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European Poker Tour San Remo Day 4: Yunis Leads Going into the Penultimate Day

Nicolas Yunis

Sixty players returned for Day 4 of the PokerStars European Poker Tour San Remo. It was a short day as the field was whittled down to the final three tables in four-and-a-half levels. At the end of play, Nicolas Yunis, a Chilean player now based in Norway, topped the leader board. Yunis, a PokerStars player who had lived in the US for several years, had the advantage of being on a table comprised almost entirely of short stacks, with the only big stack seated to his right. Yunis finished the day with 2,281,000 – the only stack that will be above the 2 million mark when play resumes on Day 5.

Yunis leads ahead of the two remaining Team PokerStars Pros, former World Champion Joe Cada (1,619,000) and the only remaining former EPT winner Max Lykov (1,722,000). The two are currently in fifth and fourth place respectively and both remain in great position to make a run at the final table which will be held on Tuesday. EPT Berlin runner-up Max Heinzelmann also remains, the German had an incredibly topsy-turvy day as he went from a short-stack to a big-stack and back again on multiple occasions. Heinzelmann ended on an upswing that saw him finish with 1,445,000, just above average.

The casualties piled up quickly even from the start of the day despite large amounts of dwelling which seemed to occur from many of the short stacks. David Vamplew, who won the EPT London, was eliminated early in the day when he was unsuccessful in racing his {a-Spades}{j-Hearts} against Freddy Darakjian's {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} when the board came {10-Clubs}{8-Spades}{5-Spades}{7-Spades}{6-Hearts}. Team PokerStars Pro Richard Toth followed him out of the door soon after when he raised all in with nines only to find Georgios Manousos sitting with aces which held for Manousos. Former EPT finalist Ludovic Lacay had been gunning for another deep run but got very unlucky holding {6-}{5-} on a {Q-}{6-}{5-} board against Roberto Spada's {K-}{K-} when the board came with running fours on the turn and river. This was for a 2-million chip pot and briefly put Spada into the lead, but he too suffered a run of misfortune towards the end of the day losing pots to Rupert Elder and Luca Cavecchi to drop down in the chip counts.

The final player to bust was Antonio Russo, whose last five big blinds went in with {A-Clubs}{6-Spades} against Antonino Venneri's {a-Spades}{10-Hearts} but he could not spike a six on the {10-Spades}{K-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} board despite some very convincing chants for a six. Nevertheless, the home nation will still be ably represented on the penultimate day as they make up around half the remaining field meaning this should ensure an Italian presence on the final table.

Monday we will be playing down to the final table of eight players to see who will take over from Liv Boeree as the EPT San Remo champion. Once again we will be starting at 1200 CEST (0300 PDT) so be sure to keep it locked on the PokerNews Live Reporting page for all the action.

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