After four days of grueling poker at the Las Vegas Casino in Budapest, we reached the final table of the PokerStars.com EPT Hungarian Open. Ivo "The Chess Master" Donev bubbled off the final table in ninth place. He was seeking his first major tournament victory since winning a bracelet at the 2000 WSOP and it looks like he'll have to wait a little longer.
The EPT Budapest Final Table:
Seat 1: Marino Serenelli (Italy) - 357,000
Seat 2: Will Fry (UK) - 572,000
Seat 3: Ciprian Hrisca (Romania) - 1,038,000
Seat 4: Gino Alacqua (Italy) - 466,000
Seat 5: Martin Jacobson (Sweden) - 306,000
Seat 6: Albert Iversen (Denmark) - 1,017,000
Seat 7: Johnny Lodden (Norway) - 500,000
Seat 8: Zoltan Toth (Hungary) - 1,059,000
The eight remaining players will be slugging it out tomorrow for a first place prize of €595,839. All eyes will be on the young Norwegian pro Johnny Lodden, who made his first final table on the EPT despite numerous amount of cashes in EPT events over the last couple of years. Lodden is one of the most popular players on the tournament circuit. He's also among three Scandis at the final table, of which, Martin Jacobson (Sweden) and Albert Iversen (Denmark) both held the chip lead at different junctures in the tournament. Two veteran Italian players made the final table in Marino Serenelli and Gino Alacqua. The only British player left, the altruistic Will Fry, mentioned that he'll donate his winnings to charity. The last standing Romanian, Ciprian Hrisca, was the chipleader early on during Day 3 before he lost it to Zoltan Toth.
Zoltan Toth will be representing the host country since he's the only Hungarian to advance to the final table. Toth will begin the final table as the chipleader.
562 players bought into the first ever EPT event in Hungary. The total prize pool is €2,128,000 which makes it the largest ever tournament in the history of the country. 42 players advanced to Day 3. Here's a list of players who cashed on Day 3...
Donev raised to 48,000 and then called a reraise to 150,000 from Ciprian Hrisca. They saw a flop and Donev had announced all in before the cards had been spread out on the table -- just as swiftly, Ciprian called.
Thus in a bit of a cooler, Donev is out and we are down to our final eight.
Ciprian Hrisca raised under the gun, and Zoltan Toth attempted to limp in behind. He was told that this was not allowed, and had to call the 40,000. It turned out well for him, though, as his made top pair on the flop, and he called a bet from Hrisca, and then Hrisca called his bet on the turn. They checked the river and Hrisca could only boast pocket sevens. Toth is now our new chip leader on around 1,000,000.
Zoltan Toth called a minimum raise in the big blind to see a flop, which all three players checked. Come the on the turn, Toth bet 70,000, and Gino Alacqua called. Toth bet again on the frankly irrelevant river and Alacqua called again -- only to much surprise when Toth turned over for the nuts, putting him up to 875,000.