Main Event

Event Info

Players 181

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 10,000
Main Event
Day 5 Completed

Congratulations to Andreas Krause, Full Tilt Poker Merit Cyprus Classic Champion! ($415,780)

Andreas Krause wins!
Andreas Krause wins!

A field of 181 players entered this year's Full Tilt Poker Merit Cyprus Classic. After six intense days of poker, all of the chips are stacked in front of just one man. That man, Andreas Krause, has just knocked out Mathieu Clavet, sealing the deal and capturing the title of Champion here in Cyprus.

Krause bested some of the best names in poker these last few days, coming out on top against some serious competition. Among the many amateurs in the field were a number of big-name pros, including David Benyamine, Tommy Vedes, Sorel Mizzi, Carter Phillips, and November Niners Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, John Dolan, John Racener, and Filippo Candio.

The battle was hard fought today as well, with fierce action throughout. Krause came into the day fourth in chips and certainly played with one goal in mind; winning the tournament. He built up his stack, he was on the short stack, and when the dust settled at the end of the day, he was the only man left standing with chips.

For his efforts this week, Andreas Krause will take home $415,780!

For all of us here in Cyprus from PokerNews, we thank you for following along and hope you get a chance to check out our coverage from the next stop!

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Mathieu Clavet Eliminated in 2nd Place ($285,850)

Mathieu Clavet - 2nd Place
Mathieu Clavet - 2nd Place

Once again, a flurry of preflop raises led to the cards being on their backs and a chance for Andreas Krause to win the tournament.

Krause: {5-Clubs}{5-Spades}
Clavet: {A-Clubs}{7-Spades}

The {Q-Spades}{3-Spades}{3-Clubs} flop kept Krause's pair in the lead. When the {3-Diamonds} hit the turn, Clavet's supporters were vehemently calling for an ace or the last three in the deck, but it was the {4-Diamonds} that fell and clinched the hand for Krause.

Mathieu Clavet's impressive run has come to an end with a runner-up finish for $285,850.

Tags: Andreas KrauseMathieu Clavet

Krause's Turn To Double


Once again, all of a sudden everyone jumped to their feet as all the money was in the middle between Andreas Krause and Mathieu Clavet on the flop of {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}. Clavet held the {A-Clubs}{9-} and Krause the {6-}{5-}.

The turn brought the {K-Clubs} to give Clavet some more outs to a flush and then the river completed the board with the {3-Spades}. Krause doubled up to about 4.5 million in chips.

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Mathieu Clavet Doubles Through Andreas Krause


After a series of raises preflop, Mathieu Clavet was all in for 1,650,000 with {A-Diamonds}{5-Spades} against Andreas Krause's {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}

The flop came down {Q-Hearts}{9-Spades}{3-Hearts}, providing little help to Clavet. The {9-Hearts} turn kept Krause ahead, but the {A-Clubs} peeled off on the river as Clavet's cheering section erupted.

Clavet is now the chip leader with 3,320,000.

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Krause Extends His Lead


Andreas Krause raised to 160,000 on the button and Mathieu Clavet called from the big blind.

The flop came down {K-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{2-Hearts} and Clavet checked to Krause who bet 300,000. Clavet called and the turn came the {5-Spades}. Both players checked and the {2-Clubs} popped off on the river. Clavet checked and Krause fired 450,000 on the river, getting a quick call from Clavet.

Krause tabled {K-Spades}{3-Clubs} for kings up, good enough to win the pot and move to about 4.4 million.

Tags: Andreas KrauseMathieu Clavet

Play Resumes


The cards are back in the air and the money is on the table for the final two to admire. Pressure's on boys, who wants it more?

Also of note is that now that play is heads up, the blind levels will only be 30 minutes in length.

Short Break


The players are taking a short break while we wait for the money to be brought to the table.