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Walid Bou Habib Eliminated in 2nd Place (€475,000)

Homer • Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
Walid Bou Habib - 2nd place

Walid Bou Habib opened to 325,000, a standard raise but Remi Castaignon made it 1,025,000 in the big blind in a larger than expected three-bet.

"He's wanting to play for stacks here," said the commentary team.

Bou Habib thought for a couple of minutes, the Lebanese player hasn't ever really tank-folded many hands, if he's thinking about the hand then he's more likely to push his chips in the middle than the cards. Bou Habib then moved all in for 6,285,000 and immediately Castaignon asked for a count.

It was about a third of the Frenchman's remaining stack meaning that if he called and lost then the two would be almost exactly level. After a minute more, he quietly said, "Call."

Habib: {K-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Castaignon: {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts}

A fair few people were surprized to see these two hands but it was still a coin flip. The flop came {6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{5-Spades} giving both players a straight draw and now Bou Habib's salvation lied with either a king, eight or seven.

The turn was the {10-Clubs} - a swing and a miss for the short stack and he had just one card left to save his tournament life. The river came down and was flicked over by the dealer, it was the {A-Hearts}, close but not enough for Bou Habib who'll have to make do with a second place finish worth €475,000.

Player Chips Progress
Remi Castaignon fr
Remi Castaignon
fr 23,460,000 6,205,000
Walid Bou Habib lb
Walid Bou Habib
lb Busted

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