Main Event
Main Event
Day 3 Completed

The Money Bubbles Bursts & Jelassi Vaults To The Chip Lead On Day 3

Chad_Holloway • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Ramzi Jelassi
Ramzi Jelassi

Day 3 of the Season 9 European Poker Tour Prague, the largest tournament in Czech Republic history, played out today as 161 players returned to action and aimed to make the money at the top 128. After five 90-minute levels of play, just 55 players remain with Ramzi Jelassi and his stack of 1.238 million leading the way.

Jelassi became the chip leader after eliminating Sirzat Hissou in a huge pot. The latter got his stack of 330,000 all in on a {4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop holding {q-Spades}{q-Clubs} only to discover that his Swedish opponent held {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}. The {8-Spades} turn and {9-Hearts} river completed the board and Jelassi vaulted to over a million in chips.

Unfortunately not everyone was as fortunate as Jelassi on Day 3. Some who fell short of the money were Lardo Leheste, Mike Watson, Jacob Toole, Kent Lundmark, Ari Engel, Ignat “0Human0” Liviu and PokerStars Team Pro Pier Paolo Fabretti.

When 129 players remained, the money bubble was in effect and hand-for-hand play was instituted. It took a fair amount of time, but eventually the bubble burst. It happened when Rasmus Agerskov three-bet to 24,500 from the button and Andreas Berggren four-bet to 62,000 from the small blind. The original raiser folded and the action was back on Agerskov, who thought for a solid five before moving all in. Agerskov made a quick call and the cards were turned up:

Agerskov: {a-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Berggren: {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}

The board ran {9-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Clubs}{9-Spades} and Agerskov exited as the bubble boy, ensuring the remaining 128 players a guaranteed €8,000 payday.

From there the eliminations came in a flurry including 2012 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event runner-up Sergey Baranov (116th - €8,000); Day 1b chip leader Vadim Belov (106th - €8,000); PokerStars Team Pros Juan Manuel Pastor (113th - €8,000) and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (100th - €8,000); Petr Jelinek (96th - €10,000); John Eames (87th - €10,000); Marc-Andre Ladouceur (77th - €10,000); Shannon Shorr (65th - €12,000) and Vincent van der Fluit (57th - €12,000).

While 106 players hit the rail on Day 3, a few notables managed to punch their ticket to Day 4 including Todd Terry, Roger Hairabedian, Robert Peltecci, Fabrice Soulier, Johnny Lodden, Jeff Sarwer, Mark Herm and Chris Brammer. In addition, Roberto Romanello, who won the EPT Prague back in Season 7, is looking for his second title in three years.

End-of-Day-3 Top Ten Chip Counts

1Ramzi Jelassi1,238,000
2Sotirios Koutoupas1,049,000
3Chris Brammer1,021,000
4Jeff Sarwer963,000
5Dany Parlafes950,000
6Mark Herm916,000
7Mads Amot895,000
8Martin Hanowski893,000
9Andreas Berggren845,000
10Aleh Plauski807,000

Day 4 of the EPT Prague Main Event is set to begin at 12:00 CET tomorrow and will play down to the final 24. Join us then as we bring you all the latest and greatest from the Czech Republic.

Tags: Ramzi Jelassi

End Of Day Chipcounts (full)

Ramzi Jelassi se
Ramzi Jelassi
se 1,238,000 138,000
Chris Brammer gb
Chris Brammer
gb 1,021,000 121,000
Jeff Sarwer fi
Jeff Sarwer
fi 963,000 173,000
Dany Parlafes ro
Dany Parlafes
ro 950,000 220,000
Mark Herm us
Mark Herm
us 916,000 -44,000
Mads Amot no
Mads Amot
no 895,000 190,000
Martin Hanowski de
Martin Hanowski
de 893,000 43,000
Andreas Berggren se
Andreas Berggren
se 845,000 135,000
Aleh Plauski
Aleh Plauski
807,000 -93,000
Glen Cymbaluk ca
Glen Cymbaluk
ca 791,000 -9,000
Jason Helder us
Jason Helder
us 768,000 293,000
Michael Gross us
Michael Gross
us 685,000 45,000
Denys Larin
Denys Larin
632,000 632,000
Mikhail Petrov ru
Mikhail Petrov
ru 612,000 -18,000
Iosif Beskrovnyy
Iosif Beskrovnyy
601,000 -149,000
Jorma Nuutinen fi
Jorma Nuutinen
fi 555,000 75,000
Sotirios Koutoupas gr
Sotirios Koutoupas
gr 549,000 149,000
Ben Warrington gb
Ben Warrington
gb 545,000 75,000
Martin Mulsow de
Martin Mulsow
de 538,000 328,000
Dominik Paus de
Dominik Paus
de 531,000 81,000
Manuel Bevand fr
Manuel Bevand
fr 522,000 -53,000
David Boyaciyan nl
David Boyaciyan
nl 500,000 315,000
Diego Gomez Gonzalez
Diego Gomez Gonzalez
487,000 248,000
Jonathan Khalifa
Jonathan Khalifa
486,000 140,000
Johnny Lodden no
Johnny Lodden
no 456,000 126,000

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Last Three Hands

MarcC • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The clock has paused and each table will play three more hands before play concludes. Stay tuned for a full recap of the Day 3 action.

Bevand Puts His Cape On

Manuel Bevand makes a hero call.
Manuel Bevand makes a hero call.

When we reached the table, the board was {3-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} and there was about 100,000 in the middle. By looks of things, Manuel Bevand had led out on the river for 38,000, and Jose Manuel Nadal Sordo had raised to 118,000.

The action was back on Bevand who tanked for a very, very long time. During the first three minutes, he was silent. Taking his eyes off of Sordo for only seconds at a time. Then, after roughly three or four minutes, Bevand started to talk to Sordo.

"Good bet," he said smiling.

Sordo said nothing. About 30 more seconds passed.

"Give me something," Bevand begged. "Give me a reason."

About another minute passed, and then Bevand called the clock on himself. When the tournament director arrived, the Frenchman started grinning like a school boy.

45 seconds.

"There are so many people watching," Bevand said. "I almost have to call now."

30 seconds.

Suddenly, Bevand slammed a stack of blue T5,000 chips down across the line. Sordo turned over {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts} for ace-high, and Bevand spiked {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} onto the felt.

With that hero call, Bevand is up to 575,000 chips. Sordo dropped to around 230,000.

Manuel Bevand fr
Manuel Bevand
fr 575,000 250,000
Jose Manuel Nadal Sordo mx
Jose Manuel Nadal Sordo
mx 230,000 -130,000

Tags: Jose Manuel Nadal SordoManuel Bevand

Ladies Kind To Hairabedian

YorkshirePud • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Roger Hairabedian, who is chasing down Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier in a French leaderboard, has just doubled up through Aleh Plauski and increased his chances of catching the Team PokerStars Pro.

Hairabedian got his short stack into the middle of the felt with {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} and was up against the {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} of Plauski. Hairabedian stood from his seat as the dealer put out the {3-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} flop, but he sat straight back down when the {Q-Spades} showed up on the turn as it locked up the hand for him. The {5-Hearts} fell on the river and Hairabedian doubled up.

The Brains Behind the Card

MarcC • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The PokerStars Blog team meet Michael Müller, the brains behind paysafecard, at EPT Prague. Find out more about by clicking through to the PokerStars Blog.

Vodka Please!

YorkshirePud • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Marlek Tatar of Slovakia is helping the day pass along by drinking a few glasses of vodka. Roberto Romanello hast told Tatar that he will drink one glass to every three Tatar consumes. So far Tatar has declined Romanello's offer.

Anyway, back to the hand. Tatar opened to 17,000 in the hijack and Jorma Nuutinen called on the button. Both blinds folded and the dealer fanned out the {3-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{8-Clubs} flop.

"Vodka please!" cried Tatar as the dealer got to work.

Tatar checked, Nuutinen bet 20,000 and Tatar called. That was the last of the betting because the duo checked the arrival of the {10-Hearts} turn and {2-Diamonds} river, Tatar's {A-Spades}{K-Spades} beating Nuutinen's {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}.

"Don't your chips work? You had a pair of aces!" quipped Romanello.

"What would I get with his [Nuutinen] hand?" replied Tatar.

"You didn't know he had king-jack," said Romanello.

"When I drink I see everything!" claimed Tatar, before stacking his chips and draining the rest of his drink from his glass.

Tags: Jorma NuutinenMarlek TatarRoberto Romanello

Hakim Loses Monster Race; Busts

Jeff Hakim (Day 2)
Jeff Hakim (Day 2)

Ater losing a massive, 400,000-chip raise with queens to an opponent's ace-king, Jeffrey Hakim moved all in for his last 50,000 or so, and Jeff Sarwer looked him up.

Hakim: {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}
Sarwer: {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

The {j-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop was disastrous for Hakim, and it was all over after the {6-Spades} turned. A meaningless {8-Diamonds} completed the board, and Hakim hit the rail.

Jeff Sarwer fi
Jeff Sarwer
fi 790,000 15,000
Jeffrey Hakim lb
Jeffrey Hakim
lb Busted

Tags: Jeff SarwerJeffrey Hakim