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Middleton Tops, Staszko Busts as EPT Barca Down to 24
British pro Tom "hitthehole" Middleton is in the driver's seat with just 24 players left in the EPT Barcelona main event.
The chip leader coming into the day with 79 players left Middleton held his ground like a champion to end Day 4 still on top of the pack.
With just under 4 million in chips, Middleton has a 700k advantage over second place Alejandro Perez (3,300,000) and the rest of the final 24 heading into Day 5 tomorrow.
Perez, who finished 105th here last year in his first EPT event, is keeping his expectations in check for his second:
“I don’t fantasize about the final table. Everybody says that this is mine and such, but I have been slowly, level by level, day by day because at the end there are six or seven days and if you think on the third day that you will be at the final table, you are lost. I am very glad."
Alexberovas, Kurko, Farrell Make Intriguing Chase Pack
While the final 24 is devoid of poker "superstars" its undeniably an intriguing group of players with an eye on the €1,067,000 first-place prize.
Tightly grouped behind Middleton and Perez are Anaras Alekberovas (2,638,000) - fourth-place finisher here last year - and veteran Finn Kimmo Kurko (2,382,000).
Also in the top 10 is WSOP runner-up Niall Farrell (1,862,000) while former WPT Barcelona champ Lukas Berglund (772,000) and UKIPT Edinburgh/SCOOP champ Nicolau Villa-Lobos (778,000) held onto stacks for Day 5.
Jamila Von Perger is the last woman standing with 712,000. Martin Staszko, 2012 WSOP Main Event runner-up, busted in 25th (€29,270) to end the day. The top 10 in chips:
- 1. Tom Middleton 3,986,000
- 2. Alejandro Perez 3,300,000
- 3. Anaras Alekberovas 2,638,000
- 4. Kimmo Kurko 2,382,000
- 5. Andreas Christoforou 2,258,000
- 6. Emilio Jimenez 2,242,000
- 7. Madis Müür 2,056,000
- 8. Benoit Gury 1,940,000
- 9. Niall Farrell 1,862,000
- 10. Eduard Bhaggoe 1,637,000
Check the PokerStars blog for a recap of all the action and tune in here tomorrow at 12 noon CET for live streaming action from Casino Barcelona.