The European Poker Tour Vienna is set to battle it out in what could be an epic race for the title and a €700,000 prize at the Kursalon.
After four days of action, with a starting field of 587 players, eight places are now reserved for one more battle at the final table. Not surprisingly, PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu is sitting at the head of the table, with a king’s ransom of chips in front of him. Up until this month, Negreanu had never cashed in an EPT event,  but this time, he may just pull down a huge chunk of change and the event title as well. When action resumes on October 31, 2010 at noon local time, Negreanau will be well positioned to not only win the event, but in doing so, he will take the top rank in all time earnings, and will win the triple crown, having won a WPT, WSOP , and now an EPT bracelet event, joining Gavin Griffin and Roland de Wolfe, the only two other players to accomplish such a feat.
While Negreanu’s personal stakes are high, he appears to have the chips to handle the pressure, entering the final table with 2.5 times the chip average. He leads the way with just over 5 million chips, followed by Konstantinos Nanos, an optometrist recently-turned-pro, in the at 3.6 million and Michael Eiler at 2.1 million. Bringing up the rear are Andreas Wiese with 730,000 and Martin Hruby with just under a million.
Both Nanos and Negreanu had led the way throughout Day 4 are favorites to meet in headsup play for the final prize, but the journey won’t be easy. Luca Cainnelli, from Italy, has played in a number of EPTs recently and has already had a few strong finishes this year, an 11th place and 14th place cash. Mathias Lotze, from Dresden, Germany, has had a very successful online career, and is now playing in his 4th EPT. Fellow German, Andreas Weise, entering with the least amount of chips, is playing in his first major event and hopes to challenge his way into the middle of the pack early on the opening action. Martin Hruby, from the Czech Republic, has had some noteworthy results in both live action and online tournaments, but he also faces the small stack pressure going into the final table. Michael Eller, another German, is the youngest player at the table, at age 20, but has managed to put together an impressive bankroll of winnings, having bested 10,000 players to win over $ 250,000 in an online event earlier this year. Rounding out the field , in seat 8, is French phenom, Bruno Launais, who has had a brilliant start to his relatively young poker career, having earned over €100,000 in his first live event ever, and a string of cashes throughout this year.
When action resumes, the 2010 EPT Vienna Final Table will be set as follows:
Seat 1: Luca Cainelli – 1,935,000
Seat 2: Daniel Negreanu – 5,070,000
Seat 3: Matthias Lotze – 1,210,000
Seat 4: Andreas Wiese – 730,000
Seat 5: Martin Hruby – 975,000
Seat 6: Konstantinos Nanos – 3,635,00
Seat 7: Michael Eiler – 2,160,000
Seat 8: Bruno Launais – 1,785,000

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