Hand #161: Adrian Mateos called 40,000 in the small blind with and Fares just checked with . The flop was and Mateos bet out 80,000. Fares re-raised to 250,000 and Mateos folded.
Hand #162: Fares called with in the small blind and El Asmar checked with . The whole board was , and both players checked down, and that was good enough for El Asmar to take down the pot.
Hand #163: Mateos got a walk in the big blind
Hand #164: El Asmar opened for 180,000 with on the button and Fares called from the big blind with . The flop gave El Asmar a full house as it came . El Asmar bet his full house for 180,000 and that was enough to make Fares fold.
Hand #165: We came to the hand with on the flop and Fares bet enough to make Mateos fold and take down the pot. He showed the
Hand #166: First to act was Fares, and he bet 160,000 with , and Mateos three-bet to 500,000 with . Fares eyed up Mateos' stack, but ended up folding.
Hand #167: Mateos limped with from the small blind and Fares checked . The flop came , Mateos bet and and Fares folded.
Hand #160: Fares made it 200,000 from the button holding . Adrian Mateos in the big blind with three-bet to 500,000. El Fares four-bet to 2.3 million and Mateos shoved all in. Fares called all in for 4,275,000.
The pot was 8,620,000 and that meant the tournament would either be heads up, or have new chip leader after the hand.
Fares was looking for an ace and would get exactly that: .
The ace in the window meant Fares was well in front. Mateos needed to hit a king or runner runner. He only had the kings left to hit after the hit the turn.
The on the river was a blank and Mateos handed over a big part of his stack.
Hand #153: Johnny Lodden found under the gun and made it 160,000. Commentators Joe Stapleton, James Hartigan and Daniel Negreanu knew what was coming, and predicted he would go with this hand whatever happened.
Muhyedine Fares in the small blind had and three-bet to 340,000. El Asmar tanked for a bit with in the big blind, but folded.
Lodden announced all in for 1,170,000 not much later. Fares called.
The flop came , devastating news for Lodden.
The on the turn and on the river didn't help, and Lodden exited in fourth place. Two years ago he finished third in this event for €467,000, this year he had to settle for €379,000.
Hand #148: Mateos made it 160,000 from the small blind with . Fares called with from the big blind. The flop came and Mateos bet 150,000. Fares folded.
Hand #149: Mateos raised to 160,000 with from the button. Fares in the small blind three-bet to 440,000 with . El Asmar had in the big blind and folded. Mateos followed suit and folded as well.
Hand #150: Mateos made it 160,000 with under the gun. El Asmar made it 440,000 with and everyone folded.
Hand #151: El Asmar with made it 180,000 to go. Mateos defended the big blind with . The flop came and Mateos check-folded to El Asmar's bet. The graphics displayed a bet of 585,000, but we're unsure that was in fact the size of the bet.
Hand #152: El Asmar folded ace-nine under the gun. Lodden found on the button and raised it up to 160,000. Mateos three-bet to 375,000 from the small blind with , and Lodden gave up.
Hand #139: El Asmar limped in from the small blind with only the showing. Lodden raised it up to 280,000 with from the big blind, El Asmar called. The flop came and El Asmar check-folded to Lodden's 200,000 bet. Lodden showed his hand.
Hand #140: Fares made it 260,000 under the gun and stole the blinds and antes. Lodden was one of the folders with , things were too expensive for his blood.
Hand #141: El Asmar made it 200,000 with under the gun. Mateos in the big blind found and three-bet to 500,000. Fares had but folded. El Asmar instantly called. The flop came and Mateos bet 375,000 into the 1,120,000 pot, and El Asmar folded after sighing for a bit.
Hand #142: Mateos with on the button made it 160,000. El Asmar called with in the big blind. The two checked the entire board of and the small pot went to El Asmar with his rivered pair of aces.
Hand #142: Mateos made it 160,000 with . Fares called with , El smar called with , Lodden did the same with .
The flop came and El Asmar checked. Lodden bet 290,000 and Mateos asked him how much he was playing. Mateos then raised it up to 740,000 and all players folded.