Live updates from day 5, level 27 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
6.35pm: Break time
So that’s dinner then. Three players will pop down to the refectory thinking they could be taking home €330,000. When they come back in 60 minutes, they’ll find these chips:
Alexander Dovzhenko – 3,515,000
Vitaly Tolokonnikov – 3,115,000
Maxim Lykov – 2,285,000
In other words, they’re all still in it.
Prizewinners to date can be found on the prizewinners page.
6.32pm: Bit of a think
Lykov makes his standard raise of 140,000. Dovzhenko raises to 400,000 before Lykov re-raises all-in for 2,280,000. He smiles while Dovzhenko looks fierce. He takes his time about it but the Ukrainian passes, ending the level.
6.30pm: C-betting good
Lykov and Dovzhenko get to a flop, with Lykov having raised and Dovzhenko calling. The flop is queen high and Lykov bets 175,000, which is good.
6.25pm: 145 from the button
The bet is 145,000, the position is the button, and each of Lykov, Dovzhenko and Tolokonnikov have done so in the past three hands, each of them picking up blinds and antes.
6.15pm: Pots are getting bigger
On a board reading 3♦K♦9♣8♦ Lykov bet 200,000 which Dovzhenko called. On a 5♣ river, Lykov came out betting again, 505,000 this time, too much for Dovzhenko who mucked his hand.
6.10pm: Arthur Simonyan eliminated in 4th earning €100,000
Arthur Simonyan had been the short stack for most of today. Finally he could hold on no longer and pushed for his last 275,000 with Q♣8♣, only to walk into the 10♦10♣ of Alexander Dovzhenko. The Russian needed help from the dealer, and the K♣4♦8♦ gave a small ray of hope, but the 4♥ turn and K♦ river ended his day.
Simonyan is the first player to leave Kyiv with a bag containing six-figures of Euros, while Dovzhenko soars to 4.4million chips. Vitaly Tolokonnikov has 3.1million, and Maxim Lykov 1.4million.
5.59pm: Lucasz Plichta, Poland, eliminated in 5th earning €80,000
Tolokonnikov made it 140,000 before Plichta re-raised all-in for 790,000. Tolokonnikov called with Q♣Q♥ to Plichta’s 8♦8♣. The board had elements of cruelty to it, landing as it did: 10♥8♥Q♠9♠5♠. After a long spell five handed Plichta’s exit leaves just four.
5.55pm: Simonyon asks the questions
Another Simonyon push. Any takers? No.
5.50pm: The new pattern
The new style of play here is this: raise, re-raise, four bet shove. This time, the players in the clinch were Alexander Dovzhenko and Maxim Lykov; the former with the original raise (75,000), then Lykov’s 275,000 re-raise, then a chip-leader size shove. Fold.
5.44pm: Tolokonnikov aggression
Vitaly Tolokonnikov re-raises all-in against Lucasz Plichta. It’s good.
5.41pm: A hand
Dovzhenko made it 140,000 pre-flop, called by Max Lykov. On the 8♦8♣5♣ flop Lykov checked to Dovzhenko who made it 200,000 to play. Too rich. He takes it down.
5.40pm: Raise and take it
This is now a very long five-handed battle and the tournament is in slow-down mode before the dinner break.
5.20pm: Quiet men get involved
Vitaly Tolokonnikov raises to 130,000 from the button and Arthur Simonyan calls from the big blind. The flop comes ace high, and Simonyan’s check is all the encouragement his countryman needs to continuation bet 150,000. Folds.
5.17pm: First pot of the level for Plichta
Lucasz Plichta and Maxim Lykov saw and checked a 7♦8♦2♣ flop. Plichta check-called a 155,000 bet on the 4♣ turn, and then both checked the J♠ river. Plichta’s pocket sixes were good.
They’re back. So are we. They’re playing. We’re watching. We also did some chip counting and we scribbled that on the chip-count page.
Here’s a nice aerial view of the tournament room.