EPT Barcelona: Level 15 updates

September 07, 2009

EPTLive updates from level 15 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains.

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Blinds: 2,000-4,000 (400 ante)

1.31pm: Smith doubles
In the last minutes of the level Asa Smith doubled up, queens against the ace-queen of Sergio Castelluccio, sending him back up to nearly 200,000. — SB

1.30pm: End the level
The first level of the day is over — or, more properly, the completion of last night’s last level is done. We lost eight players in that frenetic start. Prizewinners can be found on the prizewinners page. — HS

1.28pm: Skripchenko gone
Almira Skripchenko is out in 64th place. She raised with ace-queen pre-flop and was called by Jens Kyllonen on the button with ace-jack. An ace and a jack hit the flop which both players checked. With a king on the turn Skripchenko check-raised which Kyllonen called, taking the pot and sending Skripchenko after a blank river. — SB

1.25pm: Karanasan doubles
The Turkish player Senol Karanasan doubled up through Roman Kadziela when his J♥2♦ spiked a jack on the flop, turning his all in battle-of-the-blinds shove into a profitable play. Karanasan is up to 87,000 while Kadaziela is cut to 116,000.

1.15pm: Robinson flops the nuts
David Robinson and Romanian Judet Tomi saw a Broadway dripping flop of 9-10-Q and both players happily boshed their stacks into the middle. Tomi had an attractive AJ for an open-ended straight draw (with the ace giving him the nut draw) but unfortunately for him Robinson had flopped the nuts with K♣ J♣ which left him drawing to a horrible two outs. The board blanked out and Tomi walked away in 69th.

Thayer Rasmussen has also departed (70th). –RD

1.14pm: “There’s always next time”
Malte Strothmann became the first player to hit the rail. “I shoved deuces after one orbit and he called with ace-jack,” Strothmann said. “He made a straight. I can’t win hands like that. But there’s always next time.” Strothmann takes €12,000, and he was followed very soon after by the overnight short stack Diego Florani, who takes the same prize money. -HS

1.12pm: Aggressive Arias
Markus Ross limped on the button and Diego Arias raised to 18,000 from the big blind. Ross called. The flop came A♥K♠2♠ and Arias checked, which prompted a bet of 23,200 from Ross. Arias, who was chip leader after day one, shoved and Ross folded. Arias showed K♣6♥.

1.10pm: Tweet of the level
NoahBoeken: “Day 3 just started, lost 10k on the 2nd hand, had to laydown aq to a reraise. At 105k now gotta fight back!”

1.08pm: Dmitry Stelmak doubles through Rahman
The hyper aggressive Swede Samer Rahman raised to 16,000 from mid-position. Dmitry Stelmak shoved all in from the small blind and Rahman insta-called. Rahman had pocket fives and had Stelmak well, well covered. The Russian had K♠Q♥ but hit a queen on the flop to double up. – HS

1.06pm: No cutting down Woodward
Matt Woodward just doubled up, moving in on the turn with ace-five with an ace showing on the flop. Dren Ukella called with jacks but found no rescue on the river. — SB

1.05pm: Tough table
Asa Smith made it 10,000 from the button. Noah Boeken folded from the small blind, as did Michael Grecco from the big blind, but not after a short pause to look over at Smith. It’s a tough looking table that also features Thierry van den Berg, Almira Skripchenko and Jorn Walthaus. Grecco himself is the next to start the action, moving all-in for around 100,000 but finding no takers. — SB

1pm: Hero call brings little reward
We started with 48 minutes of level 15 left. You can catch all the action from those remaining minutes right here before we move on to level 16 updates.

In a battle of the blinds Sebastian Bauer made a great call against Jorn Walthaus but didn’t reap the rewards it offered. He raised from the small blind and then called the Dutchman’s all in push from the big blind with A♥7♥. Walthaus could only muster A♦3♣ but got fortunate on the J♣6♠J♦6♦K♥ for a chopped pot. –MC

12.52pm: De Wolfe doubles up
Roland de Wolfe has made an early double up with A♦ K♥ after 3-bet shoving all-in over Tobias Reinkemeier’s 12k raise on the cut-off for around 180,000. De Wolfe shipped it in and tried to illicit a call telling the young German, ‘I’m a nice guy to double up.’ Reinkemeier should know by now that Wolfie is not a guy you want to double up but made the call with 9♥ 9♣. De Wolfe spiked the flop and the board ran out 8♦ 10♦ A♠ K♣ Q♦ to put Wolfe on close to 400,000 and Reinkemeier on a similar amount.

Short stack Mark Bolliger has also doubled up to around 70,000 through Dmitry Stelmak. –RD


9.05pm: Play finishes for the day
Catch up with us tomorrow for the end of level 15 and the run down to the last 24. –RD

9.05pm: Bubble boy named!
In the combined 9,552 poker tournaments covered by the PokerStars blog team, we very nearly just set an unfortunate benchmark. The player bursting the bubble vanished in a flash and no one even saw him go, much less knew his name. This, however, was not good enough for a spectacular stickler for accurisie lyke me and we had to find him. I’m happy to report that with some help from our Portuguese friends, we now know: Andre Santos was the last man out without earning any money.

9pm: Bubble burst
In keeping with one of the speediest days on the EPT, the bubble burst in spectacularly quick fashion. There were two candidates: the Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis went out with A-J against A-K and then on a neighbouring table another unfortunate’s A-3 sent him spinning out. He vanished double quick, but we’re tracking down his name now.

A full wrap is imminent. Matt Lapossie, a PokerStars qualifier from Canada, is the chip leader.

8.35pm: Nuijten staying alive
Julien Nuijten just doubled up — handy at this time of the day, with only four players needing to be knocked out to reach the money. Matt Woodward raised to 27,000 from the button, attacking Nuijten’s short stack in the big blind. Nuijten shoved it in — it was about 80,000 in total — and after a while to figure out the odds, Woodward decided he was priced in for the call. He had K♣5♦ and Nuijten was ahead with A♥Q♥. Both players remained impassive on the flop of 5♠4♣7♥, even though that five could have spelled doom for the Dutchman. But the turn was Q♦ to bring him back to life and the 6♠ earned Nuijten the double up.

8.30pm: They’ll be no bonding between these two
A 390,000 pot just went down between Lex Veldhuis and Lars Bonding with the latter coming out on top. We missed the exact action but the rest and the majority of the chips went in on the turn with the board reading Q♣5♠K♣J♥. Veldhuis tabled 5♥5♦ for a set and Bonding tables Q♥10♦ for a pair and open-ended straight draw. All eyes fixed in one place as the river came 9♥! The straight came in for the Dane but a bitter blow for the Team PokerStars Pro Netherlands player who has 81,000 after the defeat. Bonding meanwhile is on 390,000. –MC

8.21pm: The dominators
In case you can’t get through to that chip count page, these are the top dudes:

Tobias Reinkemeier, Germany, 530,000
Marc Goodwin, UK, 490,000
Matt Lapossie, Canada, PokerStars qualifier, 490,000
Carter Phillips, USA, PokerStars qualifier, 450,000
Bertrand Grospellier, France, Team PokerStars Pro, 415,000

8.20pm: Black chips removed
The black chips, worth 100, have been taken out of circulation. Which means all the people you can see on the chip count page won’t have to count them. Where’s the chip count page?


8.15pm: Six before the money
We’re into the final scheduled level of the day and 78 players remain. Six more need to get themselves into a funk before the rest can start whooping. There are some mighty players with some mighty stacks, including this man, who could turn out to be pretty good at this game if he worked hard:


Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier


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