Eureka Poker Tour Season One, Prague: Day 3, Level 23, 24 & 25 updates, blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 4,000
10.30pm: End of the level
Players are on a 10 minute break. Level 26 updates will appear in a new post. -- NW
10.20pm: Petr Kralicek eliminated in fourth place (4th €16,080)
From the button Keith Johnson made it 90,000 to play, Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez folded the small blind before Petr Kralicek made it 190,000 total from the big blind, Johnson after some thought made the call.
The flop was 5♣A♥5♦ and Kralicek bet 200,000, call from Johnson. Both players checked the 3♦ turn before the 9♠ completed the board. First to act Kralicek moved all-in for around 400,000 and Johnson, who covered him called and showed A♠3♠, Kralicek mucked but his hand, Q♣[10d] was turned over by tournament staff as he'd moved all-in -- NW
10.10pm: Rodriguez continues to rack chips
After Keith Johnson had made it 90,000 from the button Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez three-bet to 190,000 from the small blind, back to Johnson, he made the call. The flop was 3♥6♦3♠ and Rodriguez bet 275,000. The Brit gave the board a rueful look, shook his head a couple of times and folded. -- NW
9.55pm: The big prizes
Here's a reminder of what the four remaining players are playing for:
Oh and of course there's the trophy too! -- NW
9.45pm: Current chip counts
The chip counts of the four remaining players are as follows:
Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez - 2,000,000
Veronica Kokoceva - 1,400,000
Keith Johnson - 900,000
Petr Kralicek - 800,000
The Spaniard still holds the lead, but after doubling through Keith Johnson the last remaining female player Veronica Kokoceva has leap frogged him into second. -- NW
9.35pm: Veronica Kokoceva doubles through Keith Johnson
The British player raised to 90,000 and Kokoceva moved all-in for 575,000 total, Johnson exhaled, asked for a count and then made the call:
The board of [10s]J♠Q♣K♣2♦ saw the partisan crowd erupt as Kokoceva doubled up. -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 20,000-40,000, ante 4,000
9.25pm:Jaroslav Urban eliminated in fifth place (€12,720)
Minutes after dodging the axeman Jaroslav Urban was eliminated by Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez.
All the money flew in on a flop of 7♣A♥9♥ with Urban holding K♣7♠ and Rodriguez A♦2♦ the turn was the [10d] the river the 8♥ and we're now down to four. -- NW
9.15pm:Petr Kralicek doubles through Jaroslav Urban
From under-the-gun Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez raised to 125,000, next to act Petr Kralicek moved all-in for 336,000, then Jaroslav Urban re-raised all-in for 806,000. Back to Rodriguez, he slumped in his chair before folding pocket jacks face up.
The Spaniard was not happy about this and he was even more exasperated as the board came A♠Q♦[10s]9♥8♦ to double up Kralicek, however Rodriguez would've eliminated both players hand he called. Urban is down to around 500,000-- NW
9pm: Current chip counts
The current chip counts are as follows:
Keith Johnson - 1,810,000
Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez - 1,250,000
Veronica Kokaceva - 865,000
Jaroslav Urban - 840,000
Petr Kralicek - 415,000. -- NW
8.55pm: Veronica Kokoceva doubles through Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez
It all went in pre-flop with Veronica holding pocket kings and Antonio having A♥Q♦ and the kings held to boost Kokoceva to around 800,000 whilst Rodriguez slips to 1,250,000. --NW
8.45pm: Pavel Bartosz eliminated in sixth place (€10,400)
Keith Johnson's stack continues to trend upwards. He raised to 65,000, Pavel Bartosz made it 150,000, Johnson set Bartosz in and he called all-in for an effective 550,000.
The flop of 9♦K♣3♦ gave Johnson an iron grip on the hand and the board ran out 8♦6♥ and Johnson now has around 1,800,000. -- NW
8.35pm: Petr Kralicek doubles through Veronica Kokoceva
From the small blind Petr Kralicek moved all-in for around 200,000 with [10c]6♣ and was
called by Veronica Kokoceva from the big blind with A♦7♦. He fmade two pair on the K♦6♠[10s] flop and the turn and river were 5♥A♠. -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 15,000-30,000, ante 3,000
8.25pm: Final table profiles
Final table profiles were done just before the final table started, info such as chip counts are correct for start of final table, please check the chip counts page for up to date chip counts.
Seat 1: Veronika Kokoceva, 33, Czech Republic, 780,000 chips
Kokoceva, 33, is the only female to make the final table of the main event. Veronika has played poker for two years after being introduced to the game by friends. Making the final table of the Eureka Prague Main Event is by far her biggest live event cash and this is made even more memorable as Prague is her hometown.
Seat 2: Jaroslav Urban, 42, Czech Republic, 824,000 chips
Urban, 42, was introduced to poker by his friends and has been playing for 2 years. Jarolslav has enjoyed the whole Eureka Poker tour experience in particular the action as the final eight players were reached. All winnings from this event will be put back onto PokerStars and playing more satellites for live events.
Seat 3: Keith Johnson, 31, United Kingdom, 930,000 chips - PokerStars Player
Johnson, 31, is a professional poker player specialising in online cash games. Keith travelled to Prague with a group of fellow poker pros from Nottingham, including EPT Budapest winner Will Fry, who is now supporting him from the rail. If Keith wins the main event he plans to spend the money on champagne before heading to EPT Snowfest for more poker action.
Seat 4: Pawel Bartosz, 24, Poland, 243,000 chips - PokerStars Qualifier
Bartosz, 24, has been playing poker for just one and a half years and his greatest achievement to date has been winning a PokerStars Dream Job promotion. He intends to become a student later this year but has no idea what he will spend his winnings on yet. His favourite moment of the tournament was cracking K-J with J-9.
Seat 5: Kamil Koska, 25, Poland, 198,000 chips - PokerStars Qualifier
Koska, 25, got into poker after playing home games with his friends and has now been playing for 2 years. Kamil's hobbies include listening to music and films and of course Poker. Although he has been playing for 2 years this is his first major tournament and he is very happy to have reached the final table.
Seat 6: Kim Eduardovich, 34, Russia, 300,000 chips - PokerStars qualifier
Eduardovich, 34 has been playing poker for 3 years after being introduced to PokerStars. Kim loves to travel and enjoys going to new countries and playing poker, his winnings from this tournament are going to be spent on more travelling. Kim has had an enjoyable final table and wishes all his final tablists "good luck".
Seat 7: Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez, 33, Spain, 1,369,000 chips - PokerStars Qualifier
Rodriguez, 33, is chip leader coming into the final table. The football enthusiast was introduced to the game four years ago by a friend, however this is his first major live tournament. He already has plans to spend his winnings playing online at PokerStars and if he could be any animal, he would be a tiger.
Seat 8 : Petr Kralicek, 26, Prague, Czech Republic - 264,000 chips
Kralicek ,26, our third Czech player on the final table is a Prague native and has been playing poker for five years. As well as poker he cites drinking as one of his favourite hobbies. His biggest win to date was for 160,000 CZK (€6,666) and his advice for his opponents on the final table is that they should fold every hand. His favourite thing about the Eureka Prague event has been partying in the evening and if he could be any animal, he would choose to be a rabbit. What's up doc?
8.20pm: End of the level
Players are now on a 10 minute break. -- NW
8.05pm: Kim Eduardovich eliminated in seventh place (€8,330)
From under-the-gun+1 Kim Eduardovich raised to 50,000 and it folded round to Keith Johnson in the big blind who raised to 100,000 total. Action was back on the Russian and he moved all-in for around 500,000, Johnson snap called.
The board of 4♠3♥8♥[10c][10d] meant that two players have been eliminated in the opening half an hour at the final table. With that pot Keith Johnson has taken the chip lead and has around 1,500,000. -- NW
7.55pm: Pawel Bartosz doubles through Jaroslav Urban
From the hi-jack Jaroslav Urban raised and Pawel Bartosz moved all-in for around 225,000, Urban made the call.
Bartosz was in good shape and the flop of K♦5♣7♥ pretty much gave him a lock on the hand and the 2♣A♥ turn and river changed nothing. -- NW
7.45pm: Kamil Koska eliminated in 8th place (€6,590)
He moved all-in from under-the-gun+1 for around 195,000 with K♠9♠ and was called by Kim Eduardovich who had pocket queens. And although he flopped a nine and a backdoor flush draw, the turn and river were blanks and the Pole is the first player eliminated from the final table. -- NW
7.30pm: Final table chip counts
Here are the remaining eight players in seat order, the players are just being introduced to the crowd, local players Petr Kralicek and Veronica Kokoceva got the biggest cheers.
Veronica Kokoceva - 780,000
Jaroslav Urban - 824,000
Keith Johnson - 930,000
Pawel Bartosz - 243,000
Kamil Koska - 198,000
Kim Eduardovich - 300,000
Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez - 1,369,000
Petr Kralicek - 300,000
There's 42 minutes left in the current level. -- NW
7.15pm: David Torok eliminated in ninth place (€4,860)
Having just chopped the previous pot, overnight chip leader David Torok's reprieve didn't last long. He open shoved from the button with A♣9♣ and was called by Keith Johnson who had pocket kings.
The flop was K♣Q♣8♠ and Johnson flopped a set, but Torok had a flush draw, which duly arrived on the 3♣ turn. The Brit still had a re-draw to a full house and the river was the 8♣ meaning he housed up and eliminated Torok.
There is now a short break before the final table starts. -- NW
Wow! Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez opened to 42,000 then Petr Kralicek moved all-in for around 300,000 and then David Torok moved all-in behind, Rodriguez folded and it was Kralicek who was at risk:
The board of 4♥Q♥5♥3♣2♣ meant that both players made a straight and they chopped the pot. -- NW
7pm: Nine players left
The final nine players are still feeling each other out as they've switched from short handed to full ring. The current chip leader is still Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez of Spain, he is, as you can imagine, being active. There are players from six different nationalities still in the tournament including three Czechs, one of whom is Veronica Kokaceva. -- NW
PokerStars Blog reporting team at Eureka Poker Tour Prague: Nick Wright. Photos courtesy of Tomas Stacha.