PokerStars Championship Barcelona: Main Event final table live updates

Sebastian Sorensson wins PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event for €987,043
• Lachezar Petkov finishes second for €917,347
• PokerStars Championship Monte-Carlo Main Event champion Raffaele Sorrentino finishes third; Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari fifth

11:10pm: Sebastian Sorensson is the champion, winning €987,043
Lachezar Petkov eliminated in second (€917,347)

Level 41 - Blinds: 800,000/160,000 (ante 200,000)

After Sebastian Sorensson open-raised all in with an ace on the level's first hand, the end has finally come here at the start of Level 41.

On what turned out to be the final hand of an epic tournament, Lachezar Petkov open-jammed for 18.2 million with K♣9♥ and Sorensson snap-called with A♣K♥.

Sorensson had the dominant hand, and both stood and began talking to each other, wishing each other good luck as they awaited the community cards.


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Suspense!

The A♠2♦3♣ flop hit Sorenssen's ace, making him an overwhelming favorite. He paced back and forth, face inside his scarf, then came the turn... the J♦.

It was over! Petkov was drawing dead, making the T♠ river no matter.

"I'm so tired! I'm so tired of playing poker," said Sorensson as he gladly exhaled.

We have a new champion! A full wrap of the event is coming very soon. --HS/MH


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Ship it to Sorensson! Petkov runner-up

11:05pm: The end of Level 40
Level 40 - Blinds: 600,000/120,000 (ante 200,000)

In the last hand of the level, Lachezar Petkov limped with Q♣J♥ -- a hand that's served him very well heads-up -- and Sebastian Sorensson checked with 5♦2♣.

The flop hit Petkov, coming 8♠K♥J♦, but Sorensson was the one putting out a leading (and big, relatively speaking) bet of 3.5 million. Petkov called fairly quickly.

The turn was the T♥, and this time Sorensson checked. Petkov bet 4.2 million, and Sorensson folded. Sorensson has just over 30 million, Petkov about 20 million. --MH

11pm: Sorrenson puts on some pressure
Level 40 - Blinds: 600,000/120,000 (ante 200,000)

After quite a passive passage of play, Sorensson elected to three-bet Petkov's limp to 3.6 million with Q♣4♣ and Petkov called.

Petkov held 9♥5♥, and found a pair on the 5♦2♣Q♦ flop. But so did Sorensson.

The flop brought the 5♦2♣Q♦ and both players checked. On the 7♦ turn, Sorensson led out again with a bet of 3.7 million, and Petkov called.

The A♥ was a scary river for both players, and both decided to check it down. It meant that the pair of Queens was good enough for Sorensson to scoop the 15 million pot as the gap has once again begun to widen between the two. --DJ

10:55pm: Sorensson moves back ahead
Level 40 - Blinds: 600,000/120,000 (ante 200,000)

Not too much to report of late as they reach Hand #177 of this final day, as all of the hands have been small and without much conflict.

Sebastian Sorensson is sat on 26.4 million and Lachezar Petkov is on 24 million exactly as we approach the end of Level 40. --DJ

10:50pm: Three small ones, Petkov still ahead
Level 40 - Blinds: 600,000/120,000 (ante 200,000)

After a couple of small hands, Lachezar Petkov had built up to 29 million when Sebastian Sorensson limped with K♠Q♠ and Petkov called with K♣6♠. Petkov checked, and a bet of 2.2 million won it for Sorensson.

Petkov folded six-deuce offsuit from the button on the next hand, then Sorensson again limped with K♥6♠. Petkov -- having Sorensson slightly covered -- pushed all in with 3♠3♥ and after thinking about Sorensson folded.

Petkov still leads with 28.2 million while Sorensson has 22.2 million. --MH

10:40pm: Petkov edges in front
Level 40 - Blinds: 600,000/120,000 (ante 200,000)

Sebastian Sorensson limped with 8♠3♠, and after looking down at K♥J♣ Lachezar Petkov chose to raise all in, making it an easy fold for Sorensson.

Petkov has taken over the chip lead now, as he sits with 26.2 million to Sorensson's 24.2 million. --MH


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New chip leader

10:35pm: Petkov gets closer
Level 40 - Blinds: 600,000/120,000 (ante 200,000)

After Lachezar Petkov limped in with 9♦8♦ in the small blind, Sebastian Sorensson (or #scarfguy as he is being lovingly referred to by followers of the stream) raised it up big to 6.1 million with 5♥5♦.

After some thought, Petkov elected to call and action went to the flop. And it was a good one for him.

When the T♥J♣J♥ landed, Sorrenson checked over to Petkov, and Petkov did all he could really do in his spot with 10 million behind and an open-ended straight draw -- he shoved.

It took Sorensson a whole four minutes to decided what to do. And he decided to muck. Sorrenson now has 27.4 million, just ahead of Petkov's 23 million. --DJ

10:25pm: Petkov closing gap
Level 40 - Blinds: 600,000/120,000 (ante 200,000)

Sebastian Sorensson raised to 2.2 million with 9♣5♠, and watched as Lachezar Petkov reraise-pushed with A♠7♥ and Sorensson folded.

After winning the first two pots of the level, Petkov is up to 22 million, closer to Sorensson's 27.5 million. --MH

10:20pm: Play resumes
Level 40 - Blinds: 600,000/120,000 (ante 200,000)

They're back at it. According to PokerStarsTV, no EPT or PokerStars Championship Main event has ever gone beyond this level, including those that have drawn more runners.

In a limped pot to start the new level, the flop came 7♣9♠A♠ and Sebastian Sorensson checked with J♣6♦, and when Lachezar Petrov bet 1.2 million with K♥4♠, Sorensson folded. --MH


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Heads-up continues

10pm: Heads-up break

Sebastian Sorensson and Lachezar Petkov are taking a 20-minute break for the next level begins. Their counts:

NameCountryStatusChips
Sebastian SorenssonSwedenPokerStars qualifier31,300,000
Lachezar PetkovBulgaria 19,100,000

9:55pm: Sorensson won't call Petkov's postflop push
Level 39 - Blinds: 500,000/100,000 (ante 100,000)

In the last hand before the end of the level and a break, Sebastian Sorensson raised to 3.5 million from the button with Q♥9♥ and Lachezar Petkov called with K♥8♠.

The flop came J♥5♥5♦. With a flush draw Petkov checked, Sorensson bet 4.5 million, and Petkov instantly pushed all in with his last 7.4 million.

The pot was 19.1 million and Sorensson only owed 2.9 million to call, but he decided against it and pushed his hand away. --MH

9:50pm: The trapper gets trapped
Level 39 - Blinds: 500,000/100,000 (ante 100,000)

Lachezar Petkov limped in with J♦J♣ to set the trap.

And it worked. Sorensson raised it up to 4.4 million. But rather than shove, Petkov continued to play it slowly by just flat-calling.

It seemed like his genius plan had backfired however when the Q♠A♥A♦ landed on the flop, and his jacks all of a sudden didn't look so strong.

After two checks, the turn brought the 6♣ to improve Sorensson. And -- from out of nowhere -- Sorensson open-jammed to put Petrov at risk!

After some clear deliberation over the bizarreness of the situation, Petkov decided to let it go. Sorensson continues to extend his chip lead here. --DJ

9:45pm: Petkov pushes, Sorensson folds
Level 39 - Blinds: 500,000/100,000 (ante 100,000)

Sebastian Sorensson tried to limp in from the button with 9♣7♣, but Lachezar Petkov pushed all in with K♦2♠ and Sorensson stepped aside.

It's still nearly a 2-to-1 edge for Sorenssen with more than 32 million to Petkov's almost 18 million. --MH

9:35pm: Pektov doubles (again with queen-jack)
Level 39 - Blinds: 500,000/100,000 (ante 100,000)

Sebastian Sorensson was dealt K♦J♣ on the button and raised to 3.4 million, and Lachezar Petkov responded with an all-in shove for 8.6 million with Q♥J♠.

Sorensson had the dominating hand, but queen-jack had served Petkov well when all in once before during heads-up play.

The Bulgarian rail was calling for a queen, and while the T♠8♠J♦ flop didn't bring one (pairing both players), it was a good start for Petkov.

Both Petkov and Sorensson stood by the table and watched the dealer drop the 6♠ on the turn, giving Petkov a flush draw as well and adding to his outs.

Then came the river... the 9♦! A straight for Petkov and he continues with 17.4 million while Sorensson drops to about 33 million. --MH

9:30pm: Two pair for Sorensson
Level 39 - Blinds: 500,000/100,000 (ante 100,000)

Lachezar Petkov picked up Q♣6♦ on the button and limped, and Sebastian Sorensson looked down at A♥4♥ and called.

The flop came A♣5♥4♣, making two pair for Sorensson, and he led with a bet of 2.9 million, earning a quick fold from Petkov. --MH


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Pot to Sorensson

9:25pm: Aces for Sorrenson!
Level 39 - Blinds: 250,000/500,000 (ante 50,000)

Sebastian Sorrenson looked down at the very best starting hand in Texas hold 'em -- A♥A♣ -- in one of the biggest spots of his life.

He opened the action, and Lachezar Petkov looked down at his hand -- 7♥2♥, the very worst hand in Texas hold 'em.

Petkov folded and they went quickly to the next hand. --DJ

9:20pm: Heads-up counts
Level 39 - Blinds: 500,000/100,000 (ante 100,000)

NameCountryStatusChips
Sebastian SorenssonSwedenPokerStars qualifier39,500,000
Lachezar PetkovBulgaria 10,900,000

9:15pm: Sorensson increases edge again
Level 39 - Blinds: 500,000/100,000 (ante 100,000)

The pair moved into Level 39 without taking a break, with Sebastian Sorrenson still leading with 29.9 million to Lachezar Petkov's 20.5 million.

Sorrenson won one small pot, then Petkov picked up A♥J♥ on the button and just limped. Sorrenson checked with Q♥6♦, and the flop fell K♣Q♠J♦ and both players checked.

The turn was the 2♥. This time Sorensson led for 3.4 million, and Petkov called. That brought the pot up to 9 million.

The river was the 5♦ and both checked, and Sorrenson took the pot. He's at 37.3 million now, Petkov 13.1 million. --MH

9:10pm: Sorensson double-barrel bluffs, Petkov benefits
Level 39 - Blinds: 250,000/500,000 (ante 50,000)

Sebastian Sorrenson has been taking most of the last few pots down with little post-flop action. This time however, he decided to get more aggressive and it cost him a chunk of his stack.

After Petkov limped in from the small with A♣6♦, Sorenson checked his option in the big blind with K♠2♣.

On the A♠5♥T♥ flop, Sorrenson led out for 2.1 million. And, with top pair, Petkov came along.

Not content to give up, Sorrenson barreled again on the 8♠ turn for 3.9 million. With two flush draws in play, Petkov decided his best option was to announce all-in for his remaining 10 million chips. And Sorensson folded. The two are now back up to even and this heads-up battle continues. --DJ

9:05pm: Another one for Sorensson
Level 38 - Blinds: 400,000/800,000 (ante 100,000)

Sorensson made it 2.7 million with the K♥3♦ on the button and Petkov called with the Q♣J♥. The dealer spread a 9♦A♣8♦ flop and Sorensson continued for 3.4 million when it checked to him. Petkov thought about making a move, but let it go in the end. --JS


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Two players, one trophy

9pm: Petkov doubles
Level 38 - Blinds: 400,000/800,000 (ante 100,000)

With a 4-to-1 chip-lead, Sebastian Sorensson shoved into Lachezar Petkov.

After looking down at his cards, Petkov grabbed his last remaining chips and slammed them in the middle to indicate the call. He flipped over Q♣J♥, which was ahead of Sorensson's T♥7♥.


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"Queen-jack? Call."

The board of 3♠2♠8♠K♥3♥ ran clean for Petkov, much to the delight of his rail. The double puts him back up to 16 million chips and Sorensson down to 34 million. --DJ

8:50pm: Trips for Petkov
Level 38 - Blinds: 400,000/800,000 (ante 100,000)

Sebastian Sorensson limped in with the T♦9♥ and Lachezar Petkov checked with the 8♥2♦. The 2♠2♥J♣ flop came very nicely for Petkov, giving him trips. However, both checked the flop and they went to a turn.

That came the A♦ and once again both checked. Finally 6♦ river landed and Petkov made it 2.4 million. Sorensson let it go and still has 41.8 million, while Petkov has 8.6 million. --JS

8:45pm: Sorrentino eliminated in third place
Level 38 - Blinds: 400,000/800,000 (ante 100,000)

Raffael Sorrentino has just been eliminated from the Main Event in third place, an incredible follow-up to his victory in the PokerStars Championship Monte-Carlo Main Event.


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Raffaele Sorrentino - 3rd place

Sorrentino's last hand began with Sebastian Sorrenson opening in the small blind with 3♠3♦. And he was immediately shoved on by Sorrentino in the big.

After some thought, Sorensson made the call and Sorrentino flipped over A♥Q♦ for a classic race.

The board ran 6♣6♦2♥7♦J♥ to send Sorrentino to the rail €850,110 richer following the three-handed deal.


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Sorrentino's run is stopped

Sorensson has a big, better than 4-to-1 lead to begin heads-up play:

NameCountryStatusChips
Sebastian SorenssonSwedenPokerStars qualifier40,900,000
Lachezar PetkovBulgaria 9,500,000
-- DJ

8:35pm: Sorensson shoots ahead
Level 38 - Blinds: 400,000/800,000 (ante 100,000)

Lachezar Petkov limped in the small blind with the K♠4♦, and Sebastian Sorensson opted to check his option with the T♠6♦ to see a 5♣J♠3♠ flop. Both checked.

The turn was the T♥, and Petkov checked again. Sorensson now sprung into action, making it 2.1 million to see a river. Petkov matched it.

It came the 6♠, giving Sorensson two pair. Petkov checked again, and Sorensson continued with a 5.2 million wager. Petkov thought for a while (more than two minutes) with just king-high, and it looked like we were on the verge of a hero call.

Eventually he did just that, bringing his stack down to 9.6 million. Sorensson increases to 26.5 million, giving him the monster chip lead. --JS.


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Sorensson scarfing up chips

8:25pm: Final three agree to a deal
Level 38 - Blinds: 400,000/800,000 (ante 100,000)

As noted below, final three players returned from the break with all three interested in talking about some sort of a deal given how shallow the stacks currently are and the big differences between the scheduled payouts -- €1,410,000 for first, €790,500 for second, and €554,000 for third.

With the blinds and antes both going up, Lachezar Petkov returned to the lead with a little over 18.8 million, Sebastian Sorensson had almost 17.7 million, and Raffaele Sorrentino 13.9 million.

"It's like Spin & Go," explained Sorrentino.

After some discussion, they agreed to set aside something to play for while guaranteeing the following payouts for each:

Petkov - €917,347
Sorensson - €887,043
Sorrentino - €850,110

The amount they are playing for is significant, too -- €100,000 -- meaning whoever wins is going to take away the largest chunk of the prize pool of any of the 1,682 players who entered.

And, let's not forget, the PokerStars Championship Main Event trophy.

The cards are back in the air. --MH

8:10pm: Deal talk

The three players have returned from the break and are currently discussing a possible deal. We'll see if they come to terms, and if so we'll bring those details shortly. --MH


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Let's crunch some numbers...

7:45pm: Break time, three-handed

Level 36 is done, and the three players left are taking a break. The stacks at present are below. --MH

NameCountryStatusChips
Lachezar PetkovBulgaria 18,825,000
Sebastian SorenssonSwedenPokerStars qualifier17,675,000
Raffaele SorrentinoItalyPokerStars player13,900,000

The blinds will be 400,000/800,000 with a 100,000 ante when they return. --MH

7:45pm: Sorensson squeezes, wins last hand
Level 37 - Blinds: 300,000/600,000 (ante 100,000)

In the last hand before the break, Raffaele Sorrentino raised to 1.2 million from the button holding K♦2♦. Lachezar Petkov looked down at K♣8♣ in the small blind and called.

Then Sebastian Sorensson decided to squeeze-raise from the big blind to 3.25 million with J♠6♦, and that was enough to push both opponents out of the hand. --MH

7:40pm: Sorrentino picks up more
Level 37 - Blinds: 300,000/600,000 (ante 100,000)

Raffaele Sorrentino has just clawed his way back up over 25 big-blinds.

After limping in the small blind with J♥T♥, Lachezar Petkov raised it up out of the big with A♠8♠ to 1.7 million, and Sorrentino came along.

The flop of J♣2♣4♦ was perfect for Sorrentino, who decided to slow play his top pair by checking. Petkov led out again for 1.1 million, and Sorrentino immediately shoved.

Petkov was quick to fold as Sorrentino scooped the pot. -- DJ

NameCountryStatusChips
Lachezar PetkovBulgaria 18,825,000
Sebastian SorenssonSwedenPokerStars qualifier17,675,000
Raffaele SorrentinoItalyPokerStars player13,900,000

7:35pm: Chop it up
Level 37 - Blinds: 300,000/600,000 (ante 100,000)

After all of those shoves, Raffaele Sorrentino limped in from the small blind with A♣4♦, Lachezar Petkov checked from the big blind with A♥4♥, and the flop came 3♦K♥6♥. Sorrentino led for 600,000, and with his flush draw Petkov called.

The turn was the 7♦, and Sorrentino led again with a bet of 1.2 million. Petkov called again.

The river was the 2♦ and both checked, and the pot was chopped. --MH

7:25pm: Sorrentino shoves
Level 37 - Blinds: 300,000/600,000 (ante 100,000)

Raffaele Sorrentino has shoved three out of the past four hands in a row - and he's got all three through.

The first saw him shove over the top of Lachezar Petkov's limp with A♦6♦ in the big blind. In the second he open-shoved on the button with 6♣6♦ and the third he shoved into Petkov's big-blind from the small with A♦Q♦.

It means Sorrentino has now chipped up to 20 big-blinds. -- DJ

7:23pm: Getting bluffy
Level 37 - Blinds: 300,000/600,000 (ante 100,000)

It was another limped pot pre, with Lachezar Petkov (SB) holding 5♠4♠ and Sebastian Sorensson (BB) with Q♦2♥.

The flop came A♣9♦K♣, Petkov bluffed for 600,000, and Sorensson raise-bluffed with 1.85 million. Petkov couldn't continue, and Sorenson took it down.

Petkov still leads with 22.375 million, Sorenson is in second with 17.975 million, and Raffaele Sorrentino third with 10.05 million. --MH

7:20pm: Petkov picks up more
Level 37 - Blinds: 300,000/600,000 (ante 100,000)

Sebastian Sorensson three-bet a hand to win a pot, then on the next one
Raffaele Sorrentino limped from the small blind with J♦8♣, and Lachezar Petkov checked the big blind with T♥8♦.

The flop came 5♦9♥A♥ and Sorrentino led for 600,000. Petkov called. The turn was the 4♠. Sorrentino checked this time, and Petkov fired 900,000 with his ten-high. Sorrentino couldn't call with jack-high, and Petkov picked up the pot to add to his lead. --MH

7:15pm: Three-handed play begins
Level 37 - Blinds: 300,000/600,000 (ante 100,000)

We're now down to three, and as is to be expected, the action has opened up quite a bit.

Raffael Sorrentino just opened with 8♥7♥ on the button and was three-bet by Lachezar Petkov in the small blind to 240,000 holding J♦J♣.

Sebastian Sorensson was quick to muck his holding -- so quick in fact that he exposed his hand. The dealer made sure both players had seen the 8♠4♥.

With one of his outs now gone it made it an easy fold for Sorrentino, as Petkov scoops another. -- DJ

7:01pm: Kaufman immediately follows Akkari to the rail in fourth
Level 37 - Blinds: 300,000/600,000 (ante 100,000)

In the hand right after Andre Akkari's elimination in fifth place, Brian Kaufman open-raised all in for 4.7 million from the button with K♥Q♥, and Sebastian Sorensson woke up with A♥Q♠ in the big blind and called.

Sorensson stood while Kaufman stayed in his seat as the dealer spread the 4♠2♥J♠ flop. The turn then brought the 5♥, adding flush outs for the all-in player.


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Brian Kaufman says goodbye

Then came the river... the T♠! Back-to-back knockouts as Kaufman is out in fourth for €402,000 while Sorensson has 11.8 million. --MH

7pm: Andre Akkari eliminated in fifth (€317,960)
Level 37 - Blinds: 300,000/600,000 (ante 100,000)

PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari has been eliminated from the Main Event in fifth place.

Action had been folded around to Lachezar Petkov in the small blind who looked down at A♥9♠ and shoved into Akkari in the big blind. And Akkari called.

Petkov: A♥9♠
Akkari: 4♥4♣

It was a race as action went to the flop, with huge cries from the opposing players' rails.


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Andre Akkari: Adios

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Petkov consoles Akkari

The 6♣5♠6♥ flop was looking good for Akkari, but still dicey. The Q♠ turn was good for him though. But then then 5♣ landed on the river to pair the board and counterfeit Akkari's pair.

Petkov's rail went ballistic as he scooped the 16 million pot and Akkari hit the rail for €317,960 - the biggest single payday of his career to date. -- DJ

6:57pm: Akkari's run ends
Level 37 - Blinds: 300,000/600,000 (ante 100,000)

Andre Akkari is out. Full details of his elimination hand will be here soon.

6:55pm: Level concludes, Sorrentino on top
Level 36 - Blinds: 250,000/500,000 (ante 50,000)

In the final hand of Level 36, Sebastian Sorensson limped in from the utoff with 2♦2♣, leaving himself just over 4 million behind. Brian Kaufman was next to act on the button, and he raised to 1.35 million with A♦5♠.

Both Raffaele Sorrentino and Lachezar Petkov had a king in their hands in the blinds, but both folded. Then Sorensson shoved all in and Kaufman folded right away.

Here's how the chips look to end the level:

NameCountryStatusChips
Raffaele SorrentinoItalyPokerStars player16,050,000
Lachezar PetkovBulgaria 14,700,000
Andre AkkariBrazilTeam PokerStars Pro7,875,000
Sebastian SorenssonSwedenPokerStars qualifier7,300,000
Brian KaufmanUruguayPokerStars qualifier4,900,000

They are continuing without a break. This level will last just 60 minutes. --MH

6:50pm: All-in and call
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

After open shoving and winning his fourth hand in a row, Lachezar Petkov opened under the gun with A♣6♦. A short-stacked Sebastian Sorensson shoved over the top of the 1.1 million open for his remaining 4.1 million. And Petkov -- who realised he was priced in -- called.

Sorensson flipped over A♦3♥ and Petkov A♣6♦ to have him dominated. With low kickers however there was a 36 percent chance for a chop. And when the board ran out 8♣2♠T♠A♠9♠, the pot was split. --DJ

6:45pm: Three in a row for Petkov
Level 36 - Blinds: 250,000/500,000 (ante 50,000)

With about 10 minutes left in the level -- and on Hand #87 today -- chip leader Raffael Sorrentino limped from the small blind with 7♣5♣, Lachezar Petkov then raised to 1.2 million from the big blind with Q♣T♥, and Sorrrentino folded.

On the next hand it folded to Petkov in the small blind who picked up K♦J♣ and open-raised all in, and Andre Akkari folded the big blind, where we could see one of his cards was a four.

Then Petkov open-shoved from the button with K♣T♣. Akkari folded A♣6♠ from the small blind this time, Sorensson also folded king-deuce offsuit from the BB, and Petkov won

Petkov is up to 13.85 million now. By the way, it has now been four hours since the elimination of Usman Siddique.--MH

6:40pm: And now... Sorrentino shoves
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

Remember what I just said before? It's getting very shovey.

This time, we actually got to a flop before the shove happened. After calling on the button with A♥7♣, Raffael Sorrentino checked his option in the big blind with 3♣2♣.

When the board of 8♣T♥6♣ landed on the felt, Sorensson led out again with a bet of 1.6 million. And Sorrentino shoved.

"I really want to hero call you, but I don't know if I can," said a normally quiet Sorensson after some consideration.


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Sebastian Sorensson: Search for the hero

Eventually the clock was called and as the clock ticked down, Sorensson mucked his hand. It means now down to fewer than 10 big blinds. --DJ

6:35pm: Petkov shoves
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

With stacks so short, things are really getting shovey now.

Following an open from Raffael Sorrentino under the gun with J♦9♥, Petkov shoved his remaining 9.5 million in with T♥T♣. It got through and he scooped the small but much needed pot. --DJ

6:30pm: Big hands, small value
Level 36 - Blinds: 250,000/500,000 (ante 50,000)

Lachezar Petkov won a hand with a three-bet shove over Brian Kaufman, then came a couple of hands involving Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari.

In the first, Raffaele Sorrentino raised to 1.1 million with T♦9♠ from the button, and Akkari defended his big blind with a call holding A♥3♠. Both checked the Q♠7♥6♥ flop, then the 8♣ turn made a straight for Sorrentino. Akkari checked, Sorrentino bet 1 million, and Akkari folded.

Andre Akkari limped in with 6♠6♣ from the small blind, Sebastian Sorensson checked the BB with T♣4♠, and the flop came A♣6♥8♦ to give Akkari a set.

Both checked, and the turn brought the J♥. Akkari tried to get something out of the hand with a bet of 1.15 million, but Sorensson folded. --MH

6:20pm: Cooler for Akkari
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

What a sick cooler for PokerStars Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari.

He opened the action in the cutoff to 1.1 million holding Q♠Q♣ and was immediately shoved on by Raffaele Sorrentino in the big blind.

Akkari snapped it off and Sorrentino flipped over A♦Q♦ to see the bad news.

The flop of K♣9♥4♥ was safe for Akkari, as was the 2♥ turn.

But Sorrentino still had outs...three of them to be exact. And he hit.


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Raffaele Sorrentino is back

The A♥ landed on the river to see Sorrentino scoop the near 15 million pot. Akkari is now back down to 9.5 million after that huge loss. --DJ

6:20pm: Petkov wins one, loses another
Level 36 - Blinds: 250,000/500,000 (ante 50,000)

Lachezar Petkov picked up A♦J♦ on the button and pushed all in for 8.6 million, winning the blinds and antes.

On the next hand Petkov was in the cutoff where he was dealt T♥9♥ and he raised again, this time to 1.1 million. Andre Akkari looked down at 9♠9♦ on the button and three-bet to 2.775 million, and when the action got back around to Petkov he thought a while before folding.

Akkari has 16.675 million now, Petkov 8.45 million. --MH

6:15pm: Kaufman collects from Akkari
Level 36 - Blinds: 250,000/500,000 (ante 50,000)

Brian Kaufman raised to 1.05 million from the cutoff with K♣J♠, and Andre Akkari called from the big blind with A♠6♥.

Both players checked down the 6♣8♦9♠ flop and 7♠ turn, and Akkari also checked the 3♠ river. Kaufman then chose to bet 1.3 million -- about half the pot -- and after thinking a half-minute or so Akkari folded. --MH

6:05pm: Petkov flops top set
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

Andre Akkari opened the action to 1 million under the gun holding Q♦8♦, and was called by Lachezar Petkov in the big blind, deceptively with K♦K♣.

On the 5♥K♠J♥ board, the Team Pro attempt to represent the king by betting out 900,000. Petkov continued to play it slow by calling once again.

Action slowed down on the 7♠ turn, with checks from both. Petkov checked again on the A♥ river and Akkari wisely conceded by checking back. -- DJ

6pm: Shorties shoving
Level 36 - Blinds: 250,000/500,000 (ante 50,000)

In a hand in which Brian Kaufman open-folded A♠2♣ from cutoff, short stack Raffaele Sorrentino jammed all-in for 4.95 million with J♣9♠ from the button and won the blinds and antes.

Soon after it was Hand #75 of the day, and Lachezar Petkov picked up A♠9♦ in the cutoff and shoved for 5.55 million, winning the blinds and antes. --MH

5:55pm: Kaufman doubles
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

Following an under-the-gun open from Raffaele Sorrentino, Brian Kaufman got his remaining 4.6 million in with T♥T♣ in the big blind.

And it was called quickly by Sorrentino.

He flipped over K♦T♠ and it was pretty much all over on the flop when the T♦ landed. Kaufman is back up to more 10 million and Sorrentino back down to 5.8 million (or 10 bigs). -- DJ

5:31pm: Kaufman wins last pot of level
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

Brian Kaufman raised to 1 million from under the gun with Q♣9♠ -- a bet worth almost a quarter of his short stack -- and won the blinds and antes. That's a 15-minute break.--MH

5:30pm: Kaufman doubles short stack through Akkari
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

Just now Brian Kaufman -- down to just 1.65 million to start the hand or just over four big blinds -- actually got a walk, earning a big grin from the player from Uruguay.

On the next hand, chip leader Andre Akkari raised to 875,000 from the cutoff with 7♥4♣ and got it through, winning the blinds and antes.

Emboldened, Akkari raised again to 875,000 on the next hand from UTG with J♦2♦. It folded to Kaufman on the button who tried to raise all in but did it in a couple of movements, making the raise only for 1.7 million and leaving just a tiny bit behind.


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Brian Kaufman: Chuckling and surviving

It folded back to Akkari who went ahead and reraised so Kaufman could put his last 75,000 chips in, and the players tabled their hands:

Both Akkari and Kaufman grinned as the K♥Q♠K♦ fell to give Kaufman trip kings. The A♣ on the turn meant Akkari could win with a ten on the river, but fifth street brought the 5♦ and Kaufman survived.

Kaufman has 4.4 million now, while Akkari continues to lead with 19.325 million. --MH

5:20pm: Akkari extends his lead
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

After scooping a pot against Andre Akkari one hand prior, Sebastian Sorrenson checked in the big blind with 8♣4♠ after Akkari limped in the small blind with A♠7♦.

The flop brought the A♥4♦Q♠, and both players checked.

On the 2♠ turn, Akkari decided it was time to get some value from his top pair. He bet out for 600,000 and Sorensson quickly called with his bottom pair.

On the 6♦ river, Akkari led out again - this time for a half pot bet of 1.375 million. A curious Sorensson called after some time, before seeing the bad news.

The win means that Akkari is now pulling away from the pack, and is sitting on 20.4 million chips. -- DJ

5:05pm: Petkov all-in ends with chopped pot
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

Lachezar Petkov open-raised all in for 7.7 million from the cutoff with A♣Q♦, and Sebastian Sorensson called from the small blind with A♥Q♣.


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Lachezar Petkov: Chopping to stay in it

There wasn't much suspense as the flop fell J♣7♠3♥, ensuring a chopped pot. --MH

5pm: Sorensson over Sorrentino
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

Playing from the cutoff, Raffaele Sorrentino opened to 825,000 with K♣J♠, then Sebastian Sorensson called from the big blind with A♥9♠.

The flop came 8♣K♠9♣, giving Sorrentino kings and Sorensson nines. Sorensson chose to lead with a bet of 950,000, and Sorrentino called. Pot 4 million.

The turn then brought the A♠, making two pair for Sorensson. Both checked.

The river was the 2♠. Sorensson didn't wait very long before counting out a bet of 1.675 million, and Sorrentino called right away.

That drops Sorrentino to about 12 million while bumping Sorensson is close to 11.5 million. --MH

4:55pm: Couple of kings cracked
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

Here's a crazy hand that has put Andre Akkari into the lead and left both Sebastian Sorensson and Brian Kaufman wondering what might have been.

Under the gun, Sebastian Sorensson looked down at his cards to see a monster: K♦K♣.

He opened it up to 850,000 with Brain Kaufman next to act. Kaufman looked down at his to find he also had a monster. It's just that his monster, happened to be the same pocket pair as Sorensson's: K♠K♥.

So, with 11 big's Kaufman shipped it right? Uh... not exactly.

Kaufman, as he has done so many times on this final table with a huge hand, elected to call. It meant that when action folded around to Andre Akkari in the big blind, he was getting the right price to call too. And he did so, with the slightly less impressive 8♥4♥.

The flop brought the 7♥T♦A♦ which, slowed down the Kings. After checks all around, the 2♥ landed on the turn. And this time, Sorensson took a stab. He led out for a bet of 1.25 million, and was called by both Kaufman and Akkari with a flush draw.

Then came the river: the 6♥. It meant that Akkari hit his flush. After action was checked all around, Akkari showed his hand and the rail errupted. Sorensson and Kaufman silently mucked theirs as Akkari scooped a near 7 million chip pot. --DJ

4:50pm: Sorrentino doubles through Kaufman, takes lead
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

Raffaele Sorrentino open-raised all-in again -- this time for just over 7 million with 8♠8♦ -- and once more won the blinds and antes.

On the next hand, Brian Kaufman got A♥6♦ in the small blind and limped, Sorrentino shoved again for 7.775 million with A♦Q♣ from the big blind, and Kaufman insta-called.


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Raffaele Sorrentino bouncing back

The board came K♦7♣T♠7♥9♣, meaning Sorrentino doubles to 15.8 million and goes from fifth to first! Meanwhile Kaufman is now the short stack with 4.775 million. --MH

4:45pm: Sorrentino shoves again
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

Raffaele Sorrentino just announced all-in again after looking down at 8♠8♦ from the cutoff. Everyone else folded and so Sorrentino won. -- DJ

4:40pm: Sorretino jamming
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

Brian Kaufman picked up 4♣5♣ in the small blind and completed. But when Raffaele Sorrentino saw an ace in the big blind, he was happy to ship for about 20 big blinds and get a fold. -- HS

4:35pm: New level, no break
Level 35 - Blinds: 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000)

They've ticked over into Level 35, playing straight through without a break. With blinds and antes increasing again, the five stacks are that much shallower. --MH

4:30pm: Last four hands of level
Level 34 - Blinds: 150,000/300,000 (ante 50,000)

Here's how Level 34 ended, step by step:

Hand #1: It folded to Sebastian Sorensson in the small blind who raised to 825,000 with T♥9♦ and Brian Kaufman in the BB let go his eight-trey offsuit.

Hand #2: On the next hand Lachezar Petkov picked up A♠T♦ under the gun and raised to 625,000, then Andre Akkari three-bet to 1.675 million from the cutoff with K♥3♥. It folded back to Petkov who hesitated then folded, and Akkari is now up to 14.1 million.

Hand #3: Akkari raised from under the gun with A♠3♥, Raffaele Sorrentino shoved all-in for 4.875 million from the small blind for 9♥9♣, and Akkari let it go.

Hand #4: Sorensson picked up A♠4♦ under the gun on the next hand and limped, and everyone folded to Akkari in the big blind with A♣4♥. The flop came 8♦A♦6♠, Sorensson led for 750,000 and Akkari called.

The 7♣ turn card came, assuring a chopped pot if neither folded. Both checked, then after the 6♦ river Akkari bet 875,000. Sorensson tanked for more than two minutes and finally called, and they indeed split the pot. --MH

4:25pm: Sixes no good for Sorensson
Level 32 - Blinds: 150,000/300,000 (ante 50,000)

Facing a limp from Brian Kaufman under the gun and three calls ahead of him, Sebastian Sorensson decided to squeeze to 1 million holding 6♥6♣ in the big blind.

Andre Akkari quickly let go of his Q♥5♣, but Raffaele Sorrentino wasn't put off (we could only see one card: the K♠) and neither was Brian Kaufman who called with Q♣T♣.

When the 2♥J♣4♥ landed on the board, Kaufman led out for 1.275 million. It prompted two quick folds for him to take the pot. --DJ

4:15pm: Broadway puts Akkari back in front
Level 34 - Blinds: 150,000/300,000 (ante 50,000)

Sebastian Sorensson raised from UTG to 650,000 with A♦J♣, and it folded around to Andre Akkari who was dealt A♣K♠ in the big blind.

The flop came 3♥J♠Q♣, giving Sorensson a pair of jacks and Akkari a gutshot to Broadway. Akkari chose to check, Sorensson bet 775,000, and Akkari called, bringing the pot to 3.25 million.

Then came the turn... the T♥! Akkari led out for 1.275 million, and Sorensson called.

The river was the T♠, pairing the board. Akkari chose to check, and after thinking a couple of beats Sorensson checked as well and Akkari won the pot.

Ace-king has been good to Akkari today -- dealt the hand three times, he flopped two pair twice, then the third time made a straight and earned some value.

Akkari moves further clear with 13.225 million, while Sorensson has 10.225 million. --MH

4:10pm: Akkari takes from Sorrentino
Level 32 - Blinds: 150,000/300,000 (ante 50,000)

Team Pro Andre Akkari looked down at T♦8♦ and opened the action to 650,000 from under the gun.

Action was folded all the way around to Raffaele Sorrentino who defended in the big blind holding Q♥J♥.

The 7♠7♦8♠ board prompted checks from both. But when the 9♦ landed on the turn to bring in a gutshot for Sorrentino, he decided to lead out for a small bet of 325,000. But the card was also perfect for Akkari who quickly called, with the potential to hit both a flush and straight draw.

On the 9♠ river, Sorrentino realised that only a bluff could take the pot down. So he gave it a stab. He led out with a bet of 1.1 million, and after some consideration Akkari called.

It meant Akkari scooped a nearly 5 million chip pot to send him back into the lead. -- DJ

4:05pm: One for Akkari, one for Kaufman
Level 34 - Blinds: 150,000/300,000 (ante 50,000)

Brian Kaufman raised to 700,000 from under the gun with J♠T♥, then Andre Akkari three-bet to 2.05 million from the small blind with T♣7♣.

It folded back to Kaufman who asked how much Akkari had behind, then eventually he folded.


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Small win for Akkari

On the next hand Akkari had the button and when folded to he raised to 650,000 with A♥T♣. Kaufman was in the big blind and he called with 8♠2♠, then the flop came an interesting Q♠4♠A♦ -- two spades and an ace.

Kaufman checked, Akkari bet 550,000, and Kaufman called. The turn was the Q♥, pairing the board. Kaufman chose to lead with a bet of 1.35 million. Akkari thought for some time, then he was the one asking how much Kaufman had behind.

Eventually, though, Akkari let his hand go. Round two to Kaufman.

Kaufman bumps up to 11.75 million with that pot, and Akkari now has 7.65 million. --MH

3:55pm: Petkov in action
Level 34 - Blinds: 150,000/300,000 (ante 50,000)

Four of the five remaining players have all enjoyed the chip lead at some point today, the only exception being Lachezar Petkov. He staying active, though, in an effort to try to take his turn at the top.

Just now Petkov raised to 625,000 from under the gun with 9♥9♦ and it folded around to Raffaele Sorrentino who called from the big blind with A♦7♦.

The flop fell K♦Q♥Q♠ and after Sorrentino checked, Petkov continued to 525,000 and Sorrentino folded.

On the next hand Sebastian Sorensson raised to 650,000 from the cutoff with K♠Q♣, and Petkov called from the big blind with A♠2♣. The flop came T♣9♥2♠ and both checked. The turn was the 8♥. Petkov checked again, and after Sorensson bet 850,000 Petkov folded.

Petkov has 10.65 million -- right in the thick of it like everyone else. --MH

3:45pm: Deuces, threes, fours and...
Level 32 - Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

After Raffaele Sorrentino opened with A♣6♠ in early position, everyone else seemed to have a pocket pair. Andre Akkari had 8♠8♦ and called, then Sebastian Sorensson looked down at 2♥2♦ and folded. Lachezar Petkov looked down at 3♦3♣ and folded. Brian Kaufman looked down at 4♠4♦ and called.

None of the pairs were good. The flop was ace high, and no one bet through a board of K♣K♥A♥T♣K♠ until a small and delayed c-bet from Sorrentino proved enough to take it down. -- DJ

3:35pm: Kaufman over Akkari
Level 34 - Blinds: 150,000/300,000 (ante 50,000)

After being dealt J♣8♣ in the cutoff, Brian Kaufman raised to 750,000, and only Andre Akkari called from the big blind with Q♦9♥.

The flop came 5♣7♥J♥ and Akkari checked. Kaufman checked behind with his top pair, and the turn brought the 3♣. Akkari checked again, and after a pause Kaufman checked once more.

Akkari checked a third time after the T♥ river, and finally Kaufman bet 700,000. Akkari folded. --MH

3:30pm: Kings for Kaufman
Level 33 - Blinds: 150,000/300,000 (ante 50,000)

Brian Kaufman just woke up with K♦K♣ on the button, and opened the action to 750,000.

He received one caller in Lachezar Petkov who picked up J♥T♥ in the big blind.

But as so often seems to happen with kings, the A♠ landed on the A♠Q♠2♣ board to slow the action down. Action was checked, and checked again on the A♦ turn, before Kaufman bet out on the 4♥ river.

It received a quick fold from Petkov, as Kaufman scooped the small pot. --DJ

3:20pm: Shorter levels
Level 34 - Blinds: 150,000/300,000 (ante 50,000)

As you may have noticed, the levels are slightly shorter today than they have been over the past two days. That's according to the schedule. In a bid to prevent the 6am finishes we had on the EPT in its penultimate season, tournament officials decided that Level 33 and 34 would be 75 minutes, then 35 and 36 go down to 60 minutes. (They're usually 90 minutes.)

That means that after this level, it'll be even shorter. And there are breaks only every other level. -- HS

3:25pm: Sorensson surges in front
Level 34 - Blinds: 150,000/300,000 (ante 50,000)

Lachezar Petkov raised to 625,000 from the cutoff with A♥8♣, then Andre Akkari showed some aggression again, three-betting to 1.7 million K♦6♦ from the button.

Action on Sebastian Sorensson in the small blind, he was dealt Q♠Q♥ and took some time deciding what to do. Eventually he four-bet to 3.375 million (leaving about 6.2 million behind).


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Take me to your (chip) leader

Petkov folded quickly, then after about a minute of riffling Akkari sent his cards dealerward as well.

Akkari has 9.925 million now, while Sorensson bumps up into the lead with 12.425 million. --MH

3:20pm: Akkari putting on the pressure
Level 33 - Blinds: 150,000/300,000 (ante 50,000)

We've reached that point in the tournament where an ante is nearly double the size of a starting stack.

Yet despite being deep in the tournament, players are excruciatingly even and all relatively short. The remaining five are all hovering around the 30bb mark at the start of Level 33, so there really isn't room for error.

Team Pro Andre Akkari is very aware of this dymanic, as was just shown when he three-bet Raffaele Sorrentino's 650,000 open to 1.9 million holding J♣4♣. Sorrentino was quick to fold, as Akkari scooped the pot. -- DJ

3:15pm: Back to work
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (ante 50,000)

These blinds are huge. And just look at that ante!

2:55pm: Break time, five remain

Players are now taking their first break of the day, with the counts close from top to bottom. Here's how the chips look:

NameCountryStatusChips
Andre AkkariBrazilTeam PokerStars Pro10,925,000
Lachezar PetkovBulgaria 10,550,000
Brian KaufmanUruguayPokerStars qualifier10,475,000
Sebastian SorenssonSwedenPokerStars qualifier10,000,000
Raffaele SorrentinoItalyPokerStars player8,425,000

Back in 20 minutes. --MH

2:55pm: Sorensson wins last two of level
Level 33 - Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000)

Lachezar Petkov raised to 525,000 from the cutoff with 7♣6♣, and Sorensson called from the small blind with 8♣7♦.

The flop fell 9♦Q♥T♣, and Sorensson chose to lead out with a bet of 950,000, and Petkov flicked his cards away.

Sorensson won the next hand as well -- a small three-way limped pot -- and the level came to a close. --MH

2:50pm: Three-bet alert
Level 32 - Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000)

Following Siddique's elimination a few hands ago, play has started to open up five-handed.

Brian Kaufman's open from the cut-off with K♣T♦ was 3-bet by Lachezer Petkov who held 7♥5♥ in the big blind. The 1.525 million raise was enough to get Kaufman to fold.

Then Petkov's K♣4♠ open was three-bet by Andre Akkari who held A♣9♦, which again prompted a quick fold. -- DJ

2:45pm: Trips help Petkov take from Sorrentino
Level 33 - Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000)

Raffaele Sorrentino limped from the small blind with K♥8♠, Lachezar Petkov checked from the big with J♦9♦, and the flop came 2♥9♠T♠. Both players checked, then the K♣ fell, swinging the advantage from Petkov to Sorrentino.

Sorrentino chose to lead for 250,000, and Petkov called.


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Can you name this player?

The river was the 9♣, swinging the advantage once more make to Petkov with trips. Sorrentino thought a little, then set out 475,000 as a bet. Petkov also paused a few beats, then reached for raising chips, making it 1.125 million to go.

Sorrentino re-checked his cards, then looked over at Petkov as he studied the situation further. Finally he through his hand away, avoiding losing more on the hand.

Petkov has 10.8 million now. Meanwhile Sorrentino, who began the day as the chip leader, is now the shortest stack with 8.775 million (although all five stacks are fairly close at the moment). --MH

2:35pm: Resurgence ends; Siddique out in sixth for €252,000
Level 33 - Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000)

Usman Siddique has been eliminated from the Main Event.

Following an open UTG+1 from Andre Akkari to 550,000 with J♠8♠, Siddique looked down at his 6♥6♦ and announced all-in for his remaining 5.1 million.


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The end of Usman Siddique

Action was folded around to Brian Kaufman who looked down at A♣K♣ and quickly re-shoved. Akkari folded as both remaining players flipped their cards.

The board ran out 4♥T♣4♦K♦Q♦, with the king on the turn sending the chips Kaufman's way.


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Kaufman bids Siddique farewell

Siddique picks up €252,000 for his sixth place finish as Kaufman moves into the chip lead. -- DJ

2:30pm: Short stacks, small pot
Level 33 - Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000)

On the 20th hand of today's final day of play, the table's shortest stack Usman Siddique raised to 550,000 from the button with Q♦9♦ and only Brian Kaufman called from the big blind with K♣T♥.

The flop came 9♠A♥A♣ and both players checked. The turn brought the 2♠, and Kaufman checked again. This time Siddique bet 450,000, and after thinking about for a while Kaufman folded. --MH

Kaufman has slid back under 5.6 million now, just ahead of Siddique who has 5.15 million. --MH

2:28pm: Sorensson soars
Level 32 - Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000)

Sebastian Sorensson has been playing a tight game so far on the final table.

He's been folding almost everything, including top pair on one of the first hands of the day.

Clearly aware of his image however, he decided to exploit Petkov's cutoff open of 525,000, by raising to 1.3 million holding just 7♦5♥.

The read was a good one from Sorensson, who managed to get Petkov off his marginal holding of A♠6♦. -- DJ

2:25pm: Aces help Siddique gain a few
Level 33 - Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000)

Raffaele Sorrentino raised to 525,000 from the cutoff, with the card reader only picking up one of his hole cards -- the 2♦. It folded around to Usman Siddique in the big blind who had only 2.75 million after posting the big blind.


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Usman Siddique: Set of aces

Siddique looked down at A♠A♥, and rather than shipping his stack in he decided just to call the raise, so the two players saw a flop come K♠J♦5♣. Siddique checked, Sorrentino bet 425,000, and Siddique took about a minute before just calling once more.

The turn brought the A♦, improving Siddique to a set of aces, and he checked again. Sorrentino checked behind.

The river brought the 3♦. There was 2.175 million in the middle and Siddique had but 1.775 behind, and after another pause Siddique bet 550,000. Sorrentino called right away, and we discovered along with Siddique that Sorrentino's other card was the case ace as he had A♣2♦.

Siddique is back to 4.5 million now, while Sorrentino has 10.1 million. --MH

2:15pm: Kaufman stumbles
Level 32 - Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

Brian Kaufman has made some rather unconventional plays today.

After checking quads down to the river a few hands ago (see entry at 1.50pm), he decided to call Lachezer Petkov's turn bet holding only K♦9♥ on a 4♠J♦7♠2♥ board.


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Good call from Lachezar Petkov

It was second best to Petkov's Q♣J♣ for top pair. But when the A♣ landed on the river, it was a perfect card for Kaufman to bluff.

Kaufman took the opportunity to lead out with a bet of 900,000. It looked value-heavy, but Petkov had too strong a holding to fold. He made the call to scoop the 2 million chip pot, and Kaufman is down to 6.2 million. --DJ

2:05pm: A quiet orbit
Level 33 - Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000)

The last six hands have all been small ones. Here's what we've watched.

After earning a small pot in a blind-versus-blind hand that ended on the flop against Lachezar Petkov, Raffaele Sorrentino picked up A♣9♣ on the button and raised, and won another small one.

The next two hands saw Akkari win one with a preflop raise, then Sorrentino do the same. Sebastian Sorensson open-raised the next one -- a big open to 875,000 from the button with T♥6♥ -- and that earned him a small pot as well.

Akkari then picked up A♣K♥ in the hijack and made it 550,000, and it folded to Sorrentino in the big blind who called with a small pocket pair, 3♥3♦.

As happened earlier when Akkari had Big Slick, he once again flopped two pair as the first three community cards came A♠7♠K♠. Sorrentino checked, Akkari bet 475,000, and Sorrentino folded.

After that quiet orbit, Akkari still leads by a little with 11.475 million to Sorrentino's 11.275 million. --MH

1:50pm: Quads for Kaufman
Level 33 - Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000)

Action was folded around to Brian Kaufman in the small blind and he looked down to find J♠J♣. Now, how to play them?

Slowly, he decided. He completed into Raffaele Sorrentino's big blind.

Sorrentino looked down at his holding to find K♥Q♥, and he had no intention of playing it slow. He raised up to 750,000. And Kaufman called.

Then came the action flop. The K♠J♥T♣ landed on the board to give Kaufman middle set and Sorrentino top pair with a straight draw. Kaufman checked over to Sorrentino who led out for an additional 750,000.


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Brian Kaufman: Quads at the final

But rather than get his remaining stack in the middle, Kaufman was sticking to his slow-playing strategy. He just called.

The J♦ landed on the board to give Kaufman quads--and he might have realised his mistake at playing the hand so passively by this point, as Sorrentino checked to his check.

On the inconsequential 3♣ river, Kaufman tried to get at least some value from his holding by leading out with 975,000. And Sorrentino threw in a single calling chip.

It means Kaufman scoops the 4 million pot, takes a hit from Sorrentino and that moved Andre Akkari into the chip lead.

An amazing turn of events considering he was sat for most of yesterday with fewer than 10 big blinds nine handed. --DJ

1:40pm: Akkari takes from Siddique
Level 32 - Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

The last hand of today's first orbit was a blind-versus-blind battle between Andre Akkari in the small blind and Usman Siddique in the big.

Akkari was dealt K♦2♠ and raised to 475,000, and Siddique looked down at Q♥T♣. Having 3.8 million left after posting the big blind, Siddique looked over at Akkari for a while, then decided to call.


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Usman Siddique slides them away

The flop came J♠7♣A♠, missing both players. Siddique checked, Akkari continuation bet 375,000. Siddique took his time, re-checking his cards, then finally pushed them away to concede the pot. --MH

1:35pm: Siddique ships
Level 32 - Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

After picking up A♠Q♣ under-the-gun, Usman Siddique elected to get his remaining 3.57 million in the middle by announcing all-in.

It got through, to the delight of his rail. -- DJ

1:30pm: Akkari's hand just keeps getting better
Level 32 - Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

Andre Akkari raised to 450,000 from under the gun with 9♥7♥ and it folded to Lachezar Petkov in the big blind who had been dealt A♠4♥ and he called.

The flop came 2♠7♠7♦, giving Akkari trips. Petkov checked, and Akkari checked back. The turn brought the 2♦, making a full house for Akkari, and after Petkov checked again Akkari bet 425,000. Petkov thought a couple of beats, and called.

Then the river brought the 9♦, making an even better full house for Akkari. Petkov checked once more, and Akkari went for some value with a bet of 1.675 million. Petkov thought a short while, then folded.

Akkari is up to 10.6 million, second in chips now. --MH

1:25pm: Jacks help Sorensson
Level 32 - Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

Sebastian Sorensson was dealt J♠J♣ on the button and raised to 475,000 and got a caller in Raffaele Sorrentino sitting in the big blind with 5♥4♦.

The flop came 2♣4♥9♦ and Sorrentino checked. Acting with deliberation, Sorensson bet 750,000, and Sorrentino called. The turn was the 8♠ and Sorrentino checked again. Sorrenson pushed out another bet of 1.325 million.

Sorrentino didn't act right away, digging out chips and riffling a bit before tossing his hand away.

Sorrenson is up to 7.45 million now, while Sorrentino still leads with 13.25 million. --MH

1:20pm: Akkari off to a good start
Level 32 - Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo champ Raffaele Sorrentino opened the action under the gun holding J♥T♦ to 425,000. Andre Akkari just called in the cutoff even though he was holding A♠K♦. Sebastian Sorensson called in the small-blind holding A♥2♥.


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Andre Akkari: Off and running at the final

When the A♣K♥7♣ landed on the felt, Sorrentino continued to lead out with a bet of 525,000. And Akkari (for obvious reasons) came along. Sensing strength however, Sorrenson got out the way with his top pair and weak kicker.

He'll be glad that he made the tight fold when he reviews the footage later, as the 2♥ landed on the turn.

Sorrentino slowed down however and Akkari led out for a big bet of 975,000 to scoop the pot, to the audible delight of his rail. --DJ

1:15pm: First pot to Sorensson
Level 32 - Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

Play has begun, with the first pot of today's final day going to the Swedish player Sebastian Sorensson.

Lachezar Petkov raised to 425,000 from the cutoff with J♦5♦, and it folded to Sorensson who defended his big blind with a call after being dealt 5♥4♠.

The flop fell K♥4♣Q♣ and both players checked. The turn brought the 2♦, and after sitting quietly with his Miami Dolphins scarf covering his face -- a pose we've grown used to watching the Swede -- Sorensson fired a bet of 725,000, and Petkov quickly folded. --MH

1pm: Welcome back
Level 32 - Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000)

Welcome back as play resumes for the final day of the Main Event here in Barcelona.

We kick things off towards the tail end of Level 32, with just less than 30 minutes left on the clock until the end of the level.

Players have all taken their seats and will be playing down until we crown a champ. Shuffle up and deal has been announced and cards are in the air. -- DJ

12pm: The final!

Good afternoon one and all and welcome back to Barcelona for the climax of the 2017 PokerStars Championship. This is where you'll find blow-by-blow coverage of the Main Event final table, where €1.41 million is up for grabs for the winner.

There are two hugely compelling storylines that will reach their final chapter today. The first involves Andre Akkari and the quest for him to claim the first major title on PokerStars tours of his career. He has a WSOP bracelet and scores of massive successes, but for a Team PokerStars Pro to win on a PokerStars tour is something they all dream of.


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Andre Akkari ready to go

The second is Raffaele Sorrentino's bid to claim a second PokerStars Championship title within its first season. It'll be one heck of an achievement if Sorrentino can add victory here in Barcelona to his title from Monaco in May. It took more than a decade for someone to win two EPT Main Event titles. Sorrentino can do it in less than a year.

Of course the other four will try their best to crush both of these dreams. Here's how the chips stack up to start play today:

NameCountryStatusChips
Raffaele SorrentinoItalyPokerStars player15,475,000
Lachezar PetkovBulgaria 10,325,000
Andre AkkariBrazilTeam PokerStars Pro8,125,000
Brian KaufmanUruguayPokerStars qualifier6,475,000
Sebastian SorenssonSwedenPokerStars qualifier6,175,000
Usman SiddiqueUKPokerStars qualifier3,775,000

When action begins at 12pm (real time) and 1pm (reported time), it's going to be a tough and exciting battle. Stick close and we'll find out together who of these six becomes the next PokerStars Championship Main Event champion. --HS


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