Clémençon, Giannetti Lead Final Eight in Malta

Tristan Clemencon
Tristan Clémençon.

Winamax Pro Tristan Clémençon and 2011 November Niner Matt Giannetti lead the final eight players heading into the last day of play at WPT Malta.

Play was meant to get down to the six-person final table today but a long playdown from 30 players into the money left two extras to return tomorrow at 1 pm for the finish.

Leading those eight is Clémençon, a relatively young but already feared French pro who piled up 2,251,000 chips by the end of the day.

Just 21 years old, Clémençon already has six cashes on the EPT and will wield the big stack and almost a million-chip lead when action picks up again tomorrow.

Second in chips at 1,309,000 is 2011 WSOP November Niner Matt Giannetti.

Coupled with a strong run in the Partouche Poker Tour main event last week, Giannetti's trip to Europe has given him exactly the kind of refresher he was looking for in tournament Hold’em in preparation for the final table in November.

Just behind Giannetti and third in chips at 1,218,000 is the enigmatic Italian Cecilia Pescaglini.

Pescaglini ran over the field yesterday en route to a big chip lead, and while everyone expected a big drop off she still managed to increase her chip stack, if only slightly, on Day 4.

Rounding out the final eight are Day 1a chip leader Fabien Sartoris (654k), British pro Simon Trumper (631k), Christofer Williamsson (510k), Mats Karlson (452k) and short-stack Fillippo Bianchini (188k).

Eliminated today but making the money were Isaac Haxton (12th - $12,881), Marvin Rettenmaier (16th - $9,630), Tony G. (25th - $8,401) and Justin Bonomo (26th - $8,401).

The final table will to be streamed lived starting at 1 pm CET at (on a 30-minute delay) with added commentary from Phil Hellmuth.

First-place finisher takes home $273,200 and the bragging right of winning the first-ever WPT re-buy event in Europe. The runner-up earns $159,412.

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