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Fabio Sperling Leads After Day 4, Vanessa Selbst in 5th with 22 Left

Posted at 19:30 2014-12-16 by Yardley

Germany's Fabio Sperling is the man to catch at the end of Day 4 here at the EPT 11 Prague Main Event. Sperling bagged up 4,357,000 after five levels of play to top the 22 players still in contention.

Stephen Graner from the USA is in second with 3,228,000 chips. Fellow American Vanessa Selbst will enter Tuesday fifth in chips, and likeable British pro Sam Grafton is in third. Grafton is from the U.K. but has recently made Prague his home. The popular “SquidPoker” spent the day talking up a storm and pouting his way to finish with 2,610,000.

What happened on Day 4?

Day 4 began with 61 players, and losing the first 30 happened very quickly. Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer finished in 53rd for €16,970 after losing a flip with fours against the ace-queen of Tamer Kamel. The eliminations slowed a little after the first flurry of exits, with the average stack then around 80 big blinds, but the field was gradually whittled down to the 22 by the time the day ended.

Vanessa Selbst is the last remaining Team PokerStars Pro in the tournament and she endured a few swings but stuck to her game plan on her way to a fifth place end-of-day finish securing 2,040,000 chips.

David Kitai briefly held the chip lead and he finished in fourth place with 2,307,000, while Simon Mattsson, who started the day as chip leader, ended with 1,172,000. Nandor Solyom will return as the short stack with 182,000 after losing a flip to Francesco Grieco just before the day ended.

Online qualifier Brian Altman was the chip leader at the end of Day 2 but at one point today he was down to one big blind. A series of improbable double ups, including cracking aces with king-deuce all in preflop, saw him escape elimination several times before he finally bust in the very last hand of the night to finish 23rd for a €32,270 payday.

Play resumes on Tuesday at noon CET and the plan is to play down to the final six. The tournament is just two days away from crowning an eventual champion from this record breaking field in Prague and the winner will take home a huge €969,000 payday.

Day 5 Table and Seat Draw

TableSeatNameCountryChips
11Artem MetalidiUkraine1,065,000
12Sergey LebedevRussia678,000
13Nandor SolyomRomania182,000
14Jonathan WongUK1,216,000
16Vanessa SelbstUSA2,040,000
17Davidi KitaiBelgium2,307,000
18Simon MattssonSweden1,172,000
     
21Remi CastaignonFrance1,385,000
22Andras NemethHungary1,813,000
24Francesco GriecoItaly1,215,000
25Thomas ButzhammerGermany320,000
26Pascal PflockGermany671,000
27Sam GraftonUK2,610,000
28Stephen GranerUSA3,228,000
     
31Balazs BotondHungary1,248,000
32Jakub SlemrCzech Republic1,278,000
33Roman PavliukUkraine608,000
34Anton BertilssonSweden1,131,000
35Tamer KamelUK1,304,000
36Fabio SperlingGermany4,357,000
37Bjorn WieslerGermany1,504,000
38Miltiadis KyriakidesGreece1,900,000

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