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2013 bwin World Poker Tour Prague Day 4: Belarusian Vasili Firsau Leads Final Table

Vasili Firsau

On Friday, the 2013 bwin World Poker Tour Prague Main Event continued as just 21 players from the starting field of 306 entries returned to the felt to play down to the final table of six. By the end of the day, Vasili Firsau managed to bag up the biggest stack of the final six with 2.491 million in chips.

This marked the second official WPT final table that Firsau would enter as the chip leader in the final three months of 2013. In October, the Belarusian entered the WPT Grand Prix de Paris final table as the chip leader before going on to finish runner-up to Mohsin Charania for $317,867.

WPT Prague Final Table

1Ognjen Sekularac1,275,000
2Vasili Firsau2,491,000
3Julian Thomas1,354,000
4Gintaras Simaitis666,000
5Valeri Savov934,000
6Andrey Shatilov2,427,000

The day began with Winamax pro Manuel Bevand filling the role of first casualty. Bevand found himself all in before the flop with the {5-Clubs}{5-Spades} and was racing with Ryan Spittles' {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}. Bevand lost his lead on the {Q-Clubs}{10-Spades}{2-Spades} flop, but the {A-Spades} on the turn did give him a flush draw despite providing Spittles with two pair. The {J-Diamonds} finished the board on the river, and suddenly the field was down to 20.

WPT Champions Club member Chanracy Khun fell in 18th place. His final hand began when he opened the button with a raise, Andrey Shatilov called out of the big blind, and the two took a diamond-filled flop of {Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. Shatilov checked, Khun fired a continuation bet of 24,000, and Shatilov slid out a check-raise to 56,000. Khun announced an all-in shove over the top, and Shatilov called.

Shatilov: {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}
Khun: {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}

The two red sevens hit the turn and river, giving each player a diamond flush, but allowing Shatilov to score the elimination as his was ace-high.

Govert Metaal was next to go when his {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} couldn't improve against Julian Thomas' {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} after a preflop all-in confrontation. Following Metaal out the door was Emil Mattsson, Carla Solinas, and World Series of Poker November Niner Marc-Etienne McLaughlin. At the 6,000/12,000/2,000 level, Daniel Laidlaw moved all in from the small blind for 235,000. McLaughlin called from the big blind for less, and the hands were tabled.

Laidlaw: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}
McLaughlin: {9-Spades}{9-Clubs}

McLaughlin held the lead with his bigger pair, but was suddenly looking to dodge a diamond after the flop came {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}. The {6-Clubs} on the turn changed nothing, but the {8-Clubs} on the river changed everything. McLaughlin fell, a victim of Laidlaw's set of eights, and had to settle for a 14th-place finish.

Spittles found an exit in 10th place at the hands of Roger Hairabedian, and Scott Augustine and Laidlaw followed him out of the door.

Finally, Hairabedian became the final table bubble boy when he saw an exit in seventh place. At 12,000/24,000/4,000, Valeri Savov opened to 48,000. A short-stacked Hairabedian moved all in for 148,000, and Gintaras Simaitis called. Savov moved all in over the top and Simaitis folded pocket eights face up. Savov showed the {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts} and was well ahead of Hairabedian's {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {2-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{10-Hearts}, and just like that Hairabedian was eliminated, sealing the official final table of six.

Play will conclude at 2 p.m. on Saturday, as the final six will return to the poker room for one final day of play. As always, PokerNews will have a full recap of the day's events as a new champion is crowned.

Data courtesy of the WPT Blog.

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