EPT Barcelona: Day 1b level 7 updates

September 05, 2009

EPTLive updates from day 1b, level 7 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains.

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Blinds: 300-600 (50 ante)

9.18pm: Hey Judah
Mel Judah is grinding away and up to circa 40,000. The former hair dresser called a raise of 1600 on his big blind and check-called a 2,600 continuation bet on the 4♠ K♥ 10♠ board. Both players checked the 10♣ turn before Judah snipped away the pot with a 5,000 bet on the 8♠ river.

Daniel Negreanu has also dragged himself back into the action – down to 14,000 each time we passed his table his stack had grown a little more. The Canadian poker star is now on 67,000.

Boris Becker may be out but you can hear what he thought of being sandwiched between ElkY and Ivan Demidov here in a video interview

9.15pm: Filling in the blanks
Team PokerStars Netherlands Noah Boeken surprised us at how quickly his stack grew to 103,000 so we had to fill in some of the blanks in the story. With one player already all in Boeken and an opponent had a side pot war on an eight-nine-ten board. Boeken’s opponent held pocket rockets but he himself had six-seven for a flopped straight. The Dutchman took both pots, busted two players and got himself to a six-figure stack.

9.10pm: Two players who were about to give up
Not so long ago table mates, Brandon Shaefer and David Williams were the cut of two dejected players. Williams was sat on just 6,000 chips and Shaefer, even though he had more chips looked jet-lagged and disinterested.

“I was this close to going on serious tilt” explained Shaefer. The reason why his mood changed was a near double-up that eliminated Mikhail Tulchinksy. Shaefer held pockets kings to the Russian’s pocket queens and now sits on 80,000 chips.

I didn’t get the same details of how Williams managed to go from 6,000 to 94,000 but he simply explained it as “I had a sick run of cards.”

9.15pm: Filling in the blanks
Team PokerStars Netherlands Noah Boeken surprised us at how quickly his stack grew to 103,000 so we had to fill in some of the blanks in the story. With one player already all in Boeken and an opponent had a side pot war on an eight-nine-ten board. Boeken’s opponent held pocket rockets but he himself had six-seven for a flopped straight. The Dutchman took both pots, busted two players and got himself to a six-figure stack.

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Team PokerStars Pro Netherlands Noah Boeken

8.04pm: Don’t mess with Minieri!
Why, oh why would you button raise on Dario Minieri’s big blind unless you have the intention of calling his 3-bet or shoving it right back up him when he inevitably plays back at you? The button makes a standard 1,625 raise (well, it is the button, right?) and Minieri slams down best part of 5k, puts on a sweet smile and scoops the pot. The Italian Team PokerStars Pro is on 67,000.

7.54pm: A tale of two stacks
Noah Boeken and William Thorson may be on adjacent tables but there tournament stories are nowhere close at the moment. Thorson is on around 13,000 and is having trouble getting back into the game while fellow Team PokerStars Pro Noah Boeken has hit a rich vein of form and cards. Boeken is sat behind a growing stack, some 100,000 at last count. His last score was with a limped Q♣ 10♠ which he bet on the flop and turn of a 3♣ 4♦ 5♦ Q♥ board before checking behind on the 6♥ river. His top pair was good enough to rake in another 12,900 pot.

7.48: Not the time to make a set
A player second to act limped in before facing a raise from Noah Schwartz on the button that he treated with a three-bet for most of his stack. Schwartz four-bet all-in and the player called all-in after a surprisingly long time. Schwartz opened A♠K♠ and was in a classic race against his opponent’s Q♠Q♥. The board ran 8♥5♣10♣J♣Q♦. The set on the river made broadway for Schwartz handing him the pot and a 52,000 stack.

7.40: Half the players return
Half the field have returned from break with the other half hitting the buffet. Then they’ll swap places before all players return to play levels 8 and 9 together.

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Team PokerStars Netherlands Lex Veldhuis

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