The final four has been reduced to two and it's American superstar Michael Mizrachi and Canadian tournament crusher Shawn Buchanan in the finals.
Mizrachi is looking for his second bracelet, and Buchanan his first, as the two prepare to do battle in roughly 30 minutes time.
Each of these players fought their way through two days of tournament poker, and a bracket of 16 heads-up players, to get here, and with €336,008 on the line for first neither of them will be giving up without a fight.
Here are the chip counts going into the heads-up final:
Michael Mizrachi - 2,397,000
Shawn Buchanan - 1,359,000
Read on for details on the two matches that just ended.
Mizrachi Over Hairabedian
Frenchmen Roger Hairabedian is out in third place, good for €112,092. Hairabedian fought a tough fight, and although the match went on for a handful of levels, it was decided quickly in two big hands.
The pair were near even in chips when Mizrachi flopped bottom set on a K♣ 9♣ 3♣ board. The board finished out 5♦ 2♦ and Grinder got in bets on all three streets.
Hairabedian had K♦ 5♥ and called him down all the way.
Shortly after, Mizrachi opened from the button and got a call before seeing the flop come J-8-5 with two spades. Hairabedian donk-bet the flop, got a call, and the 4♦ hit the turn.
Hairabedian fired again but this time Mizrachi raised. Hairabedian fired right back with an all-in and was snap-called by Grinder.
6♥ 7♣ was the nuts for Mizrachi and Hairabedian would need to boat up on the river with 5♣ 5♥. Fifth street was a trey and just like that Mizrachi is on the precipice of bracelet number two.
Buchanan Over Schwartz
Noah Schwartz is out in fourth, good for the same €112,092 that went to Roger Hairabedian, and Shawn Buchanan is through to the finals.
Ending signifiantly earlier than the match described above, Buchanan was able to dispatch his opponent handily with a powerful one-two punch.
The first blow came when Buchanan three-bet out of position and saw a 9♣ 9♥ 8♣ flop. Buchanan bet, got called, and watched the 7♣ hit the felt. After Buch checked, Schwartz took the lead with a bet of 88k.
The Canuck called and the 5♠ hit the river.
Buchanan checked again and Schwartz fired 230,000, roughly half his stack. Buchanan took his time but eventually made the call, tabling 9♥ T♥ after Schwartz fired his hand into the muck.
Schwartz wasted no time three-bet shoving his remaining chips in when he picked up A-5 off-suit. Buchanan was right there with pocket kings and they held up to end the match.
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