While for the most part its record field of 393 entries was reduced to 21 by the start of the day, things slowed down considerably this afternoon. At one stage play was 15 handed for an extended period, with the average stack lowered to a mere 26 big blinds.
Finally the tournament moved past that, with the eliminations of Joao Vieira, Nicolas Chouity, Agshin Rasulov and Dylan Linde.
(left to right) Ami Barer, Jason Mercier, Ihar Soika, Benjamin Pollak, Carlos Chardha, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Stephen Chidwick, Ismail Erkanov
Alexander Roumeliotis of Sweden would go next, but not until after an extended rear-guard that moved him up the pay-outs at least a few spots. Earlier in the day Jason Mercier doubled through the Swede, who was reduced to little more than a big blind. But he then quadrupled-up, and established a stack that while short was at least usable. Ultimately though he fell in ninths place to make way for the single table of nine.
Pulling back: Jason Mercier
It was not until Maxim Panyak departed in ninth place, pocket jacks against the pocket kings of Ihar Soika, that a final table was in place with a line-up as follows.
Seat 1. Ismail Erkenov, 3,550,000
Seat 2. Jason Mercier, 1,450,000
Seat 3. Benjamin Pollak, 1,430,000
Seat 4. Marc-Andre Ladouceur, 1,105,000
Seat 5. Carlos Chadha, 900,000
Seat 6. Stephen Chidwick, 1,800,000
Seat 7. Ihar Soika, 6,700,000
Seat 8. Ami Barer, 2,700,000
(chip counts are approximate)
Jason Mercier and Marc-Andre Ladouceur remain the two PokerStars players involved. Mercier, who nursed his stack through a difficult late session last night recovered well today, while Team Online’s Ladouceur is only slightly behind.
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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.