Updates from level 15 of EPT Vilamoura, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
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Blinds: 2,000-4,000 (400 ante)
4.30pm: End of the level
That says it all.
4.25pm: Matt looking glossy
The PokerStars qualifier Matt Johns added a lot of yellows to his stack. On a board of A♦3♥J♥9♠ he made it 50,000 and was re-raised by Luis Rodriguez in the big blind who made it 120,000. Undeterred Johns asked how much he had and shoved all-in for another 103,000. Rodriguez thought about it, glancing occasionally at the clock showing 33 players remaining, but passed. Johns up to 460,000 chips now.
4.25pm: Boatman sunk
Ross Boatman has been riding some turbulent waves today but has now capsized. Aurelien Guiglini started it off, raising from early position, then Jude Ainsworth and Boatman renewed their acquaintance. Ainsworth re-raised, Boatman moved all in for about 120,000, Guiglini folded but Ainsworth called. The Irishman’s A-K stayed good against Boatman’s A-Q. Boatman is off to walk the harbour; Ainsworth is up to about 320,000.
4.20pm: Heitmann clubbed
Jan Heitmann got it in good with A♠J♠ against Guillaume Da Silva’s all-in with 4♣10♣. Things are never that simple, however, and the J♣8♣4♠Q♣4♦ board rather summed that up. Heitmann still over 120,000 though.
4.15pm: A new name
Andrei Vlasenko is regularly getting involved, taking down a small pot from Michel Abecassis, and then seeing off both Ricardo Sousa and Pierre Neuville on the next hand. That one was the more interesting: Sousa made it 11,500 from mid-position and Neuville called from his left. Vlasenko re-raised from the small blind, making it 8,500 more, which both Sousa and Neuville called. The flop came 2♠5♥4♠ and Vlasenko bet 37,000, which was enough to get rid of Sousa. Neuville asked for a count, was shown that Vlasenko was playing something like 200,000 and made the call. The turn was 9♦ and Vlasenko moved all in. Neuville folded.
4.10pm: Still sailing
Ross Boatman didn’t wait long to get the last of his chips in. It was folded around to him in the cut off his moved all in for 27,000. Olaf de Zeeuw called from the next seat as did Aurelien Guiglini one more seat along. The flop came down 5♥7♣2♥ before Guiglini led out for 38,000 forcing De Zeeuw to fold pocket sixes face up.
Guiglini opened 7♥7♦ for top set and Boatman was in deep trouble with J♣J♠. He didn’t have to fret for long though as the J♣ was the very next card out before the river came 2♠ to triple Boatman up.
4.02pm: Ainsworth worth more
Jude Ainsworth just doubled up through Ross Boatman. Garcia Cayetano got things going, raising to 13,000 from the button. Ainsworth moved all in over the top from the small blind and Boatman then said he was all in from the big blind. Cayetano showed 10♣7♣ for the steal gone awry, but he wouldn’t have been in terrible shape against Ainsworth’s 4♥4♣ and Boatman’s A♥Q♥. The flop came 2♥8♠3♦ and the 10♦ brought a small yelp from Cayetano. The river was 6♥ meaning Ainsworth doubled up, plus a little bit more. The all in was for 92,500, so he has more than 200,000 now.
4pm: Franklin up, Sarwer down
The action was folded to Ryan Franklin in the small blind who bet a bit which Jeff Sarwer called in the big. The saw a flop of 8♣J♦2♠ which Franklin checked. Sarwer went for his chips and made it 21,500 which Franklin called for a 10♠ turn. Both checked that and on the 8♥ river Franklin checked again. Sarwer made it 30,000 which Franklin called fast, showing A♦10♣ to take the pot. “Oh well…” said Sarwer.
3.55pm: Mattsson Busted
It was folded around to Stefan Mattsson on the button who pushed all in for his last 42,500. After a count Aurelien Guiglini called only to see Mohamed Razab move all in behind him for another 83,000, a move that prompted him to fold. Mattsson was in it deep as his J♦2♦ needed a lot of help against Razab’s K♣K♦ and it didn’t come on the Q♣K♠5♠4♣2♠ board.
3.45pm: Pirbazari accounts for Wendt
Amir Pirbazari and Martin Wendt got it all in pre-flop. Wendt had about double Pirbazari’s 110,000 stack, but was behind in terms of hands. Wendt showed A♥J♠ but was behind Pirbazari’s A♠K♠ and the 7♠2♠6♠ flop was emphatic. It got worse for Wendt soon after. He got it all in again with pocket nines and Pirbazari was the only called. Pirbazari had pocket fives but the flop came, well, it came five high. Wendt is gone.
3.40pm: Barbosa again
Messing with Joao Barbosa is not to be recommended. See xxpm post for proof and this little exchange for corroboration. Barbosa raised to 11,000 from mid position and Ryan Franklin re-raised to 31,000. Barbosa didn’t take long to move all in over the top and that was too rich for Franklin, who let it go.
Two massive pots played out simultaneously in neighbouring tables. On the first, Berney Frankfort moved all in under-the-gun for 47,100 and Jan Heitmann called two to his left. It was folded around to Santiago Terrazas in the small blind, who moved all in over the top, for 140,000 more. Heitmann thought long and hard but folded, and Terrazas showed 10♠10♣ to Frankfort’s 7♦7♣. “That’s the one hand I didn’t put him on,” said Heitmann, saying that he too had folded pocket tens. The board ran out A♦Q♠3♦6♣A♣ to eliminate Frankfort and put Terrazas north of 200,000.
At the very same time all this was happening, Manuel Cadilhe was all in pre-flop and Michel Abecassis had already called, comfortably covering Cadihle. Johan van Til also had some money committed to the pot and he too eventually called, even though Abecassis also had him covered and he probably figured things were looking bleak. Indeed they were, Van Til had A♥K♥, Cadihle had 7♦7♣ but the biggest stack also had the biggest hand: A♣A♦. The board came K♣5♣2♥8♠J♣ and Abecassis sent two of them to the rail and brought his stack up to about 520,000.
Here’s how the video blog team set up the day:
3.30pm: Lucky Barbosa
Chip leader Jeff Sarwer raised to 13,000 from early position before Joao Barbosa moved all in for 110,500 from the big blind. Sarwer snap called with J♣J♠ and was in great shape against Barbosa’s K♦9♠. The board ran Q♠4♠7♦4♣K♠ to see Barbosa spike a king on the river to double through.
3.25pm: Quick fire shoves
Ryan Franklin moved all-in, 46,000 in total, but got no takers while Patrick O’Connor, a PokerStars qualifier from Ireland, is on his way to the cash desk. Alexey Yuzikov tried an all-in with no takers while Javier Garcia did the same on a board reading: 9♦6♦10♦7♥J♣ Matt Johns had the decision, with 100,000 in the middle. It was 113,500 to call but Johns passed this time. More players are busting though, we’re down to 40 and Jeff Sarwer’s table is the next to break.
This appeared in the last level but it’s still relevant now. Here are some notable observations now we’re in the cash: