We missed the precise preflop action but Alain Alezra was seated in the small blind and had a a couple of big towers of chips over the line and just about 80,000 behind. Stephen Chidwick was seated in the big blind and pushed all in, Alezra was committed and called.
Chidwick had by far the best hand with as Alezra tabled . The Frenchman was soon to get pretty lucky though as the flop gave him an open ender and the turn made him his straight: . The was not the nine Chidwick needed for a chop and the accomplished English player, who just last month finished third in both the Eureka Poker Tour Main Event (€92,500) and the EPT Prague Main Event (€378,000), had to forfeit 200,800 in chips.
Minutes later he would get lucky himself. Ihar Soika opened to 6,600 under the gun and Chidwick moved all in from the small blind for 40,600. Soika made the call holding and was well in front against Chidwick's . Chidwick would be the one hitting the overcard this time though, and he doubled up: .