Martin Finger Leads Super High Roller Final Table At EPT London 2013

David Benefield is on course for a huge 2013
Patrik Antonius looked down and out but has recovered to make the final table

As players reconvened for day 2 of the super high roller event, the 32 who still had chips from the previous day were joined by a few more who were buying in for the first time (including Viktor Blom and Patrik Antonius) as well as some for whom it was not the first visit to the registration desk. For Philipp Gruissem it was a fourth buy in, meaning that he would have to make a top five finish in order to show any sort of profit.

Unfortunately for the German he didn’t come even remotely close, remaining in his seat for just under two hours until he shoved his big slick into Talal Shakerchi’s pocket aces. Meanwhile, the bullets were less effective for tournament legend Erik Seidel who got his {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts} in pre-flop against the {9-Spades}{9-Clubs} of chip leader Johannes Strassman. Luck was on the side of the big stack though as the board ran out {k-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Spades}{7-Hearts} {6-Spades} to extend Strassman’s lead even further.

That lead was lost to fellow German Martin Finger who won a big three way all in with {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs} against the {q-Hearts}{q-Spades} of Jeff Gross and {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} of Haralabos Voulgaris, then followed that up with another big pot won from John Juanda. A rather reluctant call from Juanda with {J-Diamonds}{J-Spades} on a flop of {5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{6-Spades} turned out to be good as Finger had only {8-Spades}{7-Spades}, but the {4-Diamonds} on the turn boosted Finger into a huge chip lead and eliminated Juanda.

Elsewhere, Daniel Negreanu and Viktor Blom were both eliminated short of the money, and Patrik Antonius appeared to have consigned himself to a similar fate after a failed river bluff left him on a stack of just seven big blinds. However, doubles against Ole Schemion, Tim Adams and Mike McDonald brought the Finn right back into contention.

With the bubble looming, Martin Finger was able to stretch his lead even further and by the time Mike McDonald lost a race to take the last unpaid spot, Finger had accumulated a stack that was more than twice as big as his nearest rival. When the final eight return on Sunday, this is how things will look:

 Martin Finger                            4,740,000            

Johannes Strassmann           2,215,000            

Bill Perkins                                2,005,000            

David Benefield                        1,315,000            

Christoph Vogelsang               1,215,000            

Timothy Adams                         1,135,000            

Tobias Reinkemeier                 845,000                

Patrik Antonius                           745,000                

It’s a very strong showing from the German contingent and Martin Finger in particular has a great shot of taking home the £821,000 top prize. David Benefield must also be pretty pleased with his form ahead of the conclusion of the WSOP main event  – final table appearances at both high roller and super high roller events at EPT Barcelona, and now another in London demonstrating that he is in red hot form at just the right time.

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