Negreanu among leaders entering Day 5 of EPT Grand Final

Posted by Steve Ruddock on May 11, 2013 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

ept_monte_carloFrom the outset the Season 9 PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final has seen the cream rise right to the top, and now heading into Day 5 of one of the most prestigious events in poker the final 16 players in the EPT Grand Final Main Event features 11 well-known poker pros including five members of team PokerStars Pro. The biggest name still in the hunt for the EPT Grand Final title is Daniel Negreanu, who could become a Triple Crown winner should he find his way to the winner’s circle.

Joining Negreanu at the final two tables of the tournament will be the likes of chip-leader Andrew Pantling, Johnny Lodden, John Juanda, Freddy Deeb, Victor Ramdin, Noah Schwartz, Steve O’Dwyer, Andrew Lichtenberger, and Jake Cody. Like Negreanu, Freddy Deeb could also join the Triple Crown ranks with a win.

Negreanu has already had an impressive 2013, winning the inaugural WSOP APAC Main Event, which was the fourth seven-figure score of his career and his fifth WSOP bracelet. Should Negreanu win the EPT Grand Final he would pick-up yet another seven-figure score and join Jake Cody, Gavin Griffin, Roland de Wolfe, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, and David Kitai as Triple Crown winners.

Here is a look at the chip-counts for the remaining players who will play down to the final table on Saturday:

1. Andrew Pantling – 2,248,000

2. John Juanda – 1,395,000

3. Johnny Lodden – 1,352,000

4. Daniel Negreanu – 1,257,000

5. Freddy Deeb – 1,207,000

6. Victor Ramdin – 1,090,000

7. Noah Schwartz – 1,087,000

8. Jason Mercier – 1,008,000

9. Goran Mandic – 995,000

10. Steve O’Dwyer – 942,000

11. Grant Levy – 712,000

12. Andrew Lichtenberger – 699,000

13. Clyde Tjauw Foe – 647,000

14. Mateusz Moolhuizen – 596,000

15. Vasili Firsau – 358,000

16. Jake Cody – 266,000

At the same time the €25k buy-in with a single rebuy High-Roller tournament kicked off, and by the end of the day the tournament had attracted 150 entries. Players have the chance to register right up until the start of Day 2 on Saturday, so that number may still rise. Here is a look at the Top 10 chip-counts heading into Day 2 with 67 players still in the hunt:

1. Igor Kurganov — 471,500

2. Benny Spindler — 387,400

3. Tony Gregg — 384,500

4. Sorel Mizzi — 238,000

5. Antonio Esfandiari — 233,400

6. Nadar Kakhmazov — 228,400

7. Jeffrey Yarchever — 227,000

8. Jason Wheeler — 218,000

9. Alex Bilokur — 206,200

10. Marvin Rettenmaier — 206,200



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