Vitaly Lunkin, who won the PokerStars.com EPT10 Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller for €771,300, got off to a hot start today and quickly assumed the chip lead. Things came together fast for the Russian, but they also came apart just as quickly.
After being crippled, Lunkin moved all in the very next hand from the button. Anatoly Filatov called from the small blind, and the cards were turned up.
The flop gave Filatov two pair, but it also gave Lunkin trips. The turn gave Filatov even more outs, but he'd miss them on the river and Lunkin would double through.
Two hands later, Filatov opened for 80,000 under the gun and then called when Lunkin shoved for approximately 440,000 from the big blind.
Lunkin got it in good, but this time it would be Filatov that would hit the flop, which came down . Neither the turn nor river helped Lunkin, and he was sent to the rail in fourth place for €148,800.
"Good game, Vitaly," Fabrice Soulier offered as Lunkin shook hands with the three remaining players.