There are approximately 90 minutes of play left in this day, and at a conservative estimate, there will probably be about 120 players bagging up chips at the end. Unless something disastrous happens, Michael Keiner will be among them: the German player has recently rocketed into the chip lead with close to 77,000.
He’s spent some of the day in joking complaint that this isn’t a bounty tournament, with a bonus on knockouts, because he’d already be a rich man. He has personally eliminated about six or seven players, including three in one hand, when four players were all-in pre-flop. One had fives, one had jacks, one had kings and one had aces. Keiner had the bullets and they held.
Fellow German Michael Murra is also way up the chip leaderboard, with close to 44,000. He usually plays in the smaller tournaments in Austria and Germany, but is showing his mettle here. Reigning EPT champion Jason Mercier is prospering on the table of death, with 48,000, while the local player Albert Sapiano is also right up there, with 43,000.
David “Chino” Rheem is also putting in some good training ahead of his World Series date. The Million Dollar Man has about 33,000.
Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari is also north of 40,000 and is currently plugged into some dangerously oversized headphones, while having his back pummelled to within an inch of its life by the EPT massage therapist team.
That’s the life.