Hicks, Salter Soar as EPT Grand Final Shrinks to 17

Kenny "LoneHixx" Hicks. Photo: Neil Stoddart, PokerStars blog

Day 4 of the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event is done with just 17 players, led by American Kenny Hicks, still with a shot at the €1.2m title.

Hicks, an experienced online grinder who plays under the name LoneHixx on PokerStars, bagged up 2,499,000 to take the lead heading into the playdown to the final table tomorrow.

He needed a nice turn of the cards to do it, though, spiking a jack on the flop with JJ to send Conor Shelly's KK to the rail late in the day.

Brit Jack Salter, meanwhile, started the day as a shortstack but caught some fortuitous double-ups to rise into the top three overnight with 1,750,000.

Steven Silverman
Silverman: Down but not out.

The two English speakers join second-place Martins Seilis (1,767,000), former EPT winner Mark Teltscher and a decidedly international group to play for the serious money up for grabs on Day 5.

The current top 10:

  • 1. Kenny Hicks 2,499,000
  • 2. Martins Seilis 1,767,000
  • 3. Jack Salter 1,750,000
  • 4. Antonio Buonanno 1,623,000
  • 5. Mayu Roca 1,500,000
  • 6. Sebastian von Toperczer 1,456,000
  • 7. Malte Moennig 1,450,000
  • 8. Nikita Nikolaev 1,083,000
  • 9. Sebastian Bredthauer 1,065,000
  • 10. Vasili Firsau 1,002,000

Silverman Still Slugging, Williams and Patel Fall

The last of the "big" names in PokerStars pro David Williams came into the day short and couldn't gain much traction before he fell in 24th place.

High Roller regular Steven "Zugwat" Silverman came in slightly better off than Williams and did survive but still lost ground on the day as he slipped to 436,000 and 16th of 17 players left.

Other notables in Emil "Whitelime" Patel, Scott "BigRiskky" Clements, David "missoracle" Yan and Dani "ansky" Stern also hit the rail.

For a full rundown of the day's action check the PokerStars blog or watch the feature-table replay right here. Tune in in the same spot tomorrow for the playdown to the final eight.

More Notes from Monaco

Three notable hands observed by the PokerListings Live Team today on the tourney floor in Monte Carlo:

-- Weird hand in Main Event: Finn Ville Wahlbeck opens UTG to 21,000, Christoph Vogelsang 3-bets in middle position to 57,000 and Maximos Pertsinidis calls on the button.

Tobias Reinkemeier
Adios Tobias.

Wahlbeck folds and the flop brings 7 7 5. Vogelsang bets around 50k, Pertsinidis pretty quickly goes all-in and Vogelsang calls instantly. Pertsinidis shows pocket jacks and is reduced to two outs against Vogelsang’s aces. Turn 5, River 9 and Vogelsang doubles up.

-- Extremely weird hand in the High Roller event: German Max Altergott, sitting in the small blind, checks on the river with 3 4 8 10 Q on the board. Johannes Strassmann on the button checks as well.

Altergott shows Q J and therefore plays the board. Strassmann mucks (sic!) his hand, but then he notices his mistake and tries to get his hand back. However, the dealer shows no mercy and Altergott gets the pot.

-- Weird hand #2 from the High Roller: On a turn with 5 6 4 K showing Martin Finger bet 21,500 and Tobias Reinkemeier pushed with about 50k. Finger thought for a while and then called with A 10. He was right, because Reinkemeier only showed Q 3.

After the river A, Reinkemeier was out.

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