Rodriguez heads EPT Madrid final table
Saturday, 17 March 2012
The final table has been set at PokerStars EPT Madrid with the unlikely figure of Spanish welder Ricardo Ibanez Rodriguez leading the way. The 34-year-old will start the final day with a stack of 3,216,00, around 700,000 ahead of closest rival, Scotland's Fraser Macintyre who has 2,473,000.
The final table will be a truly international affair with players from seven countries represented. Danish pro Frederick Jensen returns in third place followed by Romanian Andrei Stoenescu, Israeli Ilan Boujenah and French rapper turned very handy poker player Bruno 'Kool Shen' Lopes. Canadian online qualifier Jason Duval is next with London-based French professional Nicolas Levi rounding out the final table.
Mike 'Timex' McDonald, looking to become the first double EPT winner, was the unfortunate bubble boy, losing a flip with pockets tens against Stoenescu's Ace King.
The eight survivors are guaranteed at least €48,000 with the winner walking away with €545,000. The action resumes at 11am UK time on Saturday. Follow the action as it happens courtesy of a live stream at PokerStars.tv.
The final table seating arrangements and chip counts are as follows:
Seat 1: Ricardo Ibañez Rodriguez, Spain, 3,216,000
Seat 2, Frederik Jensen, Denmark, 2,144,000
Seat 3, Fraser Macintyre, UK, PokerStars qualifier, 2,473,000
Seat 4, Bruno "Kool Shen" Lopes, France, 1,452,000
Seat 5, Andrei Stoenescu, Romania, 1,974,000
Seat 6, Ilan Boujenah, Israel, 1,382,000
Seat 7, Jason Duval, Canada, PokerStars qualifier, 963,000
Seat 8, Nicolas Levi, France, 709,000
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