Updates from day 4, level 24 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc “The Conv” Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
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Level 24: 15,000-30,000 (2,000 ante)
6.45pm: Brutal exit – Lauttamus out of the game in 10th
Scared little children, look away now. As bust outs go this was pretty cruel for Juha Lauttamus, with Anthony Roux hitting his two-outer on the river.
It started with Stefan Mattsson betting 67,000 from the cut-off, called by Roux on the button. Lauttamus was in the small blind and calmly announced all in, for around 1 million. Mattsson scarpered, but Roux called instantly.
The flop was bad for the man from Finland, coming K♥3♣3♥ to give Roux the higher two pair. But the J♦ on the turn made his own full house, and sent his supporters on the rail shrieking with delight.
Tournament boss Thomas Kremser announced that now Anthony Roux could only hit a king to win the hand, one of two left in the deck – and the dealer promptly produced the K♣ river.
Lauttamus was aghast, and wandered off to regain his compsoure, before returning to shake Roux by the hand. Lauttamus collects €42,600 for his week’s work, but surely he will take a few days to recover from that.
What a game!
6.40pm: Lauttamus back in the game
Juha Lauttamus moved all in from the button for about 550,000. Jan Skampa, with so many chips that even the top tier of his tower is worth more than 1.5 million, re-raised all in, comfortably covering Gustav Ekerot, who was in the big blind. Ekerot folded and the cards were exposed:
The board proved that Skampa isn’t completely immortal. It ran Q♥10♣6♥7♣3♣ and Lauttamus doubled up to 1.1 million.
6.30pm: The best dressed battle in the room
Luca Pagano and Priyan de Mel could probably chew the fat for a good while about designer clothing or man-bling. But right now most of their conversation is strictly in the language of poker. De Mel raised to 65,000 from the button and Pagano called from the big blind. The flop came 6♥Q♦7♦ and Pagano check-called De Mel’s 80,000 bet. They both checked the 10♥ turn but Pagano led for 120,000 at the 6♣ river. De Mel folded.
6.25pm: Blooming big pot
A seed can grow into a big flower and this flower started with a raise to 72,000 from Jan Skampa from under-the-gun. Stefan Mattsson called from the button before Anthony Roux three-bet to 220,000 from the small blind. Both players called and this flower was pushing up through the ground. All three players checked the flop so the board read J♦6♣Q♦7♠ at the turn stage. Roux checked to Skampa who bet 470,000 and was only called by Mattsson. This flower was starting to grow tall as the river came 7♦.
No fear from Skampa as he bet 900,000. Mattsson mouthed “Wow” as he pondered his decision. The rail crowded in close as this pot became the focus after the elimination was confirmed on the other table. Mattsson eventually let the pot go and Skampa plucked the flower from the middle and smelt the sweet smell of a pot worth well over two million.
6.20pm: Ryan’s slaughter
Kalle Niemi experienced a roller-coaster all-in – behind, then ahead, then behind again. Laurence Ryan had made it 88,000 on the button, and Niemi moved all in from the big blind for 423,000 more.
Ryan goes in to the tank, almost talking himself into a call, which if he did, and lost, was cost most of his own chips. Eventually he stood up, and called.
Niemi was the all-in player, and he needed to hit. And he did just that on the flop, which came 7♥8♦K♥. At that point Ryan looked resigned to losing, and started to count out his chips, but the turn was the 4♥, giving him a set. That also gave Niemi the flush draw, but the K♠ river gave Ryan a full house and all of Niemi’s chips.
We’re down to 10.
6.10pm: You wait hours for one…
…and then three come along in quick succession. George Secara is out, the victim of Jan Skampa. Skampa raised to 140,000 from the button and Secara shoved all in from the small blind. He had about 600,000 and Skampa, who had more than two million, made an instant call.
The flop brought something for everyone: A♣9♥3♣ but the turn only favoured Skampa. It was an emphatic 2♣ giving him the flush. The river was a meaningless Q♣. Skampa sends Secara scampering to the rail.
6pm: Brosolo burned by Mattsson
Yann Brosolo is out – and he’s going to be cursing Stefan Mattsson and a queen. Brosolo raised to 70,000 and Mattsson bumped it up to 205,000. Brosolo moved all in for about 900,000 and Mattsson called. This whole process took less than about 30 seconds, and it included a celebratory fist pump when the hands were revealed:
But things went quickly belly up for Brosolo. The flop was 10♠Q♥4♥ and Mattsson took the lead. The 9♠ turn and the 2♣ river were not the cards Brosolo was looking for and he leaves in 13th.
5.55pm: Evgeniy Zaytsev busted in 14th place
Anthony Roux came in for 75,000 from early position, and Evgeniy Zaytsev moved all in for around 900,000. Roux shrugged, and announced call.
The Russian needed a lot of help, but the dealer did not oblige. He dealt 3♥8♣6♦K♥2♦, and that sealed Zaytsev’s fate. Roux, however, moves up to 2.3million.
So, 13 players are left and we need to lose five more before packing up for the night.
5.45pm: In with a monster
Stefan Mattsson just made a ballsy raise: four blue chips in two short piles, topped by one long tower of yellows with a red one on top making for an intriguing shape. It was 144,000 to play but the Swede got no takers, fearful perhaps that he was representing the nuts.
5.40pm: Chip leading pot accounts for Boyard
“This is a chip-leading pot,” said Priyan de Mel, watching Sebastien Boyard and Eyal Avitan go at it pre-flop. He wasn’t kidding. It was folded to Avitan in the cut-off and he opened to 90,000. Boyard made it 360,000 on the button – most spectators agreed that these bets seemed remarkably large given that the blinds are 15,000-30,000. Anyhow, things were due to get bigger: Avitan announced that he was all in, and Boyard called for all his chips – about 580,000 more than what he had already committed.
Big bets meant big hands: Boyard had Q♠Q♥ but Avitan had K♥K♠. A king flopped and Boyard was busted. He takes €20,000 and leaves us with 14 players.
Eyal Avitan is now back in the chip lead.
5.35pm: Let’s hear it for level 24
For it is here. Players are settling back in their seats. We’re down to 15, edging ever closer to the required eight.