The last break of the day is here. In 15 minutes, the players will return, free of 25 chips, and with one more one-hour level to play.
Alexey Rybin is no more, or at least not till he buys back in.
Rybin, last years winner here in Cyprus, got it in with on a -high board in a four bet pot. Unfortunately for Rybin, his opponent had , which left the Russian with two outs.
The two-outer wouldn't hit, and Rybin was sent to the rail with 75 minutes left for the day.
Dominik Nitsche was counting out $100 bills, but they weren't bills he won in some tournament or cash game, it were the bills he needed to re enter this very tournament.
Nitsche, still counting out the $4,000 he needed to re enter (rake free if you already entered on the same day), told us he opened with . He received two callers, Sam Trickett being one of then. Trickett wouldn't have a significant role in this bad beat story, it was the nine-seat that would cause Nitsche all of his trouble.
The with one club flop looked pretty good for Nitsche, and the German made a continuation bet with middle set. Trickett folded, the third involved player made the call.
The on the turn made Nitsche bet again. And guess what, his opponent called again as well.
The on the river completed the back door flush draw, and Nitsche pushed all in. His opponent called with , and Nitsche's ended up in the muck.
Done counting, Nitsche made his way to the registration desk, and bought right back in.
With a flop reading , Nicolas Chouity check called a 5,000 bet from the under the gun position. His next door neighbor, Aleksey Arakelov, was the one demanding the 5,000 payment to be made.
The fell on the turn, and Chouity checked once again. Arakelov, who finished third in the partypoker WPT National Kazakhstan ($28,130) back in May, bet out 8,000. Chouity thought for some time, and eventually moved all in for just under 30,000. Arakelov called immediately.
With the instant call behind him, Chouity all of the sudden wasn't so sure his was good anymore. He was in fact well in the lead though, Arakelov tabled a mere .
The hit the river, pairing up Arakelov for the second time.
We couldn't exactly hear what Chouity muttered, but it must have been something along the lines of "Why did you call?" Whatever Chouity said, Arakelov was pretty clear in his answer, shrugging "Why You Go All In?" repeatedly.
Aleksey Arakelov has a more then playable stack to work with now. Other big stacks in the room are Seref Anar, Ivan Sheptytskiy, and Igor Dubinsky.
Jack Salter opened to 1,150 from middle position, and the player on the button was the sole caller. Salter asked how much the player had to start the hand, and he nodded as the button indicated he had just under 20,000.
Salter followed up his pre flop aggression with a 1,100 bet on . The button called, and called the 3,275 bet Salter made on the -turn as well.
The river came the and Salter thought for a second, before pushing in a tower of 5,000 chips to put his opponent all in. The player on the button called almost instantaneously.
Salter showed , but that hand would soon hit the muck as the button tabled . Salter had to forfeit 13,300, and continued with a lot shallower stack.
With a flop, Mickey Petersen bet out 1,500. Frenchman Paul Tedeschi, seated two to Petersen's right, raised it up to 3,500. Petersen called.
The fell on the turn, and this is where things got interesting. Petersen checked, and Tedeschi tossed in two 5,000 chips while announcing how much he wanted to bet. Petersen though he heard 6,150, and double checked with both Tedeschi and the dealer. He then called, but now Tedeschi claimed it wasn't 6,150, but 6,750 - if we understood correctly.
The dealer didn't really know what to do, and called over the floor. The floor eventually ruled it was 6,150, and Tedeschi got 3,850 back. Tedeschi didn't put up much of a fight, and just saw a river appear: .
Petersen checked again, and Tedeschi now pushed all in for 14,150. Petersen tanked for a bit, before releasing his hand.
As we arrived on the table, Vyacheslav Stoyanov just check called a bet from his neighbor Paul Tedeschi on a flop of . Stoyanov, seated in the hijack, check called another 6,500 after the hit the turn. The on the river made both players check. Stoyanov showed his , and Tedeschi mucked after checking his cards one more time.
Dmitry Gromov just lost a pre flop all in with . His opponent had , and the dealer wasted no time dealing a board full of blanks: .
Gromov, who won the WPT Vienna back in 2011 (€447,840), still has a more than reasonable stack with just under 85,000 in chips.