Balazs Botond came in with a healthy raise to 150,000, leaving himself just about 60,000 behind. Adrian Marin made the call, and it was heads up to the flop.
It came out , and Marin led out with a covering bet of 74,000. Botond smirked and shook his head, pausing for at least a minute as he clearly did not want to commit himself to this hand. Finally, and reluctantly, he splashed in his few remaining chips, all in for his tournament life.
Marin turned over for king-high, and he was in the lead, poised to eliminate Botond and his . He wasn't in the worst of shape with two live cards, but the turn and river went brick-brick with the and respectively.
With that, Balazs Botond becomes our 8th-place finisher, earning himself nearly €35,000. Not too shabby.
Benny Spindler started the action with an early-position raise to 52,000, and Eoghan O'Dea made the smooth call in the cutoff seat. From the small blind, Hichem Ben Halima announced a re-raise, and he chose 252,000.
Spindler looked to be mulling over a tough decision, and he asked for an estimate of his two opponents' remaining stack sizes. Eventually, he elected to release his hand, while O'Dea made one more raise -- all in for a total of 648,000. Ben Halima made the call with a similar stack, putting a monster pot up for grabs.
With the spectators pressing in around the rail, the dealer ran out the board: . The kings hold for O'Dea, and he has earned himself a big double up. That moves him to 1,408,000, and it cripples Ben Halima all the way down around 100,000.
Ludovic Lacay raised it up to 44,000 from middle position, and Adrian Marin made the smooth call a few seats over. Action passed around to the big blind where Julien Arneodo cut out the call from his stack before sticking in a re-raise to 144,000 straight.
Lacay folded rather quickly, and Marin would eventually let his hand go as well, sending more than 100,000 over to Arneodo.
Hichem Ben Halima raised to 52,000, Benny Spindler thought for ages before folding. Patrick Meurisse immediately moved all-in and the action was passed back around to the original raiser who quickly called.
Meurisse doubles to about 350,000. Ben Halima drops to 650,000.
We've moved over to the Epicurien Bar into their small ballroom where the final table is set up under the bright lights. After some brief introductions from T.D. Matt Savage, the dealer was given the command, the final table is underway!