EPT8 Berlin: Wright leads ahead of Cibak and Chen in race to title


To talk to Marc Wright earlier today was to talk to a young man looking for a way to explain not only the good fortune he'd had today, and this week, but also to watch him tell himself that with a little effort he could achieve a lot more.

"I've been pretty lazy but I'm trying to get back into it again now," said Wright, at the midway stage, having obtained a big lead. "When you play poker for a living its super easy to get lazy; it's my own fault but I'm going to start playing all EPTs and playing online tournaments properly."

Chip leader Marc Wright

Sounding almost apologetic, it could be that EPT Berlin gives Wright the necessary kick up the backside, playing as he is, some clinical poker, bagging up the chip lead of the EPT Berlin main event going into the penultimate day.

The man from Cornwall, England, an area not known for its regular poker scene, took the lead from Anton Wigg and Vladimir Geshkenbein in the second level of play, then set to work extending it, bagging up 2,400,000 at the close, some 89,000 ahead of second placed Thomas Cibak, who pounded away at the rock face. Then came Andrew Chen on 1,827,000.

Thomas Cibak

Chen, who has reached two EPT finals before, is a no-nonsense reliable type; usually dressed in a white t-shirt and blue baseball cap, he looks like the working man's poker player, if working men still drove pick-up trucks and kept tools out back. Once more he quietly set about amassing a stack that will be difficult to topple tomorrow.

Andrew Chen

Behind them and exciting line-up was getting instep.

Coming into the day as chip leader, Wigg sustained early hits that forced him back to the pack, but he remained focused enough to steer his way into Day 4.

Anton Wigg

Geshkenbein, second in chips at the start, was up, down, nearly out, then back up again, making a fortuitous flush with ace-ten against another ace-ten to revitalise his campaign.

Vladimir Geshkenbein

Elsewhere Kevin MacPhee, centre stage on the feature table for much of the day, will also play on tomorrow, looking to record an historic Berlin double. Pratyush Buddiga, coached by Mike McDonald between the breaks, also featured well.

Kevin MacPhee

The day reduced the floor from 102 players to 24, and 13 TV crew. Players who departed included Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst, Jan Heitmann and Ana Marquez, as well as Will Molson, William Thorson, Philipp Gruissem, Charlotte Van Brabander, Joe Ebanks, Koen de Visscher, Martin Jacobson and JP Kelly.

Vanessa Selbst, with Liv Boeree

It lines up an intriguing Day 4, complete with three former winners vying to become the first double winner. For all the fine detail, check out the live coverage page, while feature articles can be found below.

Wigg leads 102, set to become 24
No one leaves empty handed, but please arrive empty handed
When will it end? Well we can tell you.
Geshkenbein on maniac play and tightening up...
Breaking bad with JP Kelly
Wigg stays focused as he looks to add to his advantage
Thorson in his element
Chip leader Wright starting to prove himself
Molson resigned to defeat, Geshkenbein not far behind?
Geshkenbein six bet shoves

The 24 will return tomorrow at 12 noon to become eight, before the final table on Saturday. Join us for full coverage.

Potsdamer Platz

Until then it's goodnight from Berlin.

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in Berlin