EPT London High Roller: Level 14 - 17 updates (4,000-8,000, 1,000)
9.50pm: The final table is set
After an extended period of cagey play, as eyes turned to James Bord, the short stack, to make an all-or-nothing move, the Englishman finally found a hand he was prepared to stake his tournament life on, moving in for just short of 60,000. Olivier Busquet was last to act and after some thought announced call, turning over 8♣9♣ to Bord's A♥3♠.
A nine hit the flop but no ace to rescue Bord. We're down to eight and play has ended for the day. -- SB
9.40pm: Bord shorts
After a lot of tip-toe play we finally had a hand that made it past the flop with a bet and not a check.
James Bord raised to 21,000 and was only called by Igor Kurganov on the button. The flop came down 4♠3♥7♣ and Bord continued for 23,000. Call. The turn was A♦ and Bord bet again, for 65,000. Call. The final card fell as Q♥ and there was no slowing down Bord who fired 85,000. Quick call.
Bord winced and tabled K♠Q♣, losing out to Kurganov's A♠J♣. The British high-stakes sports bettor is by far the short stack now on around 100,000. -- MC
9.15pm: No one goes home empty handed
As play continues it has been announced that there will be a "saver" of £25,000 to the ninth place finisher. -- SB
9.05pm: Final nine
Seat 1 - James Bord, 220,000
Seat 2 - Adrian Bussman, 495,000
Seat 3 - Igor Kurganov, 690,000
Seat 4 - Rob Akery, 710,000
Seat 5 - Sam Trickett, 365,000
Seat 6 - Joel Nordkvist, 357,000
Seat 7 - Philipp Gruissem, 365,000
Seat 8 - Olivier Busquet, 325,000
Seat 9 - Michael Tureneic, 425,000
The "last" table
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
8.55pm: One table
Byron Kaverman goes out as the blinds go up. He raised to 12,000 from the cut off before Igor Kurganov raised to 34,000 from the small blind. Kaverman then moved all-in for 200,000 which Kurganov snap called, turning over A♦T♣ to Kaverman's 7♠7♦.
The board ran 4♦2♣5♣J♦4♥ to send Kaverman to the rail in tenth place. We now have nine players left who will now play nine-handed for the first and only time in the event. One more elimination is required before play finishes. -- SB
8.40pm: No night in paradise for Collins
Phil Collins is out after shoving when behind in hand for the first time against Igor Kurganov. The flop came out J♥7♠8♥ and Collins was under the gun and check-raised a 22,000 bet up to 60,000. His German opponent was in the next seat and called before both players checked the 9♠ turn.
The river fell as A♥ and Collins shoved for his last 140,000 with Q♥Q♠. Kurganov called with 8♥9♥ for the rivered flush. We're down to 10 players now and getting ever closer to the bubble. -- MC
8.30pm: Big hand for Tureniec
A massive double up for Michael Tureniec leaves him with more than 400,000 while at the same time snatching the bulk of Olivier Busquet's stack, leaving him on just 180,000.
Busquet opened for 12,000 before Tureniec raised to 30,000 in the big blind. Busquet called for a flop of 7♥7♦A♦. Tureniec bet 23,500 which Busquet then raised to 51,000 total.
Tureniec, who hardly moved throughout the hand, removed the headphone from his left ear and said something. Busquet had 330,000 behind to Tureniec's 180,000. Tureniec announced he was all in. Busquet called.
Busquet was in trouble and when the turn and river came K♦K♥ he let out an involuntary groan.
"He won... he won..." said Busquet as the dealer set about working out the solution to the mess he had in front of him.
Busquet down to 180,000, while Tureniec moves up to around 420,000. - SB
8.20pm: Another multi-street bluff from Trickett
If you didn't know before today, Sam Trickett is capable of pulling big multi-street bluffs, as we saw earlier. A similar hand just played out against Adrian Bussman but we didn't get to see his cards this time.
The hand started with raise to 12,000 from Rob Akery in the hijack and calls from Bussman, Trickett and Igor Kurganov to see a 8♦J♠J♥ flop.
Bussman bet 23,500 and only Trickett called. The turn came 2♦ and Bussman checked to face a 30,500 be that he called. The river fell 7♠ and Trickett moved all-in for 111,700 when it was checked to him again. Bussman took long while but ultimately slid his cards into the muck to drop to around 300,000 chips. Trickett up to around 280,000. -- MC
8.05pm: Down to 11
On a flop of A♥Q♥9♣ Sam Stein moved all-in against Olivier Busquet, the American calling immediately in one of the first hands back after the break. Stein had been short for some time and now it was time to take a stand with A♠T♠. Busquet called with K♥Q♦ and didn't have to wait long for help, the Q♣ landing on the river, making the 6♣ on the river redundant.
Stein pushed forward the 70,000 he'd moved in with, got up and left. We're down to 11. - SB
7.55pm: Your final 12 and their counts
Adrian Bussman, Sweden -- 511,500
Robert Akery, UK -- 457,500
Joel Nordkvist, Sweden -- 425,000
Igor Kurganov, Germany -- 398,500
Byron Kaverman, USA -- 368,500
Olivier Busquet, USA -- 333,000
James Bord, UK -- 300,000
Philipp Gruissem, Germany -- 250,000
Philip Collins, USA -- 245,500
Michael Tureniec, Sweden -- 210,000
Samuel Trickett, UK -- 204,000
Samuel Stein, USA -- 86,000
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante
6.40pm: Play resumes at...
6.35pm: Captain Kaverman
There goes another, Michael Watson departing in another three-way all-in.
Byron Kaverman opened on the button for 10,000 which Sam Trickett raised to 160,000, effectively making it all-in to call for Watson on the big blind. He tanked and then did just that, moving in for around 110,000. It was all in for Kaverman to call as well, which he also did.
The board ran 8♣4♦6♠4♠A♦.
A seven would have sent two the the rail but instead Watson departed, sending a stack of 365,000 back to Kaverman, while Trickett drops to 185,000 as the level ends and players go for a 75 minute dinner break. - SB
6.25pm: So long Talal
Another elimination. This time it's Talal Shakerchi departing for the rail, moving in with K♠J♦ against the 2♠2♥ of Igor Kurganov. The board ran A♠4♠7♥Q♠A♦ to leave 13 players in the High Roller.
At the conclusion of this level players will take a dinner break, which will be either 60 or 75 minutes long, depending on the decision of the players. They will then play three more levels, or until a final table, depending on the decision of the players. - SB
6.20pm: Missing in action
Luke Schwartz is out.
6.15pm: Two down
Suddenly another two players bust in the same hand, Adrian Bussman sending Shane Reihill and Marvin Rettenmaier to the rail when his aces topped their [k][ and [a][k] on a board of [q]. A huge hand for Adrian Bussman with just 15 players remaining of the level. - SB
6.10pm: Bondar busto
Andrey Bondar has fallen to Rob Akery. These two and Michael Watson had made it to the turn where the board read 2♦T♥J♥9♣. Bondar led for 17,000 from the small blind and Watson called before Akery raised to 52,000. Bondar snap shoved for 150,000 and Akery called just as quick after Watson moved out of the way.
Bondar tabled A♥2♥ for a pair and but flush draw but he was behind to Akery's K♣Q♦ for a turned straight. The river came A♠ and Akery is up to 430,000. -- MC
6pm: Bondar beached
Andrey Bondar opened for 12,000 which Sam Trickett raised to 28,000 from the cut off. Bondar called for a flop of 2♣9♥4♦. Bondar made it another 35,000 to play which Trickett called.
On the 8♣ turn Bondar checked to Trickett who bet 47,000. Bondar, with 170,000 behind, tanked for a while - a long pause. Eventually he passed and Trickett moves up to 330,000, showing J♥Q♣. - SB
5.45pm: Busquet returns the favour
After doubling-up at least three times today, it was only fair that Oliver Busquet return the favour. The grateful recipient was Sam Stein who shoved for 48,500 from the button with 7♥7♦. Busquet called from the small blind with 6♠6♣ but failed to improve trough the K♥4♦2♣8♣9♦ board. -- MC
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 2,500-5,000, ante 500
5.35pm: Ionel out
Anton Ionel is the latest faller, leaving 18 players behind. He was eliminated by Sam Trickett on a board of [t][j] with Tricket showing [a][q] against Ionel's [k]. - SB
5.30pm: Doubling for fun
Oliver Busquet seems to be adjusting to these "live" pros now, or it might be that he just found pocket aces when Joel Nordkvist had ace-king.
The American raised and then four-bet when Nordkvist three-bet him from the small blind. The Swede five-bet all-in and was snapped off.
The board ran K♣7♠9♦J♣4♣.
Busquet is up to 370,000 and Nordkvist is down to 100,000. -- MC
5.25pm: Haxton out, Kurganov in
Isaac Haxton is out in 21st place. The story was aces against ace-king, Michael Tureniec taking his chips.
While Haxton's tournament was coming to an end Igor Kurganov's was just coming alive. Rob Akery opened for 8,000 which Kurganov called on the big blind for a flop of 3♠4♦T♠. Kurganov then bet 13,000 which Akery called for a J♥ turn. Then he bet another 30,00 which again Akery called for a 2♦ river. Then Kurganov fired out 70,000. Akery went to his chips and after some re-arranging announced he was all-in. Kurganov called, turning over 6♥5♥ to Akery's 4♠4♣.
Akery winced, the all-in being for 136,000. His lead has now evaporated, down to 140,000, while Kurganov moves up to 390,000. - SB
5.20pm: Bord didn't Mizzi a value bet
Sorel Mizzi is down to 50,000 after paying off James Bord. Bord bet 23,000 on the turn and 43,000 on the river on a 2♠6♠5♥7♣K♠ board. Mizzi took his time on the river before calling and mucking upon seeing J♣J♥. Bord up to 230,000. -- MC
5.15pm: Reihill flush with chips
Shane Reihill made a flush on the river versus Philipp Gruissem and managed to get a full double-up.
Gruissem raised to 8,500 from the hijack and Reihill was the only caller from the button to see a K♥2♠6♠ flop. Gruissem continued for 8,500 and called when his opponent raised him to 24,000. Both players checked the 8♣ turn before Reihill moved all-in for his remaining 67,000 on the J♠. The German check-called and mucked upon seeing A♠3♠. He's down to 190,000 whereas Reihill up to 130,000. -- MC
5.05pm: Bussman all-in
Adrian Bussman just moved all-in and was called. It proved a false alarm with both players turning over ace-king with nothing on the board to threaten.
On the table next to them Isaac Haxton opened for 9,000 and was called by Olivier Busquet in the big blinds. Both checked down a board of 8♣2♥A♠K♣7♥ until Haxton took the pot with a bet of 16,500 on the end.
Shane Reihill also moved in shortly after, behind a bet of 8,000 by Bussman and a call from Philipp Gruissem. Neither wanted to take on the Irishman.
James Bord, looking slightly glazed, is onto his third massage. - SB
5pm: Another double for Busquet
Oliver Busquet is on more than 200,000 after doubling through Michael Tureniec.
He raised to 9,000 from mid-position and then moved all-in when the chip leader three-bet to 20,000 from the cut-off. Tureniec found out it was 102,000 total and made the call.
The board ran K♥A♦J♣5♠A♠. Is Tureniec's dominance over his table in threat now? --MC
4.50pm: Chips, chips
The latest chip counts can now be found on the official chip count page. -- SB
4.45pm: Tied for the lead
There are two chip leaders going into the new level. Both Michael Tureniec and Rob Akery have 409,000. -- SB
4.40pm: Level up
Play continues into level 14 with blinds now 2,000-4,000 with a 500 ante.
Michael Tureniec takes the lead into Level 14
PokerStars Blog High Roller reporting team in London: Marc Convey and Stephen Bartley. Photos by Mickey May.