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European Deepstack Poker Championship Final Table Set; Joost Schippers Leads

Joost Schippers

It took only about five hours to reduce the field of the European DeepStack Poker Championships from 29 players to the final 9 and each of them already has €4,300 guaranteed. The action resumes Sunday at 12:00pm on the live stream table in the Regency Hotel in Dublin and Joost Schippers from the Netherlands has accumulated an almost 2-1 lead over Jonas van Bogaert and Jaroslav Tjepan.

Not everyone sat down yet and we already had the first seat open. Laura Carroll as last woman in the field got her stack in with {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs} versus {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs} and could not improve on the {Q-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} board. Patric Huemmerich followed only a minute later in the second hand of the day when his {K-Clubs}{K-Spades} got cracked by {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} on a board reading {7-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{J-Spades}{2-Clubs}{6-Hearts} after the money went in preflop. Con Collins pushed queen-jack into ace-king and Eric Smellers stood next to no chance with queen-nine versus queen-jack.

The first big pot of the day saw the elimination of Cristian Ragusitu after the Romanian defended his big blind with pocket jacks, spiked a set on the turn but lost against the flopped second nut flush of Jaroslav Tjepan with {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}. Daniel Devlin three-bet shoved with {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts} and got called by Mathieu Wullaert with {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} - what looked like an almost certain split pot delivered the fourth club on the river and the local hero was gone. Steven Lenaerts followed in 23rd place and Chris Jupp had to settle for 22nd after his {A-Hearts}{7-Clubs} lost to the dominating {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} of Wullaert once the Belgian flopped the nut straight.

Dominique Peyres made a costly mistake after not realizing the all-in of Johannes van Leeuwen and had to call off with {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs} to get crippled against pocket kings. He bowed out only a couple of hands later, Tom Kitt re-shoved 11 big blinds with pocket eights into the ace-king of Lennert van Leemput and joined him on the rail. After the eliminations of Yannic Zycha and Gil Bonvini, Jonas Becker finished in 17th place. The German started with only five big blinds and turned that into 2 million before losing with queens versus {A-Hearts}{9-Spades} and then shoving {K-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} into the {A-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} of Jonas van Bogaert.

The Belgian took the lead after four-betting preflop with pocket kings and initial raiser Lars Krogh cold called with sevens to go broke on a six-high flop. The start-of-the-day chip leader from Denmark lost the rest of his stack two hands later in a battle of the blinds. Lennert van Leemput found aces in the big blind to knock out Robbert Vandenriessche in 15th place before the next set up would cause the seat open for Ken Bury. He picked up {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} in the small blind and four-bet to 905,000 before calling the five-bet shove of Joost Schippers to see the Dutchman turn over {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}.

Eoin Starr sent Johannes van Leeuwen to the rail but the Irishman only finished one spot better after getting his stack in with {A-Spades}{9-Spades} against the pocket tens of Cummins. The four-bet shove of Sam Gilbert for 985,000 with {A-Spades}{Q-Spades} was not crowned by success as Jaroslav Tjepan made the call with {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades} to end up victorious on a roller coaster board of {10-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. Jensen van Reeth then bowed out in 10th place after min-raising with {A-Spades}{7-Spades} and calling all-in against the {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts} of Jaroslav Tjepan.

The fourth and final day of the €500+50 Main Event starts at 12:00 local time on Sunday and there is 23:42 left of Level 27. Blinds are 50,000/100,000/10,000a. The average stack stands at 5 million chips and €48,000 will be waiting for the winner. You can follow the action in the live stream and the most important hands will also be posted on the D4 events Facebook page. Below are the seat assignments and Chip Counts of the nine remaining players:

1Abdul Khodur5,250,000
2Cathal Shine2,060,000
3Mathieu Wullaert1,485,000
4Keith Cummins5,955,000
5 Lennert van Leemput
6Joost Schippers12,170,000
7Loris Kuntz3,280,000
8Jonas van Bogaert6,395,000
9Jaroslav Tjepan6,015,000

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