PokerStars Festival London: Harwood leads the final four
The headline news from the first two levels of the final table is that just four players remain, Ludovic Geilich is one of the players out and Daniel Harwood has extended his chip lead. The latter two are connected. The Scotsman had slipped to 25 big blinds by the time he went out in sixth place at the hands of Harwood. The Englishman opened from late position and Geilich defended his big blind.
Geilich then check-called a bet on the K♦Q♠7♦ flop before Harwood shoved on the 5♣ turn. It was a shove of almost 1.5x the pot. Geilich tanked for a long time before calling off with K♣9♦. He was behind to Harwood's A♣K♦ and that was how it stayed on the T♦ river.
When the four remaining players return from a short break the blinds will be 80,000/160,000 ante 25,000 and they'll stack up like this:
|Daniel Harwood||United Kingdom||10,845,000|
|Rehman Kassam||United Kingdom||6,770,000|
Van Trinh vanquished, Fleur falls and Tripoldi tumbles out
When the final table restarted the smart money would've been on Eric Cech or Lam Van Trinh being the first player out. They had just 13 and 15 big blinds respectively so needed to make something happen. It was Van Trinh who took a stand first. It would be his last.
There was already a raise from Clement Tripoldi and a call from Yuriy Boyko in the pot, by the time Van Trinh moved all-in from the big blind holding 8♦8♣. Although Tripoldi folded, Boyko called with A♣Q♥ and spiked a queen to eliminate Van Trinh. He collected £12,150 for his eighth place finish.
Play continued with seven players for an hour and then this Main Event became a six-max tournament. Alexis Fleur began the day as the chip leader but had just 8.5 big blinds to his name by the time he called all-in after Eric Cech had already shoved. He picked a bad time to do so as Cech had pocket aces, which crushed the K♦J♥ of Fleur. There was no help for Fleur within the community cards and the French cash game specialist was out in seventh for £16,702.
On the very last hand of level 30 Cech claimed another victim. He opened to 260,000 from the small blind with A♣4♥, Tripoldi shoved for 1,665,000 from the big blind with 8♣7♣ and Cech called. Tripoldi flopped a flush draw but didn't get there on the turn or river. He picked up £31,510 for fifth place.
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