EPT10 Sanremo: Race for fifth place blown wide open*

The race for fifth place has been blown wide open in the Main Event following the elimination of Stefano Garbarino.

With 20 players remaining at least five of them fell under the category of "previously-unknown", making them ideal for the coveted fifth place spot which this season is worth €130,750.

Tradition dictates that this fabled position is filled by a newcomer, or at least a player yet to break into the international scene. Having hailing from obscurity, they go on to record their biggest cash, neither winning nor departing first from the final table. Now down to 19 after Garbarino's demise, fifth spot is understood to be anybody's.

tv_table_ept10sanremo_d4.jpgThe final table awaits

It could make for the most fiercely contested scrap for this honour in EPT history, so much so that if the cards fall in one particular way one player could easily ruin their chances and go on to win. For the first time in a long time it's impossible to predict.

The seven in the running hail largely from the home nation. Each, let us be clear, has put in the performance of their career, and are deserving of their deep run and what will likely be their biggest live cash to date.

Here are the contenders:

Andreas Goeller (Germany): Best result a win in a €300 satellite, worth €2,200.

Andrija Martic (Croatia): He has two cashes to his name amounting to $10,200. These include a runner-up finish in the 2012 €400 Christmas Poker Week Main Event in Zagreb.

Bruno Stefanell (Italy): A string of IPT side event results but nothing big since a stud win in 2002.

Vincenzo Scarcella (Italy): He has one cash to his name for $801 in an event in Portomaso, Malta.

All fit the bill. All have the results. All they have to do now is reach the final eight.

* Please add pinch of salt.

Full coverage of EPT Sanremo is on the main EPT Sanremo page. There's hand-by-hand coverage in the panel at the top and feature pieces below.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.