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Gomes Seeks Triple Crown Win at EPT Grand Final
Team PokerStars Pro Alex Gomes will have a shot at poker's Triple Crown at the final table of the EPT Grand Final Thursday.
The 28-year-old Brazilian already has a World Poker Tour victory at the Bellagio Cup in 2009 and a WSOP bracelet from the 2008 World Series of Poker $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event.
Gomes would become only the third player in history to win the Triple Crown with an EPT win at the Grand Final in Madrid, Spain.
Gavin Griffin and Roland de Wolfe are the only other players to have done so.
However, the former corporate lawyer will have his work cut out for him coming into the final table sixth in chips of the eight players remaining.
Plus, 46-year-old Venezuelan transport business owner and pro poker player Ivan Freitez has a massive chip lead.
The Grand Final kicked off in Madrid this past weekend with 686 players from 51 countries competing.
The prizepool sits at €6,868,000 with €1,500,000 reserved for the winner.
The final table will be broadcast live with hole cards online and on TV stations throughout Europe, Russia and Canada.
The broadcast will begin Thursday at 2 p.m. CET live on PokerStars.tv.
Once it gets down to the final four, players will be sequestered and play will begin again at 9 p.m. CET with live hole cards recorded and played out on a two-hour delay.
The broadcast will begin airing from 11 p.m. CET until a winner is crowned on Sport 1 in Germany, RTL7 in The Netherlands, Antenna3 in Spain, TV3 in Russia, Sport.ro in Romania, Sport TV in Slovenia, Jim in North Belgium and Plug RTL in the South, and The Score in Canada.
A simulcast with commentary in English, Spanish, German, Russian, Dutch, Italian will also be broadcast on PokerStars.tv.
To follow all the action throughout the entire EPT Grand Final, click through to PokerListings' EPT Live Updates.
Here's how the chip stacks look coming in:
1 Ivan Freitez 5,995,000
2 Juan Maceiras 3,150,000
3 Andrey Danilyuk 2,645,000
4 Eugene Yanayt 2,420,000
5 Torsten Brinkmann 1,875,000
6 Alex Gomes 1,670,000
7 Tamas Lendvai 1,655,000
8 Andrew Li 1,210,000