By the time the unofficial final table of nine had been reached he’d dropped a few chips and Kenneth Smaron had closed in on his lead. It didn’t take long to go from unofficial final table to final table as Davidi Kitai was down to around nine big blinds and lost a race with A♣J♣ against Rocco Palumbo’s pocket tens to bust in ninth, earning €61,110.
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By the time Mikkel Lokkegaard Hansen was eliminated in 15th place the blinds had ticked up to 15,000/30,000 ante 4,000 and it was William Foxen who was next to go. His exit was the start of Kamatakis’ charge, as Foxen four-bet shoved deueces (button versus small bind) for right around 27 big blinds and Kamatakis called off with nines. Yet again the dominating pair held up and we were down to thirteen.
This left two six-handed tables, but not for long as shortly afterwards Mihails Morozovs got his final 11.5 big blinds in the middle with A♣Q♣ and was racing for his tournament life against Jaroslaw Sikora’s pocket eights. It’s the time of year for snowmen and the pair won the race on a 10♦5♦8♠J♠A♠ board.
Not long after the players returned from the first break of the day the field was reduced to the final ten and it was Aleksandr Denisov who fell in 11th spot. He found himself down to about four big blinds and they went in with A♦4♥. He was in a bad spot though as Kamatakis (who else) had him dominated with A♥9♣. The J♠9♥3♦ flop left him drawing thin and after the 8♦ turn he was drawing dead.
With ten left Kenneth Smaron doubled through Ihar Soika with A♣9♥ against K♥Q♥ and that meant that the American had more chips than Kevin MacPhee when they played an all-in about 30 minutes later. MacPhee four-bet all-in for around 900,000 (22.5 big blinds) with A♣J♦ and Smaron snapped him off with A♥K♦. The J♣5♠10♠ flop gave MacPhee the lead, but the Q♥ turn saw Smaron re-take the lead, which he held on 3♠ river.
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