This split format concept is a lot of fun.
Day One resolved the nine-handed dispute, Day Two ended the six-handed dispute and today we had the testosterone fuelled heads-up encounters. 16 players started and four remained after two rounds of action.
In the first round Anatolii Ozhenilok overcame a 2:1 chip deficit to defeat Joel Nordkvist and Brian Hastings overcame Erik Seidel! Yes the man can be beaten! The last encounter to be settled involved fellow countrymen Jason Mercier and Shawn Buchanan. The man nicknamed Bucky flopping straights an incredible three times during their encounter which he eventually progressed through.
With the dangerous Seidel and Mercier out of the way it became anyones contest in the second round. The first casualty was Hastings who was quite litrally ground-down by The Grinder Michael Mizrachi and Shawn Buchanan won his see-saw match with Ozhenilok. Then the biggest upset of the round came when Roger Hairabedian overturn a chip deficit to take out Brian Powell. This left one final match between Dan Fleyshman and Noah Schwartz. Schwartz was always in control but just could not eliminate Fleyshman who kept alive through a series of double ups. In the end Fleyshman found and Schwartz found and that is all she wrote.
We will be back for the final two rounds tomorrow at 17.00 (CET) so please join us.