Day 4 of the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event was a relatively short one but full of action and speedy eliminations of tournament entries. The day kicked off with 45 remaining players, but several hours later that number was reduced to just 16 finalists.
The 16 hopefuls are set to return at the host casino today at noon local time to play down to the official six-handed final table. Each of the finalists is guaranteed a minimum cash of €31,700, but they will all look for a spot among the final six for a chance to eventually win the €712,000 first-place prize.
Shortly after the beginning of Day 4, Patrik Antonius scored a double knockout to unleash a wave of eliminations. By the time the first level of the day was completed, there were just 32 players left at the tables of the host venue. Action slowed down a bit after the beginning of the second level, but players still seemed eager to reduce the field. The stream of eliminations was eventually put an end to when Gavin O’Rourke busted in 17th place. Following that player’s elimination, the clock stopped and the remaining survivors bagged and tagged for the day.
Tomas Jozonis from Lithuania was the player to collect the largest chip stack yesterday. He scooped 4.075 million, nearly two times more than the next in the chip counts chart.
Germany’s Ole Schemion finished second in chips on Wednesday with a stack of 2.63 million. Start-of-the-day chip leader David Peters, Patrik Antonius, Adrian Mateos and PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari were among the poker celebrities to make it into Day 5 of play.
Aside from the poker veterans, there were also a number of less familiar faces to survive through the tough field and make it thus far into the major tournament with Krisztian Gyorgyi being one of them. Gyorgyi secured his spot into the Main Event for just €5. The Hungarian collected the fifth largest stack last night and now has just as big of a chance to win the tournament as any other player left in contention.
Italy’s Raffaele Sorrentino won the €5,300 Monte Carlo Main Event last year, when the tournament and the whole festival ran under the PokerStars Championship brand. The player bested a field of 727 entries to collect the largest portion of the prize pool. Sorrentino took home €466,714 and the tournament trophy after a two-way deal with his runner-up, Germany’s Andreas Klatt.
This year, the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event attracted 777 entries, including 201 re-entries. The tournament’s field generated €3,768,450 for the prize pool. The money was split into payouts for those occupying the top 111 places, min-cashes starting from €9,400. As mentioned above, each of the 16 finalists is guaranteed a minimum payout of €31,700, and each of the six final tablists will leave with no less than €139,050.
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