On Friday, the final 44 players of a 254-player field returned to the Casino Baden for Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Baden €3,300 Main Event. Each of those players was looking to make the money at the top 27 and claim their share of a $1,031,041 prize pool, with everyone eyeing the $271,258 first-place prize. After five 90-minute levels of play, the man best positioned to capture it was Vladimir Bozinovic, who led the remaining 20 players with 975,000 in chips.
Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts
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Action picked up in Level 14 with the blinds at 1,200/2,400/400 with Bodo Sbrzesny and his stack of 403,000 leading the way. Nipping at his heels was Vishal Pundjab, who began with 401,000, though things went completely different for the two men on Day 3. Sbrzesny ended up surviving the day, while Pundjab made a surprisingly quick exit.
According to the WPT Live Updates Team, Pundjab’s collapse began in Level 15 (1,500/3,000/500) when Andrew Hulme got his stack all in preflop holding the and was racing against the of Pundjab. The board ran out , and Hulme doubled. From there, Pundjab continued to slide and ended up busting within the first two hours. In his final hand, Pundjab opened for 8,000 and received a call from Paul Berende in the big blind. Both players checked the flop, and then Berende led out for 20,000 on the turn. Pundjab called, leaving him 34,000 behind, and the completed the board on the river. Berende moved all in and Pundjab called off only to muck when his opponent rolled over the for two pair. Just like that, the second-largest stack at the start of the day was gone.
Others who fell shy of the money were Samuel Guilabert, Raul Paez, Ryan O’Donnell, Mitchell Johnson and Kara Scott. The lovely Scott was eliminated in Level 17 (2,500/5,000/500) just two places shy of the money after she got her last 30,000 or so all in preflop with the only to run into the of Johnny Hansen. The board ran out a dry , and Scott exited in 29th place, bringing about the official money bubble.
In Level 18 (3,000/6,000/1,000), Stjepan Jokic opened from late position, then called when Stefan Rapp moved all in for 44,000 from the small blind. The former turned over the , and he was well out in front of Rapp’s . However, the flop was kind to Rapp as he hit a set and took a commanding lead. The turn meant he just needed to dodge a nine on the river to stay alive, but it was not meant to be as the spiked to give Jokic a bigger set. With that, Rapp finished as the WPT Baden bubble boy.
With the bubble burst, the in-the-money eliminations began to mount including Mitchell Johnson (27th - $8,634), Alois Weiss (26th - $8,634) and Ammar Naamani (25th - $8,634). In Level 19 (4,000/8,000/1,000), which was the last level of the night, a short-stacked Lukasz Wasek got all in preflop holding the and was in big trouble against the of Vladimir Bozinovic. The board ran out , and Wasek became the day’s last elimination while Bozinovic took down the pot and went on to finish with the chip lead.
Other players who advanced, albeit in the bottom half of the chip counts, include Bodo Sbrzesny (242,000), Ismael Bojang (227,000), Christian Mihu (208,000), Klaus Stanek (199,000) and two-time WPT Champion Marvin Rettenmaier (291,000), who is looking to become just one of three people to win three WPT titles.
The remaining 20 players will return for Day 4 action at 14:00 CET to play down to the final table of six, and you can rest assured PokerNews will be bringing you a recap of the day’s action.
*Lead photo courtesy of WPT Blog.