It took a little while to get going today – Sean Winter the only player to bust in the first hour of play. But traction was finally found and a string of eliminations followed, leaving 11 remaining by the time the first break was taken. A final table of eight was reached just over a level later, with start of day chip leader Mukul Pahuja still in the lead.
Winter’s day came to an end when he three-bet all in for around 25 big blinds with ace-seven, only for Byron Kaverman to have opened with pocket kings. He called and improved to a set.
Igor Yaroshevskyy made a move with six-three from the small blind but Patrick Uzan called in the big blind with king-nine and held. Leslie Packer, who final tabled UKIPT Bristol in August, busted to Dominik Nitsche, after his ace-deuce failed to find the three-outer needed to beat the German’s sevens.
Before those three went in a very short period of time, Mikita Badziakouski and Seng Ung went in 18th and 17th place respectively. Badziakouski king-queen couldn’t come from behind to beat Nitsche’s ace-jack and Ung fell to fellow Brit Packer when his queen-nine stayed ahead of his opponent’s ace-seven.
That hand put Kaverman into a dominant position with 2.8 million, 1.3 million more than his closest opponent – Pahuja. The latter had a quiet first couple of levels but his tournament came alive after the break thanks to a huge hand versus Finger. He opened to 55,000 and then four-bet all in for (an effective) 750,000 after Finger three-bet 135,000. Finger double-checked that he actually had K♦K♣ and called all in. Pahuja opened A♥Q♦ and got there on a 10♦J♦8♣2♣A♠ board. “Good game,” directed Finger at Pahuja. “”Good game everyone,” followed to the rest of the table.
|1||Mukul Pahuja||United States||Live satellite winner||2650000|
|3||Mikalai Vaskaboinikau||Belarus||Live satellite winner||1180000|
|4||Roberto Romanello||United Kingdon||775000|
|5||Byron Kaverman||United States||Re-Entered on Day 1||2990000|
|6||Bryn Kenney||United States||385000|
|7||Kevin MacPhee||United States||Re-Entered on Day 1||380000|
|8||Ihar Soika||Belarus||Live satellite winner||1390000|
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