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Joentausta Maintains His Lead Into Day 4

Happy_Freaked • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Aku Joentausta
Aku Joentausta

The third day of the European Poker Tour in Berlin was action packed and just 55 players remain after five levels of play. It was a race for first place between Aku Joentausta and Anaras Alekberovas, which was won by the the former, who signed off on 1,039,000 chips at the end of the day. Emil Ohlsson finished in second place with 1,011,000 - the only other player with a seven-figure stack - and Alekberovas bagged 805,000.

One of the biggest stories of Day 3 was that of defending champion Davidi Kitai. The Belgian Triple Crown winner started the day with a very healthy stack but nothing went his way. After running jacks into kings early on he lingered around for a bit before busting in 129th place for €8,000. Kitai did not repeat his amazing feat from last year, but at least he managed to finish in the money. In total 32 players that started the third day of play went home empty handed.

Among the players that did not reached the money were Philippe Ktorza, Erik van den Berg, a very unlucky Ami Barer and our bubble boy Team Pro Martin Hruby. The money bubble lasted for just over an hour and on the very last hand the level it was Hruby who ended up all in with a set against Theodoros Aidonopoulos' straight and flush draw. Hruby's opponent rivered a straight and that ended the Team Pro's tournament. At this point in the tournament many eyes were already on Aku Joentausta. The young Finnish pro was tearing it up with his agressive style and he kept adding to the chip lead he started the day with.

A crazy all-in fest started after the money bubble burst, and players were eliminated left and right. Team Online member Mickey Petersen was among the first to be eliminated together with Team Pro Jan Heitmann. Heinz Kamutzki, John Eames, Tim Ulrich, Todd Terry, Adam Levy and Alexander Zayonts. The latter played an enormous pot against fellow countryman Ramil Yusupov in a good old slow-play battle. A river check-raise induced a shove from Yusupov who had a higher set than his opponent. Zayonts smiled as he exited the tournament area as there was nothing he could've done about this set-over-set cooler.

Former EPT winner Salvatore Bonavena was eliminated in 95th place which leaves us with four former winners on Day 4. There still hasn't been a double EPT winner, and Thang Duc Nguyen - 779,000 (Baden, Season 3) - Team Pro Sandra Naujoks - 202,000 (Dortmund, Season 5) - Team Pro Liv Boeree - 279,000 (San Remo, Season 6) - and Kevin Stani - 681,000 (Tallinn, Season 7) - are all still in the running for that achievement. Dominik Nitsche, owner of the unorthodox Triple Crown (LAPT, WSOP and WPT) cashed in Berlin, but his first EPT title will have to wait a bit longer. After losing a big pot to Team Pro Theo Jorgensen he was knocked out against Denis Sagorski when his tens didn't hold up against ace-queen.

The joy for Jorgensen and Sagorski didn't last long as both players were eliminated before the day ended. Jorgensen, coming off of a fourth-place finish in London, re-shoved seven-deuce into ace-deuce and finished in 60th place. Sagorski's elimination was perhaps the most exciting hand of the day as he played a massive pot against chip leader Joentausta.

"I was hating myself when he said all in," Joentausta said after the hand. "Maybe it's because of the way I look because nobody ever believes me," the young Finn added as he went up to 1.5 million after this huge hand.

Sagorski called off a five-bet shove for more than 50 big blinds with king-ten suited. The other big stack, Anaras Alekberovas, won his chips by busting Manig Loeser and picking up a ton of smaller pots.

Long-time EPT regulars Barny Boatman and Juha Helppi were knocked out in the final level, as was London finalist Tamer Kamel. Other survivors include Bryn Kenney, Pratyush Buddiga, Calvin Anderson, Natalie Hof and Daniel-Gai Pidun, who cashed EPT Berlin for the third time in a row this year. German tennis legend and Team SportsStar Boris Becker is still in the race with 116,000 chips. This is his deepest run in an EPT Main Event.

Play will resume tomorrow at noon local time as we play down to the final 16. All the players that made it to Day 4 are guaranteed to make at least €15,000, while surviving tomorrow would mean they've secured a €33,000 payday. The big money will be handed out on Saturday when a new EPT Berlin winner will be crowned who will take home €880,000.

Make sure to tune back into PokerNews.com as we bring you all the live updates tomorrow of both the Main Event and the €10,000 High Roller. For now good night from Berlin and auf wiedersehen!

Tags: Adam LevyAku JoentaustaAnaras AlekberovasBryn KenneyCalvin AndersonDaniel-Gai PidunDavidi KitaiDenis SagorskiDominik NitscheEmil OhlssonJuha HelppiLiv Boeree

Official End-of-Day Counts (full)

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Aku Joentausta fi 1,039,000 -236,000
Emil Ohlsson SE 1,011,000 -39,000
Ramil Yusupov RU 958,000 38,000
Matias Juhani Kesanen FI 938,000 7,000
Roman Herold de 816,000 513,000
Anaras Alekberovas lt 805,000 -395,000
Robert Auer at 781,000 333,000
Thang Duc Nguyen DE 779,000 169,000
Lasse Frost dk 761,000 121,000
Calvin Anderson us 744,000 224,000
Yasar Guden DE 721,000 270,000
Olivier Busquet us 719,000 143,000
Harri Koskenkorva FI 690,000 -140,000
Kevin Stani no 681,000 161,000
Dashgyn Aliev RU 668,000 68,000
Marc Witt DE 640,000 260,000
Roman Korenev ru 626,000 91,000
Alexander Helbig DE 622,000 -78,000
Robert Haigh de 617,000 17,000
Freerk Post nl 615,000 29,000
Colin Moffatt CA 568,000 17,000
Khiem Nguyen de 531,000 281,000
Daniel Reijmer nl 505,000 245,000
Julian Thomas de 499,000 -61,000
Jose Maria Galindo es 496,000 -134,000

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Huge River Bets

[user101598] • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Roman Korenev checked to Pascal Vos on a board of {2-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{9-Spades}{a-Hearts}. Vos fired 77,000 into a pot of around 88,000, only for Korenev to check-raise to 234,000.

Vos went deep into the tank, thinking for over 90 seconds before calling. Korenev instantly mucked, and Vos was shipped the pot.

Pascal Vos nl 1,175,000 305,000
Roman Korenev ru 535,000 -250,000

Tags: Pascal VosRoman Korenev

Naujoks Doubles

[user101598] • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Sandra Naujoks doubles
Sandra Naujoks doubles

Sandra Naujoks open-shoved for 100,000 from under the gun, and Pal Koppegodt either called or re-shoved on her direct left. All of the other players folded.

Naujoks: {q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}
Koppegodt: {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

Naujoks missed the flop ({4-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}), and the turn ({4-Clubs}), but the {q-Hearts} spiked on the river. Naujoks doubled to 220,000 chips, while Koppegodt dropped down to around 305,000.

Pal Koppegodt NO 305,000 -145,000
Sandra Naujoks de 220,000 60,000

Tags: Pal KoppegodtSandra Naujoks

Alekberovas Continues Upward Trend

[user196676] • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Anaras Alekberovas opened to 18,000 from late position only to be three-bet by Oleksii Khoroshenin. It was 18,000 back to Alekberovas and he decided to flat call.

The duo looked down at a flop of {10-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and Alekberovas tapped the table. Khoroshenin checked right behind. Fourth street brought the {9-Diamonds} and Alekberovas cut out a sizable bet of 78,000.

Khoroshenin went into the tank for well over one minute before he finally kicked it into the muck. Alekberovas scooped up the pot and is now sitting on 1.2 million.

Anaras Alekberovas lt 1,200,000 115,000
Oleksii Khoroshenin ua 325,000 -20,000

Tags: Anaras AlekberovasOleksii Khoroshenin

Just the Trisch

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Sebastian Trisch had a storming start today before he had to weather the storm later on. It looks like he'll be book-ending his day nicely after a double up.

The pot was opened with a mid-position raise from Jose Maria Galindo Lopez and a flat call before Trisch three-bet all in for 149,000 from the button. Galindo re-shoved and isolated his German opponent.

Trisch: {j-Clubs}{j-Spades}
Galindo: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}

The board ran {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Clubs} failing to improve either player.

Sebastian Trisch de 330,000 130,000

Tags: Sebastian TrischJose Maria Galindo Lopez

No Back-To-Back Final Table for Kamel Either

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Tamer Kamel
Tamer Kamel

Tamer Kamel was seen wandering around outside the tournament room and the signs didn't look good. He confirmed that he followed fellow EPT London finalist, Theo Jorgensen, to the rail.

Down to around 90,000 he shoved with king-ten and was called by an opponent holding pocket sevens. The board ran {q-}{9-}{4-}{9-}{6-} to confirm his demise.

Tamer Kamel gb Busted

Tags: Tamer Kamel