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dmmikkel the story at EPT Grand Final
Dag Martin Mikkelsen headlines the fifth final table of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Grand Final.
The 22-year-old Norwegian enters Sunday's final table both as chip leader and as the most recognizable name amongst the eight finalists.
And thanks to a couple of big hands at the end of play on Saturday, he finds himself well-positioned to take down his first-ever EPT title in Monaco tomorrow.
"I feel pretty good," he told PokerListings.com. "I'm the chip leader and I have good position on the table. I can't ask for anything more right now."
Mikkelsen is joined at the final table by Hungary's Peter "Belabacsi" Traply and American Matt Woodward.
"Woodward is to my right and is pretty good," Mikkelsen said. "I've been playing with him for three days and he's super aggressive."
Woodward, who hails from Waterboro, Maine, has $160k in career live tournament earnings and enters Day 5 action second in chips.
Traply, meanwhile, is a four-time Pocket Fives Triple Crown winner online - a fact that had escaped Mikkelsen until interested observer Sorel Mizzi broached the subject just after the final table was set.
"That's good to know," Mikkelsen said. "Now I don't like having him on my left.
"I've got one [frightening player] on each side. Other than that, it's a good table."
Mikkelsen, who plays as dmmikkel online, told PokerListings he doesn't think his class-leading 7.315 million chip stack will put any meaningful pressure on him when play renews tomorrow.
"It's kind of added pressure, but I'm pretty used to it," he said. "Right now I don't feel like I have any added pressure on me, personally, but other people might feel that it puts pressure on me."
Heading into Day 4, Mikkelsen found himself overshadowed by the likes of Annette Obrestad and Ludovic Lacay, the former an online legend and the latter runner-up in the chip counts.
But Lacay flamed out early after running Big Slick into Woodward's aces and finished in 21st place.
Obrestad, meanwhile, would milk her short-stack, lasting to 13th place before running aces into Mikhail Tulchinsky's flopped set of nines and failing to conjure a miracle.
Also eliminated short of the final table were Johannes Strassmann and Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc.
Obrestad's elimination paved the way for Mikkelsen to take over and with ten players left, he did just that.
First he sent Marc Naalden home in 10th when his flopped set of fives held out against the Dutch player's open-ended straight draw in a 4 million chip pot.
Then he busted Christian Rossiter in 9th, ending the day after hitting a runner-runner inside straight with 8♥ 6♣ against Rossiter's A♣ Q♠ with the Brit having flopped a pair of aces.
Final table action gets underway at noon local time with a €2.3 million first prize on the line.