The PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Paris has been taking place all week long, and there has been a lot of action. We recently talked about much of it in the latest episode of the PokerNews Podcast, which you can listen to here.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team has been on-site to offer live updates from a slew of EPT Paris tournaments. Here’s a look at five of the most exciting hands captured in our live updates from the EPT Paris.
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Three Clocks, Two Check-Raises & One Double for Guilbert
On Day 2 of the EPT Paris €5,300 Main Event, it was Level 15 (2,000/4,000/4,000) when Johan “Yoh Viral” Guilbert opened to 8,000 from middle position and Daniyar Aubakirov three-bet to 17,000 from the hijack before Guilbert went deep in the tank when the action got back around. Someone eventually called clock and Guilbert called soon after.
Guilbert checked on the flop of and Aubakirov continued for 9,000. Guilbert sat perfectly still for over a minute before pushing out a stack of chips for a check-raise to 23,000. Aubakirov called.
The turn brought the and Guilbert’s eyes fluttered behind his octagon sunglasses as he rested his hands in his lap and thought through a decision. A table mate again called the clock and Guilbert eventually checked as the seconds wound down.
Aubakirov bet 20,000 and, right on schedule, Guilbert went back into the tank. A table mate called the clock on Guilbert for the third time of the hand and Guilbert once again check-raised with a jam of 66,000. Aubakirov called with his bigger stack.
Guilbert was ahead with a pair of tens and nothing changed on the river to earn the French content creator the pot as others at the table looked ready to move on to the next hand.
PokerNews own Connor Richard caught some of the hand on social media:
The tweet inspired some outrage and a lot of discussion on social media by poker pundits.
Matt Berkey: “C’mon man. I love Yoh but this needs to end. If social media has one singular good it would be to shame this type of nonsense out of existence.”
Daniel Negreanu: “I really don’t have to often because most of the tourneys I play have a shot clock, but yeah, it’s not personal. If people waste time because they think it benefits them, I will call clock if it benefits me. Fair game.”
Frank Kassela: “I have completely solved the slow play problem at any table I play at now. If they start clock burning I raise and do it much slower and much longer. They give up pretty quickly.”
Tournament Director Matt Savage took to Twitter to poll the poker community on the hand, with an overwhelming 93.5% responding that it’s ruining the game (as of publication time).
Poker player @YoHViral recently had the clock called on him 3 times in one hand. He won the pot but also started a… https://t.co/YaCvrgXo4L
However, there was at least one player who supported Guilbert, and that was tanking advocate and practitioner Jordan Cristos.
@berkey11 The guy is thinking about what to do. If he can snap fold AA on Kxxx then he Obv has a consideration here… https://t.co/YoYqIODtPX
Quad Aces for Moore
Also on Day 2 of the Main Event, albeit a couple of levels earlier in Level 13 (1,000/2,500/2,500), Peter Moore opened to 6,000 and Miroslav Forman three-bet to 18,000. Moore four-bet to 46,000 with 45,000 behind and Forman re-raised for all the chips to get in the middle.
The preflop cooler turned into a postflop sweat as the flop landed to give Moore a set but to leave Forman outs with two backdoor draws. The turn gave Forman outs to a straight before the landed on the river to give Moore quads for a double.
“Always a sweat!” Moore said as he raked in the pot. Surprisingly, he would be out a few levels later.
“So fuckin’ sick,” a stunned Moore said after his stack was counted and he had vaulted out of his seat. Once all was said and done, the Canadian was left empty-handed and with a bad beat story to tell.
Moore had gotten it in with the and he was up against Johan Schultz-Pedersen with the .
Schultz-Pedersen flopped the top pair and top kicker with a flush draw on . The turn propelled Schultz-Pedersen into the lead as Moore was left with a single out only, which never came on the river.
Zhechov Spikes River to Claim Three Bounties
On Day 2 of the €3,000 EPT Mystery Bounty, it was Level 14 (1,500/3,000/3,000) when Bogdan Munteanu moved all in for 20,500 from under the gun, prompting Jose Jaraiz to jam for 34,000 from middle position. Erik Bystroem was the third player to ship in his stack and he committed his last 87,500. Ivan Zhechev was in the big blind and mulled over his options before calling as the big stack.
Munteanu had the best of it on the flop and improved to trips on the turn. Bystroem also picked up a flush draw to go along with his pair of nines. The table then erupted when the river hit the felt to give Ivan Zhechev the best hand, sixes full of aces.
“So sick,” uttered some of the eliminated players as they departed.
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Quadruple Knockout for Ferreira Pais
On Day 2 of the €10,200 Mystery Bounty, it was Level 14 (5,000/10,000/10,000) when Table 5 brought a spectacular five-way all-in during which the severe short stacks of Stefan Schillhabel and Raphael Da Costa was in the middle. Furthermore, Jakob Miegel and Alexandre Reard were also all-in and they were all covered by Mauricio Ferreira Pais, the man who bubbled the $25,000 PSPC earlier this month.
“Oh man, I also wanted his bounty,” another player joked as the following cards were flipped over.
Raphael Da Costa:
Mauricio Ferreira Pais:
The flop gave Ferreira Pais a gutshot which he hit with the turn to make the nuts for the time being. Reard and Miegel had outs to broadway but missed on the river as a quadruple knockout was confirmed.
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Three-Way All-in Leads to Three-Way Chop
On Day 1a of the €1,100 FPS Paris Main Event, it was Level 14 (1,500/3,000/3,000) when Joao Tomas opened to 6,000 from the hijack and Jean Labryga called from the cutoff. Dragos Trofimov jammed for 63,500 from the big blind which then prompted Tomas to move all in for 83,500. Labryga agonized over the decision before calling.
Tomas remained best following the flop but Trofimov then had both of his opponents drawing to a chop after he made a wheel on the turn.
The river caused some commotion as all three players ended up with six-high straight. It was a cruel river for Trofimov as he was denied a massive triple-up.
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