Live updates from day 1b, level 4 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains.
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The end of level 4 is upon us. One and all are on a 15 minute break.
Four players made it to the turn with 2,500 in the pot and the board showing A♥2♥5♥5♣. Nicolas Levi bet 1,050 and only fellow countryman Davidi Kitai called to see the 9♦ river. They were both happy to check it down and Kitai’s K♣6♣ couldn’t beat Levi’s A♦10♣. The former’s on 16,800 and the latter 39,000.
On a separate not Pierpaolo Fabretti has been eliminated after failing to spin up his short stack.
4.49pm: Not so jolly hockey sticks
Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira De Melo is our most recent faller in a no-shame-in-calling-there spot. Former Dutch hockey star (and now former Barcelona EPT entrant) called all-in for her last 1,850 with black Jacks on a 5♥ 2♣ 5♠ 6♥ board. Her opponent, Brazilian Fabio Georges, showed Kings and scooped the pot making Kings full on the river to be sure.
4.39pm: Table of Death update
Whenever we peer at the table of death (Team PokerStars Pros Grospellier, Demidov and Pinho as well as SportStar Becker) Demidov seems to be taking every hand – yet his chip count isn’t changing much. He must only be taking pots down when he’s under our careful watch.
4.31pm: Rousso back from the dead
Even the most basic players know that 2,350 chips at the 150/300 level is not healthy and it doesn’t take a degree in game theory to know that when you’re that short stacked and under the gun any pair should see you whack your chips into the middle. Rousso (who has that degree for good measure) did just that with pocket deuces and was called in two spots but lady fortune was smiling on the Team PokerStars Pro who flopped a set is now back up to 7,500.
Team PokerStars Pro USA Vanessa Rousso
4.25pmJepsen forced to Surinder
Peter Jepsen raised to 700 from early position and was called in two spots prior to Surinder Sunar re-raising to 3,300 from the small blind. Jepsen was the only caller to see the 6♠K♠2♦ flop. Surinder led out for 5,000 and was called before moving all in for 16,500 on the 9♣ turn. After a lot of deliberating he finally called but was unhappy to see Sunar table A♦A♥ as he could only muster A♣K♣. The river came 8♥ to but the former EPT champ and send Sunar’s stack up to 47,000.
4.12pm: Brandon Schaefer makes a crying call
Brandon Schaefer is sat opposite John Kabbaj in seats 9 and 6 respectively and have mixed it up in a couple of hands. On a 10♥ 5♦ 8♠ J♣ board Schaefer bets 1,300 in position and is called by Kabbaj who leads out on a 9♥ river with a is-it-a-value-bet-or-is-it-a-blocker-bet 1,700, which Schaefer calls with 77 for the idiot end of the straight which is good enough to win the hand. Not so for Luske who flopped the bottom straight with 45 and lost a chunk of change to the nut straight.
At the back of the casino Team PokerStars Pro William Thorson is grinding his stack back towards 10k and has played a few hands back to back winning and passing in equal measure. Thorson is sat on around 8,500.