The 12th EPT season's finale drew a total of 1,098 participants, creating a prize pool worth €5,325,300 that paid 159 players. The Main Event involved a number of high profile players, with two big names going deep – Vanessa Selbst and Randy Lew. Earlier in the tournament Lew had been among the big chip stacks, but with things running less smoothly today, he eventually fell in 30th place. Selbst also put in a spirited showing, but bowed out in 26th place. While it's fair to say that those two names were attracting the most interest from poker fans in the run in to the final table, our finalists are by no means unknowns.
Ones to watch
Given the location of the tournament, it's unsurprising to see many French entries for EPT Monte Carlo, and those local players have certainly done their country proud, as there are three French players in the final six. It could have been four, but former WSOP Main Event 3rd place finisher Antione Saout busted in 7th. Adrien Allain is one of those players who will be hoping to play his way to a major title tomorrow, and he brings plenty of experience to the table with over $1.6 million in career cashes. He was particularly busy at the end of day 5 and looked dangerous as he edged his way into the chiplead on the final hand. Slovakian Jan Bendik is a name that many will not have heard of, but he also has great pedigree in live tournaments with over $2 million in cashes. He is one of the four smaller stacks still involved, and is certainly not out of the running, despite the two bigger stacks being heavy favourites. The man who sits just 3BBs behind the chipleader coming into the final day has been travelling the live tournament circuit since 2011, but only started playing bigger events more recently. His name is Jimmy Guerrero and he is already guaranteed to bank his biggest ever score tomorrow, whatever happens.
Adrien Allain is leading the field
Here is the full lineup with chip counts:
– Adrien Allain – 11,815,000
– Jimmy Guerrero – 11,480,000
– Jan Bendik – 2,625,000
– Oren Rosen – 2,315,000
– Asan Umarov – 2,235,000
– Pierre Calamusa – 2,235,000