Day 4 Completed
Day 4 Completed
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 and was racing against the of Kovtunov. The race was over on the flop however when it came down . Chantcey flopped quads, which meant both the turn and 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 . 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 , snap-called. Unfortunately for him, he had run into the set of Sormunen. The final two cards were 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.
|1||4||Emilio Jimenez Bueno||Spain||2,242,000|
|1||5||Denis Pisarev||Russian Federation||319,000|
|1||8||Jamila Von Perger||Germany||702,000|
|2||4||Chantcev Sergei||Russian Federation||1,472,000|
|2||5||Niall Farrell||United Kingdom||1,862,000|
|3||1||Tom Middleton||United Kingdom||3,986,000|
|3||8||Alejandro Perez Torres||Spain||3,300,000|
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.
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 flop dropped Staszko's chances to 16.97%, and the 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 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.
We had a bit of a break in the action this evening when EPT President Edgar Stuchly introduced the first playout of Nick Javas' 'Ride on the River' at EPT Barcelona. Check it out - and an interview with the New Jerseyan at the PokerStars Blog.
Parker Talbot and Madis Müür got all the chips in pre flop. Talbot was at risk with his last 542,000 showing pocket while Muur had . Overkill on the flop as the dealer dealt and Talbot was out.
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.
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 and it was off to the races as Fiorini had . The flop came and Halfon clapped his hands in delight. The turn brought the so Halfon had to fade a nine or any diamond. The river came 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.