Day 5 completed
Day 5 completed
That's all she wrote from Day 5 of the 2014 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 London £4,250 Main Event. Just 16 players returned to the felt today with the goal of making the official final table of eight. After a dominant day, Sebastian Pauli holds a significant chip lead heading into the final table with 6.13 million.
While Pauli holds the biggest stack and is the player closest to becoming the next EPT champion, the buzz in the tournament room is all about the potential of a repeat champion. Two previous EPT champions are seated at the official final table and there's a strong chance that either of them may join Victoria Coren Mitchell as a two-time EPT winner. Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody headlines the final table, bagging up 2.156 million which is good for sixth in chips. Cody won his EPT title back in Season 6 when he overcame the field in Deauville. Cody's fellow champion at the table is American Kevin MacPhee, who also won his title during the EPT's sixth season. MacPhee dominated EPT Berlin that season to pocket a cool €1,000,000. MacPhee will come into the final table with 2.43 million which is good for third overall in chips.
It was a bit of a stretch until the next elimination occurred as the field remained remarkably deep in terms of stacks to blinds. Ultimately, Gino Gabriel was the next player eliminated when his pocket jacks ran into MacPhee's pocket queens. The ladies held and Gabriel was sent packing in 14th place. Joao Vieira was left crippled after an all in confrontation with Jakub Mroczek and was eliminated from play shortly thereafter.
It looked as if three past EPT champions may make the final table, but by the time the final hand of the evening was dealt that proved not to be the case. In the end, it was past EPT London champion Benny Spindler who became the official final table bubble boy. On Spindler's final hand, he four-bet shoved from the big blind with only to be called by Kevin Killeen's . Spindler could not improve through a run out and he was eliminated in 9th place.
Play resumes at 1 p.m. local time tomorrow where the final eight will return to play to a champion. It should be noted that the final table will be broadcast cards up on a one hour delay, meaning our coverage will begin at 2 p.m. local time. PokerNews will be in attendance doing hand-for-hand coverage of the final table, be sure to keep your browsers locked here!
Artur Koren raised to 80,000 from the cutoff and Kevin Killeen three-bet to 190,000 from the button. It folded to Benny Spindler who moved all in for 530,000 from the big blind. Koren folded and Killeen instantly called.
The flop came down , keeping Killeen's kings out in front. Spindler found no help on fourth street, either, as the hit the felt. He needed an ace on the river in order to stay alive, but could not find it as the finished off the community cards. Spindler was eliminated as the final table bubble boy and the final table of eight was set!
Jakub Mroczek moved all in for 620,000 under the gun plus three and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody made the call from the cutoff.
The flop brought out and Mroczek took the lead, and the turn was the . Cody needed a nine or a jack to knock the Polish player out, but the river was the giving Mroczek a double up.
Benny Spindler moved all in under the gun plus three for 345,000 and the action folded to Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody who tanked for a bit before folding his cards. Kevin MacPhee gave up from the big blind as well and Spindler picked up the pot.
Jakub Mroczek opened to 60,000 from early position and [Removed:119] flatted from the next seat over. It folded over to Benny Spindler in the big blind and he came along for the ride as well.
The flop was and Spindler checked. Mroczek continued out for 60,000, Bensadoun called, and Spindler let it go. Fourth street was the and Mroczek continued his aggression with a bet of 65,000. Bensdaoun called very quickly, allowing the to complete the board on the river. Mroczek bet 150,000 and Bensadoun announced a call, allowing the two players to reveal their hole cards.
Mroczek tabled for nines full of queens, but was ultimately behind Bensadoun's for nines full of kings. Bensadoun took down the pot and brought his stack up to 2.7 million.