Ben Middleton’s stack had started to slip down the rankings but he just won a decent size pot to arrest this decline and he did so without showdown, which is always helpful.
Raising it up with Ad Kd, it was none other than the irrepressible Artur Yarovoy who elected to put some pressure on, 3-betting with nothing but napkins – Js 2s. He’d timed this aggression poorly however as Middleton had the goods and jammed all-in for his 1.3 million stack.
A short pause to save face for Yarovoy but he was never calling and duly folded. The chips he lost in that hand mean Kilian Kramer has just snuck ahead of him to lead the final table.
Here’s how that hand has left the chip standings as we play through level 26.
Kilian Kramer – 3,001,000
Artur Yarovoy 2,913,000
Juraj Valasky 2,146,000
Ben Middleton 1,736,000
Johannes Hubalek 1,581,000
Marko Maher 1,281,000
Adem Marjanovic 566,000
Andrius Chmieliauskas 351,000