Dia 4 Terminado
Dia 4 Terminado
Romain Nardin Leads After Day 4
After another day in Monaco, rich man's paradise, just 16 players remain in the 2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® Main Event.
Frenchman Romain Nardin leads the pack, with plenty of familiar faces still in contention. The most recognizable name to return on Day 4 is Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. The French Team Pro hasn't been lifting trophy's on the regular in recent years, can he make a definite comeback here in Monte Carlo?
|Position||Player||France||Big Blinds||Chip Count|
|13||Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier||France||27||653,000|
|14||Douglas Ferreira Souza||Brazil||22||536,000|
Just 45 players returned for Day 4 of the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo. Minutes after play got underway, Chebli Chebli became the first casualty. Shijirbaatar Sanjaasuren, Shakhabiddin Muradov and Karim Souaid didn't last long either. Play was anything but tight, chips flew in left and right and most hands where drie-bet before a flop was seen.
Title defender Jan Bendik, who won this event last year when it was still called the EPT Grand Final, was one of the next players getting scalped. He got his chips in good with ace-queen suited against ace-nine off, but his opponent flopped a nine to make things a bit more difficult. While Bendik had a flush draw to go along with his queens as outs, none of them would appear on the turn or river. Last year the Slovakian player went home with €961,800 for first, this time he had to settle for €15,420 for his 36th place.
Another former EPT champion, Remi Castaignon, followed Bendik out the door. Castaignon got it in with a pair and a flush draw against two-pair and didn't improve.
Dan Smith started the day short and never ran up a stack. In his last hand, he got it in with queen-eight against ace-king. A king on the turn ended it all for Smith.
Hossein Ensan, another player with a PokerStars EPT trophy on his chimney, was evenly unlucky on Day 4. He got himself involved in some big confrontations and never came out on top. In his last hand, pocket nines were dead on the turn against pocket tens.
Like the tournament hadn't lost enough former champs just yet, it was Sebastian Malec out next. He too lost some big pots and eventually got it in with ace-nine to Vicente Delgado's ace-jack and did not improve.
The majority of other recognizable names departed early as well. Vicente Delgado lost ace-king to aces, Stefan "IamSound" Huber found no help with queen-three against ace-five, Paul Tedeschi lost king-jack to nines and Jeff Hakim didn't improve with ten-nine against ace-ten.
Luckily for the poker fans, an interesting field remains. Spanish high roller Sergio Aido, German experts Mortiz Dietrich and Stefan Schillhabel, and Belgian bracelet and EPT winner Davidi Kitai are all still in.
And, like we mentioned earlier, "ElkY" still has chips, Bertrand Grospellier returns on Day 5 with 27 big blinds and a dream.
|1||2||Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier||France||653,000|
|2||4||Douglas Ferreira Souza||Brazil||536,000|
When play resumes, 41 minutes are left in level 23 (12,000/24,000 with 4,000 ante). The plan is to play down to 6 players. PokerNews will be on the floor from the start until the end.
Jeff Hakim Eliminated in 17th Place (€25,700)
Action folded to Jeff Hakim on the button, and he moved all in for 304,000. Big blind Michael Kolkowicz thought a bit and called.
The dealer spread a flop of .
"That's not good," Hakim observed.
Making matters worse: a turn. Hakim was now drawing dead, and the river was a meaningless . Remaining players are bagging and tagging with 41:35 on the clock.
Paul Tedeschi Eliminated in 18th Place (€25,700)
Michael Kolkowicz raised early to 68,000, and Paul Tedeschi shoved over in the cutoff for 405,000. Kolkowicz called.
Tedeschi missed the board.
Stefan Huber Eliminated in 19th Place (€25,700)
Stefan Huber shoved on the button for 305,000, and Andrey Bondar called in the big blind.
Both missed the board, leaving ace-high best.
Lukasz Kubicki Eliminated
From early position, Lukasz Kubicki shoved all in for what appeared to be 217,000. Big blind Dmytro Shuvanov tossed in a single chip to indicate the call.
The board ran out and Kubicki said his goodbyes. Down to 19 players.
Big Double Up for Sorrentino
Douglas Ferreira Souza opened under the gun for 57,000 and got called in 2 spots: Raffaele Sorrentino on the button and Bertrand Grospellier in the big blind.
Grospellier checked on and initial raiser Souza bet 74,000. Sorrentino called, Grospellier folded.
Souza bet another 148,000 on the turn and Sorrentino called again.
As the completed the board, Souza shoved all in. Sorrentino had 430,000 behind and was facing the biggest decision of his tournament life. He tanked for a long time and the clock was called on him.
When the tournament director started counting down, Sorrentino still didn't seem too sure of what to do. With 2 seconds left to act, Sorrentino smashed some chips in the pot to call.
"Good call!" said Souza before showing . Sorrentino slammed on the table and started collecting.
Chip Counts in the Break (Completo)
Photos: PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event Day 4
Aido Doubles Through Shuvanov
Sergio Aido shoved from the button for 402,000 after Dmytro Shuvanov raised in the cutoff. Shuvanov called after some though.
The flip went to the Spaniard: .