ESPT6 Barcelona: Final table updates
7:07 p.m.: Mario Lopez wins ESPT Barcelona (€408,000); Jonn Forst runner-up (€338,000)
Mario Lopez opened from the button with a min-raise to 1,600,000, and Jonn Forst didn't hesitate long before announcing he was all in. Lopez didn't even wait for a count of Forst's stack -- about 16 million -- before declaring his call.
Both players stood and the crowd on the rail noisily noted each postflop street, with the 8♦4♦T♥ flop and 7♥ turn providing some intrigue in the form of an open-ended straight draw for Forst.
Then came the river -- the T♠! Lopez stood on his chair in triumph as his rail cheered. To his LAPT7 Chile win Lopez now adds an Estrellas Barcelona Main Event title!
Thanks to the heads-up deal, Lopez earns €408,000 for the win and Forst a handsome €338,000 for taking second. Stay tuned for a full recap of this exciting final day of poker.
6:59 p.m.: Lopez chips up further
A series of small pots has seen Lopez increase his lead further over Jonn Forst. He has about 66 million right now while Forst is down around 16 million.
6:48 p.m.: All in and call
In a limped pot, the flop came all aces -- A♣A♥A♠ -- and Jonn Forst check-called a bet of 800,000 from Mario Lopez. Forst check-called again after the 2♠ turn, the bet being 3.6 million this time.
The river was the 2♦, putting a full house on the board. Forst checked, and Lopez hesitated a short while before announcing he was all in. Forst called immediately, then both showed they were playing the board, Lopez with J♦3♠ and Forst with 9♣7♦.
6:41 p.m.: Lopez opens lead
Jonn Forst opened for 1.8 million from the button, Mario Lopez reraised to 5.8 million, and Forst called. The flop came Q♦7♣2♦, and Lopez led for 4.3 million. Forst called. The turn was the 6♥, and Lopez fired again for 6.8 million. Forst called once more.
Both then checked the 6♣ river. Lopez turned over J♥2♥ for sixes and deuces, and Forst shook his head as he mucked before saying "good hand."
Lopez pushes up around 59 million with that one, while Forst slips back to about 24 million.
6:29 p.m.: Small one for Lopez
Jonn Forst raised to 1.8 million from the button, Mario Lopez called and then checked after the J♥4♥3♦ flop. Forst continued for 1.5 million and Lopez called again. Both then checked down the 7♠ turn and 7♦ river. Lopez showed Q♠4♦ and Forst mucked.
6:25 p.m.: First ones to Forst
A couple of raises and one three-bet gave Jonn Forst the first three small pots of heads-up play without any flops.
6:18 p.m.: Heads-up begins
Jonn Forst and Mario Lopez are back in their seats and the first hand of heads-up is being dealt.
6:05 p.m.: Deal time
Indeed, with that knockout of Knut Nystedt, Jonn Forst has exactly 41.1 million chips and Mario Lopez 40.9 million -- as close as they could be without being even, since the black 100,000 chip is the lowest in play.
Deal discussion ensued with some initial back-and-forthing before both agreed to an even chop. Each player is now guaranteed €338,000, and they will play for the other €70,000 and the ESPT Barcelona Main Event trophy.
They're taking an additional break now before starting back. Stick close to see who wins!
5:49 p.m.: Knut Nystedt eliminated in 3rd place (€168,000)
On the very first hand of the level, Knut Nystedt opened with a raise to 1.6 million from the button, then Jonn Forst made it 4 million to go from the small blind. Mario Lopez quickly pitched his cards away, and Nystedt didn't waste much time before announcing he was all in. Forst swiftly called.
Both stood to table their cards -- A♦T♣ for Nystedt and A♠7♣ for Forst -- and each watched intently as the 9♥Q♦2♦ flop and 2♠ turn kept Nystedt in front.
Then came the river... the 7♥! Forst let out a short yell as Nystedt shook his head disappointedly, then Forst offered condolences to Nystedt before the Norwegian departed.
It looks like with that pot Forst just barely passes Lopez to take the chip lead into heads-up play.
There will be a pause before play commences. Back in a few.
5:46 p.m.: Level 37 begins
They're back at it, with the blinds now up to 400,000/800,000 with a 100,000 ante.
Recall how the starting stack was just 25,000 in this one? The green 25,000 chips have now been removed as no longer necessary.
5:38 p.m.: Updated chip counts; 3 remain
Mario Lopez - 41,800,000
Jonn Forst - 26,000,000
Knut Nystedt - 14,200,000
5:32 p.m.: Break time
Play having reached the end of Level 36, the three players are taking another 15-minute break.
5:31 p.m.: Lopez says no to Nystedt shove
Mario Lopez raised to 1.2 million from the button and both of his opponents called from the blinds. All three checked the Q♥T♥8♠ flop. The turn was the 9♥ and Knut Nystedt led for 1.8 million from the small blind. Jonn Forst folded, and Lopez called.
The river was the K♦, and Nystedt pushed all in for about 7.5 million. Lopez thought for a while, then finally shaking his head back and forth he relinquished his cards.
5:19 p.m.: Forst takes a few
Mario Lopez limped in from the button, then Knut Nystedt raised to 2.2 million from the small blind. Jonn Forst called the raise from the big blind, then Lopez repopped it to 4.8 million, prompting a quick fold from Nystedt.
Forst paused, then announced he was all in. Lopez waited for a full count of the amount of Forst's raise to be completed -- 19.5 million -- then folded.
Mario Lopez - 48.5 million
Jonn Forst - 25 million
Knut Nystedt - 8 million
5:04 p.m.: River raise works for Lopez
After Jonn Forst limped in from the small blind, Mario Lopez raised to 1.2 million from the big blind and Forst called. Both checked the Q♠Q♥9♠ flop, and Forst again checked the A♦ turn. Lopez bet 1 million, and Forst called.
The river was the A♥, putting a second pair on board. Forst led with a bet of 3 million, then Lopez set out two stacks of chips representing a raise to 12 million. After about a half-minute, Forst folded.
4:46 p.m.: Forst gaining
The action has slowed down, with more limped pots and cautious play.
Just now a hand arose with Jonn Forst limped in from the small blind, Mario Lopez raised to 1.8 million from the big blind, and Forst called. The flop came Q♦6♣4♥. Forst checked, Lopez bet 1.5 million, and Forst called. Both then checked the K♣ turn.
The river was the 3♣, and this time Forst led with a bet of 3 million which Lopez called fairly quickly. "King," said Forst, turning over K♦9♥ for top pair, and after a recheck of his cards Lopez sent his hand into the muck.
Lopez is at just under 40 million now, Forst up to about 29.5 million, and Nystedt has about 11.5 million.
4:31 p.m.: Level 36 begins
Blinds are now 300,000/600,000 with an 75,000 ante.
4:23 p.m: Forst takes from Nystedt
In a three-way limped pot, the flop came 3♦9♠A♦. Jonn Forst led for 500,000 and only Knut Nystedt stuck around. The turn ws the T♥. This time Forst bet 1 million, and Nystedt called once more.
The river was the J♣. Forst fired a third bet of 4 million, and after thinking a bit Nystedt called one more time. Forst showed 8♠7♣ for a straight, and Nystedt mucked.
Forst is up over 20 million now while Nystedt is down around 5 million.
4:11 p.m.: Forst forces issue, Lopez lets it go
Soon after play resumed, a hand arose that saw Jonn Forst open for 900,000 from the small blind, then Mario Lopez make it 2.6 million to go from the big blind. After pausing a few beats, Forst announced he was four-betting all in for roughly 19 million, and without dwelling on it too long, Lopez let his hand go.
4:08 p.m.: Second deal attempt scuttled
They played a single hand, stopped to discuss a deal once more, and once again decided just to play on.
3:57 p.m.: No deal as yet
The final three players just finished discussing the possibility of a deal to narrow those huge pay jumps scheduled at the end. Without a deal, the third-place finisher would earn €168,000, second would get €256,500, and first a huge €491,000.
Here are the counts at present:
Mario Lopez - 51,000,000
Jonn Forst - 19,375,000
Knut Nystedt - 11,825,000
After a few minutes of talk and running some numbers, the trio decided to continue forward, so there's no deal for now. Play has resumed.
3:40 p.m.: Jose Carlos Garcia eliminated in 4th (€139,500)
Jose Carlos Garcia open-raised all in for his last 2.15 million from the button and both Knut Nystedt (small blind) and Jonn Forst (big blind) called. Those two then checked down the board as it came T♣9♠7♠, then 9♦, then 8♥.
Nystedt showed a pair of fives, but Forst's A♥T♦ gave him a better pair. Garcia had Q♣2♣, and he finishes in fourth -- another strong showing for him at an EPT event.
It looks like there will be a short pause as the final three players count chips and initiate some deal talk. More in a moment.
3:27 p.m.: Lopez trips up Nystedt
After a spate of slow action at the start of Level 35, a hand arose that saw Mario Lopez raise from the button, Knut Nystedt three-bet to 2.7 million from the big blind, and Lopez call.
The flop came 6♦5♥T♣, and Nystedt led out for 2.8 million, earning a call from Lopez. Nystedt then checked the board-pairing T♠ turn, and with some deliberation Lopez pushed out 4.3 million. Nystedt called.
The river was the 3♣. Nystedt checked again, and again Lopez bet -- 6.9 million this time. Nystedt thought a few beats, then finally set out the calling chips.
Lopez tabled his T♦9♦ for trips, and Nystedt tossed his hand into the muck.
Every pot is big now, both in terms of the chips in play and the money on the line. Lopez leads now with about 45 million while Nystedt drops back to around 15 million.
3:06 p.m.: Level 35 begins
A new level has begun, with the blinds now 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante.
3:03 p.m.: Updated chip counts; 4 remain
The dark orange 500,000 chips have been put in play. Here are the updated counts at the break:
Knut Nystedt - 32,475,000
Mario Lopez - 29,000,000
Jonn Forst - 16,050,000
Jose Carlos Garcia - 4,450,000
2:48 p.m.: Break time
The final four players are now taking a 15-minute break.
2:47 p.m.: Big call from Lopez picks off Garcia bluff
Mario Lopez opened the small blind with a raise to 750,000, and Jose Carlos Garcia called from the big blind. The flop came 9♦5♥J♣. Lopez checked, Garcia bet 600,000, and after some thought Lopez called. The turn was the 5♦. Lopez checked again, Garcia fired 1,400,000 this time, and again after a pause Lopez called.
The river was the 3♣. Lopez checked a third time, and without much delay Garcia announced he was all in -- a huge overbet, as Lopez had about 11.7 million behind.
Lopez tanked for the final five minutes of the level and then some before finally emerging with a call. Garcia showed him 7♠4♣ -- as we'd seen him do yesterday, Garcia had made a big river bluff -- and Lopez showed Q♦9♠ for nines and fives, and that he'd made a brave call.
Garcia is now down under 5 million while Lopez grabs the lead with close to 30 million.
2:29 p.m.: Eduard Sanchez eliminated in 5th place (€116,540)
Daniel Sanchez open-raised all in from under the gun with his last 2.725 million, and Knut Nystedt called from the next seat. The table folded, and Sanchez showed A♦8♥, having the preflop edge over Nystedt's A♥7♦.
Alas for the Spaniard, the flop came 9♠T♥7♣ to pair Nystedt, although Sanchez still had outs to pair his eight or hit a straight. The turn was the Q♥ and river the A♠, however, and Sanchez is out.
Nystedt adds to his leading stack, and appears to have about 30 million at present with 15 minutes to go in the level.
2:17 p.m.: Kondah Abdelhadi eliminated in 6th place (€93,600)
Knut Nystedt opened for 600,000 from middle position, and Kondah Abdelhadi reraise-pushed from a seat over for about 2.7 million. It folded back to Nystedt who called.
Abdelhadi was well in front, and the 3♥A♣T♥ gave him a set to make his lead even greater. But the 4♠ fell on the turn, then the 5♣ landed on fifth street to make a wheel for Nystedt and end Abdelhadi's run in sixth place.
2:08 p.m.: Lopez cracks Garcia's aces, earns huge double
Mario Lopez opened with a raise, and Jose Carlos Garcia three-bet behind him. It folded back to Lopez who reraised all in for 8.13 million total, and Garcia called right away.
Lopez turned over 8♥8♣, but he'd run into Garcia's A♠A♥, and after the 7♣6♥Q♠ flop things looked dire for the Argentinian. But the 8♦ fell on fourth street to put Lopez in front, and after the K♣ river he'd survived.
Lopez is up around 16.5 million now, while Garcia still has a healthy 20 million or so.
2:01 p.m.: Simon Sennhauser Eliminated in 7th place
Mario Lopez opened with a raise to 600,000 from the hijack seat, then Jose Carlos Garcia three-bet to 1.525 million from the cutoff. It folded to Simon Sennhauser in the big blind who announced he was all in, and after a count of his chips it was shown his shove was for 4.025 million.
Lopez folded, then after just a few seconds Garcia called, tabling A♠J♦. Sennhauser showed K♠K♥, and stood to watch the dealer spread the flop.
Sennhauser winced a little at the sight of the first three cards -- A♦7♣5♦ -- which put Garcia in front. The turn was the 8♠ and river the 6♠, and just as happened to start the day, kings had failed Sennhauser again.
Others consoled-slash-congratulated him, and he moved to the cashier's desk to collect seventh-place winnings. Garcia now has about 27 million.
1:50 p.m.: Abdelhadi doubles through Forst
It folded around to Kondah Abdelhadi in the small blind who open-raised all in for his last 1.915 million, and after thinking a short while Jonn Forst called from a seat over.
Abdelhadi had A♥T♠ and Forst K♥8♦, and Abdelhadi's supporters began calling from an ace from the rail. They got their request with the J♠A♠4♠ flop, and after the 5♥ turn and 5♠ river Abdelhadi had improved further to a flush to win the pot and keep his seat.
Abdelhadi has about 4.2 million now while Forst sits with 13.8 million.
1:43 p.m.: Level 34 begins
The blinds are now 150,000/300,000 with a 40,000 ante.
1:40 p.m.: Garcia takes from Lopez
With the board showing 7♣Q♦2♦2♥4♥ and about 3.2 million in the middle, Mario Lopez bets 1.625 million, then Jose Carlos Garcia raises to 6 million, sending Lopez into several minutes' worth of deep thought. Finally Jonn Forst asked for the clock, and after nearly a minute more Lopez let his hand go.
Garcia is up to about 21 million and is now challenging Knut Nystedt for the lead, while Lopez sits with about 11 million.
1:24 p.m.: Nystedt leads
Jonn Forst raised to 480,000 from early position, Eduard Sanchez called from the cutoff, then Knut Nystedt raised to 1.3 million from the button. Forst called and Sanchez folded, and the two remaining players watched the flop come 6♠6♥2♠.
Forst checked, then called after Nystedt bet 1.4 million. The turn brought the 5♥ and another check from Forst, Nystedt bet 1.9 million this time, and Forst called again.
The river was the T♦. Forst checked once more, and when Nystedt fired again -- for 2.9 million this time -- Forst folded.
Forst has about 18.5 million now, while Nystedt is the chip leader with around 22 million.
1:11 p.m.: Garcia on the rise
Jose Carlos Garcia just picked up another nice-sized pot that began as a three-way affair between himself, Mario Lopez, and Knut Nystedt. Fourth street gave Garcia what turned out to be the nut flush, and on the river he was able to get some value from Nystedt.
Garcia is now up close to 16 million.
12:49 p.m.: Daniel Selles Eliminated in 8th place (€52,100)
Huge action on just the second hand of play here at the ESPT Barcelona Main Event. After Jonn Forst opened with a minimum raise to 480,000 from middle position, it folded to Daniel Selles in the cutoff who reraised all in for about 3 million. Then Knut Kystedt reraise-shoved his stack of about 8 million from the button.
The action moved to Simon Sennhauser in the small blind, and he reraised all in over the top of everyone, and the big blind and Forst both stepped aside.
Big, big hand all around, and after the board came an uneventful 2♣J♦4♦9♣2♥, Selles was eliminated in eighth, Sennhauser knocked back to about 5 million, and Nystedt now up around 18 million in second position behind Forst.
12:47 p.m.: Shuffle up and deal
The announcements have completed and the first hand of the ESPT Barcelona Main Event is being dealt. Blinds are 120,000/240,000 with a 30,000 to start, with nearly the entire one-hour level still left to play.
12:26 p.m.: Almost there
The players are still arriving and preparations are being made to take some photos before the ESPT Barcelona Main Event final table gets started. Jonn Forst will start with a big chip lead to begin, with nearly twice the stack of closest challengers Mario Lopez and Simon Sennhauser.
Seat 1: Mario Lopez (Argentina) - 14,410,000
Seat 2: Daniel Selles (Spain) - 3,120,000
Seat 3: Jose Carlos Garcia (Poland) - 8,855,000
Seat 4: Eduard Sanchez (Spain) - 7,420,000
Seat 5: Knut Nystedt (Norway) - 7,705,000
Seat 6: Simon Sennhauser (Switzerland) - 13,490,000
Seat 7: Kondah Abdelhadi (Morocco) - 2,895,000
Seat 8: Jonn Forst (Austria) - 24,090,000
And here's a reminder of what they are playing for...
Key ESPT Barcelona Main Event Facts:
- 3,292 players entered the event (a record), with the total prize pool €3,193,240
- Click here for profiles of the final eight players
- Click here for ESPT Barcelona prize pool and payouts
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.