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Baumstein, Liperis Atop Counts With 38 Left in PSPC

[user249920] • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Scott Baumstein
Scott Baumstein

The biggest $25K tournament in poker history is down to just five tables, as 38 players remain in contention for the $5.1 million first-place prize at the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship.

Leading the way into Day 4 will be a pair of direct buy-ins from opposite sides of the Atlantic, all but deadlocked at the top of the counts. American Scott Baumstein and the U.K.'s Yiannis Liperis bagged 4,240,000 and 4,210,000, respectively, making them the only players north of 4 million heading into the penultimate day of the event.

"It feels good," Baumstein said of the position he's in. "This is definitely a good tournament to run well in.

"I was chipping up pretty much all day. I lost an all-in near the end then made a run at it and won a big flip versus Farid [Jattin]. I was actually surprised he was as strong as he was, but it worked out for me."

The flip in question occurred in Level 23 (15,000/30,000/30,000). Baumstein made it 75,000 in the cutoff and the start-of-day leader three-bet to 320,000 out of the big blind. Baumstein came back with 775,000 and Jattin ripped it in for just under 2 million.

Baumstein called with queens and got a fairly easy hold against ace-king as nothing on the board materialized to threaten him.

"I was sweating that flip pretty hard," he admitted with a smile. "That was a big one. From what I understood, it was the biggest pot of the tournament."

As for Liperis, he got there on a big combo draw against the top two pair of Yan Li to move over 1.8 million. Then, he hit another nut flush after calling a sizable turn bet against Jonathan West, who couldn't find a fold on the river with a hand that never got shown down despite a river shove and a call.

Meanwhile, nine Platinum Pass winners still remain in the field heading into Day 4. While Mikita Badziakouski — he of over $20 million in live cashes — advancing is hardly a Cinderella story, there are still several players for whom a $5.1 million payday would hardly seem imaginable.

Mikita Badziakouski
Mikita Badziakouski is trending toward another big payday.

Ramon Colillas, Adrian Samu, Atanas Pavlov, Marc Rivera, Michael Roboniek and Jacqueline Burkhart all have $100,000 or less in live cashes and would make positively Moneymaker-esque stories were they to ship the PSPC.

Day 3 also saw the money bubble burst early on, and nearly 150 have already cashed payout tickets. Bill Perkins, Dylan Linde, Christoph Vogelsang, Ryan Riess and all three of Sam, Luc and Max Greenwood were among those getting paid.

The remaining 38 players gather for Day 4 at noon local time on Wednesday. Play continues at 25,000/50,000/50,000 with the plan to play to at least eight players, possibly longer if time allows. Come back to PokerNews to find who those few will be.

Day 4 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountry Chip CountBig Blinds
11Marvin RettenmaierGermany 630,00013
12Rui SousaPortugal 1,105,00022
13Pedro PadilhaBrazilPlatinum Pass winner1,315,00026
14Scott BaumsteinUnited States 4,240,00085
15Scott StewartUnited States 1,120,00022
16Adrian Echave SamuSpainPlatinum Pass winner1,265,00025
17Jonathan WestUnited States 280,0006
18Martins AdeniyaUnited Kingdom 1,545,00031
       
21Jake SchwartzUnited States 1,530,00031
22Filipe OliveiraPortugal 640,00013
23Jack O'NeillUnited Kingdom 2,525,00051
24Griffin BengerCanada 1,560,00031
25Dan O'BrienUnited States 1,765,00035
27Marc PerraultCanada 1,935,00039
28Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom 1,330,00027
       
31Tony GreggUnited States 905,00018
32Louis BoutinCanada 3,040,00061
33Luis FariaPortugal 1,155,00023
35Luke MarshUnited Kingdom 2,065,00041
36Florian DutaRomania 1,305,00026
37Jacqueline BurkhartUnited StatesPlatinum Pass winner660,00013
38Kristen BicknellCanada 1,115,00022
       
41Joao BarbosaPortugalPlatinum Pass winner1,780,00036
42Ramon ColillasSpainPlatinum Pass winner2,895,00058
43Farid JattinColombia 640,00013
44Mikita BadziakouskiBelarusPlatinum Pass winner1,910,00038
45Julien MartiniFrance 3,250,00065
46Samuel TsehaiCanada 1,395,00028
47Sosia JiangNew Zealand 1,515,00030
48Marc RiveraPhilippinesPlatinum Pass winner865,00017
       
51Yiannis LiperisUnited Kingdom 4,210,00084
52Jason KoonceUnited States 2,235,00045
53Evan MathisUnited States 910,00018
54Chris JohnsonUnited States 1,480,00030
55Atanas PavlovBulgariaPlatinum Pass winner1,070,00021
56Laurynas LevinskasLithuania 895,00018
57Michael RobionekGermanyPlatinum Pass winner720,00014
58Luigi KnoppersNetherlands 2,715,00054

Tags: Scott BaumsteinYiannis Liperis

End of Day Chip Counts (komplett)

zedmaster84 • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Scott Baumstein us 4,240,000 40,000
Yiannis Liperis gb 4,210,000 210,000
Julien Martini fr 3,250,000 -50,000
Louis Boutin ca 3,040,000 3,040,000
Ramon Colillas es 2,895,000 355,000
Luigi Knoppers nl 2,715,000 615,000
Jack O'Neill gb 2,525,000 -75,000
Jason Koonce US 2,235,000 -2,265,000
Luke Marsh gb 2,065,000 535,000
Marc Perrault ca 1,935,000 1,935,000
Mikita Badziakouski by 1,910,000 -130,000
Joao Barbosa pt 1,780,000 1,495,000
Dan O'Brien us 1,765,000 525,000
Griffin Benger ca 1,560,000 240,000
Martins Adeniya gb 1,545,000 45,000
Jake Schwartz us 1,530,000 530,000
Sosia Jiang nz 1,515,000 -145,000
Chris Johnson us 1,480,000 80,000
Samuel Tsehai ca 1,395,000 -55,000
Talal Shakerchi gb 1,330,000 35,000
Pedro Padilha br 1,315,000 565,000
Florian Duta ro 1,305,000 215,000
Adrian Echave Samu ES 1,265,000 65,000
Luis Faria pt 1,155,000 -265,000
Scott Stewart us 1,120,000 220,000

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Martini Sends Paszkiewicz to the Rail

zedmaster84 • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

In the last hand of the night, Julien Martini raised first to act and Dariusz Paszkiewicz pushed for around 350,000, Martini called and the cards were on their backs.

Dariusz Paszkiewicz: {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}
Julien Martini: {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}

Martini flopped a full house on {A-Spades}{J-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and that left Paszkiewicz drawing dead right away.

Julien Martini fr 3,300,000 425,000
Dariusz Paszkiewicz pl Ausgeschieden

Tags: Dariusz PaszkiewiczJulien Martini

Two Pair for Sousa

zedmaster84 • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Rui Sousa raised to 85,000 and was called by Samuel Tsehai from one seat over. Sousa made it 60,000 to go on the {Q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} flop and Tsehai called. The {5-Diamonds} turn and {8-Spades} river were checked and Sousa showed the {Q-Spades}{5-Spades} for two pair, Tsehai mucked.

Samuel Tsehai ca 1,450,000 110,000
Rui Sousa pt 1,025,000 -130,000

Tags: Rui SousaSamuel Tsehai

Three More

[user249920] • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Three more hands will be played at every table.

West on Crumbs

[user249920] • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Jonathan West bet 500,000 in the small blind on {9-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{k-Spades}, with about 1.1 million already in the pot. Yiannis Liperis called in the cutoff after some thought and the river was the {4-Diamonds}. West checked and Liperis moved all in after about 15 seconds. It was 935,000. West thought a bit as cameras gathered, then stuck one chip in the middle.

Liperis opened {a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} for the nuts and West mucked without showing.

Yiannis Liperis gb 4,000,000 1,600,000
Jonathan West us 275,000 -2,075,000

Tags: Jonathan WestYiannis Liperis

Bigger Set for Colillas

• Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Ramon Colillas opened to 85,000 from under the gun and Felix Schneiders pushed all in for 505,000 on the button. Schneiders was sitting on one of the shorter stacks at the table and Colillas made the call to put him at risk.

Ramon Colillas: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Felix Schneiders: {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}

Schneiders was in desperate need of a nine in order to stay alive and he got one on the {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{8-Spades} flop but it wasn't enough as Colillas also flopped a set. The {5-Clubs} on the turn left Schneiders drawing to one out and the {6-Hearts} on the river wasn't it, ending his deep run.

Ramon Colillas es 2,540,000 40,000
Felix Schneiders de Ausgeschieden

Tags: Felix SchneidersRamon Colillas

O'Brien Gets a Lucky Double Through West

[user249920] • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Jonathan West raised under the gun and called what he thought was a shove from Dan O'Brien, who had announced 500,000 across the table. However, O'Brien had 70,000 back and West said he was sticking that in without seeing the flop.

The dealer spread {8-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and O'Brien warned West that since it was a money jump and the day was nearly done, he had to time down. Eventually, after using all his banks, he stuck the last 70,000 in.

Dan O'Brien: {a-Spades}{q-Hearts}
Jonathan West: {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}

The {j-Diamonds} turn brought a sweat but the river was the {7-Clubs}.

Jonathan West us 2,350,000 -350,000
Dan O'Brien us 1,240,000 715,000

Tags: Dan O'BrienJonathan West