Day 5 Completed
Day 5 Completed
The final table of the 2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT Main Event €5,300 is set and Nicolas Dumont leads the last eight hopefuls out of 777 entries into tomorrow's final table. While Dumont sits quite comfortable at the top of the leader board, it won't be an easy ride for the Frenchman as he faces tough competition for the Platinum Pass worth $30,000 and top prize of €712,000. All eight remaining finalists have locked up €68,300 for their efforts, but all eyes are set on the elusive trophy and the additional bragging rights that come with it.
Dumont bagged up 5,255,000, good enough for 52 big blinds upon restart of the final table. Second in chips is Tomas Jozonis with 3,800,000 and you can read up on the story of the Lithuanian here. Several other players are very close together in the overall chip counts with Honglin Jiang (2,985,000), EPT2 Baden champion Patrik Antonius (2,975,000), Javier Fernandez (2,750,000) and David Peters (2,400,000) all separated by a mere five big blinds.
PokerStars online qualifier Krisztian Gyorgyi, who started his journey in a €5 satellite, made it through with 1,940,000 and successfully pulled off a instant classic bluff with seven-deuce against Jozonis. You can read more about the Hungarian here, who will return with 1,940,000 in chips. Last but not least, German superstar Ole Schemion, who already finished 6th in the EPT Grand Final here in Monte-Carlo, rounds up the final table line-up with 1,160,000.
Main Event Final Table Seat Assignments
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|3||David Peters||United States||2,400,000||24|
|8||Honglin Jiang||New Zealand||2,985,000||29|
Day 5 Action
Only 16 hopefuls returned to the tables and the first level of Day 5 brought plenty of action and four players were sent to the rail. Dan Abouaf was the first one to run out of chips, followed by PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari. The Brazilian four-bet for almost half of his stack with pocket queens and called off the shove of Patrik Antonius, who has never in any threat with pocket aces.
Next to exit was Davor Lanini and Adrian Mateos then fell in 13th place. The three-time WSOP bracelet winner had already won the EPT Main Event title right here at Le Sporting, but things didn't go as smoothly on the last two tables for the young Spaniard. Ultimately, Mateos got his last 20 big blinds in with pocket fives and Ole Schemion held the dominating pocket nines, an ace-high board provided no help whatsoever. The Spaniard jumped into the in promptu €25,500 High Roller after his Main Event exit and finished third.
Another former EPT champion failed to navigate his way to the unofficial final table, as Davidi Kitai busted on the TV table soon after Stefan Huber had been eliminated on the outer table. Kitai three-bet all in with king-queen and was called by Javier Fernandez with the inferior king-ten, but a ten on the flop was all it took to dispatch the Belgian. Josip Simunic missed out on the TV spotlight after his ace-jack found no help against PokerStars online qualifier Krisztian Gyorgyi.
Until the dinner break there were still nine players remaining and Ole Schemion was the dominating chip leader, but things all but changed after that. Patrik Antonius doubled through Schemion when flopping a set of fives versus pocket queens and things got even worse for the German, who now resides in Vienna, soon after.
Sadri Saleh had lost most of his chips in a move against Schemion and three-bet all in with pocket deuces out of the small blind right after. Nicolas Dumont in the big blind reshoved with pocket queens and Schemion called with pocket jacks. Dumont hit a set on the flop and suddenly Schemion was the second-shortest stack, while Saleh exited in 9th place. The Frenchman more than doubled into the chip lead and stayed in the top spot for the remainder of the night.
No further elimination took place within the final level of the night, as Tomas Jozonis survived his all in with ace-seven against the jack-nine of Javier Fernandez in a battle of the blinds, ensuring eight remaining hopefuls for the final day at Le Sporting. They will be back tomorrow on Friday, May 4, 2018, at noon local time for level 29 with blinds of 50,000/100,000 and a big blind ante of 100,000.
The live stream with hole cards displayed will run on a security delay of 30 minutes and the PokerNews live updates will be published accordingly. Tune back in then to find out who becomes the latest addition to the EPT Main Event champion's club.
No flops were seen anymore in the last twenty minutes of the day and no major action occured. With the completion of level 28, play has stopped for the day. Eight players have survived the day and will return tomorrow at noon local time to play out the final table of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT.
All chip counts and an extensive recap follow shortly.
Nicolas Dumont raised to 180,000 in early position with . To his left, Honglin Jiang three-bet to 540,000. Not for the first time at this final table, ace-queen went into the muck, albeit it cost Dumont one time bank chip to made the laydown.
Tomas Jozonis raised on the button with . David Peters shoved 1,885,000 from the small blind with . Krisztian Gyorgyi picked up in the big blind and slapped a time bank chip in the middle before folding, as did Jozonis.
For the third time at this final table, Javier Fernandez picked up and he raised to 180,000 in early position. Nicolas Dumont defended his big blind with and caught a bad flop with . Fernandez bet 225,00 and Dumont stuck around.
On the turn, Dumont checked and Fernandez shoved all in for 1,420,000. Dumont thought for almost 30 seconds then folded the second best hand.
Amazingly enough, Javier Fernandez got dealt again in the very next hand. He raised to 185,000 from under the gun, Patrik Antonius called in the cutoff and Honglin Jiang called with from the big blind.
Fernandez retained the lead on the flop and both he and Jiang checked to Antonius. The Finn bet 275,000, Jiang folded, Fernandez check-raised all in for 2,170,000 and Antonius folded after a few seconds.
Tomas Jozonis opened to 175,000 in middle position with . To his direct left, David Peters shoved all in for 1,670,000 with .
It was a 20 big blind shove from Peters and for half of Jozonis' stack. He managed to find the fold and escaped the dominated situation.
Patrik Antonius raised to 160,000 with the and Tomas Jozonis called in the small blind with the . The flop fell and Jozonis checked, Antonius made it 200,000 to go and that shut down all further action.
Honglin Jiang raised to 175,000 with the in the hijack and Krisztian Gyorgyi called with the in the big blind. On a flop of , Gyorgyi checked and faced a bet of 150,000.
The Hungarian called and the turn gave both players an additional straight draw, which both players checked. On the river, Gyorgyi bet 300,000 and Jiang used one time bank extension and before calling to win a decent pot.
Javier Fernandez completed in the small blind and Tomas Jozonis checked his option with . The flop was and Fernandez bet 80,000 with the straight draw. Jozonis called with top pair.
The on the turn prompted a second barrel from Fernandez worth 285,000, but Jozonis wasn't shaken out and called a second time.
Fernandez whiffed on the river and gave up. Jozonis took the showdown and tabled the winner to rake in the pot.