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: 30,000-60,000 (5,000 ante)
9.45pm: It’s over! Surely it’s over!
“Do you want to write that one up?”
“No you write it up. I quit.”
I was only asking, but Brad Willis had now seen it all. We thought we were out of here. Not that there’s any rush – the stage from nine to eight is always great stuff, but when Vivek Rajkumar moved in and was called by Karim Bennani it would either end it all now or leave Bennani with less than a big blind. But we forgot there was a third outcome, it just didn’t seem obvious when Rajkumar turned over ace-queen to Bennani’s pocket eights.
The flop came: J♥9♣10♣. Now everyone had outs. It got even tenser on the Q♠. But by now the third possibility had made itself known. An eight on the river would split this pot and play would go on. Make your guesses now as to what the river card might be. That’s right, an 8♥.
Howls and incredulity everywhere. We play on in the main event.
9.21: Rajkumar doubles, will need to do so again quickly
Vivek Rajkumar raised half his stack pre-flop and Rui Milhomens put him all-in. Rajkumar called and showed A♠5♠. Milhomens had him with A♠10♠, but a five came on the flop. Milhomens had a gutshot and an over going into the river, but missed. Rajkumar still needs another double up in short order.
9.07pm–Senninger holds on, doubles
Another all in, minutes after the last. Nikolai Senninger shoved with J♥J♣ and is called by Raymond Wu with K♦9♥. Senninger is in for 980,000. The board ran: 8♠10♥4♣A♠7♣. Senninger, and the stuffed lion he has sitting beside his trips, double up.
We play on.
9.16pm: Eastgate getting dangerous, Rajkumar in trouble
It was a raise from Peter Eastgate, a re-raise from Vivek Rajkumar, a shove from Eastgate and exasperated call from Rajkumar. Each of them had 1.7 million in the middle.
The board ran out an uninteresting 4♣3♣4♥7♥9♣ with Eastgate doubling and Rajkumar falling down to six big blinds.
9.03pm:Cullen at risk, stays alive
Cullen shoved, Eastgate shoved. How’s that for action? Eastgate turned over Q♦Q♣ while Cullen, short-stacked and at risk showed A♥8♥. The world waited for the board. Would this be the last hand of the day? No. 8♣J♦A♠K♥6♣.
Cullen doubled up to around 1.5 million.
3.58pm: Oops. Eastgate doubles through Rajkumar
Peter Eastgate just came in for a raise and Vivek Rajkumar shoved all-in Eastgate called with two 10♥10♦.
“Oops,” said Rajkumar and turned up K♥7♦.
The board ran out blanks and Eastgate is up to more than 2 million.
8.30pm–Updated chip counts
Here are the chip counts from the start of nine-handed play.
Aaron Gustavson — 6,720,000
Martin Gudvangen — 3,310,000
Raymond Wu — 3,025,000
Vivek Rajkumar — 2,800,000
Nikolai Senninger — 1,560,000
Rui Milhomens — 1,320,000
Peter Eastgate — 1315000
Karim Bennani — 1200000
Dominic Cullen — 695000
8.24pm: Video time!
8.10pm: We’re nine handed, Smyth gone
At the outer table it was folded around to Raymond Wu in the small blind who made a hefty raise to 200,000 before Marty Smyth pulled the trigger and moved all in for around 1,500,000. After a minute of thought Wu made the call with 7♠7♣. Smyth was the all in player and needed help with his holding of A♥4♦ but it failed to come on the 6♣K♣J♣2♦5♣ board.
The nine remaining players will now congregate on one table before we lose one more player and have our official final table of eight.
8.01pm: Moving up
With ten players remaining, we’re up to 30K/60K blinds with a 5K running ante. And s we type, there’s an all-in. More on that in just a second. In the meantime, a picture of chip leader Aaron Gustavson from the lens of Neil Stoddart.