EPT London Hands of the Week: Cracked Aces for Victoria Coren Mitchell; Strong Fourth Pair Call

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Two-Time EPT Main Event Champ Eliminated After Getting Aces Cracked

Victoria Coren Mitchell
Victoria Coren Mitchell

On Day 1a of the £5,300 EPT Main Event, it was Level 8 (500/1,000/1,000) when Victoria Coren Mitchell opened to 2,000 from early position and Lawrence Brandt defended out of the big blind. Before he called, the {8-Spades} was exposed as a player folded their hand.

The flop landed {8-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and Brandt checked. Mitchell bet 2,000 and Brandt check-raised to 5,400.

“Check-raise?! Why did you do that?! Is it me?” Mitchell asked before calling.

The turn brought the {3-Spades} and Brandt put out a stack of blue 5,000-denomination chips to put Mitchell all in. She quickly called off with around 25,000.

Victoria Coren Mitchell: {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs}
Lawrence Brandt: {10-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

Despite there being one less eight in the deck, Brandt had flopped a straight to have Mitchell drawing dead with her pocket aces headed to the {2-Spades} river to eliminate the two-time EPT Main Event champion, who first took down 2006 EPT London Main Event for £500,000 and later 2014 EPT Sanremo Main Event for €476,100.

“Hard for me to fold that,” the two-time champ turned BBC presenter said as she left the tournament area.

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Back-to-Back Eliminations for Sinclair

Jack Sinclair
Jack Sinclair

Also on Day 1a, albeit one level earlier in Level 7 (400/800/800), 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event champ Jack Sinclair defended his big blind after Samuel Gillis raised to 2,000 in the small blind. The flop was {9-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{2-Spades} and Gillis bet 2,500. Sinclair called.

The turn was the {5-Hearts} and Gillis checked. Sinclair bet 7,500 and called a shove from Gillis for over 20,000.

Samuel Gillis: {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Jack Sinclair: {7-Hearts}{2-Hearts}

Gillis was drawing dead against Sinclair’s turned flush, with the {j-Diamonds} river sending him to the rail.

On the following hand, Sinclair three-bet after a raise and a call in front of him, and three players saw the {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}{5-Hearts} flop. They all checked and Sinclair bet 7,000 on the {q-Clubs} turn. Lukas Zaskodny was the only caller.

The river was the {8-Spades} and Sinclair shoved. Zaskodny had around 22,000 behind and muttered something across the table before calling.

Sinclair showed {5-Spades}{5-Diamonds} for a flopped full house, with Zaskodny showing {j-Spades}{10-Spades} for a rivered nut straight.

“Is that two in two since you joined the table?” asked probable tournament chip leader Ian Drake.

“No, I folded one,” replied Sinclair with a smile.

Docherty Correctly Calls River Overbet With Fourth Pair

David Docherty
David Docherty

On Day 3 of the Main Event, it was Level 17 (3,000/6,000/6,000) in a heads-up battle between the blinds when Harry Lodge led out for 8,000 on the flop of {5-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} and David Docherty called.

The turn brought the {a-Hearts} and Lodge put out an overbet of 38,000 with slightly less than that in the pot. Docherty again called.

The {6-Clubs} on the river completed the board and Lodge put out yet another overbet for 145,000, which sent Docherty deep into the tank. After using three time extensions, Docherty made the call.

Lodge sheepishly turned over a stone bluff with {9-Clubs}{4-Hearts} for nine-high, leading Docherty to turn over {6-Hearts}{4-Spades} for a rivered bottom pair after missing his straight draw.

Romero at Risk, Flops Quads to Double

Jordi Romero
Jordi Romero

Also on Day 3 in the same Level 17, Yiannis Liperis opened to 12,000 and Jordi Romero reraised from the next seat to 98,000 and was all in.

Liperis thought for a second and made the call and the players tabled their cards with Romero at risk.

Jordi Romero: {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}
Yiannis Liperis: {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

Romero let out a loud tap on the table when the flop came {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}{3-Hearts}, flopping quad nines and securing his full double up. The {5-Hearts}{3-Spades} completed the board but had no impact as Romero stacked his newfound wealth.

Merrilees Calls Clock on Tedeschi in

Paul Tedeschi
Paul Tedeschi

On Day 1 of the £3,000 Platinum Pass Mystery Bounty in Level 12 (600/1,200/1,200) when action was caught on the turn with the board showing the {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}.

Daniel Merrilees checked in the big blind before Paul Tedeschi bet 12,500. Merrilees then jammed for 74,400. After a few moments, Merrilees called the clock, much to the objection of Tedeschi who felt not enough time had passed.

The clock began and Tedeschi called, by splashing his bigger stack into the pot.

Daniel Merrilees: {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Paul Tedeschi: {a-Spades}{4-Spades}

Merrilees was ahead with a superior ace but couldn’t believe his luck when the {4-Clubs} hit the river, to give his opponent two pair. A dejected Merrilees then exited the tournament area.

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