Andrew Pantling Leads Stacked Final 16 After Day 4 of Grand Final

Andrew Pantling leads one of the strongest fields in recent memory as 16 players remain in the hunt for the EPT Grand Final title. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

Andrew Pantling leads one of the strongest fields in recent memory as 16 players remain in the hunt for the EPT Grand Final title. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

It’s hard to overstate just how talented the final 16 players in the 2013 EPT Grand Final are. They have combined lifetime tournament earnings of $60,173,591, which averages out to about $3.76 million per player. There are five World Series of Poker bracelet winners (John Juanda, Daniel Negreanu, Freddy Deeb, Jason Mercier and Jake Cody), as well as two former EPT Champions (Cody and Mercier).

Andrew Pantling grabbed the overall chiplead in the last few minutes of Day 4 with 2,248,000, which was the only reason that Johnny Lodden didn’t bag the biggest stack for the third consecutive day. Juanda (1,395,000), Lodden (1,352,000), Negreanu (1,257,000), Deeb (1,207,000), Victor Ramdin (1,090,000), Noah Schwartz (1,087,000) and Mercier (1,008,000) occupy spots two through eight. Steve O’Dwyer, Andrew Lichtenberger, Grant Levy and Cody are still in the mix as well.

They came back with 34 players to start on Day 4, and the remaining field looks even better when you look at the 18 players who were eliminated Friday. Ville Wahlbeck (29th), Oleksii Kovalchuk (28th), Noah Boeken (26th), Kevin Vandersmissen (23rd) and Luke Schwartz (22nd) each hit the rail, as did Paul Volpe, whose 20th place finish should allow him to regain the 2013 BLUFF Player of the Year race lead from Aaron Lim, who briefly passed Volpe with a cash at IPT San Remo on Monday.

There are dozens of potential storylines brewing for Day 5, as the field is cut in half once more to set a final table of eight for Sunday. There’s still a lot of poker to be played, but Negreanu, on one of the hottest streaks of his career, would secure poker’s Triple Crown with a win in Monte Carlo. Either Mercier or Cody could make history by becoming the first player in nine full seasons on the EPT to win two main event titles. There’s also the possibility that one of the four remaining players with lifetime earnings under $800,000 (none having earned more than $220,000) could win a life-changing €1,240,000 in the next two days.

Play will resume at 12 pm CET (6 am ET) in Monte Carlo, and they’ll play as long as it takes to get down to a final table. Here are the stacks for the 16 remaining players in the 2013 PokerStars and Monte Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final Main Event.

  1. Andrew Pantling – 2,248,000
  2. John Juanda – 1,395,000
  3. Johnny Lodden – 1,352,000
  4. Daniel Negreanu – 1,257,000
  5. Freddy Deeb – 1,207,000
  6. Victor Ramdin – 1,090,000
  7. Noah Schwartz – 1,087,000
  8. Jason Mercier – 1,008,000
  9. Goran Mandic – 995,000
  10. Steve O’Dwyer – 942,000
  11. Grant Levy – 712,000
  12. Andrew Lichtenberger – 699,000
  13. Clyde Tjauw Foe – 647,000
  14. Mateusz Moolhuizen – 596,000
  15. Vasili Firsau – 358,000
  16. Jake Cody – 266,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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