EPT12 Grand Final: Main Event final table live updates

May 06, 2016

10pm: Jan Bendik defeats Adrien Allain to win the EPT Grand Final
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

JanBendik: the 12th EPT Grand Final champion
Jan Bendik has become the first ever EPT champion from Slovakia after he coolered Adrien Allain in the last pot of Season 12.

Holding pocket tens he three-bet to 1.6 million after Allain had opened to 525,00 off the button with pocket eights. The flop came A♥8♣4♠ and Bendik led out for 1.6 million. Allain just called and then bet 1.5 million himself on the 10♥ turn when Bendik checked to him. Bendik then raised to 4.25 million and Allain smooth called.

The river was the 3♦ and Bendik moved all-in. Allain silently slid over a stack of chips to indicate a call all-in and soon saw the devastating news. After being dominant for so long today, he fell at the last hurdle and has to be content with second place and €577,800.

For a full wrap of all today’s exciting action, click here. — MC

9:20pm: Aces for Bendik; Jacks for Allain
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

Jan Bendik picked up aces and won a pot with them. It wasn’t a big one, but it was enough to even up their stacks again.

He raised his button for 625,000 holding A♠A♥ and Adrian Allain defended his big blind with 6♠6♥. Both checked the 9♥8♠10♠ flop before Allain check-folded to a 900,000 bet on the 5♠ turn.

The very next hand, Allain picked up jacks on the button and raised. Bendik had 2♣-something (no card shown) and three-bet to 1.85 million. He folded after his French opponent four-bet to 4.715 million and dropped behind in the counts once more. –MC

9:10pm: Ace high no good for Bendik
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

Another small pot win for Adrien Allain put him back up to 17.25 million.

He was in the big blind and called a 625,000 button raise from Jan Bednik holding J♦10♦. Bendik held A♥6♦ and continued on a 9♠10♠7♥ flop. Allain called before both players checked the rest of the board that ran out 7♣J♠. Allain opened his hand and Bendik mucked. –MC

8:50pm: Skipping dinner
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

The issues with the internet connection meant that action froze in Monaco right around the dinner break. We have returned to the action now having skipped out the 45-minute dinner break, and action is now streaming on its more regular 30-minute delay. We’re going straight into Level 33, with blinds at 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante). This level will now last 75 minutes.

The counts are: Bendik 16.720 million; Allain 15.985 million. — HS

8:45pm: Small ball key for Allain
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (30,000 ante)

Adrien Allain has gotten himself back into the chip lead with a series of small pots. Those he can win, it’s the big ones he’s had trouble with.

He turned a flush draw in one had and semi-bluff-raised and to get Jan Bedik off second pair with no kicker. Another pot saw him flop top pair and get one street on value with it.

Bendik raised to 450,000 with 10♠6♣ and Allain defended with 9♠8♣. Both players checked the 8♦3♠2♦ flop before Allain led for 500,000 and 900,000 on the 4♣7♦ turn and river. Bendik called the first bet but folded on the river.

Allain – 17.56 million
Bendik – 15.145 million

8:30pm: Sixes help Bednik take the chip lead
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (30,000 ante)

Jan Bendik has won another big flip and moved into the chip lead with 17.7 million.

Adrien Allian had the button and just limped in with A♦K♣. Bendik looked down at 6♠6♥ and shoved for 8.86 million. Not surprisingly Allain made a quick call but failed to hit on the 5♠2♦J♥Q♥3♠ board. He dropped to 14.94 million. –MC

8:25pm: Allain back in charge
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (30,000 ante)

When we picked up the action on EPTLive again, Adrien Allain had extended his chip lead once more, after Jan Bendik doubled to even things up.

He then moved up to 21 million after getting Bendik off (potentially the same hand). Four million had made it into the middle by the time the board rested as 5♥4♥5♠Q♣Q♦. Bendik checked to face a 1.4 million bet.

He only had the A♠ showing and folded it, meaning Allain took the pot with A♦J♥. –MC

7:59pm: One…Two. One-Two. Check. Check. Is this thing on?

It looks like the fears in Monaco that we had exhausted the world’s supply of internet were unfounded. We are, apparently, online again. (It was horrible, people. We had to talk to each other. Someone even got out a b-b-b-book! Urgh. Let us pray that this will never happen again.)

Anyhow, so, we have internet again but we’re still waiting for the EPT Live stream to come back into action. We don’t specifically know where we’re going to pick up action, but the fact is some action will soon be forthcoming. –HS

7:39pm: Internet down

Our apologies for the lack of updates in the last 45 minutes. The internet at the venue in Monte Carlo has gone down. The staff is working to fix the problem. Updates and the live stream will resume as soon as possible.

6:50pm: Bendik doubles
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (30,000 ante)

After a few limped pots there was a sudden all-in and call, ending in a Jan Bendik double up.

Bendik opened from the button and then called all-in for 7.705 million after Adrien Allain three-bet all-in.

Bendik: Q♥J♣
Allain: 8♠8♣

The Frenchamn was one flip away from an EPT title but he couldn’t hold as the board ran 2♣4♣A♣9♣2♥ to make the Slovakian a flush. The chips are virtually even now. –MC


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6:17pm: Allain extends lead
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

After a few small pots where Jan Bedik chipped away at Adrien Allain, the latter took the biggest pot of heads up so far and extended his lead.

Bendik called off the button with 9♥7♦ and Allain checked with K♦J♥. The 3♦9♦A♦ flop was checked to the A♦ turn where Allain check-called a 300,000 bet. The board completed with the 10♦ and Bendik bet 600,000 when the action was checked to him, followed by a quick call when raised to 1.4 million.

Allain showed him the bad news and he mucked to drop to 9 million. Allain moved up to 23 million. –MC

6pm: Heads up play underway
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Stay tuned to see who will become the 12th ever EPT Grand Final champion. –MC

5:37pm: Early break
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

There wasn’t long left on the level so the players have been sent on their 20-minute break a little early. The heads up battle will start after that and be stacked as follows:

Adrien Allian – 22 million
Jan Bendik – 10.6 million

5:35pm: Main event heads up after Jimmy Guerrero goes in third for €406,850
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

A huge race played out between Jimmy Guerrero and Adrien Allian that resulted in the former busting and the latter taking a two-to-one lead into heads up.

Guerrero was in the small blind and opened to 425,000 before Allain three-bet to 1.15 million out of the big blind. Guerrero asked how much Allain was playing and when he found out it was around 16 million, he shoved all-in for 4.65 million. Call.

Guerrero: 2♥2♣
Allain: A♣J♦

The board ran 3♥A♦J♥6♦10♣ to make Allain two pair. He and Guerrero embraced and then the two remaining players went on a break. –MC


A tough day is now over for Jimmy Guerrero

5:20pm: Bendik cracks aces to double
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

It’s been an amazing day so far for Jan Bendik, and it’s just got better after he doubled through Jimmy Guerrero to move in to second place.

Guerrero opened to 350,000 from the button and Bendik defended his big blind to see a 4♥K♣7♦ flop appear. Guerrero continued for 375,000 only to be check-raised up to 925,000 by Bendik. He came back with a three-bet to 1.850 million and a call after Bendik shoved for 3.555 million.

Guererro: A♦A♣
Bendik: K♦7♥

The Slovakian was ahead with two pair and stayed that way as the board ran out 2♠3♠.

Current chip counts:

Allain – 17.915 million
Bendik – 7.97 million
Guerrero – 6.83 million

5pm: Umarov’s epic run ends in fourth for €305,660
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

It all started with a €10 Spin & Go and it ended with a fourth-place finish and a cheque for over €300k in one of the world’s premiere poker tournamnets. Asan Umarov has a story for life to tell, an immiedte poker hero for Kazakhstan.


Asam Umarov: Spin & Gone

His end was, in isolation, a cold one. Jan Bendik opened to 325,000 from the button before Umarov three-bet all-in from the next seat with A♦9♦. Jimmy Guerrero was in the big blind and shoved after waking up with K♣K♠. Bendik folded.

The board ran Q♠Q♦J♠6♥J♦ and Guerrero moved back up to 12.26 million. Umarov may not have won, but he’s the story of this main event for sure. Brilliant stuff. –MC

4:50pm: Calamusa out in fifth
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)


Calamusa out

Pierre Calamusa is heading home with €233,800. He is now out in fifth place.

After hitting a two-outer on the river to survive in a hand against Jan Bendik (see 3pm update), he drifted back to a short stack. Calamusa three-bet shoved with 3♥3♦ and got that one through after Jimmy Guerrero folded 2♥2♣. But a few hands later, he found A♥4♣ in the small blind and moved in for 3.175 million.

Adrien Allain, with A♦J♦, snapped him off in the big blind–and there was a jack on the flop. That’s that for Calamusa, the first of three Frenchman from the final six to perish. — HS


It’s time to say goodbye for Pierre Calamusa

4:38pm: Guerrero folds to Bendik river shove
Level 32 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Jimmy Guerrero’s been in some tricky spots today and he found himself in another one in a hand versus Jan Bendik.

He opened from under the gun with A♦7♦ and Bendik was the only caller, from the small blind with J♥9♥. The flop came 8♦10♥9♦ and both players checked the the Q♠ turn where Guerrero’s delayed 450,000 c-bet was check-raised up to 1.175m by Bendik, who’d turned a straight. Guerrero called while saying, “Gimme a jack!”

It was the 7♠ though and he folded after Bendik moved all-in for 1.155 million. Guerrero dropped to 8.66 million and Bendik leapt up to 4.66 million. –MC

4:25pm: Fantastic five back at it
Level 32 – Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Off they go again.


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4:02pm: Break time
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

That’s the end of Level 31 and the remaining five players are heading to their first 20-minute break. Here are the stacks:

Adrien Allain – 13.545 million (84 BBs)
Jimmy Guerrerro – 10.245 million (64)
Pierre Calamusa – 3.455 million (21)
Jan Bendik – 2.9 million (18)
Asan Umarov – 2.560 million (16)

3:55pm: More for Allain
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

The poker gods tried to give us a gift just now by giving Adrien Allain and Jimmy Guerrero two huge hands to battle with, just moments after that other crazy hand. Guerrero showed his class, though, even though he lost the hand.

He opened to 250,000 with Q♦Q♣ from under the gun before Allain three-bet to 675,000 off the button with A♦K♠. The flop came K♥8♣7♥ and Guerrero check-called 500,000 before he check-folded to a 1 million bet on the 7♥ turn. He dropped to 9.93 million and Allain rose to almost 14 million. –MC

3:47pm: Move of the day from Allain
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Adrien Allain had no fear just now when he took on and bluffed chip leader, Jimmy Guerrero. It was especially brave considering the short stacks still in, and he needed to risk all his chips to get the move through.

Allain, with 9♦6♦, opened to 300,000 before Guerrero three-bet to 850,000 with A♦Q♥. Allain came back with a four-bet to 1.8 million and Guerrero called. The flop fanned 10♥4♥J♥ and Guerrero check-called 1.5 million. The 4♣ was checked through before Allain moved all-in for 5.650 million when the 4♦ river was checked over to him.


Jimmy Guerrero sent to the tank for five minutes

Guerrero tanked for over five minutes, when the clock was called on him, but let the it run down to drop to 11.25 million. Allain’s bravery rewarded his a stack worth 12.41 miilion – good for the chip lead again. –MC


Adrien Allain moves into the chip lead

3:20pm: Disciplined Guerrero
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Jimmy Guerrero folded pre-flop, but in so doing demonstrated that there’s a good deal of skill to his chip-leading game.

Jan Bendik opened from the cutoff, making it 275,000 to play. He had A♥Q♦. Action passed through Asan Umarov to Guerrero in the small blind and he found A♠10♣.

It looked like it was the kind of hand a chip leader would likely play, but he will surely have noticed how tight Bendik has been opening, particularly with two smaller stacks at the table. And he was thereby able to find a fold.

Not so to Pierre Calamusa, in the big blind, who raised to 800,000 with A♣3♣ but was then forced to fold when Bendik shoved. — HS

3:18pm: Guerrero extends lead as he flushed on Allain
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Jimmy Guerrero has passed 14 million after he battled with the other big stack, Adrien Allain.

The latter opened to 275,000 from under the gun and Guerrero was the only caller from the small blind. He check-called a c-bet on a 2♠8♠9♣ flop before both players checked the 7♠ turn. The river was the 3♣ and Guerorro checked to face a 450,000 bet. It was a cheeky check as he held A♠Q♠ and he raised it to 1.7 million. Allain taned with A♦9♥ but ultimately mucked. — MC

3:12pm: AA beats AA holding Chinese AA
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Don’t worry, we didn’t have an aces beating aces cooler; our €10 Spin & Go qualifier Asan Umarov found aces and used them to double up through Adrien Allain holding pocket eights.

The Frenchman opened to 275,000 with 8♣8♠ and called after Umarov mved all-in for 1.030 million from the small blind. He held A♥A♦ and made a full house as the board ran 5♥A♣5♦K♦5♣. Allain dropped to 9.98 million and Umarov doubled to 2.28 million. –MC

3pm: Another escape for Calamusa; doubles after two-outer
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Pierre Calamusa will not die. He was just in a desperate spot, again against Jan Bendik, but this time he miraculously did manage to double up, even after he was a 98 percent underdog.

This one started when Calamusa found K♦K♣ and opened to 240,000. Jan Bendik found A♦6♦ in the small blind and was able to call. It persuaded Asan Umarov in from the big blind with 8♦7♥.

But Bendik looked set to get his revenge when the flop came 6♠6♥J♠ and, after a couple of checks, Calamusa bet 300,000. Only Bendik called. The turn brought the 5♠ and Bendik led for 500,000. Calamusa shoved over the top and Bendik called, of course.

Calausa then learnt the bad news. He had two outs. After an agreeable pause for drama, the dealer burned and turned…the K♠! Calamusa hit it to double up to 3.9 million and put Bendik down to 3.4 million. — HS

2:58pm: Calamusa chops to stay alive
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Pierre Calamusa’s tournament life was hanging by a thread. But he will also consider himself unfortunate not to double up. Here’s why:

He open shoved for 1.7 million from the button with Q♥J♥ and Jan Bendik called from the small blind with A♦K♠. So that’s when it looked bleak for Calamusa. But on the flop, he got plenty of outs: 7♥4♥3♣.

However he missed all those outs. Yet he also wasn’t knocked out. Because after the J♠ bricked the turn, the 6♦ on the river chopped it. — HS

2:54pm: Rosen first player downed, takes home €170,950 for sixth place
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Oren Rosen: went in sixth place
Any one of the four short stacks could’ve been the first to go, the cards decided it was going to be Oren Rosen though.

He moved all-in from the button with K♠J♠ and got no callers, that wasn’t the case the very next hand. He moved all-in for 1.65 million and Jan Bendik did likewise, for 3.23 million, from the next seat. The blinds folded.

Rosen: A♦J♦
Bendik: A♣K♥

Rosen screwed his nose whe he saw the hands and the news never improved for him as the board ran 10♦2♥3♥3♠6♦. –MC

2:40pm: Movin’ on in and movin’ on up
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

The all-in triangle came out for two consecutive hands, adding a bunch of blinds and antes to the stacks of Pierre Calamusa and Asan Umarov, respectively. Calamusa actually got more than that because he jammed from the small blind after Jimmy Guerrero opened his button with 9♥6♣. Calamusa shoved for 1.215 million and Guerrero folded.

On the next hand, Umarov open-shoved A♥3♠ and everybody folded. He had only 11 bigs at that point and now has 13. — HS

2:30pm: Even more costly
Level 31 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

They’re into Level 31 now, where a big blind is 120,000 and an ante is 20,000. We’re getting close to the time when an ante is the same as a starting stack. — HS


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2:28pm: How many BBs?
Level 30 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

We’re still playing Level 30 here, where blinds are 50,000-100,000 (10,000 ante) and the stack sizes at the moment, if you look at them in the universal currency of big blinds, are as follows:

Jimmy Guerrero: 128 BBs
Adrien Allain: 112 BBs
Jan Bendik: 34 BBs
Oren Rosen: 17 BBs
Pierre Calamusa: 17 BBs
Asan Umarov: 16 BBs

2:25pm: Guerrero back into the lead
Level 30 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

It didn’t take long for Jimmy Guerrero to retake the chip lead with 12.02 million after he won a pot off Oren Rosen.

The latter raised with 9♠8♠ and Guerrero defended his big blind with K♥10♠. Jan Bendik, after three-beting all-in with A-K the hand before, folded A♥10♥ on the button.

The flop fell A♠5♥8♥ and Guerrero check-called 235,000 before the 10♣ on the turn and 2♥ on the river were checked down. Guerrero opened his hand and took the pot after Rosen mucked. He dropped to 1.78 million. I wonder what Bendik thought at the end of the hand. –MC

2.10pm: First hand for Bendik
Level 30 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Our Spin & Go qualifier Asan Umarov got involved straight away, opening to 225,000 from under the gun with 9♣9♠. It folded to Jan Bendik in the big blind and he defended with A♥2♠. The flop came 7♣A♠6♠ and Bendik check-called Umarov’s bet. They then went check-check-check-check through the 3♥ turn and Q♥ river and Bendik’s ace won the day. — HS

2pm: Off they go
Level 30 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

The stream has started, and therefore so have we. We’ll play all the way to a champion today. — HS


EPT12 Grand Final last six: (standing l-r): Asan Usamov, Oren Rosen, Jimmy Guerrero, Pierre Calamusa. (Seated): Jan Bendik, Adrien Allain

11:30am: The race to first

Good morning everybody and welcome back to Monaco for the final day of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final. We play to a winner in both the €25,000 high roller and the €5,300 main event. Stick here for the latter. Head over there for the former.

When play finished on the main stage last night there were six players remaining and a leader board topped by two Frenchmen: Adrien Allain and Jimmy Guerrero, who have barely a big blind to separate them.

However, our PokerStars Spin & Go qualifier, Asan Umarov, was also still involved. The man from Kazakhstan won a package here in a $10 three-handed shootout and is now looking at a first prize of nearly €1 million.

Play begins in real life at 1pm but we will pick up coverage in line with the EPT Live coverage that starts at 2pm. Here are the full counts of the remaining players:

Name Country Status Chips
Adrien Allain France 11,815,000
Jimmy Guerrero France Live satellite winner 11,480,000
Asan Umarov Kazakhstan PokerStars qualifier 3,770,000
Jan Bendik Slovakia Live satellite winner 2,625,000
Oren Rosen Israel PokerStars player 2,315,000
Pierre Calamusa France 2,235,000

Take a look at the official website of the EPT, with tournament schedule, news and results.

Also all the schedule information is on the EPT App, which is available on both Android or IOS.

PokerStars Blog reporting team on the EPT12 Grand Final main event: Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Photography by Neil Stoddart. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog

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