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WSOPE €10K Split Day 3: Final Four Set

Michael Mizrachi hunts another bracelet.
Michael Mizrachi hunts another bracelet.

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)
vs.
Michael Mizrachi (1.02 million chips)

Shawn Buchanan (670,000 chips)
vs.
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
Brian Powell powered down.
 

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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WSOPE €10K Split Day 3: Buchanan Breaks Through

The Buck does not stop here.
The Buck does not stop here.

We’re through another hour of play here in the €10K Split and we have one more player on the rail.

Anatolii Ozhenilok had a great run in this event, considering how short he was at certain points, but could not overcome Shawn Buchanan.

Just two hours in we’ve already easily eclipsed the length of the last heads-up round and Brian Powell and Roger Hairabedian in particular seem to be settling in for a long match.

Blinds are currently 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante. Here’s a look at all the biggest action from the last hour:

Brian Powell (733,000) vs. Roger Hairabedian (528,000)

French player Roger Hairabedian has officially turned the tables on Brian Powell.

After trading blows back and forth, Hairabedian finally found a double up when he turned a better two pair than Powell.

Hairabedian moved all-in with A-T on an A-7-5-T-5 board and Powell snap-called with A-7. It a bit of a beat for Powell but he still have enough chips to make a comeback.

Here’s how it’s currently looking:

Powell: 351,000

Hairabedian: 900,000

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)

It may have been a rocky start for Shawn Buchanan in his match against Anatolii Ozhenilok but the Canadian pro made a full recovery and ousted the Belarus player just moments ago.

Ozhenilok was taking a beating and finally got it in with A-3. Buchanan called him down with A-J and Ozhenilok was looking for a lot of help from the board.

It never came and Buchanan is officially through to the final four.

Buchanan finished with 670,000.

Dan Fleyshman (431,000) vs. Noah Schwartz (248,000)

Noah Schwartz has Dan Fleyshman on the ropes.

Schwartz has been strong from the onset of this match and over the last hour has been trying to find a good spot to make a stand.

Fleyshman has been in a couple times but he’s yet to get a call from Schwartz, who must be thinking, at least a little, about the next round.

Here are the stacks:

Fleyshman: 160,000

Schwartz: 524,000

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WSOPE €10K Split Day 3: Hastings Falls First

Hasty exit for Stinger 88
Hasty exit for Stinger 88

We have our first casualty in the final four heads-up matches and it’s a surprising one.

Brian Hastings is the first player to hit the rail after getting into trouble early with Michael Mizrachi.

Three more matches remain, however, and every one of them has the potential to go long. Blinds are up to 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante.

Here’s a look at all the action from the last hour:

Brian Powell (733,000) vs. Roger Hairabedian (528,000)

Roger Hairabedian has been amazingly resilient in this tournament and he’s showing it once again against Day 2 overnight chip leader Brian Powell.

Despite being an hour into their match, the counts are virtually the same with Powell picking up a few more chips.

Here’s how it looks right now:

Powell: 770,000

Hairabedian: 490,000

Brian Hastings (572,000) vs. Michael Mizrachi (564,000)

Brian “Stinger 88” Hastings appeared destined for great things in this tournament after ousting a red-hot Erik Seidel but Michael Mizrachi has cut that dream short.

In the very early stages of the match Mizrachi won a huge pot with third pair and never looked back.

Hastings appeared to go extremely card-dead in the last part of the match and finally open-shoved for around 100,000 with K 3. Mizrachi called him down with A 7 and Hastings was down to a prayer.

Things went from to worse for Hastings when the flop came A T 8 and the K turn sealed it. Mizrachi is through to the next round with the nut-flush.

Hastings picks up €54,810 for going as far as he did.

Mizrachi finishes with 1.02 million chips.

Shawn Buchanan (460,000) vs. Anatolii Ozhenilok (210,000)

Anatolii Ozhenilok is proving to be a problem for Shawn Buchanan.

The only player from Belarus in the final four, Ozhenilok refuses to bow to pressure from Buchanan and took the chip lead from Buchanan when he flopped a full house early. 

Since than Buchanan managed to battle back but Ozhenilok doesn’t seem like he’s going anywhere any time soon.

Here are the current stacks:

Ozhenilok: 260,000

Buchanan: 410,000

Dan Fleyshman (431,000) vs. Noah Schwartz (248,000)

Noah Schwartz is slowing winning the battle against Dan Fleyshman. 

Schwartz made a huge call on a very dangerous board to win a huge pot against Fleyshman and he’s been grinding him down ever since.

These are the current stacks:

Fleyshman: 320,000

Schwartz: 359,000

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WSOPE €10K Split Day 3: The Great Eight

Brian Powell has the power.
Brian Powell has the power.

The final eight players in the 2011 WSOPE €10K Split event are once again returning to the poker room in the Majestic and we’ll see if we can’t find the final four players in record time.

The stacks seem to be somewhat more even so we’re thinking it might not go quite as quick but stranger things have happened.

The players who survive this round will return with their chip stacks to play two more rounds and decide who gets the first WSOP gold bracelet in this event.

Time is once again ticking down on the tournament clock, which means we are once again live from Majestic in Cannes.

Here’s a look at the heads-up matches as play begins:

Brian Powell (733,000) vs. Roger Hairabedian (528,000)

Brian Powell has been an unstoppable force in this tournament and he currently holds the chip lead with 733,000.

Meanwhile Roger Hairabedian is the last French player left in the tournament and will definitely have some support from the hometown crowd as he attempts to win his way into the final four.

Brian Hastings (572,000) vs. Michael Mizrachi (564,000)

This is the match that most of the long-time poker fans will be keeping a close eye on as Brian “Stinger 88” Hastings is renowned as one of the online cash game players in the world while Michael Mizrachi needs no introduction with a WSOP bracelet and $11 million in life tournament earnings.

Even better the pair are evenly matched in chips so we could see a long drawn-out battle between the two pros.

Shawn Buchanan (460,000) vs. Anatolii Ozhenilok (210,000)

Anatolii Ozhenilok has been on a miracle ride here in the later stages of the Split as he very nearly bubbled the event and walked away with nothing.

The Belarus native instead survived and then beat Joel Nordkvist despite a nearly 3-1 chip disadvantage.

Ozhenilok will once again have to battle back from a chip disadvantage and this time it will be against noted Canadian pro Shawn Buchanan who has nearly $4 million in lifetime tournament earnings.

Dan Fleyshman (431,000) vs. Noah Schwartz (248,000)

Much like Anatolii Ozhenilok, Dan Fleyshman has been on a crazy run here in the split and hit a one-outer to avoid becoming the bubble boy.

Fleyshman made short work of Alexander Roumeliotis heads-up and now has 431,000 chips.

He’ll now face noted WPT winner Noah Schwartz who managed to knock out Bryn Kenney with a flush in the previous round.

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WSOPE €10K Split Day 3: Absolute Chaos, Seidel Falls!

Brian Hastings the giant-slayer.
Brian Hastings the giant-slayer.

We expected the first level of heads-up to be action-packed but we never thought that every match would be complete in little more than one hour of play.

Within 10 minutes of the start we already had two eliminations and the hits just kept coming after that.

The remaining eight players will reconvene at 20:00 CET and go about setting the final four.

We’ll have the match-ups for you shortly. In the meantime be sure to check out one hell of a crazy level below:

Brian Powell (484,000) vs. Matt Waxman (249,000)

Chip leader Brian Powell proved to be too much for the always-talkative Matt Waxman. 

Powell won a massive pot early when he hit trip aces and then put the nail in the coffin when he hit trip tens with K-T against Waxman’s A-2.

The Kentucky native is going to be a serious problem for his next opponent as his stack is absolutely massive.

Powell: 695,000

Erik Seidel (375,000) vs. Brian Hastings (197,000)

Brian “Stinger 88” Hastings pulled off one hell of a comeback and then got a little lucky to vanquish poker titan Erik Seidel.

Hastings started his session very aggressively and after two key shoves, had the chip lead. He continued to wear Seidel down until this transpired:

Seidel and Hastings saw a flop of 9 5 2 and Hastings bet 8,000. Seidel bumped it up to 24,000 and Hastings raised 45,000.

Seidel immediately announced he was all-in for the last of his 200k and Hastings thought for a couple seconds and made the call. Hastings tabled J 9 to Seidel’s 5 2.

The CardRunners instructor would need some help from the board if he wanted to topple Seidel and that’s exactly what he got when the turn came T and more importantly the J on the river.

Hastings pulls off one hell of an upset and will head to the next round with a huge chip stack.

Hastings: 572,000 chips

Michael Mizrachi
Grinder the Survivor.

Kent Lundmark (324,000) vs. Michael Mizrachi (240,000)

Michael Mizrachi might be seeing a very different tune right now if he hadn’t doubled on the very first hand with KK versus TT.

Indeed Mizrachi took the chip lead in that hand and never looked back.

Lundmark eventually got it in with a straight draw against Mizrachi’s ace-high and it was the Grinder’s hand who held up.

Mizrachi: 564,000 chips

Roger Hairabedian (321,000) vs. Dmitry Motorov (217,000)

The battle between Roger Hairabedian and Dmitry Motorov was one of the longest in the first round of heads-up matches but it was still only an hour of play.

Despite a valiant effort Motorov finally got it all in the middle with K-5 to Hairabedian’s TT.

The dimes held up and Hairabedian is through to the next round.

Hairabedian: 518,000

Jason Mercier (252,000) vs. Shawn Buchanan (208,000)

Shawn Buchanan vs. Jason Mercier was the longest match of this round and the only one that took more than an hour to complete.

The match had more twists and turns than the average Cannes back road and Mercier looked primed for victory when he got Buchanan all-in with K-J versus his own A-9.

Buchanan ended up flopping a straight and taking the chip lead.

The Canadian wasn’t done, however, as he would cripple Mercier several hands later by flopping another straight.

Finally Mercier got the last of his chips in with A-9, Buchanan called with J-9 and wouldn’t you know it he flopped another straight. Mercier is finishedand Buchanan is on to the next round.

Buchanan: 460,000

Alexander Roumeliotis (216,000) vs. Dan Fleyshman (215,000)

Chip wise this was the closest match of the round but that didn’t keep Dan Fleyshman from immediately taking over the game.

Roumeliotis ended up getting it all in with Q T and Fleyshman called with A 8. After a dry board Fleyshman was through.

Fleyshman: 418,000

Noah Schwartz (175,000) vs. Bryn Kenney (73,000)

Bryn Kenney was severely short-stacked to start his heads-up match but he still got it in good against Noah Schwartz.

Kenney threw down with A K against Schwartz’ A 3 but against all odds hit a flush on the turn landing Kenney on the rail.

Schwartz will still have his work cut out for him in the next round, however, as he’s one of the shorter stacks.

Schwartz: 248,000

Joel Nordkvist (148,000) vs. Anatolii Ozhenilok (62,000)

Anatolii Ozhenilok was the shortest stack to enter play today with only 62,000 chips but he still found a way to beat Scandi Joel Nordkvist.

Ozhenilok got Nordkvist down to 65,000 chips and then snap-called a Q-5 shove with pocket kings.

The board gave nothing to Nordkvist and Ozhenilok is the only player from Belarus that will be featured in the next round.

Ozhenilok: 210,000

Average Stack
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WSOPE €10K Split Day 3: How They All Match Up

Can Brian Hastings stop Erik Seidel?
Can Brian Hastings stop Erik Seidel?

It’s Day 3 of the inaugural WSOPE €10K Split and after having played Nine-Handed on Day 1 and Six-Handed on Day 2 it’s time for some heads-up action. 

The remaining 16 players were just randomly drawn into heads-up matches and let’s just say there are some very intriguing matches.

Unlike a Shootout tournament, players are bringing the stacks they’ve accumulated throughout the tournament so there was a chance we would get some very mismatched matches.

Jack Effel officially did the draw five minutes ago and here’s how it all stacks up:

Brian Powell (484,000) vs. Matt Waxman (249,000)
Erik Seidel (375,000) vs. Brian Hastings (197,000)
Kent Lundmark (324,000) vs. Michael Mizrachi (240,000)
Roger Hairabedian (321,000) vs. Dmitry Motorov (217,000)
Jason Mercier (252,000) vs. Shawn Buchanan (208,000)
Alexander Roumeliotis (216,000) vs. Dan Fleyshman (215,000)
Noah Schwartz (175,000) vs. Bryn Kenney (73,000)
Joel Nordkvist (148,000) vs. Anatolii Ozhenilok (62,000)

There are obviously some great matches on display today but perhaps the most interesting are Erik Seidel vs. Brian Hastings, Jason Mercier vs. Shawn Buchanan and Noah Schwartz vs. Bryn Kenney.

Seidel had the second biggest stack of the night and considering the year he’s had, it’s safe to say no one wanted to draw him. Hastings is no slouch, however, and all that online heads-up experience will certainly be useful.

Jason Mercier and Shawn Buchanan are friends and Buchanan was joking around that Mercier was going to bust him on the bubble last night. It didn’t happen as Jon Aguiar hit the rail instead. One of them will be going home today, however.

Finally Noah Schwartz and Bryn Kenney are both online pros and Schwartz benefits from a serious chip advantage. We’ll see if Kenney can turn it around or if he’ll end up on the rail in short order.

Jack Effel just announced the shuffle up and deal so it’s time for the heads-up battles to begin. Updates are incoming.

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Event Name Event 5 - €10,400 No-Limit Hold'em Split Format
Date 12 October 2011
Final Day 15 October 2011
Buy In €10,400
Entrants 125
Prize Pool €1,200,000
First Prize €336,008

Dan Fleyshman
wins
€54,810

Event 5 - €10,400 No-Limit Hold'em Split Format

Top Money Finishers Prize
5. Dan Fleyshman €54,810
6. Brian Powell €54,810
7. Anatolii Ozhenilok €54,810
8. Brian Hastings €54,810
9. Jason Mercier €26,831
10. Dmitry Motorov €26,831
11. Matt Waxman €26,831
12. Erik Seidel €26,831
13. Alexander Roumeliotis €26,831
14. Joel Nordkvist €26,831