EPT: Arnaud Mattern Takes the Chip Lead into Tallinn Final Table

Your chip leader, Arnaud Matter (Photo courtesy of PokerStars/Neil Stoddart)
Your chip leader, Arnaud Matter (Photo courtesy of PokerStars/Neil Stoddart)

Just seven players stand between Team PokerStars Pro Arnaud Mattern and a record-setting European Poker Tour (EPT) title. Mattern is the chip leader headed into Monday’s final table at the first-ever PokerStars.net EPT Tallinn event and is the latest pro to get his shot at winning that elusive second EPT crown.

Mattern came into Day 4 of EPT Tallinn with a big stack, but the biggest stack in the room belonged to Perica Bukara, who spent the bulk of his tournament at or near the top of the leaderboard. Day 4 would not be a good one for the Serbian though, as he slipped down the counts and eventually busted out in 14th place at the hands of Konstantin Bilyauer.

Bukara was not the only player who came into the playdown day of EPT Tallinn with high hopes only to have them dashed. Team PokerStars Pro Ivan Demidov was top five in chips when the final 25 players took their seats at Swissotel Tallinn, but he made one of the earliest exits of the day when he lost a massive coin flip to Bilyaver to bust out in 22nd place.

If you can’t tell, Bilyaver stayed busy as the top 25 played down to the final table. He and Mattern took turns holding the chip lead for most of the day, but it will be Mattern who is the big stack heading into the final table. Bilyauer doubled up Kevin Stani of Norway at the unofficial final table to relinquish his chip lead and Mattern surged ahead when he eliminated Jonathan Weekes in ninth place to bring Day 4 play to a close.

Mattern will take 3,720,000 chips into final table play on Monday. Stani is his next closest competitor with 2,586,000, and Bilyauer rounds out the top three with his 2,498,000 chip stack. Steven van Zadelhoff also made the final table. He will be coming in fifth in chips with 805,000 and blinds at 20,000/40,000 ante 4,000.

The momentum seems to be in Mattern’s favor. Though he doubled up several short stacks late in the day on Sunday, he also busted a number of players and is the player at the final table with the most EPT experience. While we are beginning to wonder if any player will ever be able to claim a second EPT title, it certainly seems like Mattern has a decent shot at making tour history.

Here are the chip counts and seat assignments for Monday’s EPT Talinn final table:

Seat 1: Konstantin Bilyauer – Russia – 2,498,000
Seat 2: Steven van Zadelhoff – Netherlands – 805,000
Seat 3: Kevin Stani – Norway – 2,586,000
Seat 4: Nicolo Calia – Italy – 637,000
Seat 5: Bassam Elnajjar – 744,000
Seat 6: Dmitry Vitkind – Russia – 502,000
Seat 7: Arnaud Mattern – France – 3,720,000
Seat 8: Mikko Jaatinen – Finland – 1,166,000

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