Eureka Poker Tour Season One, Prague: Day 3, Level 26 & 27 updates, blinds 30,000-60,000

eureka-poker-tour-thumb.jpg12am: Keith Johnson wins Eureka Poker Tour, Prague (€58,400)
From the button Keith Johnson moved all-in for an effective 10 big blinds and Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez thought for a while before calling all-in for his tournament life:

Johnson: K♣J♦
Rodriguez: [10c]6♣

"Hold," shouted Johnson's rail as the flop came down 2♥9♠3♥. The turn was the J♥ which meant that Rodriguez was drawing dead before the 8♦ hit the river. The two players shook hands, for second place Rodriguez wins €37,000. -- NW

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Runner up Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez wonders what might have been

11.55pm:Johnson wins huge pot
Keith Johnson now has around 4.2mil to Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez's 600,000 after winning a large pot. The Spaniard raised to 155,000 on the button and Johnson three-bet to 320,000 from the big blind, call.

The flop was 9♥A♠Q♥ and Johnson check-called a 250,000 bet. Both players checked the Q♥ turn and the Q♣ completed the board. Johnson checked to Rodriguez who bet 275,000, Johnson grimaced, clearly not liking the river, but eventually he called and Rodriguez mucked meaning that Johnson didn't have to show his hand but intimated that he had a king. -- NW

11.50pm:Cagey start
There have been no pots of note as of yet, but Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez has snaffled a few big blinds back and it's now about 3.3m plays 1.6m. -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 30,000-60,000

11.40pm:Heads up play begins
Heads up play has started, Keith Johnson has 3.6m to Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez's 1.3m -- NW

11.30pm: Veronica Kokoceva eliminated in third place (€20,500)
Keith Johnson raised to 110,000 from the button and Veronica Kokoceva moved all-in for about 1,200,000 from the big blind and Johnson called.

Johnson: A♦Q♠
Kokoceva: A♣[10s]

Flop: 5♥7♠2♦

Turn: [10d] - you could here Johnson's rail say 'Sick' and shake their heads

River: Q♣ - Johnson sat impassively as he won the pot, Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez shouted 'Queen' and jumped in the air, you'd have thought it was he who won the pot.

With the elimination of Kokoceva we lost the last Czech player and the last female player. There is now a short break before heads up play. -- NW

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Veronica Kokoceva, third place finisher

11.20pm: Keith Johnson doubles up
From under-the-gun Veronica Kokoceva made it 115,00 to play, then Keith Johnson three-bet to 270,000 before Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez made it 700,000 total to play. It was a quick fold from Kokoceva but Johnson then moved all-in for 1,070,000 and Rodriguez made the call.

Johnson: 9♠9♥
Rodriguez: K♠J♠

The flop was 5♠2♣8♠ giving Rodriguez 14 outs to win the hand. The turn was the 8♥ and the river the 7♣. After that hand Rodriguez is down to around 1,400,000. -- NW

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Johnson - doubled up to take the chip lead

11.10pm: Johnson stops the rot
It hadn't been a good level for Keith Johnson but he just stopped the rot, winning a pot against Veronica Kokoceva. She limped from the small blind and Johnson made it 80,000 more, a bet she called. The flop was 4♦Q♠A♠ and Kokoceva check-called a bet of 130,000. The turn came the 6♥ and this time Kokoceva check-folded to Johnson's 230,000 bet. -- NW

11.05pm: Kokoceva takes one from Johnson
With the flop reading [KhA♣4♣ Veronica Kokoceva led for 120,000 into a pot of roughly 250,000 and Keith Johnson made the call. The turn was the 6♠ and Kokoceva fired a second barrel - 200,000 this time - after a brief think Johnson folded. -- NW

10.55pm: Rodriguez wins another
A bet of 250,000 into a pot of 400,000 on the river with the boar reading 2♦[10h]3♣7♠Q♣ was enough to get Veronica Kokoceva to fold. The Spaniard is back in the chip lead. -- NW

10.50pm: Rodriguez wins some back
From the button Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez made it 90,000 to play and Keith Johnson three-bet to 240,000 from the big blind, call from the Spaniard. The flop was Q♣7♣[10d] and Johnson fired out a bet of 225,000 but mucked when Rodriguez moved all-in. -- NW

10.40pm: Three is the magic number
The three remaining players are back in their seats here are the current chip counts:

Keith Johnson, United Kingdom, PokerStars player - 2,110,000
Veronica Kokoceva, Czech Republic, 1,462,000
Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez, PokerStars qualifier 1,346,000

Johnson holds the lead but it's by a margin of less than 13 big blinds. -- NW

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Just three of these eight remain

PokerStars Blog reporting team at Eureka Poker Tour Prague: Nick Wright. Photos courtesy of Tomas Stacha.

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