Sadly, we don’t have good news from the Burlington. Sam Trickett and Florian Desgouttes have both left the tournament area. Here is what happened.
Sam started out slowly with an average stack that he managed to stabilize with a couple of good bets. First, during level 10 (blinds 500-1000, ante 50, avg stack 49K) Sam in the BB paid the pre-flop raise of the SB. Flop came A♣7♣A♥, both players checked, the turn was a 5♦ and the SB folded to Sam’s 5200 bet.
After a couple of unplayable hands, Sam in the SB took a small pot with a 7K bet on the river. The board was 3♦4KQ♦8. Then he lost a hand and mucked his cards at showdown – his opponent had K♥J♥ on a A882K board and they had both checked all the way to showdown. He had a 46K stack at the time and half an hour later when I came back to his table he was just leaving. He had pushed all-in for 37K from the button after the cutoff had raised to 4K pre-flop. Sam had pocket 4s vs the other player’s pocket Queens. The flop came QJ2.
Florian’s stack saw more upwards movements. He collected a lot of chips with pre-flop all-ins. One of those he did with AK offsuit from MP after the button had raised. Florian’s stack then reached it’s peak for the day – 87K. Shortly after at blinds 1K-2K our pro engaged in the following situation. UTG1 raised to 5500, UTG2 called and Florian moved all-in for 60K from the button. He had K♦J♦. UTG1 folded and UTG2 called. The flop came A♦Q♦2♣4♠5♥ and Florian’s opponent took the pot with pocket 2s. After this hand Florian was left with a 30K stack and moved all-in with A10 off-suit which is how he left the Main Event.
Meanwhile Christophe Benzimra is playing a PLO side event (a 2-day event with a €750+€75 buy-in).
Titan Poker qualifiers Stefano Monciotti from Italy, Lorna Lancaster from Canada and Will Smith from UK are still in the race though!
As for our pros, it’s time for some Chinese poker or an in-depth exploration of the famous Irish pub traditions.