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Day 3 Completed

Maisto Leads at End of Day 3

Homer • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Giacomo Maisto
Giacomo Maisto

81 players returned today, but only 24 of them will be back tomorrow for the penultimate day with Giacomo Maisto at the top of the pile with 1,548,000. The Italian won several key pots where he made flushes to push himself into the chip lead late in the day.

Michael Tureniec was the only former EPT winner to cash as Sebastian Ruthenberg bubbled just outside the money alongside the official bubblee Pontus Nima Khosravi. Last year's runner-up Russell Carson finished in 31st place and Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano had a record 18th EPT cash, while bracelet winner Tomer Berda also made the money.

Tomorrow we'll be playing down to our final table with volatile Russian Vladimir Geshkenbein and our trio of Belgians, Koen De Visscher, Kevin Vandermissen and Philip Meulyzer all still in the mix.

Once again we'll be starting at 14.00 CET, see you then!

End of Day Chip Counts (full)


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Giacomo Maisto
Giacomo Maisto
1,548,000 329,000
Iulian Ruxandescu ro
Iulian Ruxandescu
ro 1,281,000 161,000
Cristian Tardea ro
Cristian Tardea
ro 983,000 193,000
Hans Erlandsson
Hans Erlandsson
930,000 660,000
Cristian Dragomir
Cristian Dragomir
895,000 390,000
Vladimir Geshkenbein ru
Vladimir Geshkenbein
ru 889,000 -1,000
Kevin Vandersmissen be
Kevin Vandersmissen
be 803,000 103,000
Koen De Visscher be
Koen De Visscher
be 768,000 18,000
Philip Meulyzer be
Philip Meulyzer
be 762,000 32,000
Morten Mortensen dk
Morten Mortensen
dk 674,000 -43,000
Bastian Fischer de
Bastian Fischer
de 614,000 -121,000
Andreas Wiese
Andreas Wiese
574,000 39,000
Manilo Iemina
Manilo Iemina
541,000 11,000
Thomas Kunter
Thomas Kunter
417,000 87,000
Martins Adeniya gb
Martins Adeniya
gb 402,000 -348,000
Alex Kravchenko ru
Alex Kravchenko
ru 379,000 66,000
Gabriele Lepore it
Gabriele Lepore
it 377,000 207,000
Pierre Neuville be
Pierre Neuville
be 335,000 85,000
Karen Sarkisyan ru
Karen Sarkisyan
ru 306,000 -70,000
Alessandro Speranza it
Alessandro Speranza
it 269,000 16,000
Denis Murphy
Denis Murphy
240,000 -15,000
Christian Fabri
Christian Fabri
234,000 -103,000
Berhard Perner
Berhard Perner
207,000 -34,000
Wim Bos nl
Wim Bos
nl 133,000 -67,000

Ging Gong Gulyy

YorkshirePud • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Andrey Gulyy is the last player to be eliminated to night after being busted in 25th place. His exit means the tournament has now been paused until 1400 tomorrow afternoon.

He lost the majority of his stack in an {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} versus {6-Hearts}{6-Spades} of Christian Fabri and then got the rest of his stack in two hands later against Manilo Iemina, Gulyy coming over the top of Iemina's raise for all of his stack with {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts} only to find the Italian was holding the second best hand in Hold'em, {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

The final board ran out {10-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{10-Spades}{4-Hearts}{j-Clubs} and with it we all get a relatively early night!

Tags: Manilo IeminaAndrey GulyyChristian Fabri

Pieter Out-Druif On The Turn

YorkshirePud • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Giacomo Maisto has just got extremely lucky in a hand that eliminated Pieter Druif and saw him catapulted to the top of the chip counts.

Maisto raised from under the gun to 27,500 and next to act was Druif who made it 60,000 to play, a bet that only Maisto called. The flop came down {5-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{7-Clubs} and Maisto checked to his opponent. Druif bet 65,000 only to see Maisto announce he was all in. Druif wasted no time in calling and the cards were on their backs.


Just as it looked like Druif was going to double up the dealer put the {10-Clubs} on the turn and then the {a-Diamonds} on the river to boost Maisto to 1,548,000 and send Druif to the rail

Tags: Pieter DruifGiacomo Maisto

Controversy Ends in Tragedy for Kiivramees

[user46392] • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Iulian Ruxandescu
Iulian Ruxandescu

Some kind of controversy requiring the attention of the floor was going on when we arrived at the table - we believe that cards had been flipped when a player was not quite all in, or a covering call had not quite been made, or some such. Either way it was soon agreed that the two players were happy to get the chips in and the board was dealt, Janar Kiivramees all in for his tournament life.

Kiivramees: {a-Spades}{10-Diamonds}
Iulian Ruxandescu: {8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}

Board: {6-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{q-Spades}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}

Kiivramees nodded and took his leave. Ruxandescu is now at 1.12 million.

Tags: Janar KiivrameesIulian Ruxandescu

"Chip Leader or Bust"

[user46392] • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Vladimir Geshkenbein
Vladimir Geshkenbein

Three players made it to the {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop and it looked as though it had checked around to Vladimir Geshkenbein on the button. He bet 38,000 and Koen de Visscher in the big blind called. Philip Meulyzer in mid position folded and they were heads up to the turn.

The turn was the {k-Diamonds} and de Visscher checked again; this time the bet from Geshkenbein was 85,000. A short dwell from de Visscher, and then another call.

They saw a {9-Hearts} river and once again de Visscher checked. Geshkenbein very calmly counted out a bet of 170,000 and pushed it across the line. This proved too much for de Visscher, who finally folded.

"Chip leader or bust," commented Meulyzer. "I like that spirit."

That spirit has put Geshkenbein back up to 890,000. De Visscher's own spirit is sinking - he's at around 750,000.

Tags: Vladimir GeshkenbeinPhilip MeulyzerKoen de Visscher

Missenary Position

Homer • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Kevin Vandersmissen has doubled up through Vladimir Geshkenbein after the Russian check-called the whole way of a {2-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{q-Hearts} board, finally calling a 223,000 all-in bet on the river after calling the clock on himself.

Vandersmissen turned over {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds} and it was enough to have Geshkenbein nodding in acceptance.

Tags: Kevin VandermissenVladimir Geshkenbein

Ridiculous Hans

Homer • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Jack Powell
Jack Powell

A flurry of action involving a 3-bet from Jack Powell, a 4-bet all-in from Hans Erlandsson and then a 5-bet all-in from Martins Adeniya and Powell then called!

Powell: {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}
Erlandsson: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}
Adeniya: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}

Adeniya had both the other two covered but the board came {j-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{10-Spades}{q-Spades}{7-Hearts} as Erlandsson made both the straight and the flush, jumping from his chair to celebrate, winning a 750,000 chip pot

Powell was eliminated and Adeniya dropped to 535,000.

Tags: Jack PowellHans ErlandssonMartins Adeniya

Enter The Dragomir

YorkshirePud • Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Cristian Dragomir is up to the one million chip mark after a huge double up through Kevin Vandersmissen.

Vandersmissen, who seems to be bleeding chips recently, min-raised to 20,000 from the hijack seat, Philip Meulyzer called in the cutoff and Dragomir made it 77,000 to play from the big blind. Vandersmissen then put in a further raise, this one to 190,000 which folded out Meulyzer but Dragomir quickly moved all in.

"I have to call," declared Vandersmissen who then turned over {a-Hearts}{j-Spades} which was up against the {a-Spades}{q-Spades} of Dragomir.

The {8-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades} flop failed to alter anything, neither did the {10-Spades} on the flop and when the river came the {9-Clubs} Dragomir had doubled up his 446,000 bet, plus the chips already in the pot, leaving Vandersmissen with a 314,000 stack.

Tags: Cristian DragomirKevin VandersmissenPhilip Meulyzer