EPT Madrid Main Event Down to Final TableSunday, March 18th, 2012 by Ryan
The 2011 European Poker Tour Madrid Main Event featured some of the bigger names in poker, and it also drew in a solid prize pool as well. Going into the second to last day, there were 24 players who took their seats in hopes of making it into one of the final eight seats that would make it to the final table. The event was played at the Casino Gran Madrid, and Friday had some interesting hands, but the bubble boy ended up being one of the most well-known players remaining in the event actually. His elimination created one of the biggest stories of the tournament, as a poker pro by the name of Mike “Timex” McDonald found himself sent home in 9th place, and was officially the bubble boy of the event.
The final hand for McDonald was a heart breaker as he held pocket tens, and the flop came out with 10-J-Q, giving him three of a kind. Unfortunately the flop was just a bit better for his opponent, Andrei Stoenesu. Stoenesu turned over the AK of hearts to give himself the nut-straight. He also had a shot at a chance for a Royal Flush as well, which left McDonald in a spot where he needed a ton of help. Unfortunately for McDonald he was unable to pair the board to give himself the boat, and he was sent home in 9th place. He still got a nice pay day of €35,000, but still had to be quite disappointed from bowing out just a bit too early. There were two other big named poker pros who were sent home during the day just short of the final table, as Tristan Clemencon was sent home in 11th, and Taylor Paur was sent home in 13th (by McDonald).
This sets up an incredibly interesting final table that really could feature any of the remaining eight players as the eventual winner. Ricardo Ibanez is currently the chip leader with 3,216,000 chips. It’s all pretty close though, and probably the most well-known player left standing currently is Nicolas Levi who is sitting as the short stack at the table. The event’s eventually winner will take home a nice grand prize for their efforts, and even Levi is without a major live tournament win under his belt. He has just over 20 big blinds left, and while he has made over $1.6 million in his career, he has yet to pull out the big win.
The following are the remaining players left in the event (in order of chip stack):
Ricardo Ibanez: 3,216,000 Fraser Macintyre: 2,473,000 Frederik Jensen: 2,144,000 Andrei Stoenesu: 1,974,000 Bruno Lopes: 1,452,000 Ilan Boujenah: 1,382,000 Jason Duval: 963,000 Nicolas Levin: 709,000
The next level of action for the event will be Level 25, which features 15,000/30,000 chip blinds, as well as a 4k chip ante. The final table will resume at noon local time on Saturday, and this will definitely be an entertaining finish for these players, all of which will have work to do if they want to take down the championship win at the Main Event of the European Poker Tour Madrid event.