|Blinds||80,000 / 160,000|
Freitez has started this four-handed final table with a huge no-showdown show of aggression. He's up around 2 million chips already, picking up, for example a button raise (255,000) picked up a quick pot, as did his subsequent three-bet with .
Probably the most interesting example of his brakes-off aggression with a twist of weird preflop flat-call of a three-bet came next though: Freitez raised with , three-bet out of position by Torsten Brinkmann in the blind (680,000). He called.
The flop: . This was interesting because Brinkmann held - the nut flush draw. Brinkmann led for 680,000, which Freitez raised to 1,500,000. Brinkmann called.
The turn: . Now Brinkmann checked and Freitez set his opponent all in. He passed.
Freitez is over 11,000,000 and firmly in control.
It folded around to Ivan Freitez in the small blind and he raised to 260,000 holding . Torsten Brinkmann called in the big blind - he didn't know, but we do, that he was dominating with .
Nevertheless they saw a flop and Freitez took it down with a 350,000 bet.
First hand back, chip leader Ivan Freitez raised to 250,000 under the gun - with . Everyone folded.
Hole card cameras are amazing.
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Brinkmann raised to 250,000 from the button and Juan Maceiras moved all in for 1.87 million in total from the big blind. Instant call.
The board never looked too kind to the Spaniard, coming menaing we're down to four players.
Andrey Danilyuk raised to 255,000 on the button and Tobias Brinkmann defended from the big blind.
Brinkmann and Danilyuk stared at each other intensely before the German bet out 235,000, Danilyuk made the call.
This made all the draws and Brinkmann fired a second time, 425,000 this time. Danilyuk thought again but this time gave it up.
We've lost the full complement of American players now, as Eugene Yanayt exits the final table winning a quarter of a million Euros after his strong performance throughout all five days in a poker discipline he's not usually known for (Triple Draw cash is his speciality).
Yanayt made a chunky three-bet shove preflop after Freitez opened. Freitez looked at the 2,000,000+ facing him and thought for a long time. Neither player moved a muscle for minutes, but when Freitez finally called they both stood up, Yanayt with a resigned expression and Freitez with a little more animation.
The board: (The cries of 'va-mo-va-mo-va-mo' growing louder with each card)
Out goes Yanayt to collect his considerable sixth place prize money.