EPT13 Barcelona: €10K single re-entry live coverage

August 19, 2016

• PLAYERS: 2 (of 195) | TOTAL ENTRIES: 240

2am: Nick Petrangelo is the champion, winning €413,000
Marcin Chmielewski out in second, winning €285,410

It’s all over and Nick Petrangelo, who was on fumes so many times during the late stages of this tournament, is the winner. His patience paid off and he eventually won a decisive race: his K♠J♠ beating Chmielewski’s 5♣5♦ when a jack flopped. The full board, for completists, was 9♦J♥6♠2♥6♦. A full tournament wrap is to follow.

Level 30 – Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

2am: Big swing to Petrangelo
Level 30 – Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

The comeback is well and truly on now and Nick Petrangelo has suddenly vaulted into the chip lead. This one started when Marcin Chmielewski completed from the small blind and Petrangelo, with a stack of 4.1 million (he won a few small pots) raised to 700,000. Chmielewski shoved and it turned out to be his first mis-step of the day.

Petrangelo, with 8♣8♠, called and he had Chmielewski’s 9♣6♥ in trouble. The board ran Q♣2♦A♣7♦8♥ and that was a winner for Petrangelo. He now has 8.3 million to Chmielewski’s 3.7 million.

1:55am: Would you expect anything else?
Level 30 – Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

We can probably get a template written up for this precise situation, but Nick Petrangelo has just doubled again. This time his stack was 1.675 million and he had 10♥9♦ against Marcin Chmielewski’s K♥8♠. The board came 6♣9♠2♦10♠J♦ and Petrangelo continues this war.

1:50am: And another double for Petrangelo
Level 30 – Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Nick Petrangelo was again down to 1.7 million but scored a double up, calling Marcin Chmielewski’s shove with A♥5♦ and finding himself dominating Chmielewski’s Q♥5♥. The board brought no queen and Petrangelo fights on and on.

The problem is that almost all of the other pots, bar these double ups, are going to Chmielewski, which continues to keep Petrangelo on the ropes.

1:40am: Another double for Petrangelo
Level 30 – Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Marcin Chmielewski was one card away from the title, but true to form in this tournament so far, the short-stack doubled up. This time is was Nick Petrangelo, who had only about 1.2 million again when he got it all in with K♦10♠. Chmielewski had 6♣6♦ and called the shove, greeting the first four cards with silent glee. They fell 7♥5♦J♣7♠. But it ain’t over till it’s over and the K♥ came on the river to keep them playing on.

1:25am: Double for Petrangelo
Level 30 – Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Two big hands, plus big blinds, and it was all in and a call. Nick Petrangelo’s J♣J♠ beat Marcin Chmielewski’s A♠K♥ on a dry board, meaning he doubles his 1.2 million stack.

1:20am: Heads up! Markku Koplimaa out in third
Level 30 – Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

After that extraordinary three-handed duel, they are finally heads up. After Marcin Chmielewski opened to 500,000, Markkuu Koplimaa shoved for his last 3.5 million. Chmielewski called and was dominating with A♣J♠ against Koplimaa’s A♥7♣.

This time there were no outdraws. The board ran 9♥10♠Q♠6♣9♣ and Koplimaa is out, leaving Petrangelo heads up with Chmielewski.

1:15am: Into Level 31
Level 30 – Blinds: 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Off these three go, intrepid explorers into Level 31, hell bent on setting a new world record.

Petrangelo – 2.2 million
Koplimaa – 3.6 million
Chmielewski – 5.3 million

1:05am: Never ending story
Level 30 – Blinds: 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Another double up, which we’ve come to expect now. This time Chmielewski stayed alive.

Koplimaa opened for 350,000 on the button which Chmielewski called for a flop of 7♦5♦9♦. He then checked before Koplimaa bet 450,000. Chmielewski announced all in which Koplimaa obliged with a call.

Chmielewski: 9♥8♦
Koplimaa: 8♣Q♦

The turn came 5♥ and the river 7♥. We play on with the chip counts as follows:

Petrangelo – 2.2 million
Koplimaa – 3.6 million
Chmielewski – 5.3 million

12:40am: Still three-handed
Level 30 – Blinds: 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Yet another double up, and yet more leads wilting. This time Koplimaa managed to catch a card on the flop. All in with K♥9♦ for 2,360,000 he was called by Chmielewski with A♣3♥.

The board ran 8♣5♠9♥J♥5♣ to keep Koplimaa alive. We play on three handed. – SB

12:35am: Double for Chmielewski this time
Level 30 – Blinds: 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

It’s Marcin Chmielewski’s turn to double up. He found A♠A♣ after Nick Petrangelo had open-shoved with K♦7♦. There was no drama on the board, so Chmielewski makes his 2.190 million stack twice as big.

12:30am: All-in or limp
Level 30 – Blinds: 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

With the exception of one or two occasions where Markku Koplimaa limped from the small blind and Nick Petrangelo checked his option, it’s been pretty much all-in every hand from the first person to find a chance.

12:20am: Koplimaa betting big
Level 30 – Blinds: 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Koplimaa led pre-flop, on the flop and on the turn for this one, with the board coming Q♣9♠6♦3♠. At this point Koplimaa bet 1.1 million, enough to make Petrangelo pause for a moment. He then called for a 2♦ river card. Both checked, Petrangelo showing A♥9♣ to win the hand and move up to 6.7 million. Koplimaa drops to 2.3 million. – SB

12:05am: It’s tomorrow!
Level 30 – Blinds: 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Here are the latest chip-counts as they go into Level 30.

Name Country Chips
Nick Petrangelo United States 5,010,000
Markku Koplimaa Estonia 4,590,000
Marcin Chmielewski Poland 2,350,000

11:50pm: Petrangelo into the lead
Level 29 – Blinds: 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

A remarkable comeback for Petrangelo who now has 5 million after doubling through Chmielewski. On a flop of K♠Q♦Q♠ the chips went in.

Petrangelo: Q♥3♦
Chmielewski: 8♠7♠

The turn came 2♦ and the river 10♥. No spade to help Chmielewski and the chips were pushed to Petrangelo. – SB

11:45pm: Petrangelo doubles again
Level 29 – Blinds: 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Nick Petrangelo continued his shoving tactics, moving all in on consecutive buttons. Both times he was called by Markku Koplimaa and although they chopped the first one (it was A♥2♠ versus A♦2♥), Petrangelo doubled on the second.

He had K♣9♣ and was racing Koplimaa’s 6♥6♠. A nine on the flop put Petrangelo ahead and he stayed there through the full board.

11:40pm: Ping
Level 29 – Blinds: 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Frustration for Petrangelo who has been moving all-in pre-flop without reply. In this latest hand he lost more chips, this time to Chmielewski.

On a flop of 5♠Q♠A♥ Petrangelo check-called Chmielewski’s bet of 250,000. Then the K♠ on the turn, Chmielewski’s phone sounding the Whats App “ping” as if this card were significant. Whether it was or wasn’t he bet 500,000, forcing Petrangelo to fold. – SB

11:20pm: Koplimaa shoves
Level 29 – Blinds: 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

One hand got through to a flop at least after several others passed by without incident.

Koplimaa called from the small blind before Petrangelo raised to 360,000 from the big. The flop came 10♥K♠8♣. Koplimaa checked to Petrangelo who bet 400,000. Koplimaa replied with an all-in. Petrangelo thought for a minute or so before backing down. – SB

11:05pm: All change
Level 29 – Blinds: 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Petrangelo slips back into the short stack position after an all in against Koplimaa.

The chips went in pre-flop with Koplimaa, all in for 2.2 million showing Q♠10♥ to Petrangelo’s K♦Q♣.

The board ran 3♥10♠7♦J♦4♠.

Petrangelo drops down to 2.5 million, while Koplimaa moves up to 4.5 million. – SB

10:50pm: Petrangelo not done yet
Level 29 – Blinds: 60,000/120,000 (20,000 ante)

Koplimaa opned for 340,000 in the small blind which Nick Petrangelo called for a flop of A♦5♥6♠. Koplimaa then bet again, making it 325,000 which Petrangelo called. Now the 7♣ on the turn which was checked for a 5♠ river card. Check-check again. Petrangelo’s pocket eights had the better of Koplimaa’s K♦7♠. – SB

10:50pm: Petrangelo shoves
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (20,000 ante)

The board was already dealt on this one, A♦10♣2♠8♦3♥. At this point Koplimaa bet 700,000 into a pot of close to a million. Petrangelo’s response was to move all in for roughly 2.3 million. Koplimaa thought about it for a few minutes as the blinds went up, but folded.

Petrangelo – 4,275,000
Koplimaa – 3,600,000
Chmielewski – 3,885,000

10:45pm: Petrangelo battles on
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (20,000 ante)

Nick Petrangelo is still a force in this thing, getting a double up when he most needed it. Markku Koplimaa opened to 225,000 from the button and Petrangelo shoved from his small blind. Marcin Chmielewski folded and Koplimaa wanted a count. He learnt that it was 1.370 million and called, showing Q♠J♠.

Petrangelo had A♠8♣ but almost immediately lost his advantage when the flop came 3♣Q♣5♣. He had outs, though–most notably clubs–and after the 6♥ turn was a blank, the 9♣ river was gin.

Petrangelo is back with close to 3 million.

10:35pm: Chmielewski clawing his way back
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (20,000 ante)

Chmielewski just dodged elimination after his chips went in against Koplimaa.

Koplimaa opened for 235,000 which Chmielewski called for a flop of A♠5♥6♠. Then Chmielewski checked raised Koplimaa’s bet of 210,000, moving all in. Koplimaa called.

Chmielewski: 8♣7♣
Koplimaa: A♦6♣

Chmielewski needed help to complete his straight. The turn card J♣ was no help, but the river card 4♠ was a sight for sore eyes. He’s back up to 4.4 million now, while Koplimaa drops slightly to 6.2 million. – SB

10:30pm: Double for Petrangelo
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (20,000 ante)

Nick Petrangelo had dwindled to less than 700,000 when he had to post the latest small blind, of 50,000. Markku Koplimaa folded the button so Petrangelo, after finding A♥2♥ shoved. Marcin Chmielewski, with K♥10♠ called.

There was no danger for Petrangelo through a board of 2♦4♦6♥J♥A♣.

10:25pm: Advantage Koplimaa
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (20,000 ante)

More chips heading the way of Markku Koplimaa. This time Marcin Chmielewski opened for 225,000 which Koplimaa called for a flop of J♦2♣3♦. Both checked for the A♦ turn card.

Chmielewski bet 300,000 here, which Koplimaa called for the 9♣ on the river. Chmielewski put in one last bet of 450,000 which Koplimaa called, his A♣2♦ beating Chmielewski’s 4♥4♠.

Koplimaa up to more than 8 million now, while Chmielewski drops further to around 2.8 million. – SB

10:15pm: More for Koplimaa
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (20,000 ante)

Markku Koplimaa took some more from Marcin Chmielewski after he defended his big blind to Chmielewski’s 250,000 open and the two took a flop of 3♣A♥4♥. Chmielewski continued, betting 225,000, and Koplimaa called. That took them to a turn of J♦. Chmielewski bet again, this time 450,000, and Koplimaa called, meaning the board completed with the 6♥.

Both players now checked and Chmielewski tabled his 8♥8♣. Koplimaa had K♠J♣ and it was good. The curse of the chip-leader has affected Chmielewski and he has now handed the poisoned chalice to Koplimaa.

10:15pm: You win some you lose some
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (20,000 ante)

Just as Marcin Chmielewski was winning chips he just lost a lot in a hand that would double up Markku Koplimaa.

Koplimaa opened for 225,000 before Chmielewski moved all in. Koplimaa first checked how much Petrangelo had (1.2 million) and then called, showing J♦J♥ to Chmielewski’s 10♣10♠.

The board ran out Q♦3♦5♠5♥K♦

A crucial double up for Koplimaa. He’s up to around 6 million now, while Chmielewski drops to 4.5 million. – Sb

10:05pm: Petrangelo’s decline steepens, Koplimaa climbs
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (20,000 ante)

Nick Petrangelo now only has about 1.15 million after losing a pot to Markuu Koplimaa. Petrangelo raised to 225,000 from the button and Koplimaa called from the big blind. They both quickly checked a flop of 6♣A♣7♣.

The 7♥ turn brought a bet of 275,000 from Koplimaa, followed by a call from Petrangelo. That bought them the 4♠ on the river. Koplimaa fired 625,000 at that and Petrangelo threw in a one-chip call. But he soon learnt that he had to add many extra when Koplimaa showed him the 5♣4♣ for a flopped flush.

10:00pm: Advantage Chmielewski
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (20,000 ante)

Marcin Chmielewski now has a significant advantage, which coincided with the arrival of his last level whisky and coke.

The waitress waited patiently with his change as he played out a hand with Nick Petrangelo. It started with a bet of 230,000 from Koplimaa on the button, which both Petrangelo and Chmielewski called.

The flop came Q♥K♦8♦ which was checked all round for a 6♠ turn card. The action was checked to Chmielewski. He bet 325,000 forcing Koplimaa to fold.

The river came 6♥. Again Petrangelo checked and watched Chmielewski bet another 650,000. Petrangelo called and watched Chmielewski turn over 6♦4♦. A pause, then Petrangelo mucked. He’s down to 2.8 million while Chmielewski now has close to 7.4 million. – SB

9:50pm: Three-handed counts
Level 28 – Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (20,000 ante)

They are now heading into Level 28 (after a 10-minute break) and they will return to the following stacks. Blinds are now 50,000/100,000 with a 20,000 ante. There’s still a bit of play left.

Name Country Chips
Nick Petrangelo United States 5,015,000
Marcin Chmielewski Poland 4,700,000
Markku Koplimaa Estonia 2,200,000

9:35pm: Down to three
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Koronev has departed in fourth place after he was sent to the rail by Chmielewski. The Pole opened form the button for 200,000 before Korenev moved all-in for 1.5 million. Chmielewski called.

Chmielewski: A♠10♠
Korenev: 7♠7♦

The board ran Q♣10♣Q♥4♦9♦ to send the Russian to the rail.

Marcin Chmielewski-EPT-13-Barcelona-2491.jpg

Marcin Chmielewski: Handing out the Beats

– SB

9:25pm: Korenev finishes the job on Plesuv
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

The skirmish against Roman Korenev a while ago left Pavel Plesuv short. He had been chip-leader at one point today, but now he is out.

Plesuv opened to 500,000–essentially an all-in bet as he left only 225,000 behind. It folded to Korenev, who moved all-in, just covering Plesuv, and Plesuv called. Of course.

Pavel Plesuv-EPT-13-Barcelona-2488.jpg

The end of Pavel Plesuv

Korenev again had the best of it, with A♣K♥ to Plesuv’s K♦J♦. The board ran A♥K♠4♠7♦10♦ and that was the end of the road for the man from Moldova. He picks up €134,100 for fifth and leaves us four-handed.

9:25pm: Not so fast
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

A tantalizing hand that promised so much. Petrangelo and Chmielewski in a tentative dance to the river on a board of K♥3♣2♣A♥Q♠. Both players showed anti-climactic ace-kings to chop it. – SB

9:25pm: One double up for Korenev
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Left with about five big blinds, Roman Korenev moved all in and got everyone to fold. Nick Petrangelo showed nine-deuce in the big blind as explanation for his fold and Korenev frustratedly showed pocket tens. A few hands later, Korenev was in the small blind and action folded to him. He shoved for what was quickly counted as 395,000 and Pavel Plesuv called from the big blind.

Roman Korenev-EPT-13-Barcelona-2511.jpg

Roman Korenev

It was a good set-up for Korenev. His K♥8♦ was dominating Plesuv’s J♠8♣. A king on the flop made it even better for Korenev and he doubled, leaving Plesuv now with only 715,000.

9:15pm: Fireworks between Chmielewski and Korenev
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

A big pot for Chmielewski and a big hit for Korenev, after a hand when from nought-to-all-in very quickly.

Chmielewski was the man all in with 9♦9♠ while Korenev showed A♣K♥.

The board ran 5♣8♥4♦J♥10♠ to double up the Pole, who had been patient this past level. He’s now up to nearly 4 million, while Korenev is in trouble with just 350,000. – SB

9pm: Petrangelo remains out front
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

The recent confrontations have altered the chip counts as follows:

Name Country Chips
Nick Petrangelo United States 3,400,000
Roman Korenev Russia 2,800,000
Pavel Plesuv Moldova 1,700,000
Marcin Chmielewski Poland 1,950,000
Markku Koplimaa Estonia 1,450,000

We are about half way through Level 27.

8:50pm: Koronev clashes with Petrangelo
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Koronev just won a big pot against Petrangelo. On a flop of 3♦Q♣10♣ Koronev checked to Petrangelo who bet 200,000. Koronev called for a 2♦ on the turn.

Again he checked, leaving it to Petrangelo to bet 480,000, before he called once more.

On the 10♥ river card both players checked. Korenev turned over K♣2♣ which Petrangelo stared at for a moment before mucking his cards. He slips to around 3.3 million while Korenev moves up to about 3 million. – SB

8:35pm: Level begins
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Off they go in Level 27.

8:25pm: Level ends
Level 27 – Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

That’s the end of the level and five players will return to play Level 27. Here are their stacks:

Name Country Chips
Nick Petrangelo United States 4,250,000
Roman Korenev Russia 2,270,000
Pavel Plesuv Moldova 2,200,000
Marcin Chmielewski Poland 1,815,000
Markku Koplimaa Estonia 1,465,000

8:15pm: KK busts to KK
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Kitty Kuo is out, taking €101,500 for sixth place after landing on the wrong side of a cooler. Roman Korenev opened to 130,000 from under the gun and Nick Petrangelo, in the cutoff, asked for a count of Korenev’s stack. It was about 1.25 million.

Petrangelo called and action made its way to Kuo in the small blind. She peeked at her cards and announced that she was all-in, for about 950,000.


Kitty Kuo

Korenev re-shoved almost immediately, and Petrangelo knew it was wise to depart. It left the following showdown:

Kuo: Q♠Q♦
Korenev: K♦K♥

There was no queen on any of flop, turn or river.

8:10pm: All-in called
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

A moment of excitement as Plesuv and Chmielewski got their chips into the middle. Alas both players turned over ace-king, essentially chopping the blinds and the 150,000 that Kitty Kuo had opened the pot with. – SB

8:05pm: Korenev with queens
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Pavel Plesuv opened to 125,000 from under the gun and his only opponent soon became Roman Korenev in the big blind, one seat to his right. The flop came Q♠7♠6♠ and Korenev check-called Plesuv’s bet of 100,000.

The both checked the J♣ turn. And neither added anything more to the pot after the 8♣ river either. Korenev turned over 10♦Q♦ and that was good.

8pm: Koplimaa has his fingers burnt
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Markku Koplimaa has been a little quiet of late and he just played a hand against Pavel Plesuv that probably won’t persuade him he needs to get involved much more. It cost him about 250,000 chips.

Plesuv opened to 125,000 from the hijack and Koplimaa called from the big blind, soon taking in a flop of 6♠8♣4♦. Both of them checked, earning them the 5♠ on the turn. Koplimaa bet 135,000 and Plesuv called, which bought the 2♥ on the river. Koplimaa now checked.

That allowed Plesuv to bet 375,000 and Koplimaa passed, preserving his 1.7 million stack.

7:55pm: Kuo shoves
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

A shove from Kitty Kuo just gave Nick Petrangelo something to think about. Petrangelo had opened from the button for 135,000 but when the action reached Kuo in the big blind she shoved.

Petrangelo immediately asked how much, which suggested some interest in calling. The full amount was 1,015,000 (Petrangelo had roughly 3.7 million behind at this point). Petrangelo ran the numbers through the machine in his head and then folded.

“Very close,” he said. “I got scared at the last minute.”

“Just close your eyes,” replied Kuo, stacking chips. “Nothing scary.” – SB

7:40pm: Big call rewards Petrangelo
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Three players were at the flop: Pavel Plesuv, on the button, and Nick Petrangelo (SB) and Marcin Chmielewski (BB). I didn’t see it, but I’d be pretty confident that Plesuv opened his button and the other two came along.

The flop fell J♥2♣9♦ and both blinds checked, drawing a bet of 150,000 from Plesuv. Only Petrangelo called that, which meant they were heads up to the K♣ turn.

Petrangelo checked again and Plesuv bet 280,000, which Petrangelo called. And that meant they saw a river of 8♥. The pattern repeated once more. Petrangelo checked and Plesuv bet, this time a full tower of gold chips, worth 500,000 total.

Petrangelo looked Plesuv up and down a couple of times, examining his chest and his neck for unusual throbs, then threw in a call.


Nick Petrangelo takes over the chip lead

Plesuv turned over 10♠8♠ and Petrangelo triumphantly tabled his A♦J♦. He takes the chip lead with close to 4 million. Plesuv has about 2.1 million.

7:35pm: Koplimaa back to 2 million
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Koplimaa opened for 135,000 from the cut off and it was Nick Petrangelo ready to get involved again, calling this time from the big blind.

The flop came 3♠J♥2♠. Petrangelo check-called Koplimaa’s bet of 150,000 for a 4♦ turn card. This time both of them checked for the J♦ on the river. Petrangelo checked once more leaving it to Koplimaa to bet 450,000 in yellow chips. Petrangelo paused, but would go no further. – SB

7:25pm: Blinds up, structure amendments
Level 26 – Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

We are now in Level 26, where blinds are 30,000/60,000 and the ante is a stinging 10,000. Tiredness is perhaps beginning to creep in as players are hoping to make the breaks shorter to get things moving a little more quickly. They’ve agreed to slash the usual 20-minute break in half at the end of every other level.

Kitty Kuo actually asked if they could have a five-minute break at the end of every level so that accurate chip counts could be taken. No one is especially comfortable at the moment, and every decision is potentially tournament defining. Kuo’s idea was not accepted, but Nick Petrangelo suggested, quite reasonably, that everyone just keep their stacks in ordered piles so that visual chip-counts are easy to make from across the table. “Mine will always be in 20s,” Petrangelo added.

Kuo seems to have hers in stacks of 40; Marcin Chmielewski’s are in 10s. But there’s been no really significant shift since the last full count at 7:10pm update.

7:15pm: “Crazy” Nick Petrangelo
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Kitty Kuo would accuse him after the hand of “playing crazy” but Nick Petrangelo looked pretty serious as he put his chips in a few moments ago.

He opened for 125,000 in early position before Markku Koplimaa raised to 360,000 on the button. Petrangelo asked “how much” and some back and forth ensued. Finally Petrangelo acted, announcing he was all in. That proved persuasive. Koplimaa folded. – SB

7:10pm: How they stand
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Marcin Chmielewski took a small pot from Pavel Plesuv to get his stack close to 2 million.

Plesuv opened the button, making it 100,000 to play and he then called a three-bet of 235,000, made by Chmielewski from the big blind. After the flop came 4♥6♣2♠, Chmielewski’s bet of 150,000 was enough to persuade Plesuv out.

Here are the approximate stacks at this stage:

Name Country Chips
Pavel Plesuv Moldova 2,700,000
Markku Koplimaa Estonia 2,150,000
Nick Petrangelo United States 2,225,000
Roman Korenev Russia 1,900,000
Marcin Chmielewski Poland 1,900,000
Kitty Kuo Taiwan 1,200,000

7:05pm: Blind leading the blind
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

This hand looked like one of those played reluctantly, and slowly, from the blinds.

Roman Korenev was in the small blind with Pavel Plesuv in the big when the flop came 6♠A♣4♠. Koronev had a go and bet 60,000, which Plesuv called for a Q♠ turn card.

Koronev checked. He’d played out of the small blind with 8♠7♠ so had just made a flush. So he checked, then called when Plesuv bet 105,000.

Now the J♣ on the river. Again Koronev checked, leaving it to Plesuv to get himself into trouble, He bet another 350,000 this time, which Koronev called, turning over his hand. Plesuv’s 8♣10♠ was easily beaten. – SB

6:55pm: Plesuv pressing
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Pavel Plesuv took is easy for the first couple of levels today. We barely heard a peep from him. But he’s motoring away now, extending his chip lead and being by far the most active player at the table.

In three recent hands he took chips from Kitty Kuo, Markku Koplimaa, Roman Korenev and Nick Petrangelo and now has about 3.5 million.

On the first of those, Kuo raised to 115,000 from under the gun and Koplimaa called from one seat around. Plesuv, with the power of the button, squeezed to 375,000 and both opponents folded.

On the next hand, Roman Korenev opened from the hijack (also UTG+1) and Plesuv called in the cutoff. Both players checked the 8♣A♠4♦ flop but after Korenev checked the 9♦ turn as well, Plesuv bet 125,000 and won.

A few hands later, Plesuv was in the small blind and completed, with Petrangelo opting to check his option. The two saw a flop of 8♦K♠Q♠ and Plesuv bet 50,000. Petrangelo called. Then Plesuv bet 130,000 at the K♥ turn, which Petrangelo called too. They both checked the 10♠ river and Plesuv turned over K♦3♦, which was good.

6:40pm: Markku-up
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Markku Koplimaa just won a hand against Nick Petrangelo, who opened for 125,000 from the cut off. Koplimaa called from the blinds for a flop of K♠6♥4♥.

Koplimaa checked, then called with Petrangelo bet another 135,000. On the 6♠ turn both players checked, and did the same on the 4♠ river card. Koplimaa turned over pocket fives to win the hands. – SB

6:25pm: Del Piero runs into aces, busts
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Enzo Del Piero is out, getting his last 350,000 in with 9♣9♦ but finding a willing caller in Kitty Kuo, to his right, who had A♠A♦. Pavel Plesuv started things, raising to 100,000 from under the gun, and the rest of the hand played itself really, including Plesuv folding to Kuo’s re-shove.

The board, for the record, was 8♥5♠6♣K♦K♠. Del Piero wins €75,900.

6:20pm: Under way again
Level 25 – Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Off they go seven handed with the eyes on the €413,000 first prize.

5:05pm: Dinner break
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Off they go on their dinner break, with the following seven still involved:

Seat 1 – Enzo Del Piero, UK, 505,000
Seat 2 – Kitty Kuo, Taiwan, 745,000
Seat 3 – Markku Koplimaa, Estonia, 2.570 million
Seat 4 – Roman Korenev, Russia, 1.530 million
Seat 5 – Pavel Plesuv, Moldova, 2.895 million
Seat 6 – Nick Petrangelo, United States, 2.525 million
Seat 7 – Marcin Chmielewski, Poland, 1.230 million

4:55pm: Petrangelo says he folded queens
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Roman Korenev has made it his trademark this tournament to cold four-bet shove, and for at least the third time today he has got it through. This one started when Pavel Plesuv opened to 85,000 from under the gun and Nick Petrangelo raised to 235,000 from one seat to his left.

It folded to Korenev’s big blind and he moved all-in, for 1.195 million. After Plesuv folded, Petrangelo went deep into the tank, checking all the other stacks around the table to make an ICM calculation. Eventually he folded and said to Korenev, “Are you sad [I folded]? I folded queens.”

Whether that’s true or not will never be known, but Korenev’s pre-flop aggression certainly took this one down.

4:45pm: Zhang busts in eighth, rivered by Petrangelo
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Yang Zhang’s short-stacked vigil ends as Nick Petrangelo hits a wheel on the river. I don’t know why I’ve started writing in the present tense all of a sudden, but let’s see it out. I don’t see what happens pre-flop. In fact, I only see it on the river, where Petrangelo bets about 400,000 at a board of A♣5♥J♣3♠4♥ and Zhang calls. Petrangelo turns over K♥2♦, while an anguished Zhang is forced to show his K♠J♠.

He heads to the cash desk, looking for €57,270. Anyone remaining is now guaranteed €75,900.

4:40pm: Dinner plans
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

The players have just decided, along with the tournament officials, to take a dinner break at the end of this level, which is 25 minutes away.

4:35pm: “Wrong player” doubles
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Enzo Del Piero was all in and called by the chip-leader Pavel Plesuv. It was a good set-up for Del Piero. His 7♣7♥ were a big favourite against Plesuv’s 4♠4♥. There was no danger on the board of A♠K♣3♦10♦6♦ and Del Piero quickly declared, “I just want to let everyone know, you’ve given the chips to the wrong player. I’m dangerous now.”

4:30pm: Your final table
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Here’s what these reprobates look like:

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Final table players. Standing (l-r): Marcin Chmielewski, Nick Petrangelo, Markku Koplimaa, Kitty Kuo, Roman Korenev, Pavel Plesuv. Seated (l-r): Yang Zhang, Enzo Del Piero

4:20pm: Let’s make it official
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

No sooner were we down to an unofficial final than we reached the official final with the elimination of Igor Yaroshevskyy. He got his last chips in with A♠4♠ against Kitty Kuo’s J♥J♦ and although the flop brought a four, it was not enough. It ran, in its entirety, 8♦4♥K♥5♦7♦.


Igor Yaroshevskyy, out in ninth

They are now taking an official final table photo. Their counts are as follows (approximately):

Seat 1 – Enzo Del Piero, UK, 500,000
Seat 2 – Kitty Kuo, Taiwan, 900,000
Seat 3 – Markku Koplimaa, Estonia, 2.6 million
Seat 4 – Roman Korenev, Russia, 1.48 million
Seat 5 – Pavel Plesuv, Moldova, 2.9 million
Seat 6 – Nick Petrangelo, United States, 1.8 million
Seat 7 – Marcin Chmielewski, Poland, 900,000
Seat 8 – Yang Zhang, China, 425,000


Pavel Plesuv: Out front

4:15pm: Unofficial final
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

They’re down to the last table here in the €10K, but it’s not the “final” table until there are only eight left. With four players with fewer than 12 big blinds, it can’t be long until we reach that stage.

Here’s how they sit at the moment. This is the final redraw for the tournament.

Seat 1 – Enzo Del Piero, UK, 500,000
Seat 2 – Kitty Kuo, Taiwan, 450,000
Seat 3 – Markku Koplimaa, Estonia, 2.6 million
Seat 4 – Roman Korenev, Russia, 1.48 million
Seat 5 – Pavel Plesuv, Moldova, 2.9 million
Seat 6 – Nick Petrangelo, United States, 1.8 million
Seat 7 – Igor Yaroshevskyy, Ukraine, 400,000
Seat 8 – Marcin Chmielewski, Poland, 900,000
Seat 9 – Yang Zhang, China, 425,000

4:10pm: Kings no good for Papazian, out in 10th
Level 24 – Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Alexandru Papazian has had many better days at a poker table than this one. The overnight chip leader has become our ninth-place finisher after getting his kings cracked by Pavel Plesuv’s A♥K♥.


Alexandru Papazian: Chip-leader out

Plesuv raised to 85,000 and Papazian shoved for about 550,000. Plesuv called and saw what initially looked like bad news for him. But after a board that contained a queen, a jack and a ten, Plesuv was stacking up 2.9 million chips and Papazian was heading to the cash desk.

That brings us down to nine players and an unofficial final table.

4pm: Double for Yaroshevskyy
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Igor Yaroshevskyy was down to his last 225,000, but has just doubled it. He got his chips in with K♥10♠ and picked up a call from Alexandru Papazian, with 8♠8♣. The board ran K♠3♥Q♣J♥10♥ and that was enough for the double.

Prior to that, Papazian lost a pot to Roman Korenev, with two of the bigger stacks going at it. Papazian opened to 65,000 from under the gun and Korenev made it 160,000 from one seat to his left. Papazian called and the two took a flop of 10♦9♥10♠.

Papazian check-called Korenev’s 140,000 bet, but folded when Korenev bet 230,000 at the 5♦ turn.

3:50pm: Lebedev busts to Papazian
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Sergey Lebedev was one of the aforementioned short-stacks and he is now out. He shoved for a little more than 250,000 with king-jack and smacked into Alexandru Papazian’s A♦10♦. Papazian flopped a wheel draw and then turned an ace. He faded the unlikely chop on the end. Lebedev is out in 11th and they are now five handed at both tables.

3:45pm: Del Piero ninja-ing upwards
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Maybe Enzo Del Piero doesn’t need a double up after all. He has moved his stack up close to 600,000 without either a shove or a showdown. On one hand, he raised to 65,000 from under the gun, got a call from Kitty Kuo in the big blind, then bet after Kuo checked a raggedy board. Then he took some more when he limped from the small blind, Zhang checked his option, and Del Piero led at an ace-high flop. Zhang folded.


Enzo Del Piero

Over on the other table, Roman Korenev shoved from the small blind leaving Igor Yaroshevskyy with a decision whether to call off his last 250,000. Yaroshevskyy didn’t fancy it and left himself with the shortest stack in the room.

3:30pm: Four in shoving zone
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Four players–Sergey Lebedev (370,000), Igor Yaroshevskyy (380,000), Kitty Kuo (405,000) and Enzo Del Piero (475,000)–have the size of stacks where it’s shove or fold. (Kuo, I think, lost a big pot to Nick Petrangelo to cut her back into this danger zone.) Each of the four of course knows of the others’ plight too, which means they are reluctant to commit too lightly, and action has resultantly slowed. Kuo shipped and picked up blinds and antes. Then Yaroshevskyy did too, from the small blind, and picked up Lebedev’s big.

It seems pretty likely we’ll lost two players in quick succession soon and take them to an unofficial final table of nine.

3:20pm: Double for Zhang
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

The short stack on Table 2 — in fact, the tournament short stack — is Enzo Del Piero. He has shoved at least once since the last break and got it through, and also picked up a small-ish pot on a board showing a pair of queens when he led out on the turn. However, he hasn’t yet managed the full double up, which is something his neighbour, and fellow short-stack Yang Zhang just achieved.


Yang Zhang: Double

After Markku Koplimaa opened to 70,000, Zhang shoved from the big blind for his last 470,000. Koplimaa called and here was yet another race.

Koplimaa: A♣10♠
Zhang: 6♥6♦

The over-cards have been strong today, but this time the pocket pair held up. The flop came 7♥K♣J♦ and Zhang punched the table in delight at the 6♣ on the turn. But he quickly realised it wasn’t quite done. “No queen,” he said. The 5♠ on the river was a blank and Zhang is now up to 1 million.

Del Piero could do with one of those.

3:10pm: Korenev’s four-bet shove gets through
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

There’s a Cold War divide in this tournament now, with almost all the English speakers chatting away on Table 2 — that’s Markku Koplimaa, Kitty Kuo, Enzo Del Piero, Yang Zhang and Nick Petrangelo — while Table 1 is almost exclusively populated by Eastern and Central Europeans — that’s Igor Yaroshevskyy, Sergey Lebedev, Pavel Plesuv, Marcin Chmielewski, Alexandru Papazian and Roman Korenev.

There’s some aggressive play on both tables, with Korenev just taking a hefty chunk of change without even getting to a flop. Lebedev opened to 75,000 from the cutoff, Papazian raised to 205,000 from the button and Lebedev shoved his small blind, a total of 685,000. Neither of the others wanted to tangle, so Korenevtook the free 300,000.

2:55pm: Full counts
Level 23 – Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Here are the full counts for the remaining 11 players as they head into Level 23.

Name Country Chips
Markku Koplimaa Estonia 2,500,000
Alexandru Papazian Romania 2,015,000
Kitty Kuo Taiwan 1,300,000
Marcin Chmielewski Poland 1,145,000
Nick Petrangelo United States 1,000,000
Pavel Plesuv Moldova 970,000
Yang Zhang China 805,000
Roman Korenev Russia 705,000
Sergey Lebedev Russia 663,000
Igor Yaroshevskyy Ukraine 605,000
Enzo Del Piero United Kingdom 285,000


Marku Koplimaa: Chip leader after a dominant early display

2:38pm: Leonard busts to Petrangelo
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Patrick Leonard won’t be making that aforementioned break. Or, actually, he will. It’s just it’s now of indefinite length. He is out, after losing a race with pocket eights to Nick Petrangelo’s over-cards. He had only about 150,000 left and is now on the rail in 12th, taking €33,750.

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The end of the road for Patrick Leonard

2:35pm: Kitty scratches back
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

In the time it took to write up the hand that cost Kitty Kuo two thirds of her chips, she got all of them back and more. She has more than a million now, with the best explanation coming from her neighbour, Enzo Del Piero, who said, “Flush against flush” and nodded a consoling glance at Patrick Leonard.

Leonard has only 130,000 chips left now.

Full counts will come in a moment, when they go to their first break of the day.

2:20pm: Chmielewski takes some from Papazian
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Marcin Chmielewski just strong-armed Alexandru Papazian out of a pot in a battle of the blinds that escalated quickly. Folded to Chmielewski in the small blind, he opened to 62,000. Papazian called. The flop came 7♥10♦7♣ and Chmielewski check-called Papazian’s bet of 60,000.

After the J♠ came on the turn, Chmielewski checked again. But this time after Papazian bet 175,000, Chmielewski shoved for 880,000. Papazian gave it up.


Marcin Chmielewski on the up

2:10pm: Koplimaa targets Kuo
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Kitty Kuo just lost about two thirds of her stack in a hand against Markku Koplimaa, who continues to dominate Table 2.

Perhaps some of the damage was done on the hand before, where Patrick Leonard three-bet Kuo’s open from the big blind, making it 180,000 after Kuo raised to 55,000. Kuo folded that one pre-flop and Leonard offered to show her one card. She said, “I don’t really care” but Koplimaa asked if he could turn one of Leonard’s cards over instead. Leonard agreed and Koplimaa showed the 3♥ to the table.

On the very next hand, Kuo opened again, again to 55,000 but this time from under the gun on this six-handed table. “How much are you playing?” Koplimaa asked when it folded to him in the big blind. “Eight-fifty,” Kuo said.

Koplimaa made it 156,000 to play and Kuo called. The pair saw the flop: J♣5♥4♥. Koplimaa bet 122,000 and Kuo called, then they saw the 7♦ turn. Koplimaa bet again, this time 205,000, and Kuo called. That took them to the Q♣ on the river. Koplimaa now bet 600,000, which covered the 300,000 that Kuo had left.

Kuo sigh-folded, letting the pot go to her neighbour and leaving herself with some building work to do.

1:55pm: Plesuv back in the game
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Pavel Plesuv is back in the game after doubling up to more than half a million. Marcin Chmielewski paid him off, but is still healthy himself.

Action folded to Plesuv in the cutoff and he open shoved for 259,000. Chmielewski called from the button and the blinds folded. Plesuv needed help with his Q♦J♠ against Chmielewski’s A♣10♣.

But he got it. And he did it the hard way. The flop came 9♥3♥5♠. The turn of 8♣ gave him additional outs. And then out popped the 10♦ on the river to complete Plesuv’s straight and keep us at 12 players.

1:50pm: Korenev and Kuo all in again
Level 22 – Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Blinds are up and Patrick Leonard has now joined Table 2, taking the seat vacated by Byron Kaverman. Both tables are now six handed.

Kitty Kuo is now getting a bit more aggressive. She opened to 55,000 from the cutoff and Nick Petrangelo three-bet to 125,000 from the big blind. Kuo asked Petrangelo how much he was playing (about 650,000) and shoved. Petrangelo instantly folded.

On the other table, Roman Korenev and Pavel Plesuv played a pot, with Korenev raising pre-flop and Plesuv defending his big blind. The flop fell 10♦K♥7♠ and Plesuv check-called Korenev’s 44,000 bet. Then, after Plesuv also checked the 8♥ turn, Korenev moved all in, covering Plesuv’s stack of about 220,000. (Korenev had around 750,000 at this point.)

Plesuv folded and Korenev showed him the A♣A♥. Everybody nodded in appreciation.

1:40pm: Sammartino departs, slain by Kuo
Level 21 – Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Dario Sammartino had doubled up his short stack, but he was still in trouble with only a few more than 300,000 chips. After Yang Zhang opened from early position, Sammartino shoved for 304,000. But it wasn’t Zhang he needed to worry about, it was Kitty Kuo, in the small blind, who also moved all in for 17,000 more.

Zhang folded, which meant the two short stacks were essentially playing for their tournaments against one another. “Good luck,” Kuo said, offering a fist bump to Sammartino, before showing her A♦K♥.


Dario Sammartino

Sammartino had 9♦9♠ and was marginally ahead. But continuing the theme of the day, the pocket pair was no good. The flop brought the A♣K♠3♥ and neither of the two remaining nines in the deck appeared on turn or river.

Sammartino is out in 13th, winning €33,750. Kuo now has about 700,000 chips.

1:30pm: Koplimaa clips Kaverman
Level 21 – Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

The simmering feud between Markku Koplimaa and Byron Kaverman (in a poker sense only) just overspilled, resulting in the biggest pre-flop confrontation of the day and Kaverman’s elimination.

Kaverman opened, making it 45,000 from UTG+1, from a stack of about 500,000. Koplimaa three bet to 112,000 from the cutoff, a move he has been doing a lot after Kaverman’s raises. Action folded through the blinds back to Kaverman, and he fought aggression with aggression. He shoved.

Koplimaa quickly called and Kaverman perhaps knew that was not great news. Koplimaa had Q♥Q♣ and was a long way ahead of Kaverman’s A♦8♦. The flop brought an eight, but it ran in full: 8♥7♣7♦6♥9♥ and the queens were still best.

Kaverman takes €30,260 for 14th, but Koplimaa now assumes the chip lead. He has about 2.2 million.

1:20pm: Sammartino on the slide
Level 21 – Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Dario Sammartino is now the short stack after getting rivered by Nick Petrangelo. That, at least, is what it seemed like as he made a call for almost all of his chips looking at a board of 8♦J♣6♣4♦A♣.

There was about 200,000 in the pot at this point and Sammartino, who would have been in the big blind pre-flop, bet 108,000. Petrangelo, who would have been on the button, responded with an all-in raise, putting his 310,000 stack at risk.

Sammartino took a very long time over this decision, long enough for both the hands mentioned below to play out on the other table. He had only about 375,000 in his stack, so it was a big one. Eventually, after what must have been about five minutes, he called and Petrangelo showed Q♣2♣. A disconsolate Sammartino mucked.

1:15pm: Korenev and Lebedev pick on Papazian
Level 21 – Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

There are still 14 players left, but someone has lit the touch-paper under this tournament and there was a flurry of huge hands on each table.

First, on Table 1, Roman Korenev doubled up through Alexandru Papazian, making the most of his lucky table move at the beginning of the day. Marcin Chmielewski started it, raising to 50,000 from the hijack, and Papazian three-bet to 105,000 from the cutoff. Korenev moved all in for 414,000 one seat along and Chmielewski was the first to ponder a decision.

Chmielewski folded, but Papazian, after some thought, called. He turned over 5♣5♦ which began a race against Korenev’s A♣J♣.

For the second time today, the pocket fives were no good. The flop brought the A♦ and that was decisive. It put Korenev up close to 900,000, while Papazian slips to 1.3 million.

There was more action the very next hand, when Papazian tried to get back on the horse. He raised to 48,000 from the hijack but Korenev again put more out there. He three-bet to 143,000. However, Sergey Lebedev wasn’t letting that one through. He then four-bet all in, a total of around 650,000, and both Papazian and Korenev humbly folded.

“The Russians can play,” Patrick Leonard said. “I love it.”

1pm: Korenev shoves, gets through
Level 21 – Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Alexandru Papazian is raising a lot pre-flop, but isn’t managing to bully the table. After Papazian’s latest attempt–a raise to 44,000 from under the gun–his neighbour Roman Korenev shoved for 334,000 and everyone else folded to put the decision back with the chip-leader.

Papazian thought for a while and, with a pile of chips in one hand and his cards in the other, asked Korenev which he would prefer to see tossed over the line. “Whatever,” Korenev chuckled. Papazian threw the cards away.

12:55pm: Koplimaa aims for Estonian immortality
Level 21 – Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Markku Koplimaa is the early mover on Table 2, picking up small pots from both Byron Kaverman and Nick Petrangelo. In the first, Koplimaa called Kaverman’s button raise (to 55,000) in the big blind, which took them to a flop of J♠10♣8♥. They checked it, but then Koplimaa’s bet of 75,000 on the 4♦ turn. That won.

The second instance was even easier. Petrangelo opened to 45,000 from the hijack and Koplimaa three-bet to 120,000. Everyone, including Petrangelo, folded.

Koplimaa is presently 13th on the Estonian all-time money list, but a win here would vault him into the top five.

12:45pm: First double of the day
Level 21 – Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

The first significant pot of the final day has gone to Marcin “CTRL+V” Chmielewski. He secured a full double up through Sergey Lebedev in the first orbit.

Lebedev raised to 45,000 in the hijack and action folded to Chmielewski in the small blind. He three-bet to 115,000, which took it back to Lebedev and he four-bet all-in, covering CTRL+V’s stack. Chmielewski called.

Chmielewski: K♥Q♦
Lebedev: 5♦5♥

The flop brought instant relief to Chmielewski. It came 2♦Q♠A♣. The turn was the 8♥ and the river the 6♦. The dealer counted Chmielewski’s stack at 576,000, so he now vaults over the million chip mark. Lebedev, meanwhile, slips to about 800,000.

12:30pm: Korenev makes a move
Level 21 – Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Roman Korenev was the man to move to balance the tables as play gets under way today. He is now sitting in Seat 8 on table 1, to the direct left of the chip-leading Alexandru Papazian.

12pm: Play to a winner

Good afternoon once again and welcome to Kitty Kuo’s birthday. Kuo is celebrating in fine style: she is in the final 14 of the first €10,000 buy-in event of this EPT Barcelona festival, looking for a first prize of more than €400,000.

Kuo is the short stack of the last 14, who assemble as follows:

Table 1

Seat 1 – Igor Yaroshevskyy, 1,117,000
Seat 2 – empty
Seat 3 – Patrick Leonard, 1,012,000
Seat 4 – Sergey Lebedev, 1,333,000
Seat 5 – Pavel Plesuv, 600,000
Seat 6 – Marcin Chmielewski, 608,000
Seat 7 – Alexandru Papazian, 2,074,000

Table 2

Seat 1 – Byron Kaverman, 619,000
Seat 2 – Roman Korenev, 343,000
Seat 3 – Dario Sammartino, 601,000
Seat 4 – Markku Koplimaa, 1,245,000
Seat 5 – Kitty Kuo, 260,000
Seat 6 – Enzo Del Piero, 516,000
Seat 7 – Yang Zhang, 1,063,000
Seat 8 – Nick Petrangelo, 609,000

As you can see, there’s a slight imbalance owing to a last-gasp elimination last night — Mark Radoja was knocked out on Table 1 after Table 2 had bagged and tagged. They’ll address that first thing, before cards will be in the air at 12:30pm.

Click the links at the top to see who has earned what so far, and for the chip counts in chip-count order. Then sit back and follow the action until we find a winner.


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