Estrellas Ibiza: Day 1A, Level 5,6,7 & 8 (blinds 300-600, 75 ante)


Play concludes for the night
A full eight levels of poker are in the bag and that's all you get for Day 1A. Grzegorz Gosk from Poland is the end of day chip leader on an impressive 118,600. A full wrap will be up shortly.

2.02am: Last Four hands
The clock has been stopped with nine minutes remaining on the clock and each table will play four more hands before play concludes for the night.

2am: Macieras' luck deserts him at the end
Juan Macieras' luck well and truly ran out in a comedy hand that saw him eliminated.

There was a limp, a raise to 1,500 and a three-bet to 3,500, and a call before the Team PokerStars Pro moved all-in for around 17,000. The limper, raiser and three-better folded but the last player to act, Karoly Zoltan Varkonyi, called off nearly half his tack with the surprising 6♥8♥.

Macieras himself had moved in light with J♠T♥ but was still ahead. The board ran Q♦Q♥4♦A♣8♠ to make the Russian two-pair on the river.

1.50am: Fornari flushed away
Lorenzo Cloquell Fornari and Juan Carlo Sanchez have been sat at table five all day today and there seemed genuine sadness from the latter when he cracked the former's aces to eliminate him.

Fornarni only had 6,500 when he raised to 1,500 from early position. He called off the rest when Sanchez set him in from the big blind.

Fornarni: A♣A♦
Sanchez: A♥7♥

The board ran 3♦qh]T♥Q♥9♥ to make Sanchez a flush. Words were exchanged in Spanih as the two shook hands.

1.30am: De Meulder gets surprise river fold
Team PokerStars Pro Christophe De Meulder is still going along after getting a surprise river fold from a big sacked an opponent.

The Belgian raised from early position and both blinds called to see a 4♣J♠9♦ flop. All three players checked to the 4♥ turn where Elias Gutiérrez Hernández led from the big blind and both players called.

The river came 7♥ and Hernández led again, for 4,000. De Meulder responded by going all-in for 12,450. The small blind folded as did the big blind, after some thought, showing ace-jack.

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 300-600, 75 ante

1.06am: You Juan another double?
Team PokerStars Pro Juan Macieras is giddy with excitement after he doubled once more, to around 27,000.

He was heads-up with Manuel Arangadi and the two had made it to the turn where the board read 6♦T♠A♣Q♣. We're not sure how but the chips went in here and Macieras tabled K♦J♦ for the nuts. His opponent could only muster pocket jacks and the river came T♣ to send the pot the Team Pro's way.

1am: Waste of the one-time chip from Boczkowski
Marek Boczkowski must have blatant disregard for the one time chip as he just used his after he saw he had won the hand to more than double up.

Chip leader Salvador Torres raised to 950 from under-the-gun and was called in the next seat before Julien Bottollier Depois three-bet to 2,900 from one more seat along. The action folded to the Pole on the button and he committed his last 5,675 chips. Torres and the other player folded before Depois called.

Boczkowski: 7♦7♥
Depois: A♥Q♥

The board ran K♦2♣J♦8♥5♣. As the river fell he yelled, "Yes. One time!" What a waste. He will need that one-time chips in the future of this event but we all know it can only be used once .

12.47am: Top three counts
Salvador Torres -- 80,000
Elias Gutiérrez Hernández -- 70,000
Grzegorz Gosk -- 70,000


The richest player in the room, for now

12.35am: The curse if leading a TLB
Like Deimannn, Antonio Dieguez was also leading a TLB coming in to today, but his was for the sister Eureka Poker Tour. His position there was safe unlike his position in this tournament.

He was sat with Juan Macieras at dinner but some of his run good failed to make its way around the table. Diegez raised to 1,000 and then moved all-in when Patrick Valenta three-bet him to 3,500. It wasn't much more for Valenta to call, and he did.

Diegez: K♦K♠
Valenta: 4♠4♦

The board ran T♠T♣4♣7♦A♠ to make the German a full house to eliminate Diegez.

12.23am: Deimann a dead man
Fabian Deimann came into this event at the top of the Estrelles TLB after impressive results that included winning San Sebastian leg for €64,600. It has been a very bad day all-round for him. First he was toppled off the top of the TLB after Alvaro Santamaria made it down to three-handed play in the High-Roller (now playing heads-up) and secured enough points to pass him.

He was counter-attacking well and was up to 35,000 chips at one point but nothing went right for him after that. He busted three hands before the dinner break after missing every flop and losing every flip, so he said.

12.10am: Delayed restart, no fruit salad
As I predicted before the break, we come back for level seven a little late. The restaurant was unable to cope with the demand so the fruit salad didn't arrive in time to be able to be judged. That will have to wait until tomorrow.

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 200-400, 50 ante

10.50pm: Dinner time
The players are now on a one hour dinner break. This is Spain though so don't be surprised if we are back after midnight. Jonathan Raab has recommended the fruit salad to me, so I hope it lives up to expectations.

10.40pm:Gutierrez leaves himself short
Eduardo de las Rivas Gutierrez was so busy trying to talk players into leaving his big blind alone that he left himself open to attack by a player who actually had a hand.

Jairo Garcia Serrano got more that two streets of value on a 6♥9♠2♣3♣A♠ board. The ace on the river stopped Gutierrez going broke with J♦9♣ as his young opponent was holding K♠[kh. He only has 3,100 left though, so it'll take a big job to stop going broke.

10.30pm: Early dinner for...
At the end of this level there will be a 60-minute dinner break while the players attack the buffet next door. Those who can get in line early include:

Alberto Diaz
Carlos Antonio Horta Peres
Raul Sanchez
Andrew Badecker
Johan Verhagen
Feliciano Martinez Calahorro
Ruben Miguel Pereira
Tóth Redmond
Sjoerd Bos
Karlos Batista Rodriges
Giovanni Cosino Ruggiero Piroscia
Alessandro Laubinger
Robert de Boer
Hohn Harmut
Valentin Pujol Such
Jeno Marton
Fabien Carliez
Martin Clemmensen
Mark Baxter
Fabien Carliez

10.15pm: France defeats Hungary
Tóth Redmond and Gerard Guirao went to battle either side of Juan Macieras and it was the latter who clubbed the former to death (not literally).

Redmond was down to his last 6,000 chips went he open pushed with A♥9♥. Guirao made the call with the dominating A♣J♣ and his hand only improved through the 2♣7♣6♠4♣9♣ board.

10pm: Rasavi turns his hand into a semi-bluff
Sam Rasavi was just all-in on the turn in a battle of the blinds but managed to get his bluff through to ascend back up to around 17,000 chips.

The action folded around to José Joaquín Domínguez in the small blind and he raised to 650. Rasavi peeled quickly to see a 6♣J♦Q♥ flop. Domínguez continued for 700 and Rasavi called quickly once more. The turn fell 2♥ and and Domínguez changed his line by check-raising Rasavi's 1,125 bet up to 2,600.

Rasavi wasted little time in moving all-in to force a fold from his opponent, and then he tabled K♦T♠ for an open ended straight draw. Domínguez said he folded ace-king.


"If I look the other way he won't be able to tell I'm bluffing"

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 150-300, 25 ante

9.40pm: Chip leader emerges
Alamin Torres is doing better than his namesake back in the English football as he has emerged as our current chip leader.

This pot was a small one but highlights his aggressive style:

Carlos Martinez raised to 650 before Torres three-bet tot 2,150 from the button. Martinez called but chrck-folded toa 3,000 bet on the A♣J♣2♣ board. He's up to 56,000 as we write.

9.25pm: Lucky double for Macieras
Team PokerStars Pro Juan Macieras was down to less than 1,500 chips not that long ago. He's back up to 10,000 chips now, which must feel like a chip mountain to him.

He was fortunate in the most recent double-up after he pushed with A♣J♣ and was called by Marcin Cichocki holding A♦Q♥. The board ran out 6♣3♥J♠6♦7♥ to make two-pair for the Spaniard.


Macieras not giving up without a fight

9.15pm: TLB fight hotting up
Here in Ibiza there's huge fight occuring to grab the sponsorship that PokerStars will award to the winner of the Estrellas TLB and there are three players competing today to achieve that. Fabian Deimann and Jose Javier Patino are playing in the Main Event and doing good, but not as good as Alvaro Santamaria who leads the High Roller where there are only five players left. Besides this cash, Santamaria has guaranteed some points for the leaderboard. Although we don't know the exact amount of points that he will get for this result, if he finishes in third position he will take the lead and Deimann will move to second position, needing a cash on the Main Event to keep fighting for the sponsorship.

Thanks to our Spanish blogger Ivan for keeping us up-to-date on the .com blog

9pm: Chips on the up, trousers on the way down
Dan Edler popped by the press desk as the level was starting and informed us that he doubled-up with pockets queens to pocket fives. It all went in pre-flop and he's back to his starting stack.

Apart from that he said his day has been pretty dull except for an incident he explained: "The most exciting thing that's happened to me today is that I moved tables, moved again and my trouser fell down!"

8.50pm: Some chip counts as we enter level 5
Juan Macieras -- 4,000
Alvaro Marino -- 22,000
Antonio Dieguez -- 18,000
Dan Edler -- 15,000
Sam Rasavi -- 25,000



A look down on Ibiza Old Town

PokerStars Blog reporting team at Estrellas Ibiza: Marc Convey. Photos by Rene Velli

Marc Convey
@PokerStars in Estrellas Poker Tour