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PokerStars European Poker Tour Tallinn -- Day 4

Arnaud Mattern Gets Chance to Make Poker History at EPT Tallinn

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Arnaud Mattern. Credit: Neil Stoddart and PokerStars.The biggest poker event Estonia has ever experienced is taking place at the Swissôtel in Tallinn, and it has reached boiling point. The €4,250 buy-in PokerStars European Poker Tour Tallinn now has its final eight and topping the chip leader board is PokerStars Team Pro player Arnaud Mattern.

Mattern took down EPT Prague in season 4 and ever since he has been a man on a mission, and that mission is to be the first person to win two EPT’s. Less about the money and more about pride and ambition, Mattern has competed in almost every, if not all, events on the Tour since his win, and although he came close the following season, in Poland, the Frenchman had to settle for fifth place.

Here are the final table players and their chip counts:

Arnaud Mattern (France) Team PokerStars Pro 3,720,000
Kevin Stani (Norway) PokerStars qualifier 2,586,000
Konstantin Bilyauer (Russia) 2,498,000
Mikko Jaatinen (Finland) 1,166,000
Steven van Zadelhoff (Netherlands) 805,000
Bassam Elnajjar (Lebanon) 744,000
Nicolo Calia (Italy) 637,000
Dmitry Vitkind (Russia) PokerStars qualifier 502,000

Day 4 was short but not pain-free as the rail was burdened with 17 more casualties. Some notable bust outs included Team PokerStars Pro Ivan Demidov in 22nd place for €10,000, Brit Javed Abrahams in 16th place for €12,000, Swede Johan Storakers in 15th place for €12,000, Perica Bukara who finished play on day 3 (and day 1B) as the chip leader had an unfortunate day and went out in 14th place for €14,000, and Finn Toni Ojala hit the rail in 12th place for €18,000.

Jonathan Weekes. Credit: Neil Stoddart and PokerStars.The final table bubble boy was UK PokerStars qualifier Jonathan Weekes. Weekes was chip leader going into day 3 of the event but fell off to fourth place going into day 4.

He would have been the sole Brit at the final table, but Arnaud Mattern ensured that would not be the case. In Weekes’ final hand, Mattern raised to 115,000 from the small blind and Weekes moved all in for 690,000.

Mattern called quickly and flipped over ASpade Suit QSpade Suit while Weekes revealed AHeart Suit 8Diamond Suit. The flop came down QDiamond Suit JSpade Suit 3Heart Suit putting Mattern in the lead. The turn was the 9Heart Suit meaning Weekes had to hit a 10 to double up, but the river was the 4Spade Suit and Weekes left in ninth place, €25,000 richer.

Here are the final payouts:

1. €400,000
2. €250,000
3. €160,000
4. €120,000
5. €80,000
6. €63,000
7. €47,000
8. €32,000

Stay with CardPlayer.com for all the action with the PokerStars blog feed and our daily recaps as we move into the ultimate stage of EPT Talinn and discover season 7’s first champion.

Photographs courtesy of Neil Stoddart and PokerStars.