Lacay, Schwartz on Collision Course in Event 6 Final Four

Noah Schwartz2013 WSOP EuropeEV063K PLO Mixed MaxDay 2Giron8JG1243
Schwartz: Another final four and another shot.

Event #6 at the 2013 WSOPE, €3,250 PLO Mix Max, has reached its final four with France's Ludovic Lacay and South Florida's Noah Schwartz the marquee names heading into heads-up play.

Lacay, 6th on France's all-time money list and a former EPT champion, has both the home court advantage and a massive chip advantage to help push him toward the bracelet.

Schwartz is fresh from a fourth-place finish just days ago and will be intent on grabbing the bracelet opportunity he just missed.

They'll both have to beat heads-up opponents tomorrow to make the match-up happen though.

Lunkin and Merivirta Stand in the Way

Before Lacay and Schwartz can think of locking horns in the heads-up final they need to get past two tough outs in the semis in Vitaly Lunkin and Jyri Merivirta.

Ludovic Lacay
Everything stacked in Lacay's favor right now.

Russian Lunkin can stake his claim to some of the most impressive titles in poker including a win in the WSOP's $40k anniversary event and this summer's EPT Barcelona Super High Roller.

Merivirta is another in a long line of super tough Finns with a decade of cashes under his belt.

Here's how the four will match-up tomorrow:

  • Ludovic Lacay (667,500) vs Vitaly Lunkin (112,500)
  • Jyri Merivirta (183,500) vs Noah Schwartz (179,000)

Given the mixed-max format the final 28 played the action out short-handed until the final four was set. Among the casualties of the day's player were Dan Kelly, Stephen Chidwick, WSOP POY favorite Matt Ashton and Phil Laak, who just fell short of the final four in seventh place.

Chip leader to start the day, Aku Joentausta, busted in sixth.

Tune in at noon CET tomorrow for the semi-final matches here and watch the final with cards-up on the WSOPE live stream right after!

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