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European Poker Tour Season 8 Finale Set

EPT Grand Final Main Event Final Table Prepares To Battle For €1.5 Million First Prize


Lucille Cailly. Credit: Neil StoddartThe final table of the 2012 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final main event has now been set and leading the way is 64-year-old Frenchman Bernard Guigon with just under 5 million in chips.

Looking to leap ahead of Guigon however is Rodrigo Caprioli with just under 3 million. “caprioli” is a PokerStars SuperNova Elite who is following in ElkY and Dario Minieri’s footsteps of earning the PokerStars Lifetime Achievement Award, a personalised TAG Heuer watch. He will get this when he hits 5,000,000 lifetime VIP Player Points. The Brazilian bought into this year’s Grand Final with 850,000 Frequent Player Points.

The EPT Grand Final magic eight also includes its first ever female player, Lucille Cailly, who is hot on the heels of Caprioli. Other than this there is Italian Poker Tour San Remo hero Sergio Castelluccio, Canadian Clayton Mozdzen, and American SCOOP champ Mohsin “Chicagocards1” Charania.

The final table is a good mix of nationalities, and soon the season will be brought to an end with the crowning of a champ whether they be from Italy, Spain, France, Canada, Brazil, or America. Someone will be taking home the €1.5 million first prize, a Shamballa Jewels bracelet worth €25,000, and the prestigious title at the end of play, but for now all eight are guaranteed at least €130,000 from the €6,650,000 prize pool.

Here are the finalists, their seat positions and chip counts:

Seat 1: Rodrigo “caprioli” Caprioli (Sao Paolo, Brazil) 2,945,000
Seat 2: Bernard Guigon 9France & Dakar, Senegal) 4,900,000
Seat 3: Michael Dietrich (London, Ontario) 1,550,000
Seat 4: Sergio “genio-ps” Castelluccio (Italy) 1,410,000
Seat 5: Mohsin “Chicagocards1” Charania (Chicago, Illinois) 2,215,000
Seat 6: Daniel “Garnerus” Gomez (Spain) 2,665,000
Seat 7: Clayton “slammedfire” Mozdzen (Winnipeg, Canada) 1,430,000
Seat 8: Lucille Cailly (Paris, France) 2,865,000

Aside from the main event, the €25,000 High Roller is about to hit day 2 with 45 players remaining from an original field of 133 (including 16 re-entries). American Andrew Badecker is the chip leader heading into play with 350,000, just ahead of Dutch pro Vincent van der Fluit. The day 2 field includes many well-known names such as Daniel Negreanu, Viktor Blom, David Williams, Liv Boeree,Max Lykov, EPT London High Roller champion Philipp Gruissem, EPT San Remo victor Andrey Pateychuk and many more title holders.

The total prize pool for the High Roller is €3,325,000; 14 places will be paid with €1,080,000 for first.