2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona

Main Event
Days: 4
Event Info

2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
120,000 / 240,000

Main Event

Day 4 Completed

Rodriguez Leads Final 24: Karamalikis, Sahamies & Juanda in Contention

Level 23 : 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Samuel Rodriguez
Samuel Rodriguez

On Thursday, the 2012 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event continued as 61 players returned to play down to the final 24. After just over three levels of play, Samuel Rodriguez finished atop the chip counts with 5,330,000.

Day 4 kicked off with a bang when short-stacked Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder got all in preflop with {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs} and was racing against the {3-Hearts}{3-Clubs} of Felix Kretchmann. The {6-Hearts}{K-Spades}{10-Spades} flop didn't hit De Meulder directly, but it did give him an added gut-shot straight draw to go with his overs. The {K-Hearts} turn gave the Belgian counterfeits outs as well, but the {8-Hearts} river blanked. With that, De Meulder exited the tournament floor and left Fatima Moreira de Melo as the last Team PokerStars Pros remaining.

Over the next few hours the field began to shrink as players like Yuri Gulyy (57th-€14,150), Kevin Weiland (56th-€16,800), Konstantin Puchkov (48th-€16,800), Andrey Zaichenko (45th-€16,800) and Zimnan Ziyard (44th-€16,800) all made their way to the payout desk.

In Level 21, Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis became the new chip leader and the first to break the two million mark. It happened when a played opened to 25,000, Karamalikis three-bet to 65,000 from the small blind, and Kretchmann four-bet to 150,000 from the big. The original raiser folded, Karamalikis five-bet to 275,000, a call ensued and the flop fell {q-Spades}{6-Hearts}{9-Spades}. Karamalikis continued for 340,000 and then called all-in when his German opponent shoved.

Karamalikis: {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Kretchmann: {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and Karamalikis doubled to 2.65 million. Kretchmann was eliminated a few hands later in 39th place for €20,000.

Others to fall toward midday were Leo Margets (42nd-€16,800), Daniel Rudd (36th-€20,000), Guy Thomas (33rd-€20,000), Konstantin Streletskiy (29th-€24,650), Anatoly Gurtavoy (28th-€24,650), and Ilan Boujenah (25th-€24,650).

While 37 failed to survive the day, 24 did. Among them are , sport star de Melo; online poker legend Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies; five-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner John Juanda; Day 1a chip leader Aku Joentausta; Season 7 EPT Prague winner Roberto Romanello; and the start-of-the-day chip leader Antonin Duda.

Here's a look at the remaining players in the field with their chip counts and seat draw:

Table 1

1Lucille Cailly1,431,000
2Antonin Duda2,054,000
3Ole Schemion1,571,000
4Javier Piazuelo1,256,000
5Jonathan Karamalikis3,085,000
6Morten Mortensen392,000
7Alex Casais731,000
8John Juanda1,644,000

Table 2

1Saveikis Algirdas488,000
2Alain Roy445,000
3Mauro Canavese1,026,000
4Ilari Sahamies1,040,000
5Fatima Moreira de Melo805,000
6Mikolaj Zawadzki1,006,000
7Luis Rufas405,000
8Elias Gutierrez Hernandez1,290,000

Table 3

1Ibon Merino Borbolla615,000
2Joni Jouhkimainen1,161,000
3Aku Joentausta1,015,000
4Anton Sinel1,974,000
5Anaras Alekberovas685,000
6Mikalai Pobal2,745,000
7Roberto Romanello497,000
8Samuel Rodriguez5,330,000

Day 5 of the 2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona Main Event will begin at 12:00 CET (06:00 EST) as the final 24 players of a 1,082 field will play down to the final table of eight. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you all the latest and greatest from the Casino Barcelona.

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End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Player Chips Progress
Samuel Rodriguez
Samuel Rodriguez
5,330,000 830,000
Jonathan Karamalikis au
Jonathan Karamalikis
3,085,000 485,000
Mikalai Pobal by
Mikalai Pobal
2,745,000 309,000
EPT 2X Winner
Antonin Duda cz
Antonin Duda
2,054,000 704,000
Sinel Anton
Sinel Anton
1,974,000 374,000
John Juanda id
John Juanda
1,644,000 88,000
Poker Hall of Famer
EPT 1X Winner
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
1,571,000 631,000
Lucille Cailly fr
Lucille Cailly
1,431,000 406,000
Elias Gutierrez Hernandez es
Elias Gutierrez Hernandez
1,290,000 -110,000
Javier Piazuelo es
Javier Piazuelo
Joni Jouhkimainen fi
Joni Jouhkimainen
1,161,000 261,000
Ilari Sahamies fi
Ilari Sahamies
1,040,000 -860,000
Mauro Canavese
Mauro Canavese
1,026,000 -274,000
Aku Joentausta fi
Aku Joentausta
1,015,000 167,000
Mikolaj Zawadzki pl
Mikolaj Zawadzki
1,006,000 -694,000
Fatima Moreira de Melo nl
Fatima Moreira de Melo
805,000 -385,000
731,000 51,000
Anaras Alekberovas lt
Anaras Alekberovas
685,000 -102,000
Ibon Merino Borbolla
Ibon Merino Borbolla
615,000 -685,000
Roberto Romanello gb
Roberto Romanello
497,000 83,000
EPT 1X Winner
Algirdas Saveikis
Algirdas Saveikis
488,000 -232,000
Alain Roy fr
Alain Roy
445,000 215,000
Luis Rufas
Luis Rufas
405,000 -145,000
Morten Mortensen dk
Morten Mortensen
392,000 47,000

Juanda Busts Boujenah to End Play

Ilan Boujenah has been eliminated by John Juanda to end play for today.

The action folded around to him in the small blind and he moved all in for 255,000. Junda took his time and called with {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}. Boujenah seemed surprised Juanda took so long to call with his hand. He was in bad shape with {k-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} and said, "Get me luck, once!"

The {9-Clubs}{4-Spades}{6-Diamonds} flop didn't help him but the {9-Diamonds} turn offered hop.

"Ooh, a six will be nice!" said Boujenah.

It wasn't to be though as the river came {7-Spades}. With that, play has come to an end here on Day 4. Stay tuned for chip counts, the new seat draw, and a full recap.

Player Chips Progress
Ilan Boujenah il
Ilan Boujenah

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Hoodoo you think you are?

Level 23 : 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

It is one of the European Poker Tour's most enduring mysteries that no one has ever won two main events. But why is this so? In the first of a two-part investigation, PokerStars Blog takes a close look at the hoodoo and tries to get some answers. Warning: includes a random number generator and an engineer.

1 Down 1 To Go

Antonin Duda
Antonin Duda

There's been some preflop betting action going on and according to our sources Farid Chati four-bet on the button for around 300,000 which was more than half of his stack. Antonin Duda went all-in from the hijack seat and Chati called.

Farid Chati: {K-Clubs} {K-Hearts}
Antonin Duda: {A-Diamonds} {A-Clubs}

Chati's kings were dominated by Duda's aces and he needed the board to go his way in order to survive. Unfortunately for Chati the board blanked {5-Diamonds} {2-Spades} {8-Spades} {6-Hearts} {J-Clubs} eliminating him from the tournament in 26th place for €24,650.

With 25 players still left in the field we only have to lose one to end Day 4 of the 2012 EPT Barcelona Main Event.

Player Chips Progress
Antonin Duda cz
Antonin Duda
1,350,000 398,000
Farid Chati nl
Farid Chati

Tags: Antonin DudaFarid Chati

Level: 23

Blinds: 10,000/20,000

Ante: 3,000

Anaras Beats Aku

Anaras Alekberovas
Anaras Alekberovas

With around 81,000 already in the pot and {8-Clubs} {K-Spades} {8-Diamonds} on the board Lithuanian player Anaras Alekberovas bet 25,000 on the button and the Finn Aku Joentausta check-called from the small blind.

The dealer opened {2-Diamonds} on the turn and Joentausta lead for 41,000 and the Lithuanian made the call. The {7-Hearts} on the river was followed by the 100,000 bet from Joentausta and after thinking about it for a while, Alekberovas made the call.

The Lithuanian flipped {A-Clubs} {K-Clubs} for a pair of kings, ace kicker and that was enough to beat Joentausta's {K-} {J-}.

Player Chips Progress
Aku Joentausta fi
Aku Joentausta
848,000 -227,000
Anaras Alekberovas lt
Anaras Alekberovas
787,000 247,000

Tags: Aku JoentaustaAnaras Alekberovas