Rather than staying at the Gran Casino de Barcelona to decide a winner, the Steve Billirakis was the first player we saw foolish enough to get his money in with the best of it against Johansson, with pocket jacks against K-9, receiving only directions to the exit in return. Johansson got all-in again with A-2 against Gus Hansen's pocket nines and managed to nail a wheel straight to stay alive and double-up. The last piece of Johansson's handiwork came in yet another pre-flop all-in with A♦ T♠ for Christer against the A♣ K♥ of eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel. A ten on the flop was all it took to cripple Seidel and propel Johansson to within striking distance of the chip lead.
Joining this duo of big-stacked Northern Europeans are four other players who may have something to say about Hansen and Johansson's hoarding of the available chips in play. Steve Sung, no stranger to final tables in big-buy-in events, is sitting with a healthy $670,000 and France's Ludovic Lacay is in fourth with $400,000.
Newcomer to the PL.com database Markus Lehmann is in fifth with $329,000 and bringing up the rear is Russia's Vladimir Poleshchuk. PL.com first encountered Poleshchuk just a week ago when he final-table the EPT Baden main, coming in third and taking down an impressive €225,000.
All six will embark on the ride to Peralada tomorrow to regroup for the battle to come and while the smart money has to be on chip leader Gus Hansen, only time will tell who will come out on top. As always PL.com will be there every step of the way, guiding you safely down the road which will eventually end at a champion. Check in the day after tomorrow at 5 p.m. local time when the final-table festivities will be getting underway. If you simply can't wait until then, tide yourself over with our Live Updates page which chronicles the events that have brought us this far.