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Dan 4 Kraj European Poker Tour Season 9 Prague Main Event Day 4: Ben Declares Warrington on the Field

[user101598] • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Ben Warrington - Chip Leader
Ben Warrington - Chip Leader

Day 4 of the European Poker Tour Season 9 Prague Main Event began with 55 players. Less than three levels later, the field had dwindled down to 21, and leading the remaining players is Ben Warrington. He bagged 2.618 million chips, and only one other player, David Boyaciyan, bagged more than two million chips.

The day began with a flurry of bust outs, and there was a massive hand between Jorma Nuutinen, Luca Giovannone, and Jason Helder. Giovannone open-shoved his last 65,000 from under the gun with the blinds at 5,000/10,000/1,000, Helder called in the hijack seat, and Nuutinen three-bet to 122,000 from the cutoff. Helder moved all in for effectively 564,000, and Nuutinen called to put himself at risk.

Giovannone: {q-Clubs}{j-Hearts}
Helder: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}
Nuutinen: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}

Nuutinen held as the board ran out {2-Hearts}{q-Spades}{7-Spades}{8-Hearts}{2-Clubs}, eliminating Giovannone and crippling Herm.

Herm bowed out a few hands later when he called a three-bet shove from Radu Catoiu. Herm’s {a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} was slightly ahead of Catoui’s {q-Hearts}{j-Clubs}, but the board ran out {5-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{4-Spades}.

Towards the end of the first level of Day 4, Johnny Lodden was the recipient of a rather large gift. Lodden opened to 20,000 from the cutoff seat, Robert Kokoska three-bet to 48,000 on the button, and Lodden made the call. The flop was {6-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}, Lodden checked, and Kokoska continued for 40,000. Lodden min-raised to 80,000, Kokoska moved all in for around 400,000, and Lodden tank-called.

Kokoska: {k-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}
Lodden: {k-Spades}{j-Diamonds}

Lodden held as the turn and river came {3-Clubs}, {6-Spades} respectively, rocketing his stack to 1.275 million chips.

Level 21 was certainly kind to Mariusz Klosinski. The Polish gentleman won three key hands, and saw his stack increase from 300,000 to 1.3 million. After crippling Marian Kulifaj with two kings, he had him at risk holding {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}. Kulifaj was behind with {j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}, and didn’t catch up as the board ran out {7-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{a-Spades}{j-Spades}. A few hands later, with the blinds at 6,000/12,000/2,000, Rami Hajiyev open-shoved 175,000 from the cutoff seat. Dominik Paus re-shoved for 441,000 on the button, and Klosinski immediately re-shoved from the small blind. The big blind released, and the hands were opened:

Klosinski: {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}
Paus: {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}
Hajiyev: {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts}

The board ran out {5-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, and both Hajiyev and Paus were eliminated.

Chris Brammer, who entered Day 4 third in chips, also busted during the second level of play. In the Brit’s final hand he three-bet shoved on the button with {3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}, and Sergio Aido Espina, the original raiser, snapped him off with {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}. The kings held as the board came {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{10-Clubs}, and Brammer hit the rail.

A few minutes later at an adjacent table, Fabrice Soulier got frisky and five-bet all in with {j-Spades}{9-Spades}. Mark Herm quickly called with {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}, and Soulier snatched the lead when the flop came {5-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{9-Clubs}. The turn ({q-Hearts}) and the river ({8-Hearts}) were both hearts however, and Herm made the nuts. Soulier was out, while Herm’s stack shot up to over 1.4 million chips.

In the following level, we saw the biggest pot of the tournament thus far. With the blinds at 8,000/16,000/2,000, Ben Warrington opened to 35,000 on the button. Lodden three-bet to 68,000 from the small blind, and Warrington made the call. The dealer fanned {4-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}, and Lodden led out for 65,000. Warrington raised to 130,000, Lodden re-raised to 215,000, and Warrington clicked it back, re-raising to 360,000. Lodden tank-shoved for 1.18 million effective, and Warrington snapped it off.

Lodden: {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}
Warrington: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}

The turn and river came {q-Diamonds}, {9-Spades} respectively, and Warrington vaulted into the chip lead where he never looked back.

After the eliminations of Catoiu and Denis Pisarev, the field was reduced to 24 players. It was decided by the tournament directors during the day to play until 21 players remained rather than 24, so play resumed with Level 23 in order to eliminate three more players.

The 24th-place finisher was Italian Enrico Tau. Tau entered the day with just over six big blinds, and on his final hand he was all in and at risk with {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}. Dutchman David Boyaciyan had him at risk with {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}, and held as the board ran out {8-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{9-Spades}{5-Spades}{6-Spades}.

Manuel Bevand, who made an impressive hero call on Day 3 and flopped the nuts to double on the last hand of Level 22, was the penultimate elimination on Day 4. Bevand six-bet shoved for 700,000 over a five-bet from Boyaciyan, and Boyaciyan snapped it off with {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}. Bevand was trailing with {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}, and was eliminated as the board ran out {k-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}.

The final player eliminated on Day 4 was Australian Nicholas Galtos. Galtos open-shoved his last 198,000 from under the gun with the blinds at 10,000/20,000/3,000, and Sergey Kuzminskiy called in the cutoff.

Galtos: {j-Spades}{8-Spades}
Kuzminskiy: {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}

The board came {3-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{7-Clubs}, and Galtos was out.

The final 21 players will return for Day 5 at 12:00 CEST on Friday. Roberto Romanello, who finished the day with 341,000 chips, is looking to become a two-time champion in Prague. Boyaciyan final tabled this event last year, and will be looking to make a return trip.

Join us then for up-to-the-minute updates. Unitl then, good night from the Czech Republic!

Tagovi: Ben Warrington

End Of Day 4 Counts (pun)

Ben Warrington gb 2,618,000 125,000
David Boyaciyan nl 2,469,000 -131,000
Ramzi Jelassi se 1,975,000 -6,000
Sergio Aido Espina 1,792,000 138,000
Andreas Berggren se 1,619,000 -37,000
Mariusz Klosinski 1,524,000 -57,000
Aleh Plauski 1,450,000 -50,000
Sotirios Koutoupas gr 1,450,000 -91,000
Diego Gomez Gonzalez 1,433,000 183,000
Mads Amot no 1,250,000 -247,000
Jeff Sarwer fi 1,233,000 89,000
Sergey Kuzminskiy 1,166,000 356,000
Jose Manuel Nadal Sordo mx 1,109,000 89,000
Mikhail Petrov ru 1,034,000 -66,000
Dany Parlafes ro 810,000 15,000
Johnny Lodden no 763,000 -12,000
Mark Herm us 612,000 -206,000
Jorma Nuutinen fi 463,000 135,000
Marco Leonzio it 416,000 -240,000
Iosif Beskrovnyy 390,000 47,000
Roberto Romanello gb 341,000 158,000

Nicholas Galtos Busts to Conclude Play

The shortest stack in the tournament, Nicholas Galtos, busted to end play for the day.

The Australian shoved for 198,000 from under the gun and was called by Sergey Kuzminskiy in the cut-off.

Galtos: {j-Spades}{8-Spades}
Kuzminskiy: {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}

The board ran {3-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{7-Clubs} meaning Kuzminskiy's kicker played.

Official counts and a recap of the day's play coming up shortly.

Nicholas Galtos Out

Tagovi: Nicholas GaltosSergey Kuzminskiy

Boyaciyan Seeks To Best Last Year's 2nd-Place Finish; Eliminates Bevand

Last year, David Boyaciyan navigated the field of 722 players to finish as runner-up to Martin Finger in this event, and remarkably he's making another deep run in the Main Event.

In a recent hand, Manuel Bevand opened with a raise only to have Boyaciyan three-bet to 88,000 from the small blind. After the big blind got out of the way, Bevand four-bet to 155,000, Boyaciyan five-bet 380,000, and Bevand six-bet shoved for around 700,000. Boyaciyan snap-called and Bevand discovered the bad news.

Bevand: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades}
Boyaciyan: {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}

Bevand was literally left shaking his head and watched helplessly as the board ran out {K-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}. With that, the field is down to 22 players, which means just one more must go before calling it a night.

David Boyaciyan nl 2,600,000 988,000
Manuel Bevand fr Out

Tagovi: David BoyaciyanManuel Bevand

The Long Shot Comes Through For Gonzalez

After Diego Gomez Gonzalez had raised, Aleh Plauski three-bet to 100,000. Gonzalez made the call and then proceeded to check the {10-Hearts}{A-Spades}{J-Spades} flop. Plauski obliged with another bet of 100,000, and Gonzalez responded by moving all in for around 500,000. Plauski called and the cards were turned on their backs.

Plauski: {A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}
Gonzalez: {A-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

Both players had flopped two pair, and according the PokerNews Odds Calculator, there was a 95.45% chance of the pot being split; in fact, the only way it wouldn't be is if it came runner-runner spades.

Interestingly the {2-Spades} turn made that a real possibility, and increased Gonzalez's chances of winning up to 20.45%. Wouldn't you know it, the long shot came though as the {4-Spades} spiked on the river.

Gonzalez let out a shout in celebration, while Plauski sat there in disbelief.

Aleh Plauski 1,500,000 -527,000
Diego Gomez Gonzalez 1,250,000 542,000

Tagovi: Diego Gomez GonzalezAleh Plauski

Tau of Busting


Enrico Tau has been eliminated from the EPT Prague Main Event after a mis-timed all-in three-bet against David Boyaciyan.

Boyaciyan opened to 44,000 under the gun and the players folded one-by-one around the Tau in the big blind. Tau checked his hole cards, composed himself and three-bet all-in. Boyaciyan instantly called.

Tau: {Q-Hearts}{J-Hearts}
Boyaciyan: {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}.

Neither player improved on the {8-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{9-Spades}{5-Spades}{6-Spades} board, Boyaciyan's ace-king kicker winning him the hand and busting Tau.

Enrico Tau Out

Tagovi: Enrico TauDavid Boyaciyan

Romanello Double Chances Looking Slim

Roberto Romanello is close to busting after running jacks into the kings of Mikhail Petrov.

Mark Herm opened to 45,000 from early position before Petrov three-bet to 87,000 from the cut-off and Romanello four-bet all in from the big blind. Herm folded and Petrov called in a flash.

Romanello: {j-Hearts}{j-Spades}
Petrov: {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

The board ran {q-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}. The Welshman flopped a flush draw but saw the board brick out.

The very next hand Romanello took the blinds and antes after he shoved from the big blind.

Mikhail Petrov ru 1,100,000 595,000
Roberto Romanello gb 183,000 -367,000

Tagovi: Mark HermMikhail PetrovRoberto Romanello

The Joy of Being Suited

[user169806] • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Weaker players are often berated for playing any two suited cards, but having two hole cards of the same suit can sometimes pay dividends — just ask Jorma Nuutinen.

The action folded to Ramzi Jelassi in late position and he opened to 40,000. Nuutinen was next to act and he moved all-in, forcing the other players from the pot. Jelassi asked for an official count and when he was told 143,000, Jelassi called.

Jelassi: {A-Hearts}{J-Spades}
Nuutinen: {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}

The {J-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} flop improved both player to two pair, but the same two pair and a split pot was on the cards. Or was it? The {9-Diamonds} turn gifted a flush draw to Nuutinen, a flush draw that came in with the arrival of the {6-Diamonds} on the river. Ouch!

Tagovi: Jorma NuutinenRamzi Jelassi

Break Counts (pun)

Ben Warrington gb 2,493,000 -17,000
Aleh Plauski 2,027,000 -283,000
Ramzi Jelassi se 1,981,000 46,000
Andreas Berggren se 1,656,000 556,000
Sergio Aido Espina 1,654,000 -246,000
David Boyaciyan nl 1,612,000 462,000
Mariusz Klosinski 1,581,000 16,000
Sotirios Koutoupas gr 1,541,000 16,000
Mads Amot no 1,497,000 647,000
Jeff Sarwer fi 1,144,000 -6,000
Jose Manuel Nadal Sordo mx 1,020,000 470,000
Mark Herm us 818,000 103,000
Sergey Kuzminskiy 810,000 -5,000
Dany Parlafes ro 795,000 195,000
Manuel Bevand fr 790,000 -40,000
Johnny Lodden no 775,000 -145,000
Diego Gomez Gonzalez 708,000 30,000
Marco Leonzio it 656,000 -44,000
Roberto Romanello gb 550,000 -345,000
Mikhail Petrov ru 505,000 -85,000
Iosif Beskrovnyy 343,000 -367,000
Jorma Nuutinen fi 328,000 -172,000
Nicholas Galtos 309,000 -151,000
Enrico Tau 287,000 57,000

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