EPT Monte Carlo Day 4
Day 4 of the gigantic Grand Finale in Monte Carlo is in the books. With the biggest prize-pool ever at stake, the tension and pressure has never been so high!
The day started with 40 players, and played down to the final 10. At the end of Day 4 the chip leader was Canadian Glen Chorny, who has amassed a whopping $3.3 Million tournament chips! Super Pro Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari is the most notable of names left, finishing the day with a quarter million chips. Antonio appeared in control all day, even in the pots he lost. The other familiar face in the final ten is Luca Pagano. Luca has been playing on the EPT since its conception, and he has a good shot to take this down. He is looking to celebrate his record 9th EPT cash in a row with a 2 million Euro win. Hopefully Luca can make it to the final eight, and make his third final table on the EPT, since he made two final tables in season one.
WSOP Main Event winner Joe Hachem was unlucky to finish in 11th place. He was short stacked many times throughout the day, but kept doubling through until finally he went all in holding T6o on a 4T3 board. He was called however by Isaac Baron who held the dominating JT. The turn and river bricked out, and Hachem was out in 11th, winning a nice $160k.
The weirdest hand of the day came between Antonio Esfandiari and Stig Top Rasmussen. Antonio limped under the gun, and garnered a few more limpers along the way till action hit Stig in the Big Blind. It appears Stig thought this would be a good time to punish the limpers, and shoved all in for 700k on a 50k pot. Antonio had limped with a monster however, and easily called with QQ. Stig tabled AT, and looked like his day could be over. Luckily for him he was bailed out when an Ace spiked. This was a huge pot at the time. The result left everyone to ponder what would have happened if Antonio's queens held up. It is certainly possible Antonio could have ended the day with a nearly insurmountable chip lead with all his top skill and impeccable poise at the table.
This has been the biggest tournament in Europe ever. The prize pool is mind boggling, and no doubt life changing for most. The final ten are a mix of live and internet pros, showcasing that both types of players can play some mean poker. It will be an interesting final ten, showcasing some of the best talent in the world.
These are the Chip Counts heading into Day 5:
Glen Chorny - 3,370,000
Isaac 'westmenloAA' Baron - 2,365,000
Michael Martin - 1,579,000
Maxime Villemure - 1,220,000
Denes Kalo - 957,000
Antonio Esfandiari - 735,000
Luca Pagano - 705,000
Valeriy Ilikyan - 650,000
Stig Top Rasmussen - 590,000
Henrik Gwinner - 466,000
To get all the live action as it happens for the EPT Monte Carlo Grand Finale, click this link to follow all the news from Day 5 at the PokerNews live reporting section.
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