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 Big Hands from the EPT London!

Jamil Wakil Done In By Docherty

Jamil WakilJamil Wakil

On Day 4 of the 2022 PokerStars EPT London £5,300 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 the break. Jamil Wakil opened to 35,000 in middle position and David Docherty three-bet to 110,000 from the cutoff. Wakil four-bet to 315,000 and the chip leader called after using a single time extension.

The flop landed {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 again called.

The {6-Hearts} on the river completed the board and Wakil bet around 600,000 with just a single 5,000-denomination chip behind. Docherty raised all in and Wakil called with a groan as he asked, “You have aces?”

Docherty did indeed have aces as he showed {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}, while Wakil held {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} for a worse overpair, 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 f***ing sick,” Wakil said quietly as he stood from his seat. He finished in 21st place for £22,500.

“I’m running so good that I feel guilty about it,” Docherty told the dealer before heading to break. “This is a simulation.”

Lodge Doubles With Aces After “TV Runout”

Harry LodgeHarry Lodge

Also on Day 4, albeit in Level 23 (10,000/25,000/25,000), Harry Lodge opened in middle position, and David Docherty three-bet out of the big blind. Lodge four-bet jammed and Docherty called with the bigger stack.

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

At last, Docherty saw aces today without being the one holding them and he needed help to eliminate Lodge.

“I’m pretty good at these!” said Docherty as the flop landed {6-Clubs}{k-Spades}{3-Clubs} to give him a pair of kings and backdoor clubs to go with it.

The {7-Clubs} on the turn significantly upped the sweat factor as it gave Docherty a flush draw and Lodge was calling for a red card as the {7-Hearts} bricked off on the river to earn him the double up.

“This was a TV hand; that was a TV runout!” laughed Marton Czuczor. Lodge went on to finish the tournament in eighth place for £79,750.

Seidel Doubles with Set Over Set

Erik SeidelErik 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 to 27,000 on the button and Julien Sitbon defended the big blind.

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

The dealer fanned out the {a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop and Sitbon checked. Seidel bet 25,000 and Sitbon check-raised to 65,000. Seidel called.

The {6-Hearts} landed on the turn and Sitbon bet 130,000. Seidel called.

The {k-Diamonds} completed the board and Sitbon moved all in, covering Seidel’s 248,000 remaining chips. Seidel quickly called.

Sitbon tabled {2-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} for a flopped set, but Seidel revealed {6-Spades}{6-Clubs} for a superior turned set, and the Poker Hall of Famer secured the double on one of the last hands of the night to near a million in chips. Seidel went on to finish in 11th place for £41,100.

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Flopped Set No Good for Heath

Ben HeathBen Heath

On Day 5 of the Main Event, just 15 players remained in Level 24 (15,000/30,000/30,000) when Ben Heath opened to 60,000 from the cutoff and Alexandre Vuilleumier min-click three-bet to 120,000 from the big blind. Heath called.

The flop landed {5-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{2-Hearts} and Vuilleumier continued for 75,000 Heath called. The turn brought the {j-Spades} and Vuilleumier sized up to 220,000. Heath used through a time extension before moving all in for around 550,000. Vuilleumier snap-called with a bigger stack.

Ben Heath: {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 make it 4x preflop,” Vuilleumier said after seeing he let his opponent get there.

Nonetheless, the {8-Hearts} arrived on the river to make Vuilleumier his flush to eliminate Heath in 15th place for £34,250.

Brutal Runout for Nils Pudel

Nils PudelNils Pudel

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

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

Nils Pudel: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}
Jack Sinclair: {a-Spades}{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 give Pudel a sweat. The {k-Spades} then arrived on the river to give Sinclair the ace-high flush and Pudel hit the rail in excruciating fashion 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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