2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona

Main Event
Days: 5
Event Info

2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona

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

Main Event

Day 5 Completed

Sahamies Leads EPT Barcelona Final Table; Juanda in Contention

Level 28 : 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Ilari Sahamies
Ilari Sahamies

The 2012 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event continued on Friday as the final 24 players of a 1,082 field looked to make the final table. After six levels of play, just eight players remain including chip leader Ilari Sahamies, who bagged up 7,885,000. He is joined by John Juanda, though he will begin the final table seventh in chips.

The day began quickly as Luis Rufas and Alain Roy became the first two eliminations, followed by Season 7 EPT Prague winner Roberto Romanello in 22nd place. Not long after, John Juanda opened a pot over on the feature table only to have Lucille Cailly three-bet. Ole Schemion then got involved from the cutoff, Javier Piazuelo made it 299,000 to go from the button. Juanda quickly got out of the way, Cailly moved all in, Schemion moved all in over the top, and Piazuela folded.

Cailly: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}
Schemion: {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}

Cailly got her stack of around 1 million in good, but she was in a quintessential race. Cailly was looking to have as much success as she did when she finished as runner-up of the 2012 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final, but the {A-Spades}{9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} flop had other plans as it gave Schemion the lead by pairing his ace. Cailly remained stoic as the {5-Clubs} was put out on the turn followed by the {9-Clubs} on the river, putting an end to her tournament in 21st place for €29,400.

After Ibon Merino Borbolla (20th), Algirdas Saveikis (19th), Mauro Canavese (18th) and Piazuelo (17th) were eliminated for €29,400 apiece, the remaining 16 players were combined to the final two tables.

Not long after, Fatima Moreira de Melo, the last woman standing and Team PokerStars SportStar, exited in 16th place for €34,650. Elias Gutierrez Hernandez, who earned the same amount for his 15th-place finish, followed her out the door a short time later.

In Level 25, Day 1a chip leader Aku Joentausta raised to 65,000 from under the gun and was called by Ole Schemion in the cut-off and Ilari Sahamies in the small blind. Joentausta continued for 100,000 on the {j-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} flop and was called by both players.

Schemion was the only player who called Joentausta's 300,000 bet on the {6-Diamonds} turn, and the river came the {2-Spades}. Joentausta "emptied the clip" by betting all his remaining 1,190,000 chips. Schemion looked like he wanted to call but it took him five minutes to seemingly pluck up the courage to slide the calling chips forward with his {k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} for top two-pair. It was good too as Joentausta only had {a-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and was subsequently eliminated in 14th place for €40,400.

After a bit more play and the eliminations of [Removed:273] (13th-€40,400), Mikolaj Zawadzki (12th-€46,700), Jonathan Karamalikis (11th-€46,700), Morten Mortensen (10th-€55,100) and Ole Schemion (9th-€55,100), the final table was set.

Season 9 EPT Barcelona Final Table

1Anaras Alekberovas4,430,000
2Ilari Sahamies7,885,000
3Antonin Duda3,445,000
4Samuel Rodriguez6,450,000
5John Juanda1,890,000
6Joni Jouhkimainen1,510,000
7Mikalai Pobal4,410,000
8Sinel Anton2,355,000

The sixth and final day of the 2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona Main Event will begin at 13:00 CET (07:00 EST) on Saturday as the final table of eight will play down to a winner. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you all the latest and greatest from the Casino Barcelona as the final eight battle it out for the €1,007,550 first-place prize.

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Bag and Tag

Level 28 : 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Play has come to an end here on Day 5. The final eight players are in the process of bagging and tagging. They will return tomorrow at noon, but play won't resume until 13:00 PM CET. It will be broadcast on a one-hour delay, which means our updates will resume at 14:00 PM CET.

Stay tuned for the official chip counts and our recap of Day 5 action.

Ole Schemion Eliminated in 9h Place (€55,100)

Ole Schemion
Ole Schemion

And so after approximately three hours of nine-handed play, Season 9 EPT Barcelona Main Event is finally down to the final table. The unfortunate bubble boy of the night was Germany's Ole Schemion who was busted by Ilari Sahamies, the new chip leader coming into the final day of the tournament.

Sahamies raised preflop to 130,000 and Ole Schemion to his immediate left went all-in for around 1,220,000. Action folded back to Sahamies and he made the call.


Sahamies: {8-Diamonds} {8-Spades}
Schemion: {A-Diamonds} {K-Diamonds}

Everyone in the tournament room held their breath as the dealer opened {3-Spades} {Q-Spades} {3-Clubs} on the flop giving Sahamies two pair and leaving the German in need of help. The {J-Spades} wasn't it, and neither was {7-Hearts} on the river. Sahamies' eights held and Schemion was eliminated from the tournament in ninth place.

Player Chips Progress
Ilari Sahamies fi
Ilari Sahamies
7,885,000 1,790,000
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
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Pot Control Against the Big Guns

Level 28 : 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Ilari Sahamies showed the other side of his game (pot control) when in a hand against John Juanda.

He opened to 130,000 from the hijack and Juanda peeled from the big blind to see a {6-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} flop. The action was checked there, and on the {5-Clubs} turn before Juanda led for 170,000 after the {2-Spades} river appeared.

Sahamies called quickly with pocket tens, besting the ace-six of Juanda.

Tags: Ilari SahamiesJohn Juanda

Lull in the Action

Level 28 : 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

The remaining players seem intent on playing it safe and making the final table. There have been a few all-in shoves in the last hour, but no calls. It looks like it's going to take either two big hands for this bubble to burst.

Rodriguez Hits Trips on the River

With the board reading {6-Spades} {8-Hearts} {Q-Hearts} and two players, Ilari Sahamies and Samuel Rodriguez still in play, the latter bet 145,000 and Sahamies called. He did the same after Rodriguez fired another 185,000 on the {A-Diamonds} turn. The Spaniard continued for 325,000 on the {6-Clubs} river and Sahamies called again. The tournament director asked the players to open their hands and Rodrigues showed {6-} {7-} for trips and collected the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Samuel Rodriguez
Samuel Rodriguez
6,315,000 770,000
Ilari Sahamies fi
Ilari Sahamies
6,095,000 -655,000

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Time for Some Zigmund Fun

Sahamies almost smiling
Sahamies almost smiling

Ilari Sahamies can bet multiple streets with a wide range of hands, that is why it is so hard to play against him.

The Finnish superstar opened to 130,000 from under the gun and was called by Mikalai Pobal on the button, and Anaras Alekberovas in the big blind.

The flop came {8-Hearts}{5-Spades}{2-Hearts} and Sahamies' 230,000 c-bet was only called by Pobal. The turn came as {7-Hearts} and Sahamies fired for 750,000. Call.

The pot was really big now as the river fell {9-Clubs}, and it didn't get any smaller from here as Sahamies bet a cool one million. Pobal called quickly and then looked visibly distraught when Sahamies declared a straight and tabled ace-six. Sahamies flashed a rare smile as he took over the chip lead from his opponent.

Player Chips Progress
Ilari Sahamies fi
Ilari Sahamies
6,750,000 2,350,000
Mikalai Pobal by
Mikalai Pobal
3,565,000 -2,680,000

Tags: Mikalai PobalAnaras AlekberovasIlari Sahamies