Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
The 2017 edition of the Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event is down to its final three tables. The 17 remaining players took just under twelve levels to be reached, and they are lead by Matthieu Vincendeau.
Vincendeau made the tournament his own in the final few levels of the night, culminating in him eliminating [Removed:44] in 19th place in the last hand of the night. He will certainly be buoyed by a vocal rail over the course of the final day.
We asked Vincendeau to describe the event to us and he replied simply: "It's my event!"
"I'm the player for this event! What can I say? The Winamax Poker Open is a week not just for the Main Event or the HIgh Roller, it's a week with friends and a week with fun.
"I think if you like poker, if you like life, you come here and have fun. That means you can play big poker!"
There is naturally a strong French contingent left, but the rest of the world are well represented with Jason Tompkins, Teunis Kooij and Lozano Manzanares all still in contention.
Today started with 231 players, and were led by Team Winamax Pro Bruno Lopes. Lopes's day got off to the worst possible start as he ran into the Aces of Romain Lewis in the very first hand on the feature table, and was forced to hand over his chips to his opponent.
The chip lead would go change hands through a number of players throughout the day, including Laurent Decauwert, Jean-Robert Autran and even Davidi Kitai.
As the day went on play got closer to the 125 players who were to make the money. The unfortunate bubble boy was Laurent Donfut, who got his stack in with two pair against the pocket fives of Keveen Zumelaga. However, Zumelaga hit running diamonds to make a flush and eliminate Donfut.
The pace of eliminations was rapid over the entire day, so the post-bubble bustout pace was not noticeably any quicker.
As the evening drew on, several Team Winamax Pros hit the rail including Day 1A chip leader Bruno Lopes. His pair of Aces was no good against his opponent's two pair, and Lopes was soon joined on the rail by Patrick Bruel, Aladin Reskallah, Ivan Deyra, Romain Lewis and Davidi Kitai, all of whom made the money.
With just a handful of eliminations needed, Vincendeau was moved to the feature table, and flexed his chip lead to end the day with 7,500,000 good enough for 94 big blinds tomorrow.
Stay tuned to PokerNews as we play down to a winner tomorrow. Cards are in the air from 12 p.m. local time.
Matthieu Vincendeau raised to 160,000 in the cutoff and [Removed:44] three-bet all in for 930,000 from the small blind. The big blind folded and Vincendeau made the call.
The board ran out and the final three tables were confirmed.
Peter Eichhardt moved all in for 1,220,000 from under the gun. Jason Tompkins announced call in the next position. The remaining players all folded and the cards were turned over.
The flop came giving Tompkins the lead but giving his Swedish opponent a flush draw. The turn was the and the river the meaning Tompkins' Aces held and Eichhardt was eliminated.
Before the last break the pace of bustouts seemed to ratchet up a notch, meaning that the tournament average soared. Players are now seated with an average stack of 2,500,000 with the big blind at 60,000.
This means that players can bide their time, especially with a maximum of only two and a half more levels of play tonight.
Just a reminder that the plan is to play down to 18 players or the conclusion of the level after the current one.
Stay tuned to PokerNews for all the updates live from the Citywest hotel, Dublin.
Players are going on their final break of the day. Just a reminder that the current plan is to play down to 18 players or the conclusion of Level 26 which is in two levels time.
Sebastien Zanolini raised to 110,000 and Laurent Decauwert three-bet to 380,000 in the small blind. Peter Eichhardt cold-called in the big blind and Zanolini called also.
The flop came . It checked to Zanolini who moved all in for 745,000.
Decauwert tanked and eventually had the clock called on him. He counted out the chips to make the call and slid them forward.
Eichhardt turned over , folding. "He has Ace-King," he said, pointing at Decauwert.
Zanolini showed and Decauwert hesitated. "I was good?" asked Eichhardt, watching as Decauwert showed .
The turn was the and the river the and Zanolini chipped up.