EPT Berlin Final Table Decided

The EPT Berlin Main Event continues to be the big news for live poker this weekend, and with Day 4 now behind us the action’s only getting better as they go. A total of 24 players brought their stacks back to the felt today in what was still a surprisingly stacked field, but only the final eight will return tomorrow.

He may not be the big stack, but despite my doubts Martin Jacobson did indeed pull a rabbit out of his hat to transform his small stack into yet another EPT final table appearance. In case you haven’t been following the tenacious Swedish pro this year, his EPT Berlin final table seat marks his third EPT final table appearance this season. Last August Jacobson went runner-up in the EPT Vilamoura Main Event, then he repeated his runner-up performance again at the EPT Deauville Main Event in January. Those two wins alone were worth more than half of the Swede’s lifetime tournament earnings total of around $2 million.

As if that weren’t enough, Jacobson also cashed again at the EPT Copenhagen Main Event in February. In fact, of his 13 live career cashes to date, six have now come at EPT events (including his most current payout from EPT Berlin). While Jacobson will enter the final day once again sitting behind one of the smallest stacks, his sterling EPT track record no doubt makes him a formidable foe.

If Jacobson was Day 4’s most surprising survivor, then Day 3’s ambitious chipleader Daniel-Gai Pidun was probably its most surprising elimination. Even if Pidun had not improved his stack today, he would have had enough chips to reach the final table. Unfortunately, his ambitious and aggressive style ultimately caught him out, and Pidun ended up hitting the rail and opening a final table slot for someone else.

Speaking of the final table makeup, here are the eight players that did survive to duke it out for the EPT Berlin Main Event title tomorrow. As you can see, the leader – Canadian player Ben Wilinofsky – has yet again failed to achieve a sizable lead though there’s a pretty steep drop off between the top three stacks and the rest of the pack. If Wilinofsky manages to hold that slim lead, he will simultaneously post both his first live tournament cash and his first live tournament title.

Ben Wilinofsky – 5,225,000

Maximilian Heinzelmann – 4,970,000

Vadzim Kursevich – 4,345,000

Darren Kramer – 2,235,000

Armin Mette – 2,125,000

Martin Jacobson – 2,085,000

Joep Van den Bijgaart – 1,060,000

Jonas Gutteck – 1,025,000

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