What a day this has been! It's the general concession that short-handed play goes at a faster rate, but to finish any bracelet event in less that four hours takes some doing. Philippe Boucher, from Quebec City tore through his opponents in enough time to allow himself 18 hours rest time before he sits down for the Main Event tomorrow. It actually took more than an hour and-half to lose one player and then it became a one-man show.
Every time time a player was all-in against Boucher they were shown the door. One-by-one he busted all of his opponents to storm to the title. Once he took over the chip lead he pounded his opponents, and when he needed luck, that lady was on his side.
Jack Ellwood was the first to go when he was unlucky to find inferior aces that stayed behind. Moments later he was followed by Jarred Solomon who got himself in a tricky spot and had to call all-in with a marginal hand because the math was right.
The next two to go were Alexander Dovzhenko and Nicolas Fierro. Dovzhenko will probably the least disappointed 4th place finisher in poker history as he came back for Day 2 with just 2,800 chips. He somehow managed to turn that into a €37,529 payday. Fierro will be more disappointed as he came into today as chip leader but nothing seemed to go right for him. We didn't see too many of his hands as he folded a lot post flop. When we did see a hand, his last, he had the goods but was counterfeited by the unstoppable Canadian force.
That left it heads-up and it wasn't long before Boucher had Michel Dattani on the ropes and all-in, and we know how that situation turned out.