EPT Baden: Bubble boy comes good

Frode Fragerli: chip leader

Norwegian Frode Fragerli was the nearly man in Monte Carlo when he bubbled in the EPT Grand Final event in March. His luck improved, though, when PokerStars stepped in to give him a package to the EPT here in Baden.

It looks as though he is putting that gift to good use. With the previous chip leaders - Jorryt van Hoof (TheCleaner11) and Christoph Haller - both taking big hits to their stacks, Frode, a professional player, has eased quitely into the chip lead with 56,000.

The remainder of the 85 players are evenly balanced. A mover could come late in the day, as happened last night with Russian Cherednichenko Rodion, who made a late charge up to more than 200,000 chips.

Several big scalps have been taken in the past hour. Team PokerStars' Katja Thater, from Germany, had been nursing a stack of about 8,000 for hours before being busted. Marcel Luske and PokerStars qualifier Richard Gryko are also standing on the wrong side of the rail, as are Hendon Mobster Ross Boatman and Mats Iremark, who won the EPT in Deauville in February.

Katja Thater
Simon Young
@MrSimonYoung in European Poker Tour