Ole Kristian Nergard leads PokerStars EPT Grand Final

Ole Kristian Nergard leads PokerStars EPT Grand Final

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

With two – technically three – days completed at the inaugural PokerStars Madrid European Poker Tour Grand Final, just 104 players remain of the 686 that ponied up €10,000 to enter; all are guaranteed at least €5,000 profit but are also looking to the €1.5m first prize.

Leading the field is the babyfaced Norwegian Ole Kristian Nergard, who plays the highest stakes online. The 18-year-old Scandinavian is reminiscent of Viktor “Isildur1” Blom in both his hyper-aggressive playing style and his sweeping blonde barnet. Nergard won the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl a few weeks back and in the live arena plays almost exclusively high buy-in events. This marks his first cash in live poker and he takes a chip lead into the money in Madrid.

His 726,000 stack is far from uncatchable though with Kristoffer Thorsson less than five big blinds behind him with 701,500. Also in the top ten are both new Full Tilt Red Pro Melanie Weisner in fifth place on 543,500; scourge and current champion of the PCA High Roller William Reynolds; The Big Event champion Victor Ramdin and EPT Berlin champion Ben Wilinofsky.

Also in the hunt though with fewer chips to their names are Ivan Demidov, Eugene Katchalov and Andre Akkari. Qualifier Andrew Higgins leads the British challenge with Irish Open runner up Surinder Sunar and WSOPE Main Event winner James Bord also still very much in contention.

Day 3 begins at noon.

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Tags: EPT Grand Final, Ole Kristian Nergard, Kristoffer Thorsson, Melanie Weisner, William Reynolds, Victor Ramdin, Ben Wilinofsky, Ivan Demidov, Eugene Katchalov, Surinder Sunar, James Bord