EPT: Negreanu Takes Big Chip Lead into Final Table

When Day 4 of the PokerStars.net EPT Vienna Main Event began, there were a few certainties and plenty of unanswered questions. Play began with Daniel Negreanu near the top of the chip counts and, as many expected, he ended that way and will be entering the final table with a sizable chip lead and 5,070,000 chips.

Negreanu’s ride to the final table may have been smooth sailing, but several other players had a much more difficult time as the field played down from 24 to the eight who made the final table. Antonio Buonanno was knocked back to just a handful of chips, managed to rally, but eventually he busted in 17th place. Others who fell short of the final table included Surinder Sunar (18th), Team PokerStars Pro Toni Judet (16th), and Jose Severino (10th).

Negreanu is not the only Team PokerStars Pro who will be appearing at Sunday’s final table. Martin Hruby has maintained a big stack for the duration of this event, though he will be one of the short stacks on Day 5. He will begin the day with 975,000, which will put him seventh in chips ahead of just Andreas Wiese, who is the short stack with 730,000.

When play resumes for the final table, blinds will be at 20,000/40,000 ante 4,000. Play will continue until they have a champion, who will earn €700,000 for his efforts.

Here are the chip counts and seat assignments for Sunday’s final table:

Seat 1: Luca Cainelli – 1,935,000
Seat 2: Daniel Negreanu – 5,070,000
Seat 3: Matthias Lotze – 1,210,000
Seat 4: Andreas Wiese – 730,000
Seat 5: Martin Hruby – 975,000
Seat 6: Konstantinos Nanos – 3,635,000
Seat 7: Michael Eiler – 2,160,000
Seat 8: Bruno Launais – 1,785,000

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