Sunday mostly belonged to Paul Guichard. He will enter the final table as the chip leader with 5,955,000 in chips. He won a big pot off of Olivier Rogez, when he made the nut flush with on a board. Guichard took over the chip lead, and hardly looked back. He is followed closely by Vadzim Kursevich, who has impressively made his second EPT final table within a year (he finished third at EPT7 Berlin).
Luca Pagano came into play on Sunday as the chip leader but didn’t have things go his own way like they did on Day 4. He still made the final table, back in the pack in fifth with 2,010,000 in chips. We were lauding over Pagano after he made the money, his 20th in all. This is the Team PokerStars Pro’s seventh final table, yet another record extending bar set higher. We are running out of superlatives to describe his achievements on this tour. All he needs now is that elusive title, and then he can change his name to Mr. EPT.
The unfortunate player who finished in ninth place and will miss out on Monday’s festivities is Sergey Baburin. His journey came to an end when he got his chips in with on the turn of a board, only for Bruno Jais to call with . Baburin was drawing dead and the final table was set.
Kevin Vandersmissen, Marc Inizan, and Ignat Liviu were among the players who came into play on Sunday, but had their hopes dashed short of the final table.
Our British pair's hopes of becoming an EPT champion were completed shattered after four hours of play with both Chris Brammer and Rob Stain crashing out. Brammer had a torrid time at the tables and Olivier Rogez was the main beneficiary of his bad run.
First Rogez caused Brammer to shake his head in disbelief when the Frnehcman called a 175,000 bet on the flop and again on the turn before checking the river. Rogerz flipped over and Brammer mucked leaving himself with around 770,000 chips.
He lost even more chips when he raised from the cutoff with and Rogez called on the button with . Rogez then called a continuation bet on a flop reading and a second barrel on the turn. Both players checked the river and Rogez's flush took down the pot and Brammer was nearing the danger zone with 500,000 chips.
Brammer earned a brief reprieve and doubled up was his comeback hopes were dash soon after with a three-way all-in with Paul Guichard and Denis Cheremisin. Guichard opened from the hijack, Cheremisin three-bet all in from the button and Brammer followed suit in the small blind but both knew there were in trouble when Guichard instantly called all in.
The board ran out and as Guichard saw his stack swell to 5,000,000 both Cheremisin and Brammer was sent to the rail in 15thand 14th place respective. Brammer later wrote on his Facebook wall, "Gutted." I think that says it all.
This left Mr Stain as our sole British player in the field but he fell short in 13th place. He committed the last of his 440,000 chips with and Bruno Jais decided that was good enough to look him up with. His loose call was rewarded with a flop, but the turn put our hero back in front. However, the on the river was a hammer blow for Stain and he was busted out.
A top showing by the British boys and girls in this tournament but sadly none of them made it to the final table.T his is how the final table will line up on Monday afternoon.
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Play will begin at 1200 CET (0300 PST) on Monday. The minimum a player will take home is €67,200 for eighth, whereas the winner will take home €875,000. French gaming law states that no deals can be agreed between the players, so the life-changing jumps in the payouts will cause a few jangling nerves.