Main Event
Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Day 4 Seat Draw

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SeatNameCountryChip Count
 Table 1  
1Shiraz SoltaninassabBelgium475,000
2Alex GomesBrazil 655,000
3Victor RamdinUSA489,000
4Andrey DanilyukRussia806,000
5Ivan FreitezVenezuela1,279,000
6Juan MaceirasSpain 1,308,000
7Gerardo GodinezMexico1,009,000
8Pedro PellicerSpain 1,216,000
 Table 2  
1Domantas KlimciauskasLithuania1,198,000
2Hugo LemaireFrance292,000
3Tamas LendvaiHungary787,000
4Simon HigginsUK 1,705,000
5Raemon SluiterNetherlands 703,000
6Andrew LiUSA104,000
7Alessandro LimbliciItaly554,000
8Dag PalovicSlovakia244,000
 Table 3  
1Georges YazbeckLebanon 692,000
2Torsten BrinkmannGermany1,959,000
3Ankush MandaviaUSA 910,000
4Ole Kristian [Removed:332]Norway105,000
5Jose NadalMexico510,000
6Eugene YanaytUSA 2,374,000
7Litterio PirrottaItaly 648,000
8Thomas PetterssonSweden246,000

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Eugene Yanayt us
Eugene Yanayt
us 2,374,000 74,000
Torsten Brinkmann de
Torsten Brinkmann
de 1,959,000 459,000
Simon Higgins gb
Simon Higgins
gb 1,705,000 -495,000
Juan Maceiras es
Juan Maceiras
es 1,308,000 8,000
Ivan Freitez ve
Ivan Freitez
ve 1,279,000 199,000
Pedro Pellicer
Pedro Pellicer
1,216,000 496,000
Domantas Klimciauskas lt
Domantas Klimciauskas
lt 1,198,000 318,000
Gerardo Godinez
Gerardo Godinez
1,009,000 329,000
Ankush Mandavia us
Ankush Mandavia
us 910,000 385,000
Andrey Danilyuk ru
Andrey Danilyuk
ru 806,000 241,000
Tamas Lendvai hu
Tamas Lendvai
hu 787,000
Andrew Li
Andrew Li
704,000 25,000
Raemon Sluiter
Raemon Sluiter
703,000 -107,000
Georges Yazbeck lb
Georges Yazbeck
lb 692,000 -288,000
Alex Gomes
Alex Gomes
655,000 49,000
Litterio Pirrotta
Litterio Pirrotta
648,000 -235,000
Alessandro Limblici
Alessandro Limblici
554,000 -46,000
Jose Nadal mx
Jose Nadal
mx 510,000 45,000
Victor Ramdin us
Victor Ramdin
us 489,000 -11,000
Shiraz Soltaninassab
Shiraz Soltaninassab
475,000 -3,000
Hugo Lemaire pr
Hugo Lemaire
pr 292,000 137,000
Thomas Pettersson se
Thomas Pettersson
se 246,000 -89,000
Dag Palovic sk
Dag Palovic
sk 244,000 -256,000
Ole Kristian Nergard
Ole Kristian Nergard
105,000 -55,000

Day 3 Done, Dusted

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Eugene Yanayt
Eugene Yanayt

After epic Days 1a through 2, finishing before 11pm feels like a very early night indeed. The Day 3 action was nothing short of furious, the field munching through itself to see 80 players paid out in under six levels.

The 24 players who will be returning for Day 4 are a very mixed bunch. After doubling up Domantas Klimciauskas right at the death, it looked as though online qualifier Simon Higgins has lost the chip lead. This means that the man in pole position as far as we can see is Eugene "FishosaurusREX" Yanayt, on roughly 2.3 million. Chip counts will be in in a jiffy for confirmation.

We lost our last two former EPT winners Ben Wilinofsky and Lucien Cohen today, meaning that we will be crowning a brand new champion this week. Four Team PokerStars Pros (Juan Maceiras, Alex Gomes, Dag Palovic and Victor Ramdin) are still in the running, as is PokerStars Sponsored Player Raemon Sluiter. Alex Gomes is of particular interest - he's going for the triple crown here after winning a WSOP bracelet in 2008 and a WPT title in 2009.

Play will resume here at the Casino Gran Madrid at noon tomorrow, and we will be playing right down to a final table. This promises to be an extremely entertaining Day 4 and we strongly urge you to join us then.

Final Day 3 Elimination: Vasily Fursov

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Vasily Fursov was the last player to be eliminated in the €35,000 payout bracket bringing Day 3 to an abrupt close. His pre-exit hand involved two players giving the full Dwell over his preflop mid-position raise to 43,000. Dag Palovic passed but button Alessandro Limblici (having had the clock called on him) moved all in for 212,000.

Fursov called and found his {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades} in big trouble against Limblici's {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. The board ({6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}) offered flush possibilities but removed them with the river and he was down to <60,000.

The very next hand, in those chips went under the gun with {10-Clubs}{8-Clubs} - it was Alessandro Limblici who found the {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs} behind him and took the last of his bowl of rice after a {4-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{9-Spades} board.

Tags: Alessandro LimbliciVasily Fursov

Godin-ez Game

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Erik van den Berg
Erik van den Berg

Having demonstrated some admirable grinding today, Erik van den Berg has demonstrated how not to win an all-in flip, getting it in preflop with {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} vs. the {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} of Gerardo Godinez.

"You'll probably hit a king on the flop, then I'll river a'll be the pot of the night!" said van den Berg.

He was half right - the flop came down {K-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{9-Clubs} but after the turn {2-Diamonds} came the river {A-Spades}. €35,000 for the graciously losing Dutchman.

Tags: Gerardo GodinezErik van den Berg

[Removed:332] Explodes

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Ole Kristian [Removed:332]
Ole Kristian [Removed:332]

Wow, former chip leader Ole Kristian [Removed:332] has blown up in spectacular style - the biggest pot of the tournament so far.

Eugene Yanayt opened to 32,000 in early position and [Removed:332] made it 102,000 from the button. Yanayt called, and they saw a flop.

Flop: {10-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}

Check, check.

Turn: {3-Clubs}

Yanayt bet out 115,000, but [Removed:332] made it 234,000 to go. Yanyat called, and they saw the river.

River: {7-Clubs}

Yanayt checked, and [Removed:332] announced all in. After a little while, Yanayt called all in.

Yanayt: {3-Hearts}{3-Spades} for a set
[Removed:332]: {q-Hearts}{4-Hearts} for a particularly bluffy second pair

The all in on the river was for 800-and-something-k, the pot around 700,000 before the river. Yanayt was still stacking his ocean of chips when we left, but we're putting him at 2.3 million for the moment. [Removed:332] has been crippled to just 80,000.

Tags: Eugene YanaytOle Kristian Nergard

Boucher Busto

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Juan Maceiras
Juan Maceiras

Eugene Katchalov raised to 35,000 under the gun and Philippe Boucher shoved for around 140,000. Over to Juan Maceiras, who reshoved for an awful lot. Katchalov folded {k-Spades}{j-Spades} face up and the other two turned their cards over.

Maceiras: {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}
Boucher: {4-Spades}{4-Diamonds}

Said Maceiras, "I take ace-three-five, just for you."
Replied Boucher, "OK. I'll take the four."

Flop: {a-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{q-Spades} which would have made Katchalov a Broadway straight. Cheerfully piped up Dag Palovic, "I do not understand the people who do not play the maths. The poker news, Eugene Katchalov is such a good player." Giggling all round the table.

Turn: {8-Spades} which would have made Katchalov a flush. Boucher pushed forward his {4-Spades}, singing the bit everyone knows from Jaws.

River: {2-Diamonds}

The fun was over, and Boucher was busted. Maceiras meanwhile is up to 1.3 million.

Tags: Dag PalovicEugene KatchalovJuan MaceirasPhilippe Boucher

Later, Sunar

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Surinder Sunar - not only busto, but photobombed by Fatima Moreira de Melo
Surinder Sunar - not only busto, but photobombed by Fatima Moreira de Melo

The flop read {6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} and Pedro Pellicer bet. Surinder Sunar shoved, Pellicer snap-called, and they were on their backs.

Sunar: {5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}
Pellicer: {a-Hearts}{6-Spades}

Turn: {q-Hearts}

River: {7-Clubs}

After his second place finish at the Irish Open a few weeks ago, it'll be a disappointment to the UK poker legend not to make another final table. Still, a remarkable performance. GG, S.S.

Tags: Pedro PellicerSurinder Sunar