A Spaniard leads but you can’t help think that Germany and France are going to have a big say in where the title ends up at the end of the day.
Adrian Mateos has a big chip lead after crushing the field on the penultimate day of action, and he will be hoping that the heater continues as the pinch starts to take hold.
There is a million euros up top and Dominik Nitsche, Benny Spindler, Ravi Raghavan and Fabrice Soulier all know the route after taking down European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker titles in the past.
It’s going to be an amazing final table, but in the meantime let’s take a look at how they got there.
Level 18: Mateos Starts Like a House on Fire
The chip leader really got out of the gates quickly after eliminating both Ludovic Lacay and Jordan Cristos to extend his lead at the top.
It was AQ v KK against Lacay, with an ace on the flop doing the damage, and then he found pocket aces to dispatch Cristos and the rather meager looking jack-nine off suit.
Fabrice Soulier would find pocket kings to eliminate the pocket sixes of Roman Romanovskiy, and Ivan Tikhov would dispatch Hans Martin Vogt to the rail when his pocket aces hammered pocket jacks.
Level 19: Nitsche Nudging
Adrian Mateos may have been eliminating people for fun, but Dominik Nitsche gave him a timely reminder that he was still a force to be reckoned with after eliminating Ariel Celestino. It was ace-deuce for Nitsche against pocket kings, and an ace on the flop pushed the German into second place.
JeremyAusmus eliminated Mark Teltscher: JJ v AK and then suffered the same fate at the hands of Adrian Mateos in the following hand.
Ausmus opened, Mateos three-bet and Ausmus called. The flop was [Js] [5c] [3d] and Ausmus check-called a 40k Mateos bet. The turn was [Td], Ausmus checked, Mateos moved all-in and Ausmus called. Mateos turned over pocket jacks for top set and after the river had seemingly bricked for Ausmus his cards went into the muck.
Then to finish off the level Daniel Steinberg eliminated Flavien Guenan AK v A2, and Ogjnen Sekularac bit the dust when his ace-nine failed to find the help it needed against the pocket jacks of Jerome Huge.
Level 20: Nitsche Eliminates Jerney
Just the one elimination when Dominik Nitsche found pocket queens to pick off the short stacked Adam Jerney holding [Tc] [9c].
Level 21: The Unofficial Final Table is Set
It was a case of unlucky 13 for Adrien Allain as he ran ace-nine into the pocket jacks of Adrian Mateos to hit the rail; Sergio Aido quickly followed when he found himself all in A3 v the 98hh of Jerome Huge; the latter hitting runner-runner straight to send the Spaniard spinning out of the contest.
Ivan Tikhov met a red hot Dominik Nitsche when his pocket queens yielded to pocket aces, and Fabrice Soulier found a piece of luck when his pocket fours hit a four on the turn to eliminate the pocket nines of Romain Kazarian.
Just like that we had an unofficial final table of nine players
Final Nine Players
Seat 1: Daniel Steinberg – 136,000
Seat 2: Shannon Shorr – 1,153,000
Seat 3: Benny Spindler – 1,400,000
Seat 4: Fabrice Soulier – 1,900,000
Seat 5: Dominik Nitsche – 2,200,000
Seat 6: Adrian Mateos – 2,352,000
Seat 7: Andrei Konopelko – 630,000
Seat 8: Ravi Raghavan – 745,000
Seat 9: Jerome Huge – 815,000
Daniel Steinberg moved all-in holding pocket treys and was called by Fabrice Soulier holding [Kc] [Qc]. Two pair on flop and turn sending Steinberg home in ninth, and then Shannon Shorr was terribly unfortunate to find pocket kings at the same time Adrian Mateos found pocket aces. Five community cards later and Shorr was out in eighth spot.
L22: Mateos Leads the Final Table
Adrian Mateos opened to 45k in the small blind and Andrei Konopelko called in the big. The flop was [Ah] [Jh] [Tc], Mateos bet 55k and Konopelko called. The turn was the [2h], Mateos bet 115k and Konopelko called. The river card was the [5s], Mateos moved all-in and Konopelko called. It was ace-deuce for two pair for the chip leader, and jack-nine for second pair for Konopelko, and his tournament had ended as the final table bubble boy.
Final Table Standings
Seat 1: Benny Spindler – 1,748,000
Seat 2: Fabrice Soulier – 1,871,000
Seat 3: Dominik Nitsche – 2,354,000
Seat 4: Adrian Mateos – 3,781,000
Seat 5: Ravi Raghavan – 898,000
Seat 6: Jerome Huge – 637,000