Final table set at EPT San Remo
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Just eight of the original 1,240 entrants remain on the Italian Riviera and there are a pair of Britons still in the hunt for the €1.25m first prize.
25-year-old Londoner Michael Piper, sporting the best moustache and sideburn combo this side of the Village People, sits in third place going into the final table with a stack of 4.6m chips. Joining him in the final eight is fellow Brit Liv Boeree. The sometime physicist, TV presenter and model is in fifth place with 3.44m chips and is in with a great chance of joining Vicky Coren and Sandra Naujoks and becoming only the third female winner of an EPT Main event.
The man to catch is Jakob Carlsson though. The Swede's tournament life was on the line on a couple of occasions but one massive pot against Alexy Rubin sent his stack rocketing. Carlsson's set of queens ran into the Russian's made straight but a king on the river paired the board sending the young Swede's stack into eight figures.
Allan Baekke's chance of an amazing back to back PokerStars EPT double faltered yesterday. The Dane bowed out in 12th place for a cash of €50,000, still a very impressive achievement given the size of the field in both events. High profile names that joined Baekke on the rail were EPT Baden winner Thang Duc Nguyen and APPT Macau champion Dermot Blain.
The action resumes at 2pm today with each player guaranteed at least €90,000. They'll all have eyes on the big prize though with the winner taking home a whopping €1.25m.
The final eight and their stacks are listed below:
Jakob Carlsson, Sweden, 13,525,000
Toni Pettersson, Finland, 5,035,000
Michael Piper, UK, 4,600,000
Claudio Piceci, Italy, 4,460,000
Liv Boeree, UK, 3,440,000
Atanas Georgiev, Bulgaria, 2,520,000
Alexey Rybin, Russia, 1,890,000
Giuseppe Diep, Italy, 1,830,000
Image courtesy of PokerStars.