Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
Season 10 of the European Poker Tour continued on Sunday with Day 3 action from the EPT10 Prague Main Event. For the past few days, the Czech Republic’s largest city has played host to the largest field in EPT Prague history (1,007 players), but the final day in the weekend saw the returning 189 players reduced to the final 61.
During five 90-minute levels of play, the money bubble burst when just 151 player remained, and then the in the money finishes piled up. By the end of the night, Ludovic Lacay emerged as the chip leader with 1.7 million, though some stiff competition also advanced including Ole Schemion and Jonathan Little.
Action resumed in Level 15 (1,500/3,000/400), and it didn’t take long for one of the most accomplished players in the field to fall. In one of the first hands of the day, Team PokerStars Pro David Williams was crippled when his pocket kings were cracked when his opponent made a pair of aces on the river.
The next hand there was a raise in front of Williams to 6,500 and he shoved his last big blinds in. The call that followed was quick and Williams would soon find out his was dominated by . The board ran out and Williams left the tournament area empty handed.
From there the in the money eliminations began to mount and include current EPT10 Player of the Year leader Thomas Muhlocker (149th - €8,600), Kitty Kuo (144th - €8,600), Paul Volpe (143rd - €9,000), Sylvain Loosli (140th - €9,000), Taylor Von Kriegenbergh (126th - €9,000), Dominik Nitsche (124th - €9,000), Team PokerStars Pros Henrique Pinho (109th - €9,900) and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (106th - €9,900), and Amir Lehavot (105th - €9,900).
From there, EPT10 Barcelona Super High Roller champ Vitaly Lunkin (102nd - €9,900); Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain (99th - €9,900), WSOP Europe Main Event champ Adrian Mateos (93rd - €11,100), Team Online’s newest member Marc-Andre Ladouceur (81st - €11,100); and Day 2 chip leader Walid Bou Habib (74th - €11,100) all hit the rail.
Katchalov was ousted in Level 19 (4,000/8,000/1,000) when he moved all in for 107,000 from early position and Lasell King moved all in over the top from the small blind. King, who won the Poker EM CAPT in Baden last October for €92,035, tabled which was superior to Katchalov's . The board didn't help Katchalov and he exited in 71st place. Duhamel, the last Team PokerStars Pro standing, would follow him out the door in 65th place.
Day 4 will kick off at Noon local time on Monday, which is also when the €10,000 High Roller gets under way. Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you updates from both.
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The tournament staff has just paused the clock and announced the remaining players will play three more hands before calling it a night. We're headed down to the floor to catch any late action and compile some chip counts. By the looks of it, EPT Sanremo champ Ludovic Lacay is a big chip leader.
Stay tuned for a full recap of the Day 3 action.
A very interesting hand just played out between Stephen Chidwick and Szabolcs Mayer with Chidwick showing one card at the end which may or may not have made things better for Mayer.
Pre-flop Chidwick raised to 22,000 from under-the-gun, Mayer three-bet to 50,00 from the cut-off and Chidwick smooth called. No one bet the flop and the hit the turn. It checked to Mayer he bet 50,000, Chidwick check-raised to 125,000 and Mayer asked Chidwick for a chip count. The Brit counted down his chips and it was established that Chidwick had 349,000 back. After a couple of minutes thought, Mayer - who had 595,000 back - made the call.
The completed the board and within five seconds Chidwick announced that he was all-in, it took Mayer a little longer to make his decision but he settled on a fold. As he took the pot Chidwick showed the and Mayer grinned.
Micha Hoedemaker won earlier with tens from jacks and with ace jack from jacks. Those weren't exactly flips but he had one just now and it wouldn't do him any good.
After a raise and a call, Hoedemaker squeezed all in for his last 18 big blinds from the big blind with . The initial raiser picked him up on the challenge and reshoved with pocket eights. Hoedemaker gained some additional outs along the way but a straight, flush or even a pair didn't materialize.
Micha Hoedemaker finishes in 69th place for €13,200.
The board was and there was just under 200,000 chips in the pot. Ari Engel checked it over to Georgios Sotiropoulos on the button who slid out two stacks of chips,a bet of 256,000. It represented the majority of both players stacks. A smile spread across Engel’s lips, amused yet horrified at the situation he found himself in, so he did what he does best and started talking to his opponent. “Show if I fold?” The qualifier from Greece sat stony faced. “I can’t believe you’ve done this.” He continued. He tried the “Show if I fold?” one more time, even adding “Please?” No dice and Engel released his hand. The table broke after that and Engel continued to badger his opponent wondering if he was beat but couldn’t get an answer.
We missed the elimination of 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, who was the last member of Team PokerStars Pro in the field. We did some asking around, and it appeared the Canadian was eliminated in a blind-versus-blind battle when his ran into . A lady would elude him and Duhamel's day was done.
Liutauras Armanavicius opened to 16,000 and Ole Schemion made the call on the button. The big blind came along for the ride as well but wouldn't be a factor in the rest of the hand.
Everybody checked on the flop and the hit the turn before they knew it. The big blind checked again to Armanavicius who bet 25,000. Schemion tossed in a yellow 25,000 chip, the big blind folded. The river completed the board with the and the Lithuanian player checked. Schemion thought for a short period of time and than decided to bet 70,000. Now it was Armanavicius' turn to think and he did just so for a minute or three.
Eventually he called but he mucked as soon as Schemion showed his . Almost with a blush of shame Schemion raked in the chips. If we counted correctly, which is not easy since he has so many, Schemion is now up to about 1.3 million.
It's been a rollercoaster day for Max Silver and his tournament journey is heading back in the right direction thanks to a hand against Stephen Chidwick