Live updates from day 1a, levels three and four of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
Catch up on the action from earlier today: Levels 1 & 2
4.55pm: On a break
Players are away for 15 minutes and will return for level five shortly.
4.52pm: Horecki sliding
Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki is down to 18,000, having lost a little chunk just now on a move that went horribly wrong. On a 2♣3♦7♥J♠ board he bet 2,500 and was called by Anton Genadiew. Horecki then fired another 5,600 on the 2♦ river, but insta mucked as soon as Genadiew announced call. Genadiew still had to show his cards, however – 9♣9♦
4.50pm: Making Hedlund
Peter Hedlund’s table is not shirt of a hand or two. After Hedlund bet pre-flop Jakub Knyziak moved all-in, halting any plans Hedlund had had. On the next hand Alex Kravchenko made it 800 from the cut off before Hedlund raised to 3,600 from the button, this time winning the pot. Six players saw the 7♠4♥9♦ flop on the next deal. The action was checked to Kravchenko who made it 1,000 which was called by Knyziak and Peter Bosen for a 8♦ turn. Bosen and Kravchenko checked before Knyziak made it 3,700. Bosen stayed with him for an 8♥ river card. Both checked: Q♦7♦ for Bosen, J♥10♣ for Knyziak.
4.40pm: Guillen has wings
On a flop of A♠6♣Q♥ the PokerStars qualifier Matej Cepon checked to Angel Guillen. The Team PokerStars Pro has had a rough ride so far, down to nearly half of his original stack but is in battle mode now, making it 1,450 which Manuel Bevand called before Cepon threw away his hand. The turn came 8♠. Guillen now made it 4,500, good for the pot after Bevand passed. Guillen on the road to recovery with 22,300.
4.35pm: Clear air
There’s no doubt now who is leading this thing: Clayton Mozdzen is troubling three figures already, with a chip stack getting near to 100,000. Just recently, he had pocket fives, flopped a set, and although this one didn’t get paid off on that hand, he’s clearly been doing all right up to now.
Marcin Horecki, who sits to Mozdzen’s left, may have been one of the Canadian’s benefactors. He’s down to about 10,000.
4.30pm: Spain v Poland
Santiago Terrazas and Paweł Keller just got embroiled, with the Spanish player coming out on top. Terrazas raised to 700 under-the-gun and Keller called from the big blind. The two of them saw 10♦J♠3♠ on the flop and Keller checked. Terrazas fired 1,200 but Keller now raised, making it 3,900. Call. The turn was 2♥ and although it’s difficult to see how that might have helped anyone, it seemed to prompt more action. Keller bet 5,800, Terrazas made it 15,000 and Keller folded.
“You hit a set?” asked Olaf de Zeeuw. “Tens or jacks?” Terrazas was silent. “Oh, so it was a bluff?” Shrug.
4.25pm: Your hand is dead, sir
With a board showing 7♥6♠5♠5♣9♥, Tomasz Krzesiński from Poland moved all in for 25,800. That sent Henrik Nyberg into a bit of a tizzy. He had J♥8♥ for the straight. How do we know? He was holding them up – still facing him, but visible enough for Krzesiński next to him to see. He then showed the rest of the table, still contemplating a hero call. But at that point, tournament staff told him to much his hand. “Your hand is dead. You can not show your hand.”
“He was trying to get a reaction from me,” said Krzesiński as he raked in the pot.
Here’s Clayton Mozdzen, in or at the chip lead:
4.10pm: And you are?
Forget the action; it’s the chat at Peter Eastgate’s table that keeps your attention. It’s between the world champ and Donald Norman, a multi-nationality player who speaks several languages.
Eastgate is finding out as much as he can about his opponent, sat to his left on the other side of the dealer Marek who leans forward and back at regular intervals to keep out of their way. You’d suspect the odd thing or two could reveal a few snippets about how someone plays but Eastgate wants everything, down to family history. Norman has ancestors from all over the place – it’s fascinating stuff and Eastgate laps it up, although Norman, a prolific online player, is too wise to give anything of use away. It helps Eastgate, though, that he’s working incognito.
Norman: So what name do you play under?
Eastgate: Just “P. Eastgate,” my name.
Norman: Oh, you’re Peter Eastgate?! Have you died your hair or something? Sorry man.
4pm: Stacks and eliminations
There are 82 players left, according to the tournament board, which means we have lost a grand total of six players. That seems surprising as there are a number of decent-sized stacks appearing, which usually goes hand in hand with eliminations. Raffaele Gerbi, Clayton Mozdzen and Umberto Vitagliano have all more than doubled their starting stacks — each has in the neighbourhood of 70,000 — and Carter Phillips has about 52,000.
Phillips and Gerbi are on the table with most of the chips. Luca Pagano, also there, has about 40,000 too. He just took a small pot from Pierre Neuville, when the Beligian made it 550 pre-flop, and Pagano made it 1,500 in position. Everyone folded back to Neuville, who called and they saw a flop of J♣10♠A♦. Check, check. The turn was 7♣ and after Neuville bet 1,200, Pagano made it 3,200 and Neuville had seen enough.
(One of the departed, incidentally, seems to be Rifat Palevic. Although his table has broken, I can’t see the Swedish player anywhere.)
3.55pm: New level
We’ve entered level four, with blinds of 150-300. But we don’t need a new post yet. It’s all still right here.
3.50pm: Must be nice
“I have a hand for you,” said our German blogger, Robin Scherr (whose fine work you can find at PokerStarsBlog.de).
“Eastgate doubled up. With quads.” The particular variety of those quads was eights, he was up against pocket queens, and all the money went in on the jack-high flop. The fourth eight came on the river. The World Champ’s campaign is under way: he’s back to 33,000.
3.45pm: Angel’s anguish
Angel Guillen, the Team PokerStars Pro from Mexico, just made a tough laydown on a K♠5♦2♦4♣Q♥ board. With 14,000 already in the pot, his opponent fired out 26,000 on the river, leaving Guillen perplexed. Guillen, who won more than $800,000, including one bracelet, at the WSOP this year, went into the tank for five minutes before the clock was called. As the seconds ticked down, he mucked, and now sits with around 24,000.
3.40pm: No pain in Spain
Santiago Terrazas, who final tabled in EPT Barcelona, is back on the EPT trail here in Poland. The Spanish PokerStars qualifier is heading in the right direction – up to 37,000 at the last count.
3.30pm: Can you hear me knockin’?
One of those hands that starts well and ends with a whimper just gave Alex Kravchenko on the button, Peter Hedlund and Jakub Knyziak in the blinds something to do for a minute or so, but that involved tapping the table a few times. On a flop of 8♥J♥Q♦ they all checked. It was the same story on the 4♦ turn and 3♥ river. Hedlund showed 10♣6♠, Knyziak A♠10♠ while Kravchenko showed nothing. Knyziak took this one.
3.25pm: Pagano power
Anaras Alekberovas made it 600 from under the gun which Luca Pagano called from middle position. On a flop of 2♣8♥8♣ Alekberovas made it another 650. His gold watch glistened under the lights and his held the edges of his cards with his fingertips. Pagano called for a K♦ on the turn. More life from Alekberovas now, 1,100 this time. Pagano moved in slow motion, picking out three red chips and raising to 3,000. Alekberovas did nothing. I thought I saw Pagano’s right eyebrow shift up a notch but it was hard to see past his sunglasses. Alekberovas just blinked slowly and then passed. The Team PokerStars Pro now has 52,000.
3.20pm: Chip leader
We don’t know how he got them, but the PokerStars qualifier Clayton Mozdzen, from Canada, has a lot of yellow chips. His stack totals about 72,000, which makes him the chip leader in these very early stages.
3.10pm: Lebrette gets involved, cut down
The PokerStars qualifier Cedric Lebrette had built his stack up to about 35,000, but lost consecutive pots that put him back to around his starting stack. In the first, Alexander Dovzhenko raised to 450 in the hijack and Constantin Cirstea called from one seat to his left. Lebrette made it 1,800 from the big blind and after Dovzhenko folded, the Romanian made it 4,500. Lebrette let it go.
On the next hand, Lebrette was in the small blind and was the sole caller of Dave Hardy’s 600 raise from under-the-gun. Both checked the flop of J♦7♥4♥ and Lebrette check-called Hardy’s bet of 900 after the 2♥ turn. The river was the A♥ and this time Lebrette check-folded when Hardy bet 1,200.
Buy-ins closed at the end of the last level, meaning our confirmed number of players today is 88. That’s small by EPT standards, but there’ll be plenty more tomorrow — and the quality is still very high.
2.55pm: Where is everyone?
Play resumes after a 15 minute break.