Chris McClung maintains EPT San Remo lead with 24 left

Chris McClung maintains EPT San Remo lead with 24 left

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Day 4 of EPT San RemoEPT San Remo ended as it began with Chris McClung at the top of the chip counts. The Canadian, who had a deep run in the High Roller event at EPT London, closed the day on 3,148,000 chips, over one million ahead of closest rival, Aussie Daniel Neilson who returns with 2,011,000.

There's plenty of class on show in the remaining field of 24 players including Italian Poker Tour Player of the Year Mustafa Kanit on 1,761,000, WPT Venice winner Alessio Isaia on 1,524,000 and EPT Berlin winner and Mr Liv Boeree, Kevin MacPhee, on 1,441,000.

A hat trick of British winners on the Italian Riviera remains a possibility too with Hendon Mobster Barny Boatman sixth on the leader board with 1,257,000 and Jon Spinks nestled in the middle of the pack on 788,000. Other notables still in contention for the €800k first prize include Johnny Lodden with 1,227,000, part time kick boxer Lex Veldhuis on 877,000 and WSOPE Main Event winner Elio Fox who has 377,000.

One name missing from the list of survivors is Joseph Cheong who busted out in very unfortunate fashion. Last year's WSOP Main Event third place finisher called Chris McClung's five-bet shove with pocket kings and looked in great shape against the Canadian's Qh7h. The flush hit on the turn to send Cheong to the rail and McClung to a massive chip lead.

Other famous faces to hit the rail included David Bach, John Duthie and Vanessa Selbst who all pocketed €14,000 for their troubles.

The action resumes on Wednesday lunchtime when the field will be whittled down to a final table of eight. Blinds will be 10,000/20,000 with an ante of 2,000.

Tags: EPT San Remo, Barny Boatman, Chris McClung, Lex Veldhuis, Elio Fox, Jon Spinks, Kevin MacPhee, Johnny Lodden