Dia 4 Terminado
Dia 4 Terminado
Tomas Jozonis made it look easy on Day 4 of the 2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT €5,300 Main Event as he raced past his competitors to bag a huge chip lead with the final 16 set for a Day 5 in which they'll determine a final table.
Jozonis finished with 4,075,000, which represents more than 200 big blinds with five minutes remaining in Level 22 (10,000/20,000/20,000). The next-best stack belongs to German superstar Ole Schemion, but his 2,630,000 remains a far cry from where Jozonis sits.
Jozonis has more than $400,000 in live cashes but is known mostly for his online play, where he's banked over $3 million according to PocketFives.
Today, Jozonis simply ran hotter than the sun as he hit three sets for knockouts, two of them in huge pots.
In the first one, he busted recent WPT500 champ Gary Miller in a three-bet pot. Jozonis opened queens under the gun and got three-bet by Miller, and they saw a king-queen-four flop hit. Jozonis check-called down until he check-jammed the river, and Miller couldn't find a fold with ace-king for his last 40 big blinds after using multiple time extensions.
The second one ran out remarkably similar, with Alexis Fleur this time being the one to flop top pair with ace-king when Jozonis had a set, this time fours. Again, the Lithuanian took a check-calling line and then check-ripped on the end, with his opponent once again tank-calling.
Jozonis passed Schemion in the counts shortly after that, and the final big set of the day was a little less dramatic and certainly less necessary. This time, Jozonis opened cutoff and called a ship of 19 big blinds by Mark Demirdjian, who had ace-five offsuit. Jozonis only needed to hold with eights but flopped another set for good measure.
While Jozonis is certainly in great shape, he has plenty of extremely tough competition left. While EPT Monte Carlo does typically produce some loaded final tables, even by this event's standards the remaining 16 looks tougher than getting lunch for under €10 in Monaco.
David Peters (1,675,000), Patrik Antonius (1,505,000), Adrian Mateos (1,495,000), PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari (980,000), Stefan Huber (975,000), Davidi Kitai (825,000) and Josip Simunic 690,000) would all be worthy headliners on their own. Together, they make it certain the eventual champion will have earned his keep.
Some of the less fortunate hopefuls who had dreams dashed on Day 4 included Gavin O'Rourke, Dimitar Danchev, Antoine Saout and Philipp Gruissem. Former PCA champ Danchev endured a nasty exit when he got it in on the turn fading only a flush draw and his opponent binked.
Day 5 will see a final table determined, starting at noon local time in Monaco on Thursday. Come back PokerNews for more live updates then.
EPT Main Event Day 5 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||8||Honglin Jiang||New Zealand||1,890,000||95|
With 16 players remaining the clock has been stopped with some five minutes left in the level and the action for Day 5 will resume at noon local time when the event plays down to the final six. Stay tuned, as a recap of today's action is to follow.
Gavin O'Rourke pushed all in for 230,000 in middle position and Davor Lanini isolated all in from the button. Everyone else mucked and O'Rourke saw his was dominated by . The board ran out , no help to O'Rourke, and he patted the table knowing he had bubbled the penultimate day.
Dan Abouaf shoved for 315,000 and Honglin Jiang called in the big blind. Abouaf was way ahead with against and he held on the board.
Photos by Neil Stoddart / PokerStars.
Tomas Jozonis raised to 45,000 and was called by Adrian Mateos in the big blind. On the flop of , Mateos checked and called a bet of 40,000 to see the turn. Mateos checked once more and called a second barrel of Jozonis for 130,000. Both ended up checking the river and Mateos announced a jack before turning over his . Jozonis had that beat with and raked in yet another pot against Mateos.
Then, it was Honglin Jiang that raised on the button to 45,000 and Dan Abouaf defended his big blind. On a flop of , Abouaf checked and called a first barrel of 60,000 by Jiang. The on the turn brought a second flush draw and Abouaf checked. Jiang now made it 125,000 to go and Abouaf opted to check-raise to 280,000. Jiang called and the duo headed to the river.
Abouaf bet 325,000 with some 210,000 behind and Jiang used one time bank extension before tossing in a single chip for the call. Abouaf turned over his for second pair and a busted gutshot, which Jiang had beat with the for top pair.
The very next hand, Jiang raised to 45,000 from the cutoff and Abouaf called from the small blind, as did Jozonis out of the big blind. All three players checked the flop. Abouaf moved all in after the turn and claimed the pot after both his opponents folded.
After opening in early position the hand before, Ole Schemion kept up the aggression and raised to 45,000 under the gun with . Josip Simunic called on the button with .
Schemion hit top pair on the flop and he continued 45,000. Simunic called with the second best hand.
On the turn, Schemion loaded up another time and fired 135,000, Simunic once again came along with the call.
The on the river brought out a smaller bet from Schemion, 105,000, and Simunic paid it off with his nines.
Gavin O'Rourke raised on the button to 45,000. Big blind Davor Lanini jammed for 340,000 and O'Rourke opted to call with . He needed help but had solid equity against but neither player paired up on the runout.
Federico Petruzzelli put a little under half his stack of 170,000 in from the button and then called off the rest when Krisztian Gyorgyi shoved in the big blind.
The board ran out , and Petruzzelli busted when neither played improved.