EPT: Marc Wright Leads, Chen, Kitai, MacPhee in Final 24 in Berlin

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After a deep run in the Irish Poker Open, Marc Wright decided that momentum was on his side. He sold part of his action and entered the first EPT event of his career in Berlin, and the decision appears to already be paying dividends in a big way.

With just over $35,000 in career earnings to date, Wright stands to make a sizable addition to that sum. Wright has the chip lead heading into Day 4 of EPT Berlin with just 23 other players standing between him and a €825,000 windfall. Getting there is not going to be a walk in the park, however. Andrew Chen currently sits in third place, looking to improve on his previous best on the EPT, a fifth place finish at the EPT Grand Final in 2010. Vladimir Geshkenbein has been on a tear throughout this tournament and is in prime position to contend for his second EPT title, sitting with a stack that puts him in the top ten.

Two other former champions, Anton Wigg and Kevin MacPhee, are also still in contention for the 2012 EPT Berlin title and the honor of being the first multiple-time champion in the tour’s history. Other notables include Davidi Kitai, whose best previous EPT finish is third, and Andrey Zaichenko, who finished third in last year’s $10,000 HORSE event at the World Series of Poker.

The play down from 102 to the final 24 on Day 3 saw quite a few big names in tournament poker fall by the wayside. Vanessa Selbst, Dan Smith, JP Kelly, Philipp Gruissem, Will Molson, Will Thorson, Martin Jacobson, Ana Marquez, and Kevin Iacofano each had their hopes of winning this tournament dashed on Wednesday.

Day 4 is scheduled to begin at 12 pm local time Thursday with the final table awaiting the fortunate final eight. They will play as long as it takes to whittle the final 24 down, and with three former champions in the running there will be plenty of intrigue. Each player still alive is guaranteed at least €20,000.

Here is the top ten heading into Day 4 of EPT Berlin:

Marc Wright – 2,400,000
Thomas Cibak – 2,311,000
Andrew Chen – 1,827,000
Florian Dohnert – 1,270,000
Jordi Riba Corrons – 1,265,000
Andreas Vlachos – 1,140,000
Bahadir Kilickeser – 1,114,000
Pratyush Buddiga – 1,110,000
Cesar Garcia Domínguez – 1,099,000
Vladimir Geshkenbein – 1,053,000

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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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