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Silver's Well-Timed Tank

[user101598] • Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Max Silver raised to 80,000 in the cutoff, Isaac Baron called on the button, and Dominik Panka defended his big blind. The flop fell {q-Spades}{k-Spades}{10-Clubs}, Panka and Silver both checked, and Baron fired out 135,000. Panka got out of the way, and Silver called.

The turn was the {3-Clubs}, Silver check-called another bet of 260,000, and the {7-Spades} completed the board. Silver checked a third time, Baron moved all in for effectively 720,000, and Silver went into the tank.

At this time, Tom Hall was all in and at risk on the feature table, so Silver smartly waited to see what happened. When Hall busted, Silver was guaranteed ninth-place money because he had more chips.

Still, he opted to fold his hand, and Baron took down the pot.

The players are now moving to the nine-handed, unofficial final table.

Hand Analysis

This was a hand that demonstrated the value of being aware of what is happening elsewhere in the tournament. Read more about the situation faced by Silver here at Learn.PokerNews in "Lessons from the 2014 PCA: Be Mindful of Your Surroundings."

Isaac Baron us
Isaac Baron
us 3,600,000 570,000
Max Silver gb
Max Silver
gb 720,000 -395,000

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Tom Hall Eliminated in 10th Place ($112,400)

Josh_Cahlik • Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Tom Hall
Tom Hall

Tom Hall was all in before the flop for what was around his final 800,000. Hall held {K-Spades}{9-Hearts} and was up against Madis Muur's {A-Diamonds}{8-Spades}.

Muur paired his top card on the {A-Hearts}{6-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop and Hall needed to drastically improve in order to stay alive. The turn gave Muur three aces with the {A-Clubs} and Hall was drawing dead heading to the river. The {2-Hearts} finished off the board and Hall was eliminated from play.

Hall will collect $112,400 for his 10th place finish.

Tom Hall gb
Tom Hall
gb Busted

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The Daily EPT10 Player of the Year Update (1-12-14)

Chad_Holloway • Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

The European Poker Tour Season 10 Player of the Year race is on, and as you know players will be able to accumulate points in all events throughout Season 10, regardless of the buy-in level. In addition, all of the Festival Events (Estrellas, UKIPT, Eureka, FPS, IPT) that combine with an EPT tour stop will be eligible for Player of the Year points. The winner of this season’s award will walk away with €50,000 in Main Event buy-ins, good for any PokerStars or Full Tilt sponsored event.

The Global Poker Index (GPI) points formula, which will be used to determine the EPT10 POY, is a bit complicated, but you can read about all the details here.

Here are the current top ten on the EPT10 POY Leaderboard (last updated January 12, 2014):

Thomas Muhlocker
Thomas Muhlocker

1Thomas Muhlocker350.68 pts
2David Benefield321.18 pts
3Ole Schemion311.62 pts
4Jeff Rossiter258.92 pts
5Joao Barbosa257.14 pts
6Kenny Hallaert253.87 pts
7Nicolau Pacheco Villa-Lobos251.08 pts
8Jonathan Duhamel243.35 pts
9Timothy Adams222.31 pts
10Frederik Brink Jensen209.90 pts

We'll be bringing you daily updates on the Player of the Year race, so be sure to keep an eye out for those.

Tags: EPT Player of the YearEPT POYGlobal Poker IndexGPI

$7M in Online Cashes and Playing FTW

[user101598] • Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Shyam Srinivasan
Shyam Srinivasan

Shyam "g's zee" Srinivasan is a beast of the online poker world and is looking for his first major final table since 2006. The Canadian, who has clocked up more than $7m in online tournaments, steps out of the shadows and into the Bahamian sun at the PCA 2014. Ten players remain in the PCA Main Event. Find out more about Srinivasan at the PokerStars Blog by clicking here.

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Rules to Play By in the New Year at Learn.PokerNews

Shamus • Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante

Poker players often use the start of a new year as a reason to make "resolutions" going forward, most of which concern finding ways to play better and improve their bankrolls.

Jim Dixon has a different set of resolutions to propose for the coming year in his list of "Rules to Play By" — a collection of eight different resolutions players can follow to become better citizens of the poker community.

Read Dixon's resolutions and more over at Learn.PokerNews.

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Break Time

Josh_Cahlik • Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante

Players are now taking a 15-minute break.

Silver Slips Below One Million

Josh_Cahlik • Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante

Max Silver raised to 60,000 from under the gun and Pascal Lefrancois called from the button. The two blinds got out of the way and the two were left to see {Q-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} hit the felt.

Silver fired 75,000 and Lefrancois called. The {9-Diamonds} hit the turn and Silver checked. Lefrancois took this chance to fire 215,000 into the center of the table. Silver let it go and Lefrancois dragged in the pot. Lefrancois is now sitting on 5.24 million.

Pascal Lefrancois ca
Pascal Lefrancois
ca 5,240,000 280,000
Max Silver gb
Max Silver
gb 980,000 -510,000

Tags: Max SilverPascal LeFrancois