EPT Monte Carlo: Day 3 full of surprises
It's easy to marvel at difference 24 hours can make.
This time Monday, there were around 400 players in this room, all vying for the final table in a single contest. This morning, there are 124 people coming back into this room with their eyes on the same prize. Only the top 80 will get paid. Once 40 players remain, play will break for the day. It could very well go quickly.
That would be enough. With more than two million euros going to first place, this event is the biggest and richest event in European poker history. But there's more.
The $500 rebuy event that kicked off here yesterday (merely a dark in the park for the people who played the big event and have since busted out) is down to four tables. The chip leader? You might know him from the courts more than the felt. Indeed, PokerStars ambassador Boris Becker has a massive chip lead. We'll keep an eye on him to see how he makes out.
Finally, a third event is getting ready to kick off on the main stage. Last night, we mentioned the Stars of Poker $100,000 single table tournament. In just a few minutes, nine well-known players will be sitting down in a battle for the top three cash prizes. Among the players at the table are EPT creator John Duthie and Team PokerStars Pros Dario Miniery, Noah Boeken, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, and ElkY. Well-known UK player and former EPT champ Vicky Coren also has a seat at the table. Rounding out the table is last night's Supernova Elite satellite winner BigJoe2003, the second-ever Supernova Elite.
All three events could play simultaneously today. Our PokerStars Blog crew will keep up with all of them. In the meantime, there is a main event that needs some serious attention.
The top four players in the field today are all Norgwegian. Oyvind Riisem, Johnny Lodden, Borge Dypvik and Andreas Hagen will do their best to hold off some of the tough players just below them.
Among those players is a man seeking the Triple Crown. Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem already has a World Series Main Event bracelet and a WPT title. Today he sits fifth place in chips and looks to add the final title to his resume. Just two behind Hachem is Luca Pagano, another Team PokerStars Pro in the top ten.
We'll be live blogging each level today, so feel free to come back here for the latest information.