MSPT Sycuan Casino
€5,300 Main Event
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€5,300 Main Event
Day 4 Completed

Tom "hitthehole" Middleton Leads Final 24; Alekberovas Eyes Back-to-Back Final Tables

Chad_Holloway • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Tom Middleton
Tom Middleton

The European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event continued on Thursday as the final 79 players from a 1,234-player field returned for five more 90-minute levels. At the end of that time, just 24 players remained with Tom “hitthehole” Middleton leading the way for the second day in a row.

Last year’s EPT Barcelona Main Event champ, Mikalai Pobal, was looking to defend his title, but he faced an uphill battle as the third shortest stack at the start of play. Indeed, any hope of a repeat ended straightaway when Pobal became the first elimination of the day.

It happened when Sergei Chantcev opened for 2,000 and got a call from Glib Kovtunov. Pobal then moved all in from the big blind for his last 71,000. Chantcev folded after some thought and then Kovtunov made the call. Pobal flipped over the {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} and was racing against the {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts} of Kovtunov. The race was over on the flop however when it came down {9-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{9-Spades}. Chantcey flopped quads, which meant both the {6-Clubs} turn and {10-Spades} river were irrelevant.

Meanwhile, WSOP Octo-Niner Russell Thomas was eliminated on the second hand of the day in 78th place. The elimination continued to mount throughout the day and included Henri Benoni (77th - €12,700), Sebastian von Toperczer (75ht - €12,700), Albert Daher (72nd - €12,700) and Season 7 EPT Barcelona champ Kent Lundmark (64th - €14,960).

Lundmark fell in Level 21 (6,000/12,000/2,000) when he and Pasi Sormunen, who was on the button, saw a flop of {10-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}. Lundmark checked from the cutoff and Sormunen went for a bet of 25,000. Lundmark then check-raised 66,000, Sormunen shoved and Lundmark, who had the {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}, snap-called. Unfortunately for him, he had run into the {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs} set of Sormunen. The final two cards were {j-Hearts} {q-Hearts} and Lundmark was out.

As the day wore on, he was joined on the rail by the likes of Ryan Spittles (60th - €14,960), Sean Wilson (55th - €18,200), Dermot Blain (52nd - €18,200), Douglas Souza (50th - €18,200), Mike Watson (47th - €18,200) and Dmitar Danchev (44th - €18,200).

When Danchev, who won the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event back in January for $1,859,000 and was the last former EPT champ in the field, was eliminated, it ensured the streak of not having a two-time EPT winner would continue further into Season 10.

Headed into the penultimate day, just two players are left in the Skrill Last Longer competition – Middleton and Bulgarian player Valentino Konakchiev. Whichever player lasts longer in the tournament will received their €5,300 buy-in back courtesy of Skrill, the official payment provider sponsor of EPT Season 10.

Others who survived the day were last year's fourth-place finisher Anaras Alekberovas (2,638,000), Kimmo Kurko (2,427,000), Eduard Bhaggoe (1,637,000), Rens Feensta (1,255,000), Pasi Sormunen (703,000) and Julian Thomas (230,000).

Day 5 will kick off Friday at 12 p.m. CET at the Casino Barcelona as the final 24 look to play down to the final table of eight. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews' live coverage as we bring you all the action and eliminations from the tournament floor.

Tags: Anaras AlekberovasTom Middleton

End of Day 4 Chip Counts

Chad_Holloway • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Tom Middleton gb
Tom Middleton
gb 3,986,000 -64,000
Alejandro Perez us
Alejandro Perez
us 3,300,000
Anaras Alekberovas lt
Anaras Alekberovas
lt 2,638,000 -562,000
Kimmo Kurko fi
Kimmo Kurko
fi 2,382,000 532,000
Andreas Christoforou cy
Andreas Christoforou
cy 2,258,000 758,000
Emilio Jimenez
Emilio Jimenez
2,242,000 1,612,000
Madis Müür
Madis Müür
2,056,000 -71,000
Benoit Gury
Benoit Gury
1,940,000 340,000
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 1,862,000 122,000
Eduard Bhaggoe
Eduard Bhaggoe
1,637,000 -63,000
Luca Fiorini
Luca Fiorini
1,607,000 907,000
Stefan Kolossow
Stefan Kolossow
1,511,000 11,000
Sergei Chantcev
Sergei Chantcev
1,472,000 -828,000
Valentino Konakchiev bg
Valentino Konakchiev
bg 1,331,000 411,000
Rens Feenstra nl
Rens Feenstra
nl 1,255,000 855,000
Florian-Dimitrie Duta ro
Florian-Dimitrie Duta
ro 1,101,000 -99,000
Nicolau Villa-Lobos br
Nicolau Villa-Lobos
br 778,000 -822,000
Lukas Berglund us
Lukas Berglund
us 772,000 372,000
Jamila Von Perger de
Jamila Von Perger
de 712,000 -94,000
Pasi Sormunen fi
Pasi Sormunen
fi 703,000 103,000
Michel Eid
Michel Eid
560,000 -20,000
Denis Pisarev ru
Denis Pisarev
ru 319,000 -111,000
Kresten Nielsen
Kresten Nielsen
269,000 -160,000
Julian Thomas de
Julian Thomas
de 230,000 -570,000

The Three-Table Redraw

Chad_Holloway • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
TableSeatPlayer NameCountryChips
11Anaras AlekberovasLithuania2,638,000
12Madis MuurEstonia2,056,000
13Kimmo KurkoFinland2,382,000
14Emilio Jimenez BuenoSpain2,242,000
15Denis PisarevRussian Federation319,000
16Stefan KolossowGermany1,511,000
17Nicolau Villa-LobosBrazil778,000
18Jamila Von PergerGermany702,000
     
21Luca FioriniItaly1,607,000
22Eduard BhaggoeNetherlands1,637,000
23Michel EidLebanon560,000
24Chantcev SergeiRussian Federation1,472,000
25Niall FarrellUnited Kingdom1,862,000
26Valentino KonakchievBulgaria1,331,000
27Benoit GuryFrance1,940,000
28Rens FeenstraNetherlands1,255,000
     
31Tom MiddletonUnited Kingdom3,986,000
32Lukas BerglundSweden772,000
33Kresten NielsenDenmark269,000
34Pasi SormunenFinland703,000
35Florian-Dimitrie DutaRomania1,101,000
36Julian ThomasGermany230,000
37Andreas ChristoforouCyprus2,258,000
38Alejandro Perez TorresSpain3,300,000

Staszko Falls in 25th to Bring an End to Day 4

Chad_Holloway • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Martin Staszko
Martin Staszko

With just two minutes left in the level, 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event runner up Martin Staszko was eliminated in 25th place to bring about an end of Day 4.

It happened when action folded to Niall Farrell in the small blind and he put in a raise. Staszko responded by moving all in from the big for approximately 375,000 and Farrell snap-called.

Farrell: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Staszko: {k-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}

Staszko knew he was in trouble even before the cards were turned up. Indeed, the PokerNews Odds Calculator gave him just a 23.70% chance of surviving the hand while Farrell would win 75.09% of the time.

The {9-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{8-Clubs} flop dropped Staszko's chances to 16.97%, and the {8-Hearts} turn knocked it down even further to 6.82%. Staszko needed a seven on the river to stay alive, but it wasn't in the cards as the useless {2-Diamonds} peeled off.

With Staszko's elimination, just 24 players remain. Play has been halted for the evening. Stay tuned for chip counts, the three-table redraw and a full recap of the day's action.

Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 1,740,000 420,000
Martin Staszko cz
Martin Staszko
cz Busted

Tags: Martin StaszkoNiall Farrell

Death by Quads

Yardley • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Parker Talbot
Parker Talbot

Parker Talbot and Madis Müür got all the chips in pre flop. Talbot was at risk with his last 542,000 showing pocket {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} while Muur had {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}. Overkill on the flop as the dealer dealt {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}{2-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and Talbot was out.

Madis Müür
Madis Müür
2,127,000 542,000
Parker Talbot ca
Parker Talbot
ca Busted

Middleton Over 4 Million

Chad_Holloway • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante

Tom Middleton appears to be the first player over the four million chip mark. If he can hold on, he could very well finish as the chip leader for the second day in a row.

Tom Middleton gb
Tom Middleton
gb 4,050,000 550,000

Tags: Tom Middleton

Cruel End for Halfon

Yardley • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante

Raphael Halfon’s stack had dwindled a bit since we last caught up with him and he was all in and at risk against Luca Fiorini. Halfon turned over {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} and it was off to the races as Fiorini had {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}. The flop came {a-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and Halfon clapped his hands in delight. The turn brought the {6-Diamonds} so Halfon had to fade a nine or any diamond. The river came {8-Diamonds} and Halfon had his head in his hands in despair. He was soon on his feet though shaking the hand of Fiorini as he headed to the pay-out desk.

Raphael Halfon
Raphael Halfon
Busted