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For 16 of those starting 24 the dream ended abruptly within the seven hours of Day 4 but for the eight survivors there is a very realistic chance they will be walking away with €545,000 and the title of EPT Madird champion when the dust finally settles on final table day.

At the start of play all eyes were on the young Canadian Mike “Timex” McDonald and his quest to become the first player to win two EPT titles, something that has not happened in more than 80 Main Events so far. McDonald won his first title in 2008 when he won the EPT Dortmund Main Event and has since come very close to winning a second after finishing fifth at 2009 EPT Dortmund, 11th at 2009 EPT Barcelona,and third at the 2010 EPT Deauville. His quest would ultimately end in ninth place in this event. McDonald found himself all in with 10d-10c against the Ah-Kh of Andrei Stoenescu and when the board ran out a drama-filled Qc-10h-Jh-3h-4d McDonald busted out and the final table was set.

The final eight will be lead into battle by Ricardo Ibanez who will start the day with 3,216,000 chips. He is an unknown on the Hendon Mob database but he is guaranteed to have his first entry on there, at least €48,000, by the time this tournament comes to a conclusion. Second in chips is Fraser Macintyre on 2,473,00, the Scot looking to follow in fellow countryman David Vamplew's footsteps and bring an EPT trophy back to the Highlands.

The other players to make it to the finale include Frederik Jensen (2,144,000), the aforementioned Stoenescu (1,974,000) rapper, break dancer and graffiti artist Bruno “Kool Shen” Lopes (1,452,000), Partouche Poker Tour Main Event final tablist Ilan Boujenah (1,382,000), Jason Duval (963,000) and Frenchman Nicolas Levi (709,000).

Play resumes at 12:00 Central European Time and will continue until the champion has been crowned. Any one of these eight men could walk away with the honours; who will it be? Check back in tomorrow to find out!

EPT Madrid Final Table Seat Draw

Seat 1: Ricardo Ibanez : 3,216,000
Seat 2: Frederik Jensen : 2,144,000
Seat 3: Fraser Macintyre: 2,473,000
Seat 4: Bruno Lopes: 1,452,000
Seat 5: Andrei Stoenescu: 1,974,000
Seat 6: Ilan Boujenah: 1,382,000
Seat 7: Jason Duval: 963,000
Seat 8: Nicolas Levi: 709,000

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