Adrian Mateos Leads WSOPE Main Event FT; Nitsche, Soulier, Spindler in Mix

Dominik Nitsche will be playing for his second career WSOP bracelet and $1.3 million on Friday afternoon. (Thomas Keeling photo)

Dominik Nitsche will be playing for his second career WSOP bracelet and $1.3 million on Friday afternoon. (Thomas Keeling photo)

It was a short day of poker Wednesday in the 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event, but the action that was squeezed into Day 4 was fast and intense throughout.

Adrian Mateos, who edged out Danny Steinberg to end Day 3 as the chipleader, has the top spot again going into the televised final table of six with 3,781,000. He’s followed by four poker heavyweights with Dominik Nitsche (2,354,000), Fabrice Soulier (1,871,000), Benny Spindler (1,748,000) and Ravi Raghavan (898,000) making up the heart of a tremendously talented group.

Jerome Huge is the short stack with 637,000, but even he has 31 big blinds going into Friday’s final table. They played all the way down to six players, rather than the official final table of eight in an effort to prevent a late night on Friday, but even that took very little time in the making.

After combining to a single table of nine, Steinberg was the shortest stack and ran 3 3 into Soulier’s K Q, with a Q 8 8 K 4 board sending Steinberg out in ninth. They took a dinner break after getting to eight, but soon after they resumed play Shannon Shorr and Mateos engaged in a massive pot, with Shorr five-betting all in.

Mateos snap-called with A A and Shorr’s K K were in massive trouble. That didn’t change at any point in the 8 6 3 2 8 runout, and while the massive pot was shipped to Mateos, Shorr made an earlier than expected exit in seventh.

Andrei Konopelko made a bold call on the river of an A J T 2 5 board with J 9, but was proven wrong as Mateos claimed another scalp after tabling A 2 for two-pair. Konopelko was out in seventh, and the six remaining players were sent off with a day of rest before the final table, as the High Roller final table will be occupying the TV stage in the theater on Thursday.

Sergio Aido (12th), Ognjen Sekularac (15th), Jeremy Ausmus (16th), Mark Teltscher (19th), Jordan Cristos (23rd) and Ludovic Lacay (24th) each fell short earlier in the day after making it to Day 4 of this tournament.

Play will resume at 2 pm local time (8 am ET) and it will be live-streamed with hole cards on a 30 minute delay. They’ll be playing for over $1.3 million and the WSOP Europe Main Event bracelet.

2013 WSOP Europe Main Event – Chip Counts – Final Six Players

  1. Adrian Mateos – 3,781,000
  2. Dominik Nitsche – 2,354,000
  3. Fabrice Soulier – 1,871,000
  4. Benny Spindler – 1,748,000
  5. Ravi Raghavan – 898,000
  6. Jerome Huge – 637,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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