There’s Jose Angel Latorre, the chip leader, who is a Supernova Elite, accrued over 3,000,000 VPPs last year on PokerStars. You ‘only’ need 1,000,000 to make Supernova Elite, however it takes most players who shoot for that target an entire year of locking themselves in their room to get over the line. Lattorre did that three times over, it’s a bit like sprinting past a very fast runner whilst running backwards and giving them a cheeky little wave. The Spaniard, who now calls London home, hit that milestone mostly by playing high stakes Sit andGo’s, although given he also has a TCOOP title to his name he’s not exactly a tournament novice.
Then there’s Sam Grafton, the gregarious Brit who is making a habit of running deep in this tournament. Last year he had a big stack but bubbled the final table in ninth place. This year he found himself in a very different spot as one of the shorter stacks from two tables out. He battled through though and after numerous deep runs (25th, 9th, 43rd, 33rd, 15th, 14th) over the five Seasons of the UKIPT Grafton takes his place among the final eight for the first time. Few, if any, will begrudge him that achievement .
They’ve already locked up €14,100 for their efforts this week and the final table was set just after 9pm tonight when Aleksandar Abutovic’s K♣Q♣ lost out to David Vedral’s A♠4♠. This is how the final eight will line-up tomorrow when play restarts tomorrow.
|1||Dario Carrion||Spain||PokerStars Qualifier||3,305,000|
|2||Jose Angel Latorre||Spain||PokerStars Player||6,950,000|
|3||Rodrigo Rosales||Spain||PokerStars Qualifier||3,175,000|
|4||Sam Grafton||UK||PokerStars Qualifier||1,035,000|
|6||David Vedral||Austria||PokerStars Qualifier||1,920,000|
The start was fast, very fast. The field was cut down to the final 24 inside the first four levels and the likes of Mateusz Moolhuizen (27th), Daniel Price (29th), Tomeu Gomila (33rd) and Jesus Javier Bustos (53rd) had departed and Latorre had risen imperiously to the top of the chip counts. He would never let that lead slip.
Photos copyright of Mickey May and Rene Velli