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Kolkowicz Back in Front as Kitai Bubbles Final table

mnuwwarah • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Michael Kolkowicz
Michael Kolkowicz

On a very swingy day that saw a number of players take the chip lead, end-of-Day-3 leader Michael Kolkowicz found himself back atop the counts when the final six competitors bagged up for the official final table of PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® €5,300 Main Event.

The French player spent most of his day in the middle of the counts, but a huge — and very lucky — hand just before the night ended allowed him to bag the lead. Kolkowicz got himself in a nasty spot after he saw a three-way flop of jack-six-queen out of the small blind and opted to check-raise with king-nine after a continuation-bet from start-of-day leader Romain Nardin. Nardin had aces and got his stack in, and a pot-committed Kolkowicz called and found a ten on the turn to bust his countryman.

Meanwhile, Day 5 headliners Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Davidi Kitai all fell short, the latter on the bubble in seventh place.

Kitai seemingly grinded the entire 10-hour day under 20 big blinds. He was lucky to be in after winning with ace-nine when an ace hit the river against pocket jacks, but his luck ran out when he executed a stop-and-go with bottom pair against Maxim Panyak. The Russian wasn't thrilled about calling but had two live overcards and paired one on the river.

Grospellier the last PokerStars Team Pro in the field, was seeking to break a long dry spell of big tournament results. The French legend hadn't made a major final table since the €100K Super High Roller right here in Monaco way back in 2012, when he finished third for over €800,000.

"ElkY" played tight with a short stack and ended up losing a flip to Panyak to go out 12th. It was clear how much he wanted this one, as he was visibly pained when the final card off the deck paired Panyak to change Grospellier's fortunes in an instant from doubling to busted.

Andreas Klatt also made his way to the final table, continuing what's been an outstanding series for him here at the PokerStars Championship. In the PokerStars National Championship here, Klatt navigated through a 1,252-player field to win the tournament for a career-best €151,445.

No matter what happens on the final day, Klatt is sure to go into the second leg of the MonteDam Swing with a huge points lead on the MonteDam scoreboard, all but assured of scoring one of the juicy prizes.

The final six players will reconvene for the final day of play at 1 p.m. on Friday with 43:36 left at 40,000/80,000/10,000. The cards-up live stream gets under way at 2 p.m. Here's a look at the seating chart and chip situation as it will stand when the first card flies off the deck:

SeatPlayerStack
1Andrey Bondar4,350,000
2Andreas Klatt3,580,000
3Diego Zeiter1,780,000
4Raffaele Sorrentino4,160,000
5Michael Kolkowicz4,600,000
6Maxim Panyak3,345,000

Come back to PokerNews for hand-for-hand coverage of the official final table.

Tags: Davidi KitaiMichael Kolkowicz

Davidi Kitai Eliminated in 7th Place (€79.750)

Webjoker • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Davidi Kitai
Davidi Kitai

Maxim Panyak raised to 180,000 from the cutoff and action got to Davidi Kitai in the big blind. The Belgian EPT and WSOP champion, who started the hand with just 5 big blinds, called to see a flop.

With {3-Hearts}{4-Spades}{9-Hearts} on the flop, Kitai shoved for 270,000. Panyak asked for a count prompting a smile by Kitai who seemed happy his opponent didn't snap call. Panyak did call eventually.

Davidi Kitai: {A-Spades}{3-Spades}
Maxim Panyak: {K-Spades}{10-Spades}

The {7-Diamonds} on the turn was a blank but the {10-Hearts} on the river wasn't. Panyak paired up, beating Kitai's flopped pair of threes.

Down to 6 players, and that means the end of it for Day 5. The final 6 return tomorrow, an extensive recap of today's action is to follow.

Michael Kolkowicz FR
Michael Kolkowicz
FR 4,600,000 -30,000
Andrey Bondar ru
Andrey Bondar
ru 4,350,000 220,000
Raffaele Sorrentino it
Raffaele Sorrentino
it 4,160,000 390,000
Andreas Klatt de
Andreas Klatt
de 3,580,000 -460,000
Maxim Panyak ru
Maxim Panyak
ru 3,345,000 160,000
Diego Zeiter ar
Diego Zeiter
ar 1,780,000 -30,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
be Busted

Tags: Davidi KitaiMaxim Panyak

Romain Nardin Eliminated in 8th Place (€58,740)

mnuwwarah • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Romain Nardin
Romain Nardin

Romain Nardin opened to 180,000 under the gun and got action from both blinds. They checked to him on {j-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{q-Clubs}, and he bet 260,000. Small blind Michael Kolkowicz made it 860,000, and Nardin shoved. It was only 510,000 more, but Kolkowicz thought awhile before deciding to call.

Kolkowicz: {k-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}
Nardin: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}

Kolkowicz needed a ten and got one right away when the {10-Hearts} fell. Nardin needed a king, but the river was a {2-Hearts}.

Michael Kolkowicz FR
Michael Kolkowicz
FR 4,630,000 1,800,000
Romain Nardin fr
Romain Nardin
fr Busted

Tags: Michael KolkowiczRomain Nardin

A Rare Three-Bet

Webjoker • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Andreas Klatt opened the hijack for 185,000. Small blind Raffaele Sorrentino three-bet to 530,000 and Klatt folded.

For the last couple of orbits, no big action has been taking place. Hardly any flops were seen, let alone turns. Bondar leads, but Klatt is close on his heels. Kitai, with just 6 big blinds, is still the short stack.

Andrey Bondar ru
Andrey Bondar
ru 4,130,000 -10,000
Andreas Klatt de
Andreas Klatt
de 4,040,000 110,000
Raffaele Sorrentino it
Raffaele Sorrentino
it 3,770,000 535,000
Maxim Panyak ru
Maxim Panyak
ru 3,185,000 195,000
Michael Kolkowicz FR
Michael Kolkowicz
FR 2,830,000 -90,000
Diego Zeiter ar
Diego Zeiter
ar 1,810,000 -315,000
Romain Nardin fr
Romain Nardin
fr 1,560,000 -215,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
be 490,000 -210,000

Tags: Andreas KlattAndrey BondarRaffaele SorrentinoDavidi Kitai

Three-Bet Pot to Panyak

mnuwwarah • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Michael Kolkowicz opened for 145,000 in the cutoff and came along when Maxim Panyak three-bet to 345,000 on the button. They saw a {j-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{9-Hearts} flop, and Kolkowicz check-called 290,000. Check-check on the {7-Diamonds}, and likewise on the {10-Diamonds}, and Kolkowicz tabled {j-Spades}{10-Spades} for top two. No good — Panyak had {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}.

Maxim Panyak ru
Maxim Panyak
ru 3,230,000 685,000
Michael Kolkowicz FR
Michael Kolkowicz
FR 2,790,000 -695,000

Tags: Maxim PanyakMichael Kolkowicz

Blind Battle Good for Kolkowicz

Webjoker • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

From the small blind, Raffaele Sorrentino opened for 155,000. Big blind Michael Kolkowicz called to see a flop of {Q-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}. Sorrentino continued for 170,000, Kolkowicz called. The {3-Diamonds} on the turn saw Sorrentino check, and then call a bet of 185,000. The river {Q-Hearts} was checked by both and Sorrentino showed {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}. That was no good, though, as Kolkowicz tabled {A-Hearts}{10-Spades}.

Andreas Klatt de
Andreas Klatt
de 4,090,000 165,000
Andrey Bondar ru
Andrey Bondar
ru 3,685,000 -80,000
Raffaele Sorrentino it
Raffaele Sorrentino
it 3,570,000 -450,000
Michael Kolkowicz FR
Michael Kolkowicz
FR 3,485,000 555,000
Maxim Panyak ru
Maxim Panyak
ru 2,545,000 120,000
Romain Nardin fr
Romain Nardin
fr 1,935,000 -185,000
Diego Zeiter ar
Diego Zeiter
ar 1,815,000 -140,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
be 690,000 -60,000

Tags: Michael KolkowiczRaffaele Sorrentino

The Social Experiment

LauraCorn • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

The Commerce Casino in LA has recently been running a social experiment to get players to chat more at the tables, by banning items such a phones and other electronics, as well as hoodies and sunglasses. We decided to find out what our poker players at the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo thought about the idea.

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Kolkowicz Ships on Kitai

mnuwwarah • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Michael Kolkowicz opened to 145,000 in middle position, and Davidi Kitai defended his big blind. Kolkowicz bet 165,000 on the {2-Spades}{7-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} flop, and Kitai called. On the {j-Spades} turn, Kitai checked and saw his opponent immediately jam. Kitai thought about three minutes before letting his hand go.

Michael Kolkowicz FR
Michael Kolkowicz
FR 2,930,000 405,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
be 750,000 -330,000

Tags: Davidi KitaiMichael Kolkowicz