Hand #51: On the button, Mats Karlsson raised to 130,000 with . Dmitry Yurasov three-bet to 400,000 out of the small blind, holding . Karlsson came along with the call.
The once again paired a worse kicker at this final table, and Karlsson took the lead. Yurasov checked his option, Karlsson bet 350,000, and Yurasov folded.
Hand #52: Dmitry Yurasov made it 130,000 to go with on the button. Mats Karlsson defended his big blind with .
The flop missed both players. Karlsson check-called an 110,000 bet from Yurasov with the best hand. Karlsson checked the on the turn, Yurasov fired a second barrel of 260,000, which got him rid of the Swede.
Hand #53: Mats Karlsson raised to 200,000 with in the small blind. Dmitry Yurasov found in the big blind, but just elected to call.
Karlsson became a 3:1 favorite on the flop and checked, Yurasov checked behind. The on the turn completed the straight for Karlsson, but he opted to check again. Yurasov bet 210,000 and Karlsson simply called.
The on the river paired the board and both players quickly checked. Karlsson showed his straight and Yurasov flung his hand in the muck.
Hand #54: Mats Karlsson made it 130,000 on the button with . Aliaksei Boika defended out of the big blind.
The flop gave Boika top pair and both players checked. The on the turn got checked as well. On the river, Boika bet 360,000, but didn't get value from Karlsson.
They three remaining players now have 27 levels of play under the belt. They enjoy the second 20-minute break of the day.
After level 27 only three players are still in the hunt for that penultimate EPT trophy and the first prize of €355,700.
Short stacks Peter Ockenden and Elie Saad shoved all in a couple of times in this level and eventually it ended up in both being eliminated.
Ockenden was sent to to the rail in fifth place when he got it all in with against Mats Karlsson's on a flop. The Swede paired his ten on the turn and increased his chiplead.
Ockenden banked €104,340 for his fifth place. Not a bad payday if you take in account that he qualified online via PokerStars.com for only €27.
Saad was gone not much later. He got it in with king-jack against Aliaksei Boika's tens. The Lebanese did spike a king on the flop but Boika rivered a ten to knock Saad out.
He takes home €141,780 for his accomplishment in this EPT13 Malta Main Event.
Boika almost scored another bust out with pocket tens. His friend and short stack Dmitry Yurasov shoved into his pocket pair, whilst holding king-ten. However, Yurasov flopped a king and is still in the hunt for this EPT title.
The Russian still has the least chips of the three remaining players. Boika is in second but way behind chipleader Karlsson.
Hand #55: Aliaksei Boika started the level with a raise to 220,000 holding in the small blind. Mats Karlsson called with . The flop was and Boika continued for 200,000. Karlsson called with his straight draw and got an even better straight draw with the on the turn.
Boika still comfortably bet his aces, making it 575,000. Karlsson went in the tank for several minutes and asked how much Boika had behind, which was a little more than 1,8 million, before calling.
It wasn't Karlsson but Boika who improved with the on the river. He made a small bet of 575,000 but Karlsson didn't take the bait.
Hand #56: Dmitry Yurasov got a walk with .
Hand #57: Mats Karlsson opened on the button. He made it 200,000 and took it down.
Hand #58: From the small blind, Aliaksei Boika completed with and Mats Karlsson checked his option with . The flop was and Boika bet 100,000 and got called.
The turn was the and Boika fired again, this time for 250,000 and Karlsson called to see the on the river. Both players made a straight, with Boika holding the best one. He got some extra value after betting 550,000 and getting a call from Karlsson.
Hand #64: Dmitry Yurasov folded his button and from the small blind, Aliaksei Boika completed with . Mats Karlsson raised to 275,000 holding and Boika called.
The flop came and Boika checked to Karlsson. The Swede didn't slow down after his recent hits and fired 325,000. Boika made the call. The turn was the which gave Karlsson an open-ended straight draw. Boika only had ace-high and check-folded to a 710,000-bet.
Hand #65: Mats Karlsson raised his from the small blind and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #66: On the button, Mats Karlsson picked up and raised to 200,000. Aliaksei Boika defended his big blind with . Both paired up on the flop giving Karlsson the best hand with top pair.
When checked to him, he bet 350,000 and Boika called. The turn didn't change anything with the and Boika checked again. Karlsson charged Boika for 800,000 to see the river but the Belarusian folded.