Pascal Lefrancois had what looked like a four-bet of 105,000 in front of him when we reached the table, and Adrian Bussman re-raised him to 240,000. Lefrancois made the call, the flop came , and Bussman led out for 185,000. Lefrancois called.
The turn was the , both players knuckled, and the completed the board. Bussman checked again, Lefrancois slid forward 315,000, and Bussman unhappily folded.
Picking up with the action on a board of , Erik Olofsson checked over to Mike "Timex" McDonald who moved forward a bet of 100,000. Olofsson called to see a river and the dealer produced the .
Olofsson checked over to Timex once again, and the EPT champion moved forward a tower of green T25,000 chips which was a bet of enough to put Olofsson all in. Olofsson pondered for a bit and eventually decided to call off his final 260,000.
McDonald showed the for a rivered pair of tens. Olofsson slapped on the felt for a losing pair of nines, shook McDonald's hand, and made an exit from the tournament area. McDonald raked in yet another massive pot, bringing his stack to 2.935 million.
Jorge Ribeiro made it 35,000 to go from under the gun only to have Shyam Srinivasan three-bet to 91,000 from the next seat over. One by one, cards were kicked into the muck around the table until the action came back to Ribeiro. He announced a four-bet ship all in for 670,000 and Srinivasan called.
Srinivasan was in the lead with two ladies and stayed that way on the flop. Despite flopping top pair, Ribeiro was unable to improve further as the turn and river brought the and the , respectively. Srinivasan dragged in the massive pot and now has about 2.27 million in chips.
Kristoffer Edberg moved all in for 270,000 in early position, and as the action folded to the blinds, Roger Teska (big blind) folded out of turn. Mike McDonald called in the small blind, and the two hands were tabled.
The dealer spread , giving Edberg straight and counterfeit outs, but he found no help on the turn () or the river ().
Edberg hit the rail, and McDonald, who is vying to be the first ever two-time EPT Main Event champion, chipped up to 2.19 million.
World Series of Poker bracelet winner Loni Harwood has fallen in 28th place. She was all in and at risk with on a board. Unfortunately for Harwood, she was up against Fabian Ortiz's for a set of fours. The turn and river came and , ensuring that Harwood would be sent to the rail.
The European Poker Tour Season 10 Player of the Year race is on, and as you know players will be able to accumulate points in all events throughout Season 10, regardless of the buy-in level. In addition, all of the Festival Events (Estrellas, UKIPT, Eureka, FPS, IPT) that combine with an EPT tour stop will be eligible for Player of the Year points. The winner of this season’s award will walk away with €50,000 in Main Event buy-ins, good for any PokerStars or Full Tilt sponsored event.
The Global Poker Index (GPI) points formula, which will be used to determine the EPT10 POY, is a bit complicated, but you can read about all the details here.
Here are the current top ten on the EPT10 POY Leaderboard (last updated January 2, 2014):
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The action folded to Dominik Panka, who min-raised to 32,000 on the button. Robert Auer defended his big blind, the flop fell , and Auer checked. Panka continued for 32,000, Auer called, and the turn was a third spade - the .
Auer checked, Panka fired a second bullet worth 72,000, and Auer called.
The completed the board, Auer checked a third and final time, and Panka emptied the chamber, betting 165,000. Auer once again called, then mucked when Panka showed for top two pair.