Leading after the first two day 1s of a live poker event is one thing. Translating that into the latter stages is quite another. That’s how the baby-faced assassin Ole-Kristian Nergard has announced himself on the European Poker Tour (EPT). The 18-year-old Norwegian is bossing Madrid’s Grand Final as 104 players remain going into day three.
The first two days saw Nergard lead all those coming out of day 1B. This wasn’t even enough for first place overall though and after working through the field, his stack of 726,000 gives him the outright lead. It means Nergard still has the chance to share part of the €6,860,000 purse. You know what that means too. He can finally complete an unlikely transformation into his boyhood hero Tin Tin. Fellow Scandinavian Kristoffer Thorsson, of Sweden, is trailing Nergard in second place with 701,500 and will look to chase the leader down on day three.
Of course, there are still plenty of other players loitering with intent inside the confines of the Casino Gran Madrid. Former EPT season seven champions Ben WIlnofsky (533,000) and Lucien Cohen (198,500) means a double winner in the current season is still on. The home contingent doesn’t penetrate the top ten and is led by Team PokerStars Pro Juan Macieras (430,000)
As for Nergard, you’re half expecting a colossal 22-stone Spanish “Ama de Casa” to come out of the woodwork with a huge vat of paella to feed up the spindly player. One thing is for sure – his poker mouth doesn’t need anymore feeding right now.