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Day-end wrap
Here’s a report on what happened at EPT Dublin on Day 4.

7:40pm: Clarke’s huge overbet gets paid off in last hand of the day
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

In what would turn out to be the very last hand played on Day 4, Patrick Clarke put out a big overbet which confused Christopher Kruk into making the wrong decision.

Clarke began the pot with an open to 50,000, of which Kruk was the only caller. The flop came 9AK, Kruk checked, and Clarke put out a c-bet of 55,000. It would be called and we saw the 9 on the turn.

Kruk checked again and it slowed Clarke down too. He checked and the 8 landed on the river, putting a club flush draw out there.

Kruk checked a third time, and Clarke started thinking. He eventually counted out and slid in a bet of 425,000 – huge considering the pot was only 220,000.

It was one of those ‘either he has it or he doesn’t’ kind of situations for Kruk. He thought for a short while (not too long, mind) and eventually made the big call.

Clarke showed the Q5 for the nut flush, and Kruk mucked.

Patrick Clarke is now your overnight chip leader with a monstrous stack of 2,950,000, while Christopher Kruk is near the bottom with 450,000.

That’s the end of Day 4 – we’ll have a full wrap of today up shortly. –JS

7:35pm: Jones takes on the Mateos three-bet
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

Mateos has been three betting often on the feature table, but just had to think twice in a pre-flop encounter with Rhys Jones.

Jones opened for 45,000 and in familiar fashion Mateos three-bet to 115,000 from the hijack. In response Jones pushed all-in, forcing Mateos to fold. – SB

7:30pm: Gong shoves, Kamatakis takes some tank time
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (ante 3,000)

After losing that hand to Patrick Clarke (see below), Jiachen Gong was down to 20 big blinds. So when Iliodoros Kamatakis opened to 45,000 from the hijack, Gong moved all in from the small blind for 362,000 total.

It folded back to Kamatakis and he went deep into the tank. “It’s not that much,” said Gong to the Greek player.

“Online it’s a call but here…” replied Kamatakis. “Do you want me to call?” he added.

“Do you have sevens, you have sevens right?” shot back Gong.

This portion of the hand had been going on for three and a half minutes by the time Mikhail Petrov decided enough was enough. He called the clock and after being read his rights, Kamatakis folded. –NW

7:25pm: Ten minutes to play
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

There will be no drawing of a card to determine how many hands are left to play. Instead they will play the clock down. It’s also been announced that there will be no redraw for tomorrow. – SB

7:20pm: Urbanovich all in
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

It was a sleepy hand until the turn. On a board reading 3K4J Adrian Mateos checked to Dzmitry Urbanovich who bet 165,000. Mateos paused, then moved all in, getting a call from Urbanovich.

Mateos 86
Urbanovich 44

Mateos needed a diamond to dismiss Urbanovich, but the river came 2. That left Mateos with 717,000 while Urbanovich continues to climb, up to 1.4 million. – SB

7:05pm: Clarke bashes Gong
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

Jiachen Gong is still around, despite coming back from the break with the shortest stack. However, his situation hasn’t improved. In fact, he’s even lower than he was.

The Canadian opened to 48,000 and Patrick Clarke – to his immediate left – was the only caller. The flop came 799, and we wouldn’t see any more action just yet.

To the turn, then – the 3. Gong checked and Clarke snuck in a bet of 75,000, which would be called. The rive came the 8 and both checked. Gong just had ace-high with the AQ and Clarke won the pot with the A7.

Jiachen Gong 385,000
Patrick Clarke 2,500,000 –JS

6:55pm: Banic stations
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

Patrick Clarke has moved up to second in chips after winning a decent sized pot against Ivan Banic. It was actually Christopher Kruk who lit the kindling: the Canadian opened to 45,000 from early position, Banic called from the hijack, only for Clarke to three-bet to 160,000 from the small blind. Kruk folded, but Banic called.

Both players checked the 8K3 flop and the 8 fell on the turn. Clarke bet 190,000 and again Banic called. The 4 river completed the flush draw, but it didn’t slow Clarke down as he bet 385,000.

Banic tanked for about 10 seconds before placing a single chip into the pot to signify a call. Clarke opened 98 for turned trips and it was good.

Clarke is up to 2,315,000. Banic is down to 900,000. –NW

6:40: Kamatakis shares his read on Bernies
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

While I was watching a hand between Gilles Bernies and Chistopher Kruk, Iliodoros Kamatakis got out of his seat and started whispering to me.

“I have a read on the French guy,” he said. Bernies is actually German, but whatever. I’ll tell you that later; for now, back to the hand.

Kruk min-opened to 40,000 and faced a three-bet from the French…sorry, German player. It was for 140,000 and Kruk made the call.

The flop came 86Q and Kruk checked. Bernies took his time and counted out a bet of 170,000. It was good enough to take down the pot.


Gilles Bernies: Can you see it?

So, to Kamatakis’ read on Bernies.

I can’t tell you that can I? That would break player-blogger confidentiality. –JS

6:45pm: Outer-table chip counts
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

Here’s how the stacks roughly size up right now on the outer table:

Christopher Kruk 1,300,000
Iliodoros Kamatakis 1,100,000
Ivan Banic 1,700,000
Gilles Bernies 2,700,000
Jiachen Gong 540,000
Patrick Clarke 1,500,000
Mikhail Petrov 1,000,000
Matias Ruzzi 1,000,000 –JS

6:40pm: Rhys takes of Ruzzi
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

Rhys Jones is back up to 1.1 million after a hand against Matias Ruzzi. The hand began with Tomas MacNamara in early position opening for 45,000. Ruzzi called on the button as did Jones in the big blind.

The flop came 5810 which MacNamara checked. Ruzzi bet 53,000 which Jones called, keeping his hood over his mouth. MacNamara folded.

On the 7 turn both players checked for a K river card. At this point Jones bet 147,000, forcing the fold. – SB

6:30pm: All happening pre-flop
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

Not much happening post-flop on the feature table, but plenty before, including the latest hand.

Dzmitry Urbanovich opened from the cut off for 50,000 which Kuljinder Sidhu called from the small blind. Matias Ruzzi was in the big blind and three-bet to 175,000.


Dzmitry Urbanovich: Best Main Event showing to date

The action returned to Urbanovich who paused, then four-bet to 478,000, leaving himself 250,000 behind. Sidhu folded, so too did Ruzzi. Urbanovich, who had been very short not long ago, is now up to 974,000. – SB

6:25pm: Gong’s kings are good
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

From early position Mikhail Petrov opened to 45,000 and Jiachen Gong called out of the big blind. The 778 flop checked through and the 3 fell on the turn. Gong led for 80,000 and Petrov called.

The 7 rounded off the board and Gong fired a second bullet. This time 125,000 was the asking price and it was a price Petrov paid. Gong opened KK for a slow-played pair of kings, which turned into a full house.

“Would you have called all-in?” asked Iliodoros Kamatakis of Petrov, to which the Russian replied, “I had an eight. We might be chopping.”

Gong’s up to 740,000 while Petrov is down to 1,100,000. –NW

6:15pm: Paddy Clarke, ha, ha, ha
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

Before the blinds went up, Iliodoros Kamatakis and Patrick Clarke had a bit of a rivalry going on. Here are two hands they played in a row heads-up against each other.

In the first one, Kamatakis opened to 35,000, and Patrick Clarke three-bet to 92,000. It folded around to Kamatakis and he made the call, before the flop came AK7.

Both players checked it, and the turn was the 3 bringing four cards to a flush. They both checked and the turn wasn’t a fifth club, but instead the 8. Clarke put together a bet of 85,000 and Kamatakis called.

“Flush?” he asked. “Flush,” replied Clarke.

Kamatakis’ 1010 was higher than Clarke’s 44 though.

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Patrick Clarke

On the next hand. Kamatakis opened slightly higher to 36,000 and this time Clarke just called from the big blind. The flop was the 5510, which both checked, and the turn another ten – the 10. Clarke bet 65,000, Kamatakis called, and the river was the 6.

Clarke doubled his turn bet and then some with a 135,000 bet, and Kamatakis had a decision to make. He counted out calling chips, but they must have looked too good to give up. He folded.

Patrick Clarke 1,650,000
Iliodoros Kamatakis 1,100,000 –JS

6pm: Mateos on the rise
Level 23 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

Adrian Mateos has had a profitable passage of play, up to 940,000. Two pots did it, and both times it was a pre-flop four-bet that forced out the opposition. First Rhys Jones and most recently Matias Ruzzi. Mateos is the only former EPT winner left in the field. – SB


Adrian Mateos

5:55pm: More for Meylan
Level 22- Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Alexandre Meylan just won the first significant pot at the outer table since the players returned. The action was started by Jiachen Gong, he opened to 36,000, Mikhail Petrov then three-bet to 84,000 from the hijack, Meylan smooth called from the cutoff and Gong put in the extra.

So it was three to a flop, which fell 5107, the action checked to Meylan, he bet 102,000 and both his opponents folded. –NW

5:25pm: Full chip counts
Level 22 – Blinds 8,000-16,000 (ante 2,000)

Name Country Chips
Gilles Bernies Germany 2,200,000
Christopher Kruk Canada 1,900,000
Ivan Banic Croatia 1,800,000
Patrick Clarke Ireland 1,700,000
Mikhail Petrov Russia 1,320,000
Alex Goulder UK 1,305,000
Rhys Jones UK 1,122,000
Matias Ruzzi Argentina 1,0170,00
Kuljinder Sidhu UK 963,000
Iliodoros Kamatakis Greece 835,000
Frank Williams UK 798,000
Tomas MacNamara UK 769,000
Alexandre Meylan Switzerland 650,000
Adrian Mateos Spain 647,000
Dzmitry Urbanovich Poland 477,000
Jiachen Gong Canada 450,000


Kuljinder Sidhu: Middle of the pack

5:15pm: Redraw (stacks coming)
Level 22 – Blinds 8,000-16,000 (ante 2,000)

Here are the final two tables of the EPT Dublin Main Event. Ordinarily, we’d stop at 16 players, but they’re going to play to the end of this level (there are 20 minutes left) and then another one before bagging for the night.

TV table

1 – Kuljinder Sidhu
2 – Matias Ruzzi
3 – Frank Williams
4 – Rhys Jones
5 – Adrian Mateos
6 – Tomas MacNamara
7 – Dzmitry Urbanovich
8 – Alex Goulder

Outer table

1 – Christopher Kruk
2 – Iliodoros Kamatakis
3 – Ivan Banic
4 – Gilles Bernies
5 – Jiachen Gong
6 – Patrick Clarke
7 – Mikhail Petrov
8 – David Meylan

Please see the Day 4 archive for previous coverage.

Take a look at the official website of the EPT, with tournament schedule, news, results and accommodation details for the rest of the season.

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 Dublin Main Event: Stephen Bartley, Jack Stanton and Howard Swains. One fresh, new, eager upstart and two grizzled old-timers. Photography by Neil Stoddart. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.

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