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Updates from level 22 of EPT Vilamoura, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey and Howard Swains.

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.

Previous coverage: Day 1a | Day 1b | Day 2 | Day 3 | Level 18 updates | Level 19 updates | Level 20 updates | Level 21 updates

Blinds: 10,000-20,000 (2,000 ante)

8pm: Over
On the stroke of 8pm, this day is done. The short-stacked Claudio Coelho moved all in from the hijack seat – about 120,000 or so – and Jeff Sarwer re-raised from the small blind, convincing Antonio Matias to get out the way.

Sarwer was already ahead pre-flop with A♥7♥ against Coelho’s A♣6♥ but the flop sealed it emphatically. It came K♥2♥4♥ giving him the nut flush. Coelho is out in ninth and our final table is set.

A full chip count is imminent, but these are the players (in seat order):

Ryan Franklin, United States
Jan Skampa, Czech Republic
Jeff Sarwer, Canada
Antonio Matias, Portugal
Andrei Vlasenko, Russia
Joao Silva, Portugal
Michel Abecassis, France
Pierre Neuville, Belgium

7.55pm: Skampa-in about
Jeff Sarwer opened for 45,000. It’s called by Jan Skampa when the action reached him in the big blind. The flop comes Q♥10♣Q♣ which Skampa checks and Sarwer bet another 47,000. Skampa paused and then re-raised, 145,000 in total. Sarwer stared at Skampa, at his chips and then sat still. Both of them hardly moved. Sarwer passed. “Nice hand,” he said quietly .

7.50pm: Flush anyone?
Jan Skampa opened with a raise to 50,000 and was called by Jeff Sarwer and Pierre Neuville to see a 8♦7♣5♣ flop. It was checked to Sarwer and he bet 104,000 only to be called by Neuville from the small blind. The turn came J♣ and this time Neuville check-called a 225,000 bet leaving himself only 209,000 behind. When the river came 5♦ Neuville moved in for the last of his chips and Sarwer folded saying “Thanks for that, you obviously have a big hand.” Neuville flashed 9♣ and raked in the big pot.

7.45pm: Silva golden
Joao Silva made it 50,000 from the button and Pierre Neuville called from the small blind for a flop of 6♣4♣2♥. Both checked for a 7♦ on the turn. Now Neuville made it 60,000 which Silva called  for an 8♣ on the river. Both checked that. Neuville turned over A♠Q♥ but Silva had him beaten with A♦2♦.

7.30pm: Silva survives
The first all-in didn’t take long. Joao Silva moved all-in with A♣8♠ for a little more than 300,000. Claudio Coelho called with K♥K♠. Silva needed an ace to survive and got it on the flop: J♦3♠A♠. Coelho was out of his chair holding his head. The turn and river came 6♦9♣ and Silva raised his arms in the air. Coelho looked devastated, refusing to shake Antonio Matias’s hand as an act of sympathy. Instead he’s left with 150,000.

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Joao Silva

7.25pm: Chips
After a short delay to arrange the pseudo final table, here are the all important chip counts (in seat order):
1 – Claudio Coelho, Portugal, 448,000
2 – Ryan Franklin, United States, 1,219,000
3 – Jan Skampa, Czech Republic, 682,000
4 – Jeff Sarwer, Canada, 2,353,000
5 – Antonio Matias, Portugal, 2,986,000
6 – Andrei Vlasenko, Russia, 379,000
7 – Joao Silva, Portugal, 303,000
8 – Michel Abecassis, France, 544,000
9 – Pierre Neuville, Belgium, 705,000

7.05pm: Terrazas departs
Ryan Franklin opened for 48,000 and Santiago Terrazas re-raised another 97,000 more. Franklin then re-raised all-in and Terrazas called. He didn’t like what he saw. His 9♠9♥ was out-gunned by Franklin’s K♥K♣. The board ran: 3♠6♦7♣6♥Q♠. No change for Terrazas who is eliminated in tenth place.

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Santiago Terrazas

The remaining nine players are now gathering around the pseudo final table. One more to depart before we reach the final eight who will return tomorrow. Full chips of those nine are on their way.

7pm: This is poker
Action folded around to Jan Skampa who raised to 46,000 and was called Antonio Matias in the big blind. The flop was 5♠2♦Q♦. Skampa continued his aggression with a 52,000 bet that Matias min-raised to 104,000. Skampa responded with another raise, up to 220,000 before Matias fought back again with what looked like another min raise. Skampa decided to bail and and folded only to be shown 10♦J♠ by his opponent to cheers from his supporters on the rail.

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Antonio Matias

6.55pm: Double-quick eliminations
Two players have just hit the rail in very quick succession. First up, Gino Gabriel raised from under-the-gun to 50,000 before Ryan Franklin moved all in for around 400,000 and Gabriel snap called all in with a similar sized stack. Franklin tabled 10♣10♦ and was in a very strong position against Gabriel’s A♦10♥. The board ran 2♦K♦5♥K♥J♥ to eliminate the final British player in 12th place.

About two hands later, and on the same table, this happened:

Jeff Sarwer opened for 45,000 from the cut off and Tome Moreira raised 75,000 more from the button. Sarwer tanked for a while, Moreira standing up. Sarwer then turned to him and announced all in. Moreira stood, lifting his cards off the table to stare at them before calling. Sarwer immediately said: “Good call”. A♠10♥ for Moreira, K♣9♥ for Sarwer. Then the flop: J♠3♥9♦. Sarwer was now ahead, leaving Moreira in need of a ten or an ace. When the 3♦ landed on the turn he gathered his things ready to leave. When the K♠ landed on the river he did just that, shaking hands with Sarwer to a round of applause.

“I’m surprised he had it in him,” said Sarwer. Remember the ace-jack fold? I was surprised.”

Moreira and Gabriel now find themselves on the prizewinners page, where you can see who has won what so far. The down-side is that they’re no longer on the chip-counts page, which is still the best place to find information of those remaining.

6.50pm: No takers
First hand back after the break and Andrei Vlasenko shoved, getting no takers. Second hand back from the break Vlasenko shoved again, still no takers. Joao Silva was trying the same on the other table and you guessed it, no takers.

6.45pm: All in action
The action started with an under-the-gun 48,000 raise from Ryan Franklin before Gino Gabriel three-bet to 170,000 and Santiago Terrazas moved all in. Franklin folded but Gabriel called with J♠J♥. Terrazas opened K♠K♣ and the board ran A♥5♥3♥5♣3♠ to more than double-up the Spanish player.

6.40pm: Hidden talents
With Jude Ainsworth’s elimination in the last level, Team PokerStars Pro took their leave of EPT Vilamoura. That gives them more time to work on their hidden talents, showcased in this video blog:

6.35pm: We’re back
Play has resumed in Vilamoura. Just 12 players remain and we play on until that figure is down to eight. Check out the latest scores on the now updated chip count page. Missing someone? You might find them here on the prize winners and payout page.

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Pierre Neuville

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