As Day 5 of the 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €5,300 Main Event is about to start, the tournament is down to its final 28 players, spread out over 4 tables.
The goal is to play down to the point where only 6 players remain on this penultimate day, or till the end of level 29, whichever comes faster. The end of level 29 means only five 90-minute levels are scheduled for today, meaning the day should be done around 9pm local time as there won't be a dinner break. That's on the schedule at least, the tournament director can always decide to play on if they feel that's the better choice.
Leading the pack is Adrien Allain with 3,900,000 in chips. The WPT Amneville and APT Macau champion from France is followed by Portuguese pro Joao Vieira who's bringing 2,710,000 to the table today after being down to 2/3rd a big blind on Day 3. We predicted the comeback of the century, he would make a worthy successor to Pieter de Korver who was down to one big blind on the final table of this very event a couple of years back.
The field is packed with recognizable names and incredibly talented newcomers. The likes of EPT Season 9 Player of the Year Jan Bendik (2,447,000), November Niner Antoine Saout (2,147,000) and PokerStars Team Pro Vanessa Selbst (389,000) are all still in contention.
Sit back, relax, and follow our coverage for the entire day. The first level on the schedule is 15,000/30,000 with a 4,000 ante.