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EPT London Hands of the Week: Set Over Set for Seidel, Brutal Runout at Final Table

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Check out Part 1 of our EPT London Big Hands!

Jamil Wakil made by Docherty

jamil wakil
jamil wakil

On Day 4 of the PokerStars EPT London £5,300 2022 EPT Main Event, it was level 21 (10,000/15,000/15,000) the biggest hand of the tournament up to that point extended five minutes into play. the break. jamil wakil opened at 35,000 in the middle position and David Docherty 3-bet to 110,000 from the cutoff. Wakil 4-bet to 315,000 and the chipleader called after using a single time extension.

The flop fell {3-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Wakil continued for 175,000. Docherty called. Wakil sized up to 350,000 on the {2-Diamonds} turn and Docherty called again.

The {6-Hearts} on the river completed the board and Wakil bet around 600,000 with just a single 5,000 chip behind. Docherty raised all-in and Wakil called with a groan asking, “Do you have any aces?

Docherty indeed had aces as he showed {a-Clubs}{a-Spade}while Wakil held {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} for worse top pair, marking the second time in just the first level of play that Docherty has picked up aces to be against an opponent with kings.

“So sick,” Wakil said softly as he got up from his seat. He finished in 21st place for £22,500.

“I run so well I feel guilty,” Docherty told the dealer before heading to the break. “It’s a simulation.”

Lodge doubles with the aces after “TV Runout”

Lodge Harry
Lodge Harry

Also on day 4, but at level 23 (10,000/25,000/25,000), Lodge Harry opened from middle position and David Docherty re-raised from the big blind. Lodge 4-bet jammed and Docherty called with the biggest stack.

Lodge Harry: {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}
David Docherty: {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}

Finally, Docherty saw aces today without being the one holding them, and he needed help eliminating Lodge.

“I’m good enough for that!” said Docherty when the flop landed {6-Clubs}{k-Spike}{3-Clubs} to give him a pair of kings and backdoor clubs to go with it.

The {7-Clubs} on the turn dramatically upped the sweat factor as he gave Docherty a flush draw and Lodge called for a red card as the {7-Hearts} walled up on the river to make him win double.

“It was a TV hand; it was a lack of TV!” laughed Marton Czuczor. Lodge went on to finish the tournament in eighth place for £79,750.

Seidel Double with Set Over Set

Erik Seidel
Erik Seidel

On Day 3 of the Main Event, it was level 20 (6,000/12,000/12,000) when Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel opened at 27,000 on the button and Julien Sibon defended the big blind.

“I just want to be in the chip race,” Seidel joked, as the T-1,000 chips were soon in the race and the dealer gave him three T-1,000 chips as change.

The concessionaire deployed the {a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop and Sitbon checks. Seidel bet 25,000 and Sitbon check-raised to 65,000. Seidel called.

The {6-Hearts} lands on the turn and Sitbon bets 130,000. Seidel calls.

The {k-Diamonds} complete the board and Sitbon goes all-in, covering Seidel’s remaining 248,000 chips. Seidel quickly followed.

Sitbon deposited {2-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} for a flopped set, but Seidel revealed {6-Spades}{6-Clubs} for a superior set, and the Poker Hall of Famer secured the double on one of the last hands of the evening to almost a million chips. Seidel then finished in 11th place for £41,100.

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Flopped set not good for Heath

Ben Heath
Ben Heath

On Day 5 of the Main Event, there were only 15 players left at level 24 (15,000/30,000/30,000) when Ben Heath opened at 60,000 from the cutoff and Alexandre Vuilleumier min-click 3-bet to 120,000 from the big blind. Heath called.

The flop fell {5-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{2-Hearts} and Vuilleumier continued for 75,000 Heath called. The bend brought the {j-Spike} and Vuilleumier calibrated up to 220,000. Heath used extra time before moving all in for around 550,000. Vuilleumier snap-called with a bigger stack.

Ben Heat: {5-Diamonds}{5-Spades}
Alexandre Vuilleumier: {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}

Heath had flopped a set but Vuilleumier had plenty of hope with a flush draw.

“I wanted to do it 4x preflop,” Vuilleumier said after seeing he let his opponent get there.

Nevertheless, the {8-Hearts} arrives on the river to make Vuilleumier his flush and knock out Heath in 15th place for £34,250.

Brutal exit for Nils Pudel

Nils Pudel
Nils Pudel

On Day 6 of the final table, six players remained at Level 28 (40,000/80,000/80,000) when Nils Pudel took a brutal blow early in the day to emerge in sixth place for £134,800.

Pudel opened at 160,000 from the cutoff and Jack Sinclair 3-bet to 400,000 from the big blind. The German 4-bet jammed his stack to 1,270,000 and Sinclair called with a bigger stack.

Nils Pudel: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}
Jack Sinclair: {a-Spade}{k-Diamonds}

Pudel’s aces were in excellent shape on the flop of {2-Hearts}{6-Spades}{5-Spades}but the {3-Spades} on the turn gave Sinclair a flush draw to sweat Pudel. The {k-Spike} then came on the river to give Sinclair the ace-high flush and Pudel hit the rail excruciatingly in one of the first hands of the day.

Find out where Jack Sinclair finished in our EPT London recap here!

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