Live updates from day 5, level 26 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
4.55pm: Lykov shoves
Dovzhenko made it 135,000 pre-flop and both Simonyan and Lykov called from the blinds. After a flop of 4♥2♦6♥ Simonyan and Lykov checked before Dovzhenko bet 250,000. Lykov then re-raised all-in, a total of 1,190,000. Dovzhenko asked for a count and descended into the tank for several minutes before re-emerging to fold.
4.45pm: The ace does it
Tolokonnikov made it 120,000 which Plichta called from the small blind. The flop came 8♥4♣A♣ They both check that, then the 6♦ turn but Plichta bets 140,000 on the 9♣ river. Tolokonnikov called, showing Ace-three, betting than Plichta’s king-queen.
4.43pm: What they’re after
It looks like this:
4.37pm: Simonyan back in it
Arthur Simonyan doubled up when he pushed all-in for 625,000 with A♥K♣ only to be insta-called by Alexander Dovzhenko with Q♥Q♦.
Simonyan needed an ace or a king to keep his tournament hopes alive – and the flop duly came A♦7♣6♠. The turn of 8♥ and river of K♥ ensured he doubled his stack to 1.3million.
4.35pm: A gentle reminder
Just to make sure you’re aware, we’re updating chip counts continually throughout the levels. You can always click through to the chip count page to see them, and the easiest way to do that is hinted at below. Also, there’s a prize pool page, which will tell you who has won the dosh so far, and how much those remaining are chasing.
4.30pm: Million dollar pot
Alexander Dovzhenko has just made a marvellous call to take a million-plus pot from Maxim Lykov. It was only the two of them to the flop, which came 2♠6♥7♦ and Lykov bet 135,000. Dovzhenko called. The turn was J♠ and Lykov bet another 255,000. Called as well. The river was 4♦ and Lykov this time bet 275,000. Dovzhenko took an age, but eventually found the call and he was bang on. Although he only had A-Q for ace-high, he beat Lykov’s K-10 three-barrel bluff. The Ukrainian is now past four million, while Lykov is on the slide.
4.18pm: Lykov takes them on
Maxim Lykov, who had been slipping slightly in chips, has moved up a gear to get back in contention. He has just re-raised pre-flop three hands in a row to win them all and move up to 2.17million – increasing his stack by a third.
4.15pm: Plichta steps in
A tense hand, started by Dovzhenko’s raise to 135,000 on the button. Tolokonnikov called from the small blind before Plichta re-raised to 400,000 on the big. The action was folded back to Tolokonnikov who tanked for a few minutes, getting a count, and some close up camera time, before folding.
4.08: Dovzhenko turns the screw
Alexander Dovzhenko picks up another one. Facing a 135,000 raise from Vitaly Tolokonnikov, who is second in chips, he pushed all-in, forcing an insta-fold from the Russian. Dovzhenko is no up to 3.7million.
4.05pm: Tolokonnikov takes a slice from Simonyan
Vitaly Tolokonnikov raises on the button and Arthur Simonyan, who has been very quiet, calls from the big blind. The flop comes Q♠8♣2♣ and Tolokonnikov’s continuation bet takes it. He shows a queen for top pair.
3.55pm: Value bet with a deuce. Wins.
Alexander Dovzhenko raises pre-flop and the only caller is the man to his right, Maxim Lykov. The flop comes 2♠Q♣8♣, checked, the turn is 4♦, checked. The river is Q♠ and then Lykov bets 200,000. Dovzhenko, who has barely put a foot wrong when he’s been calling on the river, stumbles this time. He calls and is shown 10-2, for bottom pair. Dovzhenko mucks, presumably with ace-high, and the common consensus is that that was a value bet from Lykov, which worked perfectly.
3.50pm: Tolokonnikov and Lykov again
Vitaly Tolokonnikov raised to 120,000 pre-flop which Maxim Lykov raised to 335,000. With the action back on Tolokonnikov the Russian announced all-in, 1,315,000 total, which prompts Lykov to fold.
3.46pm: Simonyan all-in
A Lucasz Plichta raise of 150,000 is met by the all-in of Arthur Simonyan, 740,000 in total. Plichta doesn’t fancy it and folds.
3.40pm: Play resumes
The five players have returned to their seats behind the following stacks:
Alexander Dovzhenko – 3,589,000
Maxim Lykov – 1,900,000
Lucasz Plichta – 1,896,000
Vitaly Tolokonnikov – 1,724,000
Arthur Simonyan – 520,000
That man at the top is the local hope Alexander Dovzhenko. He looks like this:
Remember, the mid-level chip counts are on the chip-counts page.