9.20pm: Cantu overnight chip leader
Brandon Cantu is the big daddy going into Day 3 with 557,4000. There are plenty of players following behind (a total of 70 left in fact) so keep your eyes peeled for the end of day wrap and chip counts. — RD
8.56pm: Stop the clock
The clock has stopped for day two with officials announcing that there will be four more hands played today. News on the current chip leader and a full wrap of the days events to follow. — SB
8.55pm: Cursing in Italian
Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano is down to 95,000 after Per Martin Jacobson rivered trips on him. Pagano led for 13,500 on the turn of a Q♠8♣6♥4♠ board and was called by the Swede. The river came 6♣ and Pagano led for 26,000. Call. Pagano opened K♣K♦ but lost out to Jacobson’s 6♦5♦. Pagano starting rambling in Italian and even if I was able to translate I don’t think I’d be able to transcribe for you. The Swede’s up to 208,000. — MC
8.53pm: Champ busts
Allan Baekke is out. The EPT Snowfest champion ran J♥J♣ into the K♥K♠ of Team PokerStars Online Pro Andre Coimbra, one of the leads from day 1a. The board ran 2♥5♦8♥8♣3♣ to send Baekke back to Denmark. Or at least the rail. Coimbra on the other hand moves up to more than 450,000 chips. — SB
8.52pm: Monster pot for Sheringham
Earlier in this pot we mentioned how Sheringham’s solid play had been getting him a long way in EPT and here he is getting it in along way ahead for a massive 220,000 pot all but guaranteeing himself a cash finish with 72 players left. Boyan Bonev opened the pot to 7,200 and Sheringham three-bet from the big blind to 22,200. Bonev forced the issue by making it 59,200 but when Sheringham moved all-in over the top for an additional 47,000 Bonev suddenly looked a bit lost. The Bulgarian counted and recounted his stack before making the call for a large chunk of his chips.
The board ran out K♦6♠3♣8♠2♣ with that turn card giving Bonev a split second where he thought he’d caught the nine. Sheringham is up to 220,000. — RD
8.44pm: Kelly tramples Proudfoot
Jonathan Proudfoot, JP Kelly and Toby Lewis have been sat along side each other for most of the day and tangled many times as the chips went one way then the other. As James Demspsey found out earlier, think twice about tangling with Kelly. Proudfoot just found this out to his own detriment. He and Kelly, in the blinds, saw a 6♠3♠10♥ flop before all the chips went in and it was Proudfoot in danger as the cards were revealed:
The board ran out 7♥8♦ to put Kelly up to 340,000 chips. — MC
8.36pm: You win some Johansen
If you’re going to double up what better time that as you approach the money? Tom Johansen, a PokerStars qualifier from Norway, might be thinking that right now after his pocket jacks beat a pair of tens to leave him with more than 300,000 chips. A big pot with 74 players remaining. — SB
8,35pm: Chips heading north for the summer
Michel Abecassis and William Thorson are both below average, both below 100,000 chips. They just tangled with the latter coming out on top.
Abecassis raised from under-the-gun and was called by Thorson to go to a J♥K♥Q♠ flop. The Frenchman continued his aggressive line with an 8,600 bet that the Swede called. Both players checked the 4♥ turn before Abecassis check-called a 14,000 bet on the J♠ river. Thorson tabled Q♦J♦ for a full-house and the pot. Abecassis mucked leaving himself with 56,000 whereas Thorson is up to 90,000. — MC
8.31pm: Stevie444 getting chipped up
Paul Foltyn had just busted Felix Alves and obviously decided he wanted to play his rush by raising under-the-gun. Foltyn made it 6,800 to go and the action folded all the way around to Stephen Chidwick in the small blind, who called, and Kevin O’Donnell in the big blind, who also called. Chidwick led the K♦J♦8♠ flop for 13,500 forcing both O’Donnell (quickly) and Foltyn (slowly) out of the pot and puts himself up to 200,000.
Chidwick, aka stevie444, is one of those online tournament crushers that just hasn’t managed to replicate his success on the live stage. Could this be the tournament where that changes? — RD
8.26pm: Coimbra sticks it in Carron’s eye
Andre Coimbra, who is part of Team PokerStars Online, opened the button for 7,000. Patrick Carron three-bet from the small blind testing the Portuguese grinder. Coimbra then stuck it in Carron’s eye by four-betting to 41,000. Carron looked at Coimbra’s stack and passed. Coimbra’s comeback continues and he must be close to 250,000 now. — RD
8.20pm: Lykov sends one to the rail
Goncalves of France becomes the next player to bust from EPT Vilamoura. After Max Lykov made it 7,000 from the hi-jack, Goncalves moved all-in for a shade more, 9,900 in total. The action was folded back to Lykov who called, showing K♠10♣ to Goncalves’s A♣8♦.
The board ran 9♣Q♠10♥2♠K♥ sending Goncalves out and Lykov up to 130,000. — SB
8.08pm: Sheringham bags another one
Friend of PokerStars Teddy Sheringham was always referred to as a thinking footballer, a player that would position himself in the right spot at the critical moment (such as when he equalised and then assisted the winner in the 1999 Champions League final).
Sheringham appears to be doing the same thing here with just 81 players left and 56 spots paying. Each decision is being taken calmly and, from what I’ve seen, efficiently. Here’s an example.
Andre Andrade of Portugal raised the cut-off for 6,100 and Sheringham called on the button. The pair were joined by the big blind who checked the 4♠5♥Q♠ flop. Andrade continued his aggression with a 7,300 bet and Sheringham raised to 25,500. Both players mucked their hands as the former England striker added 20,000 to his stack. Sheringham cashed at the EPT Grand Final earlier this year for €20,000 and in last year’s EPT London for £11,600. — RD
8pm: A model what?
Luca Pagano, on course for a 16th career EPT cash, opened for 7,500 in early position. Alexey Golodyaev was on the button and pushed all in for 50,600. The action reached Pedro Guedes in the small blind who called, leaving Pagano to pass.
A♣Q♠ for Golodyaev, 10♣10♠ for Guedes, who when not playing poker is a professional model.
The board ran 3♠9♣K♦2♦4♠. Guedes moves up to 330,000 while for Golodyaev the day is well and truly over. — SB
7.55pm: To the Max
Max Lykov opened for 6,700 from the button which was called by Grzegorz Cichocki in the big blind for a flop of 4♠4♥K♥. Both checked for a 6♦ on the turn, then checked again for an A♦ river card. Cichocki checked that but Lykov made it 16,400 to play. Cichocki called, each player showing an ace for a split pot. — SB
7.50pm: Players return
Play re-starts in level 14.
7.35pm: Break time
Players are now on another 15 minute break. When they return they will play for one more level, or until we reach the money (56 players). Just 82 players remain. – SB
7.34pm: Not the end for Finne
Tim Finne’s EPT dreams were broken, fixed, broken and fixed again in a mater of seconds. The American had shoved over the top of a button raise from the small blind with his 57,400 stack when he heard those words you really don’t want to hear from the big blind: “How much is it?” Particulalry when you’re shoving K♠10♠ for your tournament life…
The question came from Marton Czuczor who then thought a few seconds before announcing that he was all-in. His move took the pot heads up and put the cards on their backs. Finne could have been crushed in this situation and looked mightily relieved to see that he had two overcards to Czuczor’s 8♣8♠. It was a look that was short-lived as the 8♥5♥3♥ flop sent Finne spinning to his feet. Then the turn came. It was the 2♥. Hope, albeit one with just nine outs, reared its head. The river was red. It was a heart. Finne, a younger look-alike for Andy Black, breathed a big sigh of relief and sat back down with his 60,000 stack. — RD
7.32pm: De Korver gone
Pieter de Korver has been eliminated by his Team PokerStars Pro stablemate Marcin Horecki. It happened earlier this level, Horecki starting things off by opening form under-the-gun for 5,600. Ronny Kaiser called in the hi-jack before De Korver moved all-in from the small blind for 71,200. The big blind then tank folded (later claiming to have folded pocket tens) before Horecki called the all-in, leaving himself 100,000 behind. Kaiser then went into the tank himself before folding.
De Korver showed Q♣Q♦ while Horecki turned over A♠A♦. The board came [t] sending De Korver to the rail and leaving Horecki with nearly 250,000 chips. Horecki was curious though and asked Kaiser if he really had kings. Yes came the reply.
“Would you have called if I’d shoved,” asked Horecki. Kaiser said he probably would have. Instead he lives on with 160,000. — SB
7.30pm: Running on Benzine-ou
Joel Benzinou opened for 6,100. Next to him sat Erik Van Den Berg, distinctive in his bright orange woollen hat, who moved all-in for 30,900. Wolfgang Wurzer was on the button and thought before folding, but that was it. The action returned to Benzinou, distinctive in his own way for looking a little like Mathieu Amalric, who went through a five minute spell of thinking and staring before the clock was called. No need. Benzinou folded and Van Den Berg lives on with 84 players remaining. — SB
7.25pm: More luck for the bloggers
Crikey. What a day it’s been for Team PokerStars Blog. After being offered millions by two African women who quite coincidentally had both lost their fathers and needed help recovering their respective fortunes, we’ve now been offered a tempting $44.5million business deal by a nice gentleman called James Mackey in China. He emailed in to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ve emailed back with our bank account details as he asked, and look forward to finding out more. He does not seem to mind that we have limited experience in international commerce.
This has been quite a day for us, and it looks like our finances will now be secure for life. Let’s hope our good fortune continues. — SY
7.20pm: Mallet’s mallet
Olivier Mallet has been eliminated by Evgeniy Zaytsev after getting his stack in the middle in a dominated position. Mallet raised to 7,000 and then moved all-in when the Russian three-bet to 16,000. Zaytsev snap-called the shove with A♣K♥ and stayed ahead of Mallet’s K♣Q♦ through the 8♥J♥5♠10♠4♣ board. He’s up to 195,000 now. — MC
7.13pm: “So brutal”
Kevin O’Donnell opened from late position and was three-bet by Joe Ebanks from the button. O’Donnell made the call making a 30,000 pot before both players tried to trap the other on a A♥5♥Q♠ flop. O’Donnell then led 21,000 of his 47,000 stack into the 7♣ turn and Ebanks moved all-in. O’Donnell went deep into the tank until one player at the table realised that a) O’Donnell seemed a bit distracted for a player in the tank, b) that he had his headphones on, and c) he hadn’t snap-called getting a great price on the pot.
Although Ebanks had announced all-in the dealer hadn’t made him put a stack across the line and O’Donnell’s headphones had blocked that out. The combination of dealer and player error created some unnecessary melodrama and O’Donnell insta-called when he realised what was going on.
A second five paired the board on the river chopping the pot. “So brutal,” said O’Donnell who missed the chance for a vital double up. Moments later O’Donnell did manage to double up with pocket queens. The American is up to 140,000. — RD
7.05pm: Chouity teases out more from Baekke
There’s already a little history today between EPT Snowfest winner Allan Baekke and EPT Monte Carlo winner Nicolas Chouity – the latter having earlier doubled up at the expense of the former. Now Chouity has taken another chunk from Baekke. The board was 5♠10♦7♦6♠2♠ and Baekke had bet 16,300 only for Chouity to make it 53,000.
Baekke went deep into the tank, and eventually made the call, only for Chouity to table A♠Q♠ for the ace-high flush. — SY
7.02pm: Pfff….he disappears
Antonio Esfandiari was eliminated a short while ago at the hands of Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly. Kelly explained that he raised and called the all-in push from the American. Esfandiari only had about 12 big blinds by this point and needed to make a stand. He was off to the races with king-queen versus Kelly’s pocket tens. The flop was good fro him too as it came king high but Kelly found a ten on the turn to make Esfandiari disappear. Kelly up to 252,000 now. — MC
7pm: Gray into the black
One of the two last ladies in the main event just did themselves no harm in a bid to go deep in this event. PokerStars qualifier Carolyn Gray managed to take three players with her to a flop of 10♥6♦4♦ having raised pre-flop to 15,000 with David Metelo, Joel Benzinou and Wolfgang Wurzer all paying up.
The action was checked to Gray who bet again, 18,000 this time, getting folds from each of her opponents. Gray is now up to 150,000. — SB
6.54pm: Coimbra climbing
Team PokerStars Online’s Andre Coimbra is continuing the form that saw him take the chip lead at the end of Day 1A. He’s now on more than 200,000 after adding to his stack on this hand. Marco Leonzio opened for 6,100 and Coimbra raised it up to 18,000. Italian Leonzio called. Leonzio then check-called Coimbra’s 20,000 on the 6♥10♣5♦ flop and finally check-folded after Coimbra’s 30,000 bet on the 3♣ turn. — SY
6.51pm: Exit for Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari is our latest casualty of the tournament. Details to come. — RD
6.47pm: Oscar wins a double-up
Oscar Pelayo was in much need of a double-up and fate has brought him just that. PokerStars qualifier Patrick Carron was benefactor holding queen-jack to the Spaniard’s 10♣10♦. Carron raised from early position and called when Pelayo moved all-in for 25,300 from the BB. The board ran 7♦4♥2♥3♠7♣ to the delight of the young Spaniard. He has a fighting chance of making the money now. — MC
6.43pm: Pagano on for another cash?
Luca Pagano is a cash machine and I don’t mean that in a bad way. The Italian has a ludicrous ability to make the money – a record 15 times following his 26th place finish at EPT Tallinn – and often goes deep as well having made four – or is it five? – final tables since this tour was conceived. The Team PokerStars Pro is now on course for yet another cash after doubling up to an average stack of 120,000.
Pagano had opened for 5,700 from middle position and was jammed on by Andras Nemeth. Pagano made the call for the entirety of his 59,000 stack with A♥K♣ heavily dominating the Hungarian’s A♦J♣. The ten-high board blanked out leaving Pagano odds on to scratch yet another notch on his EPT bedpost. — RD
6.41pm: Thorson fights on
William Thorson just had to pass up a hand against EPT veteran Rob Hollink. On a board of 2♦7♠7♣Q♣4♠ Thorson checked in the small blind to Hollink on the button. The big Dutchman bet 13,000 into a 30,000 pot leaving Thorson thinking about things. Thorson had to pass. He’s stack measures a little more than 30,000 right now, alongside Hollink’s 115,000. — SB
6.33pm: Rub down from the blog team
PokerStars qualifier Riekus Hein Wijermars lost his ID card that we use to identify players and do chip counts during the break. I felt it my responsibility to replace his said card and was just about to hand it to him but realised he wasn’t in his seat. “Oh are you out?” I enquired. His nodding head was all I needed to confirm this so I added “Sorry, that was a bit of as rub down”. He didn’t seem to mind and headed off. He got it all in with ace-king but failed to hit versus a player who had pocket eights. It’s a double blow really as we’ve lost a cherished qualifier and defaced a spare ID with permanent marker. — MC
6.26pm: Bang, bust, back-in
A frustrated bang on the table and Tiago Cerqueira was out. Or at least he thought he was. He’d just got his chips in with a king-high flush. Stephen Chidwick had got his chips in too, the problem for Cerqueira being that his two red aces had made a full house on a board of 2♥9♥A♠8♥2♠.
The dealer compared stacks with Chidwick’s adding up to around 95,000. Cerqueira was out of his chair and ready to leave but had the Englishman covered and sat back down to a stack of around 20,000, not before being warned about banging on the table first. — SB
6.20pm: Players back from break
The afternoon sun is looking quite delightful from here and so with some regret the players have been called back into the tournament room as we start the penultimate level of the day. Team PokerStars Pro Henrique Pinho is just one of the 95 players left in the hunt for the EPT Vilamoura trophy. — RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team at EPT Vilamoura (in height order): Simon Young (6’2″), Rick Dacey (6′), Marc Convey (a contentious 6′ – we think he’s more like 5’10”) and Stephen Bartley (5’6.5″). Photos by Neil Stoddart.