EPT12 Dublin: Main Event Day 4 live updates archive

This is an archive of previous coverage. Please follow the live action on the live updates page.

5:25pm: Full chip counts
Level 22 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (ante 2,000)

NameCountryChips
Gilles BerniesGermany2,200,000
Christopher KrukCanada1,900,000
Ivan BanicCroatia1,800,000
Patrick ClarkeIreland1,700,000
Mikhail PetrovRussia1,320,000
Alex GoulderUK1,305,000
Rhys JonesUK1,122,000
Matias RuzziArgentina1,0170,00
Kuljinder SidhuUK963,000
Iliodoros KamatakisGreece835,000
Frank WilliamsUK798,000
Tomas MacNamaraUK769,000
Alexandre MeylanSwitzerland650,000
Adrian MateosSpain647,000
Dzmitry UrbanovichPoland477,000
Jiachen GongCanada450,000

5:15pm: Redraw (stacks coming)
Level 22 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (ante 2,000)

Here are the final two tables of the EPT Dublin Main Event. Ordinarily, we'd stop at 16 players, but they're going to play to the end of this level (there are 20 minutes left) and then another one before bagging for the night.

TV table

1 - Kuljinder Sidhu
2 - Matias Ruzzi
3 - Frank Williams
4 - Rhys Jones
5 - Adrian Mateos
6 - Tomas MacNamara
7 - Dzmitry Urbanovich
8 - Alex Goulder

Outer table

1 - Christopher Kruk
2 - Iliodoros Kamatakis
3 - Ivan Banic
4 - Gilles Bernies
5 - Jiachen Gong
6 - Patrick Clarke
7 - Mikhail Petrov
8 - David Meylan

5:15pm: Bernies wins a big one; takes chip lead
Level 22 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (ante 2,000)

Gilles Bernies is up to 2,200,000 - good for the chip lead - after winning a big pot against Alex Goulder.

Adrian Mateos opened pre-flop to 35,000 from under the gun and Goulder was joined by Bernies (small blind) and Matias Ruzzi (big blind) in calling.

No one bet the J♣2♠J♥ flop, but the action picked up on the 7♦ turn. Mateos bet 77,000, Goulder raised to 210,000, Bernies called and Mateos folded.

The 8♥ completed the board and Bernies starred at the community cards for longer than 30 seconds before sliding out a bet of 375,000. Goulder quickly called and saw the bad news when Bernies opened 7♣7♠ for a turned ful house.

After that hand Bernies is up to 2,200,000, while Goulder drops to around 1,400,000.

With Luca Pagano's exit in 17th that means there's a complete re-draw of the final 16 players. They've taken the break that was scheduled for the end of this level now, so during that we'll bring you the re-draw and chip count information. --NW

5:15pm: Banic flops trip treys - but the hand is rudely interrupted
Level 22 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

Ivan Banic limped on the button and then called a raise of 55,000 from big blind Tomas MacNamara.

The flop came 3♦2♣3♠ and MacNamara continued for 70,000. Banic called.

The J♣ landed on the turn and now the bet from MacNamara was 150,000. Banic called once more.

The river was the...well, actually I didn't quite catch it as that's when Alex Goulder shockingly hit the case queen on the other table. I have to admit, I got a bit distracted.

What I can tell you is that both players checked, MacNamara had nothing with his K♣T♥, and Banic won the pot with a set of threes holding the 3♥6♥.

Tomas MacNamara had 750,000 after that hand, and Banic was up to 1.8 million roughly. --JS

5:10pm: Pagano departs
Level 22 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

Luca Pagano will have to wait a little longer for that first EPT title. His Main Event campaign just ended in 17th place after he shoved for his last 272,000.

Rhys Jones opened for 36,000 which Christopher Kruk raised to 102,000 from the cutoff. Pagano shoved from the button, which Kruk called.

Pagano: A♥Q♣
Kruk: K♦Q♥

This looked good for Pagano, or did until the flop of K♥Q♦3♦. That left him needing help, which didn't come on the T♦ turn or the 4♥ river.

Another cash for Pagano - 21 now - but an elimination he'll consider to be premature. - SB

5:05pm: Goulet-Ratelle's death knell
Level 22 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

We've just lost the longest name left in the field - Jean-Phillipe Goulet-Ratelle.

He opened to 35,000 and faced a three-bet of 100,000 from Alex Goulder. Goulet-Ratelle shoved for roughly 410,000 and Goulder snap-called.

Alex Goulder Q♣Q♦
Jean-Phillipe Goulet-Ratelle A♣Q♥

Goulet-Ratelle was all smiles on the A♠2♣9♦ flop and 7♦ turn, and Goulder was down to one out. The Q♠.

And the river, you ask? The Q♠.

Goulet-Ratelle collects €22,880 for 18th, while Goulder now has 1.94 million. --JS

5pm: Meylan's jacks hold against Mateos
Level 22- Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

This all in actually started after the Frank Williams double, but ended before it as the action was far swifter.

Adrian Mateos opened from the cutoff and then called after Alexandre Meylan moved all in for 321,000 from the small blind. The Swiss player had J♠J♦ and was looking to stay in front of the A♦T♦ of Mateos.

Although Mateos connected with the 7♣8♠3♠T♣7♦ board it was with his under, rather than over-card and Meylan survived. He's up to 672,000 while Mateos slips to 775,000. --NW

4:50pm: Jones v Petrov
Level 22 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

Jiachen Gong opened from under the gun making it 38,000. Rhys Jones then three-Bet to 108,000. Mikhail Petrov though was ready with the four-Bet, making it 180,000 from the cutoff. Gong passed but Jones moved all in for 942,000.

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Rhys Jones

If you were watching EPT Live you would have seen Petrov's reaction. Along with an expression that at best guess began with an "F", he sat up and removed his glasses. It was 762,000 to call, more than half of Petrov's stack. But he couldn't do it.

It puts Jones up to 1.2 million. - SB

5pm: Frank Williams doubles through Tomas MacNamara
Level 22- Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

There were all ins on the two outer tables almost simultaneously and on both occasions the short stack survived.

That's good news for fans of Frank Williams. He raised to 35,000 on the button only for Tomas MacNamara to three-bet to 90,000 from the small blind. Iliodoros Kamatakis folded the big blind and Williams considered his options. He stacked up his chips - which amounted to 321,000 - and pushed them over the line. MacNamara got a count, tanked and then called.

MacNamara: K♠T♠
Williams: A♥Q♥

The 2♥8♥A♦7♠K♣ board doubled Williams to 670,000 and dropped MacNamara to 1,460,000. --NW

4:50pm: Williams on a slippery slope; MacNamara on the up and up
Level 22 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

Frank Williams's stack has taken a battering in the last orbit. Here's the latest hit.

Williams opened to 35,000 and faced a three-bet to 85,000 from Tomas MacNamara to his immediate left. Williams called and the two saw the J♥5♦T♥ flop. Both checked, and the 6♣ hit the turn. Now Williams led for 92,000 and MacNamara called.

The river was the 2♣ and Williams calmly (and slowly) counted out a bet of 285,000 - all in blue 5,000 chips - and slid them over the line. It didn't take MacNamara too long to call, flipping over Q♦J♣ for top pair. Williams had top pair too, but his J♦8♦ was out-kicked. He dropped to 246,000 while MacNamara shot up to 1.8 million.

Williams would win a little back though on the next hand. He opened to 35,000 and it folded around to Ivan Banic in the big blind, who made the call. The flop came 9♣K♥3♠ and Banic checked, resulting in a 33,000 c-bet from Williams. Banic called, the turn was the 2♦, and Banic checked again. Williams bet 58,000 and took it down.

After all that, he's left with 350,000. --JS

4:45pm: Margereson's run ends
Level 22 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

Scott Margereson spent yesterday building a big stack, today he had to fight as the short one. That fight just came to an end in 18th place.

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Scott Margereson

He shoved with A♣9♥ for 278,000 and looked good when Christopher Kruk called with K♥Q♦. But while Margereson hit the flop, so did Kruk.

9♦Q♠J♠

Margereson needed help, but none came on the 6♦ turn or Q♥ river card. -- SB

4:40pm: Gong doubles
Level 22 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

A double up for Jiachen Gong who shoved with A♣K♥. Mikhail Petrov called with K♠J♠. The flop came Q♦8♣Q♣, the turn 8♠ and the river 2♣. Gong up to 540,000 while Petrov drops slightly to 1,390,000. - SB

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Jiachen Gong: Gone

4:35pm: Dias done
Level 22 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

Bernardo Dias is out in a hand with some three-way drama. He was all in with ace-king and both Mikhail Petrov and Chrstopher Kruk saw a flop (Kruk betting and Petrov calling).

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Bernardo Dias: Dias is done

The flop came 6♦9♠Q♥ which was checked. The turn came 6♥ which Petrov checked. At which point Kruk bet 225,000. Petrov then called. They both then checked the 3♣ river, at which point Kruk showed fives and Petrov aces. All of which meant curtains for Dias, out in 20th place. - SB

4:30pm: Pagano pushes, misses double
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Luca Pagano moved all in from the cutoff and, one seat to his left, the other table short stack, Jean-Philippe Goulet-Ratelle, showed interest. After establishing that Pagano had 163,000 left, Goulet-Ratelle re-shoved over the top.

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More torment for Luca Pagano

Everyone else folded and Pagano discovered that he was in good shape. He had A♠9♠ to Goulet-Ratelle's A♥8♦. The dealer took a while to get the full flop dealt as the television cameras needed to swarm over to potentially record the last Team PokerStar's Pro's elimination or double up.

But they got neither. The board ran Q♠T♥5♥7♠5♦ and that's a chop. -- HS

4:20pm: Nice call from Clarke
Level 22 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

Our sole remaining Irishman Patrick Clarke is now up to 1.23 million after making a nice river call to Frank Williams' bet.

Williams kicked off the action with a 35,000 open under the gun. Two players called - the aforementioned Clarke on the button and Ivan Banic from the big blind.

Q♠6♦T♥ came the flop, and Banic checked. Williams put out a c-bet of 62,000, and both Clarke and Banic would match it, making it three to the turn.

It came the 7♥ and went check-check-check. So, the dealer dealt the 6♥ on the river. Banic checked once more, and Williams kicked back into life with a bet of 180,000. Clarke thought for a while, counted out calling chips, and shuffled them while seemingly trying to get a read on his opponent. He'd end up making a fantastic call with Q♣J♣, Banic folded, and Williams showed A♦K♥ for nothing butst a busted straight draw.

Williams is now down to 660,000, while Clarke races up to 1.23 million. --JS

4:10pm: Ruzzi's river bet gets rid of Goulder
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

It's a formidable job taking on Alex Goulder today, but somebody has to do it. Matias Ruzzi gave it a crack and added a few chips to his stack.

Ruzzi opened to 35,000 and Goulder three-bet from the button 100,000. Ruzzi took a while before deciding to call and they went to a flop of A♥Q♥9♣. Check, check. The turn was 7♥ and it went check, check. And then the A♣ came on the river.

Ruzzi cut out a bet of 140,000 and that was finally enough to get rid of Goulder. -- HS

4:05pm: Play re-starts
Level 22 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

Players are back in action in the Main Event after a 20 minute break.

3:45pm: Pagano left with almost nothing after Mateos rivers full house
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

It seems as though Luca Pagano just suffered a pretty horrific run out against Adrian Mateos and the Team PokerStars Pro is down to about 185,000. Pagano mucked on the end, but took so long to do so that it seems he must have had a huge hand too, but couldn't quite believe that it had lost.

luca_pagano_med4.jpgLuca Pagano

Mateos started the hand with a raise to 25,000 from early position and Pagano defended his big blind. Just the two of them saw the flop of 8♥9♠6♥ and both checked.

The turn brought the 5♣, making any random big-blind hand look quite attractive. Pagano bet 33,000. Mateos called. The 9♦ came on the river and Pagano bet 68,000.

Mateos asked to see Pagano's stack and then measured a raise of 225,000. That was more than 50 percent of what Pagano had left, but the Italian didn't take any time at all to call.

Mateos turned over 8♠9♥ and Pagano seemed stunned. He tank-mucked, and wandered away wondering if his chance at a second EPT Dublin final table is now over. He'll return to 11 big blinds after the break. -- HS

3:40pm: Goulder's raking them in
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Alex Goulder came into Day 4 with the chip lead and he's still right up there. He just took down a big pot that must make him a top three stack at least.


alex_goulder_eptdub_med4.jpgAlex Goulder

It started with an open to 27,000 from Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano, and that was met with a 3-bet to 81,000 from Goulder. Alexandre Meylan made the call, and Pagano really looked like he wanted to either call or perhaps even shove. He'd fold though, making it heads up to the flop.

It came the 7♠4♦A♥ and Goulder led for 115,000, which was called. It was a similar story on the T♦ turn - a 200,000 bet from Goulder and a call. Then came the K♥ on the river. Goulder had Meylan covered and used that to his advantage by making him play for it all. It was too much for Meylan, however, and he gave it up.

Alexandre Meylan 480,000
Alex Goulder 1,890,000 --JS

3:35pm: Shine burns out in 21st
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

After Frank Williams opened for 27,000 from the cutoff, it folded around to Cathal Shine in the big blind who reshoved for about 310,000 total and Williams called right away.

Shine: A♣9♣
Williams: A♠K♦

The board came an uneventful T♦6♦5♠Q♠5♣, and Shine departs in 21st, leaving Patrick Clarke as the lone remaining Irishman of the final 20. Meanwhile Williams gets back to about 800,000. --MH

3:30pm: Sidhu bounces Boyaciyan
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

David Boyaciyan has now hit the rail, turning top pair and check-raising all in, but finding that Kuljinder Sidhu had also turned the same pair and had a higher kicker.

Boyaciyan opened to 26,000 from under the gun and Sidhu called from a couple of seats along. No one else was interested. They both checked a flop of 3♠4♠J♠ and then all the action happened on the K♣ turn.


david_boyaciyan_eptdub_med4.jpgDavid Boyaciyan

Boyaciyan checked, Sidhu bet 36,000 and Boyaciyan shoved for about 200,000. Sidhu immediately called.

Boyaciyan, with K♥9♥ had falled into Sidhu's slow-played A♦K♦.

Boyaciyan heads home with €19,950 for 22nd while Sidhu is sticking around with about 1.4 million. -- HS

3:20pm: Big stacks get four-betting
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

The volatile Frank Williams has moved tables, taking a seat between Ivan Banic and Tomas MacNamara. Williams's stack has taken a slight dip of late -- down to about 550,000 -- and he is the thin sandwich between Banic (1.2 million) and MacNamara (900,000).

He had a close-up view of this latest hand between his new neighbours, though. Banic opened from early position, making it 26,000 to play. MacNamara three bet to 70,000 and Banic four-bet to 175,000.

MacNamara called, which took them to a flop of 4♠A♠3♠. Check, check. They had done their pot-swelling pre-flop.

The turn was the Q♣ and Banic checked. MacNamara, despite intense scrutiny from Banic, found a way to bet 150,000 and Banic, despite MacNamara looking the other way, found a way to fold.

On the table Williams just vacated, Alex Goulder has built his stack to about 1.6 million now. -- HS

3:15pm: The end of Oliveira
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

They are down to 22 after Francisco Oliveira departs. It's been a good festival so far for Portuguese players, at least in the side events, but their representation in the Main Event is now over.


francisco_de_oliveira_eptdub_med4.jpgFrancisco De Oliveira

This was a battle of the blinds, although with 248,000 total after the hand against Tomas MacNamara detailed below, Oliveira wasn't in a particularly good spot to get cute. He got it in with 6♠6♦ and was, on balance, unfortunate to find Iliodoros Kamatakis with A♦K♣ in the big blind.

He was even more unfortunate to see a flop of K♦K♥J♥ and then a turn of 9♥ and a river 9♦. That's the end of Oliveira. -- HS

3:10pm: MacNamara applies the pressure
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Four players went to flop, which came the 7♦8♣8♥. Tomas MacNamara, Francisco Oliveira, Kuljinder Sidhu, and Ivan Banic all checked. There was some action on the 7♥ turn though; MacNamara checked but now Oliveira led for 31,000. Sidhu made the call, Banic folded, and MacNamara bumped it up to 93,000 to go. Oliveira called but Sidhu let his hand go.


kuljinder_sidhu_eptdub_med4.jpgKuljinder Sidhu

So, to the river. It was the 2♦, and MacNamara shoved - putting Oliveira and his remaining 248,000 to the test. He'd give it up and MacNamara now has 1.4 million. --JS

3:05pm: Goulet-Ratelle gets there versus Williams
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Down to his last 173,000, Jean-Philippe Goulet-Ratelle looked down at K♣J♠ in the hijack seat, pondered for a few beats, then announced he was all in. The action folded to Frank Williams in the big blind who asked for a count, then called the push, turning over A♣T♠.

The Q♠5♦3♠ flop was no good for Goulet-Ratelle, but the J♣ turn certainly was. The 6♦ river then meant the pair of jacks had held, and Goulet-Ratelle doubled to about 360,000. Williams now has exactly 600,000. --MH

3:00pm: The calm after the storm
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

We all agree -- TV crew, reporters and players -- we have never seen a Day 4 level as frantic as the first one today.

But after the storm, now the relative calm. Things are a good deal more placid, at least for now, as the blinds try to catch up with the stacks.

Three hands from Table 2 as evidence: Adrian Mateos opened from UTG+1 and Alex Goulder was his only customer, one seat to his left. They saw a flop of 9♣J♠J♦ and Mateos check-called Goulder's bet of 32,000.

Both players checked the 7♥ turn. Mateos bet 75,000 at the 2♣ river and Goulder folded.

Next hand, Goulder got back in the saddle with an open to 28,000 and everyone folded. And then on the next hand, it folded all the way around to Matias Ruzzi's small blind and he limped.

Mateos checked his option in the big blind but then a bet of 16,000 from Ruzzi after the 4♥3♦2♥ flop was the last action of the hand. Mateos flicked away his cards. -- HS

2:55pm: MacNamara scores big double up through Kamatakis
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

A dream start back from the break for Tomas MacNamara.

Kuljinder Sidhu kicked things off with an open to 27,000, which Ivan Banic called. MacNamara then 3-bet to 82,000 on the button, and it folded to Iliodoros Kamatakis in the big blind. He then 4-bet to 210,000, which was too much for Sidhu and Banic. But MacNamara then shoved for 475,000 total and was called.

Tomas MacNamara K♦K♣
Iliodoros Kamatakis J♥J♦


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It was a great spot for MacNamara and one which would end well too. The board ran out 4♣Q♥A♣4♦5♠ and MacNamara now has 968,000, while Kamatakis has 749,000. --JS

2:45pm: Redraw done
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Play has restarted earlier than expected. The remaining 23 players are back in action. -- SB

2:30pm: Redraw details
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Here's how the final three tables line up at the EPT Dublin Main Event:

TV Table

1 - Bernardo Dias
2 - Rhys Jones
3 - Mikhail Petrov
4 - Christopher Kruk
5 - Scott Margereson
6 - Dzmitry Urbanovich
7 - Patrick Clarke
8 - Jiachen Gong

Table 2

1 - Alex Goulder
2 - Frank Williams
3 - Alexandre Meylan
4 - Gilles Bernies
5 - Luca Pagano
6 - Jean-Philippe Goulet-Ratelle
7 - Matias Ruzzi
8 - Adrian Mateos

Table 3

1 - Ivan Banic
2 - empty
3 - Tomas MacNamara
4 - Francisco Oliveira
5 - Iliodoros Kamatakis
6 - David Boyaciyan
7 - Cathal Shine
8 - Kuljinder Sidhu

They are taking a 30-minute break to do TV things. Whatever they are. -- HS

2.30pm: Saout busts to Kruk, Zhang busts to Banic
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Two eliminations in the space of a minute to tell you about from before the pause in play.

Frenchman and 2009 November Niner Antoine Saout is out of the Main Event. He got it all in with the 6♥6♣ and was up against the J♥Q♣ of Chris Kruk, but a queen on the flop and no help anywhere else sent him out of here in 25th.


antoine_saout_eptdub_med4.jpgAntoine Saout

Meanwhile, Yang Zhang was also all-in for around 430,000 with the A♥Q♦ against Ivan Banic's K♦K♥. A king on the flop gave Banic a set and sealed Zhang's fate as our 24th place finisher.

We're not quite sure how much Kruk and Banic have, but the players have gone on a 10 minute break while we get official chip counts. Don't go anywhere. --JS

2:25pm: Redraw
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

With the latest elimination from the feature table, we are down to 24. That means a re-draw. Details of where they are all sitting will be with you shortly. -- HS

2:23pm: La Boissonire on his way back to Canada
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Charles La Boissonnire is the next man out, sent packing by Alexandre Meylan. This was routine: La Boissonnire open-shoved for his last 250,000-ish and Meylan, one seat to his left, re-shoved for a covering stack. Everyone else folded.

La Boissonnire: A♥J♠
Meylan: Q♠Q♣

La Boissonnire hit one of his cards on the flop, but it was the wrong one. The J♦, nestled between the 9♥2♥, was not enough to beat the queens. The 3♠ on the turn wasn't enough either, and nor was the K♠ on the river.

La Boissonire, who qualified for the event on PokerStars, heads back to Canada with €17,310.

Of the remaining 24 players, ten qualified online, including the chip-leader Christophe Kruk. -- HS


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2:22pm: Shine shoves, Williams releases
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

A blind-versus-blind battle saw Frank Williams (small) and Cathal Shine (big) reach a 4♥A♦4♠ flop, at which Williams fired 24,000 and Shine called. Williams then checked the T♠ turn, inviting Shine to bet 47,000. After a moment of thought, Williams called.

The river brought the 9♥ and another check from Williams. This time Shine shoved all in for his last 160,000 or so, and after about a half-minute Williams released his hand.

Shine is up to 365,000 now while Williams has right about 800,000. --MH

2:21pm: Two hands worth mentioning
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Guy Goosens out. Having played a short stack for about two days, he laddered well, but departed a short while ago. -- SB

2:20pm: Two hands worth mentioning
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

I haven't seen any huge collisions since the players returned, but here are a couple of hands I caught over the last five minutes.

One started with an open by second-shortest stack Bernardo Dias to 26,000. "You have 200 more?" asked Gilles Bernies from the big blind, and Dias nodded. He made the call.


bernadro_dias_eptdub_med4.jpgBernardo Dias

The two players saw the 6♣6♠J♠ flop and Bernies checked. Dias continued for 25,000 but there was a check-raise all-in from Bernies. Dias quickly folded and now has 175,000, while Bernies is up to 1.46 million.

On another table, Ireland's Patrick Clarke opened to 26,000 also, which had one caller - Mikhail Petrov from the big blind. The flop came K♠Q♠8♦ and Petrov checked to the raiser, who put out a c-bet of 31,000. Petrov called.

The turn was the 3♣, which both checked, taking us to the 8♣ on the river. Petrov checked once more, but Clarke now bet 55,000. Petrov played with his chips, counting them out while trying to get a read from Clarke. He eventually made the call but we never saw his cards - he mucked when Clarke showed J♠Q♣ for a pair of ladies. Clarke has 625,000 now, while Petrov has 560,000. --JS

2:10pm: Gong!
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Everything Rhys Jones touches this afternoon has turned to gold, but he just lost a few chips to Jiachen Gong.

Jones opened to 26,000 from mid-position and Gong defended his big blind. He was the only man prepared to take on Jones's 1 million stack. They both checked the flop of T♦J♣8♠ and then Jones bet 28,000 after Gong checked the T♠ turn.

The Q♣ came on the river and Gong checked again. Jones bet 87,000 but Gong found a call. Jones did show his hand, but mucked it so quickly when Gong flipped 8♥9♦ that I missed it. Suffice to say, it wasn't as good as Gong's eights and tens. -- HS

2:05pm: Goulet Ratelle shoves, collects
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Among the short stacks right now is Jean-Philippe Goulet-Ratelle of Canada, but he's trying to do what he can to change that circumstance.

Just now Goulet-Ratelle watched Matias Ruzzi of Argentina open for 52,000, and when the action reached him he shoved with his last 288,000. It folded quickly back to Ruzzi who took a short while before letting his hand go. Goulet-Ratelle bumps up over 360,000 with that one while Ruzzi sits with 445,000. --MH

2:00pm: Aces again for Urbanovich - doubles through Jones
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Dzmitry Urbanovich is running hot so far today; he's just doubled up for the second time in little over a level, and both times with pocket rockets.

Rhys 'Floppinhel' Jones limped from the small blind, but Urbanovich bumped it up to 33,000. Jones then shoved (Urbanovich had 291,000 total) and the Polish wizard announced "I'm all in as he turned over A♠A♣. Jones held the K♦Q♦.

There was a queen on the J♠Q♠4♥ flop, but Jones would need to hit again if he was to eliminate Urbanovich. The 7♠ turn made that harder to do, as it eliminated the K♠ from Jones' outs. In the end, the 8♥ hit the river and Urbanovich is up to 582,000, while Jones slips to 630,000. --JS

1:50pm: Next level
Level 21 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (1,000 ante)

After an exceptionally action-filled Level 20, we now move into Level 21, which promises more of the same. Full chip counts are on their way, while the payouts page is (nearly) up to date too. -- HS

1:40pm: Frank Williams, doing stuff
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

"You are doing all kinds of stuff," Scott Margeresen said to Frank Williams at the end of a hand that played into the break. It was complimentary, referencing Williams's apparent disregard for the gravity of the situation -- his first Day 4 at an EPT Main Event.

Williams has actually got a stack now that's about the same size as the one he sat down with at the start of play (about 850,000), but he is among the more active players in the room.


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Margereson and Gilles Bernies are also at that table, as is Adrian Mateos. It's a measure of how difficult it's become that Mateos, the EPT Grand Final champion, was eager to learn whether there would be a redraw when they got down to 24 players. "I don't like this table," he said.

On the latest hand in question, Margereson opened to 22,000 from the cutoff and Bernies called from the button. Williams, in the small blind, evidently seemed tempted to find a three-bet, but eventually just called, which also persuaded Cathal Shine to call from the big blind.

So it was four of them to a flop of T♦5♣5♥ and Williams led immediately for 36,000. Shine and Margereson folded, but Bernies called. The 2♦ came on the turn and Williams again bet at it, this time 92,000.

Margereson, who had got up to begin his break, sat down again for a close-up view of proceedings. The cameras, with nothing else in the room, also zoomed in to watch. Bernies eventually folded and, with Margereson prompting Williams to "show one for the cameras", Williams turned over the J♥.

"You are doing all kinds of stuff," Margereson said. -- HS

1:36pm: Urbanovich doubles through Ruzzi
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich is still in the hunt for his first EPT Main Event title after doubling through Matias Ruzzi.

Urbanovich opened to 22,000 on the button, and was 3-bet to 50,000 by Ruzzi. Urbanovich shoved for around 120,000 more and Ruzzi made the call with Q♦J♦. It's a pretty looking hand, but not as pretty as the A♥A♠ that Urbanovich held.

The double up was secured on the flop, and in the end here's how the board looked: A♣5♥3♠8♦8♣. Urbanovich now has 272,000, while Ruzzi has 485,000. --JS

1:35pm: Malone out in 28th place
Level 20 - Blinds: 10,000-20,000 (1,000 ante)

Stephen Malone is the latest faller from the TV table. He was all in with T♦T♣ against the J♥J♦ of Iliodoros Kamatakis. The flop came 7♦Q♠9♦.

"I'll take a jack," joked Malone, changing his tune.

But the turn came K♣ and the river 7♣ to end the Irishman's Main Event campaign in 28th place. - SB

1:30pm: Panka pummelled
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)


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Sorry Poles -- and poker fans the world over -- Dominik Panka is out. After Patrick Clarke opened to 23,000 from under the gun, Panka shoved for about 230,000 from the button and Clarke called.

Clarke: K♠K♥
Panka: T♥T♣

It was a tough break for Panka, particularly when the board ran J♦J♣3♠J♥5♦, leaving Adrian Mateos as the last remaining former champions. -- HS


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1:25pm: Michalak out in 30th place
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Jakub Michalak is out in 30th place at the TV table, sent there by Kuljinder Sidhu who has doubled his stack since the start of play. He's on 1.5 million. -- SB

1:20pm: Tough turn knocks out Wigg
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Over on the feature table, Anton Wigg opened for 23,000 then saw Kuljinder Sidhu reraise to 60,000 behind him. The action returned around to Wigg who shoved all in for 298,000, and after some thought Sidhu called the shove.

Wigg had A♥J♣ and was hoping to improve versus Sidhu's 7♥7♦, and the 6♥A♣4♦ flop brought such improvement by giving Wigg a better pair and a seemingly strong hold on the hand. But then the 7♣ fell on the turn, and Wigg turned his head away from the table in frustration as Sidhu had made an unbeatable set of sevens.

The Q♣ river meaninglessly completed the board, and Wigg is out in 31st. Meanwhile Sidhu is now up over 1.15 mllion. --MH

1:05pm: Jean runs into Williams' bullets
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Frank Williams opens a lot of pots, so he has a very good chance of being paid off when he actually finds a hand. And he just found A♥A♦ versus Mikael Jean's A♠Q♥ and they got it all in on a flop of Q♦5♦8♣.

Jean's shove was for about 150,000 but after a turn of 7♠ and a river 7♣, that 150,000 was heading to Williams and increases his stack to about 850,000 -- HS

1:00pm: Reeves out
Level 20 - Blinds: 10,000-20,000 (1,000 ante)

Lucas Reeves is out. He shoved all-in with 7♥7♦ and got a call from fellow Brit Rhys Jones who held A♥K♠.


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The flop came 9♦9♣K♦, which Reeves admitted was not good. The turn and river were both eights, which didn't change that. Reeves made his way to the rail while Jones now has 1.15million. - SB

12:55pm Banic gets stronger
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Ivan Banic opened to 22,000 and found two callers in Patrick Clarke (on the button) and Tomas MacNamara (small blind).

The three went to a flop which came the 9♣6♥4♦. Both MacNamara and Banic checked, leading to a 32,000 bet from Clarke. Only Banic would call, and we went to the A♥ on the turn. It was checked to Clarke again and now the bet was 56,000. Banic called and the two saw the J♦ hit the river. Both checked, and Banic took it down with his A♠K♦. Clarke mucked.

Ivan Banic now has 1.2 million. --JS

12:50pm: Akenhead croaks courtesy of Kruk
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

By the turn, the board showed the 7♥8♠6♠4♠. James Akenhead had put out a bet, which was re-raised by Christopher Kruk. Akenhead then shoved for 274,000 total, Kruk asked for a count, and made the call.

Akenhead was dreaming of spades as he had the A♠5♦. Meanwhile, Kruk wasn't afraid of a flopped flush, and called with T♣9♣ for a straight.

Only a spade could save Akenhead, but the river was the K♦. Kruk now has 1.4 million.

Akenhead, another November Niner, is now free to join Neuville to relive the memories of Vegas. --JS

12.45pm: November Niner Neuville out in 35th
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Pierre Neuville's turn now to head to the door, another victim of the Day 2 chip-leader, Ivan Banic.

Banic opened from the hijack and Neuville called from the cutoff and it was only those two to a flop of 4♦8♥2♦. Banic checked, Neuville bet 50,000 and then Banic moved all in, comfortably covering Neuville's last 150,000 or so.

Neuville called all in, but this was a misstep. He had his top pair with his 9♠8♠ but was in trouble against Banic's J♣J♠.

The K♣3♠ completed the board and Neuville heads away. Banic is up to about 800,000. -- HS

12:41pm: Teichert out
Level 20 - Blinds: 10,000-20,000 (1,000 ante)

Nikolaus Teichert is out. He and Iliodoros Kamatakis got their chips in on a flop of T♦T♥6♠. Each had a ten, but Kamatakis had the advantage.

Teichert: T♣9♥
Kamatakis: A♠T♠

The turn and river brought nothing to change Teichert's fate. - SB

12:40pm: Calamusa and Hadad - both gone
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

So many bust-outs, such little time to sit down and type them up before hearing "All in and a call!"

The first to tell you about is Pierre Calamusa. He got his last 140,000 in on the 9♦4♥A♦ flop with the Q♦6♦ and was called by Scott Margereson's A♣T♦. The turn was the A♠, giving Margereson trips, and the K♥ river was not the diamond Calamusa was looking for in the rough.

Then, after Gilles Bernies had checked the turn on a 2♦7♦Q♣4♥ board, Or Hadad moved all in for 119,000 into a 125,000 pot. Bernies called with Q♠T♥ which was ahead of Hadad's 8♠8♦. The 2♠ hit the river and Hadad was eliminated.

Bernies moves up to 1.4 million. --JS


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12:36pm: The Adventures of Jaime Staples (Final scene)
Level 20 - Blinds: 10,000-20,000 (1,000 ante)

Who knew that moving all in for 2,000 could reap such an enormous return. But it does. None of which really meant anything to Jaime Staples, who just busted the Main Event.

In reality it was the hand before the 2K shove that did the damage.

He moved in from the hijack for about 245,000, behind a bet from Alex Meylan, who then called all-in himself.

Staples turned over 9♠9♣ but would need help against Meylan's K♠K♣.

He didn't get it. The board ran out 4♦8♥Q♥7♥T♣ and the dealer did the calculations. Staples had him covered. Just. The dealer tossed him three yellow chips.

"Chip and a chair, right?" he said.

"Three chips," said Pierre Calamusa helpfully, as if that meant his predicament was actually three times better than that.

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Jaime Staples all in for not very much

After coughing up the ante Staples shoved (can you shove two chips?) on the next hand. Remarkably it went rather well and at the end of the hand he had a flush and 16K.

So much?

Yang Zhang wanted to know why so much. To be honest I did too. So the dealer explained. Eight players (an ante each) and four players in the pot. Or something. It convinced Zhang. I'll work it out later.

Still, it kept Staples alive for another hand. Another shove, this time with 15,000 (after another ante) and K♣9♣. Zhang was his opponent, but he had jacks and had flopped a set. That would see Staples, with a "good game guys," to the rail (and ultimate the EPT Live booth). -- SB

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Jaime Staples heads to the booth

12:35pm: Bernies missteps but gets lucky to bust Arruda
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

This one happened a little while ago, but action has been so ridiculous we've not had a chance to publish everything just yet. But, to catch up:

To quote Worm from Rounders: "Lot of action. Lot. Of. Action."

Let's rewind five minutes. Brazil's William Arruda had opened to 21,000 - pretty standard. Then PokerStars Qualifier Gilles Bernies three-bet to 53,000. Both had started the day with similar stacks (603,000 for Arruda and 657,000 for Bernies).

Next up was a four-bet from Arruda to 121,000, and we knew a massive pot was in the works. Bernies then bumped it up again, this time with a five-bet 253,000.

Arruda didn't take too long to announce the sixth bet - an all-in shove for 550,000 more. Bernies stood, seemingly agitated. He eventually called with the J♦J♠, which needed help to beat Arruda's K♣K♥.

There was none on the 2♦4♠6♠ flop. But the J♥ flew in on the turn like a helicopter to a stranded castaway. Bernies let out a huge sigh of relief, while there were a few groans around the room.

The river was the 6♥ and Arruda was sent packing. Meanwhile, Gilles Bernies is our new chip leader with 1.2 million. --JS

12.30pm: Litvinov continues the race to the door
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Even by established standards, this had been a mad opening 30 minutes. Artem Litvinov is now also out, his chips sliding towards Christopher Kruk. Litvinov was the first man into the room today, taking his seat about 15 minutes before play began. But it was a short day nonetheless. -- HS

12.23pm: Jones ousts Petrangelo
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Nick Petrangelo has become the latest casualty of this brutal opening 30 minutes. Petrangelo opened to 22,000 from early position and Jones three-bet to 56,000 one seat along. Action folded back to Petrangelo and he shoved for about 280,000 and Jones, after quickly double-checking his cards, called.

Jones: A♥A♦
Petrangelo: J♣J♦

The board didn't quite have enough paint for Petrangelo. It came 6♦Q♦T♥K♣6♥. That was the end of that for the dominant force of Petrangelo. Lucky for him, the High Roller has just started.

Jones has nearly a million chips. -- HS

12.15pm: Kan can't
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Raiden Kan has had a fine run at this EPT Dublin festival, but he is now out. He became the first casualty from the feature table

12.10pm: Jean genie
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Mikael Jean just survived a pair-under-pair skirmish, denying Cathal Shine the chance to vault beyond half a million. The pair both had premium hands: Jean had Q♥Q♣ while Shine had K♥K♦.

The board ran 8♣J♣9♣4♣T♣ and they both ended up playing the board. Jean began today with 228,400; Shine had 291,000. They still have about the same each after Jean found the genie in the bottle. -- HS

12:02pm: Panka doubles through MacNamara - first hand of the day
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

2014 PCA winner Dominik Panka has doubled up in the very first hand of the day. He came in with just nine big blinds (91,000), so it wasn't too surprising to see him get it in.

He got it in with the A♥T♦ from under the gun and was called by Tomas MacNamara from the big blind, who held the 5♣5♠.

The run-out was kind to Panka - K♦T♣6♦Q♣2♥. He won with his pair of tens and now sits with 192,000, while MacNamara has dropped to 474,000. --JS

12pm: First man down
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

We are down to 40 already after Adrien Allain became the first man out today. He got his last 84,000 in the middle with A♣4♣ and Adrian Mateos snapped him off with 9♥9♣. The flop was pretty emphatic. It came 9♦7♦7♥ and Allain did not pull off the miraculous outdraw on the K♠6♣ turn and river. Allain will get €11,440. -- HS

12pm: Play under way
Level 20 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Play is under way on Day 4. They will play down to the last 16 players or five levels, whichever comes soonest.

We will have full, official chip-counts at the end of every level over on the chip-count page. In the meantime, there will be approximations and eliminations featured there. -- HS

11:35am: Day 4 preparation

Play will begin at noon on Day 4 of the EPT Dublin Main Event. Alex Goulder is out in front. Luca Pagano is going deep having secured his 21st EPT cash, and Jaime Staples is recording his best ever live cash. Stick with us all day.-- HS

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Jaime Staples

Take a look at the official website of the EPT, with tournament schedule, news, results and accommodation details for the rest of the season.

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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the EPT12 Dublin Main Event: Stephen Bartley, Jack Stanton and Howard Swains. One fresh, new, eager upstart and two grizzled old-timers. Photography by Neil Stoddart. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.

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