After four days and 24 levels of play in Malta, PokerStars' European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event is down to 23 players. 33 people fell by the wayside on Thursday as the original field of 895 is down to three tables.
Czech player Antonin Duda is sitting atop the chip counts, playing 3,476,000 chips going into Friday's Day 5. Duda is looking to eclipse his 2012 deep run at EPT Barcelona where he finished seventh for his largest live cash. Fedor Holz from Germany is the only other player over 3 million chips, bagging 3,146,000. Holz' countryman Hossein Ensan sits third in the standings with 2,639,000.
Day 4 did not go well for the Canadians. Sam Chartier was the last Canadian still sitting at a table when he busted late in the day. In what ended up as a brutal hand, Chartier got his 15-big-blind stack in the middle in what appeared to be a dream spot. Sitting with in the hijack with an under-the-gun open and a three-bet from the very next spot, Chartier shoved, and original raiser Mateusz Moolhuizen called behind. Moolhuizen turned over for the classic cooler and Chartier looked set to double up until the flop hit ... . Despite the flush draw, Chartier bricked the turn and river, sending him to the exit in 26th for €22,900.
Other Canadians who took home cash today included Noah Vaillancourt, who led Canadians on Day 3 and cashed out in 32nd spot for €17,100, and Yann Dion in 43rd. Dion found himself in the dominated position when he was at risk with against the red queens of Swede Robin Ylitalo. The board bricked for Dion, and he collected €14,750.
Ylitalo takes a stack of just under 1 million to Day 5, joining yesterday's chip leader Javier Gomez Zapatero (1,877,000) and Polish sensation Dominik Panka (391,000) on the final three tables. Check back here tomorrow to find out for all the action from Day 5 of EPT Malta.