Day 4 completed
Day 4 completed
The plan for Day 4 of the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event was to play down from 41 to the final two tables. That didn’t happen though, and after five 90-minute levels of play, action has been halted with 17 players remaining.
Leading the way is Kenny Hicks, the man responsible for bursting the money bubble back on Day 3. Hicks’ rise to the top came late in the night and was due in no small part to a lucky flop against Conor Shelly. Hicks’ found a third to crack his opponent’s pocket kings, and he went on to bag the lead with 2,499,000 while Shelly finished 18th for €49,350.
Hicks’ rise to the top was impressive, but another story unfolded on Day 4. Jack Salter, who was recently the subject of a PokerNews feature, began the day as the second shortest stack, but thanks to some early doubles he managed to climb back into contention. Not only that, he even took over the chip lead at one point!
“I didn’t think about how many chips I may be bagging up, but I really go for the positive thinking, I honestly thought I was going to spin it up, I really believe it was going to happen,” Salter said after play concluded for the night and he bagged up 1.75 million. When asked if it was his time, he responded: “I hope so, why not? Why not me? I have chips, there’s 17 people left, I don’t see any reason it can’t be me.”
Salter earned a good portion of his chips early on in Level 20 (5,000/10,000/1,000) in a pot against Day 2 chip leader, Vladimir Troyanovskiy. It began when the Russian opened for 21,000 under the gun and was met by a three-bet to 50,000 from Salter. The blinds both folded and Troyanovskiy clicked it back for 120,000. Salter moved all in for 376,000 total and Troyanovskiy made the call.
Salter had the goods, but Troyanovskiy picked up a sweat when the flop came down . Much to Salter's relief, neither the turn nor river proved harmful, and he doubled yet again. Meanwhile, Troyanovskiy would fall in 37th place in the very next hand.
Others who exited on Day 4 were Grzegorz Wyraz (35th - €28,300), Noah Boeken (33rd - €28,300), Yulius Sepman (30th - €32,200), Emil Patel (28th - €32,200), Ville Wahlbeck (26th - €36,700), Christoph “Tight-Man1” Vogelsang (25th - €36,700), and David Williams (24th - €36,700).
Williams was the last Team PokerStars Pro in the field, but he never stood much of a chance as he nursed a short stack all afternoon long. In Level 23 (10,000/20,000/3,000), Williams got his stack of 285,000 all in preflop and received a call from Dani Stern.
It was a classic flip, but not after the flop came down . Stern flopped a set and became a massive favorite. When the appeared on the turn, Williams was drawing dead. The Team Pro immediately exited the stage and didn't even stick around to see the river, which of course was a meaningless card.
Stern would eventually fall in 21st place for €42,850, and then Scott Clements and [Removed:17] followed him out the door in 20th and 19th place respectively, both good for €49,350.
While 24 players fell, 17 survived including Martins Seilis (1,767,000), Antonio Buonanno (1,623,000), Mayu Roca (1,500,000), Malte Moennig (1,450,000), Vasili Firsau and (1,002,000). Also joining them is the last former EPT champ remaining in the field, Mark Teltscher (802,000); EPT10 Prague High Roller winner Ivan Soshnikov (731,000), PokerStars.fr TV Stars’ Miroslav Alilovic; and inaugural World Poker Tour Alpha8 champ Steven Silverman (436,000).
The final 17 players, who are each guaranteed a payday of at least €55,850, will return at Noon local time on Thursday to play down to the final table of eight. Who will make a run at the €1,240,000 first-place prize? Join us then to find out.
In the meantime, check out this video where Jennifer Robles catches up with the first two-time EPT champ, Victoria Coren Mitchell:
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Players are playing their final three hands of the day.
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Stephen Chidwick joins the PokerNews Podcast to talk about Season 10 of the European Poker Tour, goal setting, and getting ready for both the World Series of Poker, and Spring Championship of Online Poker. Rich and Donnie discuss the finale of Season XII of the WPT, scheduling conflicts, and more.
Mark Teltscher moved all in for 329,000 from the small blind and Jack Salter called in the big blind.
The was a good one for Teltscher but the turn was even better as Salter dropped to just four outs. The on the river made Teltscher an unneeded pair of eights and he doubled back up once more.
Antonio Buonanno had been having a tough time of late, dropping down to just 650,000. However, that all changed once he won a cooler on a board against Miroslav Alilovic.
Alilovic check-called a shove on the river with , a flush draw turning into trips but Buonanno flipped for a full house to double up to over 1.3 million.
Conor Shelly opened for 48,000 under the gun and action folded to Kenny Hicks, who opted for a three-bet from the button. The blinds both folded, and Shelly pushed back with a four-bet to 210,000. Hicks then announced all in and Shelly snap-called off for 655,000.
Hicks had been running bad this level, and it looked like that was going to continue. However, the cards had other things in store as the flop delivered Hicks a set and the lead. The turn put out some straight options, but the blanked on the river.
Hicks came from behind to win the pot and eliminated Shelly in 18th place. We're now just one elimination away from the final two tables and the end of the night (though that will come at the end of the level if not).