Day 5 Completed
Day 5 Completed
The 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €5,300 Main Event got down to its final six players on Thursday, and Adrien Allain led the way with 11.815 million in chips, He was closely followed by his fellow countryman Jimmy Guerrero with 11.48 million in chips.
The story of the day was that of Kazakhstani Asan Umarov, who qualified on PokerStars in a €10 Spin & Go, but he'll be facing an uphill battle coming into the final six as the short stack.
With a massive gap between second and third place, it looks to be a tough battle to reach the podium, as the bottom four stacks combined have less than 10 million chips. Allain and Guerrero were dominating at the final table leading up to the final six, and the other four will need a lot of help to get back into it.
All remaining players are guaranteed to take home at least €170,950, and Friday's final table looks as follows:
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The penultimate day started with 28 players, including PokerStars team pro Vanessa Selbst, but she got knocked out in 26th place for €26,850 after coming into the day as one the short stacks. French pros Paul Tedeschi and Benjamin Pollak were next to go in 25th and 24th, respectively, while Joao Vieira grabbed the chip lead.
Notables Erwann Pecheux (18th - €37,330) and Ariel Celestino (16th - €42,650) were knocked out short of the final table, but in a twist of events the tournament also lost Vieira shortly afterwards. Vieira ran ace-king into the aces of Jan Bendik before busting, and the final blow was delivered when his kings got cracked by Guerrero's ace-king. Vieira exited in 13th place for €53,310, and a little while later it was Guerrero who took a commanding lead after doubling through Bendik with a flush versus a straight.
Coming into the final table, Guerrero led with close to 9 million and was followed by Allain with 5.6 million.
On the ninth hand of nine-handed play it was Ben Philipps who busted out when his king-jack couldn't beat Calamusa's pocket sixes, and he took home €71,620.
Last year Dario Sammartino finished 17th in this event, and in 2013 he recorded a 19th-place finish, showing that this is truly a tournament he shines in. Sammartino did well to surpass those finishes by reaching the final table, but on the 36th hand of it the top Italian pro busted in eighth place, collecting €91,860.
One of France's more recognizable poker players, and the first-ever Frenchman to make the World Series of Poker Main Event final table, Antoine Saout, ultimately busted in seventh place to end the day's play. Saout ran fives into the jacks of Allain, and he collected €128,340 for his deep run.
The action will resume on Friday at 2 p.m. local time with a live stream with hole cards up, and hand-for-hand coverage on PokerNews.com that follows along with the stream.
While you wait for the final six to resume action on Friday, check out this Day 5 interview with the chip leader Allain:
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Hand #60: Action folded around to Adrien Allain on the button and he made it 250,000 holding .
Antoine Saout found and shoved in his 1,525,000 stack. Big blind Oren Rosen folded instantly, Allain called just as quick.
The flop came , not connecting Saout in any way. The on the turn however gave him some outs for a split pot, but the on the river didn't do it for him.
Saout finished in 7th place for €128,340. The remaining 6 players started bagging and tagging, all guaranteed €170,950.
Hand #57: Action folded to Jimmy Guerrero in the small blind and he raised to 275,000 with . Calamusa folded his big blind.
Hand #58: Jimmy Guerrero raised to 235,000 from the button with and took down the pot uncontested.
Hand #59: Action folded to Adrien Allain in the small blind and he pushed with . Saout folded his big blind.
Hand #52: Oren Rosen found a big hand under the gun, and declared all in for 1,760,000 with . All players folded and Rosen took down the blinds and antes.
Hand #53: Adrien Allain found on the button and asked how much both of his opponents had. He pushed all in and both the small blind and big blind folded.
Hand #54: Adrien Allain made it 250,000 with from the cutoff. Jan Bendik called from the big blind holding . The flop came and Bendik check folded to Allain's 250,000 bet.
Hand #55: From early position, Pierre Calamusa made it 225,000 with . On the button Oren Rosen with the three-bet all in for 1.8 million. That was too much for Calamusa as he folded.
Hand #56: Another real hand for Oren Rosen; in the cutoff this time. He raised to 235,000 and took down the blinds and antes.
Hand #48: Jimmy Guerrero raised under the gun to 235,000 with and Asan Umarov looked at in the big blind. Umarov called and the flop brought out , on which Guerrero bet 275,000 after Umarov checked. Umarov called and on the turn the hit.
Umarov checked again, and Guerrero bet 675,000 on the turn. Umarov tanked for a bit before calling, and the river was the .
Umarov checked again, and now Guerrero checked behind with his made flush against the two pair of his opponent.
Hand #49: Adrien Allain raised under the gun plus one with to 225,000 and Oren Rosen looked at in the cutoff. Rosen went into the tank for quite some time before folding his hand.
Jan Bendik called with on the button and two players saw a flop of . After unknown action the turn brought out and both players checked.
The river was the and again the action was checked. Bendik showed his pocket pair and he won the pot.
Hand #50: Pierre Calamusa received a walk.
Hand #51: Pierre Calamusa limped with and Adrien Allain checked with . The flop brought out and and Calamusa bet 125,000 and Allain called.
The turn brought out the and Calamusa bet 300,000 into Allain's turned straight. Allain raised it up to 800,000 and Calamusa called rather quickly.
On the river the hit and Calamusa checked to Allain who looked down at his cards before betting 1.5 million and Calamusa snap-called.
Hand #44: Small blind Pierre Calamusa limped in with and big blind Adrien Allain checked his . The flop came and Calamusa bet 125,000. Allain called. The fell on the turn and Calamusa took down the pot with his 275,000 bet as Allain folded his queen-high.
Hand #45: In the hijack, Asan Umarov found and raised to 225,000. All of his opponents quickly laid down their hands and Umarov took down the blinds and antes.
Hand #46: Hijack Jimmy Guerrero with the made it 235,000. His neighbor Pierre Calamusa found and three-bet to 600,000. Action folded to Guerrero and he too folded.
"I make a big fold" said Guerrero.
Hand #47: Asan Umarov folded pocket threes but hijack Calamusa found and made it 225,000 to go. Cutoff Adrien Allain with the called in position. The flop came and Calamusa, while flopping best, checked. Allain bet 225,000 and Calamusa called, growing the pot to 1,120,000. The on the turn saw Calamusa check again. This time around, Allain bet 575,000. Calamusa called again.
The on the turn gave Calamusa two pair, but it sure wasn't the card he was looking for and he checked. Allain bet 800,000 into the 2,270,000 pot and Calamusa folded just about instantly.
Hand #39: Jan Bendik raised under the gun with to 235,000 and he won the pot.
Hand #40: Antoine Saout shoved from the button and he picked up the pot.
Hand #41: Oren Rosen raised from the button with to 225,000 and Jan Bendik called from the small blind with .
The flop brought out and Bendik lead out for 280,000, after which Rosen folded.
Hand #42: Adrien Allain raised to 225,000 with under the gun plus one and Antoine Saout raised all in from the hijack for 1.66 million. Both blinds folded, and Allain went into the tank before folding.
Hand #43: From the small blind Jimmy Guerrero raised with to 275,000, and Pierre Calamusa called with .
The flop brought and both players checked. On the turn the hit and Guerrero checked again, and now Calamusa bet 250,000. Guerrero quickly called and on the river the hit. Guerrero checked, and Calamusa bet 425,000. Eventually Guerrero folded and Calamusa picked up the pot.