Alexander Kravchenko is out, one of the first to take the walk after the bubble was burst. The Team PokerStars Pro had shown remarkable durability to cling onto a short stack seemingly through two full days, but when push came to shove he pushed and shoved behind two red threes.

He was in real trouble against Ramin Henke’s two black queens and the board offered no unlikely salvation for the Russian. It’s another small cash for Kravchenko, but he seems to be running into form again as the EPT Grand Final, and then the World Series, approaches.

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Alex Kravchenko, pictured yesterday

I witnessed all this from close quarters, having taken a quick scoot around the post-bubble rubble in search of those notables wiping the dust and debris out of their eyes. On that list was the likes of the aforementioned Kravchenko, as well as the PokerStars players Tom McEvoy, Lex Veldhuis and Alex Fitzgerald. And the table draw had clearly been designed to save my shoe leather: they were all on the same table, with Veldhuis in the one seat, McEvoy in the four, Fitzgerald in the fifth and Kravchenko vacating the six seat. The young British player Asa Smith is also in that crowd, one of many tough tables remaining here is San Remo.

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