Johnny Lodden in Charge with 15 Left in EPT Grand Final

Johnny Lodden

Johnny Lodden is right where he wants to be with just 15 players left in the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final.

The famed Norwegian poker player cruised to an enormous chip-lead of 2.2 million on Day 4 of the contest.

Lodden is one of the most successful poker players of all time but somehow a major title still eludes him.

He’s tantalizingly close to the EPT Grand Final crown with just two days left and a serious chip lead.

Lodden has always had great results in Monte Carlo with a 73rd place finish in this same event last year and a third-place finish in 2013 for $612,355.

Mateos, Schemion, Pastor Hold On for Day 5

Ole Schemion
Ole, Ole, Ole

Lodden isn’t the only well-known pro with a shot at the EPT Grand Final title.

2013 WSOPE Main Event winner Adrian Mateos is third in chips with 1.6 million. German all-star Ole Schemion seventh in chips with 1.1 million.

Argentina pro Juan Martin Pastor (450,000) and Tom Hall (249,00) are also still in the contest but they’ll be fighting from the short stack tomorrow.

Meanwhile big names Jason Mercier, Stephen Chidwick, Scott Clements and Connor Drinan all fell to the rail on Day 3.

Action will resume tomorrow at noon with the goal of making it to at least a final table of eight-players.

You can watch the livestream right here on PokerListings. It may just be the most-watched stream of the entire tournament as poker fans will be anxious to see whether Johnny Lodden can finally exercise his demons and take down a major.

Here are the complete chip counts at the end of Day 5:

Johnny Lodden, Norway, 2,293,000
Markus Ross, Germany, 1,815,000
Adrian Mateos, Spain, 1,635,000
Koichi Nozaki, Japan, 1,582,000
Hady El Asmar, Lebanon, 1,530,000
Muhyedine Fares, Senegal, 1,280,000
Ole Schemion, Germany, 1,178,000
Lyndon Basha, United Kingdom, 1,070,000
Dmitry Ivanov, Russia, 994,000
Anton Astapau, Belarus, 896,000
Romain Paon, France, 782,000
Christopher Frank, Germany, 645,000
Jose Carlos Garcia, Poland, 523,000
Juan Martin Pastor, Argentina, 450,000
Tom Hall, United Kingdom, 249,000


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