Main Event

Akenhead a Little Less Sore

[user46392] • Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante
James Akenhead
James Akenhead

James Akenhead open-shoved in early position for roughly 7,000. "Now I don't get to squeeze," complained Roland de Wolfe in the big blind. He of course had the option of calling, but in the end he didn't - before the action got around to de Wolfe, Raul Mestre called on the button. Everyone else folded and they turned their cards over.

Akenhead: {j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}
Mestre: {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}

Board: {9-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}

Akenhead flopped pretty much the whole world, made a Broadway straight on the turn, and held on the river. He doubled up to around 15,000 and looks as though he might make it to the dinner break now.

Tags: James AkenheadRoland de WolfeRaul Mestre

Luca Gets McLeaned Out

[user76023] • Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

Luca Pagano had about 9,000 left but surprisingly the Italian wasn't at his table and instead was sitting an empty table behind seemingly trying to keep himself calm. He then wandered off for a walk and we were left wondering if he would come back before the dinner break.

Heading across to the table, McLean Karr volunteered that it was because of him, "I rivered him a pot worth almost 60,000..."

Pagano has however, since returned to the table and has begun to grind his short stack.

Tags: Luca PaganoMcLean Karr

I'm a Loeser Baby

[user76023] • Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

Manig Loeser has been eliminated, he pushed all in preflop for about 10,000 from the button and JC Tran gave him a spin from the small blind.

Loeser: {A-Clubs}{J-Spades}
Tran: {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}

The board came {Q-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{7-Spades} and Loeser was left wishing everyone good luck

Tags: Manig LoeserJC Tran

Nuts with Redraw no Good


Flopping the nuts with {7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} might have seemed like a good double up opportunity for short stack David Baker, especially as he was up against a King-high flush draw only in the hands of Anthony Maranca (according to our original seat plan which is becoming obsolete as the 300 remaining players move about). But the {4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} flop which enticed the stacks in received a {2-Diamonds} on the turn and the {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} stayed good (even though the all-in was still not strictly drawing dead). The river was the {Q-Spades} and as the minutes tick down to the dinner break, the field finally slips under the 300-person mark.

Raul Mestre es
Raul Mestre
es 80,000 50,000
Shannon Shorr us
Shannon Shorr
us 39,000 9,000
13,800 -16,200

Tags: Raul MestreDavid Baker

The Good Sons


We haven't seen much in the way of hands from these two, but seeing as it's Mother's Day over in the States and we know their folks are watching, here are Michael Martin and Carter Phillips in photographic glory.

Michael MartinCarter Phillips


[user76023] • Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

Ivan Demidov, the Russian WSOP Main Event runner-up and Team PokerStars Pro is up to 85,000 after he bet 15,000 on the river of a {J-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{3-Hearts} board against Thorsten Schafer. The latter made the call for about half his stack, but could only nod his head when Demidov turned over {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts} for the nut full house.

Tags: Thorsten SchaferIvan Demidov

Lizano Bluff Attempt Backfires

[user46392] • Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante
Jesus Cortes Lizano
Jesus Cortes Lizano

A full board of {6-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{4-Clubs} was out on the felt when we arrived and EPT Barcelona finalist Jesus Cortes Lizano was betting out 6,200 from the cutoff. On the button Niccolo Caramatti squirmed for a little while and eventually announced a call - and before the dealer could demand a showdown, Lizano had tapped the table and mucked his hand. Caramatti handed his cards back to the dealer without having to show, and is back up to 30,000. Lizano is still in good shape on around 50,000.

Tags: Jesus Cortes LizanoNiccolo Caramatti


[user76023] • Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante
Johnny Lodden
Johnny Lodden

Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden has been knocked out, his last few chips going in with {4-Hearts}{2-Clubs} and got no luck against {Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} on a {K-Spades}{9-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} board.

Tags: Johnny Lodden

More Chip Counts

James Bord gb
James Bord
gb 90,000 -15,000
Ivan Demidov ru
Ivan Demidov
ru 85,000 55,000
Andy Black ie
Andy Black
ie 75,000 45,000
Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
se 70,000 6,000
Raymond Wu cn
Raymond Wu
cn 66,000 3,000
Victor Ramdin us
Victor Ramdin
us 65,000 24,000
Vanessa Rousso us
Vanessa Rousso
us 60,000 21,500
Noah Schwartz us
Noah Schwartz
us 50,000 12,300
Ben Vinson gb
Ben Vinson
gb 50,000 33,800
Melanie Weisner us
Melanie Weisner
us 48,000 17,000
Joe Hachem au
Joe Hachem
au 45,000 8,000
Neil Channing gb
Neil Channing
gb 38,500 -11,500
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
be 37,000 -13,000
Johannes Strassmann
Johannes Strassmann
36,000 -12,000
JC Tran us
JC Tran
us 35,000
Luca Pagano it
Luca Pagano
it 32,000 15,000
Tony Hachem au
Tony Hachem
au 27,000 7,000
Ruben Visser nl
Ruben Visser
nl 26,000 -3,100
Salvatore Bonavena it
Salvatore Bonavena
it 25,000 -7,000
Sandra Naujoks de
Sandra Naujoks
de 24,000 -500
Florian Langmann de
Florian Langmann
de 24,000 -9,000
Joep van den Bijgaart nl
Joep van den Bijgaart
nl 24,000 300
Per Linde se
Per Linde
se 23,000 -7,000
Roland de Wolfe gb
Roland de Wolfe
gb 23,000 -5,000
Chad Brown us
Chad Brown
us 23,000 6,000

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What Everybody Wants

[user46392] • Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

The really important numbers are in!

Our 686 runners have generated a €6,680,000 prize pool - note that now that we're in Spain and not in Monaco, no money has been taken out of the prize pool for taxes and the like. 104 places pay out with a lowly min-cash worth €15,000. Whoever takes the top spot, however, will walk away with a potentially life-changing €1.5 million. Please head over to the Payouts tab for the full breakdown.