Cohen just got it in again with ace-king against another player with ace-king with a stalemate on the board. Split pot. -- SB

3.50pm: Classless Cohen fails to make the Grad
Jason Grad moved all-in on the button for around 125,000 which Lucien Cohen called. The Frenchman turned over 9♦9♠ to Grad's A♥8♥.

Cohen hasn't exactly bathed himself in glory over the past two days. His excessive celebrations have irked some, outright annoyed others. So when he stood up in front of the cameras and said "nine, nine, nine, no ace, nine, nine, nine, nine, nine, nine, nine, nine, nine..." Grad got understandably annoyed.

"You're ahead," said Grad. "Sit down."

Cohen didn't listen and instead asked if anyone had folded an ace. It's one thing to see if anyone folded a card that would affect your own hand, but to put someone else at a disadvantage is something else. No one answered him.

The board came K♣J♦5♣J♠6♦. Cohen yelled "yes" twice, to absolute silence across the room. He then extended his hand to Grad who refused to shake it. - SB

3.40pm: Thorsson out
Kristoffer Thorsson is out, eliminating making what he described as "a marginal call," into a full house. The other guy had "a pair of fours which held up," according to our Finnish colleagues. - SB

3.30pm: Level 18 under way
A total of 57 players have made it to level 18 meaning we lost an amazing 47 players in the first two levels alone. We're expect the play to slow down a touch though as the players get deeper. This could well be the shortest day of the week. -- MC

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Hurry back players, the break is nearly over


PokerStars Blog reporting team in Madrid (in order of eagerness to get to the Real Madrid game tonight): Marc Convey (Please please please finish in time, tournament) Stephen Bartley (What a nice evening out that would be), and Rick Dacey (Do they play in red and blue stripes?).

Marc Convey
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour