EPT Snowfest: Day 4, level 19 (cont.), 20 & 21 (blinds 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante)


5.05pm: Adeniya doubles at the end of the level
Martins Adeniya's stack has just been slowly shrinking today but he'll be going to break a lot happier now as he's doubled up to 560,000. Philip Meulyzer raised to 35,000 and called when Adeniya three-bet all-in for 270,000. Adeniya tabled pocket kings to his opponent's ace-seven and they held to the river and beyond.

The remaining 16 players are now on a 15 minute break. -- MC

5pm: The tables as they stand

Table one
1.Philip Meulyzer
2. Karen Sarkisyan
3. Martins Adeniya
4. Pierre Neuville, PokerStars qualifier
5. Kevin Vandersmissen
6. Vladimir Geshkenbein
7. Hans Erlandsson
8. Manilo Iemina

Table two
1. Alex Kravchenko, Team PokerStars Pro
2. Andreas Wiese
3. Morten Mortensen
4. Cristian Tardea
5. Koen De Visscher
6. Cristian Dragomir
7. Giacomo Maisto
8. Denis Murphy, PokerStars qualifier

All 16 players are guaranteed at least €11,495 but we'll be playing down to the final table today. Each combatant that makes it to that last eight will pocket between €35,000 and €390,000. -- RD

4.52pm: Two table time
The recent flurry of eliminations is showing no signs of slowing down as Christian Fabri joins the list. He held K♥Q♦ to PokerStars qualifier Denis Murphy's A♥K♦ and all the chips went in pre-flop. The board ran 5♥4♠5♦A♠J♦.

We're down to 16 players now meaning we only need two tables to fit them all in. Table one is being broken and it's players dispersed between tables two and three. -- MC

4.50pm: Fischer busts, Erlandsson doubles
It was a tale of two rivers over the course of two hands at table two. In the first there had been an under-the-gun raise to 35,000 by Manilo Iemina which Hans Erlandsson had shoved into for 120,000 with A♦T♥. Iemina showed A♣K♠ and was rivered by a ten to allow the Swede to double-up to 250,000.

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Bastian Fischer

The next hand saw Bastian Fischer shove for 353,000 over the top of a Kevin Vandersmissen open raise with 9♥T♥. The Belgian quickly called with A♠Q♥. The board ran out K♥K♠6♣9♦... Q♣. We have 17 players left. -- RD

4.45pm: Kuntner eliminated in 19th place
Thomas Kuntner is out after losing a race to Manilo Iemina. The Italian, running hot as hell right now, raised and called when Kuntner shoved for around 200,000 from the next seat.

Kuntner: A♣J♣
Iemina: 9♦9♥

The board ran K♣4♠5♥6♥2♠ to see Iemina'a chips hold up. - MC

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Thomas Kuntner's failed to flip well

4.40pm: To be sure
Denis Murphy just doubled up through Giacomo Maisto, his Q♣3♣ beating the Italian's 9♥5♥ on a board of 7♥9♣5♣J♣K♦. Murphy up to around 600,000. -- SB

4.35pm: Erlandsson doubles
Hans Erlandsson got his chips in, 35,000 in total, and found a caller in Pierre Neuville. Erlandsson wanted Neuville to show first, to the puzzlement of the Belgian, who turned over 9♠6♠. Erlandsson showed A♦Q♦ and doubled up on the T♣8♠A♠Q♥4♣ board. -- SB

4.33pm: Erlandsson still in
Manilo Iemina opened for 32,000 which Christian Fabri raised to 67,000. Hans Erlandsson folded on the button despite looking like to shove (before he saw Fabri was interested). Iemina then raised again, getting the others to fold. - SB

4.30pm: Erlandsson in trouble as Iemina pushes the million mark
Hans Erlandsson opened for 33,000 with the action folded to him in the small blind. Manilo Iemina was in the big blind and raised to 106,000, an amount Erlandsson was happy to call.

The flop came 2♠3♣K♣ which Erlandsson checked before Iemina bet 75,000. Now Erlandsson moved all-in and Iemina flash-called, turning over A♥K♦ to Erlandsson's J♥T♥. The turn came 4♦, the river 5♦.

Iemina was up from his chair as Erlandsson admitted defeat, counting out what he was left. After the sums were done Erlandsson was reduced to just 38,000. Iemina had the rest and is up to around 900,000. -- SB

4.25pm: Geshkenbein clashes with Meulyzer
Another key hand involving Vladimir Geshkenbein who just clashed with another former chip leader Philip Meulyzer.

With the board reading 8♠8♣J♣2♣8♦ Geshkenbein bet 238,000 on the river, leaving himself just 100,000 behind with the rest in the middle waiting for Meulyzer to make a decision.

Finally Meulyzer called, mucking his hand when Geshkenbein turned over A♦J♦. He now moves back up to close to 1,000,000 chips. -- SB

4.22pm: Vandersmissen surges into breakaway chip lead
Kevin Vandersmissen has just stretched his chip lead out to a dominating position after busting Romanian Iulian Ruxandescu, who had held. The Belgian now holds 3.2 million chips, more than twice as much as his next closet rival after flopping a set of nines. -- RD

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Kevin Vandermissen

4.15pm: Cocktails for Geshkenbein
Vladimir Geshkenbein is on the vodka and lemon and it's not because he's celebrating. Since we last wrote about him he's gone on to lose three pots to drop to 460,000. We missed the first two but the third one saw him call a raise from the small blind and check-fold on a A♦J♠T♠ flop.

Edit: Geshkenbein was just seen raking in a pot that added 90,000 chips to his stack. He's back up to 550,000 now but I don't expect it to stay at this level for long. He doesn't seem in the mood to just hang around. -- MC

4.08pm: De Visscher moves all-in
Denis Murphy opened for 33,000 which Cristian Tardea raised to 80,000, betting out of turn ahead of Manilo Iemina who folded anyway. Koen De Visscher was on the button next to him and moved all-in for roughly 600,000.

Giacomo Maisto was in the big blind and looked at his cards one by one, almost resting his face on the table to peek, perhaps hoping to find a golden ticket. He didn't and folded, swinging the action back around to Tardea. He asked how much and then folded A♣ face up. -- SB

4.04pm: Neuville campaign back on track
Pierre Neuville just got a vital double-up. He got his chips in with K♣K♠ against Iulian Ruxandescu's [j][4]. The board ran A♣2♣9♣4♠6♠ to leave Neuville with close to 400,000. - SB

Pierre Neuville

4pm: Strong fold from Geshkenbein
Philip Meulyzer just took a pot off Vladimir Geshkenbein, the Russian angrily mucking on the river when he lost.

Meulyzer raised from second position and Geshkenbein peeled from the big blind to see the T♣K♠K♣ flop. Geshkenbein check-called a 42,000 bet from his Belgian opponent before both players checked through the 4♦ turn. The river came 5♠ and Meulyzer bet 66,000 when Geshkenbein checked to him. He called quickly but Meulyzer's J♠T♠ was good. -- MC

3.50pm: Chips are in
Check this link to see who is leading and by how much...

3.45pm: Back from break
The players have returned to the action.

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 8,000-16,000, ANTE 2,000

3.25pm: Break time
That's the end of the level. Players are taking a 15 minute break.

3.23pm: Fireworks brewing between Dragomir and Geshkenbein
Cristian Dragomir has a history of being a catalyst in arguments. He achieved a small level of notoriety after getting involved with Phil Hellmuth in the WSOP main event when Hellmuth repeatedly called him an idiot. Having seen him in play in the flesh I now understand why the brat may have snapped. Dragomir likes to needle, and now he has a new target in his sights: Vladimir Geshkenbein.

Geshkenbein has proved himself to be a fiery character and perhaps this is something that Dragomir is trying to exploit. Or maybe he just likes to argue. On the river of a 2♣A♥6♥3♦8♣ board Geskenbein was faced with a 156,000 lead from Dragomir.

"You want them?" asked Geskenbein. Dragomir didn't move, then shook his head.

"You don't want them?" questioned Geskenbein and decided that Dragomir wanted the call. He passed and the Romanian rose to his feet and slammed down J♥4♥ for a busted straight and flush draw. Colour flushed Geskenbein's face with a touch of embarrassment but mainly, I believe, anger and frustration. While some players play worse when riding a wave of rage there are a few that it seems to empower and it wouldn't be a surprise if Geskenbein was among their number. Dragomir may have made a huge mistake needling the Russian, who incidentally has position on him.

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Cristian Dragomir, professional needler

If it was a bad decision to do so then he decided to compound it: "You folded an ace," sniped Dragomir.

"I'm not good enough to fold an ace," replied Geskenbein testily,

"I know you're not good enough to fold an ace, but you did," Dragomir retorted.

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Vladimir Geshkenbein

Geskenbein went on to win two of the next three hands (small pots). It's going to be a fascinating dynamic to watch and a huge hand will almost certainly explode between them. -- RD

3.20pm: More aces and jacks
Table three just had a preflop all-in hand that matched up pocket jacks with pocket aces but this time the aces held up. Manilo Iemina was very grateful for that fact too as he doubled-up from 247,000. Giacomo Maisto chip leader Giacomo Maisto raised before Alex Kravchenko three-bet and the Italian four-bet all-in. Maisto called the bet and that was enough to scare off the Russian.

Iemina: A♥A♣
Maisto: J♠J♦

The board ran Q♠T♠9♦4♦6♠. Maisto dropped to 1,150,000 after paying off his countryman. -- MC

3.10pm: Vandersmissen still not missing
Gabriele Lepore opened for 24,000 which was raised to 64,000 in the small blind by Kevin Vandersmissen. When the action returned to Lepore, who was getting a back rub, he announced all-in, which Vandersmissen called immediately, turning over A♦A♠. Lepore, with no small amount of petulance, slammed down 7♣7♠.

The board ran 8♥3♠3♣5♦J♠ to send Lepore to the rail, muttering. Massage over. Vandersmissen up to an impressive 1,800,000. - SB

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Gabriele Lepore in happier times

3.04pm: Vandersmissen flops large
Kevin Vandersmissen had called in the big blind after Iulian Ruxandescu had opened from the button. Pierre Neuville had also joined from the small blind.

Vandersmissen managed to flop a straight with J♦8♠ on the 9♣Q♣T♥ board and Ruxandescu was kind enough to c-bet it for him for 43,000. Vandersmissen called and then led 92,000 into the blank 2♥ turn. Ruxandescu made the call before both players checked the A♦ river. Ruxandescu failed to bite and checked behind. Vandersmissen has got off to a great start and has been winning a lot of his pots. -- RD

2.58pm: To far for Fabri
Christian Fabri just moved all-in. Short stacked, he got his 99,000 in the middle and immediately used his phone to look at his Facebook page. In the meantime nobody wanted to call. - SB

2.56pm: Maisto not calling
Giacomo Maisto opened for 31,000 with the action folded around to him in the small blind. In the big blind was Denis Murphy who moved all-in for 256,000. Maisto had the amount confirmed and dithered for a few moments, then folded, throwing 2♠2♦ face up in the middle and chasing it with some movie Italian complete with hand gestures. Murphy showed A♥. - SB

2.52pm: Mutiny for the Bos
Wim Bos in the next player to fall. He was short-stacked and in the big blind with ace-six. The action folded around to Iulian Ruxandescu in the small blimd and he set Bos all-in with jack-ten. Bos called off his stack but was ousted after Ruxandescu hit two-pair on a [j][2][7][5][t] board. -- MC

2.48pm: Kravchenko up and running
Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko is up to 530,000 after winning a battle of the blinds versus Denis Murphy. The action folded around to the PokerStars qualifier in the small blind and he raised up to 29,000. The Russian took his time but peeled to see the K♣K♠A♣ flop. Murphy led for 34,000 and Kravchenko called before both checked the A♦ turn.

The river came 9♣ and the Irishman quickly checked to face a 90,000 bet from his opponent. He thought for a minute and threw in the calling chips and his cards followed as he was shown A♥8♣ by Kravchenko. -- MC

2.42pm: Cruel one outer sends Speranza packing
Alessandro Speranza is the first player out today after being one outered by Philip Meulyzer. All the chips went in preflop with Speranza holding A♦A♥ to Meulyzer's J♥J♠. The flop came 7♦2♦9♦ meaning there was only one card in the deck that Meulyzer could hit to win the pot. It didn't come on the 5♠ turn but it did with the J♣ river. There were many groans from around the table and the Italian reacted by saying, "F##k my life." -- MC

2.32pm: Vandersmissen keeping up the pressure
Kevin Vandersmissen has been up near the chip lead for the entire tournament and he's desperately trying to get back there at the moment.

Vandersmissen opened for 24,000 from the button and was called by Hans Erlandsson in the big blind. The Swede check-called 23,000 on the T♥3♦4♠ flop. The 5♠ turn was checked by both players before Erlandsson led 33,000 into the 4♦ river. Vandersmissen pulled out a stack of twenty 5,000 chips, added one more and pushed out the raise to 105,000. Erlandsson wanted none of it. -- RD

2.25pm: Introducing the band...
Gloria Balding introduces Day 4 of EPT Snowfest from the tournament floor and catches up with the last remaining Team PokerStars Pro in the main event, Alexander Kravchenko...

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 6,000-12,000, ANTE 1,000

2.20pm: Vandermissen not missing
Kevin Vandersmissen's Day 4 just got the perfect start, thanks to some expedient exaggeration on the part of Hans Erlandsson.

Iulian Ruxandescu opened for 22,000 which Vandersmissen called from the button, playing with a sandwich on the table in front of him. Erlandsson was in the big blind and called for a flop of A♠5♥J♥.

Erlandsson checked, as did Ruxandescu before Vandersmissen bet another 31,000. Erlandsson wasted little time in raising, making it 87,000 to play and forcing Ruxandescu to pass. Not Vandersmissen though who called for a K♠ turn.

Erlandsson wasn't checking this time and bet out 137,000. Again Vandersmissen called for a J♣ river. Erlandsson even less time thinking now, reaching immediately for his chips and betting 223,000, leaving himself 300,000 behind. With little delay Vandersmissen called. Erlandsson mucked immediately as Vandermissen turned over A♣Q♥.

Vandersmissen up to more than 1,400,000. - SB

2.10pm: Position pays on table one
It took a few hands to see a flop on table one as all pre-flop raises or three-bets had dominated up until then.

The hand started with a raise to 22,000 from Vladimir Geshkenbein in the hijack and a call from Philip Meulyzer on the button, before three-betting machine Morten Mortensen made it 79,000 to go from the big blind. Both players made the call.

The flop came K♥K♠3♥ and the action checked around to Meulyzer on the button and he bet 123,000. It was too much for his opponents and they slid their cards into the muck. -- MC

2pm: Cards in the air
Play has restarted with a few minutes remaining of Level 19.

1.50pm: Welcome to Day 4
Welcome back to live coverage of the EPT Snowfest main event, from the small town of Hinterglemm in the Austrian Alps. From a starting field of 482 players just 24 remain, prusuing a first prize of €390,000 at tomorrow's final table.

First we have to reach that final. Today we'll play until those last three tables are reduced to one, the eight finalists returning tomorrow afternoon.

While we wait for the players to arrive you can find out who those players are exactly on the Day 4 Seat Draw page, which also details their current chip counts.

Play is due to start at 2pm. -- SB

Chip leader Giacomo Maisto