We said anything could happen in the EPT Berlin Main Event given the unpredictability and exciting play that has gone on in it. Day 5 of the tourney showed this to be the case as the day ended with a new chip leader and an eight-seater final table going into the final day.
German poker player Robert Haigh currently sits a top of the leaderboard heading into the final table, with his strong play on Day 5 putting 5,495,000 chips to his name. Haigh is arguably the most accomplished player in the final table, having placed second in the No-Limit High Roller tournament at the EPT Prague in December. In August, the German reigned supreme in the 1,000 Euro No-Limit Hold Em tourney at the EPT Barcelona, taking home $101,807 in the process.
While these accolades make Haigh dangerous, especially at this point of the Main Event, the strength of every player at the final table means he cannot afford to be complacent on the final day.
One such player is fellow German Daniel-Gai Pidun, who is hot on Haigh’s heels with the second highest chip lead (5,250,000). Pidun is now stranger to the EPT Berlin – He played in both the 2012 and 2011 Main Events and took out 17th and ninth places respectively. While he has already put in his best ever Main Event performance at this year’s Main Event, Pidun is now in with a solid chance of taking out top prize should his great play continue tonight.
Roman Herold also must not be forgotten going into the final table. Day 4’s chip leader may not have had the best day, ending Day 4 with over a million chips less than the start with 3,050,000. Despite this, he just might be able to take back top spot and the Main Event if he can reclaim some of the prowess that has gotten him this far in the tournament.
One player who won’t be in tonight’s final table is Russian Dashgyn Aliev, who was the final player eliminated on Day 5 in ninth place. With the second highest chip count after Day 4, Aliev was in a good position coming into the fifth day. However, Aliev ran into trouble when he went all in with an Ace Queen hand, which was called by Alexander Helbig’s pocket Queens. The German’s pocket pair held and Aliev was knocked out.
The final table action is set to resume tonight at the Grand Hyatt Berlin, where one of the eight remaining players will leave as the 2013 EPT Berlin Main Event Winner.