10.40pm: Pateychuk wins EPT San Remo and €680,000
Andrey Pateychuk has won EPT San Remo after knocking out Dimitar Danchev with 7♦7♠ holding against K♠Q♠. The board ran out 4♥J♣J♠A♣3♠ for Pateychuk to take the title. Full tournament wrap is on its way. Danchev, a valiant heads up opponent, was unlucky to lose out but few will begrudge Pateychuk’s victory. He’s played an absolute stormer. — RD
10.35pm: Pateychuk gets it in super bad for 24,000,000
Andrey Pateychuk hasn’t put a foot wrong all tournament which makes this hand all the more shocking.
Dimtar Danchev opened the button to 325,000 and Pateychuk three-bet to 900,000. Danchev made the call. Pateychuk c-bet 1,200,000 into the 2♥4♠9♠ flop and Danchev came back over the top for 2,600,000. Pateychuk shoved and Danchev snapped him off.
Pateychuk tipped his head back as the grim realtity hit home. He was a 4% dog to take the pot. The 8♥ gave him some hope on the turn before the miracle runner-runner landed on the 5♥ river giving Pateychuk the straight. Danchev with just 600,000 left to Pateychuk’s 24,000,000. Unbelievable. — RD
10.25pm: Hand 200 and it’s fifty-fifty
Dimitar Danchev opened the button and took the blinds. That win takes the players exactly level with 50% of the chips in play each. That means we could be here for some time… or it’s going to be one hell of big pot. — RD
10.15pm: Balanced on a knife’s edge
On a board of 9♥2♠A♠5♣4♥ Pateychuk bet 600,000 which Dimitar Danchev raised to 1,500,000. Pateychuk called with Q♦9♣ to take the hand, topping the 8♥7♥ of Danchev.
The chips are now almost back to even again, with Danchev down to 13 million, with Pateychuk back up to 12 million. – SB
10.05pm: Danchev all-in and at risk… and doubles into the lead
Two big hands finally clash with Dimitar Danchev holding A♠K♥ and Andrey Pateychuk 9♠9♣ getting it all-in for 15,610,000.
Danchev binked the K♣4♦3♣ flop but Pateychuk stood a chance to catch up with the A♣ before the K♦ hit the river.
Danchev has been ahead before but this is by the largest margin. How will the Russian respond? — RD
9.57pm: Three-bet and pause
There’s a small pause as the TV crew find out which wire has been kicked out. Minor technical pause in what has been otherwise been a seamless broadcast. — RD
9.50pm: Tense play
On a flop of 5♠4♠Q♦ Dimitar Danchev checked to Pateychuk who bet 440,000. Danchev raised to 1,100,000 which Pateychuk called. The turn came 6♥. Danchev bet 1,650,000 sending his opponent in to the tank. He emerged, but only to fold. — SB
9.45pm: Russia in front
Dimitar Danchev called two streets on a A♦J♦K♥J♥2♥ board but couldn’t bring himself to call the river. In fact, he snap folded it. Andrey Pateychuk now up to 18,190,000 – the largest stack anyone has held this tournament. Danchev with around 6,500,000 still has a lot of big blinds but has even more catching up to do. — RD
9.40pm: Cheese burgers are for the swift
Don’t forget you can watch all the action as it happens on EPT Live where James Hartigan and Marc Convey, fresh from the swiftest three course meal in the history of the EPT San Remo buffet, will guide you every step of the way. — SB
9.35pm: Play about to resume
Play will continues shortly with blinds at 80,000-160,000 with a 20,000 ante.
PokerStars Blog reporting team in San Remo: Rick Dacey and Stephen Bartley.