Just one day remains in the final major event of 2012 and after another abbreviated session the eight remaining players are each within reach of an outstanding end to the year.
After ending Day 3 of this tournament with the chiplead, Swedish pro Ramzi Jelassi reclaimed that title Friday. Jelassi finished strong, picking up pocket kings in a great spot against Mariusz Klosinski’s pocket queens on the final hand of Day 5 in a pot worth over 5 million. It allowed him to jump the lead pack of Aleh Plauski and David Boyaciyan, who settled for second and third, respectively, going into the final table.
Boyaciyan’s result might be the most impressive of all. After finishing second to Martin Finger a year ago in this tournament, Boyaciyan beat out an even bigger field in 2012 to return to the final table for another shot at the title. He and Plauski each have a small edge on Sotirios Koutoupas in fourth, the lowest player in the counts to finish above average.
It wasn’t the best day for Ben Warrington, who started Day 5 with the chiplead, but he made it through with a respectable stack of his own and currently sits in fifth. Sergey Kuzminskiy is a wild card in sixth, having recorded no live tournament cashes prior to this final table run. Mark Herm may have the most interesting history of the final eight players, with more than $1.4 million in online winnings as “dipthrong” online but no major scores to speak of live. Diego Gomez is the shortest stack when the final table begins, but he carries the hopes of being the first ever Spanish-born player to win an EPT title.
There were 21 players when the play began on Friday, but the field was cut down at a rapid pace. Roberto Romanello’s bid at winning this event for a second time was dashed as he went out first on Day 5, and he was followed by early chipleader Iosif Beskrovnyy. Jeff Sarwer was among the chipleaders early but couldn’t put it together when the stakes were at their highest, going out 18th. Johnny Lodden was the last PokerStars Team Pro for quite some time, but he too would fall short of this final table in 13th.
The final eight players will return to the table at noon local time Saturday in Prague to finish things up. Action will be live streamed with commentary on a delay, and here’s how the chips are distributed going in.
- Ramzi Jelassi – 5,675,000
- Aleh Plauski – 4,705,000
- David Boyaciyan – 4,635,000
- Sotirios Koutoupas – 3,775,000
- Ben Warrington – 2,200,000
- Sergey Kuzminskiy – 1,850,000
- Mark Herm – 1,700,000
- Diego Gomez – 1,380,000
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