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McClung Takes Big Advantage into EPT San Remo Main Event Day 4

Posted by Anthony on October 25, 2011 at 12:15 GMT

EPT San RemoCanadian Christopher McClung takes a healthy chip advantage into the penultimate day of the PokerStars sponsored EPT San Remo Main Event after attempting to single-handedly take out all the short stacks around the bubble.

It was obviously a strategy that worked to his advantage as, by the end of the day, he was the only player to crack the 1,000,000 chip mark and has 43 big blinds breathing space between himself and the chasing pack.

Another Good Day for the Canadians

McClung did not hang around getting involved on Day 3, as the field was quickly reduced from 144 to the 128 who were assured of cashing. Indeed, McClung was responsible for eliminating “bubble boy” Christian Troger – who took a chance with A♠ 7♠ against McClure´s K K♣ and paid the ultimate price. It was not only McClung who enjoyed a profitable day at the tables. Compatriot Mike “Timex” McDonald – one of only two previous EPT Main Event winners in the field – finished with almost twice the average chip stack, and the pair will be joined in the dash down to the final three tables today by WSOP Bracelet winner Tyler Bonkowski.

Americans Running Deep as Well

Canada´s southern cousins – the Americans – also have a recent WSOP bracelet winner among the survivors in this tournament – Elio Fox – and have the one other previous EPT Main Event winner amongst their ranks as well, Kevin “Imaluckbox” MacPhee. American/Canadian Vanessa Selbst is also running deep in to the tournament, and she will be joined on Day 4 of the EPT San Remo Main Event by Day 2 chip leader Joseph Cheong and David Bach (who also has a WSOP bracelet, but it is a bit old and rusty now).

A Good Mix of Nationalities Remain

Among the 64 players that will take their seats today, 22 countries are represented. Naturally the “home country”, Italy, has the strongest contingent (23), but four UK poker players remain in the field (Messers Boatman, Duthie, Saffari and Spinks) while Big Mick Graydon flies the tricolour for Ireland. As well as Vanessa Selbst and John Duthie, two other PokerStars Pros have their chip stacks intact – Norway´s Johnny Lodden and Dutch poker player Lex Veldhuis – and 8 PokerStars online qualifiers are assured of a major return to investment on their initial buy-ins, as the first player out today is assured of €12,000.

Leading Chip Counts at the End of Day 3

Place

Name

Nationality

Chips

1

Christopher McClung Canada

1,202,000

2

Daniel Neilson Australia

853,000

3

Angelo Tarallo Italy

840,000

4

Joseph Cheong USA

833,000

5

Alessio Isaia Italy

818,000

6

Johnny Lodden Norway

793,000

7

Javier Ferrero Spain

780,000

8

Aleksandar Kostadinovic Serbia

763,000

9

Lex Veldhuis Netherlands

687,000

10

Elio Fox USA

652,000

11

Mike McDonald Canada

648,000

12

Mustapha Kanit Italy

648,000