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Blinds: 10,000-20,000 (ante: 2,000)

3.05pm: Thomas Delattre from France, eliminated in eighth place for €77,400
Bruno Launais bets 52,000 from the button and Thomas Delattre raises to 120,000. Launais then shoves in and is called by Delattre. It’s unclear who has who covered but it’ll be close. It’s A-K for Launais and A-T for Delattre who’s behind but gets some hope from the 9-Q-8 flop. He needed a jack but neither the turn or river helped. After a pause to count chips Delattre was the all-in player and leaves the final table in eighth place.

3pm: Staying alive
Andrea Benelli makes a standard button raise – 55,000 – and Bruno Launais makes a standard small blind defence: all in for 272,000. Benelli goes into the tank but comes out with the call and the Italian is ahead. He has As-8s to Launais’ Ad-3h and the first murmurings of a potential split pot permeate the press room. So it proved, although there was some suck-out potential on the way. The flop came Kh-3s-Ac to put Launais ahead, but the 10c and the Ks on the river meant they split it.

2.50pm: Take it to the (first) river
Esquevin makes it 50,000 pre-flop and Moritz Kranich re-raises from the cut off to 150,000. It’s folded back to Esquevin who calls for a flop of 4s-3h-Jc. Now Esquevin moves all-in with pocket eights and is called by Kranich who turns over pocket kings. The flop and turn miss both but the river deals an eight to double up the Frenchman.

2.40pm: Sharing the action
Nothing much since the all-in by Delattre. Andrea Benelli took a pot uncontested, and Jonathan Azoulay just took his turn doing the same.

2.28pm: Play starts
Play is underway. Two hands in and Thomas Delattre moves all-in behind a 50,000 pre-flop bet by Arnaud Esquevin. He doesn’t fancy calling and Delattre takes the pot.

2.15pm: Photo shot
The photos have been taken. Here’s one:

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From l-r: Moritz Kranich, Jonathan Azoulay, Andrea Benelli, Bruno Launais, Thomas Kremser (tournament director), Tristan Clemoncon, Jorn Walthaus, Arnaud Esquevin, Thomas Delattre

2.12pm: Photo shoots
The players are having their picture taken ahead of the final table action. While that happens, and a lot of people play with wires, why not allow the Team PokerStars Casanova Pro Luca Pagano give you a few dating tips. (There are worse people you could learn from, trust me.)


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