Daniel Neilson heads EPT San Remo final table
Thursday, 27 October 2011
The eight players who will be competing for the €800,000 first prize at EPT San Remo have been decided with Daniel Neilson in the lead going into the final table. The Aussie rocketed to the top of the leader board after winning a huge flip when his pocket queens held up against Johnny Lodden's AK in what proved to be the the last hand of the day.
After wins for Liv Boeree and Rupert Elder hopes for a British hat-trick rest with Bluff Europe cover star Barny Boatman. The Hendon Mobster starts the final table fifth in the chip counts with a very workable stack of 2,490,000.
“I know I’m playing right so I’m pretty confident about the final table,” said Boatman, “I’ve got myself deep in many occasions but have always seemed to lose that big flip, but there’s not much you can do about that.”
Amazingly, there has never been a double winner on the European Poker Tour but Kevin MacPhee could be about to change that. The American won last year's EPT Berlin Main Event (the one with the armed robbers). Mr Liv Boeree returns as the short stack but he's nowhere near chip and a chair territory.
After last week's WSOPE win, Elio Fox's EPT charge stalled in 23rd place. Other notables to bow out on day five included Briton Jon Spinks 24th , Mike McDonald 18th, Lex Veldhuis 15th and bubble boy Johnny Lodden in 9th.
The final table chip counts and table positions are as follows:
1. Andrey Pateychuk, Russia, 3,105,000
2. Kevin MacPhee, United States, 1,115,000
3. Barny Boatman, United Kingdom, 2,490,000
4. Daniel Nielson, Australia, 6,700,000
5. Rocco Palumbo, Italy, 1,160,000
6. Yorane Kerignard, France, 2,145,000
7. Dimitar Danchev, Bulgaria, 4,435,000
8. Jan Bendik, Slovakia, 3,980,000
The blinds are at 25,000/50,000 with an ante of 5,000.
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