EPT8 Copenhagen: Big names on the brink

ept-thumb-promo.jpgThe drive towards the money isn't treating some of the biggest names left in this field too kindly. Juha Helppi, who is currently sporting an Achilles tendon injury which necessitates crutches and a large plastic leg brace, has been on the wrong side of his last few pots and is down to 90,000. If he does bust before the money he's going to have the added ignominy of having strap on his leg support and hobble away from the table. The former Finnish national paintball captain damaged his leg playing tennis and was operated on a month ago, he has another month on the sticks so we've been told.

Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano started the day on 59,000 and had managed to wriggle his way up over 80,000 when he got his stack in against Robert Beer. Pagano held pocket kings, Beer pocket tens. The 6♠6♥T♠ flop sent the pot to Beer leaving Pagano with just a few big blinds to nurse. It's going to take some time to get stacked back up but if anyone can drive a micro stack through into the money from here it's Pagano.

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Online grinder Mickey Petersen

Sat on Helppi's left is Team PokerStars Online's Mickey Petersen who was down to 60,000 at last inspection, his right arm, perhaps unconsciously, protectively hooked around his short stack. At the next table along, former professional football player Jan Molby had doubled up to 120,000, then dropped down to less than 40,000 before doubling back up to 75,000 just moments ago.

None of the four are in fit health at the moment but should they make it through the bubble any of the four could assume the role of the comeback kid. We've seen Pagano do it more than once. We have 52 players remaining and 48 get paid. Continue to follow our live update feed here for chip counts, hands and payouts.

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour