EPT Vilamoura: Day 1b levels five and six updates

November 18, 2009


Updates from levels five and six of EPT Vilamoura, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

Selected approximate chip counts, updated throughout the day, are available on the chip counts page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page.

Previous coverage: Day 1a wrap | Levels 1&2 | Levels 3&4

Level 5: 150-300 (25 ante)
Level 6: 200-400 (50 ante)

6.46pm: Back in fifteen minutes
That’s the end of another level. Players are now on the last break of the day.

6.45pm: Another gone
The money went in on the turn, or at least the last of it. The board was already reading J♦7♦2♠5♣ when Charles Marques moved all-in for just less than 30,000. Vishal Pundjabi was the only player left in the hand and made the call, showing 2♥2♦. Marques was behind with K♦K♠. The river came 8♠ ending the day and the tournament for Marques. Pundjabi though now has close to 100,000.

6.40pm: Larsen v Coehlo
Rasmus Larsen just got what is probably the maximum possible from a pair of pocket tens. It was a raised pot with only Nuno Coehlo getting to the flop with him, which came 3♦3♠9♥. Coehlo check-called Larsen’s 1,300 bet, then check-called the 2,700 bet on the 8♠ turn, then check-called the 4,500 bet on the 3♣ turn. Coehlo mucked when Larsen showed his 10♥10♦.

6.35pm: The Italian Job
Giovanni Salvatore and Stuart Rutter saw a K♠J♠J♦ flop. Rutter check-raised Salvatore’s 2,000 bet up to 6,000 only to face a four-bet to 15,125. Rutter called and then led out for 5,500 on the 10♦ turn. Call. The river came 7♠ and Rutter immediately went all in, an amount that covered his Italian opponent. Salvatore agonized for an age and then folded A♦8♦ face-up! Rutter mucked very quickly saying he was bluffing and then stacked his 60,000 chip stack.

Salvatore busted soon after. Don’t feel too sorry for him though as he picked up the IPT title in San Remo yesterday.

6.25pm: Sapere still alive
Andrea Sapere from Italy got a double up to 18,000, but with a little excitement along the way. He pushed for his last 8,000 or so, then Pagano moved all in over the top for around 45,000, leaving Matthew Nieberg with a big decision to make about sticking around or not. He asked for a Pagano count, said it would be sick if he folded and saw Pagano had a worse hand*… then folded.

On their backs:

Pagano: 10♦10♠
Sapere: K♥Q♠

While Pagano was ahead, it did not last long as the board came K♠Q♦3♥8♦3♣.

* Pagano did have the better hand, although Nieberg would not confirm what he folded.

6.20pm: Battle of the Manuels
Manuel Jimenez opened for 1,600 in middle position and Juan Manuel Pastor called form the small blind. Thinking he was first to act Jimenez began tapping the table, checking in the dark, but Pastor held up his hand, fully aware he was to act first. He threw 2,000 into the pot. Take that. Jimenez took his time but passed. Pastor showed him the J♠, up to 50,000.

6.15pm: Heavy Metaal
Juan Maceiras is out, emphatically dispatched to the rail by Govert Metaal’s quad sevens. Metaal opened for 1,225 from early position and Maceiras moved all in from the button. Well, he thought he’d moved all in but had forgotten his stack of green chips (worth a lowly 25 apiece) and so it actually went as a raise to 5,700, with about 300 behind. Nuno Coehlo, in the small blind, took a while to fold his ace-queen off-suit, before Metaal said: “Either you double up or I do,” and threw in his last 10,000, which only just covered Maceiras.

Obviously Maceiras’ last chips now went in and he showed 5♣5♥, which was not in great shape against Metaal’s 7♣7♥. Coehlo was angry when the flop came A♥J♠7♦, seeing the ace but missing the seven, which gave Metaal his set. The turn was 4♦ and the river was 7♠ filling Metall’s quads and sending Maceiras out.

6.05pm: Comeback on hold
What was that about David Garcia’s revival. On a board of 8♠6♣J♦6♠10♥ Garcia bet 12,000 and the attention was now on Fernando Brito who was deep in thought. Suddenly he called, forcing Garcia to muck his hand pretty quickly. Brito showed A♦J♥ and is up to 46,000. Garcia down to 16,000.

5.55pm: Javed hands a little to Diogo
Javed Abrahams raised from mid position and was only called by Diogo Borges. A dangerous looking Q♠A♣7♣ flop came down and that prompted them to check. They also checked through the K♠ turn before Borges bet 2,000 on the 6♥ river when checked to him for a trid time. Abrahams stared his opponent down before making the call but he mucked when Borges revealed A♥J♦.

On a separate note Sorel Mizzi appears to be out. Andy Black is now sitting where the Canadian once sat and that is a bad sign.

5.45pm: Haven’t seen that before
We had a power cut earlier today, only a brief one but it was the second of the season, although nothing like the descent into pitch blackness we experienced in Kyiv. We’ve witnessed something else new today, a dealer dropping half the deck while dealing a hand, exposing four or five cards. Assuming it was a dead hand one player revealed his own hand and another looked at his hands laughed and said “so sick!” But the ruling declared that the cards be reshuffled into the pack and the player’s exposed cards would stay that way. The aces would win the hand, but didn’t get much action.

5.40pm: An ElkY dwell
If ElkY thinks, it means he has a decision. And although we’ll never find out what he was thinking about on this hand — he mucked it — it’s worth playing it through. ElkY raised to 800 from the cut off and Viacheslav Zhokov re-raised to 2,350 from the small blind. ElkY called.

The flop came 2♠7♠K♣ and Zhokov bet 2,500 at it, which ElkY called. The turn was K♥
and Zhokov bet 6,000, which ElkY called. The river was A♥ and Zhokov bet 11,000 (leaving him 7,000 behind). ElkY took about five minutes over this decision, which in ElkY time amounts to something like three hours. Eventually he folded, leaving himself still the right side of 40,000 but without any further information on his Russian adversary.

5.35pm: Pagano knocks out Rousso
Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano accounted for team mate Vanessa Rousso in a straightforward race. Rousso, who was short-stacked, moved all-in pre-flop and Pagano came along for the ride:

Rousso: A♣J♣
Pagano: 9♦9♣

The flop of 6♥Q♦10♣ opened up more outs for Rousso, but the Q♥ turn and 5♦ river were not any of them.

Pagano moves up to 45,000

5.29pm: Eastgate coolered and felted
After winning his last longer bet Peter Eastgate got the chance to play one more hand and unfortunately for him it was his exit hand. PokerStars qualifier Matthew Nieberg opened with a raise and Eastgate plus two others called. The flop came jack high and Eastgate got the last of his chips in with Q♥Q♣ but had run into Neiberg’s A♦A♣ that held up.

One more Team Pro down from this table. Not to worry, another one is lined up. Luca Pagano has just filled the void left by the former world champion.

5.20pm: The power of Pinho
David Garcia limped before Henrique Pinho made it 1,125 a seat along. Fernando Brito also gets involved, calling before Garcia did the same. They saw a flop of 3♠Q♠10♦. Garcia checked, Pinho made it 2,000 and Brito folded before Garcia raised again to 5,000. Pinho called that for an 8♦ on the turn. Another 6,000 from Garcia now before Pinho moved all-in for 31,000. Garcia called, covering the Team PokerStars Pro, with Q♥10♣ to Pinho’s 10♠8♠. The river was an 8♣, sending the chips to Pinho as Garcia disappeared to the rail for a few minutes. Pinho’s up to 77,000 now.

5.15pm: Nationalities
Without question, the highlight of my day 1B is always the moment the full nationality breakdown of players is delivered to my inbox. That moment has just arrived in Portugal, and we can share the stats with you now. Local players (ie., from Portugal) made up the largest percentage, with a decent show from both Germany and France. The usual huge contingent of Italian players was reduced here by the the fulsome turnout at the IPT event in San Remo that wrapped yesterday. But good to see that the winner, Giovanni Salvatore, made the trip here to play on day 1B.

Here’s the full breakdown of nationalities:

Portugal, 63 players (20% of field); Germany 32 (10%); France 30 (9%); Spain 28 (9%); Netherlands 24 (7%); UK 19 (6%); USA 18 (6%); Italy 16 (5%); Russia, Sweden 12 (4%); Canada, Finland, Switzerland 8 (2%); Denmark 7 (2%); Ireland 6 (2%); Belgium, Norway, Romania, Ukraine 4 (1%); Austria 3 (1%); Czech Republic, Poland 2 (1%); Algeria, Bulgaria, Croatia, French Guiana, Lithuania, Monaco, Slovenia, Turkey 1 each.

5.10pm: And the winner is Peter Eastgate
Not the tournament but the last longer bet with fellow Team Pro Dario Minieri. Of course that means we’ve have lost the diminutive Italian and he fell at the hands of another Team Pro Juan Manuel Pastor. Pastor raised from late position and was called by Minieri in the big blind before both players checked the flop. All the money went in on the turn when the board read J♣Q♣4♦4♣ and Minieri saw his holding of Q-10 was in very bad shape against Pastor’s A♣Q♦. The river blanked sending Minieri packing and Pastor up to 52,000.

Peter Eastgate said: “At least I can play a hand now!”

4.55pm: Kelopuro on form
Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro has been taking a good deal of time off from the nosebleed tables this year to play on the EPT. He’s here in Vilamoura and has a stack of around 60,000, which will work just fine. Just recently he was involved in a pot with the Italian PokerStars qualifier Raffaele Cassinese that was decided in Kelopuro’s favour. On a flop of K♣3♠5♠, Cassinese check-called Kelopuro’s 2,500 bet. The turn was 5♥ and Cassinese check-folded K-3 to Kelopuro’s 6,500 bet.

4.50pm: Team Pro last longer bet
Peter Eastgate and Dario Minieri are floating around the 10,000 chips mark and have come up with the idea of a last longer bet between them. Neither of them need the money and Minieri especially is not known for a patient grinding style of play. This should help them focus on playing optimum poker, giving them the best chance of getting back in contention. At the time they shook hands Eastgate was give. 1.2 to 1 odds even though Minieri had a 3 to 2 chip advantage. I think it was a fair price considering their styles of play though. It’ll be interesting to see how it pans out.

4.45pm: Rousso crushes Minieri – at arm wrestling
One is a girl, one is a man. Which one was best at arm wrestling? Err, look away now, Minieri fans…

Watch EPT6 Vilamoura Rousso Minieri The Rematch on PokerStars.tv

4.40pm: Back to work
All the latest chip counts are available to browse on our chip count page at the start of level five. Players are now returning from the break, including these two…


Vanessa Rousso and Alex Kravchenko


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