The first 888live Main Event of 2016 sent Frenchman Eliot Hirn home €8,610 richer after two days of intense action in Austria. A three-way deal resulted after Hirn, Ivan Mairhofer (Italy), and Michael Hill (Austria) outlasted a field of 127 entrants that tried their luck after ponying up the $400 buy-in.
On day two, 67 players were still alive and Alex Torelli was leading with 138,000 in chips. Hirn was a close second with 116,000. Torelli would eventually go home just as the final table was set.
The 888poker pros still participating on day two, Sofia Lövgren and Dominik Nitsche, went away in 46th and 36th places, respectively.
“The atmosphere is awesome here, people are so friendly and I have to admit that I got unused to playing with German speaking poker players, but it’s nice and I wish there were more tournaments here,” Nitsche said at the event.
Germany’s Florian Hoffmann bubbled the tournament.
Nine finalists played for three hours before the final trio decided to strike a deal. Mairhofer held the chip lead at the time and got the most money out of the three-way split. The three players left just €99 and the trophy up for grabs.
The champ got lucky on the final hand of the tournament. Hirn had a pocket pair (2♤, 2♡) and flopped a set (2♧, 7♡, 6♡, Q♢, 3♡) against Mairhofer’s J♢, J♧.
Final table results:
(Photo credit: 888live).
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