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€1,100 EPT National
Day 3 Completed

Jean-René Fontaine Leads the EPT National Final Six

AaronMcBride • Level 36: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante
Jean-René Fontaine
Jean-René Fontaine

After nearly nine hours of play, 49 players have been whittled down to the EPT National final six with Jean-René Fontaine returning as the chipleader at noon on Sunday, August, 26.

Fontaine bagged a stack worth 42,500,000 and will be joined by Julien Martini, Jerome L'Hostis, Alberto Ah-Line, Jan 'The Wolf' Teunis, and Claudio Di Giacomo.

The EPT National started back on Wednesday, August,22 as the curtain raiser for the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona and has seen four days worth of packed poker action so far at the Casino Barcelona.

Final Day Seating and Chip Counts

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Jean-René FontaineFrance42,500,00085
2Julien MartiniFrance38,775,00078
3Jan TeunisNetherlands8,950,00018
4Jerome L'HostisFrance19,775,00040
5Claudio Di GiacomoItaly7,700,00015
6Alberto Ah-LineFrance12,300,00025



Action of the Day

The play got off to a fast start with all-ins, double up and eliminations a regular occurrence. The field had been reduced to 18 within the first four levels, and at that point, the play slowed down a little.

Before that point, defending champion, Pedro Cairat was eliminated in 34th place for €11,950 after he ran pocket fives into pocket sixes to end his dream of back-to-back titles.

Ludovic Geilich started the day among the big stacks but took a huge knock when he saw his pocket aces lose to Claudio Di Giacomo's pocket nines. Geilich was able to rebuild and even saw his ace-two hit runner runner nut flush, but not long after the final three tables were drawn he departed in 24th place after he ran ace-queen into ace-king and found no help from the board.

Pedro Cairat
Defending champion Pedro Cairat fell in 34th place

Joris Ruijs had quite the battle with Day 3 chipleader Valentin Cristea with the two players regularly exchanging large amounts of their stacks. Ruijs got the better of Cristea on the first occasion when his ace-king hit a flush against pocket aces to secure a vital double-up, but later on, it was Cristea who won the battle when he survived against Ruijs with pocket eights against king-jack. However, both players were unable to reach the final table with Ruijs taking 14th place shortly after Cristea exited in 16th.

Arni Gunnarsson (12th place - €39,150), Yunsheng Sun (11th place - €44,350), and Giovanni Gallo (10th place - €44,350) departed before the final table of nine came together.

Roger Taieb was the first player to depart after he got his last ten big blinds into the middle with pocket jacks, only to see Jerome L'Hostis win the pot after he hit a higher pair with queen-ten on the queen-king-six-four-deuce board.

And there was to be another unfortunate exit after Mariano Leandro Hyon saw his ace-queen lose to Julien Martini's ace-nine after the two of them got all their chips into the middle. Martini paired his nine to send Leandro Hyon to the rail in 8th place for €64,800.

With just one more elimination required before the final six came back for the last day, the play tightened up for most of the player except Jean-René Fontaine who managed to flip Martini's big chip lead into his own. Fontaine made an amazing call with pocket tens on an ace-jack-eight-four-six board, and further increased his stack when he got paid with a full house against Jan Teunis.

Jan Dentler was the final player to miss out on a spot in the final day after he saw his three-bet shove with ace-nine called by Julien Martini who held ace-ten. Martini's dominating ace held and Dentler was confirmed as the 7th place finisher for €91,220.

PokerNews will be back with all the action at noon as the EPT National crown's its 2018 champion.

Julien Martini
Julien Martin sits in second placei

Tags: Alberto Ah LineArni GunnarssonClaudio Di GiacomoGiovanni GalloJan DentlerJan TeunisJerome L'HostisJoris RuijsJulien MartiniLudovic GeilichMariano Leandro HyonPedro CairatRoger TaiebValentin CristeaYunsheng Sun

Jan Dentler Eliminated in 7th Place (€91,220)

AaronMcBride • Level 36: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante
Jan Dentler
Jan Dentler

Julien Martini raised from under the gun to 1.2m, and Jan Dentler moved all in for 5.5m from the cutoff. The rest of the table folded and Martini called.

Julien Martini:{a-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Jan Dentler: {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

Board: {5-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{a-Spades}

Dentler saw his hand was dominated and he would be eliminated unless the board came to his rescue. There was no sign of help on the flop, and the ten of spades on the turn only cemented the pot to Martini.

Dentler missed out on a place at the table on the final day and walked away in 7th place for €91,220.

The play has now been concluded for the day, and the players will return tomorrow at noon.

The full chip counts will be posted shortly and a recap of the day's action will follow later.

Julien Martini fr
Julien Martini
fr 33,000,000 6,000,000
Jan Dentler de
Jan Dentler
de Busted

Tags: Jan DentlerJulien Martini

Di Giacomo Doubles Through L'Hostis

KaleGozer • Level 36: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante

Claudio Di Giacomo shoved 4,225,000 all in from middle position. Jerome L'Hostis asked for a count, then called from the big blind.

Claudio Di Giacomo: {A-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Jerome L'Hostis: {A-Hearts}{7-Hearts}

Di Giacomo paired his kicker right away on {Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{4-Hearts} and doubled up shortly after cards were back in the air.

Jerome L'Hostis fr
Jerome L'Hostis
fr 18,800,000 -5,200,000
Claudio Di Giacomo it
Claudio Di Giacomo
it 9,200,000 3,700,000

Tags: Claudio Di GiacomoJerome L'Hostis


Dinner Break

KaleGozer • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

The seven remaining players are on a 75-minute dinner break. Once they return, they play down until six before chips are bagged for the night.

L'Hostis Doubles Through Di Giacomo

KaleGozer • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

In the penultimate hand before the dinner break, Claudio Di Giacomo raised to 1,000,000 from early position. Jerome L'Hostis three-bet to 3,400,000 from the big blind, Di Giacomo four-bet shoved and L'Hostis called all in for 11,575,000.

Jerome L'Hostis: {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}
Claudio La Giacomo: {J-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}

The board ran out {K-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{5-Spades} to give L'Hostis the double before the break.

Jerome L'Hostis fr
Jerome L'Hostis
fr 24,000,000 10,000,000
Claudio Di Giacomo it
Claudio Di Giacomo
it 5,500,000 -22,500,000

Tags: Claudio Di GiacomoJerome L'Hostis

Martini Shoves the River Versus Teunis

AaronMcBride • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Julien Martini
Julien Martini

The action folded to Julien Martini on the button, and he raised to 800,000. Jan Teunis called from the small blind, and Jerome L'Hostis called in the big blind. The flop came down {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}{10-Clubs}, and Martini continued for 600,000 after the action was checked to him.

Teunis made the call, and L'Hostis folded before the {8-Spades} turn was revealed. Tuenis checked, and Martini continued for 2.6m. Tuenis thought for a minute before he raised to 6m, which was called by Martini after he too had a minute's thought.

Teunis checked on the {10-Diamonds} river, and Martini moved all in. The latter just had Tuenis covered, and he went into the tank for two minutes.

"Nice bluff," he then announced, before he swiftly folded and Martini swooped the 20m pot.

Julien Martini fr
Julien Martini
fr 27,000,000 6,000,000
Jan Teunis nl
Jan Teunis
nl 8,000,000 -7,000,000

Tags: Jan TeunisJerome L'HostisJulien Martini

Fontaine Hits a House to Take the Lead

AaronMcBride • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

Jan Teunis raised from under the gun and saw Jean-René Fontaine call from the small blind and Julien Martini call in the big blind. Both players in the blinds checked to Teunis on the {3-Spades}{8-Hearts}{j-Spades} flop, and he continued the aggression with a bet worth 1.5m. Fontaine made the call and Martini folded.

The turn brought the {2-Hearts}, and Fontaine check-called a 3m bet from Teunis. On the {3-Clubs} river, Fontaine led quickly for 6m. Tuenis got a confirmation of the bet amount and thought for close to 30 seconds before he made the call.

Fontaine flipped over {8-Spades}{8-Clubs} for a full house as Teunis conceded the pot.

Jean-René Fontaine fr
Jean-René Fontaine
fr 40,500,000 13,500,000
Jan Teunis nl
Jan Teunis
nl 15,000,000 -8,000,000

Tags: Jan TeunisJulien Martini