Day 5 Completed
Day 5 Completed
The penultimate day of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Prague €5,300 Main Event saw 15 players out of 855 entries return to the tables of the Hilton Hotel in Prague to determine the finalists for the big showdown on Monday, December 18th, 2017.
Thirty-seven year old Kalidou Sow bagged up the most chips with 8,135,000, narrowly ahead of accomplished poker pro Jason Wheeler with 8,100,000, who calls Prague his second home these days. Sow's biggest score so far was a €72,000 payday for third place in the France Poker Series (FPS) Season 5 Main Event in Enghien-les-Bains, and he already has locked up far more than that.
Local poker pro Michal Mrakes, who led the field after Day 1a and Day 4, bagged up the third-biggest stack for the final table with 5,010,000, while a trio of short stacks made it through: Gabriele Lepore (1,815,000), Colin Robinson (1,425,000) and Harry Lodge (1,230,000) will try to run up their stacks after a good night of sleep.
Down to the last six, the lion's share of the €4,146,750 prize pool is still up for grabs as all finalists are guaranteed at least €147,000 for their efforts. The trophy, first-place payout of €775,000 and spot in the history books as last ever PokerStars Championship Main Event title winner are still up for grabs.
Among the notables to fall short of making the final day were French poker pro Pierre “levietf0u” Calamusa (15th, for €38,400), Thomas Lentrodt (12th, for €42,600), German poker pro Robert Heidorn (11th, for €47,500) and American rising star Alex Foxen (10th, for €47,500). Matas Cimbolas became the last casualty of the day and had to settle for 7th place and €104,000.
Seat Assignments for the Final Table
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Harry Lodge||United Kingdom||1,230,000||15|
|3||Michal Mrakes||Czech Republic||5,010,000||62|
|5||Colin Robinson||United States||1,425,000||17|
|6||Jason Wheeler||United States||8,100,000||101|
Day 5 Action
It wouldn't take long before the first of the 15 remaining hopefuls ran out of chips. Pierre Calamusa was left with fewer than two big blinds after his three-bet shove with king-ten suited was called by Aleksandr Mordvinov with pocket queens and Calamusa ended up second-best with ace-queen against the king-queen suited of Robert Heidorn soon after.
The next to fall was Serhii Popovych, who jammed for 18 big blinds from under the gun with pocket jacks only for Kalidou Sow in the big blind to snap-call with pocket aces. Pocket jacks were also involved in the next elimination, as Jason Wheeler held jacks to dispatcheNavot Golan with ace-ten over on the feature table to reduce the field to the last 12.
Two Germans had made it to the penultimate day, but both would have to settle for 12th and 11th place respectively. Thomas Lentrodt got his last 11.5 big blinds in the middle with king-queen suited and Colin Robinson called with ace-queen suited. Only a queen showed up on the board, which kept Robinson's kicker advantage vital. Robert Heidorn fell 20 minutes later on the outer table when his check-shove with jack-four suited for bottom pair and a flush draw was no good against the king-nine suited of Michal Mrakes, who had turned top pair.
Alex Foxen, coming fresh off a million dollar score in the United States, racked up yet another deep run and narrowly missed out on the unofficial final table. Foxen started Day 5 as the short stack and doubled up twice, but his third all in showdown saw him unable to improve with ace-queen against the pocket queens of Kalidou Sow.
Down to the last nine, the field combined to just one table and Jason Wheeler as well as Kalidou Sow held the biggest stacks. Wheeler dominated the final table while Sow hit the nuts twice to get paid off by start-of-day chip leader Michal Mrakes.
The "Sow show" didn't stop right there, though, as the Frenchman was responsible for the next two casualties before the dinner break. Aleksandr Mordvinov's three-bet with a shallow stack was called by Sow with ten-seven suited. Sow check-raised all in after flopping an open-ended straight flush draw, Mordvinov called it off with pocket aces for the overpair and was left drawing dead as soon as the jack of hearts improved Sow to a straight flush.
Less than one hour later the field was reduced to all but seven after the departure of Valentyn Shabelnyk. Sow was on the button and called a raise by Shabelnyk with seven-six suited to flop the nut straight and flush draw. This time it was Shabelnyk that check-raised all in with pocket queens for the overpair and Sow snap-called to lock up the hand on the turn.
It took roughly half an hour after the dinner break to determine the six finalists and it was Matas Cimbolas that missed out on the final day. Down to fewer than 15 big blinds, the Lithuanian three-bet shoved out of the small blind with ace-jack and Kalidou Sow snap-called with pocket kings to remain ahead and send the fourth player to the rail in a row.
Play was suspended with 49:35 left in level 28 with blinds of 40,000/80,000 and a running ante of 10,000. The cards will be back in the air at 1 p.m. local time and the live stream with hole cards being shown will run on a security delay of one hour, the PokerNews live updates will be published accordingly.
With the elimination of Matas Cimbolas in 7th place, play has been suspended for the night. Tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time, the final six players will play down until the last ever PokerStars Championship Main Event winner has been crowned.
Kalidou Sow will start as the chipleader, followed by Jason Wheeler with less than one big blind difference. An extensive recap of Day 5 and all final table player profiles will follow.
Matas Cimbolas theee-bet all in out of the small blind for 1,185,000 and initial raiser Kalidou Sow snap-called on the button to create the following showdown.
The flop gave Cimbolas some more hope, but the turn and river were both blanks to send Cimbolas to the rail in 7th place. He takes home €104,000 for his efforts and narrowly missed out on tomorrow's showdown.
All remaining six players will now bag and tag for today before returning at 1 p.m. local time on Monday December 18th 2017 in order to play down to a winner.
Gabriele Lepore opened to 175,000 and Kalidou Sow three-bet to 450,000 on the button to force a fold from the blinds and Lepore. Sow further closed the gap to chip leader Jason Wheeler, who watched the aggression unfold from the other side of the table.
Wheeler opened to 190,000 from late position and clained the blinds and antes.
Matas Cimbolas got involved after dinner with a raise to 165,000 from the cutoff and Lepore moved all in for 1.55 million from the cutoff, forcing a fold from Cimbolas.
In two hands, Harry Lodge lost a couple of big blinds to drop below the 20bb mark. In the first hand, Lodge opened to 185,000 from under the gun and Michal Mrakes called in late position. The flop went check/check and Lodge check-folded to a 175,000 bet on the turn.
Shortly after, Lodge limped in from the small blind, Kalidou Sow raised to 210,000 in the big blind and Lodge folded.
Jason Wheeler opened to 180,000 from early position and received calls from Kalidou Sow in the cutoff and Gabriele Lepore in the big blind. Wheeler bet 260,000 on the flop, Sow called and Lepore folded.
The turn was the and Wheeler check-folded to a 480,000 bet from Sow.
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The 7 remaining players are on a 60-minute dinner break. After the break, one more player needs to be shed before Day 5 is done. Jason Wheeler will enter the dinner break as the chipleader, while both Colin Robinson and Matas Cimbolas will return with fewer than 20 big blinds after the break.
Action will resume around 8 p.m.
Kalidou Sow made it 130,000 to go from under the gun and Harry Lodge, who hasn't gotten involved in any of the action yet, defended his big blind. The flop fell and Lodge check-called a bet of 130,000.
After the turn, both players checked to see the on the river. No betting action took place and Lodge was first to show, turning over for a flush as winning hand. Sow glanced at the board with a smile, taking off his sunglasses for a second, while Lodge raked in the pot.
Matas Cimbolas limped from under the gun and Sow checked out of the big blind. The flop came and Sow checked, Cimbolas bet 60,000 and Sow let go, flashing the .
Sow lmin-raised to 120,000 out of the small blind and Cimbolas called. The flop showed and Sow bet 60,000. "Why so slow?" Cimbolas asked the French, who replied with a "I bluff ... some time." Cimbolas raised to 250,000 and quickly added after "He is folding," standing up from his chair with the words "It's a break, let's go."
Sow gave it brief consideration and won the last hand before the dinner break.