Eureka3 Czech Republic: Big stacks lose late chunks to put overnight lead in doubt

With the end of the day drawing close it was time to check in on the biggest stack and the biggest reputation, Marius Pospiech and Vladimir Geshkenbein, respectively.

As it turned out, William H Macy took the part of the PokerStars Blog reporter on this particular visit, coollering both of them in successive hands.

First up, Geshkenbein. The EPT Snowfest champion is a joy to watch. He's involved in just about every hand and makes the right decisions about 99 per cent of the time. This was no exception, but cards can often undermine the very best intentions.

It was folded to him on the button and, naturally enough, he raised. He made it 1,700 to go. Michael Friedrich called from the small blind and it was just those two to a flop of 4♥8♣Q♦. Friedrich checked, Geshkenbein bet 2,000, Friedrich called.

The turn was 3♦ and Friedrich checked, Geshkenbein bet 5,000 and now Friedrich made it 11,500. Geshkenbein went nowhere. He called.

The 7♠ came on the river and both players checked. Friedrich turned over 4♦5♦ and clearly thought he was beat, his flush draw having missed. But he didn't know how fortunate he'd been to miss it. Geshkenbein open folded A♦9♦ for an ace-high missed draw and, crucially, no baby pair to back it up. Friedrich's pair of fours were good.

Over to Pospiech's table, where he began the hand sitting behind a stack of about 170,000. Pospiech is also a Snowfest winner, but the season after it was taken off the rotation of the EPT. Still, he is quite a player too and is also happy to get involved.

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Marius Pospiech

Popsiech opened to 1,700 from under the gun and Recep Sen called from a couple of seats to his left. Alexander Staengle wanted to play for more, however, and made it 6,100.

"You have 50 behind?" Popsiech asked, before making it 13,700. Sen folded but Staengle went into the tank. Eventually he moved in for that extra 50,000 and Popsiech said (in German): "I play to win." He called.

Popsiech had A♦K♦ and was racing against Staengle's Q♥Q♦. Staengle won this one, though, when the board ran 5♣[10s]9♠6♥5♦.

That puts both those players neck and neck for the chip lead. We will soon find out when bagging starts at the end of the day. We are now playing the last four hands of the day.

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