Rossiter Storms to Lead for EPT London Final Table

Jeffrey Rossiter
Aussie Jeff Rossiter

Aussie Jeff Rossiter charged from the middle of the pack to the chip lead as the final table was set in the EPT London main event today.

Already up over $3m in tournament earnings this year thanks to a 2nd-place finish at the GuangDong Asia Millions, Rossiter could make it an astonishing 2013 tomorrow with a win.

A very tidy £560,980 ($895,268) sits up top for the winner and Rossiter has prime position for it with a massive 5,205,000 chip stack - almost 1m clear of second-place Georgios Karakousis.

If David Yan and Martin Kozlov are any indication, though, this year's main event hasn't worked out well for overnight chip leaders.

Yan and Kozlov Flame Out, Ylitalo and Sjavik Linger

Day 3 chip leader Kozlov and Day 4 chip leader Yan looked like locks to make the final eight this year but both ran dry at the wrong times to fall short.

Yan, last night's leader with 2.3m, ran into all kinds of problems all day and was gone in 12th. Kozlov hung around a little longer but busted out on the bubble in ninth.

Jan Sjavik
Jan Sjavik: Been here before.

A diverse bunch grabbed the waiting seats instead including Swedish pro Robin Ylitalo, who's looked strong all tournament, and Brit/German Ludovic Geilich.

Slovakian Stefan Vagner, Brits Leo McClean and Kully Sidhu and Norway's Jan Olav Sjavik - thrid-place finisher at the 2008 EPT London main event - round out the final eight.

Official chip counts to start the final table:

  • 1. Jeff Rossiter 5,205,000
  • 2. Georgios Karakousis 4,390,000
  • 3. Robin Ylitalo 2,795,000
  • 4. Stefan Vagner 2,525,000
  • 5. Leo McClean 980,000
  • 6. Jan Olav Sjavik 870,000
  • 7. Ludovic Geilich 805,000
  • 8. Kully Sidhu 560,000

Check the PokerStars blog for a recap of all today's action; tune in tomorrow at 2 pm GMT for Live Streaming coverage of the final table.

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