Day 4 Completed
Day 4 Completed
Day 4 of the 2015 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €10,600 Main Event started out with just 34 players and the goal of reaching the final 16. In the end, though, only 15 players survived the day as two exits happened right at the same moment, on two different tables, to finish off play.
With a lot of familiar faces still in contention, along with a group of likable newcomers, Day 4 was as exciting as they come.
The first remarkable feature was Chinese high roller Quan Zhou litteraly flipping a coin to make up his mind. He called, and lost the coin flip with sixes to Pierre Neuville's ace-king. Zhou had some chips left, but hit the rail not much later when he ran fours into Tom Hall's aces.
Another thing that got the blood pumping was a double knockout on the same table. Juan Martin Pastor got it in with kings against the tens of Neuville and ace-queen of World Series of Poker runner-up Felix Stephensen on a flop. Running jacks made for an original way to send two players packing.
Team PokerStars Pro was well represented at the start of the day, but all but Johnny Lodden would fall in the 3.5 levels played. Isaac Haxton started out short and didn't make a miraculous comeback, soon joining the €25,500 High Roller that began today.
Another Team Pro was Jason Mercier. He suffered several beats, with nines against fives preflop as the grand finale. A five on the turn for Ludovic Geilich made for an exit for Mercier in 28th place worth €29,900.
Andre Akkari had the entire country of Brazil on his rail, but it didn't help him secure a spot on Day 5. He lost a coin flip to bust in 23rd place (€40,050) against his neighbor, Pastor.
The only Team Pro to survive the day was Lodden. He final tabled the EPT Grand Final Main Event here two years ago (3rd - €467,000) and didn't just survive the day. In fact, he'll start Day 5 as the chip leader. Lodden won the biggest pot against Ole Schemion.
The young German superstar opened under the gun and fired three bullets on the board. Lodden called from the big blind preflop, then check-called all three streets with a mere . The pair of fours was good, though, as Schemion showed the with a smile.
Schemion lost a lot of chips in that hand, but he will be one of the contestants on the penultimate day. He regained control of the table, took down several small pots, raised some turns, and didn't show down too many hands. In the end, he bagged a contending stack.
In the fourth of a planned five levels, three well-known pros hit the rail.
Scott Clements lost a big chunk with kings and a flush draw against a flopped flush, then lost the rest to Lodden, again getting flushed with a strong hand. Italian high roller Dario Sammartino was short and moved all in with . He got looked up by and couldn't hit. At the same time, Connor Drinan lost all of his chips. Drinan first made a very nice hero call with on a scary board to double, but lost his chips not much later as he wasn't able to fade an ace with queens all in preflop against Anton Astapau's ace-king.
With the simultaneous knockouts, the tournament was down to just 15 players and the bagging and tagging started. Those 15 will return tomorrow for Day 6 of the EPT Grand Final at 12 p.m. local time sharp. The plan will be to play five levels or down to six players, whichever comes first. The players are guaranteed €58,100 at this point, but all are shooting for that €1,082,000 first-place prize.
Can Johnny Lodden final table again and work his way to getting the monkey off his back? Can Ole Schemion best his highest EPT Main Event finishing position (5th for €218,300 at EPT Prague in2013)? Or will someone else emerge as the latest champion?
Be sure to check back at PokerNews to find out!
|1||2||Lyndon Basha||United Kingdom||1,070,000|
|1||3||Jose Carlos Garcia||Poland||523,000|
|2||2||Hady El Asmar||Lebanon||1,530,000|
|2||5||Tom Hall||United Kingdom||249,000|
|2||7||Juan Martin Pastor||Argentina||450,000|
Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden is chip leader heading into Day 5 of the EPT 11 Grand Final, on what is his fifth cash in this event in seven years. Two years ago Lodden finished third, and right now he's in pole position to capture his first ever EPT title. Remko Rinkema spoke to him after the day had ended.
Donnie Peters and Remko Rinkema talk all things EPT Grand Final. Topics include Erik Seidel's big win in the €100,000 Super High Roller, Dzmitry Urbanovich's insane run, and Scott Seiver's excellence.
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The Main Event field went from 17 to 15 in the space of a few minutes. First Italian pro Dario Sammartino was all-in with against Adrian Mateos who held
The board ran out and we lost Sammartino in 17th place (€51,350).
We were meant to play 5 levels today, or down to 16 players, depending on which came faster, so this was where action was meant to stop and players were to bag up for the night. However, at the adjacent table, Connor Drinan was all-in against Anton Astapau.
It was a classic race, with Drinan holding whilst Astapau held .
There was an ace in the window, and Drinan had a lot of catching up to do as the board eventually ran out and Connor Drinan was our 16th place finisher (€51,350)
Stay tuned to PokerNews for the recap of Day 4
Scott Clements has been eliminated from the tournament. He first lost with a big pot against Markus Ross. Clements opened with the kings, found two callers, and got check-raised all in on a flop of . Clements made the call with his over pair en flush draw, but was behind against Ross' . The on the turn and on the river were blanks and Ross doubled, Clements had 296,000 left.
Those chips he lost not much later to Johnny Lodden. On a flop of Clements found himself all in with . Clements had the upper hand as Lodden showed . The on the turn gave Lodden some more outs, and one of them hit the river: .
Romain Paon opened the button for 40,000 and big blind Ludovic Geilich three-bet from the big blind. Paon shoved all in, Geilich insta called.
The board ran out and Geilich had just 50,000 left.
Geilich folded his small blind, but the next hand he found a good spot to get it in. Geilich shoved from the button with and Lyndon Basha in the big blind called with The board ran out and Geilich found himself in line at the pay out desk.
Dmitry Ivanov opened the button for 42,000 and Connor Drinan in the big blind was the one calling.
Both players checked the flop and Drinan bet out 40,000 on the turn, Ivanov called.
The fell on the river and Drinan checked. Ivanov moved all in, effectively betting 181,000 as that was what Drinan had left at this point.
Drinan tanked long and hard, and after some minutes the clock was called by Ivanov. With just two seconds remaining, Drinan made the call.
Ivanov had a guilty face, and showed for not much of anything. Drinan tabled and doubled.
Joao Simao was all-in and behind preflop against Anton Astapau. We didn't catch the action pre-flop but Simao was seated in the hijack whilst Astapau was in the small blind.
The flop was , and although the on the turn gave Simao help, the on the river was no use to him as he exited in 21st place (€45,700).