So close yet so far for Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko. Having tasted the sweetness of bagging a WSOP bracelet two years ago, he was back today hungry for more.
But he fell short on the final table of the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Low 8 or Better, busting in fifth place after a battling performance saw him rise up the paying spots without quite being able to build enough chips to make a title challenge.
He leaves the Rio with another $53,881 in crisp US dollars to put into his bankroll.
His elimination, just before Robert Campbell fell in fourth, came when he got all-in pre-flop against the chip leader Scott Clements:
Plenty of chances there for at least a chop, you would have thought. But the board ran J♠10♣5♦K♦6♣ allowing Clements to scoop the whole pot with just a pair of fives.
Before Kravchenko, we lost Andy Black in sixth and John Racener in seventh, who both joined early finishers Anthony Lellouche and Armando Ruiz