WSOPE €10K Split Day 3: Final Four Set
It took a lot longer than our first round of heads-up but we are officially through Day 3.
At just before 24:00 CET Noah Schwartz finally landed the knockout blow on Dan Fleyshman.
That means the final four are officially Roger Hairabedian, Michael Mizrachi, Shawn Buchanan and Schwartz with the matches for tomorrow set as follows:
Roger Hairabedian (1.2 million chips)
Michael Mizrachi (1.02 million chips)
Shawn Buchanan (670,000 chips)
Noah Schwartz (679,000 chips)
There are of course a huge number of players who didn’t make it through including Brian Powell, Brian Hastings, Dan Fleyshman and Anatolii Ozhenilok who all busted in the last level. On the plus side they picked up €54,810.
Meanwhile Erik Seidel, Kent Lundmark, Bryn Kenney, Joel Nordkvist, Alexander Roumeliotis, Matt Waxman, Dmitry Motorov and Jason Mercier all fell in today’s first round to take home €26,618.
The final four players provide several compelling storylines for the conclusion of this event tomorrow.
Michael Mizrachi is one of the best tournament pros on the planet with over $11 million in tournament earnings. Shawn Buchanan has nearly $4 million and a WPT title. Noah Schwartz also has a WPT title and $1.5 million lifetime earnings. Finally Roger Hairabedian could do the host country proud by winning the first WSOPE event in Cannes for France.
All four players will return at 15:00 CET tomorrow and will play two more rounds of heads-up matches. The winner of the second round will take home a shiny new WSOP bracelet.
Here’s a look at how the night came to an end:
Brian Powell (733,000) vs. Roger Hairabedian (528,000)
Kentucky native Brian Powell has been playing well all tournament and appeared destined to make an appearance in the final four.
Roger Hairabedian had other ideas, however, and Powell now finds himself firmly on the rail.
Hairabedian got slightly lucky to win a big pot against Powell in the last level and had been grinding him down ever since.
Powell finally took his stand with K♦ J♦ but Hairabedian had a monster A♦ K♠. To make matters worse for Powell, Hairabedian hit another ace on the flop and that was more than enough to eliminate Powell.
Hairabedian finished with 1.2 million chips.
Brian Hastings (572,000) vs. Michael Mizrachi (564,000)
Michael Mizrachi beat Brian Hastings in the first hour of heads-up play this round. Mizrachi busted Hastings with A♥ 7♥ vs. K♠ 3♠.
Mizrachi finished with 1.02 million chips.
Shawn Buchanan (460,000) vs. Anatolii Ozhenilok (210,000)
Anatolii Ozhenilok gave Shawn Buchanan all sorts of problems early but eventually the Canadian pro made a huge comeback and sent Ozenilok packing. Ozhenilok finally shipped it with A-3 and Buchanan called with A-J. There were no surprises and Buchanan is through to the other side.
Buchanan finished with 670,000.
Dan Fleyshman (431,000) vs. Noah Schwartz (248,000)
It took longer than any other match but Noah Schwartz has finally gotten the best of Dan Fleyshman.
The former Victory Poker CEO scored several key double ups to extend the match but finally got into a race he couldn’t win.
Fleyshman open-shoved with K♠ J♠ for about 120,000 and was dismayed to see Noah Schwarts call with K♣ Q♥.
“Come on jack,” said Fleyshman as the dealer prepared to put out the board.
The board came 9♣ 6♠ 3♥ 7♦ K♥, which was enough to eliminate Fleyshman. The two pros shook hands and Fleyshman wished Schwartz luck the rest of the way.
Schwartz finished with 679,000 chips.
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