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Finger, Levi Neck-and-Neck into EPT Prague Final Table
Germany’s Martin Finger and France’s Nicolas Levi are in a virtual dead heat as the chip leaders after the final table was set today at EPT Prague.
Finger, who was hovering around the chip lead for virtually the whole tournament, looked to be on the ropes after losing some big pots near the end of the day but knocked out Patrick Renkers on the last hand to grab the lead back.
Finger will start the final back in front with 5,800,000 in chips and he'll be looking to crush his previous best live tournament score of $60k set earlier this year.
Levi, on the other hand, has been in this spot several times before.
The Winamax pro has live cashes totaling around $1.3 million and several final tables to his credit along with a two-year card for the Epic Poker League.
He’ll enter the final table just a few big blinds shy of Finger at 5,690,000 after a day of steady play and some effective use of his big stack.
A huge pot that busted Kimon Lehmann in 12th place also helped his cause after the two got it in on a Q26 flop and Levi's kings held against Lehmann's tens.
The rest of the field has some ground to make up tomorrow on the two leaders as Dutchman Danyel Boyaciyan is next in the chip counts in third with 3,770,000.
Bodog Ari Back in the Thick of It
One of the more interesting names on the leaderboard and sitting in fourth heading into the final is American Ari Engel.
Formerly known as Bodog Ari, the well known poker coach has been quiet on the tournament scene for awhile but resurfaced in Prague and looks set to add a nice score to his $500k in live tourney and $2.3 million in online winnings.
Dane Mads Wissing also squeaked into the final eight but is severely short-stacked at just 420,000 in chips.
Spain’s Usero Cavalier, Germany’s Andreas Wiese and the Ukraine’s Denys Drobyna round out the final eight.
Timex, Moorman Bust
The two biggest names left in the tournament yesterday couldn’t make it deep today.
Canadian and former EPT champ Mike “Timex” Macdonald exited fairly early in 27th place for a €17,000 cash. Brit Chris Moorman busted in 15th for €23,000.
PokerStars pro Jude Ainsworth also hit the rail today, busting in 14th for €27,000.
Chip counts and seat position below for the final table, compliments of the PokerStars blog:
Seat 1 - Mads Wissing, Denmark, 420,000
Seat 2 - Usero Cavaller, Spain, 1,405,000
Seat 3 - Nicolas Levi, France, 5,690,000
Seat 4 - Martin Finger, Germany, 5,800,000
Seat 5 - Andreas Wiese, Germany, 1,615,000
Seat 6 - Ari Engel, United States, 1,670,000
Seat 7 - Denys Drobyna, Ukraine, 1,180,000
Seat 8 - Danyel Boyaciyan, Netherlands , 3,770,000
Catch the live updates on the PokerStars blog starting tomorrow at noon.