8pm: Dinner break
After 14 levels players are now on dinner break. Play resumes at 9pm local time. — SB
7.50pm: De Korver on the rail
Pieter de Korver is out, moving in with Q♠10♥ against Michael Martin’s A♣J♠. The board ran 5♦A♠5♠10♣6♠ to send the former Grand Final winner to the rail. – SB
7.42pm: Oh no for Arnaud
Arnaud Mattern, currently sitting opposite me booking a flight home, is out, sent to the rail – the press room – by Noah Boeken. 25 players remain. — SB
7.40pm: Bye bye Boeree
Liv Boeree is out, moving in against Roberto Romanello with A♦J♠. Romanello turned over K♠K♦ and won the pot on a board of 8♥4♠6♦2♥2♠. — SB
7.35pm: Jan Skampas on
Jan Skampa doubles up through Max Lykov, shoving for 40,000 with 10♠9♠. Lykov called with A♣5♣ and the board came J♥10♦6♠6♦3♦. Lykov paid off the former Prague champion, but still has 370,000. – SB
7.30pm: Stani out
Kevin Stani just moved all-in on a flop of 2♠5♦4♦ with around 100,000 in the middle. Will Fry mumbled something and called when Michael Tureniec called the clock. Stani showed K♦9♦ against Fry’s A♣4♣.
The turn came 7♠, the river 5♥. Fry took the pot, moving up to more than 300,000, while Stani’s EPT season, which started with victory in Tallinn in the season opener, comes to an end. – SB
7.20pm: ElkY’s comeback continues
“What are you made of?” asked an incredulous Noah Boeken. The recipient of the question was one Monsieur Betrand Grospellier, aka ElkY. It’s a valid question. The rapid fire Frenchman was down to 4,500 a few turbo levels ago but is now up over his starting stack with 110,000. — RD
7.15pm: Romanello rumbles De Korver
Roberto Romanello doubles up to 200,000, getting his chips in with K♠K♣ and getting called by Pieter de Korver with A♦Q♣. The board ran 2♦J♣3♦5♠J♠ to win the hand, leaving De Korver in trouble. — SB
7.10pm: Vamplew done
Vamplew out, sent to the rail by Rupert Elder.
7.05pm: Vamplew knocked back by Elder
David Vamplew opened for 5,000 in the hijack, which Rupert Elder called form the small blind for a flop of J♦Q♥9♠.
Elder then bet 9,000 which Vamplew called for a 5♣ turn card. Another 20,000 from Elder which again Vamplew called for a K♣ river card. Now Elder moved all-in for around 80,000. Vamplew thought for several minutes, pulling a variety of faces, before calling, showing A♠Q♣. Elder took the pot with A♦10♥, taking his stack to around 250,000. – SB
6.50pm: Blinds 1,200-2,400, 200 ante: ElkY all-in
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier moved all-in without any takers, then tried again and got a call from Jason Mercier, who turned over K♣Q♠ to ElkY’s 8♥8♦. “Surely it’s going to be a split pot,” joked one player, referring to the “run-good” reputations of both players.
The board ran A♠9♥2♥8♠ at which point Mercier paid off ElkY. The Frenchman, who had been down to less than 5,000, is now up to 80,000. – SB
6.45pm: Play resumes
Max Lykov is currently the player closest to that Champion of Champions final table with 420,000. — RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team at EPT Madrid (in order of need of a clean shirt): Rick Dacey (sweating in the press hot box) and Stephen Bartley (carries spares and a portable coat hanger like that baddie in ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’). Photos by Neil Stoddart.