Updates from level 19 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 and prizewinners to date are on the payout structure page.
Blinds: 4,000-8,000 (500 ante)
3.15pm: Franklin picks his spot
Ryan Franklin reraised all in from late position after Tome Moreira had opened to 28,000. Franklin’s all in was 161,000 more. The tournament clock ticked down towards the end of the level as Moreira sunk into the tank. He passed almost on the stroke of the end of the level, giving everyone their full 15-minute break. Including us.
3.10pm: Neuville nipped
Pierre Neuville is trying to get something going, but is not getting it his own way. He raised to 28,000 from the cut off, then Jan Skampa made it 51,000 from the big blind. Neuvill folded. A couple of hands later, Neuville raised to 25,000 from mid position and Claudio Coelho called to his left. The flop came 4♦2♣A♥ and after Neuville checked, Coelho bet 50,000 and Neuville folded. Coelho showed 2♠3♦.
3.05pm: Tome-much to call
Santiago Terrazas opened for 27,000 under the gun, called by Tome Moreira for a 3♠A♠9♣ flop. Terrazas made it another 39,000 which again Moreira called. Again on the A♣ turn, Santiago made it 85,000 which Moreira called for a 4♣ turn. As the last card hit the board Terrazas announced “all-in”, shoving 220,000 into the middle. Moreira went into an elaborate thought process, picking up his cards which everyone behind him could see: A♥J♦. It looked like he was exposing his cards but he kept putting them back again. But he would fold, showing his ace-jack. Terrazas looked relieved and showed an A♦.
3pm: Online player
Ruben Visser moved his cards forward as if to pass, under-the-gun. The only problem was that he wasn’t under-the-gun; he was in the big blind and just hadn’t posted it. There was moderate hilarity at that, but when it was folded to Jeff Sarwer on the button, they were laughing again. Sarwer raised, and Visser said: “I always fold jacks under the gun. But I’ll play them from the big blind.” That wasn’t strictly true. He folded.
2.55pm: Ainsworth less
Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth has slipped down to 270,000. He bet 20,000 on the button and was called by Claudio Coelho in the big blind. Coelho bet 30,000 on the J♥10♥9♣ flop – call. On the 6♠ turn Coelho made it 40,000 – call. Finally, on the 5♦ river Coelho bet 45,000 and again Ainsworth called. Coelho showed J♠8♥, and that was good.
Coelho is now on around 600,000.
2.50pm: More for Matias
When you’re hot, you’re hot and Antonio Matias cannot miss at the moment. Michel Abecassis made it 24,000 under-the-gun, Jude Ainsworth called from middle position and Matias called from the big blind. The flop came 9♠Q♦2♣ and after Matias and Abecassis both checked, Ainsworth bet 35,000. Matias called, Abecassis folded. The turn was 5♥ and both checked. They also both checked the A♣ river. Ainsworth showed black eights, but Matias had A♥10♥ and his rivered pair of aces took it.
2.47pm: El Classico
Gino Gabriel raised to 26,000 from early position and was called by Jeff Sarwer before Ruben Visser three-bet to 88,000. Gabriel then went all in for 260,000 and was called by Visser with A♣K♣ after Sarwer had passed. Gabriel tabled Q♣Q♦ and he was the happier player after the board ran 9♣Q♥5♥3♠J♦. Visser down to 430,000 now.
2.45pm: One here one there
Jan Skampa opened for 24,000. Michel Abecassis was on the button and raised 42,000 more. Back to Skampa and he re-raised another 88,000 on top of that. Abecassis folded, patting the table. Over on the other table Ruben Visser opened for 23,000 from under the gun. Joao Silva called in the cut off. The flop came 2♦A♣2♠ and Visser put his hood up, betting 31,000 which Silva called. On the turn 5♥ Visser added another 79,000, enough for Silva to pass
2.40pm: Good call, sir
Ryan Franklin opened for 24,000 in mid position, called by Santiago Terrezas in the small blind and Jeff Sarwer in the big. All three checked the J♠8♦7♣ flop. On the 8♠ turn Terrezaz checked, Sarwer bet 36,000 and Franklin re-raised to 85,000. Only Sarwer called. Both checked the 2♣ river.
Sarwer raked in the 235,000 pot.
2.35pm: Double up
Ryan Franklin raised from the button and then called the 190,000 all in push from Joao Silva. The race was on as Silva held 5♦5♠ to Franklin’s A♥K♥ and the board ran 8♥Q♦2♠J♣9♥. Cries of “Vamos!” came from the Portuguese rail as one of their own survives for now.
2.35pm: The enigma revealed
The man crushing day four in Vilamoura is the Portuguese player Antonio Matias. Our photographer Neil Stoddart ploughed through his mountain of chips to get Matias to pose in front of the camera in the most recent break. Here’s your chip leader:
2.30pm: Cheerio Garcia
On a flop of 6♠2♣9♣ Javier Garcia moved in with Q♣J♣, called by Michel Abecassis with J♦9♦. A J♥ on the turn and 7♠ on the river. That’s that for Garcia, out in 17th place.
We’re now down to two tables.
2.25pm: Another man down
The man in question is Ricardo Sousa and he fell at the hands of the Irish Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth. It was a standard shove-call pre-flop and Ainsworth tabled 10♦10♣ to Sousa’s A♣4♠. The board ran K♥4♥7♠8♠3♥.
2.15pm: The rich get richer
Jude Ainsworth is the latest player to suffer at the hands of Antonio Matias. Matias raised to 30,000 from the cut off and Ainsworth called from the small blind. The flop came J♠3♥J♣ and Ainsworth check-called Matias’ 60,000 bet. The turn was 10♥, which both players checked, and the river came 10♠, which is where it got interesting Ainsworth led for 100,000 and Matias made it 300,000. Ainsworth reluctantly folded, but Matias nodded in appreciation and showed the J♥. He later said he had quads – you can believe that if you like.
2.10pm: Nothing to see here?
On a flop of 9♥K♣9♣ Jeff Sarwer on the small blind and Ryan Franklin were playing out a now familiar hand. Both checked for a 6♦ on the turn where Franklin bet 40,000 and Sarwer passed. “That wasn’t very interesting, was it?” said Sarwer looking over. Not on its own perhaps, but these two are providing day four with their own intriguing sub-plot.
2.05pm: Joao Bar-busta
The action folded around to Joao Barbosa in the small blind who open shoved for around 180,000, getting snap called by Pierre Neuville in the big blind with A♥K♠. Barbosa was live with J♦9♦ but he got no help on the 7♣Q♦2♥K♥8♥ board. Barbosa leaves in 19th spot.
2pm: Short stack surges continue
The latest shortie to double through is Hugo Felix who moved all in for 145,000 when the action was folded to him on the button. Gino Gabriel took a quick peek at his cards from the big blind and called with 9♦9♣. Felix tabled A♥Q♠ and the board ran K♦J♠3♣J♣10♦, making a straight on the river for Felix.
1.55pm: All ins
Two players are all in on neighbouring tables. The short story goes like this: Gino Gabriel raises to 26,000 from early position and Joao Silva moves all in for about 220,000. Fold.
The slightly longer story occurred on table one, where Joao Barbosa raised from the hijack, making it 20,000 and Ruben Visser re-raised from the button, asking for 46,000 to go. Andrei Vlasenko, from the small blind, then moved all in for about 185,000. Barbosa folded, leaving himself with about 160,000, but Visser called, tabling 10♥10♦. Vlasenko’s J♥J♦ were ahead and stayed there through a dry board.
After a flurry of early eliminations, the short stacks have started to double up.
1.50pm: Sarwer the exception
Every player who has had to move tables this morning has busted from the tournament – with one exception. Jeff Sarwer has more than a million in chips and is still well in the hunt here.
Here’s the introductory video to day four.
1.50pm: Back to the tables
The players have returned and we’ve been busy counting chips. Antonio Matias is well ahead at the moment. Head over to the chip-count page for full details.