Updates from level 28 of EPT Vilamoura, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
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Blinds: 40,000-80,000 (8,000 ante)
8.40pm: Antonio Matias wins EPT Vilamoura for €404,793
And just like that, we have a new EPT champion. Neuville bet 240,000 from the button pre-flop, and Matias called. Then it all kicked off on the J♦7♥8♥ flop. First Matias checked, then Neuville made it 315,000, Matias made it 500,000 more, Neuville announced all in – call!
Matias: 8♠7♦ for two pair
Neuville: J♥10♠ for top pair and a gutshot straight draw
But whatever hopes PokerStars qualifier Neuville had left were extinguished when the 7♣ turn made Matias a full house. The 2♣ river was of no consequence whatsoever.
The locals who remained on the rail cheered as their man from Portugal realised he had become the newest (and oldest) EPT champion, aged 54. A huge, long hug from his tearful wife, and then he was off for interviews and photo shoots.
Neuville had played a blinding tournament, and is our runner-up for €257,681.
A full tournament wrap will be with you shortly. Thanks for watching.
8.35pm: We have a decision!
Antonio Matias is the EPT Vilamoura champion. Full details of winning hand to follow.
8.30pm: Back again
Here they are again. These are the players’ stacks:
Antonio Matias: 7,940,000
Pierre Neuville: 1,710,000