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EPT10 Grand Final Day 4: Hicks Leads Final 17; Salter Goes From Short Stack to Third in Chips

• Līmenis 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Kenny Hicks
Kenny Hicks

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’ {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} 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: {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}
Troyanovskiy: {a-Hearts}{10-Spades}

Salter had the goods, but Troyanovskiy picked up a sweat when the flop came down {2-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. Much to Salter's relief, neither the {Q-Diamonds} turn nor {4-Spades} 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.

Williams: {a-Hearts}{j-Spades}
Stern: {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

It was a classic flip, but not after the flop came down {9-Spades}{k-Spades}{3-Hearts}. Stern flopped a set and became a massive favorite. When the {5-Clubs} 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:

Etiķetes: Jack SalterKenny Hicks

Seat Draw for Day 5

• Līmenis 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
TableSeatPlayer
11Martin Seilis
13Sebastian Von Toperczer
14Miroslav Alilovic
15Matias Ruzzi
16Antonio Buonanno
   
22Jack Salter
23Ivan Soshnikov
24Mark Teltscher
25Vasili Firsau
26Kenny Hicks
28Nikita Nikolaev
   
31Malte Moennig
33Nicholas Petrangelo
34Magnus Karlsson
36Steven Silverman
37Sebastian Bredthauer
38Mayu Roca

Chip Counts

• Līmenis 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Kenny Hicks US 2,499,000 899,000
Martins Seilis LV 1,767,000 240,000
Jack Salter gb 1,750,000 330,000
Antonio Buonanno it 1,623,000 323,000
Mayu Roca CO 1,500,000 700,000
Sebastian von Toperczer de 1,456,000 -219,000
Malte Moennig DE 1,450,000 115,000
Nikita Nikolaev ru 1,083,000 412,000
Sebastian Bredthauer DE 1,065,000 145,000
Vasili Firsau by 1,002,000 -798,000
Magnus Karlsson SE 861,000 286,000
Mark Teltscher gb 802,000 142,000
Ivan Soshnikov ru 731,000 -369,000
Nicholas Petrangelo US 540,000 -252,000
Miroslav Alilovic FR 500,000 -100,000
Steven Silverman us 436,000 -372,000
Matias Ruzzi ar 402,000 -457,000

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• Līmenis 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante

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Etiķetes: Skrill

PokerNews Podcast Episode #213: Chasing Bracelets feat. Stephen Chidwick

• Līmenis 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Stephen Chidwick
Stephen Chidwick

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.

You can subscribe to all three of the podcasts produced by PokerNews on iTunes here, or you can access the RSS feed here. The PokerNews family of podcasts is now available on Stitcher.

Etiķetes: PokerNews PodcastStephen Chidwick

Teltscher Doubles Yet Again

• Līmenis 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante

Mark Teltscher moved all in for 329,000 from the small blind and Jack Salter called in the big blind.

Teltscher: {A-Hearts}{8-Clubs}
Salter: {K-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}

The {6-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{J-Clubs} was a good one for Teltscher but the {4-Clubs} turn was even better as Salter dropped to just four outs. The {8-Spades} on the river made Teltscher an unneeded pair of eights and he doubled back up once more.

Jack Salter gb 1,420,000 -328,000
Mark Teltscher gb 660,000 226,000

Buonanno Doubles Through Alilovic

• Līmenis 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Antonio Buonanno
Antonio Buonanno

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 {10-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{A-Spades}{A-Diamonds} board against Miroslav Alilovic.

Alilovic check-called a shove on the river with {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs}, a flush draw turning into trips but Buonanno flipped {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds} for a full house to double up to over 1.3 million.

Antonio Buonanno it 1,300,000 200,000
Miroslav Alilovic FR 600,000 -700,000

Etiķetes: Antonio BuonannoMiroslav Alilovic

Conor Shelly Eliminated in 18th Place (€49,350)

• Līmenis 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Conor Shelly - 18th Place
Conor Shelly - 18th Place

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.

Shelly: {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}
Hicks: {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

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 {9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{j-Spades} flop delivered Hicks a set and the lead. The {10-Hearts} turn put out some straight options, but the {9-Spades} 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).

Kenny Hicks US 1,600,000 600,000
Conor Shelly US Izkritis

Etiķetes: Conor ShellyKenny Hicks