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2011 PokerStars.com EPT Prague Day 4: Finger Leads Final Table

Martin Finger

Day 4 of the 2011 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Prague Main Event concluded on Friday and the official final table was set. Martin Finger leads the way with 5.8 million in chips. He's closely trailed by Nicolas Levi with 5.69 million.

When the day began, 31 players remained. The first player eliminated on the day was Sharon Volfer. That elimination was followed by the busting of Team PokerStars Pro Juan Manuel Pastor in 30th place. The other Team Pro still remaining, Jude Ainsworth, ran all the way down to the final two tables before he fell in 14th place.

Ainsworth's demise came in two back-to-back hands that saw him first lose chips to Andreas Wiese and then get eliminated by Patrick Renkers.

On the first hand, action folded to Ainsworth in the small blind and he put in a min-raise to 60,000. Wiese, in the big blind, three-bet to 155,000. After some time tanking, Ainsworth four-bet to what looked to be 255,000. Wiese quickly stuck all of his money in and Ainsworth snap-folded. That left Ainsworth with under 700,000 in chips before losing the rest on the very next hand.

From the button, Ainsworth raised to 62,000 with 624,000 behind. Renkers was in the big blind and three-bet to 135,000. Ainsworth studied the situation and just called, opting to see a flop in position with 551,000 behind.

The pot stood at 313,000 and the flop fell {6-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{4-Clubs}. Renkers tossed out a bet of 145,000. Ainsworth didn't take too long before raising all-in for 551,000. Renkers snapped and tabled the {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}. Ainsworth held {A-Clubs}{6-Hearts} for top pair.

Ainsworth was behind the overpair for Renkers and stayed behind after the turn brought the {8-Hearts}. He was looking for a lucky six on the river, or an ace. He could also chop the pot if a seven fell. The {Q-Spades} peeled off and that wasn't what Ainsworth needed. He sent over his chips to Renkers, who assumed the chip lead once again with that pot.

Other notables falling short of the final table included former EPT champion Mike McDonald (27th), Australia's Jason Gray (19th) and young British superstar Chris Moorman (15th).

Start-of-the-day chip leader, Renkers was the final elimination of the day. His ninth-place finish solidified an official final table appearance for the other eight players at EPT Prague and sent everyone home from the day.

Guillem Usero raised to 105,000 in early position, and Finger flatted from two seats over. Next however, Renkers squeezed in a reraise to 185,000, and that folded Usero out of the way. Finger wasn't going anywhere, though, and he shoved all-in over the top. The call came instantly, and the two men were very close in chips as they turned over their coin flip.

Finger: {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}
Renkers: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}

Finger grabbed the lead as the dealer gave him a friendly {A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop, and Renkers would not be able to catch back up. The turn {J-Diamonds} and river {A-Spades} completed the board, and the Dutchman could not find any love from the ladies.

Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerChips
1Mads Wissing420,000
2Guillem Usero1,405,000
3Nicolas Levi5,690,000
4Martin Finger5,800,000
5Andreas Wiese1,615,000
6Ari Engel1,670,000
7Denys Drobyna1,180,000
8Danyel "David" Boyaciyan3,770,000

The final table will commence Saturday at 1200 CET (0300 PST). It's going to be a great day of action with €775,000 up for grabs in first-place prize money. We know you want to find out who will be walking away with the title, so be sure to join us right back here at PokerNews for all the action.

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