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Four Brits Progress to Day 4 of the 2015 PokerStars EPT Grand Final

Tom Hall, Stephen Chidwick and Ludovic Geilich

Only 34 players remain in the hunt for the 2015 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €10,600 Main Event title, and one of them will walk away with €1,082,000 for their effort.

Among those 34 hopefuls are a quartet of British pros who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of such luminaries as Team PokerStars Pros Liv Boeree and Jake Cody, Toby Lewis, Rupert Elder, Victoria Coren-Mitchell, Tom Middleton and others who hail from the United Kingdom and have won an EPT Main Event.

The best placed of our players is Tom Hall who goes into Day 4 armed with 536,000 chips. With the average stack being slightly less than 500,000, Hall is nicely poised and will be quietly confident of being there or thereabouts when the final table is on the horizon.

Hall doesn’t have the best table draw in the world, but it could have been much worse because the field is one of the most star-studded in recent memory. The main threats to Hall’s progression are Felix Stephenson (125,000) and Pierre Neuville (150,000) who are relatively shot-stacked, the talented Italian Dario Sammartino (827,000) and Hall’s fellow Brit Lyndon Basha (303,000).

We don’t know much about Basha, in fact the only previous result we can find is an eighth place finish in a £20+£5 rebuy tournament at Aspers Casino in Stratford. It’s fair to assume the €26,500 he’s guaranteed to walk away with this week is the largest of his tournament career thus far.

The other two British players still in contention are Stephen Chidwick (393,000) and Ludovic Geilich (346,000). If you have never seen either of these players ply their trade, you’ll certainly get the chance today because their starting table is nothing short of ridiculous and we’d bet our house on it being the televised feature table. Check out the sickness below:

21Joao SimaoBrazil546,000
22Ludovic GeilichUK346,000
24Jason MercierUSA539,000
25Mustapha KanitItaly213,000
26Stephen ChidwickUK393,000
27Vladislav DonchevBulgaria159,000
28Johnny LoddenNorway728,000

Leading the tournament overall is Jose Carlos Garcia and his 1,710,000 stack. Garcia is one of two players, the other being Connor Drinan, to start Day 4 with a seven-figure stack, although Anatoly Chen (987,000) and Scott Clements (909,000) are only a pot away from joining them in the millionaire’s club.

Other notables still in with a shot of EPT glory include Ole Schemion (823,000), Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari (574,000), Team PokerStars Online’s Isaac Haxton (112,000), Christopher Frank (435,000), the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event champion Adrian Mateos (376,000), Liviu Ignat (211,000) and a short stacked Fabrice Soulier (73,000).

2015 EPT Grand Final Start-of-Day 4 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Jose Carlos Garcia1,710,000
2Connor Drinan1,065,000
3Anatoly Chen987,000
4Scott Clements909,000
5Hady El Asmar890,000
6Dario Sammartino827,000
7Ole Schemion823,000
8Johnny Lodden728,000
9Andre Akkari574,000
10Anton Astapau561,000

Play resumes at noon local time and you can follow all of the action via the UK & Ireland PokerNews live reporting pages and via the excellent live stream.

While you’re waiting, why not check out Remko Rinkema’s interview with German star Dominik Nitsche where they chat bout live turbo tournaments.

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