EPT Monte Carlo: On the brink of a new champion

As you might have read here on the blog, day four didn’t end as everyone expected it would. Having started with five tables the plan was to play down to one table of eight players – eight finalists who would slog it out for the most coveted prize in European poker.

Instead, as 1am struck, the tournament stopped with ten players left. Such was the hard slog these guys had put in that nobody was prepared to take any chances and there was some great poker because of it. So the result of that is we reconvene this afternoon still looking for two players to bust out before the final day officially begins. How long will that take? We’re about to find out.

Who are those last ten players?

Glen Chorny – Canada – PokerStars qualifier -- 3,370,000
Isaac Baron – USA – PokerStars qualifier -- 2,365,000
Michael Martin – USA -- 1,579,000
Maxime Villemure – Canada -- 1,220,000
Denes Kalo – Hungary -- 957,000
Antonio Esfandiari – USA -- 735,000
Luca Pagano – Italy -- Team PokerStars Pro -- 705,000
Valeriy Ilikyan – Russia -- 650,000
Stig Top-Rasmussen – Denmark -- 590,000
Henrik Gwinner – Denmark -- 466,000

Luca Pagano flies the flag for Team PokerStars Pro having guided his stack to 705K and a record breaking ninth cash finish for the Italian. But three PokerStars qualifiers lead the field into today with Glen Chorny on over 3.3million whilst closest to him is Isaac Baron on over 2.3million. Then there's Michael Martin, who turned his tournament around in the closing stages of the day yesterday, who starts with just over 1.5million.

It was a close call for Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem who busted out in 11th place moments before the close of play, an agonisingly short distance from a potential Triple Crown. But today attention turns to the action ahead of us. Ten players playing down to eight, before then playing down to one. Five days, 842 players, and no one wants to leave in a hurry.

You can follow every hand from the comfort of your computer’s surroundings on EPT Live which all the latest on chip counts and results will be updated throughout the day. We’re due to start at 1am.

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in EPT Monte Carlo