Loeser also scored his next knockout, with A Heart Suit 10 Spade Suit outperforming A Spade Suit 7 Diamond Suit from Pim Gieles. The board carried an ace and four other cards under ten, and Loeser’s superior shot sent Gieles onto the rails as a fourth place finisher ($ 118,980).
João Maureli started the final table as chip leader, but he was the shortest stack during the three-handed game. He ended up going all-in with A Spades Suit 4 Spades Suit and received a call from Smyth Q Spades Suit Q Club Suits. The board brought no help and Maureli broke down in third place ($ 174,510). Like Smyth, Maureli looks set to qualify for this event via a low buy-in satellite, reportedly winning his way into the tournament with just an initial investment of $ 22.
2013 World Series of Poker main event champion and 2017 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown winner Ryan Riess endured a wild ride at the final table this time, walking AK to pocket aces to drop below chip count before doubling twice to regain the right in the mix. By the time the next key hand appeared, Riess had less than ten large blinds.
With that Loeser took 65.6 million for the head-up play against Smyth’s 37.3 million. The two swapped advantages several times before Smyth was able to build on a proven 4: 1 lead. In the last hand Loeser pushed with 8 Diamond Suits 7 Diamond Suits for about 14 big blinds and Smyth called holding K Spades Suit 9 Heart Suits. Smyth made a pair of nines on the turn which left Loeser dead. The German earned $ 279,359 for the runner-up.