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8pm: Dinner break
After 14 levels players are now on dinner break. Play resumes at 9pm local time. — SB

7.50pm: De Korver on the rail
Pieter de Korver is out, moving in with Q10 against Michael Martin’s AJ. The board ran 5A5106 to send the former Grand Final winner to the rail. – SB

7.42pm: Oh no for Arnaud
Arnaud Mattern, currently sitting opposite me booking a flight home, is out, sent to the rail – the press room – by Noah Boeken. 25 players remain. — SB

7.40pm: Bye bye Boeree
Liv Boeree is out, moving in against Roberto Romanello with AJ. Romanello turned over KK and won the pot on a board of 84622. — SB

7.35pm: Jan Skampas on
Jan Skampa doubles up through Max Lykov, shoving for 40,000 with 109. Lykov called with A5 and the board came J10663. Lykov paid off the former Prague champion, but still has 370,000. – SB

7.30pm: Stani out
Kevin Stani just moved all-in on a flop of 254 with around 100,000 in the middle. Will Fry mumbled something and called when Michael Tureniec called the clock. Stani showed K9 against Fry’s A4.

The turn came 7, the river 5. Fry took the pot, moving up to more than 300,000, while Stani’s EPT season, which started with victory in Tallinn in the season opener, comes to an end. – SB

7.20pm: ElkY’s comeback continues
“What are you made of?” asked an incredulous Noah Boeken. The recipient of the question was one Monsieur Betrand Grospellier, aka ElkY. It’s a valid question. The rapid fire Frenchman was down to 4,500 a few turbo levels ago but is now up over his starting stack with 110,000. — RD

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ElkY’s blood type? +EV

7.15pm: Romanello rumbles De Korver
Roberto Romanello doubles up to 200,000, getting his chips in with KK and getting called by Pieter de Korver with AQ. The board ran 2J35J to win the hand, leaving De Korver in trouble. — SB

7.10pm: Vamplew done
Vamplew out, sent to the rail by Rupert Elder.

7.05pm: Vamplew knocked back by Elder
David Vamplew opened for 5,000 in the hijack, which Rupert Elder called form the small blind for a flop of JQ9.

Elder then bet 9,000 which Vamplew called for a 5 turn card. Another 20,000 from Elder which again Vamplew called for a K river card. Now Elder moved all-in for around 80,000. Vamplew thought for several minutes, pulling a variety of faces, before calling, showing AQ. Elder took the pot with A10, taking his stack to around 250,000. – SB

6.50pm: Blinds 1,200-2,400, 200 ante: ElkY all-in
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier moved all-in without any takers, then tried again and got a call from Jason Mercier, who turned over KQ to ElkY’s 88. “Surely it’s going to be a split pot,” joked one player, referring to the “run-good” reputations of both players.
The board ran A928 at which point Mercier paid off ElkY. The Frenchman, who had been down to less than 5,000, is now up to 80,000. – SB

6.45pm: Play resumes
Max Lykov is currently the player closest to that Champion of Champions final table with 420,000. — RD

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Max Lykov, chip leader at the Champion of Champions

PokerStars Blog reporting team at EPT Madrid (in order of need of a clean shirt): Rick Dacey (sweating in the press hot box) and Stephen Bartley (carries spares and a portable coat hanger like that baddie in ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’). Photos by Neil Stoddart.

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