Day 4 Completed
Day 4 Completed
Juen More Time
It was yet another quick-fire day at the ISPT poker tables as we lost 78 of the 98 players that came back for Day 4. With the action moved off the field and into the Bobby Moore suite, it was qualifier Alban Juen, who, having led at the start of Day 2 and Day 3, retook the lead right at the death.
Ole Schemion, who has been on a hot streak for the last year, had begun the day as chip leader that also counted Toby Lewis and Sam Trickett amongst the biggest stacks. Schemion and Trickett were drawn on the same table and it made for some intriguing early battles, most of which were won by the German. Trickett ended up busting fairly early, donated his €3,000 prize money to the dealers and headed straight to the airport and the WSOP. Other big names who didn't make it through included Lewis, Mat Frankland, Antoine Saout and Peter Eastgate.
It was Trickett's former foes in the Nottingham poker scene, Pete Linton and Nick Hicks, who were at this point vying for the chip lead as Schemion lost several big pots, eventually falling in a flip. It looked as though Hicks would be the overall chip leader after he eliminated Amy Trodd in a 3 million chip pot with aces against kings, but then Alban's late rally right at the end just pushed him in front for Day 5.
They'll be joined by Freddy Deeb, Praz Bansi, Julian Gardner and Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliott, all still hoping for that €1 million first prize.
Tomorrow we'll be playing down to the final table from 12pm UK time. Remember to join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team for all the updates on the penultimate day of the ISPT.
Official End-of-Day 4 Chip Counts (full)
Here's how the remaining players stack up — literally.
Dave Ulliott is the opposite of a happy bunny in springtime, joyously bouncing over a green hill in full view of the sun and a rainbow.
"But Pokernews!" you might ask, "why is that?"
The reason was that Alban Juen had fired 550,000 on the river with Ulliott tanking for several minutes before making the call.
Juen showed for a backdoor flush and Ulliott muttered several expletives as he turned over for a turned straight. Juen is now up to over 5 million.
Play is now finishing for the evening.
Juen Alban Busts Florian Schultz
Florian Schultz threw in his remaining chips with less than three minutes left of day 4 at the ISPT. Juen Alban had the chips to call him with and duly did so.
Shultz was in excellent shape with versus the of Alban.
The board ran out and Alban’s flush sent Schultz home with €7,950 for his troubles.
Louis Wins a FlippetyFlip
Leon Louis is a heads-up sit 'n' go player who terrorises opponents under the alias "Flippetyflopuk," quite ironic then that he won a crucial 'flip.
A raise to 87,000 from Stagno was greeted by an all in shove of 786,000 from Louis and a call from Stagno. Louis' hand was the and he was up against the of Stagno. By the river the board read , doubling Louis up and leaving Stagno nursing stack that is less than a third of the average stack.
Ivan Tikhov is no longer a competitor in this tournament after being eliminated in a hand with Pete Linton.
Jakub Michalak opened from the button and Linton flat-called in the small blind. Ivan Tikhov ceased an opportunity to get his short-stack all in and he shoved from the big blind. Michalak folded but Linton called.
Linton came from behind when the flop came into play and his pair of queens stayed best as the turn and river failed to improve Tikhov.
The Ladies Be Hating Deeb
It's been a bad last hour for Freddy Deeb, twice he's played raised pots where two queens have come on the flop and both time he's been the loser.
In the first hand, Deeb opened to 100,000 and was called by Gwedoline Janot to see a flop. Deeb checked and Janot bet 75,000 before Deeb check-raised to 300,000. Janot thought for a moment and then made the call.
The came on the turn and Deeb checked again, this time Janot bet 350,000.
"You must have a queen, or sevens," said Deeb, mucking his hand.
A few hands later saw Deeb open the button to 90,000 and Xavier El Fassy made the call. Both players checked the flop before El Fassy check-raised Deeb's 200,000 bet to 500,000. Deeb made the call to see the on the river where El Fassy bet 600,000.
Deeb took a minute and made the call, El Fassy showed for a full house and Deeb flashed having flopped trips.
Daniel Platten is Out
Daniel Platten shoved his last 107,000 over the line and was called by Guiseppe Stagno in the small blind and Praz Bansi in the big blind.
They checked the flop of
The turn was the Again they both checked.
The river was the . Stagno checked and Bansi bet 100,000.
“Really? Check check and you bet the river.” Said Stagno wondering why Bansi would try to steal the pot. He called the 100,000 and got the answer.
Stagno’s top pair was no match for Bansi’s rivered straight with .
Platten mucked his cards, said "Good game." and exited with dignity.
The word on the tournament floor was there would be another level played after the one currently in play. However, the official word is we will now wrap things up at the end of this level, meaning the players will be bagging and tagging in around 35 minutes.