Updates from the final table, level 29 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc “The Conv” Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
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Level 29: 50,000-100,000 (10,000 ante)
7pm: Level over
That’s the end of another level, with the players finishing on these chips:
Eyal Avitan: 9,830,000
Jan Skampa: 6,265,000
Stefan Mattsson: 1,475,000
6.55pm: Continuing as normal
A Jan Skampa raise from the button to 240,000 gets called by Eyal Avitan in the small blind before the flop comes 5♠4♣3♦. Avitian checks and a good ploy against this player is to continuation bet. Skampa does just that with a 330,000 bet and it’s worked as Avitan folded.
6.50pm: Have some of that
Jan Skampa looked like he was taking a stand against the increasingly aggressive Eyal Avitan. And it worked. Stefan Mattsson folded his button, and Skampa made it 270,000 from the small blind, Avitan called. On the 4♠3♣2♣ flop Skampa made it 410,000 – called again. But on the J♠ turn Skampa bet 1,000,010 (not sure why the extra 10,000 was necessary), and this time Avitan gave it up.
Avitan still has more than 10 million and is still in the chip lead.
6.40pm: Moving through the gears
Eyal Avitan is slowly becoming more aggressive in his approach and that is probably to do with the security that a big stack gives you. When Jan Skampa called from the button Avitan made it 700,000 to go from the small blind. Skampa called but folded to a 700,000 Avitan bet on the J♦Q♣3♦ board.
6.35pm: Three to the river
A Jan Skampa raise from the button to 240,000 gets calls from both other players. All three checked to the river where the board read A♦8♣6♣10♠2♠. Avitan took up the initiative at this stage with a 700,000 bet. Mattsson called pretty quickly but Skampa folded. Avitan tabled A♠8♠ for two-pair and it was good as Mattsson mucked.
6.25pm: Avitan aggression
Eyal Avitan is getting the taste for big re-raises. On this hand Stefan Mattsson folded his button, and Jan Skampa raised to 320,000 from the small blind. Avitan called. On the K♦6♠7♠ flop, Skampa made it 400,000.
“How much are you playing behind?” asks the Israeli
“About six million behind,” Skampa responds.
Avitan has Skampa covered, and elects to re-reraise the local boy to 1.1 million straight. That elicits a sharpish fold from Skampa.
6.20pm: Mattsson picks up some more
Jan Skampa opened for 250,000 and Eyal Avitan called. Stefan Mattsson on the other hand raised, 825,000 in total. Skampa passed and Avitan asked how much Mattsson had left. The answer: around 1.5 million.
“I have the best hand,” said Avitan, folding A♠10♦.
“Bad fold,” replied Mattsson.
Stefan Mattsson raised from the button and Eyal Avitan called from the big blind to see a 4♣5♥5♣ flop. Both checked to the 4♠ turn where a 135,000 Mattsson bet took it down.
6.05pm: Big fold from Mattsson
Stefan Mattsson has been on the wrong end of a few pots recently, but still had the discipline to make a big laydown. Things started quietly enough, with Jan Skampa folding his button, and Eyal Avitan calling from the small blind. Mattsson checked.
On the 9♥6♥4♣ flop, Avitan check-called Mattsson’s 155,000. On the 10♦ turn, Avitan checked again, Mattsson bet 340,000, but this time Avitan fired back with a raise to one million. That sent Mattsson deep into the tank – a call would not be for his tournament life, but it would leave him pot committed on the river. Instead, after a few minutes, he open folded 6♠4♥, two pair.
5.55pm: River dance
We’ve not seen Eyal Avitan raise that much today but in this instance that’s exactly what he did. He made it 350,000 from the button and Jan Skampa called from the big blind before a A♠6♣J♥ flop came down. Skampa check-called a bet of 425,000 before both checked the J♠ turn. Then Skampa led out for 650,000 after the 2♣ river and Avital folded.
5.45pm: Pot to Mattsson
Jan Skampa made it 240,000 from the button. Eyal Avitan called from the small blind, Mattson from the big. The flop came 8♠10♠J♥. All three checked for a 10♦ on the turn. Avitan checked again before Mattsson made it 480,000. Fold, fold. That’s that.
5.40pm: Three-handed, off we go again
And away we go again. Three players, these stacks:
Stefan Mattsson: 2,870,000
Jan Skampa: 6,150,000
Eyal Avitan: 8,550,000
This man is in the boss seat: