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Monte-Carlo Champion Raffaele Sorrentino Leads Last Six in Barcelona; PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari in Contention

Webjoker • Level 32: 100,000-200,000, 25,000 ante
Raffaele Sorrentino
Raffaele Sorrentino

After five tournament days, the six-handed final table of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona €5,300 Main Event is set and the lion's share of the €8,157,700 prize pool is still up for grabs. All six finalists out of a 1,682-entry strong field at the Casino Barcelona already have €252,000 locked up, but the elusive golden trophy and payday of €1,410,000 awaits for the eventual champion on Sunday August 28th 2017.

Six different nationalities will be represented when cards-up live coverage kicks off the next day at 1 p.m. local time on a security delay of one hour, and it will be Raffaele Sorrentino who holds the chip lead going into the final day. The Italian, who took down the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino back in April for €466,714, soared into the top spot at the end of the night and bagged up 15,500,000.

Sorrentino is followed by Lachezar Plamenov Petkov from Bulgaria with 10,325,000 while PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari is in third place with 8,150,000. The other contenders for the title in Barcelona include Brian Kaufman Esposito (6,475,000), Sebastian Sorensson (6,125,000) and Usman Siddique (3,875,000). Remarkably, Akkari returned for the final level of Day 5 as far shortest stack before eventually sending Aeragan Arunan to the rail in 7th place. The Brazilian rail including former November Niner Bruno Politano[/B] exploded and the chips were bagged up right after.

Final Table Seat Assignments

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Usman SiddiqueUnited Kingdom3,875,00019
2Sebastian SorenssonSweden6,125,00031
3Brian Kaufman EspositoUruguay6,475,00032
4Raffaele SorrentinoItaly15,500,00078
5Lachezar Plamenov PetkovBulgaria10,325,00052
6Andre AkkariBrazil8,150,00041

Action of Day 5

Only three hands were played until the first player was sent to the rail. Yaron Zeev Malki raised out of the big blind over a limp by Albert Daher and called all in with ace-nine when the Lebanese moved all in. Daher showed pocket eights and held up on a king-high board. Three further hopes came to an end in the first level of the day.

Sebastian Sorensson limped in from under the gun, Andrew Hedley shoved with ace-jack and Sorensson called with pocket jacks to dodge the over card and gutshot for a straight. Next to fall was Day 2 chip leader Mauricio Salazar Sanchez. The Colombian three-bet shoved his short stack with ace-king and Alex Difelice called with jack-nine suited and spiked a jack on the flop. Last but not least, Rens Feenstra had to settle for 13th place. The Dutchman had a flip with ace-queen suited against the pocket nines of [Removed:146] and failed to get there.

PokerStars qualifier Tsugunari Toma suffered a massive setback when he four-bet all in with pocket tens and Lachezar Plamenov Petkov called with queens. The Japanese never recovered from that and got it in with ace-seven, again it was Petkov that looked him up with king-jack and the Bulgarian got there thanks to a king on the river.

Alex Difelice hit a royal flush on Day 5, but the run good of the Canadian stopped right after. However, it was Donald Duarte Sierra who bowed out next. Raffaele Sorrentino raised and called the shove of Duarte with pocket jacks, the player from Nicaragua only had ace-seven suited and was drawing dead on the turn. Difelice was left short after losing a big pot against Lachezar Plamenov Petkov and found himself in a cooler spot, running with pocket queens into pocket aces of Aeragan Arunan to miss out on the unofficial final table.

Once all nine players combined to one table, the chip lead changed several times and a big three-way clash after the dinner break let the tournament area erupt in celebration. Albert Daher raised, Raffaele Sorrentino called and [Removed:146] moved all in with pocket threes. Daher moved all in over the top with ace-queen and Sorrentino called with pocket jacks. While Daher flopped best with two queens to improve to trips, Sorrentino got there with a king and nine on turn and river to knock out both opponents with a straight.

PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari was down to just over five big blinds when the last level of the night kicked off and he doubled up with kings versus nines right away. After chipping up further, Akkari isolated against the shove of Aeragan Arunan with ace-queen and the Brit only showed king-queen. The board ran out jack-high and Arunan had to settle for a consolation prize of €193,000.

Remaining Payouts

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The action will resume at 12 p.m. local time with 23 minutes left at blinds of 100,000/200,000 with a running ante of 25,000 and continue until the next PokerStars Championship Main Event winner is crowned. The PokerNews live reporting team will provide hand-for-hand coverage until the last river card is dealt, so make sure to tune back in and find out who lifts the trophy.

Tags: Aeragan ArunanAlbert DaherAlex DiFeliceAndre AkkariAndrew HedleyBrian Kaufman EspositoBruno PolitanoDonald Duarte SierraLachezar Plamenov PetkovMauricio Salazar SanchezRaffaele SorrentinoRens FeenstraSebastian SorenssonTsugunari TomaUsman SiddiqueYaron Zeev Malki

Aeragan Arunan Eliminated in 7th Place (€193,000)

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Aeragan Arugan
Aeragan Arugan

From the hijack, Aeragan Arunan shoved for 3,600,000. Andre Akkari in the small blind requested a count from the dealer and reshoved for 4,180,000 upon learning it was 18 big blinds to him. The big blind folded right away.

Aeragan Arunan: {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}
Andre Akkari: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}

The flop came {5-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{J-Spades} which had the Brazilians in the crowd go crazy.

They started cheering even more when the {4-Spades} hit the turn.

The {J-Clubs} completed the board and that was it, Arunan eliminated in 7th place for €193,000.

Day 5 is officially over, the remaining 6 players are guaranteed €252,000 and come back here tomorrow to play down to a winner. An extensive recap of today's action is to follow.

Raffaele Sorrentino it 15,500,000 250,000
Lachezar Plamenov Petkov BG 10,325,000 -150,000
Andre Akkari br 8,150,000 3,750,000
Brian Kaufman Esposito uy 6,475,000 -450,000
Sebastian Sorensson se 6,125,000 -100,000
Usman Siddique gb 3,875,000 -150,000
Aeragan Arunan GB Busted

Tags: Aeragan ArunanAndre Akkari

Kaufman Takes on Sorrentino

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Brian Kaufman Esposito limped in from the cutoff and Raffaele Sorrentino called in the small blind, Lachezar Plamenov Petkov checked in the big blind. The flop of {9-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{6-Clubs} was checked through and Sorrentino bet the {J-Clubs} turn for 250,000. Petkov folded and Kaufman called.

After the {K-Diamonds} river, Sorrentino checked and Kaufman took his time before betting two million. "Why not shove all in?" the Italian asked. One minute later he smirked and said "hero fold" before sending his cards into the muck.

Raffaele Sorrentino it 15,250,000 -750,000
Lachezar Plamenov Petkov BG 10,475,000 -225,000
Brian Kaufman Esposito uy 6,925,000 800,000
Sebastian Sorensson se 6,225,000 -25,000
Andre Akkari br 4,400,000 -25,000
Usman Siddique gb 4,025,000 -25,000
Aeragan Arunan GB 2,775,000 -25,000

Tags: Brian Kaufman EspositoLachezar Plamenov PetkovRaffaele Sorrentino

Siddique Pushes Twice

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Usman Siddique pushed from the small blind and Sebastian Sorensson asked for a count, but ended up folding.

Lachezar Plamenov Petkov raised to 425,000 and Andre Akkari three-bet to 1,150,000 in order to force a fold.

Akkari's raise to 450,000 from early position faced the shove of Siddique from one seat over in the hijack and the Brit forced folds all around.

Raffaele Sorrentino it 16,000,000 225,000
Lachezar Plamenov Petkov BG 10,700,000 -50,000
Sebastian Sorensson se 6,250,000 -50,000
Brian Kaufman Esposito uy 6,125,000 -150,000
Andre Akkari br 4,425,000 -500,000
Usman Siddique gb 4,050,000 875,000
Aeragan Arunan GB 2,800,000 -350,000

Tags: Andre AkkariLachezar Plamenov PetkovSebastian SorenssonUsman Siddique

Kaufman Gets Some Back

zedmaster84 • Level 32: 100,000-200,000, 25,000 ante

Sebastian Sorensson raised to 425,000 and won the blinds and antes.

Brian Kaufman Esposito raised to 425,000 and Raffaelle Sorrentino called. The flop fell {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{2-Spades} and both players checked. Sorrentino also checked the {A-Hearts} turn and Kaufman bet 500,000, Sorrentino called.

The {6-Spades} river completed the board and Sorrentino checked again, and Kaufman checked back to claim the pot with the {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}.

Raffaele Sorrentino it 15,800,000 -500,000
Brian Kaufman Esposito uy 6,500,000 1,500,000

Tags: Brian Kaufman EspositoRaffaele SorrentinoSebastian Sorensson

Sorrentino Wins a Massive Pot, Leads

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Andre Akkari opened for 450,000 under the gun plus one and Brian Kaufman Esposito called from the button. Raffaele Sorrentino squeezed from the big blind to 1,550,000 and Akkari folded after some time in the tank. Kaufman thought about it for a bit as well and eventually called.

With already 3,825,000 in the middle, the flop came {9-Hearts}{6-Spades}{A-Diamonds}. Sorrentino bet 1,350,000 and Kaufman called.

The {J-Diamonds} hit the turn and Sorrentino checked in the 6,525,000 pot. Kaufman checked behind.

With the {4-Clubs} completing the board, Sorrentino bet 2,550,000. Kaufman tanked long and hard and eventually called.

Sorrentino showed {A-Hearts}{K-Spades} and Kaufman mucked.

Raffaele Sorrentino it 16,300,000 5,920,000
Brian Kaufman Esposito uy 5,000,000 -6,055,000

Tags: Andre AkkariBrian Kaufman EspositoRaffaele Sorrentino


Sorrenson Takes it on the Flop

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Sebastian Sorensson raised to 450,000 from under the gun with five million behind and Raffaele Sorrentino in the cutoff asked to see his stack before tossing in the chips for a call. Usman Siddique came along from the big blind and the flop fell {9-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}. Siddique checked,

Brian Kaufman Esposito uy 11,055,000 655,000
Lachezar Plamenov Petkov BG 10,750,000 -425,000
Raffaele Sorrentino it 10,380,000 -850,000
Sebastian Sorensson se 6,660,000 1,625,000
Andre Akkari br 5,000,000 -125,000
Usman Siddique gb 3,335,000 -575,000
Aeragan Arunan GB 3,215,000 -425,000

Tags: Raffaele SorrentinoSebastian SorenssonUsman Siddique

Akkari Wins Another One

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From the hijack, Brian Kaufman Esposito raised to 450,000. Raffaele Sorrentino called from the button, Andre Akkari came along from the big blind.

With 1,625,000 in the middle, the flop came {5-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{Q-Spades} and all 3 of them checked. The {2-Diamonds} hit the turn and Akkari lead for 575,000. Kaufman called, Sorrentino folded.

The {10-Clubs} completed the board and Akkari and Kaufman both checked. Akkari showed {7-Spades}{J-Spades} and Kaufman mucked.

Brian Kaufman Esposito uy 10,400,000 -2,005,000
Andre Akkari br 5,125,000 2,125,000

Tags: Andre AkkariBrian Kaufman Esposito