The play in San Remo’s Main Event started with 16 players yesterday and they were going to play until the final eight remained. We wouldn’t predict how long it would take, but in the end it only took a couple of hours before we had the eight names that will be returning today for the conclusion of the story and to give a final answer on who will be walking away with the title and the first place prize money of €476,100.
First to leave yesterday was Vincenco Scarcella, followed by Jeff Hakim. PokerStars Team Pro Alex Kravchenko suffered the same fate as these two, as he departed in 14th. Following his trail, Stephen Chidwik got involved in a big hand against Fundaro and his chips went in the middle when he was holding pocket Fours against pocket Queens and it was his time to visit the rail. Spain’s own Raul Mestre, who was going strong for most of the tournament, could not wrap things up as he finished in 10th after losing most of his chips to Andrija Martic and wasn’t able to recover. After Mestre left, the players merged into one table, but one more player needed to be eliminated before the official final table would be formed. This very unpleasant honor went to Jorma Nuutinen, and after his departure, everything was set for the final table.
The one who will be returning with the most hopes to start the day is probably the chip leader Jordan Westmorland. This is the first EPT visit for the American living in Australia and last night he bagged 3,330,000 chips. Italian Giacomo Fundaro is in a close second with 3,100,000. With a WPT title to his name and more than $650,000 in cashes, he represents a serious threat for everyone else at the table. Yet another Italian is returning today as 3rd in chips. His name is Andreas Goeller and his chip count is 2,320,000. Poker is his hobby, not his job, but nobody thinks this will prevent him for going for first place with all that he has. Andrea Benelli, with a stack of 2,085,000, will be looking to make some noise as he is no stranger to deep runs in big tournaments. In fact, his cash today at the final table will take him to over $1 million in live winnings.
The other half of the table is led by Emmanuel Pariset. His stack of 1,940,000 currently puts him in fifth place. Another recreational player, the Frenchman is guaranteed the biggest cash of his career regardless of his finish at today’s final table. Croatian Andrija Martic is a 25-year-old professional player who spends most of his time playing online on PokerStars. He will be looking to turn his 1,660,000 chips into the first EPT championship title for Croatia. Holding 7th place is Bruno Stefanelli with a stack of 1,335,000. His best cash to date is $65,670 and with total live cashes of $340,000, he will be looking to add to this number as much as possible.
Finally, starting with the shortest stack today will be Victoria Coren Mitchell. She is not just the only woman at the final table, but also the only holder of the EPT title, which she won in London in 2006. Her live tournament winnings are standing at nearly $1.8 million, and although her stack of 910,000 doesn’t look too promising, Vicky probably has a few tricks up her sleeve and support and good vibes coming from her numerous followers.
Today is the day! The EPT San Remo champion will be crowned today and we’ll be keeping an eye on the action at the final table until there is just one man (or woman) standing! Who will walk away with €476,000?