Live updates from day two, level 12 of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
Blinds: 2,000-4,000 (400 ante)
2.21pm: Time for a break
That’s the end of the level and players are now on a 15-minute break. Wouldn’t you know it? They’ll be back after that to start level 13. Just you see.
2.20pm: Thorson/Feldman rematch
William Thorson and Andrew Feldman just clashed again. This time Feldman was all in for 33,000 with 5♦5♥, and Thorson called with A♥10♦. The board ran dry for the Swede, and improved Feldman to a set, running 7♣9♠5♣10♣3♠.
Feldman is back up to 67,000, Thorson down to 54,000. This little battle will run and run.
2.15pm: Good fold, bad fold?
It’s all kicked off on William Thorson’s table, where there are some vehement differences of opinion. It’s not unfriendly, but Andrew Feldman and Juha Helppi have got very different reads on the same situation.
It started with Thorson raising pre-flop from early position to 10,800 and Helppi reraising to 32,400. Feldman folded the small blind, with a very small stack, and Marcello Marigliano thought about making a move from the big blind, but eventually folded.
Thorson then folded, giving the pot to Helppi, at which point Feldman said he folded jacks. “Jacks!?!” said Helppi and Thorson. “That was the best hand there.”
“There’s no way that was the best hand,” said Feldman. “If I call there I’m praying you’ve got ace-king,” he continued, pointing to Helppi. “Why couldn’t you have queens?”
“Jacks was 100 percent the best hand there,” said Thorson.
“How can you fold jacks?” said Helppi.
“There’s a raise and a re-raise,” said Feldman. “You’re not going to re-raise light a player with a short stack.”
“William?” said Helppi, incredulous. “With blinds at 2,000-4,000, I re-raise William light.”
“You’re not that crazy,” said Feldman.
“OK,” said Helppi. And it rumbled on.
2.10pm: Tony in Bloom
There’s a little pre-flop betting between Tony Bloom and Joel Nordkvist and they get a flop of 4♦J♥5♠. Bloom made it 13,000 which Nordkvist raised to 30,500 which Bloom called. Now a 9♦ on the turn. Bloom checked then waited, head tilted to one side, for Nordkvist to do something. He checked and they both did the same on the 3♥ river. Neither wanted to show first but the obligation was on Nordkvist who showed 9♠7♠. For Bloom J♦10♦ and the pot.
2pm: Curtains for Kagawa?
Masaaki Kagawa started the day well, doubling up in the early stages but he just took a knock against Joel Nordkvist’s pocket aces. Kagawa down to a danger level 22,000.
1.55pm: The boy George
Sammy George is all-in. George is the Lenny Bruce of poker when it comes to obscenities and the f-bomb rule. To stop him would be like using bows and arrows against Howitzers. No good. Instead, players laugh along and try not to unsettle him lest the fire is directed towards them. All except for Dario Minieri that is, who’s been matching George’s verbals with his own family friendly chatter all afternoon, and it would be the Italian who would see George safely to the rail.
“How much is it?” asked Minieri?
“About fifty,” replied George.
“I call,” said Minieri immediately, showing A♠2♦ to George’s 10♣9♥.
The board ran out A♦4♣J♣8♥6♦. With a quiet disappointed noise George was gone.
1.50pm: Broken table
They’ve broken a table, leaving 24 players on three slabs of felt. Ilari Sahamies is the leader, with about 410,000, but Adolpho Vaeza is still right up there too, requiring three racks to shift his 400,000 stack. “See you at the final table,” he said to Vicky Coren as they went their separate ways.
Joel Nordkvist is the closes to those two, with 290,000, and then it’s probably Dennis Phillips, who has 240,000. Dario Minieri, Eugene Katchalov and Shane Reihill are at about 200,000 too.
We’re having a few technical issues with the chip-count page — a novelty, since it’s usually just user incompetence that plagues PokerStars blog — but we’ll be battling the gremlins to keep you updated either here or here:
1.35pm: All-action Thorson, four times over
William Thorson just had a busy four hands:
Hand 1: Thorson is short stacked and moves in for 25,300 with K♠6♦. Andrew Feldman has little over 45,000 and calls with A♥9♥. The board runs K♦4♦6♣A♠2♥ to give the Swede two pair and a critical double up to more than 50,000.
Hand 2: Next hand, they were at it again. This time Feldman moved in for his last 18,000 and Thorson looked at his cards. “I think I like this hand better,” he said, and moved all in.
The board ran J♠9♥2♥3♣2♣ and this time Feldman got the chips, sending Thorson back down to around 39,500.
Hand 3: The very next hand Bryn Kenney likes what he sees and moves all in with A♠5♥, but Thorson wakes up with K♣K♥. Call! The board came 10♥2♥8♣K♠4♥ for Thorson’s set, and a stack of more than 80,000.
It left Kenney with just 300, not even enough for the next ante.
Hand 4: Kenney is all in automatically, and Thorson, on the button moves all in again! Everyone else folds. Thorson has K♦2♦ and Kenney 4♣6♠ – and with no help he is out.
“When I went all in that time I forgot how many chips I had,” revealed Thorson. “I thought it was around 40,000 then realised it was double that and went ‘oops’.”
After that little episode, Thorson is on more than 85,000.
1.25pm: From the tweet line
“Ooh my pair of jacks ran into three nines. Luckily I got out cheap (ish). Down to about 115k. 28 players left, average 144k.” — Vicky Coren.
1.20pm: From across the table
With the board showing 6♣10♥5♦9♠2♥ Adolfo Vaeza and Vicky Coren are staring at each other. Coren, crouching forward over her chips, is facing a bet of 25,000 from the Uruguayan and there’s close to another 100,000 in the middle. “King-ten?” asks Coren. Vaeza just shakes his head. He’s a gentleman, a dashing fellow, in an pale blue Oxford button down shirt. “I never lied to you,” he says and suddenly it’s a love story. This man can probably sword fight and dance the tango. “Okay,” replies Coren, folding her hand. Vaeza slides his cards over to Coren, giving her first peek before they’re shown to the world: two red nines. “Very nice hand,” says Coren.
1.15pm: Blinds up
We’re into the new level with this tournament rapidly approaching its business end. Full counts are on the way, and you know where to find them.