Updates from level 18 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. The full payout structure is on the payout structure page.
Blinds: 4,000-8,000 (500 ante)
1.45pm: That’s the break
Another level ends and players take a 15 minute break.
1.40pm: Return of the Jeff
Jeff Sarwer made it 20,000 from the button. Ryan Franklin re-raised from the big blind, making it 76,000. Sarwer fired back with another raise, taking two towers of yellows from his stack. He hadn’t even pushed them forward before Franklin folded.
But Franklin would turn the tables soon after. After Sarwer opened for 20,000 from middle position Franklin re-raised to 51,000 from the button. The blinds folded and it was back with Sarwer.
“The empire strikes back, huh?” said Sarwer, before humming the first bars of Darth Vader’s signature tune. This one went to Franklin.
1.38pm: Checking with the nuts
Joao Barbosa raised from the hijack and was called by Claudio Coelho in the big blind. Both players checked to the river where the board read 10♦A♦5♦6♦J♦. At this point Silva bet 80,000. Barbosa called with 7♦7♣ but was shown K♦2♦ by Coelho who had the nuts all the way.
1.37pm: Fold, really?
There was a raise and a call before Santiago Terrazas re-raise, a classic squeeze that had worked for Terrazas on the previous hand. This time it wasn’t so successful: the original raiser folded but Gino Gabriel moved all in. Terrazas had his opponent well covered but after looking like he was going to call he folded Q♦Q♠ face-up.
1.36pm Ainsworth talks
Jude Ainsworth is one of the few players that hasn’t got massively involved on what is without question the action table. Late last night, the new member of Team PokerStars Pro talked to the video blog team:
1.35pm: Garcia doubles
Javier Garcia just outdrew Ricardo Sousa to double up. It was all in pre-flop, Garcia’s 120,000-odd well covered by Sousa. Garcia had A♠8♣ to Sousa’s A♦Q♦. The flop was good for Garcia though: it ran out 7♠8♠6♥ and the turn and river were 10♠5♣, meaning the flopped eight stayed good. Sousa’s slide continues.
1.30pm: Barbosa aggression
Pierre Neuville limped under-the-gun and it was folded to Joao Barbosa in the big blind. He raised to 24,000 and Neuville made it 53,000. Barbosa moved all in for about 300,000 and Neuville got out the way.
1.25pm: Double up
Michel Abecassis raised to 38,000 from the big blind. Ricardo Sousa was in the hand with him from middle position, and moved all-in, easily covering Abecassis who called showing A♦A♣, ahead against Sousa’s 8♣8♦. The board came: 3♥2♣Q♥4♥3♦ and Abecassis doubled up, close to 600,000 now.
1.20pm: Skampa over Sousa
Ricardo Sousa raised to 20,000 under-the-gu and Jan Skampa called. The flop came 7♦Q♣5♣ and Sousa bet 27,000, which Skampa called. The turn was 6♣ and they both checked, as they did the K♥ river. Sousa showed 7♥8♥ but Skampa’s 10♣10♥ was better.
1.15pm: Previously this tournament
Putting that Lellouche bust out in a little context, here’s a hand from earlier in the day that went unreported, although it’s more relevant now. Lellouche raised to 20,500 from the hijack and Jan Skampa re-raised to 57,000 from the cut off. Lellouche then made it 137,000 and Skampa announced he was all in. That’s the four-bet, fold from Lellouche that some people are talking about on internet forums, but also shows that Lellouche is capable of laying a hand down.
1.15pm: Loose change
Santiago Terrazos raised on the button to 20,500. Jeff Sarwer was in the small blind and re-raised to 61,000. Terrazos called and the flop came 7♦8♣7♣. Sarwer then bet 100,000, enough to take the pot.
1.10pm:The bigger they are, the harder they fall
Antony Lellouche started the day as chip leader and now he is out in dramatic circumstances. He raised from the cut off and was called by Antonio Matias in the small blind. The flop came 2♣8♦J♣. Matias check-raised Lellouche’s 45,000 bet up to 100,000 and received a call. The turn came Q♠ before Matias check-called a 145,000 from the Frenchman. When the river fell 2♦ Matias checked to face an all in bet from Lellouche. Matias called! Lellouche said: “You’re good,” and tabled 7♦9♦ for a busted draw and Matias opened A♥2♥ for rivered trips twos. A shocked Lellouche leaves the room while Matias spends a while stacking his stack now worth at least 1,700,000.
1pm: Big pair v big pair II
Guillaume Da Silva is next out and again it’s big pair against big pair. Da Silver has pocket jacks, Santiago Terrazas has pocket queens. No help and that’s another elimination.
12.57pm: Big pair v big pair I
Pierre Neuville raised from second position only to be re-raised by Andrei Vlasenko two seats along. His answer was to move all in and the call was quick in coming. K♣K♥ for Neuville, Q♦Q♣ for Vlasenko and the board ran A♠K♠9♥9♠3♣. It was all over by the turn and Neuville doubled to 340,000. Vlasenko on 190,000 now.
12.55pm: Vlasenko takes one from Sarwer
Jeff Sarwer and Andrei Vlasenko tangled on table one when Vlasenko called Sarwer’s pre-flop opener from the big blind. The flop came Q♣3♥10♠ and they both checked. The turn was J♣ and Vlasenko bet 25,000, which Sarwer called. The river was 4♥ and Vlasenko bet 40,000, which again Sarwer called. Vlasenko showed Q♥10♥ for two pair. “Hmm, better than I thought,” said Sarwer.
12.50pm: Mr_BigQueso grilled
James Collopy is out. He eventually got it all in from the button with A♦K♣ and was up against Ryan Franklin and his Q♠J♦. The flop came 2♠4♠4♦, good for Collopy, then the 4♣ came on the turn. “Don’t show me a two,” Collopy said, but that was the least of his worries. The river was J♠ which gave the whole pot to Franklin. Collopy is out in 21st.
12.45pm: Narrow margin
Tome Moreira just pushed Joao Barbosa out of a hand that was brewing pre-flop. He’d raised from the button before Barbosa re-raised in the small blind. That prompted Moreira to move all in for 200,000 or so more, ending the action.
A hand later Moreira was in action again, although not for long. Claudio Coelho opened for 25,000 which Moreira called in the cut off. Ruben Visser also wanted in, calling from the big blind for a flop of A♣5♦4♦.
Visser checked to Coelho who bet 30,000. Moreira folded but Visser called for a 2♣ on the turn. The pattern continued. Visser checked before Coelho made it another 50,000 to play. Again Visser called. Same again on the A♦ river. Another 60,000 from Coelho, called by Visser. A♠Q♦ for Coelho, a narrow defeat for Visser, holding A♥J♠.
12.45pm: Jacks full
Michel Abecassis raised to 20,500 from under-the-gun and was called in three spots to see a J♦4♣7♥ flop. Antonio Matias led out for 40,500 and was only called by Ricardo Sousa before the 9♦ turn came down. Matias contimued to push with a 100,500 bet and once again his fellow country man called. The river J♠ didn’t slow Matias down as he fired 200,500 into the pot. Sousa thought for a while but ultimately laid it down and good job too as he was shown J♣9♣ for a full house.
12.30pm: Johns departs
Well, it doesn’t get much crueler than this. Matt Johns is out, the victim of two miserable hands back-to-back. He had Antonio Matias covered in chips when they got them all in pre-flop, but Johns’ kings were no match for Matias’s aces and that put Johns down to about 70,000. Then he shoved with pocket sevens and ran into Ricardo Sousa’s aces. Out.
That’s aces on the first three hands of action on table two, with Johns following Mohamed Razab out the door.
12.25pm: Opening gambit
Jeff Sarwer made it 15000 from the cut off. Pierre Neuville was waiting in the big blind, raising to just less than 100,000. Sarwer rubbed his temples for a bit before folding. “Alright, nice hand.” Cue long discussion about what Neuville had.
No such discussion for Santiago Terrazos. He just got re-raised off a hand by Jim Collopy. Collopy didn’t show but Terrazos folded A♥Q♥.
12.20pm: Cold start to the day
We have our first elimination today and it was a bit if a cooler. Action folded around to Mohamed Razab on the button who raised to 17,000 and then moved all in for around 230,000 when Jan Skampa re-raised to 27,000 from the small blind. Skampa snap called with A♣A♥ and you have to feel sorry for Razab who tabled A♠K♠. The board ran Q♥9♥7♦K♥J♣ and a disbelieving Razab left the room.
12.10pm: Back to the action
We’re back, the players are back, and we have action again in Vilamoura. There are only 11 minutes of level 17 remaining, where the blinds are 3,000-6,000 and then we’ll be up to 4,000-8,000 for another 75 minutes. Stick with us.