EPT: Just 21 Remain as Ben Warrington Claims Overnight Lead in Prague

Ben Warrington set the pace Thursday, holding the chiplead with just 21 players left at EPT Prague. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

Just one day of poker separates the final 21 players at EPT Prague from a spot at the final table after a short Day 4 that saw the field shrink even more than initially expected.

When they blew past the initial benchmark of 24 in less than three levels, organizers elected to shift the end of the day and continue until there were just 21 players left. That didn’t take much longer, and shortly thereafter the chip bags came out and the remaining field called it a day. Ben Warrington, a British pro with just a few live cashes to his name, takes the over chiplead into Day 5 in the biggest spot of his career. Warrington has 2.618 million, slightly ahead of David Boyaciyan who bagged 2.469 million as he attempts to build upon his second place finish in this event in 2011.

Day 3 chipleader Ramzi Jelassi sits in third, with Canadian Jeff Sarwer, the former child chess wizard with an EPT final table to his name already, sitting just outside of the top ten. Johnny Lodden is a fair amount below the average but still has 40 big blinds going into Day 5, and he’s in better position than Day 1 and 2 chipleader Iosif Beskrovnyy and Roberto Romanello, who bring up the back of the pack after Day 4.

The rapid-fire eliminations throughout the day Friday claimed quite a few victims in the early going. American Todd Terry was the second player out the door, finishing 54th, while Roger Hairabedian, who at one point on Day 3 was playing in three different tournaments simultaneously, was close behind him in 46th. Chris Brammer, who started Day 4 as one of the biggest stacks in the tournament, would exit in 33rd and Fabrice Soulier would be right behind him in 32nd. Soulier and Hairabedian weren’t done playing yet, as they were both among the 112 who set a record field in the €10,000 High Roller.

The final three tables of players in this tournament will return at 12 pm local time in Prague to play down to a final table by the end of the day. €835,000 awaits the fortunate player who finishes on top after two more days of poker.

Here are the top ten chip counts going into Day 5 of EPT Prague.

  1. Ben Warrington – 2,618,000
  2. David Boyaciyan – 2,469,000
  3. Ramzi Jelassi – 1,975,000
  4. Sergio Aido Espina – 1,792,000
  5. Andreas Berggren – 1,619,000
  6. Mariusz Klosinski – 1,524,000
  7. Sotirios Koutoupas – 1,450,000
  8. Aleh Plauski – 1,450,000
  9. Diego Gomez Gonzalez – 1,433,000
  10. Mads Amot – 1,250,000
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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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