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The 32 players left in the European Poker Tour Prague Main Event as Day 3 began wasted no time in busting plenty of players on their way down to the nine-handed final table. Half the field was eliminated in the first two hours of play, led by Nicky Goodall, who busted on the first hand of the day.

Juha Lauttamus opened for a raise, and Goodall went all in over the top. Nedzib Suman re-raised all in and Lauttamus got out of the way. Goodall tabled {a-Hearts}{j-Spades} to Suman's {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}. The board ran out {k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{3-Spades}{4-Hearts} and Goodall was busted before he could even get his seat warm. Lauttamus was later involved in a massive hand with Tommy Pavlicek and Mikael Norinder. On the turn the board read {7-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{9-Hearts} and the bets and raises flew around the table until all the chips were in the middle, with Norinder having the others covered. The players revealed:

Norinder – {q-Spades}{9-Spades} for trip nines;

Pavlicek – {9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for a full house;

Lauttamus – {5-Clubs}{6-Clubs} for the flopped straight flush.

Lauttamus' hand held up to eliminate Pavlicek and take the chip lead for a short time, as the mayhem continued.

Jose Navarro learned the hard way on Day 3 that no chip lead is safe. After starting the day in front, he was eliminated midway through the day in 17th place. Navarro went all in over the top of Kristian Kjondal's preflop re-raise with {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} and Kjondal called with {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}. The board ran out {j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{a-Spades} and Kjondal hit one of his four outs to bust Navarro.

After Navarro's elimination, players redrew for seats on two tables, but Adrian Koy busted in 16th before the redraw could be finished. The seating order for the final two tables looked like this:

Table 1

Mikael Norinder 320,000

Cyril Bensoussan 110,000

Markus Gosler 950,000

Gino Alacqua 155,000

Juha Lauttamus 430,000

Mike McMcdonald 160,000

Nikolas Laikos 226,000

Table 2

Johannes Strassmann — 155,000

Christer Johansson — 150,000

Nedvib Suman — 390,000

Sebastian Kink — 115,000

Dag Palovic — 1,000,000

Kristian Kjondal — 650,000

Arnaud Mattern — 255,000

Thierry Labat — 400,000

Mikael Norinder was extremely active in the early stages of two-table play, busting Cyril Bensoussian when he made a four-flush on the river, then turning a flush against Mike McDonald to bust the Canadian in 14th place. Theirry Labat was next to fall when he ran {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs} into Kristian Kjondal's aces preflop. No help on the board for Labat, and he busted in 13th. Norinder then stayed hot by busting Nikolas Liakos with his second pair of pocket fives of the day. This time his Presto was good against Liakos' {a-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} and the Swede was busted in 12th. Sebastian Zink was next to be eliminated when he ran {9-Hearts}{9-Spades} into Arnaud Mattern's {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} on a nine-free board. Zink went to the rail in 11th place, setting the stage for the final-table bubble.

After all his action early in the day, it was only fitting that Mikael Norinder be part of the last hand of Day 3. All the money went in preflop and Norinder was heads-up with Christer Johansson. Norinder hit the flop with his {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}, cracking Johansson's {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts} on a flop of {a-Spades}{5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}. The case queen did not come on the turn or river for Johansson and he busted in tenth.

Mikeal Norinder will take the chip lead into the final table, with a slight lead over Arnaud Mattern. The chip counts and seating assignments looked like this as Day 3 drew to a close:

Seat 1 - Juha Lauttamus: 567,000

Seat 2 - Kristian Kjondal: 740,000

Seat 3 - Gino Alacqua 660,000

Seat 4 - Markus Golser: 352,000

Seat 5 - Mikael Norinder: 1,036,000

Seat 6 - Nedzib Suman 216,000

Seat 7 - Dag Palovic: 759,000

Seat 8 - Johannes Strassmann: 245,000

Seat 9 - Arnaud Mattern: 980,000

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