Live updates from day four, level 24 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young.
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Blinds: 15,000-30,000 (3,000 ante)
Players are on a 15-minute break
3.38pm: Cullen picks off Berry
On the final hand before the break, and with tournament officials circling to move tables and count chips, Dominic Cullen and Matthew Berry were deep in a hand. Cullen raised to 77,000 under-the-gun and Matt Berry called two to his left. The two of them saw a flop of 9♥5♠8♥ and Cullen bet 125,000. Berry called. The turn was 5♣, which slowed them both down and they checked to a river of 8♦. Cullen checked, but Berry fired 125,000. Cullen called. He showed A♠Q♠ for high card ace; Berry had Q♥J♠ for high card queen. Culled moves up a spot or two.
3.33pm: All pre-flop right now
The outer table action is all pre-flop right now. Most pots are being won with a single raise with the odd three-bet being thrown in for good measure. Peter Eastgate is the most active right now and just took down two pots in a row with his aggression. The table dynamics suggest we may need two big hands to match-up for us to get to a flop or beyond.
3.32pm:Wu moves over 2 million
It’s rare to see a five-way raised pot at this stage in the tournament, but we just did when four people, including Raymond Wu, called Tobias Reinkemeier’s raise to 75,000. Nobody wanted the 6♥8♥10♠ flop except Wu who bet 220,000 at it and took it down.
He’s now over two million chips.
3.15pm: Cullen gets cheeky
Michael Berry started things off, betting 75,000. Ivo Donev called from the cut off. Rodrigo Caprioli did the same from the button. Not Dominic Cullen. He raised to 235,000 from the big blind. Berry hunched over his stack, questioning Cullen until opting to pass. The others did the same. Cullen showed a cheeky 9-3 off suit.
3.15pm: Gudvangen serves it up to Donev
A massive pot played out on the outer table, but you’re going to need to fathom what happened yourselves because it’s beyond me. Here’s what happened: Josef Samanek raised to 65,000 from mid position and Ivo Donev, two to his left, called. Two to his left was Martin Gudvangen, who made it 229,000. That persuaded Samanek to get out the way, but Donev wasn’t done. He re-re-raised to 560,000, but Gudvangen wasn’t convinced. He now shoved all in, covering Donev, and the Austrian belatedly found a fold. It cost him almost half his stack and he is now among the shorties.
That moves Gudvangen up to around 2.4 and good for the chip leead.
3pm: Good for Gustavson
Josef Samanek made it 65,000 from under-the-gun. Aaron Gustavson called, as did Michael Berry on the big blind. The flop came 10♥5♣2♠ and Berry made it 50,000 to go. Samanek passed but Gustavson called for a K♠ turn which both checked. Now a 7♦ on the river Berry bet 50,000. Gustavson upped that to 100,000 which Berry called. Pocket queens for Gustavson, and the pot.
2.55pm: Down to 16
There are only two tables left now in London, and their occupants look like this:
Featured table – watch on EPT Live
Nikolai Senninger – 1,967,000
Benny Spindler – 1,386,000
Karim Bennani – 405,000
Marty Smyth – 637,000
Tobias Reinkemeier – 1,502,000
Rui Milhomens – 1,293,000
Raymond Wu – 1,593,000
Vivek Rajkumar – 1,197,000
Rodrigo Caprioli – 895,000
Martin Gudvangen – 1,950,000
Dominic Cullen – 1,100,000
Peter Eastgate – 1,250,000
Michael Berry – 2,600,000
Josef Samanek – 1,000,000
Aaron Gustavson – 1,800,000
Ivo Donev – 1,400,000
2.50pm: Gustavson shown the nuts
Shortly before Obrestad’s elimination, there was a massive pot on the other outer table, between Tobias Reinkemeier and Aaron Gustavson. Those two huge stacks were all the way to the river on a board of 9♣6♥7♦8♦6♠ and Reikenmeir bet 175,000. Gustavson called but was shown the nuts: J♠10♥ and the new chip counts, which will be with us imminently, will show the German flying up the leaderboard.
2.40pm: Annette Obrestad out in 17th; down to two tables
Annette Obrestad got her last 100,000-odd in the middle behind K♥Q♦ and she was drawing to a queen when Ivo Donev called with A♥K♦. The flop came 6♣A♣2♣ so Obrestad lost her queen outs but picked up an unlikely running club draw. Not good enough, the off-suit five on the turn ended her day. Obrestad takes £17,000, although most observers will have wanted her to go much further. If there’s one thing we can be sure of: she’ll be back.
2.39pm–Eastgate cripples Obrestad
After a raise from Dominic Cullen, Peter Eastgate moved all-in for a shade more than 500,000. On his left was Annette Obrestad who also moved in. Cullen passed and on the orders of the TV people it was showdown time: J♠J♣ for Eastgate, A♠10♣ for Obrestad. Eastgate asked everyone if they’d folded an ace. Donev, Cullen, even a couple of guys on the rail. No one said they had.
It didn’t matter though. The board ran out: 6♦8♥3♣8♠5♠ to double him up to nearly 1.1 million. Obrestad is in trouble though, down to 230,000.
2.42pm: Busy Berry
The pot was opened with a raise to 75,000 from Tobias Reinkemeier and was flat called by Rui Milhomens in the next seat before Michael Berry three-bet to 175,000. Both players called to see a 3♠4♠J♥ flop where Berry continued the aggression with a 150,000 bet when checked to him. Only Reinkemeier called but then check-folded to a 250,000 bet from Berry on the 7♦ turn.
2.23pm: Spindler loves king-queen, York eliminated
When Benny Spindler opens, people don’t always believe him. Go figure. This time, when Spindler opened, Adam York moved all in for 578,000 and Spindler called. No surprise to see K♥Q♦ in Spindler’s hand. He was all-in with it (and lost) two times yesterday. Tork held two red fives. The flop 4♦6♥9♥ was okay for York, but the Q♥ on the turn put York behind. He didn’t catch up and is out in 18th place for £17,000.
2.25pm: Cullen culls Schaffel; out in 19th for £17,000
Kevin Schaffel has just won at least $990,000 less than he will in a month’s time. The November Niner’s EPT London is over. Dominic Cullen raised from the small blind, making it 65,000. Schaffel moved his short stack all in for his last 300,000 or so. Cullen called. He had 7♣7♠ and Schaffel had 2♣2♦. There was nothing unusual on the flop, turn or river and Schaffel is done.
2.20pm: Tick, tick, boom
Annette Obrestad moved all-in – no takers. Martin Gudvangen raised pre-flop – no takers. Then we got a hand, fought out between Rodrigo Caprioli and Martin Gudvangen in the blinds. With a 9♠2♥5♥ flop Caprioli checked before Gudvangen made it 41,000. Now Caprioli burst into life making it 130,000 which Gudvangen re-raised again, making it 310,000. That was enough to make Caprioli pass.
2.02pm: From the video bloggers!
2pm: Players return…
… from the break. Chip leader right now is Michael Berry with 2,033,000 and sitting right next to his closest challenger Aaron Gustavson on close to 2 million. You can find exact counts on the chip count page.