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Treble Still on Cards as Boatman and Spinks Remain in EPT San Remo

Posted by Andy on October 26, 2011 at 1:25 BST

EPT San RemoFollowing the victories of Liv Boeree and Rupert Elder in the last two stagings of the PokerStars EPT San Remo Main Event, hopes are still alive for a third consecutive British success after Barny Boatman and Jon Spinks successfully negotiated Day 4. They still have it all to do to catch chip leader Chris McClung, but with two days remaining in this prestigious event – and the field now down to the last 24 – the two UK poker players have the chance to capture what would be for both players their largest ever tournament cash.

The Boatman Sails Up the Leaderboard

Barny Boatman has had a torrid week, but somehow still remains alive in the tournament. On Sunday he had capitulated from over 100,000 chips to a stack quarter of that size and then built it back up to close the day on 300,000 chips. The pattern repeated itself on Monday, when Barny forced Ayaz Manji all-in – only to see the Portuguese player flop a flush against his pocket Queens, and yesterday it appeared that the Genting Poker sponsored pro was starting to leak prior to taking a three-way pot with a set of tens against Elio Fox and a set of Queens to crack Eli Bohbot´s pocket Aces. With a stronger start later today, Barny could safely make the final table.

Jon Spinks Does it Backwards

Jon “Bas” Spinks must have missed his breakfast yesterday! In four days to date, Jon has won valuable pots at the beginning of the day and used his extra chips to negotiate safely through to the next. Yesterday however, Jon did things in reverse – eliminating Richard Loth in the penultimate hand, when his rather cheeky small blind shove committed the Dane to the pot. Jon showed {9♠} {3♥} against Loth´s {K♦} {10♠}, but the flop of {A♦} {9♣} {8♣} but Jon in the lead, and the {3♣} on the turn confirmed the win. In the very next hand, Jon ({Q♦} {10♣}) busted Denys Drobyna ({A♠} {6♦}) when a Queen was dealt on the flop, and he will enter Day 5 with about 20% less than the average stack, but not in any immediate danger (especially if he has his breakfast!).

Double Chance of a Dual EPT Winner

One of the biggest handicaps to winning an EPT Main Event is having won one already. In the European Poker Tour´s 8 year history, no player has ever achieved the double and that challenge now awaits Kevin MacPhee and Mike McDonald. MacPhee partly owes his lofty position on the leaderboard to the elimination of Linda Santaguida in a {A♠} {K♣} -v- {K♠} {J♠} race (MacPhee pairing his Ace on the flop), while McDonald is struggling among the short stacks despite taking a slice out of Yorane Kerignard´s chips and eliminating Aleksandar Kostadinovic.

Catching McClung is the Key

Chris McClung ended the day where he started it –out in front. His good day was completed with the late elimination of Joseph Cheong – one of his main rivals at the top of the leaderboard – in a pot worth more than a million chips. McClung ({Q♥} {7♥}) had responded to Cheong´s four-bet to announce he was all-in. Cheong called and tabled {K♠} {K♦}. The flop of {4♥} {J♥} {2♣} kept the American poker player in the lead, but the {K♥} on the turn gave McClung the pot and a might chip lead over Australian Daniel Neilson (who ironically was also in second place coming into the day).

Leading Chip Counts for EPT San Remo Main Event

Day 5 will see the field of 24 reduced to a final table of 8. When play resumes, the blinds will be 10,000/20,000 (ante 2,000) and the average chip stack 1,046,250. Both UK poker players have managed to avoid being drawn on the same table as Christopher McClung, but John Spinks has Daniel Neilson and Kevin MacPhee to contend with, while Barny Boatman will hope to profit from the short stacks of Mike McDonald and WSOPE Main Event winner Elio Fox.






Christopher McClung Canada



Daniel Neilson Australia



Mustapha Kanit Italy



Alessio Isaia Italy



Kevin MacPhee USA



Barny Boatman UK



Johnny Lodden Norway



Jan Bendik Slovakia



Andrey Pateychuk Russia



Dimitar Danchev Bulgaria



Jon Spinks UK