Event #5: €10,400 No-Limit Hold'em (Split Format)
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First Round of Matches Completed

[user169806] • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The first round of heads up matches have been completed and we are down to just eight players in this €10,400 No Limit Hold'em Split format event.

The first player to lose his stack was Kent Lundmark, who first doubled up Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi up when the latter held kings to the 2010 EPT Barcelona champion's tens and he never recovered. Next out of the door were Bryn Kenny, Joel Nordkvist and Alexander Roumeliotis.

Erik Seidel turned up fashionably but never got going in his match against Brian Hastings and he became our 12th place finisher. He was joined on the rail by the current WPT Grand Prix de Paris champion Matt Waxman, Russian Dmitry Motorov and Jason Mercier who was going great in his match with Shawn Buchanan until the latter flopped three straights in about 25 hands to send the number one ranked tournament player in the world for an early bath.

The next round of matches starts at 2000 CET sharp, join us then for all the action, as it happens, here in picturesque Cannes.

Buchanan Flops His Way to The Quarterfinals

Jason Mercier and Shawn Buchanan
Jason Mercier and Shawn Buchanan

Jason Mercier has 50,000 when he shoved from the button with {A-Hearts} {5-Hearts}. Buchanan looked down at {J-Hearts} {9-Hearts}, and perhaps expecting to flop another straight with it, he made the call to put Mercier at risk.

Wouldn't you know it, the flop came {Q-Diamonds} {10-Hearts} {K-Spades}! #whenwillitend

The turn {4-Clubs} and river {7-Hearts} did nothing to help Mercier, and he could only shrug and congratulate Buchanan on victory. "Bucky" will take 460,000 chips with him into his match with Anatolii Ozhenilok.

Shawn Buchanan ca
Shawn Buchanan
ca 460,000 20,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us Out

Tagovi: Jason MercierShawn Buchanan

Buchanan: Flopping Straights For Fun

Shawn Buchanan - The king of the flops
Shawn Buchanan - The king of the flops

We reported earlier how Shawn Buchanan had doubled up after flopping a straight and he has just flopped another one.

Jason Mercier bet 16,000 and Buchanan called. The flop was {K-Hearts} {Q-Clubs} {10-Clubs} and Buchanan quickly checked followed by a Mercier check. The turn was the {10-Spades} and again Buchanan quickly checked and Mercier bet 13,000. Action back to Buchanan and he clicked it back to 26,000. Mercier questionned the bet amount before making the call. The river was the {2-Spades} and Buchanan bet 65,000 and Mercier folded.

Showdown

Buchanan{J-Hearts} {9-Diamonds}

Mercier was down to chip dust.

Shawn Buchanan ca
Shawn Buchanan
ca 440,000 3,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 40,000 -103,000

Tagovi: Jason MercierShawn Buchanan

Bucky Is Biting Away At Mercier

Shawn Buchanan has all of the momentum in is heads up encounter with Jason Mercier at the moment.

Mercier raised to 16,000 and Buchanan made the call. The flop was {10-Hearts} {7-Clubs} {2-Hearts} and Buchanan check-called a 13,000 Mercier bet. The turn was the {4-Diamonds} and once again Buchanan check-called a Mercier bet; this time for 28,000. The river was the {9-Hearts} and Buchanan bet around 80,000 and Mercier folded.

"I was going to ship," said Mercier.

Shawn Buchanan ca
Shawn Buchanan
ca 437,000 67,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 143,000 -67,000

Tagovi: Jason MercierShawn Buchanan

Dmitry Motorov Eliminated

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Dmitry Motorov: Busto
Dmitry Motorov: Busto

Dmitry Motorov had found himself short stack and had been moving all in at every opportunity against Roger Hairabedian. Just a couple of hands ago they chopped a pot when Motorov moved in with {A-Clubs}{4-Spades} and was up against {A-Spades}{5-Diamonds}, the board ran out {7-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{k-Diamonds} and the pot was split.

Motorov chose a baby king to move all win with shortly afterwards, {K-Hearts}{5-Clubs} to be precise and Hairabedian had a very easy call with {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. There was little drama on the {7-Spades}{a-Spades}{5-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} board and we are down to a single table here in the first round of heads up matches,

Roger Hairabedian fr
Roger Hairabedian
fr 518,000 238,000
Dmitry Motorov
Dmitry Motorov
Out

Tagovi: Roger HairabedianDmitry Motorov

Level:
19
Blinds:
4,000/8,000
Ante:
1,000

Buchanan Doubles Up

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Jason Mercier: Not a happy bunny
Jason Mercier: Not a happy bunny

It appeared that Jason Mercier had his fellow countryman Shawn Buchanan backed into a corner but the latter has just doubled up by running like Mericer usually does.

Buchanan raised to 12,000, Mercier three-bet to 40,000 and then instantly called when Buchanan moved all in on him for a total of 180,000.

Mercier{A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
Buchanan{K-Spades}{J-Diamonds}

The dealer put out the {9-Spades}{Q-Spades}{10-Clubs} flop onto the table, gifting Buchanan a straight and when the {10-Spades} landed on the turn Mercier held his cards over the muck. The meaningless {5-Diamonds} was our river card and Buchanan doubled up and took a commanding lead in the match and Mercier threw his cards into the muck.

Shawn Buchanan ca
Shawn Buchanan
ca 370,000 200,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 210,000 -80,000

Tagovi: Jason MercierShawn Buchanan

Brian Powell Ends Matt Waxman's Hopes of WSOP Gold

Brian Powell Still Our Chip Leader
Brian Powell Still Our Chip Leader

Brian Powell raised to 13,000 and Matt Waxman three-bet to 32,000. Powell motioned his hands in an all-in movement and Waxman sighed and disposed of his hand.

Then Brian Powell made it 12,000 to play and Matt Waxman moved all-in and Powell bit his hand off.

Showdown

Powell{K-Spades} {10-Diamonds}
Waxman{A-Diamonds} {2-Spades}

Brian Powell started the day as the chip leader, and he was going to need lady luck to help him dispose of Waxman and he found it on the flop.

Board: {Q-Clubs} {10-Hearts} {10-Spades} {J-Spades} {4-Diamonds}

Brian Powell us
Brian Powell
us 695,000 165,000
Matt Waxman us
Matt Waxman
us Out

Tagovi: Brian PowellMatt Waxman