MSPT Sycuan Casino
€5,300 Main Event
Days:
€5,300 Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Day 3 Concludes; Middleton Leads the Final 79, Three Former EPT Champs Remain

Josh_Cahlik • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Thomas Middleton - Chip Leader
Thomas Middleton - Chip Leader

It was an intense day of poker at the lovely Casino Barcelona as 235 players from a staring field of 1,234 returned for Day 3 of the European Poker Tour Season 10 Barcelona Main Event. By the end of five 90-minute levels only 79 players remained in the running for the title of EPT champion. Thomas Middleton sits closest to that goal after bagging 1,030,000 in chips, good enough for the largest stack in the room.

As the day progressed, the field size was whittled down to the top 10% and beyond, meaning the money bubble was popped and the top 183 players were guaranteed to take home a prize of at least €8,680. While the players who cashed were certainly thrilled to do so, it is the top prize of €1,067,000 that everyone is eyeing up heading into the final days of this illustrious tournament.

While Middleton sits on the largest stack in the room, others were also able to bag up impressive stacks and are still in contention. Players returning for Day 4 include Kevin Vandersmissen (970,000), Niall Farrell (912,000), Thomas Butzhammer (827,000), Andreas Christoforou (825,000), Kimmo Kurko (581,000) and Team PokerStars Pro Christophe De Meulder (334,000).

The possibility of a first-ever two-time EPT Main Event champion still remains, as Kent Lundmark (Season 7 Barcelona champion), Dimitar Danchev (Season 9 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion), and Mikalai Pobal (Season 9 Barcelona champion) are still sitting on stacks. Lundmark will bring a stack of 501,000 into Day 4 while Danchev will be at 376,000 in chips. Defending champion Pobal, however, has quite the uphill battle on Day 4 as he will return with merely 71,000 in chips.

The day began a mere 52 eliminations away from the money and the bustouts began racking up at a rapid pace. This, of course, meant heartbreak for the 52 individuals who would fall before the bubble burst. One such individual was PokerStars Team Pro Angel Guillen who was eliminated fairly close to the bubble. Guillen, who moved all in before the flop holding {A-}{K-}, was called by Mike Watson with pocket sevens. Guillen bricked once the community cards were displayed and he was forced to settle for a near-bubble situation. Other players eliminated before the money included the likes of Jake Balsiger, Andrew Moreno, Tomasz Cybulski, Igor Kurganov, and Dani Stern.

The bubble burst in an interesting way as Nuno Da Camara, the bubble boy, never showed up for Day 3. His stack of 83,500 was blinded and anted down as the day progressed. During hand-for-hand play, his last 3,000 was subjected to the blinds and, because no one else in the room was eliminated during that hand, Camara became the man responsible for 183 other players' paydays.

As per usual, the bursting of the bubble caused the rate of eliminations to increase and suddenly players were falling left and right. Notable names to fall in the money include Shannon Shorr (181st), Yann Dion (161st), Marvin Rettenmaier (160th), Toni Judet (159th), Leo Fernandez (158th), Victor Ramdin (147th), Kevin MacPhee (126th), Ole Schemion (123rd), Kitty Kuo (115th), and Byron Kaverman (107th). Also to fall post-bubble was current November Niner David Benefield, who fell in in 110th place and cashed for €11,350. Racking up a cash in one of the largest EPTs in history is an excellent addition to Benefield's already stellar 2013.

Also making a deep run but falling before the end of play was Alexander Stevic who is best known for winning the EPT Season 1 Barcelona Main Event. Stevic fell late in the day, a victim of PokerStars qualifier Kresten Nielsen. PokerNews recently had the chance to catch up with Stevic and find out what he has been up to since winning the inaugural event.

Day 4 will kick off on Thursday at noon CET from the tournament area at the Casino Barcelona. As always, PokerNews will be on hand to provide you with all of the latest updates from the tournament floor!

Tags: Dimitar DanchevKent LundmarkThomas Middleton

Notable Stacks at the End of Day 3

Chad_Holloway • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Tom Middleton gb
Tom Middleton
gb 1,030,000 -51,000
Alejandro Perez us
Alejandro Perez
us 990,000 630,000
Kevin Vandersmissen be
Kevin Vandersmissen
be 970,000 610,000
Michel Pecheux
Michel Pecheux
921,000 921,000
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 912,000 -225,000
Alejandro Belluccia
Alejandro Belluccia
871,000 542,600
Thomas Butzhammer de
Thomas Butzhammer
de 827,000 339,000
Andreas Christoforou cy
Andreas Christoforou
cy 825,000 43,000
Stefan Kolossow
Stefan Kolossow
806,000 266,000
Jacek Markowski
Jacek Markowski
780,000 430,000
Madis Müür
Madis Müür
777,000 437,000
Raphael Halfon
Raphael Halfon
765,000 450,000
Nils Jarefjall se
Nils Jarefjall
se 695,000 -265,000
Jamila Von Perger de
Jamila Von Perger
de 636,000 39,000
Kimmo Kurko fi
Kimmo Kurko
fi 581,000 16,000
Kent Lundmark se
Kent Lundmark
se 501,000 181,000
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 386,000 140,000
Dimitar Danchev bg
Dimitar Danchev
bg 376,000 76,000
Christophe De Meulder be
Christophe De Meulder
be 334,000 -24,000
Dermot Blain ie
Dermot Blain
ie 230,000 -175,000
Mikalai Pobal by
Mikalai Pobal
by 71,000 -28,000
Grayson Ramage us
Grayson Ramage
us Busted
Alexander Stevic
Alexander Stevic
Busted
Andrey Chesnokov ru
Andrey Chesnokov
ru Busted
Vishal Pundjabi
Vishal Pundjabi
Busted

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Bagging and Tagging

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

The tournament has wrapped up Day 3's play, and the players are bagging and tagging their chips. A recap of the day's action will be posted shortly.

Five More Hands

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

The tournament staff has just announced that the remaining players will play five more hands before calling it a night. We're headed out to capture any last-minute action and to compile some notable counts.

Inaugural EPT Champ Stevic Felled

Yardley • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Alexander Stevic
Alexander Stevic

With less than half an hour remaining of Day 3 Alex Stevic has been knocked out of the tournament. Ten years after winning the very first EPT event held here in Barcelona, Stevic had been invited back to play by PokerStars, and he had a great run and been hugely popular at the tables.

He finally fell when he opened for 16,000 and was called in the big blind by PokerStars qualifier Kresten Nielsen. They saw a flop of {7-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{10-Clubs}. Nielsen asked him how much he had behind and Stevic counted it out exactly for him as 136,000. Nielsen bet 28,000 and Stevic moved all in. Nielsen called and turned over his two pair {10-Spades}{7-Spades}. “Nine or a club.” Said Stevic and showed his {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}. The final two cards dealt were {7-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} giving Nielsen a full house on the turn

Alexander Stevic
Alexander Stevic
Busted

Tags: Alexander Stevic

Say Goodbye To...

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

To see where each of the eliminated players finished, check out our "Payouts" section.

Walid Bou-Habib
Walid Bou-Habib
Busted
Pawel Brzeski pl
Pawel Brzeski
pl Busted
Massimo Di Cicco it
Massimo Di Cicco
it Busted
Maximiliano Gallardo ar
Maximiliano Gallardo
ar Busted
Fokke Jacob Beukers
Fokke Jacob Beukers
Busted
Alexey Makarov ru
Alexey Makarov
ru Busted
Gaetano Dell`Aera
Gaetano Dell`Aera
Busted
Anton Komarov ru
Anton Komarov
ru Busted
Daniel Reijmer nl
Daniel Reijmer
nl Busted
Kevin Schulz us
Kevin Schulz
us Busted
Ivan Kotov
Ivan Kotov
Busted
Antonio Brando
Antonio Brando
Busted
Milan Polke
Milan Polke
Busted
Marc Colome
Marc Colome
Busted
Felix Stephensen no
Felix Stephensen
no Busted
Stefan Vagner
Stefan Vagner
Busted