9.15pm: Short break
Players are taking a short break before the level increases.
9.10pm: Three in a row?
While Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsowrth has won a €1,000 side event worth €33,000, Philipp Gruissem is on course to win a third EPT High Roller event in a row. He has most of the chips with three players remaining. — SB
9pm: All change
Dimitar Danchev opened for 250,000 on the button. Andrey Pateychuk three-bet to 725,000 which Dancehv called for a flop of A♣Q♦5♥. Pateychuk checked to Danchev who bet 775,000. Pateychuk called for a 2♥ turn card. Pateychuk checked again.
Danchev bet a further 1,650,000 which Pateychuk called for a 8♥ river card. A last check from Pateychuk before Danchev bet 2,175,000. Pateychuk paused, then called. Danchev showed A♠5♠ to win the hand and take the lead. Roughly 13,000,000 to 11,000,000. — SB
8.55pm: Danchev looking battered
Even though Dimitar Danchev isn’t that far behind he is looking a bit bewildered at the moment. Things just aren’t going well for him. He tries to play back at Andrey Pateychuk, the Russian ships on him and flashes a rag. He leads the river and the Russian calls having caught that last card. It looks like Danchev needs a moment to rally, Pateychuk looking more than confident. — RD
8.50pm: Five-bet shove
Paleychuk continues to apply the pressure, opening up a two-to-one chip lead with a well timed shove pref-flop.
Dimitar Danchev opened for 250,000 on the button which Paleychuk three-bet to 725,000. Danchev then four-bet to 1,000,000 before Paleychuk, sensing something wasn’t right, five-bet shoved, promoting Danchev to snap fold. Paleychuk showed 5♥. — SB
8.45pm: Spinks’ man-love for Boatman
Jon Spinks has just admitted on EPT Live that he fell in love with Barny Boatman here in San Remo. We’re presuming in a platonic, man-crush kind of way but who knows.
You can listen to Spinks and James Hartigan on that EPT Live link now. Spinks’ debut performance on the live stream as solid as his 24th place finish in the main event. — RD
8.40pm: Pateychuk regaining momentum
Andrey Pateychuk is stretching ahead and up to 15,500,000 over 9,000,000 after winning the majority of these heads up pots. Pateychuk the more aggressive player at the moment barreling flops and three-betting pre-flop. — RD
8.35pm: Latest chip counts
Andrey Pateychuk — 15,820,000
Dimitar Danchev — 9,280,000
8.30pm: Check-raising the river
After a couple of hands reach the flop, one suddenly reaches the river to provide a littel drama.
On a flop of Q♦6♣7♦ Andrey Pateychuk checked to Dimitar Danchev who bet 260,000. Called. On the 10♣ turn card Pateychuk checked again. Danchev bet 515,000. Called.
On the river card 9♦ Pateychuk checked a third time, leaving Danchev to bet 825,000. Suddenly Pateychek check-raised to 2,375,000. Danchev was forced to fold. — SB
8.18pm: The players are back
The two players are back in their seats with blinds at 60,000-120,000. — RD
8.10pm: Deal struck
Word has just filtered through that Andrey Pateychuk and Dimitar Danchev have made a deal giving each player €600,000 apiece with €80,000 set to one side for the winner. — RD
8.05pm: Still on break
The heads up players are still off set discussing terms of a deal, which presumably would be close to a straight chop with a chunk left to play for (as well as the title and Shamballa bracelet, of course). — RD
7.45pm: Heads-up chip counts
Andrey Pateychuk — 13,770,000
Dimitar Danchev — 11,360,000
7.40pm: Out goes Nielson
The EPT San Remo main event goes heads-up after the elimination of Daniel Nielson who got his chips in, 1,675,000 of them, with A♠5♦ but once again found himself dominated by the A♥9♠ of Dimitar Danchev.
The board came K♥8♠J♥7♥10♣ to end Nielson’s tournament in third place, earning €285,000. — SB
7.28pm: Danchev playing catch up
Dimitar Danchev has taken a large chunk from Andrey Pateychuk after rivering a straight on a 4♦9♥8♣J♣10♠ board with A♣Q♣. Danchev fired 325,000 on the flop, 525,000 on the turn and 650,000 on the river. Pateychuk showed some emotion for the first time all day and looked a little gutted to lose the hand.
Andrey Pateychuk, 14,555,000
Dimitar Danchev, 8,900,000
Daniel Neilson, 1,500,000
Neilson the man that must make a move. — RD
7.20pm: We’re back
Three remain – let’s get going.
7.05pm: Danchev takes at the break
Dimitar Danchev has ground back to 7,885,000 after calling a Andrey Pataeychuk 600,000 three-bet on the button and betting the turn of a Q♦6♦6♥Q♥ board for 725,0000.
Andrey Pateychuk, 15,700,000
Dimitar Danchev, 7,885,000
Daniel Neilson, 1,545,000
Play will restart in 15 minutes. — RD
7.02pm: With three left…
Perhaps it’s time for a little EPT San Remo catch up. Particularly if you like sausage…
7pm: All-in, call
Daniel Nielson opened for 200,000 on the button and Andrey Pateychuk moved all-in. Nielson called showing A♠8♦ to Pateychuk’s K♦10♦.
The board ran J♠5♠5♥J♠5♦ to deny Nielson a much needed double up, splitting the pot. — SB
6.50pm: Two, three, four betting
Andrey Pateychuk opened for 225,000 on the button, Daniel Nielson three-bet to 465,000 in the small blind and then Dimitar Danchev four-bet to a million in the big blind. Fold, fold. — SB
6.45pm: Pateychuk bossing it
Andrey Pateychuk has two thirds of the chips in play and is punishing both of his remaining opponents. Dimitar Danchev has tried to play back at Pateychuk and overall it hasn’t been working, he’s lost two million since Barny Boatman departed in fourth place.
Andrey Pateychuk, 16,680,000
Dimitar Danchev, 5,990,000
Daniel Neilson, 2,460,000
If Pateychuk takes out Danchev next the title surely must be his. — RD
Dimitar Danchev and Andrey Pateychuk have three-bet each other off pots pre-flop, Neilson the quiet man at the moment. — RD
6.30pm: Buck stops
Dimitar Danchev takes a stand against Andrey Pateychuk, drawing a line in the same, three-betting to force Pateychuk to fold. — SB
6.25pm: Pateychuk pushing it
Andrey Pateychuk is pushing his lead hard and has taken two of the last three pots, including a three-bet to 620,000 over the top of Dimitar Danchev putting the Bulgarian is in a very tough spot. Danchev has twice as many chips as Daniel Neilson and the next pay jump is a big one. Third pays €285,000, second an eye watering €480,000. — RD
6.20pm: Boatman sunk, out in 4th (€225,000)
Andrey Pateychuk looks to be cruising towards a first EPT title having just eliminated Barny Boatman in fourth place.
Boatman moved all-in for 1,480,000 and Pateychuk called at once in the big blind, showing Q♦Q♣ to Boatman’s 3♠3♣
The flop of Q♠6♣A♥ left the Englishman looking for running threes which failed to materialize, the turn J♥ and river J♣ ending his tournament. Boatman takes away €225,000 while Pateychuk moves up to an overwhelming lead with 15,000,000. – SB
6.15pm: Jan Bendik out in 5th (€170,000)
Jan Bendik moved all-in under the gun for 1,675,000 and was isolated by Andre Pateychuk who moved all-in to isolate.
The Russian flopped top set but gave Bendik a straight draw on the J♠5♣9♥ flop, the 6♥ turn and K♠ river failed to save the Slovakian. Pateychuk up to 12,500,000 and now holds half the chips in play. — RD
6.10pm: Boatman on the ropes
Andrey Pateychuk opened from the small blind which was called by Barny Boatman on the big for a flop of 7♠6♥Q♦.
Pateychuk bet 270,000 which Boatman called for a turn card 9♦. Pateychuk checked to Boatman who bet 500,000 before Pateychuk announced “all-in”. Boatman had 1,300,000 behind, with the other half of his stack in the middle. He passed. Pateychuk bags more chips. — SB
6.05pm: Boatman beats Bendik
A simple c-bet from Barny Boatman took a 500,000 pot from Jan Bendik who had defended his big blind and check-folded on a 10♥4♥10♦ flop. –RD
5.58pm: Pateychuk takes on Bendik
Jan Bendik opened the button for 225,000 and passed to Andrey Pateychuk’s small blind three-bet of 500,000. Pateychuk showed down K♥K♦. Pateychuk’s shown down kings and ace-king twice yet seems to be treated as if he’s playing like a maniac. — RD
5.52pm: Back into it
The final five players play out for the championship.
1. Andrey Pateychuk, 9,430,000
3. Barny Boatman, 2,455,000
4. Daniel Neilson, 3,025,000
7. Dimitar Danchev, 7,995,000
8. Jan Bendik, 2,225,000
The first three hands back have been won by Danchev, Pateychuk and Boatman – all simple raise and takes. — RD
5.45pm: EPT Live
EPT Live is currently broadcasting all the action in English, Italian and Marc Convey.
5.40pm: Play continues
The new level gets under way with blinds at 50,000-100,000 with a 10,000 ante.
PokerStars Blog reporting team in San Remo: Stephen Bartley and Rick Dacey