The EPT Polish Open has come and gone as the EPT Season 4 nears its end. The Poker Stars sponsored poker circuit has gained a great deal of popularity this year, and shows no signs of stopping as there’s only one more tournament to go before the illustrious EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, which begins on April 12th.
On Saturday, yet another final table was set to go, as Trond Erik Eidsvig sought to continue to be a force in the EPT. This marked his third final table of the season, as well as his fourth cash, quite a feat for the 22 year old from Norway. Here were the stacks going into the FT.
Michael Schulze – 1,162,000
Ricardo Sousa – 756,000
Juan Maceiras – 437,000
Mehdi Ouakhir – 360,000
Mathias Viberg – 229,000
Trond Erik Eidsvig – 220,000
Niclas Svensson – 174,000
Daniel Woolson – 164,000
Christian Öman – 110,000
With the blinds starting at 4k/8k, 1k ante, there would be no time to waste for Öman, Woolson, and Svensson. True to the stack sizes, the participants wasted no time at all in kicking up the action in Poland.
In a four-way flop between Woolson, Sousa, Viberg, and Ouakhir, the flop came down a Q35 rainbow. Ouakhir, Viberg, and Woolson got their chips in, with Viberg having Woolson outstacked, and Ouakhir having both gentlemen covered. Woolson flipped over pocket aces, Viberg pocket fives for a flopped set, and Ouakhir for KQ of clubs. The turn was a six of clubs, which put two out, giving Ouakhir a possible flush draw to take both Woolson and Viberg out. The river was a K however, and Viberg collected the entire pot. Woolson was sent home in 9th, getting unlucky, but still earning $53,657 U.S. for his efforts.
Just a short time later, Juan Maceiras had Trond Erik Eidsvig in for his tournament life. Maceiras rolled over A9, while Eidsvig rolled over AT, far ahead. The A52 flop was great for Trond, as was the 2 on the turn. However, the 9 on the river will be sure to leave a bitter taste in his mouth for a long time to come, as he exited in 8th, cashing for $88,356.
About an hour in, here were the stacks, seven handed.
Michael Schulze – 1,315,000
Mathias Viberg – 749,000
Ricardo Sousa – 648,000
Mehdi Ouakhir – 404,000
Christian Öman – 261,000
Niclas Svensson – 128,000
Juan Maceiras – 87,000
Svensson, and Maceiras were in a lot of trouble as the blinds were about to go up to 6k/12k, with a 1k ante. Svensson shoved his small stack in after the break, after three limps. One of the limpers, Medhi, made what some might categorize as a loose call with QT. Svensson flipped over 44, a small dog in the coinflip. The 585 flop came with a lone spade, but the 2 of spades on the turn made it quite interesting. However, the river came a sickening 8 for Svensson, and he was dispatched in 7th, for $119,911.
Maceiras also wasted no time, taking his short stack all the way up to 280k. Continuing with his aggressive play, he limp-reraised Mathias Viberg, and got all his chips in with 22, against Viberg’s AK. The 899 flop was a safe one for Maceiras, but the Ace on the turn vaulted Mathias into the lead. No deuce materialized on the river, and Maceiras was eliminated, earning $151,467 for his sixth place finish.
With the blinds up to 10k/20k, 2k ante, here’s how the players stood.
Michael Schulze – 1,526,000
Mehdi Ouakhir – 747,000
Mathias Viberg – 581,000
Ricardo Sousa – 510,000
Christian Öman – 228,000
Schulze, the chip leader coming in, still held a considerable lead. Could he hold it? Schulze promptly took half of Sousa’s chips, out flopping Sousa’s A7, with his A5, flopping two pair. The very next hand however, Sousa got it in with KQ vs. Schulze’s AJ, and flopped trip queens, getting himself back up to the 500k mark. The battling continued amongst the players as the blinds rose to 15k/30k, with a 3k ante.
Michael Schulze raised to 80k, and was called by Christian Öman in the big blind. Both men checked a KQ7 two heart flop. The turn was the 9 of hearts, and Christian again checked. Schulze put Öman in for his remaining 330k. Öman went into the tank, and called after some time. Christian’s K5 was good for the lead, well ahead of Michael’s A9. However, Lady Luck can be cruel sometimes, and the 9 on the river proved that, effectively crushing Öman’s run at the EPT Polish Open title. Though misfortunate, he left with $192,423, out in fifth place.
Michael Schulze 1,740,000
Medhi Ouakhir 750,000
Mathias Viberg 522,000
Ricardo Sousa 405,000
The beginning of the end was signaled for Ouakhir as he made yet another questionable call. It folded to Ouakhir on the button, who opened for 100k. Schulze passed in the small blind, while Sousa moved in over the top. Ouakhir made the call with QJ of hearts, while Sousa had pocket nines for the slight lead. Ouakhir hit nothing on the flop, turn, or river, and gave away most of his stack to Sousa. Just a few hands later, he shoved in his remaining 300k with Q3, and was called by Schulze, who held pocket tens. Once again Ouakhir missed, and was eliminated in fourth place, for $236,586.
Right before the break, Sousa came over the top of a Viberg opening raise, putting Viberg all in. Viberg called, showing AK, dominating Sousa’s A9. Sousa wasn’t able to get lucky, and Viberg doubled at his expense. Going into 20k/40k, with a 4k ante, here were the stacks.
Michael Schulze: 1,952,000
Mathias Viberg: 1,072,000
Ricardo Sousa: 458,000
Sousa chipped up to nearly 700k before the biggest pot of the tournament occurred. Mathias raised to 110k preflop, and was called by Ricardo Sousa. Sousa checked to Mathias on an 893 flop, which prompted Mathias to bet 170k. Sousa check raised all in, and was snap called by Mathias. Mathias rolled over JJ, in good shape against Sousa’s JT. However, Sousa had eight outs to make the nut straight. Once again, another turn card suckout occurred, as Sousa hit a queen on the turn to cripple Mathias down to just a few big blinds. Mathias would bust the next hand in 3rd place, earning $315,375. Going into heads-up, Schulze held a small chip lead of about 200k. He’d been slow and steady all day, while Sousa had been swingy. Could Schulze finish it off?
With the blinds up to 30k/60k, Ricardo had been knocked down to about 1.4 million. He got it in against Schulze, holding a nice edge with his pocket sevens against Michael’s A6 suited. The 254 flop gave Sousa some extra cards to worry about, but the Ace on the turn was sure to give him something to think about for a long time. Sousa wasn’t able to hit a seven on the river, and busted in 2nd place, winning $536,276. Schulze on the other hand played a simply amazing final table, dominating from end to end, earning his title, and earning the nearly million dollar payday, taking down $946,269.
Keep posted to FTR Blogs as the EPT San Remo stop is coming in just a few weeks, and after that, on to the EPT Grand Final!