Live updates from day four, level 25 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: 20,000-40,000 (4,000 ante)
5.20pm: Bennani again
Karim Bennani opened for 100,000 pre-flop from the button. Tobias Reinkemeier was in the big blind and called, checking blinds before the Q♦5♣9♣ flop. Bennani made it another 150,000 which Reinkemeier called for a turn card 5♥. Reinkemeier checked again. Bennani looked over at him. “Do you have me covered?” he asked. Reinkemeier replied with one nod and Bennani moved all in for 523,000. The formalities followed. Counts were done and Reinkemeier looked like calling, but then began to ask Bennani if he’d show if he folded, then folded.
5.15pm: Two million pot
A huge pot, giving the chip lead to Martin Gudvangen, plays out between Aaron Gustavson and the Norwegian. Gudvangen raises pre-flop, then bets flop, turn and river, each time called by Gustavson. The board is 9♦2♥7♥A♦5♥ and after Gudvangen bets 535,000 on the river, Gustavson says: “I was thinking about raising but I’m just gonna call.” He shows Q♥J♥ and it’s good. He has 4,865,000 now, which is the chip lead.
5.10pm: Misrepresentation on the river
Rui Milhomens opened the pot with a raise to 90,000 from early position and Marty Smyth defended with a call from the big blind. There was no action until the river where the board read 8♠5♠5♥Q♠A♣. Smyth checked for a third time and then quickly called Milhomens’ 100,000 bet. It was a good call to as Milhomens mucked upon seeing Smyth’s A♠J♣.
4.05pm: Vivek Rajkumar elimin…doubles up!
Down to less than 650,000, Vivek Rajkumar shoved all-in from the button. Those of us standing behind Benny Spindler in the big blind knew what was going to happen. Spindler held 9♣9♠. He took about 30 seconds to count out some chips before calling.
“Nice hand,” Rajkumar said and flipped up K♣9♦. With a smile, he said, “You sort of slowrolled me there.”
Rajkumar was already standing and looked ready to go when the dealer put out a A♠K♥J♠ flop. He managed to dodge the case nine and running spades and doubled up to around 1.35 million.
5pm: Short handed
We’re short handed at the featured table, with the following stacks:
Martin Gudvangen – 3,560,000
Dominic Cullen – 1,742,000
Peter Eastgate – 1,404,000
Josef Samanek – 744,000
Raymond Wu – 1,928,000
Aaron Gustavson – 4,705,000
4.55pm: Donev is done
Ivo Donev’s day is over. He moved all in for his last 800,000-odd and Martin Gudvangen re-shoved, for another 2.5million. That was enough to get all others out the way and the cards were on their backs.
The flop ran out 5♣8♥3♣7♣K♠ and Donev is ousted in 14th, for £23,000.
4.50pm: Gustavson flying
Aaron Gustavson has taken over the chip lead here, and then some. He has north of four million and is crushing.
4.48pm: The old re-suck
Karim Bennani moved all in on the button but got nothing in return. Next hand though Nikolai Senninger made it 90,000 pre-flop and Bennani tries it again for around 350,000 total from the cut off. Senninger called with A♦J♠ but Bennani had him narrowly pipped with A♣Q♣. Ivo Donev was on the rail calling for a jack. 6♠K♥2♣ on the flop. Then J♦ on the turn. Donev made a noise that I would still hear now if I could hear anything. Donev quietened down on the 10♥ river though, a straight for Bennani. As Brad Willis described it: “The old suck re-suck…”
4.45pm: Michael Berry is OUT!
Wow. The dream free-roll of Michael Berry has now come to a close. He has had a torrid time on the featured table and now he’s got none left after becoming the latest victim of Aaron Gustavson. It went 150,000 from Berry, 400,000 from Gustavson, all in from Berry, call. Berry had 3♦3♠ and he was in trouble against Gustavson’s J♠J♦. There was no help on the board and our overnight leader is out. He takes £19,000 for his zero investment.
4.40pm: Flush draw v flush draw
Raymond Wu raised to 100,000 from mid-position and was called by Marty Smyth to see a J♠5♠9♥ flop. Smith checked to Wu who bet 95,000 before facing an all in bet from the Irishman. He made the call with A♠2♠ and saw he was up against Smyth’s smaller flush draw with K♠10♠. Smyth’s cards were live though and he also had a straight draw as well. The turn came 7♣ and river 10♥!! Smyth hit a pair of tens to double through to 1,600,000.
4.39pm: Germans tangle
When Nikolai Senninger started looking like he was going to raise from the button, short-stacked big blind Karim Bennani spoke up, “You know what I’m going to do, right?” The implication was that any raise was going to be met with a shove. Still, Senninger chose to raise to 90,000. In between him and the promised shove was Benny Spindler in the small blind. After some thought, he re-raised to 265,000. Bennani didn’t make good on his promise, and so it was back to Senninger. He called.
They saw the flop: 7♣6♠A♠. Spindler checked to Senninger who cut 325,000 out of his stack and put it in the middle. Spindler thought for nearly five minutes before folding.
4.35pm: Donev attacks Berry
Ivo Donev raises to 90,000 pre-flop and Michael Berry defends from the button. The flop comes 7♥10♣10♠ and both players check. The turn is Q♣ and Donev bets 110,000 which Berry calls. The river is 10♥ and Donev slides in a couple of whopping stacks, which equals too much for Berry, who folds.
4.30pm: Samanek strength
Michael Berry opens from mid position and Josef Samanek moves all in over the top for 649,000 total. Berry agonises, asking: “You gonna show me?” and then folds. Berry shows an aces; Samanek returns the compliment and stacks up to 790,000.
4.25pm: All in, all in, all in
Rodrigo Caprioli moves in twice and takes it down, and Ivo Donev does it once and gets away with it. Donev’s move was after Michael Berry had limped from under-the-gun. He declined the opportunity to call.
4.15pm: Eastgate and Eastgate
Peter Eastgate raises two hands in succession, both times to 97,000 and both times picks it up. I can only assume that there’s nought happening on the outer table; either that or all the field reporters covering that particular area — three of them, three — have gone to the pub.
4.10pm: Berry on TV
Michael Berry makes his first appearance on the televised table, raises pre-flop to 100,000 and takes the blinds and antes.
They’re back. Stand by.
Here’s what they’re all playing as we go into the new level:
Rodrigo Caprioli – 664,000
Martin Gudvangen – 2,779,000
Dominic Cullen – 1,910,000
Peter Eastgate – 1,405,000
Michael Berry – 1,787,000
Josef Samanek – 757,000
Aaron Gustavson – 2,232,000
Ivo Donev – 595,000
Nikolai Senninger – 1,772,000
Benny Spindler – 1,425,000
Karim Bennani – 300,000
Marty Smyth – 767,000
Tobias Reinkemeier – 1,493,000
Rui Milhomens – 1,118,000
Raymond Wu – 1,980,000
Vivek Rajkumar – 795,000
3.55pm: And another
We’re now entering level 25 and it’s all change. They’re swapping around the inner and outer tables, so we’ll have full details of the line-ups and the counts imminently. It looks likely that Martin Gudvangen will be out chip leader, having had a very good last level, to coincide with a poor one for Michael Berry.