Irishman Jason Tompkins heads EPT San Remo

Irishman Jason Tompkins heads EPT San Remo

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Jason Tompkins is the man to beat heading into the penultimate day of the PokerStars EPT San Remo Main Event. The Irishman returns with a stack of 2,432,000 chips, largely thanks to what he described on Twitter as the 'sickest hand ever'.

Tompkins got all his chips in the middle with pocket eights on an 8-5-4-3 board but needed help against Amerigo Santoro who had turned a wheel. A 3 on the river paired the board to give the Irishman a full house and with it a huge 2m plus pot.

Familiar faces still in the hunt for the €800,000 first prize include Ludovic Lacay (3rd 1,731,000), WPT Grand Prix de Paris winner Matt Salsberg (12th 783,000) and Yevgeniy Timoshenko (18th 533,000).

The final two dozen is a Brit free zone after the elimination yesterday of Roberto Romanello and David Vamplew. Other notables to hit the rail yesterday were recent WSOPE High Roller winner Mike Watson, Shaun Deeb, Justin Bonomo and Ike Haxton.

The action resumes at 2pm local time (1pm in the UK) with the blinds at 12,000/24,000 with an ante of 3,000. The average stack size is just short of 1m.

€10k High Roller – Brandon Barnes on top

45 of the 82 starters are still in contention in the €10k High Roller event. Brandon Barnes leads the way on 211,700 followed by Pier Paolo Ruscalla 199,300 and Justin Bonomo 190,600.

This being an EPT event its almost obligatory to report that Luca Pagano is riding high. The Italian currently lies in 5th place on 188,600 followed closely by Joseph Cheong 186,200.

The top ten finishers will all make the money with the winner walking away €288,000 to the good.

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Tags: EPT San Remo, Jason Tompkins, Matt Salsberg, Brandon Barnes