Karamalikis, Juanda, Sahamies Headline Final 24 at EPT Barcelona

Jonathan Karamalikis
Jonathan Karamalikis

After four days of action the field at EPT Barcelona has been reduced to 24 players with several high-profile poker pros still gunning for the final table.

Local Samuel Rodriguez is the chip leader with 5.3 million chips but Aussie Jonathan Karamalikis is in second place with 3 million.

Poker superstars John Juanda (1.6 million chips) and Ilari Sahamies (1 million) are certainly still in the mix as the final table draws closer.

More established as a cash-game stud Ilari Sahamies has been a revelation at the EPT Barcelona and already finished fourth in the €50k high roller for €291,900. It remains to be seen if he can make it back-to-back final tables in Barcelona.

Interestingly two female players remain in the field as French player Lucille Cailly is stacked with 1.4 million while Dutch PokerStars pro Fatima Moreira de Melo is shorter with 805,000 but could potentially make the biggest score of her poker career in this event.

Welsh pro Roberto Romanello also secured a spot in Day 5 but will have his work cut out for him with only 497,000 chips.

De Meulder, Margets and 35 Others Eliminated on Day 4

Many final-table aspirations were put to bed on Day 4 of EPT Barcelona as 61 players entered the day.

Matthias De Meulder, Leo Margets, Andrey Zaichenko and Konstantin Puchkov were among the notable players who busted through five levels of play on Day 4.

Tomorrow the remaining 24 players will play down to a final table of eight players. It should be a riveting day of poker as the big names attempt to make one last push for the final table. Action resumes at 12:00 CET.

Here’s a look at the top 10 chip counts at the end of Day 4:

1. Samuel Rodriguez – 5.3 million
2. Jonathan Karamalikis – 3 million
3. Mikalai Pobal – 2.7 million
4. Antonin Duda – 2 million
5. Anton Sinel – 1.9 million
6. John Juanda – 1.6 million
7. Ole Schemion – 1.5 million
8. Lucille Cailly – 1.4 million
9. Elias Gutierrez Hernandez – 1.29 million
10. Javier Piazuelo – 1.25 million

About Arthur Crowson

Arthur has been involved exclusively with the poker industry since the 2006 World Series of Poker where he still claims to have captured the first interview with a then-unknown player named Jamie Gold on one of the days leading up to the Main Event final table. Since then Arthur has been working full-time for PokerListings.com writing news stories, covering poker tournaments, interviewing players and snapping photos.

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