EPT8 Berlin: De Visscher making waves at Ebanks expense

ept-thumb-promo.jpgJoe Ebanks and Bryan 'theczar19' Piccioli are sat in seats two and three of their table muttering conspiratorially under their breath. Both look unhappy, Ebanks more so, which is little surprise given that both have lost chunks to Koen De Visccher who's run up a stack of a little over 50,000 to some 130,000 in less than an orbit.

The highly rated Belgian finished fifth at EPT Campione for €124,000 to make his second final table and sixth main event cash of his EPT career. He's now looking good to make his seventh cash after doubling through - and nearly eliminating - Joe Ebanks with A♥A♠ holding against Q♦Q♣. Moments later De Visscher clashed with Piccioli in what looked like a five-bet shove situation to chip himself up further.

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Koen De Visscher: we're gonna need a bigger bag

At the table behind it was on champ on champ action as Rupert Elder shoved Q♥8♣ from the hijack for 28,000 and was looked up by Kevin MacPhee in the small blind. No help for Elder as the board ran out A♣9♥J♠A♥9♦, MacPhee chips up to nearly 180,000.

Back to the plight of Ebanks. Shortly after head-shake-folding under-the-gun, the American was forced through the blinds before tossing in his last 3,000 with A♥Q♠ against Andre Dos Santos' A♦4♣. Since then a couple more double up have seem him make his way back up to a playable 50,000 or so. Ebanks, a player with $2,011,812 in live winnings will make those chips count.

The bubble is fast approaching, 112 players get paid.

Tournament snapshot
Level 14: blinds 1,200-2,400, ante 300
Players: 165 of 745
Average stack: 124,000
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Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in Berlin