Day 4 Completed
Day 4 Completed
Day four of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final was fast and furious. With just 16 players remaining it's Matchbook CEO Andrew Pantling who has the lead. Pantling lead is a massive one. Pantlings nearest competitor, John Juanda, has nearly a full average stack less than the Canadian who starts tomorrow with 2,248,000.
The fourth day of play began with 34 players but right from the start they started busting out left and right. Belgian player Guy Goossens was the first to bust when he lost a coin flip to Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin. Laurent Lagreve followed quickly after Ramdin when he did not improve with king-jack suited versus Vasili Firsau's ace-queen. Still in the first level we also saw Patrick Naxache bust out as he ran queen-jack into Grant Levy's ace-queen.
Soon after, Didier Pitcho was knocked out by Ramdin it was Goran Mandic who took the chip lead. Andreas Eiler didn't believe the agressive Croatian player, and five-bet all in with pocket sevens. Mandic was not bluffing this time and called with two queens, which held up. Team PokerStars Pro Ville Wahlbeck recorded his first ever EPT Main Event cash but his run was halted in 29th place (€25,000) by Andrew Lichtenberger. Wahlbeck ended up all in with two fives and failed to hold up against ace-five. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Oleksii Kovalchuk was unlucky just moments later on the feature table. The Ukrainian pro was in great shape with ace-king versus Freddy Deeb's ace-queen but a queen on the flop ended Kovalchuk's tournament.
German Dansker from Argentina followed in Naxache's footsteps, as he was also eliminated by Levy. Levy's jacks held against ace-queen suited to bring the field down to 26. One of the three remaining former EPT winners was eliminated next as Season 1 EPT Copenhagen winner Noah Boeken lost all his chips to Kevin Vandersmissen. Boeken finished in 26th place for €25,000 and that's his best EPT result since October 2007 when he finished 14th in EPT Dublin. Gerard Gardelli busted next followed by Conte Francesco Paolo as the best French and Brazilian player in this year's EPT Grand Final.
One of the biggest pots of the day was played at the feature table between Vandersmissen, Ramdin and Lodden. The last Belgian player remaining ended up busting as his ace-queen was not enough against Lodden's ace-king on a king high flop. This pot sky-rocketed Lodden about a million chips in front of his nearest rivals. One of the most outspoken players left in the tournament, Luke Schwartz, was the next to go. Schwartz ran ace-eight into Paul Volpe's ace-jack and did not improve. Ismael Bojang will not go down as the best Austrian player ever in the EPT Grand Final, as he was knocked out in 21st place. Back in 2010 it was Josef Klinger who finished runner up to Nicolas Chouity for a cool million.
As we said before, the action was fast and furious and the final level proved that even more so. Volpe was knocked out by Clyde Tjauw Foe in 20th, Noah Schwartz hit a one-outer to double up, Dario Sammartino busted to Ramdin and the final two players busted within five minutes of each other. PokerStars Team Online and EPT Copenhagen winner Mickey Petersen was knocked out in 18th place by Schwartz when he ran ace-king suited in aces. Kevin Iacofano ended up being Levy's third elimination as his queens were no match for the Australian's nines. Levy made a flush and ended the fourth day of play.
The biggest pot of the day happened not too long before the end of the day as Pantling and Lodden clashed. There are no details about what happend as the hand was not shown on the live stream. Only Lodden's Tweet gave us a little information on what happened.
Bad last level.. Did a really, really bad call that was soooooooo bad! 1.352 for tomorrow. #EPTGrandFinal #eptnorMay 10 2013Follow
There are a ton of big name pros left as we head into the fifth day of play. Two former EPT champions, Cody and Mercier, remain, and are looking to become the first to win twice. The British pro starts tomorrow as the shortest stack and he has an uphill battle waiting for him, while Mercier sits eighth in chips.. It's safe to say that at least 13 of the final 16 players are very well respected pros and there are also still five Team PokerStars Pros alive and kicking.
Make sure to now miss anything of our coverage tomorrow as Day 5 promises to be an amazing one! Play resumes at 12:00 Noon local time and PokerNews.com will bring you all the live updates as the EPT Grand Final reaches its final eight!
A massive hand at the feature table turned things in Andrew Pantling's favor in the final stages of the day. Because the live stream was not showing this table we don't have any details on how Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden lost a ton of chips to Pantling. We do know one thing though, Pantling starts Day 5 with a very big chip lead!
There was an open, Grant Levy called in the cutoff, Kevin Iacofano moved all in for 140,000 on the button, and the action folded back to Levy, who made the call.
Iacofano was in great shape to double, but the flop gave Levy a flush draw. He hit said flush when the turned, and a meaningless completed the board.
Iacofano was off to the cage to collect €30,000 for his 17th-place finish, while the remaining 16 players began bagging and tagging for the evening.
PokerStars Team Online member Mickey Petersen opened to 32,000 from under the gun, and the action folded all the way to Noah Schwartz, who three-bet to 82,000 from the big blind. Petersen went deep into the tank, then four-bet to 161,000. Schwartz didn't back down, five-betting to 271,000, and Petersen moved all in for effectively 529,000.
Schwartz snap-called with , which was well ahead of Petersen's .
Schwartz was in great shape when the flop fell , but the turned, giving Petersen a flush draw. Any spade would eliminated Schwartz, but the bricked on the river, and he doubled to well over one million chips.
Petersen was left with just 16,000, and after anteing 2,000, he was all in on the big blind for 14,000. Jason Mercier opened to 32,000 on the button, Noah Schwartz three-bet to 61,000 from the small blind, and Mercier called. Both players checked on the flop (), and the turn (), and the completed the board. Schwartz checked, Mercier fired 60,000, and Schwartz quickly folded.
Petersen opened up the for the nut flush, tripling up to 54,000.
The next hand, Schwartz raised to 39,000 on the button, and Petersen moved all in from the small blind. The big blind folded.
The board came , and Petersen was eliminated in 18th place.
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Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier raised to 32,000 under the gun and Clyde Tjauw Foe called from the big blind. The flop brought out and Tjauw Foe check-called 28,000.
On the turn the popped up and Tjauw Foe checked to Mercier who bet 58,000. Tjauw Foe went into the tank for a while before putting out a raise to 170,000. Mercier made the call and the river brought the .
Tjauw Foe tanked for a couple of minutes before finally checking and Mercier checked behind right away. Tjauw Foe showed and Mercier took down this big pot with .
Grant Levy raised to 33,000 and John Juanda called from the big blind. The flop brought out and both players checked.
On the turn the hit and Juanda bet 58,000, Levy called. The river brought the and this time Juanda bet 138,000 and Levy immediately folded.
The flop read when Clyde Tjauw Foe checked from the big blind to Steve O'Dwyer who sat on the button. O'Dwyer bet 35,000 and Tjauw Foe made the call.
On the turn the hit and this time Tjauw Foe check-called 65,000. The river brought the and Tjauw Foe tank-folded after O'Dywer threw out a 155,000-chip bet.
Vasili Firsau raised to 34,000 from the button and Mateusz Moolhuizen moved all in from the big blind for 258,000. Firsau took about 30 seconds to make up his mind and he made the call.
The board ran out and Moolhuizen doubled up.