Main Event
Main Event
Day 4 Completed

partypoker Pro Geilich Takes Chip Lead as 16 Remain in Merit Poker Classic Main Event

poolshir • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Ludovic Geilich
Ludovic Geilich

The penultimate day of the Merit Poker Classic $5,300 Main Event has come to an end after six levels of 75 minutes have been played and sixteen players have found a bag to tag. partypoker pro Ludovic Geilich claimed the Day 4 chip lead when he bagged 8,080,000 in chips.

The Scottish player scored a huge double-up when he found pocket kings and five-bet shoved for over 4 million and was called by Basil Yaiche who had pocket queens. Geilich is followed by Israel's Liran Twito who claimed oodles of bust-outs to his name including Pavel Plesuv and Kacper Pyzara. Rounding out the podium is Shahar Levi (7,255,000), who also hails from Israel. After going up and down the chip counts throughout the day, he found a double-up through Twito among other things in the last level of the day to soar to third.

Kristen Bicknell
partypoker pro Kristen Bicknell bagged 4,980,000 at the end of the day

Also bagging an above average stack are Basil Yaiche, partypoker pro Kristen Bicknell, and the day 1c chip leader Anton Morgenstern. Other more familiar faces who have made it through to the final day include Mustafa Biz, Day 3 chip leader Pavel Kovalenko, Dori Yacoub, Florian Duta, and Andreas Christoforou.

Day 4 started with 66 players, although not everyone showed up in time. The eliminations were coming in at a rapid pace, and by the first break only 37 players were left. Albert Daher, birthday boy Milad Oghabian, Stoyan Abreshkov, Lachezar Petkov, Uri Reichenstein, day 2 chip leader Sergey Baburin, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Vlad Darie, and Joey Weissman were some of the bigger names who didn’t get through the first two levels of the day.

Things started slowing down afterward, and in the next two levels Andrey Pateychuk, Boris Kolev, Elvin Sarkarov, Joep Raemaekers, and Kenny Hallaert were among those to fall. Hallaert managed to catch his flight in time as his pocket eights got beaten by the ace-queen of Daniel Braude, who ended up with the better kicker on a seven-seven-seven-seven-deuce board.

Manig Loeser
Manig Loeser finished in 19th place for $25,415

Twenty-five players went into the last break of the day and things started slowing down even more. The likes of Dragos Trofimov, Ben Farrell and Manig Loeser, who lost his stack to Bicknell, fell along the way. Daniil Kiselev busted with ace-jack against the eights of Morgenstern, followed by Orhan Ates who was the final elimination of the night. Fittingly, it was Geilich who did him in to bag the overall chip lead.

The final sixteen players will return at noon local time on Sunday, May 12, to play down to a winner. The eventual champion will walk away with the first-place prize of a staggering $565,157. Action resumes in level 25, with a small blind of 50,000, a big blind of 100,000, and big blind ante of 100,000. Make sure to come back to see who will be victorious here in the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino in Cyprus!

Final Day Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Kristen BicknellCanada4,980,00050
12Ulan DzholdoshbekovRussia3,500,00035
13Dori YacoubLebanon3,120,00031
14Daniel BraudeIsrael2,630,00026
15Hasan DoganTurkey3,200,00032
16Mustafa BizTurkey3,415,00034
17Empty  -
18Selahaddin BedirTurkey3,350,00034
19Anton MorgensternGermany4,300,00043
21Empty  -
22Anatoly SuvorovRussia2,200,00022
23Shahar LeviIsrael7,255,00073
24Liran TwitoIsrael7,470,00075
25Ludovic GeilichUnited Kingdom8,080,00081
26Andreas ChristoforouCyprus1,700,00017
27Pavel KovalenkoRussia3,405,00034
28Florian DutaRomania1,995,00020
29Basil YaicheFrance5,385,00054

Tags: Albert DaherAndreas ChristoforouAndrey PateychukAnton MorgensternBasil YaicheBoris KolevDaniel BraudeDaniil KiselevDori YacoubDragos TrofimovFlorian DutaJacek LadnyJoep RaemaekersJoey WeissmanKacper PyzaraKristen BicknellLachezar PetkovLiran TwitoLudovic GeilichManig LoeserMilad OghabianMustafa BizOliver RuesingOrhan AtesPavel KovalenkoPavel PlesuvSergey BaburinShahar LeviUri ReichensteinVlad DarieVladimir Troyanovskiy

End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)

poolshir • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

A full recap of today's action is to follow.

Ludovic Geilich gb
Ludovic Geilich
gb 8,080,000 950,000
Liran Twito il
Liran Twito
il 7,470,000
Shahar Levi il
Shahar Levi
il 7,255,000 755,000
Basil Yaiche fr
Basil Yaiche
fr 5,385,000 885,000
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
ca 4,980,000 -2,150,000
Anton Morgenstern de
Anton Morgenstern
de 4,300,000 -100,000
Ulan Dzholdoshbekov RU
Ulan Dzholdoshbekov
RU 3,500,000 1,150,000
Mustafa Biz tr
Mustafa Biz
tr 3,415,000 -435,000
Pavel Kovalenko ru
Pavel Kovalenko
ru 3,405,000 -475,000
Selahaddin Bedir tr
Selahaddin Bedir
tr 3,350,000 -850,000
Hasan Dogan tr
Hasan Dogan
tr 3,200,000 -1,000,000
Dori Yacoub lb
Dori Yacoub
lb 3,120,000 2,020,000
Daniel Braude il
Daniel Braude
il 2,630,000 630,000
Anatoly Suvorov ru
Anatoly Suvorov
ru 2,200,000 1,030,000
Florian Duta ro
Florian Duta
ro 1,995,000 -505,000
Andreas Christoforou cy
Andreas Christoforou
cy 1,700,000 100,000

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Morgenstern Back to Above Average

poolshir • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Anton Morgenstern raised to 195,000 from under the gun and was called by Selahaddin Bedir in the big blind.

The flop came {k-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}, Bedir check-called the 250,000 continuation-bet of Morgenstern.

The turn was the {j-Diamonds}, Bedir now check-called the 650,000 continuation-bet of Morgenstern.

The river completed the board with the {10-Spades}. Bedir checked for the last time and Morgenstern shoved for Bedit to snap-fold.

Anton Morgenstern de
Anton Morgenstern
de 4,400,000 3,200,000
Selahaddin Bedir tr
Selahaddin Bedir
tr 4,200,000 200,000

Tags: Anton MorgensternSelahaddin Bedir

Levi Makes the Right Call

poolshir • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

The board read {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{k-Hearts} with around 2,000,000 in the middle already.

Shahar Levi had checked in the big blind and "John Three" bet 775,000 from under the gun. Levi leaped into the tank for about three minutes before making the call and sighed of relief when he picked up the pot with {10-Spades}{6-Spades}.

John Three IL
John Three
IL 7,900,000 -960,000
Shahar Levi il
Shahar Levi
il 6,500,000 1,640,000

Tags: Shahar Levi

Levi Doubles Through "John Three"

poolshir • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Shahar Levi
Shahar Levi

Ludovic Geilich raised to 185,000 from under the gun and Shahar Levi called in the small blind. "John Three" three-bet to 680,000 in the big blind. Geilich folded and Levi shoved for 2,295,000 which Three called.

Shahar Levi: {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}
John Three: {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

The board ran out {5-Spades}{j-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} for Levi to hold with the pocket kings to double up.

John Three IL
John Three
IL 8,860,000 -3,340,000
Shahar Levi il
Shahar Levi
il 4,860,000 -1,155,000

Tags: Ludovic GeilichShahar Levi

Geilich Doubles Through Yaiche

poolshir • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

"John Three" raised to 185,000 from mid-positon and Ludovic Geilich three-bet to 610,000 from the hijack. Basil Yaiche four-bet to 1,300,000 from the big blind and Three folded. Geilich shoved for 4,250,000 and Yaiche called.

Ludovic Geilich: {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}
Basil Yaiche: {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

The board ran out {7-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{7-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} for Geilich to stay ahead and double up.

Ludovic Geilich gb
Ludovic Geilich
gb 7,130,000 3,630,000
Basil Yaiche fr
Basil Yaiche
fr 4,500,000 -4,500,000

Tags: Basil YaicheLudovic Geilich

Yaiche Doubles Through Morgenstern

poolshir • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Basil Yaiche
Basil Yaiche

Basil Yaiche opened from under the gun to 175,000 and Anton Morgenstern three-bet to 525,000 from mid-position. Yaiche called.

The flop came {3-Clubs}{k-Spades}{10-Spades}, Yaiche check-called the 650,000 continuation-bet of Morgenstern.

The turn was the {5-Spades} on which both players checked to see the {3-Clubs} on the river complete the board. Yaiche checked again. Morgenstern shoved and Yaiche called for the 3,330,000 he had behind.

Basil Yaiche: {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}
Anton Morgenstern: {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}

They had both hit a set but Yaiche doubled up with the bigger one.

Basil Yaiche fr
Basil Yaiche
fr 9,000,000 5,000,000
Anton Morgenstern de
Anton Morgenstern
de 1,200,000 -4,540,000

Tags: Anton MorgensternBasil Yaiche

Orhan Ates Eliminated in 17th Place ($29,005)

poolshir • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Orhan Ates
Orhan Ates

Orhan Ates shoved from mid-position for around 1,000,000 and Ludovic Geilich shoved too in the small blind. Andreas Christoforou quickly folded his big blind.

Orhan Ates: {3-Hearts}{3-Spades}
Ludovic Geilich: {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}

The board ran out {k-Spades}{2-Spades}{j-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} for Ates' two pair to get counterfeited on the river and Geilich to win with the higher kicker.

Ludovic Geilich gb
Ludovic Geilich
gb 3,500,000 1,500,000
Orhan Ates tr
Orhan Ates
tr Busted

Tags: Andreas ChristoforouLudovic GeilichOrhan Ates

Final Two Tables

poolshir • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
11Kristen BicknellCanada
12Ulan DzholdoshbekovRussia
13Dori YacoubLebanon
14Daniel BraudeIsrael
15Hasan DoganTurkey
16Mustafa BizTurkey
18Selahaddin BedirTurkey
19Anton MorgensternGermany
21Orhan AtesTurkey
22Anatoly SuvorovRussia
23Shahar LeviIsrael
24John ThreeIsrael
25Ludovic GeilichGermany
26Andreas ChristoforouCyprus
27Pavel KovalenkoRussia
28Florian DutaRomania
29Basil YaicheFrance