After 5 days of play, the 2012 European Poker Tour €5,300 Main Event starting field of 797 entries has been ground down to Day 6 and the official final table of 8, with Montreal’s Jason Lavallee leading the charge with slightly above 5,500,000 chips.
The remaining contenders bagged and tagged Wednesday at Level 27, ending the day at 25k/50k blinds with a 5,000 ante, leaving Lavallee with about 23% of the chips in play. The next closest count, currently in Ludovic Lacay’s possession, also towers tall with roughly 5,360,000 in tournament chips, putting almost half in the chips in play in the end of play leaders stacks.
All the remaining players are now guaranteed €63,450 for their efforts but the money jumps are quite substantial on each rung of the pay ladder. This year’s winner will pocket 800,000 euros, making for some seriously life changing money as huge motivation.
Jason’s largest cash to date came back in 2009, when he finished 2nd in the $15,000 World Poker Tour Festa al Lago for nearly $800,000. A win here would convert to more than a million dollars in North America, essentially doubling his lifetime tournament earnings.
Several other Canadian citizens hitting the Italian felts were amongst the final 24 on Day 5 and pulled their own impressive deep runs; British Columbia’s Jonas Mackoff went out in 13th for a €32,000 finish, while Matt Salsberg found the bare felt in 16th for €27,000. Several other Canucks made the money at EPT Sanremo on Days 3 and 4, click the link for our report.
For those interested in watching things play out, the final table will be streamed on this PokerStars TV channel beginning at 10:00AM EST (16:00 CET).
Good Luck to Jason; here is hoping he brings it home!