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Hauke Heseding Eliminated in 2nd Place (€221,800)

Hauke Heseding

Hauke Heseding opened to 325,000 from the button and Zimnan Ziyard made the call in the big blind to see a flop of {6-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{2-Clubs}. Ziyard checked and Heseding fired out another 325,000 which Ziyard quickly called.

The turn was the {A-Spades} and Ziyard checked a second time and Heseding barreled a second time, this time to the tune of 575,000 but again Ziyard made the call as the pot swelled over the 2 million mark.

The river was the {7-Spades} and Ziyard this time chose to lead out for 1,075,000. Heseding thought for a minute before he pushed all in for 3,755,000 and stood up out of his chair. The decision was all on Ziyard.

The Brit took several minutes, looking at his opponent declaring, "Top pair top kicker is no good here...I've got the nut card draw."

Ziyard pondered for several minutes before adding, "You've either got the flush or you don't...I call."

Heseding nodded his head and mucked his hand, Ziyard showing {A-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} for a backdoor two pair but because it was an all in situation the German was forced to show his bluff - {J-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}. Then, the most surprising of all things was that during the countdown it was found that Ziyard covered Heseding by 150,000 chips, less than one big blind. Ziyard had just won EPT Loutraki!

The two players embraced and Heseding maybe disappointed but he put on an amazing display here, coming back from nothing multiple times and making some huge courageous bluffs, hopefully the €221,800 he takes home for second place will provide some comfort.

Chip Counts
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