Day 4 Completed
Day 4 Completed
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.
|1||1||Andrew Hedley||United Kingdom||1,005,000|
|1||4||Usman Siddique||United Kingdom||4,650,000|
|1||6||Aeragan Arunan||United Kingdom||3,480,000|
|1||7||Yaron Zeev Malki||Israel||1,510,000|
|2||1||Mauricio Salazar Sanchez||Colombia||655,000|
|2||2||Brian Kaufman Esposito||Uruguay||5,480,000|
|2||3||Donald Duarte Sierra||Nicaragua||2,510,000|
|2||4||Lachezar Plamenov Petkov||Bulgaria||3,630,000|
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.
|Andre Akkari||PokerStars Ambassador||6,160,000||-90,000|
|Brian Kaufman Esposito||5,480,000||55,000|
|Lachezar Plamenov Petkov||3,630,000||30,000|
|Tsugunari Toma||Natural8 Ambassador||3,440,000||-460,000|
|Donald Duarte Sierra||2,510,000||-20,000|
|Yaron Zeev Malki||1,510,000|
|Mauricio Salazar Sanchez||655,000||-15,000|
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.
"It's funny, I always get knocked out of tournaments with ace jack," Wellenbach said before the board ran out . 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.
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 .
Brian Kaufman Esposito:
It was a fair fight to begin, and the flop didn't change that as they still both had about equal chances of winning: .
The on the turn was a blank but the 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||5,425,000||1,900,000|
Scott Wellenbach checked the flop of out of the small blind and called a bet of 100,000 by Albert Daher on the button. The appeared on the turn and Wellenbach bet 260,000, Daher called.
The 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.
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 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.
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.
"You folded tens?" Sorrentino asked and Toma shook his head. The flop fell and nothing much changed, but on the turn Toma said "i folded ace-queen" while shaking his head again. The 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||Natural8 Ambassador||3,900,000|
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:
The board ran out and Andrade had to settle for 20th place and a payday of €53,200
|Hugo Gomes Andrade||Busted|
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 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 and Petrangelo check-folded to a bet of 600,000.
|Brian Kaufman Esposito||3,525,000||-575,000|
|Yaron Zeev Malki||2,100,000||-115,000|