EPT13 Barcelona: €10K High Roller Day 3 live updates

August 28, 2016

2am: It’s all over! Drinan wins!
Level 32 – Blinds: 150,000/230,000 (50,000 ante)

Morozovs limped and Drinan checked his option. The flop came 10♥6♣4♠ and Drinan checked, letting Morozovs in for a 700,000 bet. Drinan then raised it 1.7 million, only for Morozovs to then four-bet jam all-in for only slightly less than what Drinan had. Drinan took one look at his cards and called.

Morozovs – 10♦J♥
Drinan – 6♠4♥

Drinan had hit a big blind special at the most crucial time. His two pair was ahead of the one pair, and stayed that way on the K♠ turn and Q♣ river.

Conor Drinan has just won €849,200. A full wrap of the day will be coming shortly.

For now, goodnight from EPT13 Barcelona. –JS

01:55am: Seven! Seven in a row for Drinan
Level 33 – Blinds: 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

Connor Drinan has scooped the last seven pots. No biggies amongst them but they add up. He’s up to 18,950,000 and Mihails Morozovs is down to 10,600,000. –NW

1:50am: Lucky number seven
Level 32 – Blinds: 150,000/230,000 (50,000 ante)

Mihails Morozovs limped in the small blind and Conor Drinan checked his option, before checking in the dark. The flop came down A♦5♥2♣ and Morozovs then made it 400,000 to go, only for Drinan to bump it up to an even 1 million. Morozovs made a fast call.

However, there’s where the action died. The turn came the 7♥ and they both checked. Then the river came the 5♦, and again they both checked.

Drinan showed the 10♥7♦ for a pair on the turn, and Morozovs mucked, accidentally showing the K♠ and he did.

“SEVEN!!” shouted Drinan. –JS

01:45am: Levels upon levels
Level 33 – Blinds: 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

Despite the late hour – and the fact that the EPT Live set is being dismantled as the high rollers play on – there’s a few people on the rail in our little corner of the room. Pratyush Buddiga is in Drinan’s corner, while Dmitry Yurasov and Andrey Shatilov are among those railing Mihails Morozovs.

Inbetween hands Drinan, addressing the Latvian’s rail, some of whom he’s played against a lot online, said: “Don’t think you’re clever I know what advice you’ve given him and I’ve already readjusted.”

Has he? Time will tell, but he won the next three pots. –NW

01:30am: 15-minute break
Level 32 – Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

The players are now on a 15 minute break.

Mihails Morozovs: 12,350,000
Connor Drinan: 17,200,000

1:25am: Almost even
Level 32 – Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

The stacks are almost even now as Mihails Morozovs just won a large pot. Connor Drinan limped the button and called when Morozovs raised it up to 725,000. Morozovs bet 850,000 on the 9♠J♠5♣ flop and 2,200,000 on the 3♥ turn. Drinan called two streets and both players then checked the flush and straight completing 8♠.

The Latvian showed A♥J♥ and Drinan mucked. It’s now 15,050,000 for Drinan and 14,500,000 for Morozovs. –NW

1:15am: Friendly game
Level 32 – Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

Saying check in silly ways. Tapping the table hard and still announcing ‘check’. Checking and betting in the dark. Betting 300,000 with king-high on the river and calling with ace-high.

These guys are having fun. You would never know they were actually playing for close to a quarter of a million Euros.

There has been no mention of a deal. –JS

1:25am: Taking sides
Level 32 – Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

“Hey Artem, whose side are you on?”

Conor Drinan was calling over to Artem Metalidi who is standing with Mihails Morozovs rail.

He never answered. He just smiled. –JS

01:05am: Drinan stretches his lead again
Level 32 – Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

It’s now 18,050,000 to Connor Drinan and 11,500,000 to Mihails Morozovs. Drinan got two streets of value with A♥8♥ on a J♥Q♣3♠A♣7♣ board to stretch out into that lead. –NW

1am: Kicking off heads-up in style
Level 31 – Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

On a Q♠J♠9♠ flop, Mihails Morozovs made it 300,000 and Conor Drinan bumped it to 900,000. Morozovs then came back over the top for what looked like 2.1 million and and Drinan snap-folded, showing the 3♣. Morozovs returned the favour, showing the Q♣.

“Look, I did a bluff, alright? So sue me.” –JS

12:58am: Main Event crowns weeping champion Malec
Level 31 – Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

In one of the best EPT Main Event finishes ever, Sebastian Malec has won after qualifying for €27. It was a moment that made him literally weep on stage. It was one of the best wins we’ve seen. Head over to our full wrap up to see how the final table played out.

12:55am: Heads up chip counts
Level 31 – Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

Connor Drinan – 15.375
Mihails Morozovs – 14.225

12:50am: Kyle Keranen out in third (€496,440)
Level 31 – Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

It was the very first hand back from the break that would take us to heads up play.

Mihails Morozovs made it 600,000 on the button and Kyle Keranen jammed for 2.8 million. Conor Drinan gave up the big blind and Morozovs snap-called.

Morozovs – J♣J♦
Keranen – A♥2♥

And talk about an action flop. The dealer spread the J♠7♥K♥, improving Morozovs to a set but giving Keranen the nut flush draw. The turn was the 6♠ – that changed nothing. And neither did the 10♠ river.

Keranen said his goodbyes, and Morozovs now has 14.225 million. –JS

12:40am: Oleksii Khoroshenin eliminated in fourth place (€ 396,700)
Level 32 – Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

Oleksii Khoroshenin just tanked for nine minutes before making his decision in this hand and you have to say he was actually entitled to take his time given the ICM implications and the way this hand played out.

Khoroshenin limped the button, Connor Drinan completed from the small blind and Mihails Morozovs checked his option in the big blind. On the K♦A♥8♣ flop Drinan checked dark, Morozovs then checked after having seen the flop and Khoroshenin bet 300,000. Drinan decided to check-raise to 1,000,000 total and Khoroshenin made the call.

The 2♣ fell on the turn, Drinan led for 1,100,000 and Khoroshenin smooth called. There was now over 5,000,000 in the pot and Khoroshenin had just 3,700,000 back. The 3♦ completed the board and Drinan now moved all-in, he had Khoroshenin covered.

This is where Khoroshenin’s time in the tank began. He variously looked at Kyle Kyle Keranen’s stack, the American had less than him, about 2,850,000. The Ukrainian then looked at the payouts and still seemed no closer to his decision. After nine minutes in the tank he elected to call and Drinan showed A♦K♠, Khoroshenin mucked his hand but as it was an all-in his cards were turned over and we could see that he called with A♦10♥.

Drinan is now the chip leader with 15,675,000. –NW

12:25am: Another double up
Level 32 – Blinds: 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante)

Players decided to skip the break and continue playing while this hand was taking place. In the end it turned out to be very interesting indeed.

Mihails Morozovs opened to 550,000 on the button only for Kyle Keranen to move all-in. He had both Oleksii Khoroshenin (big blind) and Morozovs covered, and Khoroshenin got out the way quickly. Morozovs then slammed down a call and we saw the cards:

Morozovs – 7♥7♦
Keranen – A♥Q♣

The 4♠J♥K♥ flop gave Keranen a straight draw, so any ten, ace or queen would win it for him and take us to three-handed. However the turn was the 9♠ and river the 8♠. Morozovs doubled to 10.9 million, while Keranen dropped to 3.1 million. –JS

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12:15am: Keranen chipping back up
Level 31 – Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

It’s been a topsy-turvy level for Kyle Keranen but he’s won a couple of pots in a row to build his stack back up again.

The first was a family pot in which Oleksii Khoroshenin was the limper and Keranen the big blind. On the A♦6♠4♥ flop Khoroshenin stabbed at the pot with a bet of 300,000 but folded when Keranen check-raised to 900,000 total.
A few hands later Keranen opened to 500,000 from under-the-gun and Connor Drinan called out of the big blind. The 8♠5♥4♥ flop was checked through and the 4♦ fell on the turn. Drinan led for 700,000, but Keranen wasn’t calling, he raised to 1,800,000 and it earned him the pot. He’s up to 8,700,000, Drinan down to 8,200,000. –NW

12:08am: Khoroshenin’s out…then back in
Level 30 – Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

The drama continues to unfold here in our little corner of the room. Oleksii Khoroshenin opened to 400,000 on the button and got callers in Conor Drinan (sb) and Mikhail Morozovs (bb). The trio went to the 9♠2♠8♥ flop and it checked to Khoroshenin. He continued for 400,000 again which shook off Drinan, but Morozovs had other things in mind. He made 1.075 million to play and Khoroshenin brought his hands to his head. He announced all-in and Morozovs snap-called.

“Set?” Khoroshenin asked, but Morozovs shook his head as he turned over the J♥9♥ for top pair. Khoroshenin was ahead with the Q♠Q♦ and looking good to double, until the J♠ hit the turn.

“Nooo!” he said, but his moans were cut short as the dealer put out the 2♥ river pretty quickly. It paired the board and meant that Khoroshenin’s two pair was better. He doubled to 8.3 million, and Morozovs dropped to 7.8 million –JS

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11:55pm: This is Drinan’s house
Level 31 – Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

A big pot just went the way of Connor Drinan and as a result he’s now right up there with Mihails Morozovs with a stack of almost 10,000,000. Again it was Kyle Keranen losing chips as, in the hand in question he opened to 400,000 and Drinan called out of the big blind.

Drinan checked dark and a A♦J♦4♥ flop hit the felt. Bet of 400,000 from Keranen, call from Drinan. The Q♦ was the next community card, both players checked and the Q♣ completed the board. Drinan led for 1,100,000 and Keranen paid him off. Drinan rolled over Q♥4♠ for a full house and it means Keranen is down to 4,300,000. –NW

Connor Drinan-EPT 13-Barcelona-6572.jpg

Party at Connor’s house…bring your own thing to chew on

11:45pm: More for Morozovs
Level 31 – Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Mihails Morozovs is up to around 9,900,900 and has assumed the mantle of chip leader for the first time. The hand that got him there was a blind on blind battle against Kyle Keranen, in which the Latvian raised to 500,000 from the small and Keranen called from the big.

On the 7♦4♣6♦ flop Morozovs fired out a bet of 600,000 and Keranen smooth called. He fire a second barrel worth 1,100,000 on the 4♠ turn and it was enough to earn him the pot. –NW

11:32pm: Morozovs applies the pressure
Level 30 – Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Mikhail Morozovs made it 400,000 to go on the button and got a call from the big blind of Oleksii Khoroshenin. They saw a 5♥J♣6♣ flop and both checked to the 9♠ turn. Koroshenin then decided to lead out with a 400,000 stab, which Morozovs called quickly, resulting in a river card: the 5♦. Khoroshenin led again for 500,000, but now Morozovs raised it up to 2.075 million. Khoroshenin went into tank for two and a half minutes before the clock was called, and it counted down to around ten seconds before he folded.

Khoroshenin has 4.5 million left, and Morozovs is up to 8.65 million. –JS

11:20pm: Chip counts
Level 31 – Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

The players took a 15-minute break at the end of level 30 but have now returned. This is how they stack up:

Kyle Keranen – 9,425,000
Mihails Morozovs – 7,825,000
Connor Drinan – 6,825,000
Oleksii Khoroshenin – 5,750,000

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11:05pm: Break

The players–who haven’t had a break for dinner–are taking a short break to go to the bathroom. They’ll be coming back to 100,000-2o0,000 blinds.

11:10pm: Ari Engel out in 5th (€307,900)
Level 30 – Blinds: 80,000/160,000 (25,000 ante)

Another man down. When it folded to Conor Drinan in the small blind he moved all-in for 3.1 million and Ari Engel snap-called in the big for his 2.9 million. He had the A♠10♣ and that was ahead of Drinan’s J♠9♣ – until the K♦Q♦9♥ flop fell. The turn was the 4♥ and river the 5♥ and Engel said his goodbyes. Drinan is up to 6.1 million now. –JS

10:55pm: Joseph Cheong eliminated in sixth place (€ 233,300)
Level 30 – Blinds: 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Eliminations are like London buses…

Joseph Cheong moved all-in from the small blind for 1,545,00 with J♣2♣ and after getting a count Connor Drinan called it off with A♣4♥. Drinan barely had him covered but stayed in front on the 10♠5♦10♣8♠K♠ board to move up to 3,295,000. –NW

10:45pm: Patrick Leonard eliminated in seventh place (€169,700)
Level 30 – Blinds: 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Another big pot involving Patrick Leonard to tell you about and his run in this tournament has come to an end due to a cooler.

He opened to 375,000, Mihails Morozovs three-bet to 1,100,000, Leonard moved all-in and Morozovs snap called. Leonard’s all-in was for 3,580,000, Morozovs had 4,010,000.

Leonard: Q♣Q♠
Morozovs: K♥K♦

The 6♠K♠10♣ flop was bad for Leonard, the J♠ turn was his gin card though as it gave him maximum outs going to the river. But, the K♣ meant Morozovs made quads to eliminate Leonard. –NW

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Patrick Leonard

10:45pm: Leonard pays it off, and is shocked at what he sees
Level 30 – Blinds: 80,000/160,000 (25,000 ante)

Patrick Leonard kicked things off with an open to 375,000 and both Mikhail Morozovs and Kyle Keranen called from the blinds. The flop came down J♣K♠10♥ and it didn’t inspire any action. It checked around.

The turn got things going; it came the 8♠ and Keranen bet 550,000 after it checked to him. Leonard called pretty quickly, while Morozovs folded.

A 9♦ river landed and now Keranen put out 675,000. Any queen would make a straight, while the spade draw didn’t get there. These were all going through Leonard’s head.

“I flopped top set, this is sick,” he said. He then continued to think, trying to call out possible hands Keranen could have. “Five six of spades?”

A minute of two later the clock was called. “King king, so sick,” he whispered as the time was counting down. Eventually he got to 20 seconds and he made the call. What Keranen turned over surprised us all:


Keranen had rivered a straight after two running cards. We never Leonard’s hand.

Leonard is down to 3.825, Keranen now has 10.125 million.

BREAKING NEWS: A player has just been eliminated – stay tuned to find out who. Details coming. –JS

10:35pm: Pascal Hartmann eliminated in eighth place (€ 124,400)
Level 30 – Blinds: 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

And then there were seven. Pascal Hartmann moved all-in for 1,300,000 from early position and when it folded to Patrick Leonard in the big blind, he instantly called.

Hartmann: 8♣7♣
Leonard: K♦K♣

A J♥6♥A♠3♣7♠ board kept the kings ahead of Hartmann’s sevens and he said “Good game guys,” as he took his leave. Leonard is back up to 5,300,000 after scoring that knockout. –NW

10:30pm: Oleksii Khoroshenin bounces back
Level 30 – Blinds: 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

It’s win some, lose some for Oleksii Khoroshenin this level. Fortuantely for the Ukrainian, having already gone through the ‘lose some phase’ he just experienced the flip side of that particular coin.

Connor Drinan min-raised from middle position and Khoroshenin defended his big blind. The 7♣J♦2♥J♣ flop checked through and the J♣ fell on fourth street. The pre-flop aggressor went for a delayed c-bet of 300,000 and Khoroshenin called. On the 7♥ river Khoroshenin led for 585,000 and despite giving it a long think Drinan elected to fold. He’s down to 2,275,000 and Khoroshenin is up to 4,400,000. –NW

10:23pm: Keranen and Khoroshenin clash
Level 30 – Blinds: 80,000/160,000 (25,000 ante)

Oleksii Khoroshenin opened to 320,000 under the gun and it folded around to Kyle Keranen in the big blind. He matched it, and we were heads up to the flop.

It fell 6♦9♣10♦ and Keranen checked to the raiser, who checked back. The turn came the 5♦ and now Keranen led out for 400,000. Khoroshenin made a quick call and we were river-bound. The 5♥ paired the board and Keranen asked for a count. 3.015 million.

Then he reached for the black 100k chips.

He lined up a bunch of them that totaled 2.1 million and slid them over the line. Khoroshenin leaned forward and then got comfortable, leaning on his palm as he stared straight at Keranen. After several minutes staring/thinking someone called the clock, but as soon as the floor arrived he let his hand go. –JS

10:10pm: Pascal Hartmann doubles through Patrick Leonard
Level 30 – Blinds: 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

On the first hand back from the break there was an all-in showdown. Patrick Leonard opened to 400,000 holding K♦9♦, Pascal Hartmann shoved for 490,000 with Q♦10♥ from the small blind and Leonard put in the extra.

The 5♦6♥A♣ flop improved neither player, the 6♦ turn gave Leonard a flush draw and left Hartmann with just four outs. He found one, as the Q♣ river gave the German the win. He’s up to 1,260,000 and Leonard is down to 3,800,000. –NW

10:08pm: Chip counts

Name Country Chips
Kyle Keranen USA 7,585,000
Ari Engel USA 4,705,000
Patrick Leonard UK 4,275,000
Oleksii Khoroshenin Ukraine 3,370,000
Mihails Morozovs Latvia 3,000,000
Connor Drinan USA 2,915,000
Joseph Cheong USA 2,270,000
Pascal Hartmann Germany 575,000
30 80,000 160,000 20,000

9:52pm: You deserve a break today

So do the players. They are out on a 20-minute break.

9:50pm: Another double for Cheong
Level 29 – Blinds: 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Joseph Cheong’s comeback is well and truly on as he just got another double up. He shoved for 860,000 from under-the-gun and Oleksii Khoroshenin gave him a spin from the big blind. Cheong showed A♦Q♠ and was dominating the A♥5♠ of the Ukrainian.

It got better for him on the 7♥Q♦8♠ flop and he held on the 10♦ turn and 2♦ river. Cheong is up to 1,940,000 and Khoroshenin is down to 3,630,000. –NW

9:45pm: Engel takes some from Leonard
Level 29 – Blinds: 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

An open to 275,000 from Patrick Leonard was called in two spots and he, Ari Engel (button) and Kyle Keranen (big blind) all saw a A♥3♦3♥ flop hit the felt. Action was checked to Engel, he bet 360,000 and Leonard was the only caller. Both players checked the 2♥ turn and 9♣ river with Engel’s A♦J♦ besting Leonard’s pocket kings at showdown.

Engel climbs to 4,700,000 and Leonard is down to 4,550,000. –NW

9:44pm: Quiet on the table, noisy everywhere else
Level 29 – Blinds: 60,000/120,000 (25,000 ante)

Play has slowed eight-handed, with not much action to report. However, as the rowdy final table of the PokerStars Open has just been moved to the table right next to our final, things have got a whole lot noisier.

So noisy, in fact, that almost every player left in this one asked for that table to be moved further away, due to arguments about “who gets to keep the trophy” and a boisterous 20-plus rail.

That request has now been met, and although things have quietened, it’s not exactly ‘centre court at Wimbledon’ quiet in here.

As I’m typing this, people are yelling at the top their lungs, and certain members of that rail are about to be asked to leave.

We’ll keep you updated. Oh yeah, and still not much action to report at the final table. –JS

9:25pm: Quadruple up for Cheong
Level 29 – Blinds: 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

What’s better than a double up? A triple up of course! And better still than that sweet sweet thing, a quadruple up of course. Joseph Cheong had just 190,000 left and they went in from the hijack. Patrick Leonard (cutoff), Pascal Hartmann (small blind) and Ari Engel (big blind) all called so it was four-way to a flop.

It fell 9♣8♣6♥, Leonard bet 300,000 and everyone else folded. He showed 10♥9♥ and was ahead of Cheong’s K♥7♠. “Good luck boys,” said Cheong as the A♠ hit the turn. He stood up but soon had to sit back down again as the 10♣ river made him a straight.

He actually more than quadrupled up as with the antes he’s up to 920,000. –NW

9:20pm: Cheong crippled as Khoroshenin doubles up
Level 29 – Blinds: 60,000/120,000 (25,000 ante)

Action folded to Oleksii Khoroshenin in the small blind and he took a peak at his holding. It was good enough to move all-in for 1.79 million, and Joseph Cheong had a decision. He checked his cards, and made a pretty quick call with the A♥5♥. That was trailing Khoroshenin’s A♠Q♦.

The Q♣3♣K♥ flop all but ended it. The 3♠ turn and A♦ river changed nothing, and that crippled Cheong down to 320,000 (and he was in the small blind next hand). Khoroshenin is up to 3.7 million. –JS

9:10pm: All-in and fold
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

It was Connor Drinan’s turn to shove, he three-bet jammed over the top of Kyle Keranen’s open and waited as Keranen weighed up the decision. It was 2,440,000 total to the American and eventually he folded. Pot to Drinan. –NW

9pm: Ilkin Amirov out in 9th (€ 95,720); official final table
Level 29 – Blinds: 60,000/120,000 (25,000 ante)

It didn’t take long for us to lose a player and get down to our official final table of eight. Ilkin Amirov open-jammed for 1.97 million and it folded around to Kyle Keranen in the small blind. He asked for a count and also got one of the big blind (Oleksii Khoroshenin – 1.3 million) before re-raising all-in. Khoroshenin folded and the two hands were flipped:

Amirov – K♣K♦
Keranen – A♥Q♣

It was a great spot for Amirov to double, but it wasn’t meant to be. In cruel fashion, the board ran out 2♥7♥6♠10♥, meaning any heart or ace would do it. The river came the A♦ and that was that. Keranen is up to 8.9 million now. –JS

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Ilkin Amirov

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8:50pm: All quiet and then we get an all-in
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Poker tournaments generally consist of large swathes of action where not a lot happens, punctuated by moments of excitement and tension when something does. Play since they went nine handed has been pretty low on action, with lots of Texas Fold’em going on. And then we had an all-in…

Kyle Keranen made it 200,000 to play from under-the-gun and two seats to his left Ilkin Amirov shoved for 1,570,000 total. It folded back round to Keranen and after getting a count he went into dwell mode. Would he call? No, he mucked. Nine handed play continues. –NW

8:30pm: Unofficial final table redraw
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

1. Oleksii Khoroshenin – 1.53 million
2. Ilkin Amirov – 1.58 million
3. Joseph Cheong – 2.3 million
4. Patrick Leonard – 6.8 million
5. Conor Drinan – 3.21 million
6. Pascal Hartmann – 2.3 million
7. Ari Engel – 1.78 million
8. Mikhail Morozovs – 3.2 million
9. Kyle Keranen – 7.3 million

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You can work up an appetite on the way to the chip lead

8:20pm: Olov Jansson eliminated in tenth place (€ 78,550)
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

The unofficial final table is set and it’s Olov Jansson who’s just missed out. Remarkably the Swedish player came 9th in this event last year so has just failed to match that performance. In his final hand Patrick Leonard raised to 225,000 from under-the-gun and Jansson called from the big blind. On the Q♣5♠9♣ flop Leonard c-bet 300,000 and the decision was on Jansson, who had just 1,050,000 back.

He took his time, so much in fact that Oleksii Khoroshenin – who was on the other table – called the clock. Before it reached zero Jansson raised all-in and Leonard called. The Brit showed K♣8♣ for the flush draw and Jansson held A♦9♦ for second paid. The 5♥ turn was a blan k but the 6♣ river filled Leonard’s flush to take him to 6,800,000.

There’ll now be a short break why they do a re-draw of the final nine players. –NW

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Olov Jansson

8:10pm: Big double up for Leonard
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/1,00,000 (10,000 ante)

Ilkin Amirov opened to 225,000, which Patrick Leonard then three-bet to 505,000. Amirov shoved. Leonard called. Simple.

Amirov – A♦K♠
Leonard – K♦K♣

The board ran out 6♦4♣9♠3♣5♥ and that meant the kings were still good. The hand took Leonard up to 5.42 million, while Amirov has dropped to 2.1 million. –JS

8pm: Keranen doubles and takes the chip lead
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Kyle Keranen is the new chip leader after doubling through Patrick Leonard, who was the incumbent. It was an all-in pre-flop coup with Keranen opening to 200,000 from under-the-gun/hijack and Leonard, who was in the big blind, sliding out a tower of 100K chips equaling 2,000,000.

Keranen had a total of 2,780,000 behind and after a couple of minutes thinking time he committed them all and Leonard quickly called the extra. The American showed pocket jacks and was ahead of Leonard’s pocket fours. The Q♠8♣10♦K♦Q♦ board meant the jacks held to propel Keranen up to 5,680,000 and drop Leonard to 2,720,000. –NW

7:58pm: Amirov doubles through Engel
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/1,00,000 (10,000 ante)

It’s been a great started to Level 28 for Ilkin Amirov as he’s just found a double up through Ari Engel.

Engel made it 230,000 to go from the small blind and Amirov defended to see the 3♥6♦10♥ flop. Engel put in a 240,000 c-bet and that would get a call.

The 8♥ hit the turn and Engel then announced he was all in, which put Amirov all-in as he had him covered. Amirov snap-called and showed the Q♥4♥, which meant he flopped a flush draw and had hit it on the turn. Engel could only muster the ]J♠9♣ for an open-ended straight draw that was already drawing dead.

Engel dropped to 2.225 million, while Amirov is up to 3.96 million. –JS

7:50pm: Mihails Morozovs doubles through Oleksii Khoroshenin
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

It was a battle of the eastern Europeans in this one as Ukraine went up against Latvia. Oleksii Khoroshenin got this battle started by raising to 210,000, Mihails Morozovs then jammed for 1,320,000 and Khoroshenin called. Time for showdown:

Khoroshenin: A♦J♠
Morozovs: A♠Q♦

The best hand held up as the board ran 3♦2♠K♣9♥2♣. Morozovs is up to 2,790,000 while Khoroshenin drops to 1,660,000. –NW

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7:35pm: Chips
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Here are the most recent chip counts.

Patrick Leonard – 5,670,000
Ari Engel – 4,805,000
Connor Drinan – 4,235,000
Joseph Cheong – 3,430,000
Oleksii Khoroshenin – 2,990,000
Kyle Keranen – 2,600,000
Ilkin Amirov – 2,330,000
Pascal Hartmann – 1,555,000
Olov Jansson – 1,475,000
Mihails Morozovs – 1,450,000

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Wonder who has the chip lead?

7:25pm: Amirov taking a beating
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Ilkin Amirov continues to slide down the chip counts as he just lost two pots in a row. In the first he surrended 175,000 to Kyle Keranen after he opened and then folded to the American’s three-bet. The second made it all the way to the river though.

Again Amirov opened and this time Ari Engel defended from the big blind. The 10♦4♥2♦ flop was checked through and the Q♦ fell on the turn. Engel led for 210,000 and Amirov smooth called. The 5♥ rounded off the board and again Engel bet. This time he fired out 425,000 and after a longish dwell Amirov mucked his hand. He’s down to 2,550,000 now. –NW

7:14pm: Engel gets lucky to double
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Kyle Keronen was on the button and made it 160,000 to play. Ari Engel then jammed for 2.245 million, and Ilkin Amirov re-jammed over the top. Keronen got out the way and the cards were flipped:

Engel – A♣10♣
Amirov – A♠Q♦

Amirov was way ahead and stayed there on the 7♦8♠J♣ flop, although Engel had picked up a gutshot. He’d hit it on the 9♣ turn but it wasn’t over yet. Amirov could hit a bigger straight if a ten fell, but it came the 6♥ on the river and Engel doubled up to 5.06 million, while Amirov dropped to 2.795 million. –JS

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Ilkin Amirov

7:12pm: The river changes everything
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

An open to 160,000 from Pascal Hartmann was met by a three-bet to 425,000 from Oleksii Khoroshenin. Back on Hartmann he moved all-in for 1,275,000 and Khoroshenin began to tank. He stood up and considered his move before calling.

Hartmann: A♠10♦
Khoroshenin: A♦9♠

The K♦7♣8♠J♥8♥ board meant the pot was chopped and Hartmann was denied a crucial double up. –NW

6:58pm: Khoroshenin takes some off Cheong
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Pascal Hartmann min-opened to 160,000 only for Joseph Cheong to three-bet to 375,000. The price of poker was about to go up as Oleksii Khoroshenin then cold four-bet to 590,000 and only Cheong called to see an intriguing 4♥4♠4♦ flop.

Cheong checked to the last raiser, who continued for 175,000. That bet was called and the turn came the J♠. Cheong checked once more, but would fold to Khoroshenin’s 225,000 turn bet, taking him down to 2.55 million and Khoroshenin up to 3.325 million. –JS

6:48pm: Multi-limped pot
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

You don’t see all that much limping in this High Rollers so this hand was a change of pace. Olov Jansson limped under the gun, followed by Patrick Leonard in the cutoff. Kyle Keronen folded his button, but Ari Engel and Ilkin Amirov called and checked from the small and big blinds.

They all went to the K♥7♠J♦ flop and it check around. The 7♣ hit the turn and that prompted Engel to lead out for 110,000, which only Leonard would call. The 2♣ completed the board and both checked once more; Engel showing the Q♣J♣ for jacks and sevens, Leonard showing K♣Q♥ for kings and sevens. Leonard took it down and is still the chip boss right now. –JS

6:35pm: Chop it up
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

This hand started in level 26 but ended in level 27, it took a while. Oleksii Khoroshenin opened to 125,000 from cutoff and Pascal Hartmann, who was in the big blind, put in the extra chips required to see a flop. That flop fell 10♣J♣9♦. No one bit and the 2♠ hit the turn. Hartmann elected to lead, he bet 205,000 and Khoroshenin smooth called.

On the 8♠ river Hartmann fired again, this time 290,000 was the bet and Khoroshenin went deep into the tank for a number of minutes before announcing call. Both players turned over the same hand – queen-jack – and the pot was chopped. Khoroshenin remains on 2.2 million while Hartmann still has 1,050,000. –NW

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6:25pm: Stuer gone in 11th
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

He’s had a fantastic EPT13 Barcelona, having made the final table to the Super High Roller, but Julian Stuer’s run in this one has now come to an end. He opened to 125,000 on the button and was called by Patrick Leonard in the big blind. They saw a Q♥10♣J♠ flop and Leonard check-called 210,000, then checked again on the 3♠ turn. Stuer bet 335,000 only to see Leonard put him all-in.

Stuer was in the tank for quite a while. He’d be very short if he folded and in the end decided to make the call with the Q♦J♣ for two pair. However, Leonard had the 9♥8♠ for a straight and the German couldn’t hit a full house on the river.

Leonard is up to 6 million now and 10 players remain. –JS

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Julian Stuer

6:11pm: Tales of tanking
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Here’s something you don’t see everyday, a player calling the clock who isn’t even at the table in question. Let’s back up.

The action was as follows, Ilkin Amirov had raised to 130,000 from the button and Julian Stuer had moved all-in for 1,435,000 from the small blind. Amirov now tanked. He cut out the required chips from his stack and tanked some more and some more and even more.

During this time the other table had played three hands and Ari Engel figured that was enough. He got up from his table and asked the tournament director to call the clock. Amirov had a minute to act and before it reached zero he mucked his cards. –NW

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Ari Engel

6:10pm: One win, one loss for Stuer
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Julian Stuer kicked off a hand with an open to 125,000, and that was called only by Patrick Leonard in the big blind. They saw an 8♣Q♥4♠ flop and Stuer put in a 155,000 c-bet which was called. The 8♦ turn slowed the German down, who checked to see Leonard bet 200,000. Stuer called. A K♠ river brought a check from both and Stuer took it down with the A♦Q♦ (Leonard mucked).

Then a couple of hands later Stuer was in the big blind and called a 120,000 button open from Kyle Keronen. The flop came down 5♥9♣5♦ and Stuer checked, letting Keronen in for a 325,000 c-bet. Stuer then raised it to 325,000 and that seemed to surprise a few people. After a little time in the tank, Keronen called.

The turn was the J♠ and Stuer checked once more. Keronen took back the betting lead with a 300,000 wager, and Stuer threw his hand away. When the dust settled, Stuer had 1.4 million and Keronen had 3.5 million. –JS

6:04pm: Temptation
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

As you might have seen or heard, the EPT poker tables are pretty ideal. They have cup holders that rotate out from under the table. Each of the cup holders has a USB outlet good for charging your phone during a long day at the table.

They are also invitations of sorts. A guy might be a little more tempted to slip a tall lager in that spot, what for to calm his nerves or sate his thirst when things get tense. Or perhaps he might be tempted to stick his head in his phone to see the latest Snapchat updates rather than paying attention to what’s going on in front of him. Y

You know, as photographer Carlos Monti called this one…temptation.–BW

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5:50pm: Morosovs doubles through Engel
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Ari Engel opened to 135,000 from the cutoff and it folded to Mikhail Morosovs in the big blind. He shoved for 890,000 and after a minute or two of thinking Engel made the call with the A♥10♦, ahead of Morosovs’ K♦J♦. But the K♣5♣5♥ gave Morosovs the lead, and he’d stay in front on the 9♦ turn and 2♦ river. Engel drops to 2.355 million, while Morosovs now has 1.87 million. –JS

5:45pm: Ari Engel doubles through Joseph Cheong
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

A big chip swing this as Joseph Cheong, who was the chip leader, just lost a chunk of change to Ari Engel.

The former November Niner made it 125,000 to play from the button and Engel moved all-in for 1,585,000 from the small blind. Back on Cheong he asked for a count, considered his options and then called.

Cheong: K♣J♥
Engel: A♥8♠

A 6♠9♠K♠7♥A♦ board meant Cheong took the lead on the flop but Engel spiked the river to survive. He’s up to 3.25 million, Cheong is down to 3.1 million. –NW

5:45pm: Cheeky show from Amirov
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Patrick Leonard opened to 135,000 on the button and action was on Ilkin Amirov. “How much are you playing?” he asked Leonard. “4.15 million,” came the reply. “OK, 400,” said Amirov, who raised to 400,000. Leonard folded, showing the A♥ as he did.

“Show one,” he pleaded. “I showed one, you show one.”

Amirov obliged and let Leonard choose a card – the 2♦. –JS

5:38pm: So near so far for Ferreira
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

We’ve just lost Jean Ferreira from this High Roller. He jammed for 1.28 million in the cutoff with pocket deuces and was called by Ilkin Amirov with pocket tens. The tens held up and Amirov is up to 4.1 million now. –JS

5:25pm: Anthony Zinno eliminated in 13th place (€ 67,100)
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

A huge hand between Anthony Zinno and Patrick Leonard ran into the break and ended with an all-in and call. Pre-flop Zinno opened to 120,000 and Leonard smooth called on the button. On the K♣8♣4♦ board Zinno checked, Leonard bet 135,000, Zinno check-rasied to 500,000, Leonard clicked it to 875,000, Zinno shoved for 1,760,000 and Leonard, who had just over 2,000,000 called.

Zinno: K♥Q♦
Leonard: 8♠8♦

Leonard had flopped a set, but the K♠ turn gave Zinno some hope. It was extinguished on the A♦ river and Leonard now has around 4,150,000.

The 12 remaining players are now on a break. –NW

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Patrick Leonard

5:10pm: Jansson dents Amirov
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Ilkin Amirov was the start of the day chip leader, but I’ve barely seen him play a hand today. That all changed just now though as he got involved in a big pot against Olov Jansson.

Pre-flop Amirov raised to 125,000 from the cutoff and Jansson smooth called from the big blind. The 10♦A♣10♠ flop checked through and the 5♠ hit the turn. Amirov bet 130,000 and Jansson smooth called.

The 4♠ completed the board and Jansson changed tactics, he led for 400,000 and Amirov snap called. Jansson rolled over Q♠J♠ for the rivered flush and Amirov smacked the table, indicating perhaps that he had a ten. After that hand Amirov drops to 2,850,000 and Jansson climbs to 3,000,000. –NW

5:10pm: Your chip leader’s strategy
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

5:10pm: Cheong chimes
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Picking up the action on an A♣6♣K♥ flop, Mikhail Morozovs made it 165,000 and that was called by his sole opponent in the pot, Joseph Cheong.

The turn then came the 7♥ and action didn’t stop like it so often does on fourth street. Morozovs led out again, this time for 390,000, and Cheong made the call.

A 9♣ river hit the felt and this time Morozovs checked. Cheong checked it back and showed the A♥3♥, and the top pair and busted flush draw beat Morozovs’ 8♥9♥. Cheong has 4.6 million, and Morozovs is down to 1 million. –JS

4:58pm: Big pot for Amirov
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Jean Ferreira made it 110,000 under the gun and was called by Ilkin Amirov in the utg+1 seat. Everyone else folded except Kyle Keranen, who defended his big blind.

A 3♣8♦K♣ flop was spread and Keranen checked to the raiser. Ferreira then continued for 190,000, and only Amirov called. The turn came the 6♠ and now Ferreira slowed down, check-calling a 260,000 bet from Amirov.

Finally we had the K♥ on the river and both decided to check. Amirov showed the 10♣10♦ and that was good as Ferreira mucked. Ferreira has 1.22 million, and Amirov is up to 3.7 million. –JS

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Ilkin Amirov

4:51pm: Frankly my dear, Frank is out
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Germany’s Christopher Frank is our latest casualty. After Pascal Hartmann opened to 110,000 under the gun, Frank shoved for 330,000 and when it got back to Hartmann he called with the A♥5♥. Frank was ahead with the 9♦9♥, but the A♠5♣3♦3♥A♦ run out changed things, giving Hartmann a full house. Frank fell in 14th, and Hartmann has 2.28 million now. –JS

4:45pm: Oleksii Khoroshenin doubles through Christopher Frank
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Down to just 745,000 Oleksii Khoroshenin open jammed from early position and Christopher Frank called from the big blind. It was a race, with A♠K♠ for Frank and pocket sevens for Khoroshenin. The J♦10♠5♣9♣2♣ board kept the pair in front and left Frank with just 340,000. –NW

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Christopher Frank

4:40pm: The final 14
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Play is back underway and this is what the random re-draw had to say:

Table 1:

1. Mihails Morozovs – 2,000,000
2. Pascal Hartmann – 1,800,000
3. Joseph Cheong – 3,930,000
4. Christopher Frank – 1,400,000
5. Ari Engel – 1,900,000
6. Oleksii Khoroshenin – 840,000
7. Connor Drinan – 3,500,000
8. – Empty –

Table 2:

1. Patrick Leonard – 2,700,000
2. Kyle Keranen – 2,100,000
3. Jean Ferreira – 1,700,000
4. Ilkin Amirov – 2,900,000
5. Julian Stuer – 1,700,000
6. Anthony Zinno – 1,800,000
7. -Empty–
8. Olov Jansson – 1,400,000

4:36pm: Keronen gets the double bust-out, eliminating Kitai and Salas
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Wow, it’s really non-stop!

Kyle Keronen opened to 100,000 under the gun and Damian Salas jammed for 435,000 from the small blind. Davidi Kitai was in the big blind and he called all-in too for 400,000. Keronen called.

Keronen – A♠K♠
Salas – J♠Q♥
Kitai – 10♦10♠

The dealer spread a 7♥2♣6♦ flop, keeping Kitai in front. But the Q♣ turn changed everything, giving the lead to Salas.

But as you know from the headline, Keronen would win. The K♣ hit the river giving him the best pair, sending Kitai out in 16th and Salas out in 15th. Keronen has 2.1 million now. –JS

4:32pm: Goldberg gone in 17th; down to two tables
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

From the button Gregory Goldberg shoved for 1,040,000 and Patrick Leonard called the shove from the big blind. Goldberg showed K♣Q♦ and Leonard had pocket jacks. A 9♠5♦A♦10♥9♥ board kept the pair ahead and Leonard is up to 2,700,000.

With 16 players left its time for a redraw, although there was a big hand happening at table one also. News on that coming right up.

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Gregory Goldberg

4:30pm: Down to 17
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

The latest to fall is Iliodoros Kamatakis. After Conor Drinan opened to 125,000, Kamatakis shoved for 875,000 and was immediately snap-called. Drinan had pocket aces, Kamatakis had king-jack off, and the aces held, bringing Drinan up to 3.5 million. –JS

4:25pm: Two more have fallen
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Aaron Lim is out in 20th. Mikhail Morozovs opened to 110,000 and Lim jammed from the small blind with the J♠K♥, which Morozovs snapped off with A♦A♥. The board came 6♥Q♥2♠A♠7♥ and the turned set brought Morozovs up to 1.625 million, and sent Lim to the cage.

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Aaron Lim

Over on another table Kyle Keronen made it 100,00 to play under the gun and was shoved on by Pasquale Grimaldi for 450,000. When it got back to Keronen he called with the A♥Q♠, and that was ahead of Grimaldi’s A♣J♦. There was no jack on the board and in the end the queen kicker played. Grimaldi is out in 19th, and Keronen is up to 1.5 million. –JS

4:20pm: Change of plans
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

The current level wasn’t showing on the tournament screen and the players thought it should be in the structure and were concerned about the jump from a 40,000 big blind to a 60,000 big blind. A quick check of the structure on the EPT website confirmed that Level 25 should indeed be the 25,000/50,000 ante 5,000 level and it was swiftly inserted back into the structure.

There was also discussion about future levels, and the structure will stay at 60 minute levels until the end of level 32, where they’ll be reduced to 45 minutes. To help get this tournament finished before Tuesday they’ve agreed to skip the dinner break. –NW

4:10pm: Straight vs Straight
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

It was heads-up to a 10♥7♥5♣ flop with Mihails Morozovs and Anthony Zinno the two active players. Morozovs checked it to Zinno and he elected to take a free card. The Q♣ was also checked through and the 9♦ completed the board. Morozovs bet 110,000, Zinno made it 355,000 and Morozovs quickly called. Zinno showed K♠J♥ for the nut straight, while Morozovs had 8♠6♠ for the bottom end of the straight. Zinno up to 1,900,000 after that hand. –NW

4:07pm: Cheong crushing
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Over the last few hands, Joseph Cheong has extended his chip lead. He now has 4.3 million.

4:07pm: Engel takes some gold from Goldberg
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Picking up the action on the river of a 2♦9♥4♥3♥Q♦ board, Gregory Goldberg put out a 280,000 bet and Ari Engel called. Engel showed the 3♠2♣, and the two pair was miles ahead of Goldberg’s 5♣7♥ for a busted straight and flush draw. –JS

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Ari Engel

4:05pm: Even more for Cheong
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Oleksii Khoroshenin opened to 110,000 and was instantly three-bet to 230,000 by Olov Jansson to his left on the button. Christopher Frank folded meaning the action was on Joseph Cheong in the big blind, and he wanted to raise the stakes even higher. He made a cold four-bet to 445,000 which shook off Khoroshenin but enticed Jansson to call.

The two saw a K♥4♦2♥ flop, and when Cheong continued for 225,000, Jansson gave it up. –JS

4:01pm: Two in a row for Cheong as he takes the chip lead
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Joseph Cheong is the new chip leader but he’s a lucky boy to be in that position. In the pivotal hand Christopher Frank opened to 90,000 from the cutoff, Cheong three-bet to 240,000 from the button, Frank moved all-in and Cheong called all-in for 1,305,000.

Frank: Q♥Q♦
Cheong: A♣J♣

The 3♦2♣A♥ flop gave Cheong the lead and Frank jumped out of his seat and walked away from the table. He missed the 6♥ turn and 2♠ river but the result remained the same. Cheong doubled to around 2,700,000 and Frank dropped to 750,000.

A few hands later Cheong opened to 90,000 from under-the-gun and picked up calls from Oleksii Khoroshenin (button) and Frank (big blind). On the 2♥Q♣7♥ flop Cheong c-bet 145,000 and Khoroshenin was the only caller. On the Q♥ turn Cheong check-called a bet of 180,000 and both players checked the K♠ river. Cheong rolled over A♥K♥ to win the hand and he’s up to 3.260,000 while Khoroshenin is down to 850,000. –NW

3:50pm: Lot. Of. Action.
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

It’s been non-stop since we redrew for three tables. Here are three more bust-outs to tell you about.

The first was Natasha Barbour. After Anthony Zinno opened to 120,000 from the hijack, Barbour jammed for 425,000 out of the small blind. “I really should call,” Zinno said when it got back to him, and that’s exactly what he did.

Zinno – K♠Q♥
Barbour – J♣J♥

The A♠K♦8♠ flop put Zinno ahead, and the 10♣ turn and A♣ river changed nothing. Barbour finished in 23rd place.

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Anthony Zinno

Then, on another table, Rafael Moraes min-raised to 80,000, leaving himself just 20,000 behind. The man to his left, Jean Ferreira, then clicked it back to 130,000, and it folded to Joe Serock. He then shoved for roughly 600,000 and both players called.

Serock – Q♥Q♣
Moraes – A♣4♦
Ferreira – K♥K♠

The kings held up on after the 4♣8♣7♠8♦6♣ board had run out and it was a double knock out. Moraes finished 22nd, Serock 21st, and Ferreira is up to 2.1 million now. –JS

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Rafael Moraes

3:41pm: Horak’s bags are packed
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Jiri Horak has just been eliminated in 24th place. He moved all-in from the small blind when action folded to him for 380,000 and Ilkin Amirov snap-called with good reason. He had the K♠K♣ and that was crushing the K♥2♥ of Horak. He couldn’t find any hearts of deuces on the run-out and that was all she wrote. Amirov is up to 2.56 million now. –JS

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Jiri Horak

3:40pm: Cheong and Stuer trade chip stacks
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

It’s now Julian Stuer who has over two million and Joseph Cheong who’s hovering around 1,500,000 after the two of them played a pretty chunky pot. Cheong opened to 90,000 from middle position and called after Stuer raised to 240,000 on the button.

The 9♦7♠J♠ flop checked through and the 9♠ fell on the turn. When he was checked to Stuer bet 250,000 and Cheong smooth called. The Q♠ river saw a return to checking and Stuer showed down K♦J♥ to win the pot, Cheong had pocket sixes. –NW

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Julian Stuer

3:30pm: Redraw and chips
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)


1: Ilkin Amirov – 2.18 million
2. Damian Salas – 825,000
3. Davidi Kitai – 625,000
4. Kyle Keranen – 690,000
5. Conor Drinan – 1.88 million
6. Iliodoros Kamatakis – 980,000
7. Pasquale Grimaldi – 835,000
8. Jiri Horak – 505,000


1. Ari Engel – 1.7 million
2. Natasha Barbour – 455,000
3. Patrick Leonard – 1.65 million
4. Mikhails Morozovs – 1.3 million
5. Pascal Hartmann – 1 million
6. Aaron Lim – 775,000
7. Anthony Zinno – 950,000
8. Gregory Goldberg – 1.57 million


1. Joseph Cheong – 2,005,000
2. Rafael Moraes – 100,000
3. Jean Ferreira – 1,400,000
4. Julian Stuer – 1,575,000
5. Oleksii Khoroshenin – 930,000
6. Olov Jansson – 1,970,000
7. Joe Serock – 625,000
8. Christopher Frank – 2,150,000

3:15pm: Duarte done in 25th; re-draw time
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Jean Ferreira open jammed for 835,000 and it seemed to have done the trick of picking up the blinds and antes. That is until action reached Luiz Duarte, who was in the big blind. He had about 600,000 and after a long think he wagered it all with K♠Q♦. Ferreira showed A♣7♦ and held up on a A♦2♠2♥J♣A♠ board. He’s up to 1,410,000 and there’ll now be a complete re-draw of the final 24 players. –NW

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Luiz Duarte

3:16pm: Bouchard bounced by Frank
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Francis-Nicolas Bouchard was all-in for his last 235,000 with the Q♣8♠ and got a call from Christopher Frank with the A♠8♠. The board ran out J♠4♥4♠J♣5♣ and the ace kicker with the two pair on board was best. Frank has 2.18 million now. –JS

3:12pm: Barbour trebles up, Kitai gets worked up
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Natasha Barbour was down to 115,000 and moved all-in on the button when it folded to her. Conor Drinan then made the call from the small blind, and Davidi Kitai fancied seeing a flop too out of the big.

The side pot started with a 150,000 bet lead from Drinan on the 2♣8♣6♠ flop. Kitai called and the turn came the 5♣. Drinan then jammed, and Kitai ended up making what looked like a tough fold.

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Connor Drinan

Drinan turned over just the K♣4♠ for a flush and gutshot draw, and Barbour was ahead with her 10♠8♥ for top pair. Kitai saw he was probably ahead – of Drinan at least – and wasn’t shy letting people know he threw away the best hand. The river came a blank for Drinan and Barbour trebled up to around 385,000, Kitai was left with 515,000, and Drinan has 2 million after winning the small side pot. –JS

2:50pm: Barbour loses two on the trot
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

It’s not been a great start to the level for Natasha Barbour as she just lost big back to back pots to slip well and truly into the danger zone.

In the first she opened to 90,000 and called after Connor Drinan had three-bet to 240,000. On the 8♥J♣A♣ flop Drinan c-bet 120,000 and Barbour stuck around. The 2♦ turn was checked through and the K♥ completed the board. Drinan bet again at this juncture, 350,000 to be precise and Barbour called the bet. Drinan showed A♠K♣ and it was good. He moved up to 2,075,000 and Barbour dropped to 540,000.

On the next hand she was under-the-gun and moved all-in with pocket nines, Davidi Kitai, who had 350,000 exactly, called all-in with pocket jacks and everyone else folded. The 10♠6♣4♣3♦6♦ board kept the Belgian in front and left Barbour with under five big blinds. –NW

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Natasha Barbour

2:50pm: Kitai doubles again
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

It folded to Connor Drinan on the button and he moved all-in for an effective 550,000. Davidi Kitai had just 145,000, he called all-in and Jiri Horak folded from the big blind. Drinan rolled over A♠10♠ and was racing against Kitai’s pocket fives.

A K♥Q♥Q♦3♦9♠ board kept the pocket pair in the lead and Kitai is now back to the relative comfort of nine big blinds. –NW

24 20,000 40,000 5,000

2:30pm: Break time

Players are headed to their first 20-minute break of the day.–BW

2:30pm: Snowmen save Serock
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Eights were great for Joe Serock as he held against Luiz Duarte to survive. The latter opened to 70,000 with A♠10♦ and called after Sercok had shoved for 205,000 total with 8♠8♦. A J♣7♠7♦6♣3♠ board kept the pair in front and dropped Duarte to 480,000. –NW

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Luiz Duarte

2:27pm: Double double for Leonard
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Patrick Leonard just went from short-stack to back in it over the space of two hands. In the first he shoved for 317,000 from the small blind with pocket threes and Julain Stuer called from the big blind with K♣4♣. The 7♠3♣4♥2♦ run out doubled Leonard and dropped Stuer to around 1,725,000.

On the next hand Connor Drinan opened to 70,000, Davidi Kitai three-bet to 210,000 and Leonard then moved all-in for 664,000. Drinan folded but Kitai looked at his cards again and called.

Leonard: K♦K♥
Kitai: Q♦Q♠

The J♥10♥4♥3♦2♦ board boosted Leonard to over 1,400,000 while Kitai was left with just two big blinds. They went in on the next hand and he doubled through Rafael Moraes. –NW

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Patrick Leonard

2:25pm: Grimaldi’s famous rail cheer him on
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Pasquale Grimaldi was all-in with the 6♠6♥ against Joseph Cheong’s A♠Q♦ for 456,000. Grimaldi had plenty of people cheering for him, including Mustapha Kanit, Dario Sammartino, and Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier. Anyway, the sixes held up by the end of the board and the Romanian doubled up. –JS

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2:22pm: Luca busts to Jansson
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Ivan Luca opened to 70,000 from the hijack and faced a three-bet from Olov Jansson on the button to 200,000. The action was on small blind Francis-Nicolas Bouchard and he didn’t act for a couple of minutes. Anthony Zinno has about 20 big blinds and called the clock, only for Bouchard to fold directly after. It’s worth noting that at the time of this hand, 28 players were left and there was about to be a pay-jump.

Anyway, after Bouchard folded it was back to Luca who then did a little tanking himself. At least his ended in some action though; he jammed for around 700,000 and was called pretty quickly.

Luca – 10♥6♥
Jansson – 7♥7♦

Luca had four-bet shoved light and would need to hit a ten or running hearts to survive. The board ran out 8♦Q♣K♣3♦3♥ and he was sent to the cage in 28th. –JS

2:21pm: Jiri Horak triples
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

When you shove pre-flop with fewer than eight big blinds, you can’t feel too good when both Julian Stuer and Natasha Barbour call. You can, however, feel better when on the [5sd]Q♥A♦ flop, Stuer checks and Barbour bets him out of the pot.

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Natasha Barbour

What’s more, you have to feel once again better when you remember you have 5♣5♠ sitting in front of you.

Indeed, Jiri Horak’s set was in great shape against Barber’s flopped two pair with ace-queen. He had to dodge Barbour’s few outs, did, and tripled to more than 700,000.–BW

2:15pm: A tough time to be a shortstack
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

There’s never a good time to be a shortstack but when you’ve got three big stacks to your left it makes life that much tougher. That’s the situation Rafael Moraes and Patrick Leonard find themselves in over on table four as they’re faced with Julian Stuer, Natasha Barbour and Connor Drinan to their left with a tower of chips.

It’s not stopped them shoving though Moraes (once) and Leonard (twice) have requested the triangle in the past orbit and all three times the shoves went uncontested. Moraes is now up to 303,000, while Leonard has 360,000. –NW

2:10pm: Tank and fold?
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

From late position Damian Salas opened to 70,000 and Kyle Keranen then three-bet to 180,000. So far so standard. This is where the hand got weird though. Salas tanked and tanked and tanked. He spent so long doing so that the clock was called. Now, from experience I can say that in like 99% of cases this sort of situation ends in the time ticking down to zero and the next hand being dealt. Not this time. Salas was more than halfway through his allotted minute when he slid out a raise to 365,000 total, proving this reporter knows squat.

There was no tanking from Keranen, he mucked his cards second later. Next hand dealer! –NW

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Kyle Keranen

2:09pm: Double-up for Kamatakis
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

It had folded to Iliodoros Kamatakis in the small blind and he open-jammed for 412,000, which was quickly called by Luiz Filho in the big.

Filho – A♠K♠
Kamatakis – 2♦2♠

The board ran out 3♣6♦8♣8♥5♣ and the deuces were good. Kamatakis gave a big fist pump and went about stacking his new chips. Filho has 735,000 left after that hand. –JS

2:03pm: Khoroshenin gets frank with Frank
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Picking up the action on a 9♦8♣J♠9♣8♠ board, Christopher Frank bet 260,000 into what was a pretty hefty pot. Oleksii Khoroshenin then raised it to 600,000, and that pressure was too much for the German who folded. Frank is left with 1.15 million, whereas Khoroshenin has 2.12 million. –JS

2:00pm: Eliminations so far
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Here is the list of results from Day 3 so far. –BW

29 Benjamin Pollak France   € 27,800
30 Mike McDonald Canada   € 27,800
31 Shan Huang China   € 27,800
32 Aliaksei Boika Belarus   € 23,790
33 Robin Robin Ylitalo Sweden   € 23,790
34 Daniel Erlandsson Sweden   € 23,790
35 Georgios Zisimopoulos Greece   € 23,790
36 Ryan McEathron Canada   € 23,790

1:43pm: Mike McDonald eliminated
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Down below 350,000, Mike McDonald jammed it all in from the hijack with Q♠J♦, but it didn’t get through. Pasquale Grimaldi had pocket nines in the big blind and snap-called. McDonald couldn’t find a queen or jack and was out in 30th. –BW

1:40pm: Cheong takes chunks from McDonald
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

On a 9♥6♥Q♥ flop, Mike McDonald check-called a 50,000 bet from Joseph Cheong, and they went to the turn. It came the 9♣ and now McDonald took the betting lead with a 70,000 stab, but Cheong went nowhere. Finally the river fell the 8♠ and McDonald bet big – 225,000. Cheong instantly moved all-in over the top though, which left the Canadian in a tough spot. He’d end up folding, confused, but Cheong refused to show a card despite some requests from the table.

McDonald has 350,000, Cheong has 2.08 million. –JS

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Joseph Cheong

1:35pm: Kitai gets the double, flops straight flush draw
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Davidi Kitai was all-in for 373,000 with the Q♣J♣ and was called by Jiri Horak with the 6♥6♠. The pocket pair was still technically in front on the 7♥10♣K♣ flop, but Kitai had flopped just about the biggest draw going. A straight draw, a flush draw, and a straight flush draw. I haven’t got time to look up the percentages, but as any queen or jack would also win it for him, the Belgian was actually a favourite despite being behind.

The 10♠ turn changed nothing, but Kitai hit his straight with the 9♥ river. He’s up to around 770,000, while Horak drops to just 172,000. –JS

1:31pm: Level up
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

We’re moving on to the second level of the day with 15,000/30,000/5,000 blinds and antes. –BW

23 15,000 30,000 5,000

1:29pm: Huang hung out to dry
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Shan Huang came in for a raise to 55,000 and got a call from Joseph Cheong. On the 8♣9♣2♠ flop, Huang put in his last 240,000. Cheong made the call.

Huang: J♣J♦
Cheong: 9♠10♣

It took just one more card to turn the hand around. The turn brought the 9♠ to trip up Cheong. He made nines full of deuces on the rivern, and Huang was gone in 31st.–BW

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Shan Huang

1:26pm: Boika eliminated
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Aliaksei Boika has been eliminated in 32nd place. –BW

1:22pm: Quads for Morozovs
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

We didn’t catch the pre-flop action, but on the 8♠Q♣7♥ flop Mihails Morozovs had raised Luiz Filho to 200,000, and that got a call. The turn came the 8♣ and it went check-check, followed by the 2♥ river. Morozovs bet 155,000 after it checked to him and Filho folded.

Morozovs then flipped over his 8♦8♥ quads, both in frustration and because…well, you’ve just got to show quads, haven’t you?

Morozovs has 1.13 million and Filho has 1.1 million. –JS

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Mihails Morozovs

1:10pm: Kamatakis not impressed
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Sebastian Veghinas is out of this event, but he’s still hanging around. He just came over to speak to a few players, including Iliodoros Kamatakis.

“Don’t be so serious!” Veghinas told him. “I don’t like you like this!”

Veghinas then pinched Kamatakis’ ear and it didn’t look like the Greek liked it one bit. Why so serious, Sebastian? HOW ABOUT THE €849,200 FOR FIRST! –JS

1pm: Ylitalo chips go Frank’s way
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Robin Ylitalo opened to 52,000 and was three-bet to 116,000 by Christopher Frank in the hijack. Action folded back to the Swede who then four-bet jammed for 500,000, and Frank snap-called.

Ylitalo: A♦J♠
Frank: K♥K♠

Ylitalo was in trouble and would need some help from the Poker Gods, but they didn’t look favourably on him this time. The flop came the K♦7♣3♥, followed by the 8♥ and 3♦. Frank is up to 1.9 million now, and we’re down to 32. –JS

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Robin Ylitalo

12:55pm: Down to four tables
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

We are now at 32 players on four tables as Daniel Erlandsson and Robin Ylitalo bust in 34th and 33rd respectively. Details forthcoming.–BW

12:48pm: Drinan takes a few from Leonard
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

This might be some good news for Charlie Carrel, who we heard yesterday may have a small wager with Patrick Leonard over whether or not either of them could final table this event. Leonard is still sitting with a relatively healthy stack, but he’s lost a few to Conor Drinan early on.

Leonard opened to 53,000 on the button and Leonard defended his big blind. The two saw a 5♠4♣A♣ flop which Drinan checked, allowing Leonard to continue for 44,000. Drinan called.

The turn came the 3♥ and it went check-check to the 8♠ river. Drinan then picked off four green chips – each worth 25k – and dropped them over the felt. The 100,000 was too much for Leonard who let his hand go. –JS

12:40pm: Georgios Zisimopoulos eliminated
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

We only caught the tail end of this one, but regardless, it was the best runout for Georgios Zisimopoulos. His J♣9♣ might have looked like it could be good on the 6♣Q♦J♠10♣9♥ board, but Kyle Keranen had K♥Q♠ to eliminate the man from Greece.–BW

12:33pm: McEathron’s gone already
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Tough news for any Ryan McEathron railbirds – word just reached us that he busted his 213,000 stack in the very first hand of the day! –JS

12:19pm: Day 3 seat draw

Name Country Chips Table Seat
Aliaksei Boika Belarus 386000 1 1
Pascal Hartmann Germany 716000 1 3
Anthony Zinno USA 939000 1 4
Ryan McEathron Canada 213000 1 5
Olov Jansson Sweden 437000 1 6
Francis-Nicolas Bouchard Canada 631000 1 7
Robin Ylitalo Sweden 486000 1 8
Mike McDonald Canada 509000 2 1
Damian Salas Argentina 591000 2 2
Kyle Keranen USA 766000 2 3
Pasquale Grimaldi Romania 942000 2 5
Shan Huang China 595000 2 6
Joseph Cheong USA 1412000 2 7
Georgios Zisimopoulos Greece 370000 2 8
Ilkin Amirov Azerbaijan 1700000 3 1
Ari Engel USA 1645000 3 2
Jean Ferreira Canada 1030000 3 4
Benjamin Pollak France 926000 3 5
Mihails Morozovs Latvia 950000 3 6
Iliodoros Kamatakis Greece 150000 3 7
Luiz Duarte Ferreira Filho USA 1300000 3 8
Davidi Kitai Belgium 297000 4 1
Samuel Vousden Finland 632000 4 2
Jiri Horak Czech Republic 677000 4 3
Rafael Da Silva Moraes Brazil 601000 4 4
Patrick Leonard UK 756000 4 5
Julian Stuer Austria 1500000 4 6
Connor Drinan USA 1463000 4 8
Gregory Goldberg USA 678000 5 1
Aaron Lim Australia 831000 5 2
Oleksii Khoroshenin Ukraine 1096000 5 3
Daniel Erlandsson Sweden 275000 5 4
Natasha Barbour Canada 910000 5 5
Ivan Luca Argentina 656000 5 6
Christopher Frank Germany 1355000 5 7
Joseph Serock USA 1318000 5 8

10:30am: Brew a pot and settle in

The price of running a big tournament is sometimes trying to find time to finish it before the party is over. This is the situation we’ll find ourselves in today as the the €10,000 High Roller tries to finish on schedule. The record 591 entries has left us with 31 players left on what is mean to be the final day of this festival. I, for one, am scheduled to depart Barcelona exactly 24 hours from now. I’ll feel lucky to make it.

The High Roller played until just about eight hours ago and left with that guy you know and love, Ilkin Amirov, on top. He leads a field of 36 that needs to be a field of one by the time everybody goes to sleep. The players will be coming back to 12,000/24,000 blinds, giving the leader 70 big blinds.

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Ilkin Amirov

All of that said, the average stack at this point only has about 35 big blinds, so it should go faster than we fear. If the math holds, we expect to be finished somewhere around midnight.

Grab a seat, get comfortable, and prepare for a full day of High Roller action.–BW

Take a look at the official website of the EPT, with tournament schedule, news, results and accommodation details for EPT13 Barcelona and the rest of the season.

Also all the schedule information is on the EPT App, which is available on both Android or IOS.

PokerStars Blog reporting team on the EPT13 €10K High Roller: Jack Stanton, Nick Wright, and Brad Willis. Photography by Carlos Monti. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter:@PokerStarsBlog

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The view over Barcelona from Montjuic


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