€5,300 Main Event
€5,300 Main Event
Day 4 Completed

Adrien Allain Bags Big Chip Lead With 28 Left in the Grand Final

Happy_Freaked • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Adrien Allain
Adrien Allain

French pro Adrien Allain finished with the lead over the final 28 players of the 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €5,300 Main Event with 3.9 million in chips. PokerStars team pro Vanessa Selbst remained still in the hunt for her first EPT title, but with 389,000 in chips she's one of the short stacks after Day 4.

Day 4 started with 74 players, all of whom were already in the money, and it was Fatima Moreira de Melo as the headliner, along with Thiago Nishijama, Randy Lew, Antoine Saout, and the aforementioned Selbst.

Allain has a strong track record with $1.6 million in career live tournament earnings and an APT Macau victory for $391,580, according to Hendon Mob, but he'll be trailed by some tough competition, such as Portuguese pro Joao Vieira. Vieira finished in second place with 2.7 million in chips and was followed by former EPT Player of the Year Jan Bendik with 2.4 million.

Three €10 Spin & Go qualifiers managed to make Day 5: Jan Bengelmann from Germany with 774,000, Luc Tu from Canada with 796,000, and Asan Umraov from Kazakhstan with 744,000.

The most fascinating storyline of Day 5 will be that of Thi Xoa Nguyen and Jimmy Guerrero, a loving couple from Paris. Nguyen had a top stack for most of the day and closed with 2.1 million, while her boyfriend ended the day with 1.2 million, which was also above the average. The couple's trip has already amounted to a guaranteed payday of nearly €50,000, but they have a chance at so much more and this is a story you'll want to keep your eyes on.

Other notables still in the hunt include Benjamin Pollak (1.118 million), Ariel Celestino (1.02 million), Roman Korenev (775,000), Dario Sammartino (581,000), Erwann Pecheux (553,000), and Paul-Francois Tedeschi (490,000).

Marcin Chmielewski started the day with the chip lead and 1.3 million, but things didn't turn out good for him. Chmielewski battled for most of the day, but got knocked out in the last level, collecting €19,760 for finishing in 32nd place.

Two former EPT champions, Joseph Mouawad and Aaron Gustavson, were eliminated in 68th and 35th places, respectively. Joining them were Nacho Barbero (65th - €14,11), Nicolas Cardyn (63rd - €14,110), Michel Abecassis (57th - €14,110), Nishijima (€16,830), Jason Gray (€16,830), Ivan Soshnikov (€16,830), Govert Metaal (46th - €16,830), Moreira de Melo (44th - €16,830, Ihar Soika (€19,760), and Lew (30th - €22,740).

Make sure to tune back in on Thursday for the penultimate day of the EPT Season 12 Grand Final, as PokerNews.com will bring you all the live updates in sync with the broadcast of the live stream.

While you wait for Day 5 to come around, check out the following video with Vieira talking about storming back to a big stack after nearly being eliminated.

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Happy_Freaked • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Adrien Allain fr
Adrien Allain
fr 3,900,000
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
Winamax Team Pro
pt 2,710,000 260,000
Jan Bendik sk
Jan Bendik
sk 2,447,000 97,000
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 2,147,000 -53,000
Ben Philipps gb
Ben Philipps
gb 2,130,000 750,000
Thi Xoa Nguyen fr
Thi Xoa Nguyen
fr 2,100,000 100,000
Mohamed Aissani fr
Mohamed Aissani
fr 1,750,000 300,000
Andy Andrejevic us
Andy Andrejevic
us 1,622,000 422,000
Jimmy Guerrero fr
Jimmy Guerrero
fr 1,200,000 380,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
fr 1,118,000 -332,000
Ariel Celestino br
Ariel Celestino
br 1,020,000 -130,000
Oren Rosen il
Oren Rosen
il 1,017,000 -403,000
Kiryl Radzivonau by
Kiryl Radzivonau
by 860,000 -20,000
Loc Tu CA
Loc Tu
CA 796,000 304,000
Roman Korenev ru
Roman Korenev
ru 775,000 33,000
Jan Bengelmann DE
Jan Bengelmann
DE 774,000 -26,000
Asan Umarov KZ
Asan Umarov
KZ 744,000 194,000
Fabio Sperling de
Fabio Sperling
de 731,000 -169,000
Apostolos Bechrakis gr
Apostolos Bechrakis
gr 681,000 -159,000
Enver A UA
Enver A
UA 626,000 101,000
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 581,000 -369,000
Erwann Pecheux fr
Erwann Pecheux
fr 553,000 -257,000
Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
Winamax Team Pro
fr 550,000 165,000
Paul-Francois Tedeschi fr
Paul-Francois Tedeschi
fr 490,000 -386,000
Natan Chauskin by
Natan Chauskin
by 396,000 36,000

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Three More Hands!

MartyDerby • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante

The clock was stopped and a draw was conducted to determine the number of hands left to play. They drew a three.

Three Way All-In Action

MartyDerby • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Natan Chauskin
Natan Chauskin

Natan Chauskin open-shoved for 307,000 and Jan Bengelmann shoved behind for less.

Enver Abduraimov made the call with the {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs} to make it a three-way all in with Chauskin on the {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} and Bengelmann holding the {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}.

Kings held on a scary {3-Clubs}{5-Spades}{4-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{j-Hearts} run out, and while Bengelmann tripled, Chauskin was left super short.

Chauskin doubled up once with the {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades} versus Dario Sammartino's {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs} on a {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{j-Spades}{7-Diamonds} board, then twice, making a straight with the {10-Spades}{9-Spades} on a {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{q-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} board versus Mohamed Aissani's {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}, and he's still in it.

Jan Bengelmann DE
Jan Bengelmann
DE 800,000 100,000
Enver A UA
Enver A
UA 525,000 -125,000
Natan Chauskin by
Natan Chauskin
by 360,000 -190,000

Tags: Dario SammartinoEnver AbduraimovJan BengelmannMohamed AissaniNatan Chauskin

Rocci Railed, Allain Up

MartyDerby • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante

A bit of a cooler has sent Andrea Rocci to the rail and allowed Adrien Allain to extend his chip lead.

Rocci got the last of his chips in the middle after turning two pair with the {a-Diamonds}{9-Spades} on a {7-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{a-Clubs}{9-Hearts} board. Unfortunately for him, Allain had flopped two pair with the {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts}.

The {k-Spades} river was a brick and Rocci said goodbye.

Adrien Allain fr
Adrien Allain
fr 3,900,000 640,000
Andrea Rocci it
Andrea Rocci
it Busted

Tags: Adrien AllainAndrea Rocci

Bendik Busts Lew and Dowling

Happy_Freaked • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante

PokerStars Team Online member Randy Lew has just been knocked out, and Chris Dowling fell on the same hand to former EPT Player of the Year Jan Bendik.

Lew told us how Bendik raised after which he moved all in for 500,000 with {A-}{Q-} and Dowling called all in for 400,000 with {9-}{9-}. Bendik called with aces, and the board brought mere blanks to send two players to the rail on the last level of the day.

Jan Bendik sk
Jan Bendik
sk 2,350,000 1,150,000
Randy Lew us
Randy Lew
us Busted
Chris Dowling ie
Chris Dowling
ie Busted

Tags: Chris DowlingJan BendikRandy Lew

Rosen Pulls Off a Big Move

Happy_Freaked • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Oren Rosen
Oren Rosen

Adrien Allain just raised to 52,000 and three players called, including Andrea Rocci in the cutoff and Oren Rosen on the button.

The flop brought out {K-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} and the action was checked to Rocci who bet 100,000 and only Rosen called.

On the turn the {9-Hearts} hit and Rocci checked to Rosen who bet 135,000. Rocci called, and the river was the {6-Clubs}.

Rocci checked again, and now Rosen fired out 330,000.

Rocci went into the tank for several minutes, and eventually he folded the {J-Hearts} face up. Rosen immediately tabled {K-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} for a mere pair of kings.

Oren Rosen il
Oren Rosen
il 1,420,000 239,000
Andrea Rocci it
Andrea Rocci
it 510,000 -269,000

Tags: Adrien AllainAndrea RocciOren Rosen

Vieira Sends Soika Home

Happy_Freaked • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante

Ihar Soika just moved all in from the cutoff and Joao Vieira three-bet all in from the small blind, and Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst gave up her big blind. Soika's shove was for 250,000 and the showdown went as follows.

Soika: {J-Spades}{9-Spades}
Selbst: {K-Spades}{J-Diamonds}

The board ran out {5-Spades}{2-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and Soika was sent to the rail.

Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
Winamax Team Pro
pt 2,450,000 390,000
Ihar Soika by
Ihar Soika
by Busted

Tags: Ihar SoikaJoao VieiraVanessa Selbst