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EPT Grand Final Day 3: Eyster leads the final 24
The 2010 PokerStars EPT Grand Final played down to 24 in Monte Carlo Wednesday and the final table is now in sight.
As players like 2003 World Series of Poker champ Chris Moneymaker, English footballer turned poker player Teddy Sheringham, 2008 Irish Open winner Neil Channing, and 2006 EPT London champ Vicky Coren hit the rail, several players went from pretenders to contenders for the EPT Grand Final crown.
The chip lead belongs to American online poker phenom Kevin "1$ickDisea$E" Eyster, whose biggest live score to date was a runner-up finish in a $1k Six-Max event at the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this past January for $65k.
Eyster has slightly more than 2.7 million in chips and 2009 PokerStars Italian Poker Tour Venice winner Matt Perrins sits right behind him. The Brit will take around 2.5 million chips into Thursday's battle for one of eight seats on the final table.
A host of others are still dangerously close.
World Poker Tour and WSOP bracelet winner Nick Schulman retains a chance at the title and to become a Triple Crown winner, joining Roland de Wolfe and Gavin Griffin as the only players to hold WPT, EPT, and WSOP titles.
Swede Ramzi Jelassi, who has a boatload of deep finishes on the EPT without a major win, is also still alive, as are Finnish high-stakes online pro Sami "LarzLuzak" Kelopuro and EPT and WSOP final tablist Andrew Chen.
Organizers plan to play down to the final eight Thursday. First place pays €1,700,000.