Westmorland Keeps Lead, Coren-Mitchell Seeks EPT Double at San Remo Final Table

Vicky Coren-Mitchell has an uphill climb at her second career EPT final table, but history hangs in the balance. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

Vicky Coren-Mitchell has an uphill climb at her second career EPT final table, but history hangs in the balance. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

Jordan Westmorland ended Day 5 of the 2014 EPT San Remo Main Event with only a few more chips than he started with, but his lead was so significant going into Saturday’s action that it was enough to give him the chiplead going into the final table.

The chip counts are much tighter after a short, action-packed Day 4, but Westmorland bagged 3,330,000 to claim the chiplead for the second day in a row. The lone American in the field is much closer to the pack after Saturday, however, with Italians Giacomo Fundaro (3,100,000), Andreas Goeller (2,320,000) and Andrea Benelli (2,085,000) making up the rest of the top half of the chip counts.

Bruno Stefanelli (1,335,000) is seventh out of eight, but he brings the home contingent to half of the final table in San Remo. Frenchman Emmanuel Pariset (1,940,000) and Croatian Andrija Martic (1,660,000) sit fifth and sixth, respectively, with short stack Vicky Coren-Mitchell (910,000) providing some of the most intrigue going into Sunday’s final table.

Coren-Mitchell fought through her second consecutive day on a short stack to guarantee herself a second career EPT final table, and now Coren-Mitchell can focus on the prospect of making history on Sunday afternoon. The lone remaining PokerStars Team Pro can become the first ever two-time EPT champion in the tour’s 98th Main Event, though history is not exactly on Coren-Mitchell’s side.

A lot of action was squeezed into the four-and-a-half hours of play on Day 5, so it should come as little surprise that a double elimination was part of the proceedings. Fundaro made his first move towards the top of the chip counts by eliminating two accomplished and dangerous pros as his A K outran Jeff Hakim’s A J and Alex Kravchenko’s J J to knock them out in 15th and 14th, respectively.

Fundaro also felled Stephen Chidwick, who narrowly missed out on his second final table of EPT Season 10 and went out 13th as he open-shoved 4 4 into Fundaro’s Q Q. Brazilian Ariel Celestino was the last of the South American contingent, but his run ended in 12th after his Q Q were run down by Benelli’s A T.

Early chipleaders Lukas Berglund and Raul Mestre had rotten luck throughout Day 5, and they were eventually eliminated in 11th and 10th place to bring the action to an unofficial final table of nine. Jorma Nuutinen could almost taste his second EPT final table of the season, but the Finnish pro ran J J into Pariset’s A A to lose all but four big blinds of his stack. Coren-Mitchell got priced into a call with 6 4 in the blinds against Nuutinen’s A 2, and it took the 6 on the river to send off the ninth place finisher and set the final table.

Play will resume at 12 pm Sunday in San Remo, with the action streamed live on PokerStars.tv with hole cards on an hour delay at 1 pm (7 am EST).

2014 EPT San Remo Main Event – Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Jordan Westmorland – 3,330,000
  2. Giacomo Fundaro – 3,100,000
  3. Andreas Goeller – 2,320,000
  4. Andrea Benelli – 2,085,000
  5. Emmanuel Pariset – 1,940,000
  6. Andrija Martic – 1,660,000
  7. Bruno Stefanelli – 1,335,000
  8. Vicky Coren-Mitchell – 910,000
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