The final table of the PokerStars.com EPT Madrid Main Event has been decided after the 24 players who made it through to Day 4 were whittled down to just eight. Amongst those 24 hopefuls were two British players in the shape of Ben Spraggons and Fraser Macintyre but when the curtain came down on proceedings and brought and end to the day only one of them, Macintyre, had managed to survive.
Spraggons' EPT dreams were shattered around 90-minutes into the start of the day when Jason Duval opened to 35,000 and Spraggons looked down to find staring back at him. Down to just 124,000 chips Spraggons three-bet all in but was in pretty bad shape when Duval instantly called with his . An ace-less board reading kept the queens in front and a disappointed Spraggons exited in 19th place for a score of €13,000.
When we wrote yesterday's article we somehow managed to completely miss Macintyre from it, despite the fact he ended the day with 717,000 chips! Of course we apologised and half-joked that maybe the poker gods would allow him to fly under the radar during the tournament and go on to reach the final table and beyond. Well there is no chance we will miss Macintyre today because he has reach the final table of EPT Madrid.
Not only has Macintyre reached the final table but when play resumes at 12:00 CET today he will be second in chips and has a very realistic chance of that massive €545,000 first place prize. He has already smashed his previous career-best score of €16,900 as he is guaranteed to walk away with at least €48,000 in this tournament but we get the feeling that unless he emulates his fellow Scot David Vamplew's EPT success he will leave the Spanish capital disappointed; much richer but disappointed nonetheless.
Macintrye played some great poker throughout the day but it was a large pot towards the end of the day that saw him fly up the chip counts. Ilan Boujenah opened the betting with a raise to 48,000 from under the gun and this raise was called in two spots before Duval three-bet to 142,000 from the small blind. Only Macintyre called, from the button, and the pair shared a flop. Duval lead out for 114,000 and Macintyre called. The turn saw Duval continue his aggression with a 190,000 bet but the Scot was going nowhere and he called. The river was the and Duval fired a third bullet, making it 285,000 to play but after a few moments Macintyre called and showed which was enough to beat the of Duval.
That pot saw Macintyre's stack swell to 2,650,000 and left Duval with 910,000 which is not far from where they both ended the day.
The man they have to catch is Ricardo Ibanez who has 3,216,000 chips but any one of the talented final table members could walk away with the title of EPT Madrid champion. The aforementioned players will be joined by Frederik Jensen (2,144,000), Andrei Stoenescu (1,974,000), Bruno Lopes (1,452,000) and Nicolas Levi (709,000).
Play resumes at midday and will continue until a winner has been decided. You can follow all of the action over on our fantastic live reporting pages and we will have a recap of the action here on UK & Ireland PokerNews in the morning. Good luck to everyone involved, especially Macintyre. Not that we are in anyway biased of course!
EPT Madrid Final Table Seat Draw
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