Main Event

Adeniya Fighting to Get Chips Back


After his opponent checked, Martins Adeniya bet 600 on the {A-Spades}{9-Hearts}{4-Spades} flop. The player called and the {J-Spades} fell on the turn. Action was checked to Adeniya again. He bet 1,250 and his opponent called.

The river was the {9-Clubs} and Adeniya bet 4,200 after being checked to once more. This time, his opponent folded and Adeniya won the pot.

Martins Adeniya 24,000 -2,000

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Targa's Aces Go Under

Mihails Morozovs limped in under the gun, and a second player three-bet to 1,125. Coming in from the cold, Petr Targa made another raise to 3,125, and Morozovs responded by shoving all in for 6,625. That folded the monkey in the middle, but Targa quickly called with his covering stack and a chance at the knockout.

Morozovs: {J-Diamonds} {J-Spades}
Targa: {A-Diamonds} {A-Hearts}

It was a bad spot for the all-in player, but things would improve quickly as the flop came {2-Clubs} {K-Hearts} {J-Hearts} .The {Q-Hearts} turn was a huge sweat for him, though, and Targa could catch any ace, ten, or heart to knock him out.

River: {J-Clubs}

Well, quads will do nicely, and Morozovs has found his unlikely double.

Petr Targa 45,000 -7,000

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Petr Targa 52,000 22,000
Martin Staszko 34,000 -3,000
Jiri Horacek 30,000
Jan Bohata 24,800 -2,800
Josef Samanek 15,200 -6,300


• Level 3: 100-200, 0 ante
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The number for Day 1a is official. It's 233 runners that have turned up to kick off EPT8 Prague, though they're dropping like flies here in the early going.

A reminder: we'll play eight levels today with no dinner break.

Benvo Up to 50K


On the {A-Hearts}{8-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} board, action was checked over to Michael Benvenuti by one player. Benvenuti bet 2,100 and his opponent made the call.

The {Q-Diamonds} landed on the river and the first player checked again. Benvenuti bet 6,700. His opponent made the call quickly.

Benvenuti tabled two pair with the {A-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}. His opponent also held two pair, but it was weaker with the {A-Spades}{4-Clubs} and he lost the pot.

Michael Benvenuti 50,000 20,000

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Wheeling in the Chips with a Big Call


After Jason Wheeler checked the {J-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{7-Spades}{J-Clubs} board, Sergii Baranov bet 3,800. Wheeler made the call and that brought the two players to the {K-Hearts} river. Wheeler checked again and Baranov bet 13,000. Wheeler tanked for awhile. Eventually, the clock was called on him, but he then made the call.

Baranov tabled the {3-Spades}{3-Clubs} and Wheeler showed the {A-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. Wheeler's call was correct and he won the pot to move to 50,000 in chips.

Jason Wheeler 50,000 20,000

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Updated Chip Counts

Mario Adinolfi 57,000 27,000
Mike Watson 52,000 22,000
Mustapha Kanit 42,000 12,000
Vitaly Lunkin 42,000 12,000
Steve O'Dwyer 37,000 7,000
Ilan Boujenah 37,000
Martin Staszko 37,000 2,300
Iikka Tahkokallio 31,000
Casey Kastle 30,500 500
Tristan Clemencon 29,500 -500
Fernando Brito 29,500 -500
Zimnan Ziyard 29,000 -1,000
Martins Adeniya 26,000 -4,000
Luke Schwartz 19,000 -11,000
David Peters 17,000 -6,000

Lewis Knocked Back

In middle position, Serbia's Vlado Banicevic opened to 550, and both Gus Hansen (button) and Toby Lewis (small blind) put in the calls to proceed.

The dealer spread out a {4-Clubs} {6-Diamonds} {8-Clubs} flop, and Lewis paused first to act. He eventually led out with 1,200 of his own chips, and Banicevic considered for about a minute before raising to 3,500. Hansen folded quickly, Lewis called, and the turn brought the {10-Hearts}. It went check-check this time, and the {J-Clubs} filled out the board on the river. Lewis checked again, then reluctantly called one final bet of 3,500.

Banicevic showed up his {9-Clubs} {10-Clubs} for the flush, and Lewis double-checked his cards and spun them softly into the muck.

Toby Lewis 24,700 -9,300

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Behbehani Drinking Double

Details are sparse on this one, but we do know that Salman Behbehani has just doubled up to about 50,000. We're not even sure what his opponent held; the cards were already mucked when we walked up. Whatever the other two cards were, they were not as good as Behbehani's {A-Clubs} {J-Clubs}. The ace-jack ended up being the second nuts, in fact, as the board read {Q-Spades} {5-Clubs} {10-Diamonds} {8-Clubs} {4-Clubs}. It looks like there was betting action the whole way through, and Behbehani's last ~13,000 or so was paid off on the river, securing his full double.

Salman Behbehani 50,000 17,000

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