FPS Monaco: Level 25-28 updates
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11:08pm: Gordillo grabs night's last pot
In the last hand of the level -- and of Day 3 -- a hand arose in which it folded to the often-active Pablo Gordillo who opened with a raise to 150,000 and only Joseph Mouawad called from the big blind.
The flop came 4♦J♥K♦. Mouawad led with a bet of 225,000 and Gordillo called right away. The turn brought the 5♥, and this time both players checked. The river was the [10c], bringing two quick checks again.
Mouawad tossed his A♠2♣ forward face up, and Gordillo tabled J♠9♦ to claim the last hand of the night.
Back in a short while with a recap of Day 3, during which 57 players played down to just seven.
11:01pm: Gordillo moves back in front
Since the final table began, Pablo Gordillo has been the most active player and after suffering that setback versus Gilles Silbernagel a short while ago has now reclaimed the chip lead, having built his stack back up over 6 million.
10:54pm: Solosna takes from Gordillo
Pablo Gordillo raised to 150,000 from under the gun and got one caller in Manuel Martinez from a couple of seats over.
The flop came 9♠4♠T♠, and Gordillo continued for 155,000, and Solosna called. The turn brought the 2♥ and a check from Gordillo, and Solosna pushed a bet of 375,000 out into that opening. Gordillo looked Solosna over for a minute, then let his hand go.
10:38pm: Gordillo gets away after Silbernagel shove
Gilles Silbernagel opened with a raise from middle position, then Pablo Gordillo three-bet from a couple of seats over. It folded back to Silbernagel who called, and the pair saw the flop come A♠T♠A♥.
Silbernagel checked, and Gordillo continued with a bet of 480,000. Silbernagel called. The turn then brought the 2♥ and another check from Silbernagel. This time Gordillo fired 815,000, and without much hesitation Silbernagel said he was pushing all in.
Gordillo thought just a beat before letting his hand go. He still has about 4.2 million, but Silbernagel has edged ahead of him for the lead and is now up around 5 million after taking that big pot.
10:24pm: Ferrari run down in eighth
After Joseph Mouawad opened for 150,000 from the hijack seat, it folded to Michael Ferrari in the big blind who shoved all in for about 700,000 and Mouawad called.
The flop came T♣K♣A♣, pairing Moawoud's ace and giving him a flush draw as well, then when the 9♣ fell on the turn Ferrari was drawing dead to finish in eighth. Mouawad now has about 3.8 million.
10:15pm: Level 28 begins (30,000/60,000/10,000)
They've finished with the picture-taking and after finishing the last minute of Level 27 have moved on with an increase in blinds and antes.
They'll play one more hour before stopping for the night.
10:01pm: Updated chip counts to start the official final table
Seat 1: Joseph Mouawad (USA) -- 3,080,000
Seat 2: Gilles Silbernagel (France) -- 3,985,000
Seat 3: Sergio Braga (Brazil) -- 1,380,000
Seat 4: Pablo Gordillo (Spain) -- 5,915,000
Seat 5: Michael Ferrari (USA) -- 1,005,000
Seat 6: Luca Moschitta (Italy) -- 1,300,000
Seat 7: Manuel Martinez (UK) -- 3,515,000
Seat 8: Sebastian Supper (Germany) -- 4,445,000
9:49pm: Taibi taken out in ninth; official final table set
Dean-Henri Taibi opened the action with a raise to 110,000 from UTG, and it folded around to Pablo Gordillo in the cutoff who reraised to 380,000.
The others in between stepped aside, and after confirming the amount of the raise Taibi sat quietly for two minutes before sliding out a tall stack of chips as a reraise. Gordillo instantly announced he was all in, and without much hesitation Taibi called to put the rest of his chips at risk.
The 2♦5♦9♥ flop was fine for Taibi, but the K♠ spiked on the turn to put him way behind. The river brought the A♦ and a second pair for Gordillo, and start-of-day-2 leader Taibi goes out in ninth.
They are almost at the end of Level 27. Play will be continuing tonight, but a short break is being taken to shoot official final table photos.
9:28pm: Updated chip counts (9 remain)
The final nine players have redrawn and been reseated, with Pablo Gordillo the current chip leader.
Here's where they are sitting, in terms of both chairs and chips:
Seat 1: Joseph Mouawad (USA) -- 3,070,000
Seat 2: Gilles Silbernagel (France) -- 4,135,000
Seat 3: Sergio Braga (Brazil) -- 1,495,000
Seat 4: Pablo Gordillo (Spain) -- 4,680,000
Seat 5: Michael Ferrari (USA) -- 1,195,000
Seat 6: Luca Moschitta (Italy) -- 1,465,000
Seat 7: Manuel Martinez (UK) -- 2,960,000
Seat 8: Dean-Henri Taibi (France) -- 1,730,000
Seat 9: Sebastian Supper (Germany) -- 3,935,000
9:11pm: Decamps done in 10th
After an open-shove by Dean-Henri Taibi from the small blind, Florian Decamps squeezed his cards in the big blind and made the call for his last 650,000 or so.
Decamps had 6♣6♦ and was hoping the small pair would hold against Taibi's A♥8♣. But the flop came A♣Q♦2♥ to put Taibi in front, and after the J♣ turn and 8♦ river Decamps was done.
There will be a short pause as the final nine players redraw to seat around a single table. Word is they may not actually stop at eight tonight, but rather play this level and the next before concluding play.
9:02pm: Supper pushes Braga off hand
Following an opening raise by Luca Moschitta from UTG, Sergio Braga three-bet to 275,000, then it folded to Sebastian Supper in the big blind who four-bet to 600,000. Moschitta folded, but Braga called the reraise.
The flop came 4♦4♥Q♠, prompting a leading bet of 500,000 from Supper. Braga thought just a moment, then while continuing to hold his jacket up over his mouth called the bet.
The turn was the 5♥, and without hesitating Supper pushed all in. That sent Braga deep into the tank, as the bet well covered the 1.2 million he had left behind.
Finally after several minutes Braga rapped the table and released his hand. Supper collected the pot, pushing his stack up over 4 million.
8:48pm: Valentin falls in 11th
Julien Valentin has exited in 11th after having picked up K♠K♣ and run into the A♠A♦ of Gilles Silbernagel.
The board came Q♥8♥2♦4♥5♣, sending Valentin to the rail and Silbernagel to the top of the leaderboard with a hefty stack of 4.5 million.
8:39pm: Level 27 begins (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Players are back from dinner and cards are back in the air.
7:20pm: Dinner break; updated counts (11 remain)
The remaining 11 players are on a 75-minute break.
That last knockout helped put Pablo Gordillo in first position currently. Here's a look at the updated counts:
Pablo Gordillo (Spain) -- 3,820,000
Gilles Silbernagel (France) -- 3,430,000
Joseph Mouawad (USA) -- 3,350,000
Sebastian Supper (Germany) -- 3,005,000
Manuel Martinez (UK) -- 2,415,000
Luca Moschitta (Italy) -- 2,045,000
Michael Ferrari (USA) -- 2,045,000
Sergio Braga (Brazil) -- 1,815,000
Julien Valentin (France) -- 1,180,000
Dean-Henri Taibi (France) -- 1,035,000
Florian Decamps (France) -- 485,000
7:11pm: Vidal vanquished in 12th
All in for his last 522,000 with T♣T♥, Charles Vidal was unfortunately up against the K♦K♣ of Pablo Gordillo. The board came 2♥3♠A♥3♣K♠, and Vidal is out in 12th.
6:55pm: Barbaro busts in 13th
Alessandro Bardaro is the latest to fall as the dinner break approaches.
Catching up with the action on the river with the board showing 6♥A♥T♠K♦4♣, Bardero called all in following a Gilles Silbernagel bet to show A♠Q♣, but his top pair was no good versus Silbernagel's K♣T♣.
6:45pm: Branellec loses to Supper before dinner
Sebastian Supper has just sent out Guillaume Branellec in 14th as the move into the latter part of Level 26. Branellec was all in with A♠Q♦ versus Supper's 6♣6♥.
A queen came on the turn, but not until after a six had flopped to give Supper a set. Thirteen remain.
6:42pm: Decamps doubles through Taibi
Following an opening raise by Dean-Henri Taibi from the button, Florian Decamps reraise-shoved for about 380,000 from the small blind, and Taibi made the call.
Taibi had 5♦5♣ while Decamps had A♠Q♠. Things looked bleak for Decamps after the 9♠J♣4♣ flop and K♥ turn, but the A♣ came on the end to save him, and he's back up around 775,000. Taibi still has about 1.6 million.
6:35pm: Kings fail Kokkalis; 14 remain
Evangelos Kokkalis just met his end in 15th following a hard-luck situation versus Luca Moschitta.
As though drawing the cards from the middle of his name, Kokkalis was all in with K♥K♠, but he'd run smack into Moschitta's A♣A♦. The community cards came J♦6♦4♦7♥3♣, and just like that they're down to 14 players.
6:32pm: Mouawad knocks out Rivero in 16th
Players will be taking a 75-minute dinner break once they reach the end of Level 26 today. That is unless Joseph Mouawad keeps knocking out players and they reach an eight-handed final table first.
Just now Mouawad opened from middle position, and it folded to Alexandre Rivero on the button who pushed all in for about half a million. When it got back to Mouawad he called.
The board ran out 5♣5♦3♦4♦Q♠, and Rivero was out while Mouawad now appears up around 3 million and in the lead.
6:26pm: Level 26 begins (20,000/40,000/5,000)
6:25pm: Two more fall; 16 remain
Sergio Castelluccio has been eliminated in 18th, with Jose Besalduch -- one of the day's big stacks early on -- following him to the rail in 17th.
6:16pm: Mouawad mows over Santoro
Following the elimination of Pierre Malfay (21st), Roman Bier's run finally reached the finish line as he went out in 20th. Then came a big three-way all in involving EPT4 London champion Joseph Mouawad, Sergio Braga, and Amerigo Santoro.
Braga had the other two covered and tabled J♣J♠. Mouawad was standing as he turned over his A♥Q♥. And Santoro -- all in just a while ago with aces -- had picked up rockets again with A♠A♣.
The flop came a benign K♦6♣2♥, but the 4♥ caused Mouawad to start calling for a third heart to appear. The dealer burned a card and turned over the river -- the T♥!
"Yes!" said Mouawad, with enthusiasm. "No," said Santoro, with none.
Santoro has no chips now, too, and thus walked to the cashier to collect 19th-place prize money. Meanwhile Mouawad is up to about 2.4 million, while Braga is at a still very healthy 1.9 million.
5:55pm: Timely rockets for Santoro
Following an opening raise by Florian Decamps, Amerigo Santoro reraised all in for 187,000 from the button, and after it folded back to Decamps he called.
Decamps tabled A♣6♥, and the table then shared a collective chuckle at the sight of Santoro's A♦A♠. The board ran clean for Santoro, and with that double both he and Decamps have roughly similar stacks of about 375,000.
5:51pm: Lacolas loses chips, out in 22nd
In what has been a slow-moving level, Lionel Lacolas is the only elimination thus far in 22nd.
5:41pm: Bier hanging on
A short-stacked Romain Bier -- 22nd of 22 to start the level -- has survived all-ins a couple of times thus far, thereby keeping his seat. The 20-year-old Bier actually won his way into this event via a club tournament and so is on a freeroll of sorts, and clearly is enjoying making the trip last even longer into Day 3.
5:28pm: Updated chip counts (22 remain)
France's Gilles Silbernagel rose to the top of the leaderboard near the end of the last level. Here are updated counts for all 22 of the remaining players:
Gilles Silbernagel (France) -- 2,750,000
Pablo Gordillo (Spain) -- 2,400,000
Sebastian Supper (Germany) -- 2,200,000
Manuel Martinez (UK) -- 2,065,000
Joseph Mouawad (USA) -- 2,000,000
Michael Ferrari (USA) -- 1,700,000
Sergio Braga (Brazil) -- 1,570,000
Guillaume Branellec -- 1,015,000
Dean-Henri Taibi (France) -- 980,000
Jose Besalduch (Spain) -- 900,000
Alessandro Bardaro (Italy) -- 850,000
Charles Vidal (France) -- 800,000
Evangelos Kokkalis (Greece) -- 760,000
Luca Moschitta (Italy) -- 700,000
Florian Decamps (France) -- 520,000
Sergio Castellucio (Italy) -- 415,000
Alexandre Rivero (Brazil) -- 415,000
Amerigo Santoro (Italy) -- 395,000
Julien Valentin (France) -- 380,000
Piere Malfay (France) -- 350,000
Lionel Lacolas (Italy) -- 340,000
Romain Bier (France) -- 220,000
5:25pm: Level 25 begins (15,000/30,000/4,000)
The 22 remaining players are back in their seats and play has resumed once more. For updates from the day's first four levels during which they raced down from 57 to 22, click here.
Key FPS Monaco Main Event Facts:
- The tournament is scheduled to play down to the eight-handed final table
- The top 143 finishers are cashing; click here for an updated list of payouts
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