2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

Main Event
Dias: 4

Romain Nardin Leads After Day 4

Nível 22 : 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Romain Nardin
Romain Nardin

After another day in Monaco, rich man's paradise, just 16 players remain in the 2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® Main Event.

Frenchman Romain Nardin leads the pack, with plenty of familiar faces still in contention. The most recognizable name to return on Day 4 is Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. The French Team Pro hasn't been lifting trophy's on the regular in recent years, can he make a definite comeback here in Monte Carlo?

PositionPlayerFranceBig BlindsChip Count
1Romain NardinFrance1653,956,000
2Michael KolkowiczFrance1242,983,000
3Diego ZeiterArgentina771,848,000
4Alexandru PapazianRomania731,759,000
5Raffaele SorrentinoItaly681,622,000
6Davidi KitaiBelgium641,536,000
7Andrey BondarRussia531,283,000
8Marius-Catalin PerteaRomania461,110,000
9Maxim PanyakRussia451,082,000
10Andreas KlattGermany441,059,000
11Dmytro ShuvanovUkraine36887,000
12Sergio AidoSpain29695,000
13Bertrand "ElkY" GrospellierFrance27653,000
14Douglas Ferreira SouzaBrazil22536,000
15Moritz DietrichGermany19451,000
16Stefan SchillhabelGermany15354,000

Just 45 players returned for Day 4 of the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo. Minutes after play got underway, Chebli Chebli became the first casualty. Shijirbaatar Sanjaasuren, Shakhabiddin Muradov and Karim Souaid didn't last long either. Play was anything but tight, chips flew in left and right and most hands where drie-bet before a flop was seen.

Title defender Jan Bendik, who won this event last year when it was still called the EPT Grand Final, was one of the next players getting scalped. He got his chips in good with ace-queen suited against ace-nine off, but his opponent flopped a nine to make things a bit more difficult. While Bendik had a flush draw to go along with his queens as outs, none of them would appear on the turn or river. Last year the Slovakian player went home with €961,800 for first, this time he had to settle for €15,420 for his 36th place.

Another former EPT champion, Remi Castaignon, followed Bendik out the door. Castaignon got it in with a pair and a flush draw against two-pair and didn't improve.

Dan Smith started the day short and never ran up a stack. In his last hand, he got it in with queen-eight against ace-king. A king on the turn ended it all for Smith.

Hossein Ensan, another player with a PokerStars EPT trophy on his chimney, was evenly unlucky on Day 4. He got himself involved in some big confrontations and never came out on top. In his last hand, pocket nines were dead on the turn against pocket tens.

Like the tournament hadn't lost enough former champs just yet, it was Sebastian Malec out next. He too lost some big pots and eventually got it in with ace-nine to Vicente Delgado's ace-jack and did not improve.

The majority of other recognizable names departed early as well. Vicente Delgado lost ace-king to aces, Stefan "IamSound" Huber found no help with queen-three against ace-five, Paul Tedeschi lost king-jack to nines and Jeff Hakim didn't improve with ten-nine against ace-ten.

Luckily for the poker fans, an interesting field remains. Spanish high roller Sergio Aido, German experts Mortiz Dietrich and Stefan Schillhabel, and Belgian bracelet and EPT winner Davidi Kitai are all still in.

And, like we mentioned earlier, "ElkY" still has chips, Bertrand Grospellier returns on Day 5 with 27 big blinds and a dream.

TableSeatNameCountryChip Count
11Sergio AidoSpain693,000
12Bertrand "ElkY" GrospellierFrance653,000
13Marius-Catalin PerteaRomania1110,000
14Diego ZeiterSwitzerland1,848,000
15Alexandru PapazianRomania1,759,000
16Maxim PanyakRussia1,082,000
17Andrey BondarRussia1,283,000
18Dmytro ShuvanovUkraine887,000
21Stefan SchillhabelGermany354,000
22Moritz DietrichGermany451,000
23Andreas KlattGermany1,059,000
24Douglas Ferreira SouzaBrazil536,000
25Davidi KitaiBelgium1,536,000
26Raffaele SorrentinoItaly1,622,000
27Michael KolkowiczFrance2,983,000
28Romain NardinFrance3,956,000

When play resumes, 41 minutes are left in level 23 (12,000/24,000 with 4,000 ante). The plan is to play down to 6 players. PokerNews will be on the floor from the start until the end.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Romain Nardin fr
Romain Nardin
3,956,000 324,000
Michael Kolkowicz fr
Michael Kolkowicz
2,983,000 383,000
Diego Zeiter ar
Diego Zeiter
1,848,000 139,000
Alexandru Papazian ro
Alexandru Papazian
1,759,000 -7,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Raffaele Sorrentino it
Raffaele Sorrentino
1,622,000 147,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
1,536,000 -46,000
WSOP 3X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Andrey Bondar ru
Andrey Bondar
1,283,000 -67,000
Marius-Catalin Pertea ro
Marius-Catalin Pertea
1,110,000 20,000
Maxim Panyak ru
Maxim Panyak
1,082,000 26,000
Andreas Klatt de
Andreas Klatt
1,059,000 141,000
Dmytro Shuvanov ua
Dmytro Shuvanov
887,000 -45,000
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
695,000 -200,000
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier fr
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
653,000 -113,000
Douglas Ferreira Souza br
Douglas Ferreira Souza
536,000 -124,000
Moritz Dietrich de
Moritz Dietrich
451,000 36,000
Stefan Schillhabel de
Stefan Schillhabel
354,000 -245,000
WPT 1X Winner

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