Hand #25: Back from the break, Aliaksei Boika came in raising from first position. He made it 130,000 with and won the bigger blinds and antes.
Hand #26: From first position, Mats Karlsson raised it up to 130,000 with . Aliaksei Boika defended his big blind with a slightly bigger ace, .
The flop was checked through. Boika did pair his kicker on the turn. Boika checked to Karlsson and the Swede bet 250,000 and Boika laid down the best hand.
Hand #27: It was folded to Aliaksei Boika in the small blind and he completed with . From the big blind, Mats Karlsson raised to 225,000 with and took it down.
Hand #28: Dmitry Yurasov raised with and to his left, Elie Saad moved all in with for 890,000. It was folded back around to Yurasov and he folded as well. This was the first hand Elie Saad won today.
Hand #29: It was folded to Peter Ockenden in the small blind and he made it 145,000 to go with . Dmitry Yurasov defended his big blind with .
The flop was which gave Ockenden a pair of fours and Yurasov a gutshot straight draw. Both checked and saw the turn. That gave Yurasov a straight and when checked to him, he bet 175,000 and Ockenden called.
The came down on the river and Ockenden check-folded to a 425,000-bet.
Hand #30: Dmitry Yurasov raised to 150,000 with from the small blind. Elie Saad defended in the big blind.
The flop missed both players. Yurasov bet 90,000 and took it down.
Hand #31: In the cutoff, Peter Ockenden found and made it 140,000 to go. Elie Saad moved it with from the small blind, totaling 980,000. Ockenden quickly let it go.
Hand #32: Aliaskei Boika raised to 175,000 with in the small blind. Mats Karlsson held and defended his big blind.
The flop came and both players checked. The on the turn left Karlsson drawing dead. Boika bet 255,000 and Karlsson folded.
Hand #33: Aliaksei Boika raised to 130,000 with on the button. Peter Ockenden picked up in the big blind and moved all in. Boika considered it briefly but ended up folding.
Hand #34: Peter Ockenden completed in the small blind and Dmitry Yurasov checked his option with . Ockenden hit bottom pair on and checked. Yurasov bet 70,000 and Ockenden called.
The on the turn gave Yurasov suddenly 30% equity to win the hand. Ockenden checked, Yurasov bet 175,000, and Ockenden folded.
Hand #35: Aliaksei Boika raised to 130,000 with from under the gun. Mats Karlsson called with from the cutoff, Dmitry Yurasov called with out of the small blind and Elie Saad defended his big blind with .
Four players saw a flop of , which kept Karlsson in the lead. It was checked to the Swede, who bet 300,000. All the other players folded their hands.
Hand #40: From the cutoff, Mats Karlsson raised to 130,000 with and Peter Ockenden called with on the button.
The flop promised fireworks and Karlsson continued with 200,000. Ockenden raised to 550,000, Karlsson thought for the better part of a minute before moving all in. Ockenden removed his sunglasses, sighed, and called it off.
With 48% equity, Ockenden was racing for his tournament life in a 3 million chip pot.
The on the turn gave Karlsson a better top pair, and Ockenden needed an ace or nine on the river to stay alive. The river was neither, ending Ockenden's deep run in 5th place.
The PokerStars qualifier, who won his seat for the EPT Main Event for just €27, turned his small investment into €104,340, by far the biggest score of his poker career.
Hand #41: From the button, Dmitry Yurasov raised to 130,000 with and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #42: Aliaksei Boika completed the small blind with and Mats Karlsson checked his option, holding . The flop was and Boika checked to Karlsson. The Swede overbet the pot, sliding out 225,000 in chips. Boika thought about it for a moment but eventually folded.
Hand #43: When folded to him in the small blind, Mats Karlsson completed with after checking how much Dmitry Yurasov was playing. The Russian checked, holding and both hit a part of the flop.
Yurasov checked-called a 125,000-bet by Karlsson. The fell on the turn and Yurasov checked again. Chipleader Karlsson made it 400,000 to go. Yurasov thought about it for a minute and made the call.
Karlsson improved to two pair with the on the river. When checked to him he bet 600,000 and got paid by Yurasov who made the hero call and was wrong.
Hand #44: Aliaksei Boika picked up the blinds and antes with a raise to 130,000 while holding in first position.
Hand #45: Elie Saad shoved all in for 860,000 from the small blind with . Big blind Aliaksei Boika thought about it for a moment with but elected to fold.
Hand #50: Aliaksei Boika picked up on the button and raised to 150,000. In the big blind, Dmitry Yurasov had and he moved all in for 1,035,000 in total. Boika quickly called.
The two friends were all in and Yurasov was on the brink of elimination. However, the flop changed everything. Boika was down to one out to knock-out Yurasov.
The turn didn't change anything and neither did the river. Yurasov found his much-needed river. He is still the shortest stack of the three remaining players but has caught up with Boika. Mats Karlsson still has a commanding chiplead.