When a relatively short day of poker came to a close yesterday in Cyprus, 18 players had become 6 and the final table was set. The players certainly managed to squeeze plenty of action into the short session, with plenty of big hands, surprise suck-out and the chip leader changing several times over the course of the day. The day ended with Ran Azor as the chip leader and Joseph El Khoury as the short stack, who finds himself in desperate need of a double up if he wants a shot at winning this tournament.
However, the biggest story of this final table is German pro Marvin Rettenmaier, who has an opportunity to become the first ever back-to-back WPT winner. He took home a score of over $1,000,000 when he won the WPT championship in May and will be looking to repeat that performance today in order to himself a spot in the poker history books. A good run of cards in some key spots helped him to secure his place at the final table, including the hand that knocked out Day 4 chip leader Erik Cajelais. Cajelais shoved with A6h, leading to a flip against the pocket deuces of Rettenmaier. A flop of 10h Jh 4 and a Q on the turn gave Rettenmaier 18 outs and a huge amount of hope. Unfortunately for the Canadian, a 3s on the river crushed Cajelais’ final table dreams, eliminating him in 7th place and leaving Rettenmaier with a healthy stack coming into Day 4.
Here are the chip counts for the final table:
|6||Joseph El Khoury||435,000|
The final table begins this afternoon and will continue until we have a winner. Will Azor hold on to his chip lead? Will Rettenmaier make poker history? All will be revealed as the 4th and final day of World Poker Tour Merit Cyprus Classic unfolds.
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