Season 10 of the European Poker Tour is rapidly approaching its conclusion, with just over one month left until the final card’s dealt in Monte Carlo. Three more champions will join the ranks of past EPT greats by early May and the odds of entering Season 11’s opener in Barcelona, the 100th event in the tour’s history, without a repeat champion are high.
The EPT’s return to Vienna for the first time since Season 7 saw significant growth in the Main Event field from three seasons ago, reaching 910 players compared to the 578 who played in 2010. Just eight of those players remain, each hoping to earn their first EPT title and the €816,000 ($1,124,930) first place prize.
All eight players hail from Europe, and five of the eight have at least $200,000 in lifetime tournament earnings. Simeon Naydenov of Bulgaria won the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout at the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event, and he hopes to add the second leg of a triple crown Saturday afternoon when play resumes at the Hofburg Palace.
Marko Neumann is the only player among the final eight with an EPT final table to his credit, having finished seventh to eventual champion Kevin MacPhee at EPT Germany back in Season 7. Timo Pfutzenreuter finished third in the $5,000 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2013 WSOP, and he’ll start Saturday’s final table right in the middle of the pack.
The top three stacks going into the final table are the three players with the shortest resumes of the group. Anthony Ghamrawi’s biggest win came in a 2012 WSOP Daily Deepstacks event, which he won for $54,344, and he’s already guaranteed twice that amount here and enters as the chipleader. Frei Dilling and Pablo Gordillo have even fewer results, but Saturday’s action is likely to earn both players a potential career-changing score.
Neumann is the shortest stack overall, with Rumen Nanev of Bulgaria and Aleksey Khoroshenin of Ukraine rounding out the final table in sixth and seventh, respectively.
The penultimate day of the tournament was a brief affair, with 17 players reduced to a final table of eight in a matter of hours. Johnny Lodden, the last member of Team PokerStars Pro in the field, was one of the early Day 5 casualties as he made his exit in 15th.
A total of 135 players cashed and claimed their part of the $6,084,410 prizepool. Notables who made deep runs in this event include Stephen Chidwick (22nd), Marcel Luske (31st), Jonathan Roy (49th), Alex Kravchenko (55th) and Fabrice Soulier (57th).
Both the Main Event and High Roller final tables will play out on Saturday afternoon in Vienna. The Main Event will resume at 12 pm local time, and there will be a delayed live stream with hole cards starting at 1 pm (8 am ET).
2014 EPT Vienna Main Event – Final Table Chip Counts
- Anthony Ghamrawi – 5,150,000
- Frei Dilling – 4,230,000
- Pablo Gordillo – 4,075,000
- Timo Pfutzenreuter – 3,740,000
- Simeon Naydenov – 3,550,000
- Rumen Nanev – 2,765,000
- Aleksey Khoroshenin – 2,150,000
- Marko Neumann – 1,585,000
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