EPT8 Berlin: A place in the final at stake for final 24

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Just 24 players remain from a starting field of 745 in the EPT Berlin, a figure that will be reduced to eight today.

Chip leader at the close last night was Englishman Marc Wright, who bagged up 2,400,000 at the close, narrowly ahead of second placed Thomas Cibak with 2,311,000. American pro Andrew Chen was in third place with 1,827,000.

The task of surviving the day will not be made easy by what remains a talent filled field. No fewer than three former EPT champions return. Vladimir Geshkenbein, who held the chip lead early in the day yesterday, returns with 1,053,000 while Anton Wigg, another former chip leader, has 973,000.

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Marc Wright

Most ready to declare himself a Berliner is Kevin MacPhee, who won the first incarnation of EPT Berlin two years ago. He is looking to make it an historic double, armed with 430,000.

There are others equally capable of winning the title, all of whom are listed below:

1 1 Florian Dohnert, Germany, 1,270,000
1 2 Dmitry Grinenko, Russia, 391,000
1 3 Anton Wigg, Sweden, 973,000
1 4 Bahadir Kilickeser, Germany, 1,114,000
1 5 Marc Wright, UK, 2,400,000
1 6 Andrey Zaichenko, Russia, 278,000
1 7 Heinz Kamutzki, Germany, 663,000
1 8 André Morath, Germany, 325,000

2 1 Jeffrey Hakim, USA, 272,000
2 2 Cesar Garcia Domínguez, Spain, 1,099,000
2 3 Kevin MacPhee, USA, 430,000
2 4 Eric Vuissoz, Switzerland, 365,000
2 5 Andrew Chen, Canada, 1,827,000
2 6 Daniel Pidun, Germany, 906,000
2 7 Jordi Riba Corrons, Spain, 1,265,000
2 8 Mario Puccini, Germany, 953,000

3 1 Jasper Wetemans, Netherlands, 490,000
3 2 Pratyush Buddiga, USA, 1,110,000
3 3 David Kahan, Belgium , 330,000
3 4 Davidi Kitai, Belgium, 946,000
3 5 Andreas Vlachos, Greece, 1,140,000
3 6 Ismael Bojang, Germany, 227,000
3 7 Vladimir Geshkenbein, Russia, 1,053,000
3 8 Thomas Cibak, Czech Republic, 2,311,000

Play starts at 12 noon.

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in Berlin