The European Poker Tour Campione Main Event is heading towards a thrilling conclusion after the 99 players who returned to the Casino di Campione yesterday afternoon were whittled down to the final 24 in the competition. The man who is the chip leader going into the penultimate day's play is Jannick Wrang.
When play resumes this afternoon Wrang will be the man to catch, his 1,742,000 chips enough to see his name displayed at the top of the chip counts and if past history is anything to go by then there is every chance he will be the name written into the history books as the eventual champion.
Just a few weeks ago Dane Mickey Petersen lifted the winner's trophy at EPT Copenhagen then just a matter of days later his fellow countryman Frederik Brink Jensen won EPT Madrid and now Wrang, also Danish, has the chance to make it a hat-trick of wins for Denmark.
If he is to go all the way in Campione he is going to have to navigate his way through some very talented players indeed, none more so than the man who starts the day second in chips Fabrice Soulier. The Frenchman, ranked 26th on the Global Poker Index, will un-bag and re-stack 1,230,000 chips when play gets underway and he is certainly a major threat to Wrang's dreams of becoming an EPT champion. Soulier saw his stack dwindle during Day 3 but he won a massive pot late in the day when his ace-ten spiked a hand-winning ace to crack Alexandre Andermatt's pocket queens to push himself over a million chips.
Other notable players in the field include Olivier Busquet who you may know better as livb12, the first player to have $1,000,000 profit from heads-up sit n' go tournaments. Busquet already has a World Poker Tour title and will be going all out to add an EPT to his already impressive CV. The articulate Busquet starts the day with a stack of 973,000, enough to place him seventh and certainly within striking distance of the current leader.
Other players to keep an eye out include Belgium's Koen De Visscher (858,000), David Vamplew (747,000) and Balazs Botond (646,000). Vamplew has a realistic chance of becoming the first-ever double EPT champion, something nobody has done in almost eight full seasons of the long-running tour whilst Botond is an unknown to most of those in the field but is ranked just outside the top 100 players in the world for online poker tournament play and has shown he knows his way around the table on more than one occasion this week.
Play gets underway at precisely 14:00 CET and will continue until the eight-handed final table has been decided. Who will make it and who will fall by the wayside? Only time will tell but ensure you join us tomorrow for a full recap of the action from the EPT Campione main event.
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