EPT12 Barcelona: Petrangelo leads (again) as High Rollers reach final eight
Despite there being time when we thought it would never come, we have reached a final table in the €10,000 High Roller event. Here's how the final eight will line up.
Seat 1. Aliaksei Boika (Belarus) 4,250,000
Seat 2. Ami Barer (Canada) 2,630,000
Seat 3. Kevin MacPhee (United States) 1,090,000
Seat 4. Kuljinder Sidhu (United Kingdom) 3,270,000
Seat 5. Niklas Astedt (Sweden) 2,225,000
Seat 6. Gerald Karlic (Austria) 2,425,000
Seat 7. Nick Petrangelo (United States) 5,165,000
Seat 8. Mustapha Kanit (Italy) 3,760,000
It's Nick Petrangelo who leads, something we've got used to reporting both at this festival and throughout the year.
Having led in the Main Event only a few days ago (Petrangelo would bust in 70th place, collecting €18,320), Petrangelo was merely picking up where he left off. This year alone he has reached eight major finals, this one making that nine, winning a PCA side event and a WSOP bracelet along the way.
But other names stand out.
Ami Barer reaches the final of the High Roller for the second year in a row, having finished fourth here 12 months ago. Meanwhile Kevin MacPhee, a former EPT winner is also riding some good form. Like Petrangelo he picked up a bracelet over the summer, and has three festival cashes so far.
British player Sidhu might not have a bracelet, but he does have a string of cashes from across the UK and Europe. Niklas Astedt has also been getting results this week, including three cashes during the festival, which included a final table appearance in a €2K hyper-turbo earlier this week. He's already guaranteed to top his previous best cash, earned by winning a side event at EPT Prague last December.
No wins or bracelets for Gerald Karlic this year, but he does have three final tables to his name, while Aliaksei Boika, who led coming into the day with 30 players left, looks to match the achievement of his victorious countryman Ihar Soika last season.
That leaves Mustapha Kanit, whose year so far has included a win at ANZPT Perth, the €50K Super High Roller in Monaco and all manner of online success.
It means there's no place at the final for Matias Jansson, which comes as something of a mixed blessing. As we wrote earlier, Jansson is suffering from a cold today, and played on this afternoon surrounded by tissues. Despite that he's had a good festival, having cashed for €10,350 in the Main Event, a clear €50 more than his High Roller buy-in, which he span up into €85,900. He might be disappointed by ninth place but at least now can get some rest.
Follow the hand for hand updates from the High Roller event, which includes all the action up to now, on our live coverage page.
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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.