The seemingly unsinkable Elio Fox crashed out of WPT Prague in seventh place today to set up a final table of six lead by Party Poker pro Bodo Sbrzesny.
Fox, who was at or near the chip lead for virtually the entire tournament, ran JJ into Tony Chang's KK in a cruel cooler late on Day 4 to lose most of his stack before finally bowing out on a flip to Sbrzesny.
Fox earns €50,986 for his seventh-place finish, but will surely look back at what might have been after a tremendous performance falls just short.
Sbrzesny in Command; MacPhee, Mercier Bow Out
The beneficiary of a now surprisingly big-name-free final table is Party Poker pro Bodo Sbrzesny.
The German pro, a former semi-pro tennis player and video gamer who signed with Party in 2009, wil start the final table with a substantial chip lead - 5.5 million to Chang's 3.65 million.
Primarily an online player with his biggest live cash just $30,000, Sbrzesny has a fantastic shot at his first major live title and biggest career score.
Standing in his way won't be either Kevin MacPhee or Jason Mercier either.
MacPhee, who like Fox spent much of the tournament near the chip lead, busted in 11th after losing a flip to Sbzresny.
Mercier, who started the day as the short stack, ran it up nicely with a few double ups before losing speed and bowing out in 12th.
Tough pros also busting out prior to the final were Dermot Blain in 13th and Fabian Quoss in 10th.
Final-table action starts at 1 pm local time Sunday with live updates and live streaming available at WPT.com. Top prize wil pay out $423,957.
The final six and chip counts:
- 1. Bodo Sbrzesny 5,500,000
- 2. Tony Chang 3,650,000
- 3. Alexander Lahkov 2,900,000
- 4. Marcin Wydrowski 2,700,000
- 5. Michael Gagliano 2,700,000
- 6. Alin Grasu 765,000