EPT12 Dublin: €10K High Roller final day updates

February 20, 2016


8:01pm: Samuel Panzica wins EPT12 High Roller and €375,770!
Level 27 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Samuel Panzica turned the screw on his opponent for a couple of hands, and then the last hand of the tournament arrived and Akin Tuna hit a river that he — with hindsight — really didn’t want to.

The hand began with Tuna opening to 180,000 and Panzica calling. The flop fell K♣K♠K♦ and Tuna bet 225,000. Check-call. The turn was the 8♦ and Panzica check-called another 375,000.

The board completed with the 10♣ and Panzica found a third check before facing an 800,000 bet. Tuna had around 1,300,000 behind and his eyes opened wide when his opponent check-raised him all in.

Tuna took about 20 seconds and called off with J♣10♥ for a rivered full house, kings full of tens. It was no good, though, as Panzica opened K♥5♦ for flopped quads!


Samuel Panzica… and the trophy he has just won
Tuna will have to settle for being runner-up and will be compensated to the tune of €290,000. Life could be worse! Click here for a full recap of the exciting final day. –MC

7:56pm: It’s Panzica!
Level 27 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

It’s over! And what a final hand!

Samuel Panzica is the EPT Dublin €10K High Roller champion. Details in just a moment. –MH

7:53pm: Panzica puts on the pressure
Level 27 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Samuel Panzica has claimed a couple of medium-sized pots without showdowns thanks to some postflop aggression, and he’s now up over 6.2 million while Akin Tuna has dropped back to about 2.9 million. –MH

7:46pm: Quiet calm
Level 27 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

The next half-dozen hands between Samuel Panzica and Akin Tuna were mostly uneventful, with the players occasionally limping their buttons and trading small pots with little postflop betting.

One recent had saw Tuna raise his button to 175,000 and Panzica call. The flop came 7♠5♥8♥, Panzica checked, Tuna bet 225,000, and Panzica called. Both checked the Q♦ turn, then when Panzica decided to lead for 400,000 after the J♣ river, Tuna folded.

Panzica is still in front with right at 5 million to Tuna’s 4.2 million. –MH

7:39pm: First three hands back from break
Level 27 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Hand 1: Samuel Panzica raised to 175,000 and Akin Tuna called. Both players checked the J♥6♦Q♣ flop before Tuna led for 275,000 on the 8♦ turn, was called, then made a sizable 1,200,000 bet on the J♦ river.

“Quite a big bet!” commented Panzica who folded after ruminating a bit.

Hand 2: Tuna raised to 165,000 and was called. He bet 225,000 on a K♠K♥2♦ flop. Panzica check-called to the 3♣ turn that was checked, then led for 65,000 on the 7♠ river. Tuna folded.

Hand 3: A 175,000-button raise from Panzica did the job. –MC

7:32pm: Back to it
Level 27 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Samuel Panzica and Akin Tuna are back in their seats to resume their heads-up battle. Remember, levels are now 30 minutes long. –MH

7:12pm: Let’s take a break; 2 remain

The last two players in the €10K High Roller have reached the end of Level 26, and are taking a 20-minute break before resuming their battle. The scoreboard at the moment:

Samuel Panzica — 5,005,000
Akin Tuna — 4,240,000

Back shortly! –MH

7:03pm: Right back at ya, says Panzica
Level 26 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Samuel Panzica has stormed back into the chip lead after taking down the biggest pot of the heads-up duel so far.

He limped in from the button and called after Akin Tuna raised to 160,000 from the big blind. A board ran 2♣8♥6♣4♠8♣ with Tuna leading with bets of 175,000, 350,000, and 775,000 on each street. Panzica called all the way to the river where he raised to 1,700,000. Tuna didn’t like it, and folded after thinking for a couple of minutes.

Panzica is up to 5,085,000 now while Tuna sits with 4,160,000. –MC


Panzica pushes back in front
6:52pm: Tuna takes the lead
Level 26 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Akin Tuna has been winning a steady stream of pots and has now take the chip lead. He’s up to about 5,200,000 whilst Samuel Panzica is down to about 4,045,000.

The chunkiest pot Tuna won saw him bet flop, turn, and river on a 10♠2♦6♣7♠6♥ board for 100,000, 280,000, and 550,000, respectively. Panzica called the first two bets, but bailed on the river. –NW

6:46pm: Level 26 begins
Level 26 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Samuel Panzica and Akin Tuna have moved into Level 26, which like all subsequent levels will only last half an hour. –MH

6:44pm: Tuna makes progress
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

By the time Level 25 had come to an end, Akin Tuna’s stack had risen to 4,700,000 after a few small wins.

In one hand, Tuna raised to 100,000 and Samuel Panzica called from the big blind before both players checked the A♠6♦6♣ flop. Panzica then check-called bets of 125,000 and 225,000 on the 8♦ turn and 10♠ river. Tuna opened A♦7♣ and Panzica mucked.

Two hands later, Tuna raised to 100,000 again. Panzica called and both players checked a 7♥3♥7♠ flop. Tuna then went on to bet 125,000 on the 5♥ turn and 275,000 on the J♣ river. Sound familiar? This story had a different ending, though, as Panzica folded on the river. –MC


Two for Tuna
6:35pm: Cagey stuff
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Following a short break, the opening five hands of heads-up play didn’t feature any large pots, or even medium ones if we’re honest. What we can report is that Akin Tuna has clawed back about four big blinds worth of the deficit.

He’s up to 4,400,000 whilst Samule Panzica now has 4,845,000. Plenty of play left in this one still. –NW


Two players, one trophy
6:24pm: The deal is done!
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

After a short and friendly discussion, Samuel Panzica and Akin Tuna have come to terms. Here’s the result:

Samuel Panzica: €310,000
Akin Tuna: €290,000
Left to play for: €65,770

And, of course, also left to play for…


The winner takes all of this
They’ll also be moving to 30-minute levels once they play out the remaining 13 minutes in this one. The players are taking a short break before commencing their heads-up duel. –MH

6:18pm: Heads-up chip counts; deal talk
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

The clock has been paused and the final two players are talking about a possible deal. Here are the all-important counts:

Samuel Panzica – 5,045,000
Akin Tuna – 4,200,000

Back with what comes of their talk in a few. –MH

6:12pm: Sergey Lebedev eliminated in 3rd place (€184,650)
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

And then there were two.

Sergey Lebedev was first to act on the button and moved all in for 1,190,000. Samuel Panzica paused in the small blind and moved all in as well. Akin Tuna folded and became a keen observer.

Lebedev: 3♠3♣
Panzica: 9♠9♦

Lebedev’s face said it all and his expression barely changed as the board ran K♥5♥10♦Q♥4♣ to send him off in third.


Sergey Lebedev – 3rd place
Panzica then immediately asked Tuna if he wanted to chop. Tuna was keen so the stacks will be verified and the numbers looked at. All details will be up on the blog when available. — MC

6:02pm: Updated counts (3 remain)
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Akin Tuna – 3,970,000
Samuel Panzica – 3,640,000
Sergey Lebedev – 1,455,000

5:55pm: Lebedev getting involved
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

The only way Sergey Lebedev can get back in contention is to commit chips, and the Russian has never been afraid to do that.

Akin Tuna raised to 100,000 from the small blind and Lebedev peeled to see a 4♠9♣4♦ flop. Tuna continued for 125,000 and Lebedec called before the A♠A♦ turn and river were checked through. Tuna opened pocket eights but Lebedev took the pot with 9♦6♦.

A short while after, Samuel Panzica opened to 100,000 and was called by Tuna before Lebedev squeezed all in. Both opponents folded and Lebedev saw his stack rise to 1.400,000. — MC

5:45pm: Emil Patel eliminated in 4th place (€150,550)
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

And then there were three…

Samuel Panzica opened to 100,000 on the button and Emil Patel then moved all in for 715,000 from the big blind. Panzica requested a count, and having digested it he made the call.

Panzica: A♣8♦
Patel: A♥10♠

The 5♥5♣K♦ flop kept Patel in front but the the 8♠ turn handed the lead to Panzica. When he saw that card Patel simply smiled. He didn’t catch up on the K♠ river. Panzica is up to roughly 4,000,000 after that hand. –NW


Emil Patel – 4th place
5:40pm: Davidi Kitai eliminated in 5th place (€120,050)
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

It folded to Akin Tuna who grabbed four green 25,000 chips to make a min-raise, then Davidi Kitai reraised all in from the next seat for his last 725,000.

The action returned to Tuna who chatted with Kitai briefly, then decided to call with A♥6♠. Kitai tabled A♣7♥ and looked as though he had a decent chance for a double.

The 9♥8♣8♥ flop and 7♦ turn kept Kitai in front while giving him two pair. Then came the river… the 5♥!

“Oooh,” said Kitai at the sight of the straight-making card for Tuna.

Kitai wished the table well and departed, and now Tuna is back in the lead with 4.15 million with four left. –MH


Davidi Kitai – 5th place
5:38pm: Panzica into the lead
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

The two chip leaders, Akin Tuna and Samuel Panzica, battled in a pot that saw the latter take over the chip lead.

Panzica opened to 100,000 from the cutoff and Tuna called in position to see a 10♣4♣3♠ flop appear. Panzica continued for 115,000 and Tuna called. Panzica changed tact on the Q♠6♦ turn and river, checking over both streets to Tuna who bet 230,000 and 350,000. Panzica called both bets with Q♣J♣ beating out Tuna’s 9♠10♦.

Samuel Panzica – 3,560,000
Akin Tuna – 2,840,000
— MC

5:28pm: Ryan Riess eliminated in 6th place (€92,240)
Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante) missing from RR’s bustout hand.

On the first hand back from the break, Ryan Riess open-raised all in from middle position with his last 315,000, then watched it fold around to Davidi Kitai in the big blind who called.

“Ahh…” said Riess after tabling his 7♣7♦ then seeing Kitai’s 8♠8♥.

The flop came A♣4♦J♦. “Diamond for a sweat?” asked Riess of the dealer, who then put out the A♥. The A♠ completed the board, and Riess was eliminated. “Good luck, guys,” he said as he departed with a knock on the table.

ryan_reiss_eptdub_hr3_allin.jpgRyan Riess – 6th place
With that Kitai now has 825,000. –MH

5:16pm: Updated counts (6 remain)

Akin Tuna – 3,675,000
Samuel Panzica – 2,880,000
Sergey Lebedev – 1,080,000
Emil Patel – 820,000
Davidi Kitai – 465,000
Ryan Riess – 320,000

5:05pm: Timothy Adams eliminated in 7th place (€67,120)
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

After a series of all in with no calls, something had to give, and it did with the elimination of Timothy Adams. He moved all in for 601,000 from early position and was called by Samuel Panzica in the small blind.

Adams: A♦10♠
Panzica: A♣Q♦

The board ran 2♥7♣2♦5♥4♠ to miss both players. Adams wished everyone the best of luck and went off to collect his money.


Timothy Adams – 7th place
Panzica’s stack, along with all the others, will be officially counted in the break. — MC

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4:54pm: Updated counts (7 remain)
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000-40,000 (5,000 ante)

Akin Tuna – 3,075,000
Samuel Panzica – 2,331,000
Sergey Lebedev – 1,090,000
Emil Patel – 835,000
Timothy Adams – 745,000
Davidi Kitai – 537,000
Ryan Riess – 432,000

After the elimination of William Arruda, it’s still Akin Tuna and Samuel Panzica with the majority of the chips. –MH

4:45pm: William Arruda eliminated in 8th place (€48,630)
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

After all the double ups chances were that a short stack was going to lose one eventually. That’s what happened, with William Arruda out in eighth place.

william_arruda_eptdub_hr3.jpgWilliam Arruda – 8th place
In his exit hand Emil Patel shoved all in from under the gun for around 500,000 total, Arruda had about 370,000 and called all in from middle position. Everyone else folded.

Patel: A♣Q♠
Arruda: J♣J♦

The 9♠J♠10♣ flop gave Arruda a set of jacks but Patel picked up some straight outs, so was far from dead. The 3♥ fell on the turn. Timothy Adams turned to Patel and said: “It’s better when it comes on the river.”

A brief pause and the dealer then produced the K♠ on the river, meaning Patel rivered broadway to eliminate Arruda in eighth place. -NW

Emil Patel, 930,000
William Arruda, 0

4:40pm: Arruda doubles down and back up again
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

The darts was in town this week and maybe that’s inspired the players as they’re all hitting their doubles right now.

Davidi Kitai moved all in for 306,000 from middle position and William Arruda couldn’t call fast enough in the big blind with J♥J♦. Kitai was ahead with K♣K♥ though and stayed that way through the 10♣Q♠9♦9♣2♦ board.

The very next hand, Arruda moved all in for 176,000 from the small blind and Samuel Panzica called from the big.

Arruda: Q♣2♣
Panzica: J♣5♥

The board ran 5♦A♦6♥6♦Q♠. Arruda gave a little fist pump when he hit the river.

Davidi Kitai — 712,000
William Arruda – 392,000
Samuel Panzica – 2,560,000

4:34pm: Patel finds aces, another double
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000-40,000 (5,000 ante)

Timothy Adams opened from middle position to 80,000, then Emil Patel pushed all in for 229,000 from the next seat. It got back to Adams who took a moment to see exactly how much the shove was for, and he called.

Adams: K♠Q♣
Patel: A♠A♣

The board came a safe J♣2♠6♠5♣7♥ for Patel, and now he has 563,000. Adams is at 926,000. –MH

4:30pm: Timothy Adams doubles through Akin Tuna
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Timothy Adams three-bet shoved for 550,000 from the small blind over the top of a cutoff open from Akin Tuna.

The Canadian didn’t sound too happy when he announced all in, maybe because he’d just been delivered a fresh pint of lager and wanted some time to enjoy it at the table.

timothy_adams_eptdub_hr3.jpgTimothy Adams
Tuna had put 100,000 in the middle already and after getting a count the chip leader elected to call. Adams showed 7♣7♦ and Tuna opened his hand too. Adams was in the one seat so couldn’t see that his opponent was holding K♣10♥ and Ryan Riess filled in the blanks for him.

The Q♦2♦4♦9♦6♠ board meant Adams turned a flush to seal the deal, he swiveled right and took another sip of amber nectar to celebrate. It’s one of the more relaxed high roller final tables that we’ve seen. As mentioned Adams has a lager, Riess just took delievery of a pint of Guinness and it’s all being played out in a good spirit.

Despite Adams doubling up there are still a number of short stacks with Davidi Kitai, Emil Patel, William Arruda and Riess all in the danger zone. -NW

Akin Tuna, 2,900,000
Timothy Adams, 1,160,000

4:27pm: Riess doubles through Patel
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000-40,000 (5,000 ante)

It folded around to Emil Patel in the small blind who shoved all in, and Sergey Lebedev let his hand go from the next seat in the big.

On the next hand it folded to Patel who did the same open-shove move, and this time Ryan Riess — the only player at the table whom Patel had covered — called from the big blind for his last 200,000 or so.

Riess was behind with Q♦10♦ versus Patel’s A♣5♣, but a 10♠8♥J♦J♠3♥ runout gave Riess two pair and the pot, enabling him to survive with about 420,000. Now Patel is down to just under 220,000 and eighth of eight. –MH

4:20pm: Kitai finds a double
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Davidi Kitai has doubled from a really short stack, to a short stack.


He moved all in from under the gun and picked up no callers. Exactly one orbit later, he did the same, for 148,000 and Emil Patel moved all in behind him. All others folded.

Kitai: Q♣J♣
Patel: 10♣10♠

The board ran 8♥A♣9♦2♣J♦ to pair the Belgian’s jack on the river.

Davidi Kitai — 396,000
Emil Patel — 445,000
— MC

4:12pm: Tuna, Panzica, and the rest
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000-40,000 (5,000 ante)

Here’s a look at the counts among the final eight players as Level 24 gets underway:

Akin Tuna – 2,890,000
Samuel Panzica – 2,820,000
Sergey Lebedev – 1,080,000
Timothy Adams – 615,000
Emil Patel – 597,000
William Arruda – 442,000
Ryan Riess – 335,000
Davidi Kitai – 212,000

Akin Tuna and Samuel Panzica between them have more than half the remaining chips in play. –MH

4:10pm: Green is the new orange
Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

The level is up meaning the 1K chips are no longer required. Most of them are in the possession of Akin Tuna and whilst the game continues the tournament staff are colouring them up and replacing them with the green 25K chips. –NW

4:05pm: Kitai the shortest but others are shoving
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Whilst Davidi Kitai might have the shortest stack of the eight remaining players the other shorties aren’t exactly waiting around for him to bust before getting on with business.

ryan_reiss_eptdub_hr3.jpgRyan Riess
A few hands ago Ryan Riess moved in from under the gun for about 320,000 and got it through uncontested. Then two hands later Samuel Panzica opened to 60,000 from under the gun, only for William Arruda to ship it from the big blind. The total bet was about 310,000, too much for Panzica, who folded. -NW

William Arruda, 417,000
Ryan Riess, 355,000
Davidi Kitai, 190,000

3:52pm: Panzica pressure
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000-30,000 (4,000 ante)

The table’s short stack open-shoved and got it through, picking up a few to move up to 460,000.

Then on the next hand Timothy Adams — also on the short side — opened from 60,000 from middle position, then Sergey Lebedev three-bet to 160,000 from the hijack seat.

It folded to Samuel Panzica in the small blind who asked Lebedev what he had behind, then after a short pause he four-bet to 395,000. Adams quickly folded, and after only about 10 seconds Lebedev folded as well.

“Aces again?” asked Lebedev. “Maybe,” replied Panzica, who now has 2.815 million. Lebedev is sitting with 1.15 million –MH

3:50pm: Patel working the other end of the scale
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Akin Tuna is working the top end of the leaderboard but that doesn’t mean there’s no action at the other end. Yes, some players like Davidi Kitai seem to be getting trash and binning every hand, but others are making moves.

emil_patel_eptdub_hr3.jpgEmil Patel
One such player is Emil Patel. He’s back up to 657,000 after winning two small pots. Firstly, he moved all in from the small blind after the action folded around to him. Then, two hands later, he raised to 65,000. William Arruda called from the big blind but check-folded to a 50,000 c-bet from Patel on a 2♦A♠10♣ flop. — MC

3:40pm: Tuna now playing over three million
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

From being almost out last night, Akin Tuna now has almost a third of the chips on play after getting some value out of William Arruda.

The German opened to 65,000 from under the gun and Arruda put in his calling chips from the small blind. There was no betting action on the J♥8♠5♦ flop but Tuna came out firing on the K♠ turn. He bet 85,000 and Arruda called.

The J♠ river both paired the board and completed the backdoor flush draw. After Arruda checked, Tuna fired out a bet of 225,000 (about two thirds pot) and Arruda sat motionless whilst he decided what to do. The Brazilian had 670,000 behind and cut out the 225,000 required to call and pushed them over the line.

Tuna opened A♣K♠ and a visibly frustrated Arruda mucked his hand. He slips down to 445,000 whilst Tuna is up to 3,030,000. –NW

3:31pm: The final table
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000-30,000 (4,000 ante)

finalists_eptdub_hrd3.jpg(Back row L to R): Akin Tuna, Samuel Panzica, Ryan Riess, Sergey Lebedev, Davidi Kitai (Front row L to R): Emil Patel, William Arruda, and Tim Adams
They’ve already started dealing hands, but here’s a glimpse of what the chip stacks looked like as the final table began:

Seat 1: Timothy Adams — 625,000
Seat 2: Emil Patel — 484,000
Seat 3: Sergey Lebedev — 1,340,000
Seat 4: Ryan Riess — 415,000
Seat 5: William Arruda — 790,000
Seat 6: Samuel Panzica — 2,620,000
Seat 7: Akin Tuna — 2,510,000
Seat 8: Davidi Kitai — 334,000

3:21pm: Rocco Palumbo eliminated in 9th place (€40,200)
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000-30,000 (4,000 ante)

Akin Tuna opened from the cutoff for 65,000, then it was Emil Patel open-raising all in from the big blind for his last 393,000. Tuna scratched his head with both hands to help with the thinking process, and determined a fold was in order.

On the next hand it was Samuel Panzica opening for 65,000 from middle position, then Rocco Palumbo thought for a short bit before he reraise-pushed for just over 640,000 from the next seat. The table folded back round to Panzica, and no head-scratching was required for him to make his decision — snap-call.

Panzica: A♥A♦
Palumbo: A♣K♠

Bad news for Palumbo, and as the board came 6♣3♠5♥10♣9♠ he was up and out of his seat by the turn, wishing the others well before departing. Panzica now has 2.62 million and carries the chip lead to the official eight-handed final table.

Speaking of, they’re now pausing a moment for a group photo to mark the occasion before play resumes. –MH

Hard to can this Tuna
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Akin Tuna has increased his lead, up to 2,500,000 after hitting two pair versus William Arruda.

The latter raised to 65,000 from middle position and Tuna called from the button. The flop spread 2♥10♠9♥ and Arruda continued for 80,000. Call. Tuna called another 150,000 on the 6♥ turn before the action was checked to him on the 2♣ river. He paid little attention as he cut off 275,000 from his stack and threw it forward. Arruda called and mucked upon seeing the German’s 10♦9♠. Arruda dropped to 817,000. — MC

3:10pm: Sergey Lebedev doubles through Emil Patel
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Sergey Lebedev was the start of day chip leader but he had to get lucky to avoid bubbling this final table.

Rocco Palumbo opened to 65,000 from under the gun+1, Patel then flat called from the cut off and Lebedev took about 30 seconds before announcing that he was all in. That got rid of Palumbo sharpish, but Patel requested a count. The dealer counted down the Russian’s chips and it was 612,000 total. Call from Patel.

Lebedev: 9♥9♣
Patel: J♥J♠

Lebedev was out of his seat but sat back down when the K♠2♠9♠ flop hit the felt. Patel had spades working for him though but missed the K♥ turn and 4♣ river. He’s down to 412,000 whilst Lebedev is up to 1,370,000. –NW

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3:06pm: Adams shoves, collects
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000-30,000 (4,000 ante)

Akin Tuna opened for 60,000 and it folded to Timothy Adams in late position who put his remaining 587,000 in the center as a reraise. All of the remaining players released their hands, then after a short think Tuna let his go as well.

Adams bumps up to 728,000 on that one while Tuna has 1.94 million. –MH

2:58pm: Level 23 begins
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000-30,000 (4,000 ante)

Four-chip ante!

Players are back in their seats and the new level is underway. –MH

2:50pm: Exact chip counts

Seat 1. Tim Adams – 595,000
Seat 2. Emil Patel – 1,033,000
Seat 3. Sergey Lebedev – 616,000
Seat 4. Ryan Riess – 524,000
Seat 5. William Arruda -1, 358,000
Seat 6. Samuel Panzica – 1,953,000
Seat 7. Rocco Palumbo – 789,000
Seat 8. Akin Tuna – 1,982,000
Seat 9. Davidi Kitai – 901,000

2:40pm: Advance to level 23
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

That’s the end of level 22 and the nine remaining players are now on a 20 minute break. We’ll bring you full chip counts during the recess. –NW

2:35pm: Small pot poker
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

No massive pots to tell you about, but the action isn’t exactly passive either.

Example A: Emit Patel opened to 60,000 and met resistance from Samuel Panzica (button) and Akin Tuna (big blind). On the 2♥8♥6♦ flop Patel continuation bet 75,000 and one by one his opponents folded.

Example B: William Arruda raised it up to 50,000 from the hijack only for Rocco Palumbo to make it 124,000 to go from the button. When it folded back to Arruda he did the classic combo of peaking back at his cards, realising they hadn’t changed and then mucking.

No big pots just now, but you feel one is brewing. –NW

2:30pm: A reminder of the payouts

1. €397,500
2. €268,270
3. €184,650
4. €150,550
5. €120,050
6. €92,240
7. €67,120
8. €48,630
9. €40,200

2:27pm: Arruda check-raises Tuna
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

Akin Tuna raised to 52,000 from middle position and got one caller in William Arruda defending his big blind. Arruda checked the 6♥4♠7♣ flop, watched Tuna continue for 85,000, then check-raised to 250,000. That made Tuna pause a beat, then he called.

Both checked the K♣ turn, then when Arruda fired 300,000 after the 10♣ river, Tuna let his hand go. Arruda is up to about 1.25 million while Tuna still has 1.97 million. –MH

2:20pm: Lebedev clashes with Tuna
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

On a board of Q♦7♣K♠10♣ Akin Tuna was betting again, making it 220,000 (into a pot worth roughly 350,000). Sergey Lebedev was ready with the call and they saw a 10♠ river card.

akin_tuna_eptdub_hr3_1.jpgAkin Tuna
Lebedev checked to Tuna who went to his chips, amassing a big bet of some 590,000. Lebedev was forced to pass, dropping down to 750,000. Tuna meanwhile is back to roughly 2.3 million. – SB

2:14pm: Updated chip counts (9 remain)
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

As they move into the second half of the level, here’s a snapshot of the counts with nine left:

Samuel Panzica – 1,950,000
Akin Tuna – 1,820,000
Sergey Lebedev – 960,000
Emil Patel – 882,000
William Arruda – 845,000
Timothy Adams – 725,000
Rocco Palumbo – 625,000
Davidi Kitai – 468,000
Ryan Riess – 452,000


Panzica, pace setter
There will be a break at the end of this level. –MH

2:05pm: Lebedev careful with Big Slick
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

Sergey Lebedev opened for 52,000 from middle position and got one caller in Samuel Panzica on the button. Both checked the 6♦6♥7♠ flop and K♥ turn, then after Lebedev bet 75,000 following the 5♥ river, Panzica called.

Lebedev opened A♠K♠ and it was good as Panzica mucked. Lebedev has 1.62 million now, while Panzica sits with about 2.02 million. –MH

2:00pm: Penzica all in again
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

On a flop of 2♥7♥4♣ Samuel Penzica moved all in, something he’s getting increasingly used to this afternoon. Others, including Akin Tuna folded, but Sergey Lebedev wasn’t as hasty. After confirming a count (the all-in was for 894,000), he called, regretting it immediately.

Penzica 4♦4♠
Lebedev 10♥10♦

The turn came 7♠ and the river 9♣. That doubled Penzicka up to around 2 million while Lebedev, who led overnight, is now down to 800,000. – SB

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1:50pm: Palumbo takes a nibble off Tuna
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

On the first hand following the redraw, it folded around to Rocco Palumbo in middle position who raised, then chip leader Akin Tuna called from the next seat. As the others folded, Palumbo leaned forward to see how much Tuna had behind, spotted his 2 million-plus stack, and raised his eyebrows, murmuring how impressive it looked.

rocco_palumbo_eptdub_hr3.jpgRocco Palumbo
Tuna grinned in response as the flop came Q♣A♦4♦. Undeterred, Palumbo continued for 70,000 and Tuna called, then after the 4♠ turn card Palumbo pushed all in.

There was about 300,000 in the middle and the push was for approximately 380,000. Tuna thought about a half-minute, then let his hand go.

Tuna still has 2.04 million, while Palumbo is now at 680,000. –MH

1:45pm: Re-draw at nine
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

There’s a redraw with nine players remaining. Here’s how they line up with their approximate chip counts.

Seat 1. Tim Adams – 750,000
Seat 2. Emil Patel – 1,000,000
Seat 3. Sergey Lebedev – 1,780,000
Seat 4. Ryan Riess – 550,000
Seat 5. William Arruda – 780,000
Seat 6. Samuel Panzica – 950,000
Seat 7. Rocco Palumbo – 500,000
Seat 8. Akin Tuna – 2,000,000
Seat 9. Davidi Kitai – 700,000

1:37pm: Jerry Odeen eliminated in 10th place (€34,100)
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

Playing out of the blinds and defending preflop versus an Akin Tuna opening raise, Jerry Odeen watched the flop come J♦9♣3♠ and checked. Tuna continued with a bet, then Odeen announced he was check-raising the last of his short stack all in.

Tuna was quick with the call, and Odeen was disappointed once the hands were revealed:

Odeen: Q♥J♥
Tuna: K♠K♥

Tuna’s overpair was best, and after the 5♦ turn and 10♣ river Odeen was knocked out in 10th. Tuna is now up around 2.2 million.

A brief pause now as the final nine players reassemble around a single table. –MH

1:32pm: Level 22 begins; 10 left
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

The final 10 continue without a break as the next level begins. –MH

1:30pm: Penzica all in
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

A double up for Samuel Panzica. He opened for 40,000 on the button. Ryan Riess then announced he was all in from the big blind. Penzica called at once, turning over A♥Q♦ to Riess’s 10♠10♣.

The board came 6♣9♥A♣4♠2♦ to take Penzica up to around the million mark. Riess drops to roughly 750,000. — SB

1:20pm: Tuna sends another to the rail
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

Christoph Vogelsang is out in 11th place, sent to the rail by Akin Tuna. Vogelsang check-raised all in on a flop of 5♣3♣3♥ with 8♦5♦. Tuna called with 6♣6♠ and there was no improvement for Vogelsang who leaves with €34,100. — SB

christoph_vogelsang_eptdub_hr3.jpgChristoph Vogelsang
1:10pm: Chartier all in against Tuna
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

Sam Chartier departs in 12th place. He moved in on a flop of Q♥2♠6♦ against Akin Tuna. Chartier showed J♥6♥ but Tuna would reel him in with 10♥10♦. The turn came 8♦ and the river 5♠. Chartier put on his back pack and set off for the rail to collect €29,610. That puts Tuna up to around 2 million. – SB

12:45pm: Triumph then tragedy sends Diego Ventura to the rail
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

Ventura was reduced to less than 100,000 after he’d paid blinds and ante, he found aces, got his chips in against pocket sevens and doubled up. On the next hand he found queens, got his chips in a second time, against Sergey Lebedev who had ace-ten.

diego_ventura_eptdub_hr.jpgDiego Ventura
He was fine on the flop, and by the turn was all set to double up again to just short of average. But the river card brought the ace – his saviour first time round, but not so much now. Ventura out in 13th place. – SB

12:35pm: Two all ins on the first hand of the day
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

Action right from the start with two all ins, one on each table. The first was technically that involving Emil Patel and Christoph Vogelsang. Patel shoved and Vogelsang called all in, with the cards as follows.

9♦8♦ for Patel
A♦5♥ for Vogelsang

The board ran Q♠K♣6♣7♠2♥

The turn meant a slight scare for Vogelsang but it was short lived. He doubles up.

Meanwhile on the other table Rocco Palumbo opened from the button but quickly got out of the way of the small and big blinds who moved all in. That was Samuel Panzica and Jerry Odeen respectively.

Penzica A♣6♠
Odeen A♥10♥

But just as on the other table there would be no elimination (technically Penzica had been at risk). The board came K♦3♠J♠9♣9♦ for a chopped pot. As one reporter put it, they effectively split the antes. But if you’re making a profit you can’t lose, right? — SB

12:30pm: Play starts
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

We’re under way in the high roller with 13 players left. They’ll be a redraw at nine.
12:05pm: Pick the winner on BetStars

We’re still half an hour away from the restart in the high roller, and the Main Event does the same at 1pm (with EPT Live beginning the cards up broadcast at 2pm). That gives you plenty of time to consider a wager on the Main Event winner to make things “interesting”.

BetStars is offering odds on the EPT Main Event winner in Dublin, and is taking bets up until the start of play. Obviously, there will be no live odds given that being in Dublin and watching in real time would give you the kind of advantage not seen since the 1920s, but you have until 1pm to place your bets. If you’re curious here’s how the odds look:

Dzmitry Urbanovic 2.55
Kuljinder Sidhu 4.6
Iliodoros Kamatkis 8.5
Patrick Clarke 4.1
Gilles Bernies 6.5
Rhys Jones 18

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11:45am: Perfect conditions

It’s a wonderful grey and misty day in Dublin today, with light rain and no prospects of things brightening up. Quite frankly those are perfect poker playing condition.

Players are arriving for what is the final day of the EPT12 Dublin festival. Today we’ll play down to a winner in the High Roller, but also in the Main Event, coverage of which begins at 2pm on the Blog and EPT Live. We’ll have live updates from both events. — SB

11:30am: Lebedev leads heading into final day
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

Play restarts today with 13 players remaining. Sergey Lebedev lead when players bagged up last night. — SB

Name Country Chips
Sergey Lebedev Russia 1,522,000
Emil Patel Finland 1,339,000
Ryan Riess USA 1,174,000
Akin Tuna Germany 1,100,000
Timothy Adams Canada 758,000
Jerry Odeen Sweden 596,000
Rocco Palumbo Italy 565,000
Davidi Kitai Belgium 512,000
Willliam Arruda Brazil 458,000
Sam Chartier Canada 458,000
Christoph Vogelsang Germany 310,000
Samuel Panzica USA 276,000
Diego Ventura Peru 157,000

PokerStars Blog reporting team on the EPT12 Dublin €10K High Roller Day 2: Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Martin Harris, and Nick Wright. Photography by Jules Pochy. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter:@PokerStarsBlog


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