PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Level 3/4 updates

August 18, 2009

EPTLive updates from level 3/4 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

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4.55pm: One in, one out
As a thunderstorm erupted outside – hopefully bringing a cooling of the temperature – PokerStars player Allan Baekke eliminated an opponent. Holding Q-Q he got it all in and was called by A-K. Baekke had him covered, but it was a typically roller-coaster board, coming out 10-K-9-8-J, meaning he was behind on the flop and turn but the J on the river filled up his straight.

On a neighbouring table, Vitaly Volov survived an all-in and doubled up to 24,000 when his A-A push on a 10♣6♥9♠ flop was called by 10-7, filling up a full house on the 6♣ turn and A♥ river.

4.50pm: Winning without a showdown

It’s the best way to win a hand. Every player would like to go through a tournament without having to showdown as it’s rare to be 100% to win a hand. Two players have just shown us examples of this.

Firstly Luca Pagano raised from under the gun to 800 and was called by a player two seats along before the flop was revealed as 7♠5♠2♦. Pagano’s continuation bet of 1,500 was met with a raise to 4,000 before he moved all-in very quickly for a total of 12,475. After a few minutes of thought his opponent folded to hand the Italian the pot and a 18,235 stack.

Secondly Raoul Refos raised to 750 on the button before the small blind player re-raised to 2,400. Arnaud Mattern called from the big blind before Refos put in another raise to 6,000. The small blind folded fairly quickly but Mattern seemingly had a harder decision. He then folded 10♠10♥ face up and asked Refos to show a bluff but the request was denied.

4.20pm: Folding a full house to quads
PokerStars qualifier Tent Torsten just picked up a nice 10,000 pot after hitting what he claimed was quads. On a board showing Q-Q-J-Q-K, he bet out 6,500 on the river, causing fellow qualifier Vladislav Mezheritsky to fold his J-J face up in disgust.

It was a masterful fold… if Torsten was telling the truth when he said he had A-Q!

4pm: Active Arnaud

Apologies for the delay in reporting the latest action but we had some severe internet issues to deal with.

Shortly into level 3 Arnaud Mattern raised it up to 525 from early position and found one caller in the shape of Raoul Refos in the big blind. The flop came A♥4♥3♠ before Mattern continued with a 650 bet when checked to him. Refos made the call to see the K♥ turn that both players checked. The river 3♥ saw Refos get active with a 1,150 bet and Mattern called quickly. Refos opened A♠5♣ but the river had seen the Frenchman take the lead with 6♦3♦. He raked in the pot that put him up to 34,000 to Refos’ 27,000.

The very next hand Mattern raised from under the gun but quickly folded to a re-raise from the player in the big blind.

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Mattern getting a massage

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