EPT13 Barcelona: Main Event Day 6 live updates

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12:43am: Sebastian Malec wins in emotional final hand (€1,122,800); Uri Reichenstein runner-up (€807,100)
Level 37 - Blinds 300,000/600,000 (100,000 ante)

It's over! And it ended on yet another huge river call!

With Sebastian Malec just barely ahead with 26.7 million versus Uri Reichenstein's 25.6 million, Malec limped in with A♥3♥ and Reichenstein checked with T♥9♣.

The flop came J♠6♥Q♥. Reichenstein led with a bet of 800,000, and after a short pause Malec raised to 3 million. Reichenstein considered for a short while and called the bet.

The 8♥ then fell on the turn -- an action card, to be sure, as it gave Reichenstein a straight and Malec the flush. 

Malec leaned on the side of the table, rechecked his cards, and stood up straight once more. He then bet 5 million. 

Reichenstein sat quietly for about a minute, rechecked his cards, then slid out calling chips. The pot had reached 17.4 million.

The 8♦ fell on the river and Reichenstein checked. Malec immediately pushed all-in, and began chattering away, Scotty Nguyen-style, engaging Reichenstein in discussion of both of their possible ranges and holdings.


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Malec talks


Reichenstein sat calmly, looking up at Malec with a wry expression.

"It's like I have a hand that's impossible to fold," said Reichenstein. "And everything you say makes it possible."

Interestingly, as they continued to talk each player narrowed his discussion to mention the hands the other had, with Malec suggesting Reichenstein had ten-nine and Reichenstein saying Malec might have a flush.


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Reichenstein tanks

Eventually Malec walked away from the table, taking a seat on the first row of spectators. Off-camera, the EPT Live commentators described him taking a selfie with some of the crowd. Meanwhile Reichenstein sat with his hands on back of his head watching it all. 

Suddenly Reichenstein called, and Malec rushed back over to the table to turn over his hand. Reichenstein showed his, knowing he was beaten. Malec was ecstatic, pacing all about and even coming to tears.

Finally he collected himself enough to shake hands with Reichenstein.


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Congrats and kudos

It's over! The 21-year-old who qualified for €27 has won it! --MH


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Malec gets the glory

12:33am: Malec retakes chip lead
Level 37 - Blinds 300,000/600,000 (100,000 ante)

Sebastian Malec found A♥J♦ and raised to 2.4 million. Uri Reichenstein picked up K♦T♥ and defended, which was a perfectly standard play.

Both players checked the flop of 9♦6♠Q♣ and they also both checked the 4♥ turn. They also then checked the A♠ river, and that small pot gave Malec the chip lead. -- HS

12:31am: Nearly even again
Level 37 - Blinds 300,000/600,000 (100,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein raised with Q♠2♦ and Sebastian Malec called with A♠6♥, and the flop rolled out 6♦6♣8♠ to give Malec trip sixes.

Reichenstein continued with a bet of 1.3 million, Malec raised to 3.1 million, and after a pause Reichenstein folded.

Malec is up to 26.2 million now, just a touch behind Reichenstein's 27.25 million. --MH

12:25am: Back where they started
Level 37 - Blinds 300,000/600,000 (100,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein picked up A♠A♦ on the button and raised, but Sebastian Malec had rags and folded. 

They traded a few more small pots and Reichenstein has about 32 million to Malec's 20 million -- just about where they were when they started their heads-up duel. --MH

12:17am: Now Reichenstein hero-calls, and Malec benefits
Level 37 - Blinds 300,000/600,000 (100,000 ante)

On the 175th hand of the final table, Sebastian Malec limped the button with 9♣8♦ and Uri Reichenstein checked with Q♣5♦

The flop came 9♦A♣K♠. Malec led for 600,000 and Reichenstein called. Malec then led for 1.2 million after the 5♥ turn and Reichenstein called again, bringing the pot to 5 million.

The river was the 9♠, and with trip nines Malec pushed all-in for his last 9.6 million. Reichenstein went deep into the tank... then emerged... finally... to call!

Malec doubles up to just over 24 million, just a bit behind Reichenstein. "Back in the game," said Malec, slapping his hands. --MH

12:07am: Malec makes another big call, loses big pot to Reichenstein
Level 37 - Blinds 300,000/600,000 (100,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein raised to 1.4 million with Q♣4♠ and Sebastian Malec called with K♣J♥.

The flop came 4♥Q♥9♠ to give Reichenstein two pair and Malec check-called a bet of 1.3 million from Reichenstein. The turn was the 2♣. Malec checked again, and Reichenstein bet 2.7 million this time. Malec -- sitting down now -- gathered calling chips and set them forward.

The river brought the 2♦, and Malec quickly checked. Reichenstein bet 6.8 million, and Malec went into the tank (again), holding his forehead with his hand as he riffled and thought.

Then he stood again. And talked. And sat down. And talked some more. Then he was back on his feet. Talking.

Then he called.

Reichenstein tabled his two pair, and once again Malec had talked himself into a big call and was incorrect.

Reichenstein is suddenly up to 41.35 million and Malec is down to 11.7 million. --MH

12:03am: Reichenstein chips up
Level 37 - Blinds 300,000/600,000 (100,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein just fired back at Sebastian Malec with a bold play on the turn, halting some of the momentum that Malec had been building despite his short stack.

Malec opened to 1.5 million with 8♥3♥ and Reichenstein defended with J♥6♥. The flop hit nobody. It came 2♠Q♥5♦.

Reichenstein checked, Malec bet 1.1 million and Reichenstein called. The 6♦ came on the turn and Reichenstein checked again, even though he now had a pair. Malec made a big bet, this time 5 million, but he had no option but to fold after Reichenstein said he was all-in with a covering stack. That put Reichenstein back up to about 29 million. -- HS

11:59pm: Malec dodges queens
Level 37 - Blinds 300,000/600,000 (100,000 ante)

On the first hand of the new level, Sebastian Malec raised to 1.3 million with 6♣5♥ and Uri Reichenstein decided to get cute with his Q♠Q♦. He just called. That meant they saw a flop of A♥3♥A♠ and Malec bet again, this time 800,000.

With the over-card now there, Reichenstein just called again, and the K♣ on the turn was even more scary. They both checked.

The 7♣ came on the river and, after Reichenstein checked Malec said, "I don't think you fold, so I check." Reichenstein showed his queens and won. -- HS

11:57pm: Malec still standing
Level 37 - Blinds 300,000/600,000 (100,000 ante)

We keep mentioning the nervous energy of Sebastian Malec. He's still more often than not standing rather than sitting during hands, rocking back and forth and nearly always talking to himself. It began with his call of Uri Reichenstein earlier when Reichenstein had rivered the straight, and continues into the new level. --MH


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Manic Malec

LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
37300,000600,000100,000

11:50pm: Malec adds some more
Level 36 - Blinds 250,000/500,000 (50,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein made it 1.25 million to go with Q♥7♥ from the button, then Sebastian Malec reraised to 5 million with A♦Q♠ and after a pause Reichenstein let his hand go.

That's the last hand of this level -- they're playing straight through to the next level with Malec now enjoying a 2-to-1 chip lead. --MH

11:45pm: Malec leads
Level 36 - Blinds 250,000/500,000 (50,000 ante)

Sebastian Malec opened for 1.1 million with T♦6♦ and Uri Reichenstein called with 2♦2♥.

The flop came 3♣T♠7♥ giving Malec top pair, and he fired 2.5 million. Reichenstein called. 

The turn was the 5♠, keeping Malec in the lead. He counted out chips -- still standing, by the way -- and bet 5 million, and that pushed Reichenstein out of the hand. 

Malec is now in the lead and up around 33 million while Reichenstein has slipped to just over 20 million. --MH

11:41pm: Malec narrows the gap
Level 36 - Blinds 250,000/500,000 (50,000 ante)

Following another Uri Reichenstein button raise, this time with T♣2♣, Sebastian Malec called with 3♦3♣ and the flop came Q♥7♦Q♦. Both checked and the 9♥ followed on the turn. 

This time after Malec checked, Reichenstein bet 2.5 million. Malec once more talked to himself as he thought through the situation, then slid out a big reraise and Reichenstein instantly folded. 

"This time you didn't have anything did you. Because I had threes again," said Malec as Reichenstein folded, barely stopping his ongoing talking.

The gap has closed again, with Reichenstein sitting on 27.7 million and Malec 25.75 million. --MH

11:30pm: More back for Malec
Level 36 - Blinds 250,000/500,000 (50,000 ante)

Sebastian Malec is gradually hopping and jigging his way back into this one and has just taken another pt from Uri Reichenstein.

This one began with a raise to 1.250 from Reichenstein with J♥T♦ and then a three-bet to 3 million from Malec with A♥5♥. Reichenstein called.

The flop brought the 9♦5♠7♣ and Malec motioned to bet, but Reichenstein immediately folded before the size was even announced. -- HS

11:30pm: Malec flops two pair
Level 36 - Blinds 250,000/500,000 (50,000 ante)

Sebastian Malec raised from the button with 6♥5♠ and Uri Reichenstein called with Q♣J♣

The flop came 5♦2♠6♣. Reichenstein checked, and Malec, still standing from the table and rocking back and forth with nervous-seeming energy, bet 700,000. 

Reichenstein, by contrast sat motionless for a while and watched Malec while studying the board and situation. At last Reichenstein decided to check-raise to 2.6 million, and Malec again stood and talked to himself as he counted out chips.

After more than three minutes Malec finally gathered a big reraise and Reichenstein took just a few seconds to fold. 

That's 34.15 million for Reichenstein, and 19.3 million for Malec. --MH

11:19pm: Reichenstein now with 2-to-1 chip edge
Level 36 - Blinds 250,000/500,000 (50,000 ante)

Dealt 9♠9♥ on the button, Reichenstein raised and Malec called with J♠7♦. The flop came 7♠6♣8♥, and after being checked to Reichenstein bet 1.2 million and Malec called again. 

The turn was the A♣, and this time after Malec checked Reichenstein fired 2.9 million. Malec thought it through for a couple of minutes and finally called one more time, bringing the pot up to 10.8 million.

The river was the 8♦, meaning Reichenstein was best, and both checked quickly. Reichenstein collected the pot, bumping up to 35.95 million while Malec is down to 17.5 million. --MH


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Reichenstein rolling

11:08pm: Reichenstein doubles with straight after Malec calls river shove
Level 36 - Blinds 250,000/500,000 (50,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein raised to T♠8♥, Sebastian Malec called with A♥9♠, then check-called a continuation bet from Reichenstein after the 9♣Q♥4♦ flop.

The turn was the 2♥, and after Reichenstein bet 2.4 million, Malec talked through the situation to himself before calling, bringing the pot to just over 9 million.

The river brought the J♣ giving Reichenstein a straight, and without hesitating too greatly he moved all-in for his last 10.55 million. That sent Malec into a long distressed-sounding monologue.

"I want to call you so bad... this could be over right now," said Malec before rattling off many different hands Reichenstein could have -- including (eventually) ten-eight. 

Finally Malec said "I call" and saw the bad news. "F*ck f*ck f*ck," said 21-year-old, walking around the table and continuing to talk to himself. 

Reichenstein is suddenly up over 30 million and Malec down around 22 million. Malec is still standing up as the next hand is being dealt, as though he can't get comfortable enough to sit back down in his chair. --MH

10:59pm: A few for Malec
Level 36 - Blinds 250,000/500,000 (50,000 ante)

Sebastian Malec limped in with Q♣T♠, and Uri Reichenstein decided to check as well with A♠6♦

The flop came all clubs -- K♣9♣7♣ -- giving Malec both flush and straight draws, and when he led for 1.65 million Reichenstein folded. --MH

10:46pm: Chuckling fold
Level 36 - Blinds 250,000/500,000 (50,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein opened to 1.1 million with K♣8♥ and Sebastian Malec called with 6♠4♥. I can't remember the last time a pre-flop open got through. The flop came A♠8♠3♦ and after Malec postured to bet, he checked. Then he folded when Reichenstein had a stab. -- HS

LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
36250,000500,00050,000

10:34pm: Quads catapult Malec into lead
Level 35 - Blinds 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante)

Sebastian Malec limped in with 4♠4♣, Uri Reichenstein raised to 1.4 million with Q♠6♣, and Malec called.

The flop came A♠3♥4♥, giving Malec a set, and when Reichenstein continued for 1.4 million, Malec called.

The turn was the T♠, and this time Reichenstein fired a bet of 3.3 million. Malec took his time, appearing to count to himself for a short while before calling. Pot 12.3 million.

The river was the 4♦ -- quads for Malec! Reichenstein began to gather chips, ultimately pushing out a big bluff of 6.2 million.

Malec took a sip of his drink, rechecked his cards, then leaned forward to recheck the board. He counted through his chips again, then looked across the table at Reichenstein. Then he took a few more sips. Then he looked at the dealer.

"All-in," he said.

Reichenstein instantly folded, and the level ended with Malec the leader. He's up to 36.4 million while Reichenstein now has 17.05 million. --MH

10:27pm: Ace-king fails Reichenstein
Level 35 - Blinds 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein picked up A♥K♦ on the button and raised to 1 million and Sebastian Malec came along with T♥4♥. The flop came J♠2♥T♦, Reichenstein bet, and Malec called to bring the pot to 3.9 million.

The turn was the 6♦ and both checked, then after the 2♠ river both checked again and Malec earned the pot. --MH

10:23pm: Malec wins small one, Reichenstein still leads
Level 35 - Blinds 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein opened to 1 million with J♣6♥ and Sebastian Malec just called with A♦9♠.

The flop came T♥9♣K♠ to give Malec bottom pair, and he checked. Reichenstein continued with a bet and Malec called, bringing the pot to 4.5 million.

The turn was the J♦ and both checked, then both checked again after the T♣ river.

Malec picked up the pot. Reichenstein still has the edge with 31.9 million versus Malec's 21.55 million. --MH

10:17pm: Malec grabs some
Level 35 - Blinds 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante)

Sebastian Malec picked up Q♠9♠ on the button and put in a raise to 1 million, and Uri Reichenstein sat for a short while then made a three-bet to 3 million with T♣6♠. Malec decided to call this re-raise, and the pair watched a flop come 5♥8♥J♠.

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More reason for cheer for Sebastian Malec

Reichenstein checked, and Malec fired a bet of 2.6 million. Reichenstein sat motionless for several beats, then let his hand go. --MH

10:05pm: Checkity-check
Level 35 - Blinds 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante)

Lots of small pots passing by here, with little significant chip movement.

Just now Sebastian Malec raised to 900,000 from the button with 5♠4♦, Uri Reichenstein called with K♣8♠, and it went check-check-check-check-check-check as neither made a pair. --MH

9:58pm: Dueling three-bets
Level 35 - Blinds 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante)

After Uri Reichenstein won a few small pots to push out ahead again, Sebastian Malec picked up A♠5♣ and raised to 1.05 million from the button, and Reichenstein three-bet to 3 million with 4♦3♦ and Malec folded.

On the next on Reichenstein raised to 1 million with A♥6♦, and Malec reraised big to 4 million with K♦3♥, forcing a fold. --MH

9:49pm: Malec pulls even
Level 35 - Blinds 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein three-bet pre-flop with pocket queens to win a pot.

Reichenstein next raised his button with T♦4♦, Sebastian Malec called with T♣8♠, and the flop came 8♣J♠3♦, then Malec called a continuation bet as well to bring the pot up to 4.3 million.

The turn was the T♥, giving Reichenstein one pair and Malec two, and when he led with a bet Malec let his hand go.

Malec picked up the next small pot and now they are just a single ante apart as Reichenstein has 26.75 million and Malec 26.7 million. --MH

9:40pm: Young Dario
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein opened to 1 million with 8♦6♦ and Sebastian Malec three-bet to 3 million with 3♥3♣. Reichenstein made a speculative call.

The flop put Reichenstein ahead. It came 9♣4♠8♣. However it was Malec who continued betting, putting 4 million forward, and Reichenstein called.

The J♦ came on the turn and Malec bombed 11 million all-in, which put Reichenstein into the tank. If he called, he would be two outs away from the title, but instead he folded and Malec took the pot.

Malec showed the threes and punched the air in delight. Reichenstein pondered what might have been.

Malec reminds me a bit of the young Dario Minieri. -- HS

9:34pm: Reichenstein bets turn, collects
Level 35 - Blinds 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante)

Sebastian Malec limped in with Q♣T♠, Uri Reichenstein checked with A♥3♦, then both checked the K♥5♦4♣ flop. The turn was the 2♣ and Reichenstein bet 500,000, and Malec called.

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Uri Reichenstein: More chips than he can handle

The river brought the 7♥, and Reichenstein fired 2.3 million. Malec didn't act right away, but after a short think decided to push his cards away. --MH

9:33pm: Small pot worth 7 million
Level 35 - Blinds 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante)

A small pot now to Sebastian Malec, but even a small pot now is worth 7.7 million. Uri Reichenstein raised to 1 million pre-flop with 8♠5♦ and Malec called with his K♠8♦.

The flop brought possibilities. It came 7♥7♦6♦ and Reichenstein bet his straight draw, asking a 900,000 question. Malec called. The turn brought the 2♦ and Malec again check-called Reichenstein's bet of 1.9 million.

They both filled their flush on the 4♦ river and both checked. Malec's 8♦ was best. -- HS

9:29pm: Big slick, little pot
Level 35 - Blinds 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante)

Sebastian Malec opened with a raise to 900,000 from the button with A♦K♦ and Uri Reichenstein called with J♠T♦. The pair then checked down the 2♥6♥Q♣7♠4♠ board and Malec won the small pot. --MH

9:27pm: Slow going
Level 35 - Blinds 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante)

Several more small pot hands have seen Uri Reichenstein and Sebastian Malec trading chips back and forth, with Reichenstein edging up close to 40 million and Malec sliding down just under 14 million. --MH

9:23pm: Reichenstein's monster
Level 35 - Blinds 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante)

The first three hands after break were all raise-and-takes.

On the fourth Sebastian Malec raised to 1.05 million from the button with J♠9♣, and Uri Reichenstein three-bet to 3 million with a monster... 7♣2♥. Malec folded. --MH

9:18pm: Heads-up play continues
Level 35 - Blinds 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante)

The two players are back from dinner and Level 35 has begun. This level will be shortened to 75 minutes. --MH

LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
35200,000400,00050000

8:12pm: Dinner break

With Uri Reichenstein enjoying a better than 2-to-1 chip advantage over Sebastian Malec, the pair is off to take a 60-minute dinner break. Updated counts below. --MH

NameCountryChips
Uri ReichensteinGermany37,250,000
Sebastian MalecPoland16,100,000

8:10pm: Reichenstein picks off Malec river bluff
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

On the last hand before the end of the level and the dinner break, Sebastian Malec limped in from the button with 6♥5♠, Uri Reichenstein raised to 1.05 million with K♦Q♣, and Malec called.

The flop came 3♠3♠A♠ and both checked. The turn was the 9♦. Reichenstein checked, Malec bet 900,000, and Reichenstein quickly called. 

The river was the 8♦ and Reichenstein checked again. Malec bet 2.2 million, and without too much hesitation Reichenstein called to pick off the bluff and win the pot. --MH


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Reichenstein was rightenstein

8:03pm: Reichenstein has Malec talking to himself
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein was dealt A♦7♠ on the button and raised, and Sebastian got an ace as well with A♥3♥ and called, bringing the pot to 1.6 million.

The both checked the K♣8♥7♥ flop, then after the 6♠ turn Malec checked, Reichenstein bet 900,000, and Malec called.

The river was a blank-looking 2♣ and Malec checked. Reichenstein made a bet of 2 million, and Malec began thinking out loud.

"You're a tricky player, so maybe I'm good here but I don't know," said Malec to himself. "And you know that I am tricky... interesting, interesting."

Finally Malec pushed his hand away, having talked himself out of the call. That's 31.9 million for Reichenstein and 21.45 million for Malec now. --MH

7:54pm: Malec five-bet shoves, closes gap
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein raised to 750,000 from the button with 6♥2♥, Sebastian Malec made it 2.5 million to go with K♠Q♣, then Reichenstein reraised back to 6.1 million.

Malec asked how much, then responded with an all-in push and Reicheinstein folded right away. Reichenstein has 28.95 million now and Malec 24.4 million. --MH


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Malec on the move

7:47pm: So much fun
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

"It's so much fun to play heads-up," Sebastian Malec said. "You play every hand."

Malec is enjoying himself out there, asking Uri Reichenstein whether he wants to play a long heads-up match or a short one. "We're never going to get this opportunity again," he said, hoping to drag this moment out as long as possible.

He's going to get his wish for an extra hour at least as it's been confirmed that there will be a 60-minute dinner break soon. -- HS

7:46pm: Reichenstein avoids getting trippped by Malec
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein raised to 750,000 with 4♥3♠ and Sebastian Malec called with K♣J♦. The flop came K♠7♦K♦, Malec checked, Reichenstein continued for 700,000, Malec check-raised to 2.2 million with his trip kings, and Reichenstein folded. --MH

7:35pm: Uri increases stack
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein raised to 750,000 with ten-trey off, and when Sebastian Malec picked up pocket kings and three-bet, Reichenstein got out of the way.

The next hand saw Malec pick up A♠5♥ and just limp from the button, then Reichenstein raised to 1.05 million with K♥Q♣ and Malec called.

The flop came 2♦6♠8♥. Reichenstein led with a bet of 900,000 and Malec called, then on the J♦ turn card Reichenstein bet 2.2 million, and that was enough to push Malec off his hand. 

Uri Reichenstein - 35.4 million
Sebastian Malec - 17.95 million

They've just crossed the halfway mark of the level. --MH


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Two players, one trophy

7:30pm: Small one for Malec
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

Following a few more small pots without flops, another arose in which Uri Reichenstein raised his button to 750,000 with 5♥3♦ and Sebastian Malec called with A♠4♠.

The flop came 4♥K♦8♠, giving Malec a pair of fours, Malec led with a small bet, and Reichenstein called to bring the pot to an even 3 million. Both then checked the 8♥ turn and J♦ river, and Malec took it down. --MH

7:23pm: Malec nibbles back
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

A small pot now for Sebastian Malec as he bet the worst hand but got Uri Reichenberg to fold his no pair.

Malec opened to 750,000 with K♠8♥ and Reichenstein defended with A♥4♦. After the flop of 9♥2♦T♦ Malec bet 650,000 and won. -- HS

7:22pm: Reichenstein takes another
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

On the second hand of heads-up play Uri Reichenstein managed to flop trip sevens but failed to get any value from Sebastian Malec after checking to him repeatedly on the post-flop streets.

"Trappy, trappy... tricky, tricky!" said Malec with a grin.

The next hand saw Reichenstein raise to 750,000 from the button with A♦9♥ and Malec called with 4♠2♠. The flop came 6♥3♠Q♥, Malec checked, Reichenstein bet 700,000, and Malec check-raised to 2.25 million.

Reichenstein thought for a half-minute and called the raise, and both watched the turn bring the T♥. Malec riffled for a while and checked, and Reichenstein fired again for 2.8 million. Malec took his time once more, and let his cards go.

Reichenstein is up to nearly 36 million and Malec down to just over 17 million. --MH

7:05pm: Heads-up begins
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

"Have fun," said Sebastian Malec to Uri Reichenstein as the pair shook hands, then both sat down for the first hand of heads-up play with the new red-and-blue 500,000-chips in play.

Reichenstein started things with a raise to 850,000 from the button with T♣8♠, Malec called, and the flop came 2♥7♥K♣. Malec checked, Reichenstein continued 700,000, and Malec folded. --MH

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Heads up

6:45pm: Heads up stacks
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

They're taking a 10-minute break and they will then come back to the following stacks:

Uri Reichenstein: 32 million
Sebastian Malec: 21.45 million -- HS

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Reichenstein, left, and Malec prepare for heads up play

6:45pm: Like Spurs, Owen finishes third
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

On the hand immediately after Thomas De Rooij was eliminated, Adam Owen followed his long-time adversary to the rail. Their two bands of supporters are now free to mingle at the bars of Barcelona, leaving Uri Reichenstein and Sebastian Malec to do battle heads up.

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Adam Owen sweats his all-in hand

This one started when Malec, with A♦8♦, limped from the button and Reichenstein also completed from the small blind. He was sitting with A♥8♠.

Owen found Q♦J♠ in the big blind and felt it was good enough with which to ship his last 5.6 million.

Malec was the first to ponder the decision with the ace-eight and he decided to re-shove, forcing Reichenstein out of it this time.

The board ran 2♣6♠2♣8♣6♦ and Owen emulated his beloved Tottenham Hotspur, finishing in third place. He gets €646,250 for that. -- HS

6:43pm: Thomas De Rooij ousted in fourth (€535,100)
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein picked up a couple of small pots to move up over 30 million, then it was Thomas De Rooij moving all-in for his last 900,000 -- just three big blinds -- from under the gun with A♠7♣.

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The end of Thomas De Rooij

It folded to Sebastian Malec in the small blind who after being dealt K♠6♥ thought for a short while made the call. Reichenstein had J♠3♦ but made a big three-bet to 2.4 million, and Malec stepped aside.

The flop came 4♦3♥T♠ and suddenly De Rooij was down to looking for a king or six. The turn was the Q♥, then the 5♠ completed the board and De Rooij left to a round of applause and congratulations from his considerable rail of supporters.

Reichenstein extends his lead a little further as three-handed play begins. He has 32.35 million now, Malec 15.45 million, and Owen 5.65 million. --MH

6:35pm: Cautious start to level
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante)

After a couple of no-flop hands to start the level, Sebastian Malec picked up A♥6♦ on the button and after thinking for a while decided just to call. Uri Reichenstein then limped from the small blind with A♣3♠, and Thomas De Rooij checked in the big blind with T♠5♦.

All three checked the 3♣J♣8♦ flop and 6♠ turn. They checked the 7♦ river, too, and Malec won the small pot. --MH

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6:25pm: Stacks
Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (30,000 ante)

When they return to play Level 34, here's how they will be stacked:

NameCountryChips
Uri ReichensteinGermany27,750,000
Sebastian MalecPoland17,375,000
Adam OwenUK6,800,000
Thomas De RooijNetherlands1,525,000

6:07pm: Owen doubles through De Rooij
Level 33 - Blinds 120,000/240,000 (30,000 ante)

On the next hand after that big one won by Uri Reichenstein, Thomas De Rooij open-folded A♦7♠ from the button, Adam Owen open-pushed his short stack with K♣J♦, and Owen won the hand.

On the next one Reichenstein got a walk, and on the one after that he open-shoved from the small blind with K♦6♦ and De Rooij folded.

Then -- on the last hand of the level -- it was De Rooij open-pushing all-in from the small blind with Q♥7♥ and Owen went into the tank over whether or not he should commit his 3.375 million with K♠2♠.

"It's pretty close," Owen said after a couple of minutes, then 45 seconds after that he finally called.

The board ran out 8♠8♦3♣6♠T♥, and Owen doubles to around 7 million while De Rooij slides to around 1.5 million.

They're now taking a 20-minute break before going into Level 33, where the big blind is 300,000. Thomas De Rooij only has four of them. --MH

5:55pm: Reichenstein takes enormous pot, pulls clear at the top
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Adam Owen's resurgence just hit the skids after he flopped top pair of queens, but was behind Uri Reichenstein's keenly-concealed pocket kings.

Sebastian Malec started it, limping from under the gun with 9♦8♦. Reichenstein raised from the button with K♥K♣, making it 700,000 to play, and Owen saw the K♦Q♣ in the big blind. He called and Malec called too.

In the EPT Live commentary booth, Lex Veldhuis said that Reichenstein's bet suggested he was just attempting to punish the limper, so there was no real way Owen could put him on the monster. That explained the flop action after the Q♥9♠3♥ came off.

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Uri Reichenstein: Massive leader

Owen and Malec both checked and Reichenstein bet 1.15 million. Owen, with his top pair, check-raised to 3.1 million and Malec departed. Reichenstein called.

That took them to the 8♠ on the turn and Owen checked again. Now Reichenstein took the potential for a check-raise away when he shoved for 9.375 million and Owen had to make a decision for three-quarters of his stack.

Owen pondered for more than five minutes but had talked himself into the call. He put the chips over the line, but saw the bad news. The A♥ on the river was huge for Reichenstein, who doubles to 27.275 million.

Owen is left with 11 big blinds. -- HS

5:40pm: Reichenstein picks up family pot
Level 33 - Blinds 120,000/240,000 (30,000 ante)

Thomas De Rooij raised to 525,000 from under the gun with A♣K♠ and Adam Owen called from the button with K♦J♠. Sebastian Malec picked up 4♠4♥ in the small blind and called, and Uri Reichenstein decided to call as well from the big blind with Q♦7♥.

The Q♣5♠3♦ flop gave the worst preflop hand the lead (Reichenstein's), and it checked all of the way around. The 3♣ turn paired the board, and after Malec checked Reichenstein bet 825,000 and everyone got out. --MH

5:36pm: Owen three-bets twice, wins both
Level 33 - Blinds 120,000/240,000 (30,000 ante)

Uri Reichenstein was dealt 9♥6♠ on the button and when folded to raised to 575,000. It then folded to Adam Owen who woke up in the big blind with A♦K♥, and all he had to do was say he was going to reraise and Reichenstein folded.

The next hand saw Thomas De Rooij opening from the button with K♠J♥ for 500,000, then Owen who'd picked up A♦2♥ in the small blind three-bet again, this time for 1.5 million. It folded back to De Rooij who called, and the flop came T♥3♣5♣.

Still with ace-high and having picked up a wheel draw, Owen fired 1.1 million and De Rooij stepped aisde. 

De Rooij is down to 6.2 million now while Owen is creeping up toward 17 million. --MH

5:30pm: Owen's four-bet
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

The momentum is all with Sebastian Malec at the moment, who has suddenly decided to pump up the aggression. Adam Owen found a way to counter it, though. He broke out his own strong right arm.

Owen opened to 600,000 from under the gun, which is also the cutoff four-handed. He had A♦4♣. Malec, on the button, three-bet with A♥5♠, making it 1.55 million to play.

Uri Reichenstein and Thomas De Rooij folded their blinds, but Owen four-bet to 3.5 million. It seemed like Malec was debating whether the move in or fold and, chastened, took the latter option. -- HS

5:25pm: More for Malec
Level 33 - Blinds 120,000/240,000 (30,000 ante)

It folded to Sebastian Malec who limped in from the small blind with 8♠4♠, Uri Reichenstein checked his option from the big blind with Q♠J♦, and the flop came 3♣7♦T♥. Check-check. The turn brought the 3♠ and a bet of 250,000 from Malec, and Reichenstein called.

The river was the 8♣ -- giving Malec the best hand with eights and treys -- and Reichenstein bet 450,000. Malec called quickly, and took another pot.

Malec has 20.55 million while Reichenstein has 12.475 million. --MH

5:15pm: Malec goes for glory
Level 33 - Blinds 120,000/240,000 (30,000 ante)

Sebastian Malec brought up the new PokerStars Championships and how this will be the last go-round for the "European Poker Tour" name, adding how winning an EPT title here wouldn't leave much opportunity to add to the "glory" of it by winning further ones.

"But you'd win a whole lot of money," offered Uri Reichenstein as a different way of looking at it.

Meanwhile Thomas De Rooij opened for 500,000 from the button with A♥6♦, and Sebastian Malec defended his big blind with a call having been dealt J♦8♦.

The flop came 5♦6♣5♠, Malec chose to lead with a bet of 475,000, and De Rooij raised to 1.2 million. Malec then reraised to 2.2 million, and with some hesitation De Rooij called.

The turn then brought the J♥ to put Malec in front, and this time he checked. De Rooij looked at the board and then at Malec, then he fired 1.5 million. Malec counted out calling chips and pushed them forward, pushing the pot up to 8.625 million.

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Sebastian Malec: What can you do?

The river was the 9♦ keeping Malec in front, and it went check-check to give Malec the big pot. He raised his arms and nodded his head in celebration, then afterwards talked about how he'd gotten lucky.

Malec is up over 20 million now, with the chase pack down around 12 million. --MH

5:05pm: Malec hits back at Reichenstein
Level 33 - Blinds 120,000/240,000 (30,000 ante)

Sebastian Malec is now back into the chip lead, making Uri Reichenstein fold the best hand by continuing an aggressive post-flop line.

Malec found 4♦4♣ on the button and raised to 500,000, but Reichenstein had found 6♦6♣ in the small blind and raised to 1.375 million. Malec called.

The board came 3♦7♦A♥ and Reichenstein checked. Malec continued, though, betting 975,000 and Reichenstein called that.

The A♦ came on the turn and Reichenstein checked again. Malec stuck to his story and bet 1.7 million. This time Reichenstein believed him and let it go. -- HS

5:01pm: Reichenstein back in front
Level 33 - Blinds 120,000/240,000 (30,000 ante)

Sebastian Malec limped in from the small blind with J♠8♥, Uri Reichenstein checked from the big blind with 9♦8♠, and the flop came Q♣9♥7♦.

Malec grabbed chips from his stack, betting 1.2 million (three-quarters of the pot), and Reichenstein called with his second pair. The turn then brought the 8♣ to give Malec one pair and Reichenstein two, and Malec checked. Acting with deliberation, Reichenstein slid out a bet of 2.2 million. Malec thought for a full minute, then let his cards go.

The lead swings back Reichenstein's way as he bumps up to 15.075 million. --MH

4:53pm: Big one for De Rooij; all four neck-and-neck now
Level 33 - Blinds 120,000/240,000 (30,000 ante)

It folded around to Uri Reichenstein in the small blind who raised to 125,000 with A♠9♦, and Thomas De Rooij chose to defend his big blind by calling with T♥7♣.

The flop was good for De Rooij, coming T♣6♦T♠. Reichenstein continued for 400,000, and after hesitating a bit De Rooij called. Reichenstein then checked the 2♠ turn, and De Rooij gathered together a bet of 850,000. Reichenstein took about 20 seconds and then called, bringing the pot to 3.85 million.

The river brought the K♠ and Reichenstein checked, and after looking over the situation a short while De Rooij bet 2.8 million, leaving about 3.6 million behind. Reichenstein didn't take that long before calling with his ace-high, and De Rooij claimed the big pot. He has the biggest rail of supporters, who all erupted.

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Thomas De Rooij's rail

That one brings the four players very close to each other in the counts all of a sudden:

Sebastian Malec -- 14,225,000
Adam Owen -- 13,200,000
Thomas De Rooij -- 13,025,000
Uri Reichenstein -- 13,000,000

No one is bringing up a deal again as play continues. --MH

4:45pm: Owen over De Rooij
Level 33 - Blinds 120,000/240,000 (30,000 ante)

Thomas De Rooij limped from the small blind with only one of his hole cards -- A♦ -- visible to viewers on EPT Live, then Adam Owen raised to 800,000 from the big blind with 9♥8♠.

De Rooij and the pair watched the flop come 7♣Q♥T♥. De Rooij checked and Owen bet an even 1 million, and after a short think De Rooij folded.

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Thomas De Rooij: Sliding

De Rooij has slipped to about 7.9 million while Owen now has right at 12 million. --MH

4:40pm: A whole 'nother level
Level 33 - Blinds 120,000/240,000 (30,000 ante)

They've moved straight on into the next level without a break. --MH

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4:35pm: Malec limps into trouble
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

After a few hands of raise and take it, Sebastian Malec decided a different approach was in order. He called from the button, with 5♠5♦, for 200,000, and both blinds stuck around too. Uri Reichenstein had A♣8♦ and Thomas De Rooij J♥T♣.

It succeeded in making this a weird hand because the flop of A♥J♦2♥ gave the two blinds a pair each. But all three players checked.

The 3♠ came on the turn and after two more checks, Malec bet 250,000 with the worst hand. Reichenstein raised, making it 725,000, and De Rooij called.

Malec wondered whether he was priced in with a wheel draw, but folded. And the two others then checked the meaningless river card. Reichenstein's pair of aces was good and he builds his stack to 18 million. -- HS

4:32pm: Owen picks up a few
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

On the first hand back from the break, the 20th of the final so far, Uri Reichenstein opened for 475,000 from the cutoff with T♠7♠ and Adam Owen called from the big blind holding 9♠8♥.

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Adam Owen

The flop came T♥J♦9♣ and both players checked, then after the 4♣ turn Owen bet 550,000 and Reichstein called. The river was the K♦ and when Owen fired again, Reichenstein let his hand go. --MH

4:28pm: Back in action
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Players are back in their seats and play has resumed once more. There are about eight minutes to go in this level. --MH

4:02pm: No deal; break time
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Both "chip chop" and "ICM"-based figures were produced for the players, leaving €100,000 aside in both cases for which to play. 

Uri Reichenstein, Sebastian Malec, and Adam Owen each immediately wanted more than the others were willing to give, and it only took a couple of minutes to realize a deal wasn't going to happen. 


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"I want more... you want more? Okay, let's play."

With no deal done, players are going ahead and taking a break. Back with the start of four-handed play in a little while. --MH

3:45pm: Updated chip counts; four remain
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

As the discussion begins, here's where the chips are:

Uri Reichenstein - 17,475,000
Sebastian Malec - 15,550,000
Adam Owen - 10,625,000
Thomas De Rooij - 9,800,000

There's still over €3.1 million left to be divided up, and players are still deciding if they want to chop it. Stay tuned. --MH

3:35pm: Deal talk
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

With the elimination of Zorlu Er, the remaining four players, all of whom are pros, have agreed to pause the tournament clock and discuss a possible deal. Back in a bit with what their discussion produces. --MH

3:31pm: Zorlu Er out fifth! Wins €431,550
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

In the blink of an eye, Zorlu Er has followed Andreas Chalkiadakis out of the door! For a player who has come to be recognised for the length of his decisions, Er pretty much instantly called on three streets after Uri Reichenstein barrelled, barrelled, then shoved. Er was second best all the way and is now out.

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Er indoors: Zorlu out in fifth

Reichenstein opened with T♦4♦ on the button and Er, with A♠J♣ in the big blind, called. They went to a great flop for Reichenstein. It was all diamonds -- A♦K♦3♦ -- and the ace gave Er reason to stick around. Er check-called Reichentstein's bet of 400,000.

The turn was the T♣ and Er checked again. Reichenstein bet 900,000 and got an instant call once more. Then the 6♥ came on the river and Er checked for a third time. Reichenstein went for maximum value. He shipped, covering Er's 4.7 million, and Er snap-called all-in!

The cards went on their backs, the flush was good, and Er was sent home in fifth. -- HS

3:31pm: Updated counts; five remain
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Sebastian Malec - 15,600,000
Uri Reichenstein - 11,170,000
Adam Owen - 10,285,000
Thomas De Rooij - 10,155,000
Zorlu Er - 6,250,000

3:29pm: Er shoves, collects
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Zorlu Er raised to 475,000 from the cutoff with K♥J♥ and got two callers in Adam Owen with A♥8♥ (button) and Uri Reichenstein with A♠2♥ (big blind).

The flop came K♣8♣5♦ and when folded to Er pushed all-in for his last 4.8 million, earning folds from both opponents. 

Er has 6.25 million now, still fifth of five. --MH

3:25pm: Andreas Chalkiadakis out in sixth, winning €330,290
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Andreas Chalkiadakis didn't play a single hand for the first hour of this final table. And the news is this: he won't be playing another one. He is out, losing the only pot he entered.

After Thomas De Rooij opened to 450,000 from the cutoff with K♦8♦, Chalkiadakis looked down at K♥Q♠ and moved all in, a total of 4.075 million.

Zorlu Er folded his small blind, but the crowd rose to its feet when Adam Owen went into the tank in the big blind. Owen is not a slow player, so they knew he was pondering a call. We knew, watching on EPT Live, that with A♣Q♣ he had a marginal decision.

Owen eventually re-shoved and found out the great news for him. De Rooij folded, but he was a four-to-one favourite over Chalkiadakis.

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Andreas Chalkiadakis: The laughing stops

There was hope for Chalkiadakis on the flop of J♦A♠Q♦ but he was drawing dead after another ace on the turn gave Owen the full house.

That was the end of the Greek tragedy, while it also ended a bad start of the final day for Owen. He is now up to within a whisker of 11 million. -- HS

3:15pm: To Er is human
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Newly up over 14 million and still in the lead, Sebastian Malec raised to 525,000 from middle position with K♦K♠. Andreas Chalkiadakis chose to fold ace-eight in the small blind, but Zorlu Er did call with J♣3♣ from the big blind.

Both checked the 8♣7♦6♥ flop, then on the 7♥ turn Er led with a bet of 450,000 and Malec called.

The river was the K♦, giving Malec a full house. Er waited, then fired 775,000, and when Malec raised to 2 million, Er took a full minute before folding his hand.

"You fold a seven?" asked Malec after Er, and Er nodded (though we knew better). Malec is now up over 16 million while Er slips down close to 5 million. --MH

3:10pm: More for Malec, more of the same for Owen
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Adam Owen's tough run at the final table continues, despite him picking up another pocket pair. He opened to 450,000 from the hijack with 5♠5♦ and Sebastian Malec, one seat to his left, called. Malec, the chip-leader, had T♠T♣.

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Sebastian Malec: On the up

The button and blinds folded, so it was just the two of them to an over-card heavy flop of K♠Q♥3♠. They both checked. Neither fancied the 4♠ turn. And they also checked the J♣ river.

Owen was never ahead in the hand and Malec increased his lead. -- HS

3:05pm: Flopped flush benefits Reichenstein
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

It folded around to Uri Reichenstein in the small blind who was dealt T♣7♣ and he just completed. After taking a sip of beer Thomas De Rooij checked from the BB with his 9♣3♦.

The flop came all clubs -- 4♣2♣5♣ -- giving Reichenstein a flush, and Reichenstein led out for 225,000. De Rooij paused a beat, then raised to 700,000. Reichenstein paused himself, then called.

The turn brought the A♥, completing a wheel for De Rooij, and Reichenstein checked. De Rooij took the opening to fire 1.2 million -- more than half the pot -- and Reichenstein took about a half-minute before calling.

The river then brought the 6♣ and checks from both, and Reichenstein claimed the 4.5 million-chip pot. --MH

3pm: Beers for the table
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Thomas De Rooij just bought everyone a pint of beer each. Nobody accepted it except De Rooij himself, so the pints found grateful recipients on the rail.

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Cheers!

2:53pm: Harcharan Dogra Dogra eliminated in seventh place (€230,950)
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Thomas De Rooij picked up A♥4♠ in the cutoff and raised to 200,000, and when it folded to Harcharan Dogra Dogra in the big blind he looked down at 3♥2♣.

Dogra Dogra had just under a million left after posting the big blind, and after thinking about a half-minute De Rooij called the clock. Dogra Dogra took a few more seconds and just called the raise, leaving himself 750,000 behind.

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Harcharan Dogra Dogra: Short stack out first

The flop came 5♠9♣2♥ to give Dogra Dogra a pair of deuces, and he immediately put his last chips forward. De Rooij called right away with his gutshot wheel draw, and after the K♦ turn Dogra Dogra was one card away from a small double.

But the river brought the 4♦ to give De Rooij a better pair, and Dogra Dogra is out in seventh place, earning a warm round of applause from his many supporters. De Rooij is up over 12 million now, in second position behind Malec. --MH

2:55pm: Owen stops the rot
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

"I won a hand, guys," Adam Owen said to his rail. "I got a walk."

He did. He was in the big blind and collected blinds and antes after everyone folded to him. That's the first hand he has won at the final table. -- HS

2:45pm: Er collects again from Owen
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

After Harcharan Dogra Dogra carefully folded under the gun, leaving his stack perilous, Adam Owen found A♦T♦ one seat along and raised to 475,000. Owen won a massive pot yesterday with this precise hand, knocking out Morten Mortensen, so would have been feeling confident.

Zorlu Er called in the big blind with a dominated J♣T♣ but it quickly became dominant when the flop came 9♣2♥J♦. Er checked his top pair. Owen bet 500,000. Er called.

The T♠ on the turn improved both hands, but they both checked, and then the K♦ on the river missed everybody, but put a four-card straight out there. They both checked an Er won.

Owen hasn't won a hand so far at this final table, continuing a bad run that started when his bluff was picked off by Thomas De Rooij late yesterday. -- HS

2:40pm: Malec takes pot and lead from Reichenstein
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

It folded around to Sebastian Malec who looked down at A♥K♣, and after putting on his sunglasses he raised to 400,000. Uri Reichenstein was next to act on the button with 4♠4♦, and he reraised to 1.1 million. That chased the blinds, and Malec called.

(Incidentally, we saw other players fold both of the other fours, meaning Reichenstein couldn't make a set.)

The flop came K♠Q♣6♠, giving Malec top pair, top kicker, and he checked. Reichenstein bet 850,000, and underneath his yellow hoodie Malec nodded and then called.

The turn brought the 8♦ and Malec checked again, and this time Reichenstein made a big bet of 2.3 million. Malec riffled his chips, then alternated between counting chips and looking over at Reichenstein. Finally Malec chose to push all-in.

"Ah, no snap-call... I guess I'm good!" Malec chuckled when Reichenstein didn't respond right away. Indeed, it was good for Malec, as Reichenstein let his cards go.

That bumps Malec up into the chip lead with more than 13.5 million while Reichenstein slips to third in the counts. --MH

2:31pm: More for Reichenstein
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Adam Owen got back into action with a raise to 450,000 from the button with K♥3♠, and found himself battling with Uri Reichenstein who called from the big blind with A♦7♣.

Both checked the 7♦5♠2♦ flop, then when the 9♣ fell on the turn Reichenstein bet 475,000 with his pair of sevens and Owen stepped aside.

That pushes Reichenstein up over 13 million while Owen has lost all three of the hands he's played thus far. --MH

2:26pm: Malec best Er
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

Three hands, three different winners. This time, Sebastian Malec called from the big blind with J♣8♦ after Zorlu Er opened.

They saw the flop of 7♥8♣K♣ and both checked. On the 3♠ turn, Malec stabbed 375,000 at it and Er called. Er also called after Malec improved to two pair on the J♥ river and bet 650,000.

Er quickly saw the bad news and mucked. Malec moved up to 9 million. -- HS

2:24pm: Er over Owen
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

On the second hand of the final table, it folded around to Zorlu Er on the button who opened for 200,000 with J♥T♣, and Adam Owen defended his big blind by calling with Q♣5♦.

The flop came J♣6♣3♥, and after being checked to Er continued for 625,000, and Owen tossed his hand. Owen has 8.35 million while Er has 7.65 million. --MH

2:20pm: First hand to Reichenstein
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

And they really are now playing.

Adam Owen had the first decision of the day and, finding pocket sixes, opened pre-flop from under the gun, making it 450,000 to play. He was in the first position he could possibly raise, and he did just that.

Uri Reichensteiner called from the hijack with 8♦8♣ and action made its steady way around to Harcharan Dogra Dogra in the big blind. He folded, continuing to preserve his seven big blind stack.

The flop brought the 7♥4♦A♥ and Owen continued, betting 500,000. Owen was happy to barrel consistently yesterday even when he missed, so Reichenstein called with his pocket pair.

After the 3♦ came on the turn, Owen checked, bringing the 7♦ on the river. Both players checked again and the bigger pair took it down for Reichensteiner. -- HS

2pm: Away they go
Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante)

The introductions have been made and the final table is now under way. All the action here start to finish. -- HS





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1:45pm: The final seven

Here are your final table players this afternoon:

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Final table players (l-r): Andreas Chalkiadakis, Adam Owen, Thomas De Rooij, Harcharan Dogra Dogra, Uri Reichenstein, Sebastian Malec, Zorlu Er.

1pm: Play due to begin

Seven-handed play at the EPT Barcelona Main Event final table is due to begin at 1pm CET, but because this is a cards-up EPT Live broadcast, we will bring you action from 2pm to keep the world of PokerStars a spoiler-free zone. We will report from the stream.

As you'll recall from yesterday's action, Harcharan Dogra Dogra had a chance to get all of his short stack in on the very last hand, but waved away the possibility with a "Tomorrow!" Expect him to be under pressure early on.

At the other end of the leader board, long-time boss Adam Owen lost a significant pot to Thomas De Rooij late on to put the latter into the lead, but then Uri Reichenstein picked up a small pot from Andreas Chalkiadakis and Zorlu Er to sneak ahead at the death.

Here's how they sit when they return to play to a winner:

Seat 1 - Uri Reichenstein, Germany, 11,325,000
Seat 2 - Thomas De Rooij, Netherlands, 11,175,000
Seat 3 - Andreas Chalkiadakis, Greece, 5,050,000
Seat 4 - Zorlu Er, Turkey, 7,075,000
Seat 5 - Harcharan Dogra Dogra, Spain, 1,760,000
Seat 6 - Adam Owen, United Kingdom, 9,800,000
Seat 7 - Sebastian Malec, Poland, 7,325,000

Seven players, seven European countries. The final EPT Barcelona Main Event title is on the line. Oh, and this amount of money. Join us as they play to a champion.

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Take a look at the official website of the EPT, with tournament schedule, news, results and accommodation details for EPT13 Barcelona and the rest of the season.

Also all the schedule information is on the EPT App, which is available on both Android or IOS.

PokerStars Blog reporting team on the EPT13 Main Event: Martin Harris and Howard Swains. Photography by Neil Stoddart. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter:@PokerStarsBlog