Live updates from day 5, level 24 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
1.55pm: Level over
That’s the end of that level and so we go to the next with six players. There’ll be a 15 minute break now; check the chips counts in the usual place.
1.50pm: Schaap doubles up
A chink emerges in the previously-impenetrable armour of Alexander Dovzhenko. The Ukrainian raises from early position and Adrian Schaap moves all in for 269,000 more. Everyone else gets out the way and Dovzhenko calls. It’s good news for Schaap: his A♣J♣ is ahead of Dovzhenko’s K♦J♠ and an ace on the river seals the deal.
1.42pm: Another for Plichta
Lucasz Plichta continues his impressive progress. Vitaly Tolokonnikov made it 75,000 and Plichta came in with a re-raise to 225,000. It’s enough to take the pot, and the man from Poland eases up to around 956,000.
1.35pm: Torsten Tent, Germany, PokerStars qualifier, eliminated in 7th earning €45,000
The micro-stacked Torsten Tent moved it all in pre-flop. He had no other move, sitting with only about three big blinds. Max Lykov called instantly and initially it looked pretty good for the German. He had A♣8♠ to Lykov’s K♦8♦. But then the flop came K♣8♥3♣ and there was no ace on turn or river, costing Tent his tournament life. He qualified for the event in a FPP satellite on PokerStars; he leaves €45,000 richer.
1.28pm: Dovzhenko has Lykov’s number
Alexander Dovzhenko just took another pot from his only serious rival here, Max Lykov. It was a battle of the blinds, unraised, and the flop came 7♣8♦2♥. Lykov bet 50,000 and Dovzhenko called. The turn was 3♥ and Dovzhenko called Lykov’s 110,000 bet. The river was the K♣ and they repeated the procedure again, this time Lykov’s 100,000 bet was called. Lykov showed A-7 but Dovzhenko’s 8-5 was better. He’s now past 400,000 in chips. And you can find all those counts on the chip-count page.
1.20pm: Lykov finds the value
Another raised pot — raised, of course, by Maxim Lykov — and Vitaly Tolokonnikov is his lone customer. The flop came A♠6♦3♣ and both checked. They both also checked the turn of J♦ and then Lykov bet 150,000, which sent Tolokonnikov into the tank. Eventually he called and was shown pocket queens by Lykov. It was a good value bet; Tolokonnikov mucked.
1.09pm: Vadim Markushevski eliminated in 8th place earning €30,000
Vadim Markushevski becomes our first final table casualty, falling in a monster pot against Alexander Dovzhenko. What started as a normal pre-flop raise from Markushevski became a huge pot that left Dovzhenko as clear chip leader with 3.8million.
Markushevski raised and then faced a re-raise to 240,000 by Dovzhenko. Undeterred, Markushevski came back with a re-re-raise to 590,000, but Dovzhenko wasted no time in moving all-in for around 1.6million more. Markushevski showed pain as he thought through the hand. He called almost reluctantly, and to observers it looked like it would be a classic aces-against-kings confrontation.
They went on their backs, with Dovzhenko covering Markushevski by around 100,000, and sure enough:
The board ran 8♣2♠10♠4♣10♦ and Markushevski from Belarus leaves with €30,000 to add to his bankroll.
1pm: Video action
Action continues on the feature table, but spend a few minutes away to see how the video blog team set up the final day:
12.55pm: Schaap snaps
Max Lykov has a stab at Adrian Schaap’s big blind, but the obdurate Dutchman is going nowhere and calls. The flop comes 8♣10♦4♣ and Schaap insta-pushes all in. Lykov flashes A-Q as he folds, reminding the table that he sometimes has a hand, and also that he can lay it down.
12.54pm: Bullying the bully
Max Lykov raises to 70,000, as is his style. Vitaly Tolokonnikov re-raises to 200,000 and Lykov folds. Next hand.
At all times, you can get the latest counts on the chip count page. In other words:
Lucasz Plichta raised to 82,000 under-the-gun and Alexander Dovzhenko called on the button. That was enough to encourage Vadim Markushevski to re-raise to 300,000 from the big blind and the squeeze play was good. Plichta and Dovzhenko folded.
12.40pm: Lykov licked by Dovzhenko
It’s folded to Maxim Lykov in the small blind and, as chip leader, he does what he’s supposed to and raises to 85,000. Alexander Dovzhenko calls in the big blind, which possibly wasn’t part of the plan. The flop comes K♠4♥5♠ and they both check. The turn is the 10♣ and Lykov now fancies it, betting 110,000. Call from Dovzhenko. The river was 10♠ and Lykov slowed down and checked. Dovzhenko bet 300,000 into a 400,000 pot and Lykov called to make this the biggest pot of the day. Dovzhenko showed Q♠8♠ for the rivered flush and took it down.
12.35pm: Smooth transition
The new level starts instantly and we’re now playing blinds of 15,000-30,000 with a 3,000 ante. Yep, it’s the moment when the big blind becomes the size of a tournament starting stack.