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Soulier, Busquet Lead EPT Campione Final Table
Eight players remain at the PokerStars EPT Campione main event with WSOP bracelet winner Fabrice Soulier and WPT champ Olivier Busquet sitting in the top two spots.
The defining characteristic of this Italian EPT’s Day 4 was speed. The 24 players who began the day reduced their ranks to the final eight in four hours flat.
Soulier went on a heater midday, eliminating a long line of players to put himself closest to the €640,000 first-place prize.
All eight remaining players are guaranteed €54,000 for making the final, but the longer they can hold on the bigger that prize is going to get.
The top eight spots in this tournament account for more than €1.8 million of the €2.76 total prize pool.
Here are the official chip counts for the final eight players.
- 1 - Fabrice Soulier - 3,480,000
- 2 - Olivier Busquet - 3,011,000
- 3 - Jannick Wrang - 2,882,000
- 4 - Balazs Botond - 2,080,000
- 5 - Koen De Visscher - 1,856,000
- 6 - Stefano Puccilli - 1,450,000
- 7 - Mario Nagel - 1,210,000
- 8 - Robin Ylitalo - 1,153,000
Two Big Names in Top Two Spots
Far and away the two most recognizable names left in this event belong to the players in first and second chip positions.
France’s Fabrice Soulier has been a regular on the live tournament circuit for the better part of a decade and has racked up more than $3.66 million in earnings in that time.
At the 2011 WSOP he won the $10,000 HORSE Championship, earning his first WSOP bracelet and more than $600,000. His biggest result cash-wise, however, was when he finished third in the Partouche Poker main event in 2010 for $701,000.
Soulier is currently fourth on France’s all-time live tournament money list but he would move into third, edging out Antoine Saout, if he’s able to finish third or above.
Second in chips heading into the EPT Campione final table is Olivier Busquet.
Busquet beat out over 1,000 players to win the 2009 WPT Borgata Poker Open for $925,000 and finished second in the €25k High Roller event at the 2010 EPT Grand Final for just under $800,000.
But before Busquet ever hit it big playing live tournaments, he was regarded as one of the very best heads-up Sit and Go players on the internet, playing under the screenname livb112.
Vamplew, Kaiser Headline Day 4 Eliminations
18 players were forced out the exit on the way to this final table, among them two former EPT champions.
Scotland’s David Vamplew won EPT London and has made final tables at the WSOP and WPT. He was the last remaining EPT champ in today’s field, busting in 10th place and receiving €41,000.
Olivier Busquet was the one to send him home, flopping two pair and getting the money in when Vamplew turned top pair.
Also falling short of the finale was 2011 EPT Tallinn champ Ronny Kaiser, a very successful high-stakes online poker player.
Kaiser started the day as a shortstack and wasted little time open-shoving K♣ 3♣. he was snapped off by Simeon Naydenov with A♦ 9♦ and eliminated in 22nd place.