EPT Barcelona: End of the road for Akkari

What was all that about the possibility of going from a massive amount of chips down to nothing? That’s exactly what happened to former chip leader Brice Cournut from France, who started with 130,000 but was on the rail within an hour after a series of drastic hands that would leave lesser men whimpering in a corner.

It’s also the fate we have to report for Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari who busted out minutes ago, his pocket nines no match for the pocket queens of Mazhar Nawab, a huge pot that consumed all of Akkari’s 65,000 chips.

Pocket nines have been a brutal hand in more ways than one so far today. Earlier today Michel Abecassis capitalised with them to climb further up the chip count list but the same hand came back to bite the Frenchman, busting him when his own A-K succumbed in a race.

It’s the kind of thing that can put you off your food – serious stuff as we approach the dinner break. 89 players left for the one hour break. Play resumes at 8.30pm local time.