Live updates from day two, level 15 of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
Blinds: 4,000-8,000 (700 ante)
6pm: The situation so far
There are three minutes remaining in the level and just nine players remaining, around one table. At the end of this level there will be a ten minute break. Then play will continue until another player busts. There will be no dinner break.
5.55pm: Down to nine
Vicky Coren tried an all-in a few hands ago. It was up to Dennis Phillips to call but he folded his three-nine. But a few hands later Coren found a hand to work with. When Adolfo Vaeza made it 25,000 pre-flop Coren moved all-in with 10♣10♥ for around 36,000. Vaeza called with A♦Q♣. They both stood. J♥K♠3♣A♥4♥. It was the end for Coren.
“Sorry Victoria, it was a pleasure to meet you,” said Vaeza, genuinely sympathetic. Coren sauntered off, obviously disappointed but somehow she seemed to have expected it.
“Are you out?” asked Neil Channing as she walked by.
“Yes. Amazingly though I actually had the best hand!”
5.50pm: Sahamies slows down
Ilari Sahamies continues on the roller coaster, but contrary to popular belief he does have a brake pedal. On a flop of K♥6♣J♠, he bet what looked like about 35,000 and Eugene Katchalov called. The turn was 8♠ and both players checked. The river was 4♦ and Katchalov bet 46,000. Sahamies passed.
5.45pm: Phillips gets lucky
Dennis Phillips got lucky to save his tournament skin. Matt Glantz raised pre-flop, Phillips re-raised, Glantz moved all-in – call!
Phillips had Q♣Q♥ and was aghast when Glantz turned over K♣K♥. But the horror would not last long as the flop came A♦Q♦5♥ and the 3♥ turn and 8♦ river meant a magical double up to 430,000.
“Sorry,” he said to Glantz. “I got really lucky.”
Indeed he did.
5.40pm: Nordkvist v Fernandez
With about 90,000 already in the pot and the board out all the way to the river — Q♣4♦7♣6♥K♥ — Joel Nordkvist bet 57,500 giving his sole opponent, Leo Fernandez, a decision. He agonised, then called the clock on himself, then let it expire and showed 5♠4♠, clearly tempted to make the most heroic of hero calls with bottom pair.
With our chip count page again playing immensely frustrating tricks, here are the latest counts.
Erik Cajelais – 860,000
Matt Glantz – 580,000
Adolfo Vaeza – 430,000
Eugene Katchalov – 390,000
Joel Nordkvist – 360,000
Dennis Phillips – 290,000
Leo Fernandez – 275,000
Shane Reihill – 255,000
Ilari Sahamies – 170,000
Vicky Coren – 85,000
5.25pm: Ziigmund declining
Ilari Sahamies’ slide continues, with Joel Nordkvist this time taking some away. Sahamies raised from the small blind after it was folded to him there; Nordkvist called. The flop was J♣Q♦A♦ and Sahamies bet 32,000. Call. The turn was 2♣ which both players checked before seeing 3♠ on the river. Sahamies checked again, Nordkvist bet 31,000 and Sahamies called. Nordkvist showed A♠4♠ and Sahamies mucked.
5.20pm: Feldman’s grind is over
Andrew Feldman is out. No surprises for learning that it’s Erik Cajelais who did the damage. Feldman moved all in for his final 80,000 or so. Cajelais called and it was 9♥9♣ for Feldman and A♥Q♥ for Cajelais. Feldman said a word beginning with eff when an ace came on the turn. He’s out.
5.10pm: Feldman clinging on
Andrew Feldman moved all-in. Feldman’s no stranger to the EPT bubble, having met it face to face in Copenhagen last season. But if he is to leave here before the money it’s not right now. He gets no takers for his open shove.
The same cannot be said for Will Molson. The man who knocked Phil Ivey out of his chair 14 levels ago is no more having moved in with 6♣6♦ against Matt Glantz’s A♥10♦. The board ran: Q♦Q♥7♣10♠4♠. Molson out.
Controversy on Vicky Coren’s table. Erik Cajelais and Adolfo Vaeza saw a 6♥J♠3♥ flop and Vaeza called Cajelais’ re-raise. The turn came 7♥ and this is where things got a little messy. Cajelais took a pile of yellow chips, amounting to 50,000 and put them over the line while still holding them. He split the pile into two and with one hand still on one of the piles, Vaeza suddenly announced: “All in”.
Now Cajelais was not happy, maintaining that he had not even made his bet amount yet, and that even though all the chips had gone over the line, he may still have decided to take one of the piles back. As he had not released all the chips, he said his decision was not yet finished.
The tournament director was summonsed, and the decision was made that the full 50,000 bet should remain. At which point Vaeza rather comically said: “All in” again.
Cajelais folded, not happy with the ruling. Vicky Coren is not happy either, seemingly having a bit of a personality clash with Cajelais from Canada. “That man is an absolute…” she raged. At which point my pen ran out of ink and I could not right down the rest of the sentence. Honest.
5pm: Four to go
Twelve players remain on two tables. That mean three to go before we reach the pseudo-final table, and one more after that until we close for the day.
Chip counts are on the chip count page and here are the arms wrapped around the most chips: