Mike McDonald assumed that position with 16 players remaining, and it was only a late flourish from Sam Greenwood that saw him eclipsed at the top of the chip counts. That means it’ll be a Canadian one-two when the final eight return tomorrow at 12.30 CET to play for the trophy and €498,575.
For Greenwood it means he’s made back-to-back final tables in this event, having finished seventh here in Season 11. He set the unofficial final table when he eliminated Dietrich Fast in tenth place. It all went in pre-flop with Greenwood’s pocket twos racing against Fast’s K♣10♥. A two on the flop made it a one-sided race and gave Greenwood the chip lead. He barely had time to stack his chips before Jason Wheeler eliminated Christopher Frank in ninth and play was done for the day.
The Frenchman of course took down the Super High Roller event in Barcelona back in August. Remarkably Loosli is one of three players amongst the final eight who didn’t enter this tournament to the start of the day. The others are Jason Wheeler and Benjamon Pollak. Why even bother with the first eight levels indeed!
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As you’d expect from a buy-in of this size none of the final eight are unknowns, although some are better known for their exploits in tournaments in America than on the EPT. Like Byron Kaverman. He was McDonald’s closest challenger for the latter part of the day after he picked off a bluff from Charlie Carrel to ascend the chip counts.
He was almost permanently short stacked and couldn’t avoid the hangman’s noose forever. He lost the most classic of races with queens against Christopher Frank’s A♦K♠ – which rivered a straight – and everyone else was in the money. Andrew Chen was first out in the money in 11th place (€45,325) and was followed by Fast (10th, €45,325) and Frank (9th, €51,670).
Elsewhere today there was fun with flipouts a qunituple stud event that featured the defending EPT Malta champion. There was plenty more side event action with the Women’s event and the IPT High Roller among those that caught our eye.
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