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Andre Akkari Leads the Final 16 Players of the PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event

Webjoker • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Andre Akkari
Andre Akkari

What was originally scheduled as a short day ended up being a marathon session with 6 levels of play. Day 4 of the PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event started with still 70 hopefuls remaining. When the dust had settled just after midnight, only 16 players remained with nonother than PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari in the lead.

TableSeatNameCountryChip Count
11Andrew HedleyUnited Kingdom1,005,000
12Andre AkkariBrazil6,160,000
13Tsugunari TomaJapan3,440,000
14Usman SiddiqueUnited Kingdom4,650,000
15Sebastian SorenssonSweden2,555,000
16Aeragan ArunanUnited Kingdom3,480,000
17Yaron Zeev MalkiIsrael1,510,000
18Albert DaherLebanon3,810,000
     
21Mauricio Salazar SanchezColombia655,000
22Brian Kaufman EspositoUruguay5,480,000
23Donald Duarte SierraNicaragua2,510,000
24Lachezar Plamenov PetkovBulgaria3,630,000
25[Removed:146]France4,065,000
26Rens FeenstraNetherlands1,565,000
27Alex DifeliceCanada2,775,000
28Raffaele SorrentinoItaly3,000,000

While sometimes action starts out slow with players nervous at the start the day, plenty of all ins were seen this time around. "All in and a call!" could be heard left and right and the camera teams trying to catch the action for PokerStars.tv ran around like their lives depended on it.

Gregory Janin was the first to go, his ace-nine couldn't outrun the ace-ten of Nuno Pereira Ascensao in the first hand of the day. Many would follow him out the door with Martin, Gabriel Chiva, and Pim Kuipers close behind him.

Andre Akkari got involved in a big hand early on as well, busting Erik Friberg in a monster pot with ace-queen against pocket tens. The queen on the river busted Friberg but was only the start of the run good for Akkari. The Brazilian PokerStars Team Pro later busted his neighbor Patrick Leonard with ace-king against queens (king on the river) and Jakub Senk with ten-six against ten-nine (back door straight after it had gone in on the flop). Akkari surpassed the 5 million mark when he did in German high roller Jan Eric Schwippert, hitting an eight with king-eight against ace-five.

He wasn't the only one to start with some nice increase of his stack. Scott Wellenbach coolered Daniel Smiljkovic in a set over set situation where the latter had fours but Wellenbach had queens. Wellenbach would add to his stack throughout the beginning of the day, but wouldn't finish it. After a long day of poker, the last 2 levels weren't too good for the Canadian where few pots were won. With the end of the day already insight, Wellenbach got it in with ace-jack against jacks.

"It's funny, I always get knocked out of tournaments with ace jack," Wellenbach said before the dealer got underway dealing the board.

The community cards brought the amicable Canadian no help and with 11 minutes left on the clock in the last level of the night, the clock was paused and the bagging and tagging began for the remaining 16 players as Wellenbach made his exit.

On Day 5 of the PokerStars Championship Barcelona, the plan is to play down from 16 to 6. The players are all guaranteed €61,400 but looking for that first place prize of over €1.4 million. Andre Akkari is in best position with over 6 million in chips, followed by Brian Kaufman Esposito who'll bring almost 5.5 million in chips.

Regulars like Rens Feenstra and Albert Daher are still in contention but a lot of eyes will also be on Raffaele Sorrentino. It took the PokerStars Championship's predecessor, the European Poker Tour, 10 seasons to find a 2-time winner, but Sorrentino might pull it off in the inaugural first season of the PokerStars Championship. He won the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino back in April for €466,714 and will try tomorrow to make another final table and win it on Sunday.

Day 2 chip leader Mauricio Salazar Sanchez is the shortest player still in. The 655,000 he brings to the penultimate day of the event is worth 13 big blinds, soon to be 11 big blinds when the next level gets underway.

The tournament resumes at noon local time with blinds at 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante). After 11 minutes and without a break, the tournament's next level of 30,000/60,000 with 10,000 ante will get underway. PokerNews will again be on the floor from start to finish to bring you all the updates.

Tags: Aeragan ArunanAlbert DaherAndre AkkariAndrew HedleyBrian Kaufman EspositoMauricio Salazar SanchezRaffaele SorrentinoSebastian SorenssonTsugunari TomaUsman SiddiqueYaron Zeev Malki

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Andre Akkari br 6,160,000 -90,000
Brian Kaufman Esposito uy 5,480,000 55,000
Usman Siddique gb 4,650,000
[Removed:146] FR 4,065,000 615,000
Albert Daher lb 3,810,000 -90,000
Lachezar Plamenov Petkov BG 3,630,000 30,000
Aeragan Arunan GB 3,480,000 990,000
Tsugunari Toma jp 3,440,000 -460,000
Raffaele Sorrentino it 3,000,000 350,000
Alex Difelice ca 2,775,000 -550,000
Sebastian Sorensson se 2,555,000 -195,000
Donald Duarte Sierra ni 2,510,000 -20,000
Rens Feenstra nl 1,565,000 100,000
Yaron Zeev Malki il 1,510,000
Andrew Hedley gb 1,005,000 135,000
Mauricio Salazar Sanchez cu 655,000 -15,000

Scott Wellenbach Eliminated in 17th Place (€61,400)

zedmaster84 • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Scott Wellenbach
Scott Wellenbach

Usman Siddique raised from under the gun to 115,000 and Scott Wellenbach moved all in for approximately 790,000 out of the big blind. Siddique called and the camera crews rushed by to film the showdown.

Scott Wellenbach: {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}
Usman Siddique: {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}

"It's funny, I always get knocked out of tournaments with ace jack," Wellenbach said before the board ran out {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{2-Spades}. Wellenbach failed to improve and he takes home €61,400 for his efforts, leaving the tournament with a smile and shaking hands with all opponents.

The remaining 16 players are now bagging up and will return tomorrow at 12 p.m. local time for Day 5 with 11 minutes left in the current level. A redraw for the last two tables will take place and the full chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Usman Siddique gb 4,650,000 700,000
Scott Wellenbach ca Busted

Tags: Scott WellenbachUsman Siddique

Heorhii Doroshev Eliminated in 18th Place (€53,200)

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Heorhii Doroshev
Heorhii Doroshev

Raffaele Sorrentino opened the cutoff for 125,000 and small blind Heorhii Doroshev shoved for 1,130,000. Big blind Brian Kaufman Esposito seemed interested and after about 30 seconds or so, he shoved all in over the top.

Sorrentino instantly folded, later claiming he had {10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}.

Heorhii Doroshev: {4-Hearts}{4-Clubs}
Brian Kaufman Esposito: {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}

It was a fair fight to begin, and the flop didn't change that as they still both had about equal chances of winning: {K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{7-Spades}.

The {5-Diamonds} on the turn was a blank but the {A-Spades} on the river wasn't. With the elimination of Soroshev, the tournament is now down to 17 players. The remaining players now earn €61,400.

Brian Kaufman Esposito uy 5,425,000 1,900,000
Heorhii Doroshev ua Busted

Tags: Brian Kaufman EspositoHeorhii DoroshevRaffaele Sorrentino

Daher Forces Out Wellenbach

zedmaster84 • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Scott Wellenbach checked the flop of {K-Spades}{7-Hearts}{6-Hearts} out of the small blind and called a bet of 100,000 by Albert Daher on the button. The {5-Diamonds} appeared on the turn and Wellenbach bet 260,000, Daher called.

The {8-Spades} river completed the board and Wellenbach bet 500,000 with some 850,000 behind. Daher moved all in and Wellenbach said "I think he covers me," then asked for a count on the shove. Daher was all in for more than 2.3 million and Wellenbach folded, mentioning in table chat he had a set.

"Alright, good bluff if that's what it was," the Canadian added.

Albert Daher lb 3,900,000 1,000,000
Scott Wellenbach ca 850,000 -550,000

Tags: Albert DaherScott Wellenbach

Hedley Calls the Clock (On Himself)

Webjoker • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

From the hijack on the 6-handed table, Andrew Hedley opened to 115,000. Sebastian Sorensson min 3-bet from the button to just 185,000 and everyone but Hedley folded.

Hedley checked on {2-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Sorensson bet 290,000. Hedley wasn't too happy and sighed repeatedly and after some minutes asked what it would cost for Sorensson to show his cards after the hand would be done. Sorensson didn't reply.

Hedley sighed some more and asked the clock on himself. After about 40 seconds, he folded.

Sebastian Sorensson se 2,750,000 450,000
Andrew Hedley gb 870,000 -580,000

Tags: Andrew HedleySebastian Sorensson

Nick Petrangelo Eliminated in 19th Place (€53,200)

zedmaster84 • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Nick Petrangelo
Nick Petrangelo

Tsugunari Toma opened the action with a raise to 125,000 and Nick Petrangelo moved all in for 715,000 from the cutoff. Raffaele Sorrentino moved all in out of the big blind and Toma asked for a count. Sorrentino was all in for 1,79,000 and Toma eventually folded.

Nick Petrangelo: {A-Spades}{8-Spades}
Raffaele Sorrentino: {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

"You folded tens?" Sorrentino asked and Toma shook his head. The flop fell {7-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} and nothing much changed, but on the {Q-Hearts} turn Toma said "i folded ace-queen" while shaking his head again. The {K-Hearts} river improved Sorrentino to a flush and Petrangelo grabbed his media ticket, tossed it over into the stack of Brian Kaufman Esposito before quickly heading out of the tournament area.

Petrangelo takes home €53,200 and there are just 18 players remaining.

Tsugunari Toma jp 3,900,000
Raffaele Sorrentino it 2,650,000 905,000
Nick Petrangelo us Busted

Tags: Brian Kaufman EspositoNick PetrangeloRaffaele SorrentinoTsugunari Toma

Hugo Gomes Andrade Eliminated in 20th Place (€53,200)

zedmaster84 • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Hugo Gomes Andrade
Hugo Gomes Andrade

Hugo Gomes Andrade moved all in for 840,000 from under the gun and the action folded around to [Removed:146] in the big blind, who called.

Hugo Gomes Andrade: {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}
[Removed:146]: {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}

The board ran out {7-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades}{4-Spades} and Andrade had to settle for 20th place and a payday of €53,200

[Removed:146] FR 3,450,000 775,000
Hugo Gomes Andrade PT Busted

Tags: Hugo Gomes Andrade

Kaufman Drops Some; Malki Adds to Stack

zedmaster84 • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Brian Kaufman Esposito raised to 125,000 and Aeragan Arunan three-bet to 400,000, claiming the pot.

Then, Tsugunari Toma opened from the button to 125,000 and Kaufman called in the big blind before quickly check-folding the {Q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{7-Clubs} flop.

Yaron Zeev Malki raised to 110,000 and Nick Petrangelo called in the big blind. "Nick, can I see your stack?" Malki asked and Petrangelo replied "I have 750,000 behind."

The flop fell {10-Spades}{5-Spades}{5-Hearts} and Petrangelo check-folded to a bet of 600,000.

Brian Kaufman Esposito uy 3,525,000 -575,000
Yaron Zeev Malki il 2,100,000 -115,000
Nick Petrangelo us 750,000 -375,000

Tags: Aeragan ArunanBrian Kaufman EspositoNick PetrangeloTsugunari TomaYaron Zeev Malki