EPT Prague: Day 3, level 20 updates

December 04, 2009


Updates from day 3, level 20 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc “The Conv” Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of the payout structure and prizewinners is on the payout structure and prizewinners page.

Level 20: 6,000-12,000 (1,000 ante)

8.30pm: Play concludes for today
With that the day has come to an end here in Prague. The 24 players will return tomorrow at 12pm local time where we’ll play down to our final table of 8 players. Overnight chip counts and a full wrap will be on the way shortly.

8.25pm: Swede on Swede
Stefan Mattsson raised and then called the all in push from countryman Jakob Carlsson. The former had A♠K♣ to the latter’s A♣9♠ and the board ran 8♠8♥3♦J♥2♥ to eliminate Carlsson in 25th place.

8.15pm: Way to bluff off your stack
Jan Skampa came in for a bet of 27,000. It’s not the first time the aggressive Czech had done that, which may explain why Karl Heinz Klose felt he could push him off the pot by moving all in for 440,000.

Unfortunately for him, Skampa called in a flash with A♥K♥ – and he could only table J♠7♣. The board ran out A-5-7-8-5, and we lose the oldest player who remained in the field.

Just 25 left, one to go!

8.10pm: Quad-tastic bust out
On a 2♣7♥5♦ flop, Peter Hendriks and Anthony Roux get it all in. Roux has 7♦7♠ for a set, a mile ahead of Hendriks’ 10♥10♣ – and it got even better when the turn came 7♣ for quads. The river was 9♣ and Hendricks’ 300,000 moved across the table to Roux.

8.05pm: Toby’s jug emptied
Toby Lewis is our 28th place finisher after falling to local lad Jan Skampa. Lewis raised before Skampa put him all in. He called for his tournament life with A♥10♥ and was racing against Skampa’s 9♦9♥. The board ran 6♦4♠10♣J♣9♠. A cruel way to go; hitting one of your outs only to be re-outdrawn.

8pm: Why why why… Andreas Eiler
Evgeniy Zaytsev’s money went in on the 9♠Q♥10♣ flop. He had 10♥10♦ and was called by Andreas Eiler who turned over Q♣A♦. “Okay, I’m drawing dead,” said Eiler who waited for the turn and river: Q♦6♣. A huge hand for Zaytsev who is up to 850,000. Eiler is down to 450,000.

7.50pm: Marcin Horecki out
Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki is out. Short-stacked, he’d been pushing a few hands and, as you well know, that works every time until the last time.

Well, this time Priyan de Mel raised to 35,000 and Horecki pushed for around 90,000. Call.

Horecki: A♣7♣
De Mel: A♠J♣

Horecki needed help, but it all went downhill once the cards were delivered – 2♠9♠6♠A♥8♠. Just a nut flush for de Mel, then.

7.55pm: Would that be a turbo?
Tournament staff amused themselves by playing the noise of a throaty car revving up and speeding off over the loud speakers – to announce the start of the nightly turbo tournament. “Players, we have a special tournament director for you tonight. It’s Turbo Tony.” Unfortunately, they’re here all week.

7.45pm: Twenty-nine, 29, twenty-nine
There are 29 players returning at the start of level 20. Five more will depart and then we will be finished for the day.

The runaway chip leader, consolidated after that bust out of Pieter de Korver, is Eyal Avitan. He has more than two million. And probably more than that too.


Eyal Avitan


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