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Epic Poker League Main Event #3 Day 3: Tehan Smacks Miracle to Burst Bubble

Joe Tehan

The Epic Poker League continued on with Day 3 of the third Main Event as 25 players returned for play. The plan for the day was to play down until the money bubble broke and 12 players were left. The end came just about five hours after the first cards were dealt and leading the way was Joe Tehan with 1.142 million in chips.

Tehan got his chips thanks to a big double knockout on the last hand of the day to burst the bubble. His closest competitor is Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi with 627,500 and then Scott Clements rounds out the top three with 496,000.

Matt Graham was the first to go on the day. According to the EPL Live Update Team, Graham moved his last 31,500 into the middle during Level 10 with the blinds at 1,200/2,400/400. He was called by Brock Parker holding the {A-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}. Graham held the {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}, but the ladies couldn't hold up after the board ran out {K-Spades}{8-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Clubs}{8-Hearts}.

From there, Hasan Habib fell in 24th, Yevgeniy Timoshenko was eliminated in 23rd, Eric Froehlich headed out the door in 22nd and Dan O'Brien hit the rail in 21st.

Sam Stein fell in 20th place after his {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} failed to fend of Amnon Filippi's {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} and Justin Smith's {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} couldn't beat Tehan's {A-Clubs}{10-Spades}, which sent him out the door in 19th.

After the eliminations of Marco Johnson in 18th, Randal Flowers in 17th, Eric Baldwin in 16th and Parker in 15th, just 14 players remained. Now just two places away from the money and a $51,920 payday, the unthinkable happened.

Faraz Jaka was nursing the short stack of the tournament when he raised all-in from under the gun for 68,000 with the blinds at 2,000/4,000/500. Action moved to Vanessa Rousso and she reraised to 120,000 with around 180,000 behind. When play got over to Tehan, he requested a count on Rousso's stack and then reraised all-in. After some thinking, Rousso called and put herself at risk along with Jaka.

Jaka was fortunate enough to pick up {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} at this very key moment. He was looking for the triple up against Rousso's {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} and Tehan's {4-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}. Wait, what? That's right, Tehan held the ol' deuce-four offsuit. What happened from there, we can't really put into words.

What we can tell you is that the flop, turn and river ran out {9-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} and Tehan had spiked trip fours to miraculously win the hand and bust both Jaka and Rousso on the bubble to end the day. Stunned, both players headed to the rail while the other 12 remained to bag up their chips for the day.

Day 4 Chip Counts

1Joe Tehan1,142,000
2Michael Mizrachi627,500
3Scott Clements496,000
4Amit Makhija424,000
5Hafiz Khan417,000
6Jason Mercier394,500
7Chris Klodnicki371,500
8Andrew Lichtenberger298,500
9David Williams242,500
10Noah Schwartz225,000
11Sorel Mizzi185,000
12Amnon Filippi162,000

The final 12 players will return on Saturday at 1200 PST (2100 CET) and continue with three four-handed tables of action. PokerNews will have the recap from play, so be sure to check right back here for it on Sunday.

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