Middleton Eyes EPT Barca Title, Negreanu Hunts Finn

Negreanu: Not kidding around.

Brit Tom Middleton is holding course for a massive main event win and Daniel Negreanu is tracking an impressive young Finn as two final tables were set at EPT Barcelona tonight.

Middleton, the chip leader for the past three days, proved his mettle yet again today and held off all comers to keep the lead heading into the final table.

With just under 10 million in chips Middleton is about 2.5 million clear of second-place Kresten Nielsen and seems on an unstoppable line towards his first major live title.

Spain's Alejandro Lopez, in second place coming into the day, was the unfortunate final table bubble boy, busting in ninth. The official final eight and chip stacks:

Tom Middleton
  • 1. Tom Middleton 9,850,000
  • 2. Kresten Nielsen 7,300,000
  • 3. Benoit Gury 5,610,000
  • 4. Luca Fiorini 4,610,000
  • 5. Pasi Sormunen 3,070,000
  • 6. Andreas Christoforou 2,560,000
  • 7. Kimmo Kurko 2,265,000
  • 8. Eduard Bhaggoe 1,615,000

For a complete recap of the day's action, check the PokerStars blog. Tune in right here tomorrow for live streaming of the final table. First place will pay a staggering €1,067,000!

Negreanu Hunts Joni, Benefield and Schemion Still Alive

Meanwhile over in the €10k High Roller a familiar name in Daniel Negreanu looms large at the "unofficial" final table of nine.

He's not the chip leader, but he's not far off and after dusting off his first buy-in and re-entering amid a bit of controversy, he seems intent on making his second bullet count.

The dangerous Joni Jouhkimainen.

The man he's chasing, however, won't be scared off easily. Finn Joni Jouhkimainen, a 2013 PokerListings Spirit of Poker nominee, famously went toe-to-toe with Ilari Sahamies with both cards and drinks at last year's EPT Barcelona final table before finishing third.

He'll have the edge heading into the final table but if he can hold off Negreanu he'll still need to survive Jonathan Duhamel, Ole Schemion and 2013 November Niner David Benefield.

If Negreanu does win he'll take over the #1 spot on the Global Poker Index. The final nine and chip counts:

  • 1. Joni Jouhkimainen 1,945,000
  • 2. Jean-Noel Thorel 1,260,000
  • 3. Daniel Negreanu 1,225,000
  • 4. Thomas Muhlocker 1,224,000
  • 5. Richard Yong 1,208,000
  • 6. Jonathan Duhamel 842,000
  • 7. Ole Schemion 530,000
  • 8. Raoul Refos 462,000
  • 9. David Benefield 229,000
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