How many PokerStars Team Pros, former EPT Winners, WPT Winner and WSOP Bracelet Winners would we need to see in the final sixteen to start calling it a tough final two days?

Whatever that number is, I’m pretty sure we’ve not only passed it, but may have doubled it.

With 5 PokerStars Team Pro’s left in the field and more WPT, EPT and WSOP titles than I can be bothered to research. It’s more a game of “Find the Unknown,” rather than “Find the Star!”

Chip leader, Andrew Pantling, won’t show up on too many people’s radar who don’t follow poker religiously, but he’s known inside the industry, and is currently working for a betting site. He also won the €5k Heads up side event at the EPT Grand Final back in 2010.

He has 2,248,000 chips in his stack, a decent number of which came late in the day from Johnny Lodden.

PokerStars Pro Lodden is in 3rd place with 1,352,000 chips, just behind John Juanda with 1,395,000.

4th place is currently held by Daniel Negreanu, fresh from wining the WSOP APAC Main Event. Negreanu currently has small plastic and clay discs worth 1,257,000 to his name, and will be a threat as his results have always come in streaks.

The only players who manage not to trip off my “Damn He’s Good” radar are Goran Mandic, Clyde Tjauw Foe, Mateusz Moolhuizen and Vasili Firsau. I’m not saying they’re bad players, I just haven’t really heard about them before.

If you don’t believe me, here’s the full chip count going into the penultimate day:

  1. Andrew Panting – 2,248,000
  2. John Juanda – 1,395,000
  3. Jonny Lodden – 1,352,000
  4. Daniel Negreanu – 1,257,000
  5. Freddy Deeb – 1,207,000
  6. Victor Ramdin – 1,090,000
  7. Noah Schwartz – 1,087,000
  8. Jason Mercier – 1,008,000
  9. Goran Mandic – 995,000
  10. Steve O’Dwyer – 942,000
  11. Grany Levy – 712,000
  12. Andrew Lichtenberger – 699,000
  13. Clyde Tjauw Foe – 647,000
  14. Mateusz Moolhuizen – 596,000
  15. Vasili Firsau – 358,000
  16. Jake Cody – 266,000

The blinds are going to start again at 8k/16k-2k at 12 noon CET tomorrow, and the EPT Live stream is going to be there covering all the action as they play down to the final table. I’m actually excited to see what tomorrow brings, as this is certainly not going too be a day short on high quality poker. There’s also the chance that we may get to see some of the High Roller action as well, so I’ll be watching the action on FTR, where you can keep up to date with the stream, as well as keeping up to date with the discussion on Twitter as well.