EPT8 Monaco: Playing 26 to the final table, €1,500,000 to be won

ept-thumb-promo.jpgSeat draw. Seat draw. Seat draw. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's the Day 4 seat draw. Cast your eyes over it and let the information sink into your ocular cavities. Those names and counts should dissolve in your aqueous humour giving you perfect recall of these final 26 players. From that opening salvo you'd be right to deduce that we're still feeling the effects of a lenghty day's play; eight 75-minute levels not quite being able to bust 130 players down to 24., but certainly enough to send everyone a bit left-field. Wisely the tournament staff decided to call it a night at the end of level 22. Chip leader Geert-Jan Potijk could barely count his chips, a shattered Dutchman bagging up 1,320,000 under the neon glare of the TV table. A Dutch blogger had to step in to help him verify his count like a nurse at a residential home leaning in with a cloth to wipe away tomato soup. That's Frank Op de Woerd for you; tender.

Today players will arrive rested (maybe) and ready (hopefully) to play down the final table (definitely, whether they like it or not). The curve round to the home straight, from twenty-four to eight, tends to be one of the shorter days on tour. Not so for the €25,000 High Roller participants - you can click through that link for coverage of that two-day event and through this one - click me here - for updates of the main event and chip counts. That kicks off today with the EPT Champion of Champions taking place on Tuesday. We just have the small matter of the The PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final to tie up first.


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Hopefully Geert Jan Potijk got a good night's sleep


(Table, seat, name, country, status, chips)
1 1 Ben Vinson, UK, 1,039,000
1 2 Jason Wheeler, USA, Skrill Online qualifier, 903,000
1 3 Dimitar Danchev, Bulgaria, PokerStars qualifier, 447,000
1 4 Amit Makhija, USA, 317,000
1 5 Vadzim Kursevich, Belarus, 546,000
1 6 Geert-Jan Potijk, Netherlands, PokerStars player, 1,320,000

2 1 Pratyush Buddiga, USA, 970,000
2 2 Rodrigo Dos Santos Caprioli, Brazil, PokerStars player, 525,000
2 3 Clayton Mozdzen, Canada, PokerStars qualifier, 571,000
2 4 Fady Kamar, Lebanon, 849,000
2 5 Vadzim Markushevski, Belarus, PokerStars qualifier, 922,000
2 6 Dan Abouaf, France, 448,000
2 7 Jesse Martin, USA, 438,000

3 1 Anatoly Gurtovoy, Russia, 945,000
3 2 Andoni Larrabe, Spain, PokerStars qualifier, 1,071,000
3 3 Andrew Pantling, Canada, 322,000
3 4 Lucille Cailly, France, PokerStars qualifier, 999,000
3 5 Sergio Castelluccio, Italy, 944,000
3 6 Georges Dib, Lebanon, 1,118,000

4 1 Daniel Gomez, Spain, PokerStars player, 332,000
4 2 John Andress, USA, 599,000
4 3 Tudor Grangure, Italy, PokerStars player, 828,000
4 4 Michael Dietrich, Canada, PokerStars qualifier, 719,000
4 5 Bernard Guigon, France, 1,212,000
4 6 Reza Mostafavi, Tabatabaei, St Kitts, 725,000
4 7 Mohsin Charania, Canada, PokerStars qualifier, 875,000

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour