Day 4 Completed
Day 4 Completed
With the demise of Kevin MacPhee in ninth place, we are now guaranteed to be crowning ourselves a brand new EPT winner tomorrow. And even without MacPhee, it's looking to be a particularly good final.
We have a Team PokerStars Pro in the running - sole Polish representative Marcin Horecki. French EPT stalwart Manuel Bevand has already broken his personal record for best EPT finish, his finest hour heretofore being 19th place here in Prague back in 2008. Slovakian national Jan Bendik is on fine form after winning the €1,000 side event at EPT Barcelona a few weeks back. We have one Russian, the relatively unknown and therefore tantalisingly mysterious Peter Skripka. And of course we have no fewer than four Italians - three genuine bona fide ones in the shape of Marco Leonzio, Roberto Nulli and the ebullient Emilliano Bono - and also the ostensibly Welsh but also mostly Italian EPT Copenhagen finalist Roberto Romanello. This is going to be a fun final.
Marco Leonzio is the man to beat heading into the final - on 5.075 million, he's got almost a third of the chips in play. The nearest player to him is Skripka, on 4.01 million. Horecki is in third place on 3.29 million.
The final table is scheduled to kick off at noon CET tomorrow. Be sure to join us back here then to find out who goes home with the trophy, the glory, and the €640,000 first prize.
Seat 1: Marco Leonzio - 5,075,000
Seat 2: Peter Skripka - 4,010,000
Seat 3: Roberto Romanello - 1,220,000
Seat 4: Roberto Nulli - 745,000
Seat 5: Jan Bendik - 445,000
Seat 6: Emilliano Bono - 1,530,000
Seat 7: Manuel Bevand - 615,000
Seat 8: Marcin Horecki - 3,290,000
Kevin MacPhee has been eliminated and the official final table has been reached. MacPhee found himself down to just 60,000 after he doubled up Roberto Nulli a couple of hands ago but manage to triple up with against Jan Bendik and Marcin Horecki. The very next hand he moved all in from early position for 245,000 and only Marco Leonzio made the call.
The flop was no help at all for the American and the on the turn left him drawing to the remaining three queens in the deck. They failed to show up though as the peeled off on the river to send the EPT Berlin Champion to the rail.
Kevin MacPhee finally went all in, and he got a call - from the only man at the table he covered, big blind Roberto Nulli.
Nulli doubled to 780,000. MacPhee however was left with just 65,000 - one big blind and three antes. He slumped like a broken doll, staring into the tournament void. It's not looking good for the EPT Berlin champion.
To Marco Leonzio: "Is it your big blind, my Italian friend?" It clearly was. "Then I fold."
Kevin MacPhee: "What is with this collusion?"
To Jan Bendik: "English only, please."
Romanello: "English only."
Bendik: "Is that English? I don't understand."
The play is very cagey down in the tournament area as nobody wants to bubble the final table. Not only that but the next increase in pay is €14,450, quite large by most people's standards.
Peter Skripka is the latest player to take advantage of this by being the most aggressive player at the table when in late position. The last two hands he has played have seen him raise preflop, check the flop then bet 75,000 on the turn. Both times his opponent folded.
There are a couple of short stacks out there at the minute, so expect some reports on all-in shoving in the very near future
Roberto Romanello opened to 115,000 and got a single caller in the shape of Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki in the big blind. They checked down the flop and turn of the board until Horecki bet out 130,000 on the river. Romanello called, but mucked to Horecki's pocket and the small pot went to the Pole.
Next hand Kevin MacPhee got a walk in the big blind. He showed the and told the table the other card had been the .
First hand back and microstacked Kevin MacPhee folded under the gun, despite big blind Manuel Bevand not having made it back in time for the start and therefore having his cards mucked. "I'm such a nit," he said.
To MacPhee's left, Marcin Horecki limped, and it then folded around to Emilliano Bono in the small blind who made it 165,000 to go. Horecki asked for a count on Bono (Bono pleasingly said, "One meeelion," as he counted them up - it was around 1.1 million back in total) and then flat-called.
Both players checked the flop and Bono bet out 100,000 on the turn. Horecki called it, and called the additional 100,000 that Bono bet out on the river as well, but then mucked as Bono turned over for top two pair.
"Yes!" cried the Italian, "I strong-a!"
Horecki's at 3.35 million, Bono at 1.6 million.