EPT10 Sanremo: Sternheimer leads last of the high rollers
While the Main Event will be the centre of attention on this last day of the EPT Sanremo festival, the High Rollers will be bringing their own party to a conclusion, with the final table already under way.
Last night American Philip Sternheimer closed the second day with the chip lead. With eight players remaining from the original field of 105 entries, the final table lines up as follows:
Seat 1. Philip Sternheimer (United States), 938,000
Seat 2. Tamer Kamel (United Kingdom), 638,000
Seat 3. Max Greenwood (Canada), 714,000
Seat 4. Alex Bilokur (Russia), 502,000
Seat 5. Imed Ben Mahmoud (Tunisia), 151,000
Seat 6. Griffin Benger (Canada), 892,000
Seat 7. Mustapha Kanit (Italy), 607,000
Seat 8. Ole Schemion (Germany), 831,000
As usual there are familiar names in that list.
Ole Schemion continues to pass through life with a profitable grin, possibly on a skateboard, ready to clean up. Alex Bilokur might not smile as much as Scehmion but will prove a potent threat, aiming to follow up his previous best win at the PCA two seasons ago. Griffin Benger meanwhile will look to do the same, following up his high roller win in Berlin a year ago with a second title here.
Also at the final is British player Tamer Kamel, enjoying something of a breakthrough season on the EPT. He finished fifth in the EPT London High Roller after spinning up a main event cash, and then won €34,040 by winning the Eureka mini in Vienna earlier this month.
Bracelet winner Max Greenwood can also boast of EPT side event wins. For his part Sternheimer won the Partouche High Roller in 2012.
That leaves just Imed Ben Mahmoud of Tunisia, a bracelet winner in 2012. Ben Mahmoud was the first to be eliminated today, sent to the rail by Sternheimer's aces.
Seven left. You can follow the action from the High Roller throughout the day on our live coverage page.
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.