What do EPT Berlin Main Event participants Boris Becker and Roman Herold have in common? At least two things – Both are German and, more interestingly, both were once professional level tennis players. What do they not have in common? Well, Becker did become a legend on the court, but in the context of this article, Herold is currently in first place after Day 4 of the tourney while Becker was knocked out in 49th place.
Herold’s rise to the top came after a spectacular day for him on the poker table as he won a number of huge hands throughout Day 4. The German’s stellar play has put him at 4,485,000 chips going into the second last day of the Main Event, the only player to currently have over four million chips at this stage of the game.
Going into the fourth day, it seemed like little would stop the impressive run of Finnish player Aku Joentausta, who had been chip leader for two successive nights going into Day 4. This was until the 21-year-old Finn encountered the 26-year-old Herold in an all-in encounter, which Herold won after he hit a two-pair, ending Joentausta’s three-day long tear and sending him home in 31st place.
It was part of what was overall a day of excellent play from the Germans in the tournament. Eight of the seventeen remaining players are German and every single of them are in the top ten at the end of the fourth day.
The only player currently an immediate threat to Herold’s reign, however, is Russian Dashgyn Aliev, who goes into the Main Event’s fifth day in second place with 3,931,000 chips. Khiem Nguyen, who is third on the chip leader tally, has more than one million chips less than Aliev, with 2,788,000 to his name. Aliev has come into the Main Event as a virtual unknown, having not yet recorded a single live poker cash to date.
Herold, on the other hand, placed 35th in the EPT Barcelona Main Event in 2012 and took home $28,690 for his efforts. This would pale significance to the prize money, not to mention the accolades, he would win if he were to continue his fine play and win the EPT Berlin Main Event.
Given the current dominance of the German so far, Herold currently has the biggest chance to take the top prize. However, if the events of Day 4 are anything to go by, anything could happen in the next two days of what has been a highly exciting and unpredictable EPT Berlin Main Event.