EPT8 Madrid: MacIntyre chasing Vamplew's Scottish crown

ept-thumb-promo.jpgFrazer MacIntyre has just moved into second place on the Scottish all-time money list behind EPT London champion David Vamplew thanks to the elimination of Bruno Lopes here at EPT Madrid. French rapper Lopes bust out to Andrei Stoenescu in fourth place for €140,000.

MacIntyre needed to bag a third place finish to move ahead of Tony O'Hagan, a US-based Scotsman with $350,653 to his name. Now it's just a question of how much ground he can make on the young pro Vamplew who is currently way out in front with $1,890,154 in live cashes.


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Fraser MacIntyre: Scotland's number two


Starting the tournament as the 23rd highest grossing Scotsman with a respectable $103,900, MacIntyre has 14 results scattered all the way back to June 2005, a fifth place finish in a £1,000 tournament in Edinburgh which netted him £10,500. The pub and nightclub owner's return from this event will be significantly larger, now at least €205,000. Should he win (and no deals be made) MacIntyre could rake in as much as €545,000.

"I didn't realise it was only third, I thought I might have to do better than that even. I'm aware that David Vamplew sits up the top of that list by some distance. My aim at the beginning of the year was to get much further up the list. Originally I had my sights set on the top 20," MacIntyre told us at the break.

He's obviously smashed that target already and it will come as little surprise to see him make further deep runs to put pressure on Vamplew. His play is not as you'd necessarily expect from a 39-year-old Scottish pub owner; he's made moves and got involved with anyone willing to tangle with him. He has been far from a sit-and-wait-for-aces player, as fiery Israeli Ilan Boujenah found out.


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MacIntyre giving the felt a stare down


"We played yesterday and he tried to make a couple of plays and play with my mind a little bit. He did the same when we sat down this afternoon. He made a couple of comments and was trying to get into my head. I decided that I was going to focus on knocking that back with interest," said MacIntyre who made a large shove on the river of a dangerous board forcing Boujenah into a difficult tank-fold situation.

"Thankfully that's what I did and found a couple of spots and hands that I could play against him in a way that he probably didn't give me the credit for being able to play that way. As a result of that when I showed them that got him upset and it was me inside his head."

Boujenah asked at the time whether MacIntyre would tell him what he had after the tournament, MacIntyre agreed and after Boujenah's departure in sixth (€92,00) he kept his part of the bargain: "He asked and I told him... something. You'll have to wait until after the tournament. I don't want the others to know."


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Ilan Boujenah, happy to get stuck in


Boujenah and MacIntyre both seemed to enjoy the battle, more of a friendly rivalry than an all-out war.

"I think (Boujenah) is that kind of player. He's a good player and he's obviously passionate about how he goes about the game. I enjoy that kind of tussle. I'm happy playing that game too," said MacIntyre with a smile.

He's unlikely he go out quietly, or without a smile on his face. It's also unlikely to be the last we see of this semi-pro. Vamplew beware.


Tournament snapshot
Level 30: blinds 50,000-100,000, ante 10,000
Players: 3 of 477
Average stack: 4,770,00
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Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour