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EPT San Remo: Day 1B, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 150-300)

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6.15pm: Break time
That's the end of the level. Players are now taking a 15 minute break.

6.14pm: Wice storm off
"I'm shoving the river anyway," said Jackson Genovesi, his J♠8♠ taking the 30,000-plus pot from Alex Wice on a 4♥T♥6♣3♦J♥ board.

Wice was looking decidedly unhappy that Genovesi had got there on the river. I arrived on the turn where the Italian had bet 7,800 into the 15,000 pot. Wice had called before both players checked down the river and an exasperated Wice threw down A♠Q♥.

Wice said that he would have called had Genovesi shoved a blank river and then took himself away from the table. Wice, who finished third at EPT Deauville earlier this year, is down to 23,000. Genovesi is up to 75,000. -- RD

6.12pm: Take it away Gloria...
Gloria Balding brings you an updates from the tournament floor...

6.10pm: Well that's that
Dario Minieri was ready to act in the big blind. The flop had already been dealt, coming Q♥T♣9♠. He checked to the only other player in the hand Diego Sanchez, a PokerStars qualifier from Mexico, who'd clashed with Minieri earlier. He bet 800 and waited for Minieri's response. That was a familiar two-handed raise from Minieri, using both hands to thrust 2,750 forward. Then he stared at the board in the usual way, blinking a lot.

Sanchez called for a 3♠ turn card. Again Minieri used both hands to bet a further 1,375, before resuming his staring. Sanchez hides his eyes behind aviator glasses; Minieri hides his behind a floppy fringe. He called for a 4♥ river card, at which point Minieri announced he was all-in, a total of 21,925.

With around seven minutes left in the fourth level of the day Sanchez emerged from his thinking spell to call. Minieri showed Q♠9♦ but Sanchez had him pipped, showing Q♦T♥.

"Nice hand, good game," said Minieri departing. He's out in the early stages, again. Mr Dirnberger, I'm on my way. - SB


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Dario Minieri is no more (in this tournament)


6pm: Everyone wants to beat a champ
Team PokerStars Pro Joe Cada won the WSOP Main Event a couple of years back and since then has had to deal with players trying to gain the kudos from bluffing a world champ. Perhaps it was some of that dynamic in play here.

My info is incomplete as it was relayed courtesy of PokerStars EPT video presenter Gloria Balding: "The flop was rainbow and Cada check-called 3,000. The turn was the 7♦ and he check-called 6,000. The guy in the four seat (Germano Martucci) bet 12,000 on the river and Cada shoved. Insta-muck." Cada is up to around 60,000. -- RD

5.55pm: Spinks fails to bink all day
Jon Spinks is out after a day where nothing went right for him. He filled the blog in on the two major hands that cost him:

Firstly he four-bet with queens from the third position only to see the under-the-gun raiser five-bet and the second position player six-bet. Spinks threw his cards into muck and saw the UTG player do the same with kings, face-up.

He was playing off a 12,000 stack when entering the hand that bust him. Domenico Spinelli limped and called when Spinks raised to 800 with 7♣6♣. The flop came down with two diamonds. Spinelli led and Spinks jammed with his double belly-buster straight draw. The Italian called with 7♦6♦ for the same straight draw but with a flush draw free-roll. The flush came in and Spinks said he was off to ponder how to make a Day 2 of an EPT. -- MC

5.50pm: Romanello's stack slides
EPT Prague champion Roberto Romanelllo is down to 19,000 chips after paying off Troeung Noeung, who made his hand on the turn. The action was three-way to a 4♠5♠T♥ flop and Romanello check-called a bet from the Canadian, with the third player folding.

The turn came Q♦ and the Welshman check-called a 3,700 bet to see the 8♦ river. Once more Romanello check-called, this time to the tune of 6,400, but mucked upon seeing his Noeung's K♣Q♠. -- MC

5.45pm: Horecki flushing
On a board of 8♠4♣6♦T♣ Nicola Grieco was in middle position and checked to Marcin Horecki on the button. The Pole bet 2,600 which was called by Grieco for a 8♣ river card. Grieco chanced a bet of 5,300 but Horecki was quick to call. Grieco showed a single J♥ prompting Horecki to turn over his 5♣3♣. Grieco sat up, looked at the board as if to ask what the hell had just happened. He'd lost, that's what. This finally dawned on him, and he mucked. - SB


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Horecki flush with chips (behind his hands)


5.40pm: Let's face it, we're all only here for the food...
Gloria Balding puts her size zero status on the line with a taste tour of San Remo...

5.35pm: The language barrier
Andy Black is dealing with several Italian conversations taking place around him all at once. Being And Black, he wants to join in, and somehow manages to without speaking the lingo. But that never stopped him before.

He opened a pot from middle position for 725 which was called by Nicolas Rinquin in the cut off before Italian Quoc Trung Nguyen, who had been making the earlier noise, raised to 25,000 from the button. The action reached Black again, who passed, as did Rinquin.
"Show one card..." said Black, which translated easily enough. Nguyen showed Black a card (an ace) which seemed to fulfil expectations in the Irishman. "I know, I felt it..." - SB

5.30pm: No jokes for Naujoks
Poker allows you to adopt various playing styles and demeanours. Play like a lunatic, a rock or just sit and gas away the day. It's your choice. Team PokerStars Pro Sandra Naujoks usually goes for the steely-eyed gaze, hair impeccably coiffed, chips carefully riffled. If she could smoke a cigar at the table, she probably would.

Having won EPT Dortmund back in 2008 for €917,000 she's had no major live scores but plenty of near misses; ninth in a $25,000 High Roller at the PCA, 15th in a $10,000 PLO bracelet event and tenth in a £5,000 Omaha event. Having made just one EPT cash this season, $15,000 for 196th at the PCA, she's no doubt keen to make another mark before EPT Season 7 comes to an end.

She's currently on 27,000 having dragged herself back up from 20,000 after bettering Evelyn Ng in a small pot and Johan Hojman in a slighty larger one, betting a pot-sized 5,000 into the river of 6♠7♣6♣5♦9♠ board. -- RD


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Sandra Naujoks puts on her war poker face


5.25pm: Veldhuis flies over the storm with AA
We mentioned earlier that Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis was feeling like he was about to whip up a storm in a soar or crash type of way. The man is much more settled now and he's soaring above that storm with 44,000 after a full double-up.

He had aces versus the tens of Alessandro Speranza and called all the way to the river before raising all-in. Speranza made the call to see the bad news. -- MC

5.20pm: Some fallers
Team PokerStars Pro Dag Palovic and EPT winners Lucien Cohen and Ben Wilinofsky are all out, as is Nicolo Calia who failed to get there with a gutshot straight flush draw against a set. -- RD

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 150-300


5.17pm: Talking of Dario...
Gloria Balding talks to the diminutive Italian Team PokerStars Pro int he first part of his spotlight interview...

5.15pm: Minieri on manoeuvres
Tiziano Castagna limped from under-the-gun and the action was folded to Dario Minieri in the cut off. Would this be the moment Minieri re-engaged? Perhaps. He raised to 650 which forced the blinds to fold while Castagna threw in the call.

The flop came 4♥7♠T♠ which was checked to Minieri. Another 650 was enough to take the pot.

If Minieri plays a hand it's sometimes worth sticking around to see what he does in the next. At the PCA the Italian played nine hands in a row at one stage, and he went to his stack in the next hand here. If Minieri wins a hand he'll try to win the next.

It doesn't always work of course, but this time it would. Riccardo Festa opened for 550 which Minieri raised to 1,250 from the hijack. Diego Sanchez was in the cut off and raised to 2,850 and the action was folded back to Minieri who raised to 5,500.

The Team PokerStars Pro assumed a familiar position as he waited for Sanchez to make his move, staring at the board, staring through the board. Sanchez tried to see through this veneer, but Minieri was miles away. Sanchez passed, Minieri woke up and passed his cards to the dealer. - SB

5.05pm: A sad tale of two champs
Ben Wilinofsky is the most recent EPT champion after taking down EPT Berlin a couple of weeks ago. He's down to 21,000 today after three-bet folding to Alexios Zervos.

An even sadder tale is that of Jonathan Duhamel. He's out after turning trip queens but running into the flopped flush of Jackson Genovesi. The poor chap has come all the way from Canada too. He runs so bad. -- MC

4.55pm: Bear hunting
Barry Greenstein was in action a few moments ago, limping to see a flop of T♦T♣9♠ and playing the entire hand with is left hand fixed to the side of his face.

Salvatore Elio Marletta was first to act, making it 625 which Greenstein called in the hijack. Thomas Petit also called form the button while the blinds, Aldo Zambruno and Andrea Carini each passed.

The turn came 7♠. Marletta bet another 800 which Greenstein called while Petit stepped aside before the A♥ river. A check this time from Marletta leaving it to Greenstein to bet 1,700. Marletta called but regretted it, Greenstein turning over T♠8♣. Marletta nodded and folded. Greenstein up to 42,000. - SB

4.50pm: Hansen settles for two streets of value
Lars Damgaard Hansen raised to 525 from early position and was called in two spots before Fabrizio Tripicchio three-bet to 1,500 from the small blind. Hansen called and the other two players followed suit to see the 4♣K♦5♣ flop.

Tripicchio led for 2,500 and only Hansen called to the 2♣ turn card. There was no slowing the Italian down as he led for 5,500. Call. He did slow down on the A♦ river however, and Hansen checked behind with his 5♠5♦. Tripicchio opened J♣J♦ and conceded defeat. -- MC

4.39pm: Cada catches
The 2009 WSOP world champ Joe Cada is in the house (I think that's the phrase the kids are using these days). He's sat facing fellow Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier at the far end of the tournament floor and has already got under one player's skin. Admittedly that player, Maurizio Baisi, did slow play his pocket queens on a 8♦6♦8♣ flop when Cada led into him from the big blind.

The young American had tossed 1,350 into the middle and had been called by Baisi before both players checked the A♠ turn. Cada then led 2,500 into the T♥ river and Baisi quickly called with Q♣Q♥. Cada's A♣4♦ scooped the pot as Baisi wafted his arms around in irritation. Cada shows a small gain up to 42,000. -- RD

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Joe Cada: 2009 WSOP World Champion

4.33pm: There's a storm brewing at table one
The three Team PokerStars Pros at table one are Liv Boeree, Lex Veldhuis and Jonathan Duhamel and all are struggling a bit with 18,025, 24,000 and 21,000 respectively.

Veldhuis looked up said, "The storm is coming." This will mean that he'll have 50,000 chips or none by the next level.

Duhamel dropped to his level by raising pre-flop, betting the flop and turn before checking behind on the river. Sandiep Ajab Sing Khosa was his opponent in the hand and out of position in the small blind. The board read A♣5♣3♣9♦2♥ by the river and 7,800 had made it into the middle. The Canadian's J♥J♣ were no good against the Brit's A♠9♥. -- MC

4.20pm: The Minieri front
Okay Dario this is probably a good thing but I've spent a whole level watching you play and as far as I can tell you haven't played a single hand. If you're trying to win, that's fine, but what happened to nine hand in a row madness? Stay frosty. -- SB

4.10pm: Back into the action
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree won this event last year but has yet to get going this year, but given the structure she knows there is little need to hurry. The prize pool breakdown will be known after this level but we do have numbers confirmed; 549 players for the day making for a 987-strong field. -- RD

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Last year's winner, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree

PokerStars Blog reporting team at EPT San Remo (in order of excitement about the upcoming royal wedding): Stephen Bartley (has brought bunting), Rick Dacey (considered packing some novelty hats) and Marc Convey (Irish heritage)

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