Negreanu poised for memorable EPT final in Vienna
After a long day at the baize in Vienna the European Poker Tour is poised to host one of its most dramatic final tables.
Never before has a Team PokerStars Pro won an EPT on European soil, and never before has the name Daniel Negreanu been so close to adding tour silverware to his long list of achievements, returning to the final table as chip leader with 5,070,000.
Chip leader Daniel Negreanu
But that all changed this week with a performance characteristic of a man on course not only for a Triple Crown, making him one of only three players in the world able to claim WPT, WSOP and WPT titles, but one poised to head back to the top of the All Time Money List.
The tournament record of Daniel Negreanu is too long and too distinguished to list here. Suffice to say that it is unrivalled among those who will return to the Kursalon tomorrow, his career earnings amounting to more than ten times that won in live poker by the rest of following line up combined.
Seat 1. Luca Cainelli, Italy, 1,935,000
Seat 2. Daniel Negreanu, Canada, Team PokerStars Pro, 5,070,000
Seat 3. Matthias Lotze, Germany, PokerStars qualifier, 1,210,000
Seat 4. Andreas Wiese, Germany, 730,000
Seat 5. Martin Hruby, Czech Republic, Team PokerStars Pro, 975,000
Seat 6. Konstantinos Nanos, Greece, PokerStars qualifier, 3,635,000
Seat 7. Michael Eiler, Germany, PokerStars qualifier, 2,160,000
Seat 8. Bruno Launais, France, 1,785,000
Negreanu's lead is a formidable one. Yet there remains at least two thorns in the side of Kid Poker's EPT ambitions, in the form of Greek PokerStars qualifier Konstantinos Nanos who finished on 3,635,000, and young German player Michael Eiler, who bagged up 2,160,000 at the close.
Konstantinos Nanos is only the fourth Greek player to reach an EPT final, and led coming back this afternoon. He spent an anonymous day on the outer table, but while he may have been out of shot of the EPT Live cameras, he was never out of mind, amassing a useful stack.
Eiler meanwhile has proved himself to be a gifted player; often appearing the likely heir to Negreanu should the Canadian have stumbled. Negreanu knows this all too well, the pair scrapping on more than one occasion, and it's the prospect of more of that which makes the finale of EPT Vienna one to relish.
The Kursalon in Vienna's Stadtpark
Negreanu is not the only Team PokerStars Pro on course for a first EPT title. Czech Pro Martin Hruby will certainly not be swayed in scuppering Negreanu's plans. He returns with 975,000 chips. Needless to say the other finalists will harbour similar thoughts.
It promises everything you might want from an EPT final. Find out how the winners won and how the losers lost, including Kirill Zapletin's departure in ninth, at the links below.
The latest prize winners at EPT Vienna are detailed on our prize winners' page, and videos from today, including the odd bit of trick or treating, are all available on PokerStars.tv. You can also read the profiles of each finalist here.
Thanks to the video bloggers, Daniel Negreanu gives us his thoughts on the events of Day 4, the day he finished with a massive chip leader. Then our very own Rick Dacey presents the details ahead of tomorrow's final.
Our thanks to our foreign blogging colleagues, working in German, Dutch and Greek, a hard job considering not one of them speaks a word of either. A last thanks to photographer Neil Stoddart, who today used the last person to steal one of his photos as a tripod.
The feature table
While Negreanu is on course for records in Europe, new records have been set in Australia where Danny "Brotha D" Leaoasavaii has added an Australia-New Zealand Poker tour title to that won on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour. Read all about it.
Don't forget that the clocks go back an hour tonight, so play resumes at the later time of 12 noon, if you know what we mean. Until tomorrow then it's good night from Vienna.
Photography (c) Neil Stoddart.