WPT: Romanello and Katchalov Chase Second Title with 21 Left

Katchalov is looking for his first big cash of 2012

There are still 21 players vying for the title in the World Poker Tour Vienna Main Event, so it might be a little premature to predict that this tournament could produce one of the more star-powered line-ups of the European WPT events this season.  It is hard not to have high expectations for this final table though, as the remaining field includes two WPT champions, three EPT champions, and two more notable American pros.

The two players looking for their second WPT titles are Roberto Romanello and reigning BLUFF Player of the Year Eugene Katchalov. Romanello won his WPT title just over a year ago at WPT Bratislava and is looking to pick up a second European win here, but he and Katchalov will both be facing an uphill battle as they are near the bottom of the counts. Romanello is sixteenth in chips with 340,000 and Katchalov is eighteenth in the counts with 287,000.

EPT winner Anton Wigg is also in bad shape, but EPT Champ Ben Wilinofsky is faring much better. Wilinofsky actually spent a chunk of Day 3 at the top of the chip counts thanks to a host of eliminations at his hands, including Casey Kastle, David Breitfuss, and David Vamplew. He fell off a bit as the day wound down, but he still ended the day sixth in chips and above average with 752,000.

The player leading the pack at the moment is Goswin Siemsen, who claimed the chip lead in the final minutes of play by eliminating Yevgeniy Timoshenko in 22nd place. As a result, Siemsen ended the day with 1,193,000. Morten Christensen, who began the day at the top of the chip counts, finished the day second in chips with 1,057,000. Norbert Szecsi is the third player over the million-mark with 1,022,000.

Chris Moorman started the day in great shape and second in chips, but he was one of the 21 players who returned for Day 3 but failed to make the money. Moorman had a rough day and busted shy of the money bubble. Matt Kay, Marvin Rettenmaier, Bodo Sbrzesny, and Andre Akkari also failed to make the money. Ben Vinson was the bubble boy in the event, falling to none other than Wilinofsky.

Several other players made the money, but failed to survive the day. Casey Kastle (32nd), Andy Frankenberger (30th), Darko Stojanovic (29th), and Timoshenko all earned a payday but will not have a shot at the final table.

Andrew Badecker is one of the players still in the running for the final table and he is also the only player in the field who has the chance to make back-to-back WPT final tables. Badecker finished fifth at last month’s Bay 101 Main Event and has already cashed a remarkable seven times this year. Badecker ended the day seventh in chips with 735,000.

The other notable American left in the field is Tristan Wade, who has already guaranteed his first-ever WPT cash in just his second-ever WPT Main Event. Wade busted a player late in the day to end the day fifth in chips with 825,000.

Here are the top ten chip counts from the end of Day 3 of the WPT Vienna Main Event:

1. Goswin Siemsen – 1,193,000
2. Morten Christensen – 1,057,000
3. Norbert Szecsi  – 1,022,000
4. Ognjen Sekularac – 994,000
5.  Tristan Wade – 825,000
6. Ben Wilinofsky – 752,000
7. Andrew Badecker – 735,000
8. Marko Neumann – 545,000
9. Wilhelm Fuhrer – 520,000
10. Jurgen Reicht – 506,000

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