On the flop, Sergey Baburin checked over to Guillaume Darcourt. Darcourt fired a bet of 3,500, and Mattern raised to 7,200. Baburin folded, then Darcourt moved all in for around 10,000. Mattern quickly called with the . Darcourt held the .
The turn was the and river the . Mattern made a pair of fives, although he did hold the best of it when the money went in anyway. He eliminated Darcourt and moved to over 40,000 in chips.
Mattern has been one of the best performers year after year in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. In 2009, he took 23rd for £25,918, and then he bested that performance the following year with a 12th-place finish for £54,114. Those were the last two years the event was held in London.
When the event moved a bit south to Mattern's home country of France, the home court advantage must have ignited a bit of fire under Mattern as he went on to record his best-ever result in the WSOP Europe Main Event. That year he took 10th for €90,000, but it wasn't without a sick beat delivered by the eventual champion Elio Fox.
On Mattern's final hand, he got it all in three ways with Fox and Alexander Dovzhenko. Mattern had the , Fox the and Dovzhenko the . Fox had both covered.
A ten peeled on the flop as the board ran out to give Fox the win. As you can see, Mattern also turned a flush draw that didn't pan out.
If Mattern is able to work his way into the top 25 once again in this event and continue his success in bettering his finish each year, it should surely be considered as one of the best overall performances in one event by any player in poker history. He's done well to start off right here today, and we'll keep an eye on his progress throughout play.