Live updates from day 1b, level 6 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains.
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Blinds: 200-400 (50 ante)
7.18pm: Team PokerStars Pros go head to head
At one table it was Daniel Negreanu and Lex Veldhuis and the other it was Ivan Demidov and Betrand Grospellier. Negreanu lost a big pot in the countdown to the break when called by Veldhuis on the river with the second nut flush. Kid Poker is down to 9,500 and will be looking double up soon after the break.
Demidov was also sat on a monster with his pocket sixes giving him a full house – and a significant pot to boot. The 2008 WSOP Main Event runner-up has 42,000 while Elky has been knocked down to 24,000.
7.12pm: Rahman sucked out on by Pokergirl
Samer Rahman and Morten Erlandsen (aka Pokergirl) got tangled up pre-flop when Erlandsen 3-bet over a third of his stack to 5,100. Rahman called saying ‘I will call any flop without an Ace,’ and then promptly shoved the 2♠ Q♠ 2♣ flop. Erlandsen thought long and hard before eventually shrugging and pushing his last 8,400 into the middle. Rahman showed pocket fives and Erlandsen AK. 10♠ A♣ came running out to give Erlandsen the pot.
Julien Thew did get very lucky earlier to spike a two-outer but this boy knows how to use a stack once when he has one. The one player he’s got the better of is EPT San Remo Champion Constant Rijkenberg with the story ending in the downfall of the Dutchman. Rijkenberg was flying a couple of levels ago but Thew has been three-betting his opponent to the point where Rijkenberg seemed to have had enough and took a stand. The problem is he took a stand at the wrong time as when he four-bet shoved he ran in the pocket queens of Thew whilst holding king-nine. No king came and Thew added the rest of Rijkenberg’s chips to create a 90,000 stack
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6.42pm: Houghton can’t hold on
Laurence Houghton has been quietly accumulating chips and was up to 53,000 before check-calling away a 2,500 bet from an early position raiser on a Q♣ A♥ 7♦ flop. The Brit couldn’t hold onto the turn when a 4k bet came his way. Houghton was left sitting comfortably on 49,000.