EPT10 Grand Final: Malte Monnig takes lead with 41 left in Main Event

The day's events in the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final lived up to the usual Day 3 standards of an EPT Main Event. Its three acts never fail to entertain, with the build up to that moment that the bubble bursts. Then the bubble itself, culminating in the tragic demise of one sacrificial goat, taking on the burdens of everyone else now comforted by at least a min-cash. Then the jostling for positions as big stacks get bigger and the small ones hang on for as long as possible.

Standing centre stage at the end of all that are tonight's chip leaders, the players who will try to convert that advantage into a place in the last two tables when play continues tomorrow. They are Malte Monnig, Eros Nastasi, Sebastian Von Topercazer and Mayu Roca.


Chip leader tonight Malte Monnig

Monnig is already guaranteed the largest payday of his live tournament career, but is proving a difficult newcomer to topple. As play inched into the last level the German, who won his seat in a 25,000 FPP VIP Bash, extended his lead, winning big pots and sending players to the rail. He bags up 1,150,000 tonight, the only player on more than a million chips.

Nastasi, Von Topercazer and Roca trail him but have clear water between themselves and the rest of the field, closing on 995,000, 966,000 and 946,000 respectively.


Sebastian Van Toperczar finished the day among the leaders

But while they may have coped best with what proved a volatile day, Monnig's lead is only temporary. Behind him is a chase pack easily capable of seizing the advantage.

Meanwhile the likes of Dani Stern and Scott Clements, both of whom featured in our coverage today, are among the chase pack, as are David Yan, Steven Silverman, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Mark Teltscher and Team PokerStars Pro David Williams. The list of notables returning tomorrow is below:

Malte Moennig -- 1,150,000
Eros Nastasi -- 995,000
Sebastian Von Toperczer -- 966,000
Mayu Roca -- 946,000
Scott Clements -- 797,000
Kenny Hicks -- 738,000
Ivan Soshnikov -- 631,000
Steven Silverman -- 605,000
Martins Seilis -- 599,000
David Yan -- 599,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy -- 572,000
Dani Stern -- 454,000
Christoph Vogelsang -- 410,000
Mark Teltscher -- 350,000


Ville Wahlbeck returns with 283,000

Ville Wahlbeck, Team PokerStars Pro -- 283,000
David Williams, Team PokerStars Pro -- 253,000


As does David Williams on 253,000

Sebastian Bredthauer -- 241,000
Antonio Buonano -- 211,000
Yulius Sepman -- 207,000
Jack Salter -- 97,000
David Cowling -- 83,000
Henri Kasper -- 60,000

While they will now leave the Salle des Etoile for a €30 burger and a good night's rest, others will rue their day of defeat and missed opportunity.

Railbound today were Dominik Panka, Andre Akkari and Rono Lo, each of whom went before the money bubble, which was burst by whom we believe to be our first ever Azerbaijani bubble boy.

Then, with money now guaranteed, the flood gates opened, with Pascal Lefrancois, Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen, the joyous Salvatore Bonavena, Stephen Chidwick, Jason Duval, Ana Marquez, Sam Trickett, Philipp Gruissem, Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden, Nick "FU_15" Maimone , who we featured today, Talal Shakerchi, JC Alvarado, Niall Farrell, Igor Kurganov, former champion Mohsin Charania, and Chadey Merhej, who had been the catalyst to Terence Reardon's downfall earlier in the day.


Harsh realities of poker were brought home to Terence Reardon today

Abdulaziz Abdulaziz also found himself on the rail, but not before reminiscing on his appearance here all the way back in Season 1.


Welcome back Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

Lastly wunderkind Ole Schemion busted within sight of the close, missing out on yet another final table but locking up the EPT Player of the Year competition.


EPT Player of the Year elect: Ole Schemion

Details of all of this day, which began with a sense of sunshine and hope, can be found in our hand for hand reports on our live coverage page.

Play continues tomorrow when the field of 41 will play down to 16 players. See you then.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.