Pierre Neuville opened to 240,000 on the first hand back from break. Antonio Matias called, and they went off to an action flop.
, and Matias checked. When Neuville continued out with a bet of 315,000, Matias stuck in a check-raise to 815,000. After just a moment, Neuville announced that he was all in, and Matias instantly called. With the tournament title hanging in the balance, the cards were turned up.
(top pair and straight draw)
(bottom two pair)
The crowd pressed in around the table, elbowing for a sight line to catch what would be the final board cards of the day. Neuville needed some help to stay afloat, but the turn was a disastrous
. Matias and his posse were already in celebration mode as the dealer filled out the board with a useless
For Pierre Neuville, it was a remarkable effort that fell just one spot short. He gave it a fine run, but it was clear nobody was going to beat Antoino Matias on this day. For his work this week, Neuville will pocket €257,681.
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