The European Poker Tour Monte Carlo Grand Final rumbled along nicely again last night with the Main Event bringing us ever closer to a winner and the High Roller kicking off to give us further action. Take a look at how both events played out yesterday and which players are looking in the best shape to add a title to their resume.
EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final Main Event Day 4 – Hicks Leading 17
Day 4 of the Main Event at the EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final has now seen the field reduced from 41 to 17 with Kenny Hicks emerging as the chip leader with a stack of 2,499,000. He has quite a commanding lead of more than 700k over Martins Shells and Jack Salter going into Day 5 but will know that he has not won anything just yet.
Steven Silverman and Vasili Firsau are the biggest names left in the event but they have plenty to do to put themselves in contention for the title. As for bust outs we lost Scott Clements, David Yan, Noah Boeken and two PokerStars Team Pros in David Williams and Ville Wahlbeck on Day 4.
Finished in 24th place. Not what I was hoping for but still happy with how I played. Was very patient today. #EPTGrandFinal
— David Williams (@dwpoker) April 30, 2014
The Current Top Ten
1st) Kenny Hicks – 2,499,000
2nd) Martins Seilis – 1,767,000
3rd) Jack Salter – 1,750,000
4th) Antonio Buonanno – 1,623,000
5th) Mayu Roca – 1,500,000
6th) Sebastian von Toperczer – 1,456,000
7th) Malte Moennig – 1,450,000
8th) Nikita Nikolaev – 1,083,000
9th) Sebastian Bredthauer – 1,065,000
10th) Vasili Firsau – 1,002,000
EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final High Roller Day 1
The €25,000 EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final High Roller is a record breaker after it brought in 205 registrations with there being 158 unique entries and another 47 re-buys. Whilst the event has received 42 fewer registrations than the same event at the PCA High Roller in January, the fact that the currency is Euros rather than dollars should reveal a bigger prize pool. Plus there is stilla possibility for more as registration is still possible until the start of Day 2.
104 of those players remained at the end of Day 1 with Benny Spindler leading the likes of John Juanda, Sam Greenwood, Byron Kaverman and Sorel Mizzi in the top ten. Others going through to Day 2 included PokerStars Team Pros Vicky Coren, Angel Guillan, Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand Grospellier, Alex Kravchenko, Eugene Katchalov and Jason Mercier.
Was down to 8k but finished day 1 of high roller with 110,700 on one bullet. Avg is about 100k. Huge turnout over 200 entries! — Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 30, 2014
Tom Middleton, Griffin Benger, Dan Cates, Max Silver, Antonio Esfandiari and Mohsin Charania were the biggest busts outs on the day but they can always buy back in later today.
— Mohsin Charania (@chicagocards1) April 30, 2014
The Current Top Ten
1st) Benny Spindler – 384,300
2nd) Ismail Erkenov – 355,600
3rd) John Juanda – 290,600
4th) Dmitry Yurasov – 242,000
5th) Chenxiang Miao – 231,400
6th) Sam Greenwood – 229,900
7th) Sorel Mizzi – 228,700
8th) Byron Kaverman – 194,100
9th) Angel Guillen – 167,500
10th) Timothy Adams – 165,500