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Sormunen Leads After Day 3

[user101598] • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Pasi Sormunen - Chip Leader
Pasi Sormunen - Chip Leader

Season 9 of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour continued on Wednesday with Day 3 of the EPT London Main Event, and after five more levels, Pasi Sormunen leads the remaining 32 players with 1,578,000 chips.

Sormunen crossed the million-chip threshold in Level 17 when he took a large pot off of Manig Loeser. Loeser flopped trip tens, and proceeded to call a check-raise on the turn and a large bet on the river. Sormunen turned over two kings for a flopped full house however, and raked in a massive pot. The Finn continued to bulldoze the competition – even though he was a caught bluffing a time or two – and ended the day with atop the leader board.

Here’s a look at the top-ten stacks:

EPT London Chip Leaders

RankPlayerChips
1Pasi Sormunen1,578,000
2Niall Farrell1,510,000
3Nicolas Chouity1,143,000
4Christopher Frank1,098,000
5Mantas Visockis983,000
6Bassel Moussa872,000
7Steve O'Dwyer800,000
8Theo Jorgensen778,000
9Tamer Kamel762,000
10Daniel Erlandsson707,000

Day 3 began with 113 of the initial 647 runners – just 17 eliminations away from the money. Several notable players busted straightaway, including Griffin Benger, Marcel Luske, and legendary English footballer Teddy Sheringham. Sheringham found himelf all in and at risk preflop for roughly 30 big blinds holding two black nines. Finn Sormunen had him at risk with ace-king and turned Broadway, sending Sheringham to the rail just before the money.

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier nearly exited before the money bubble burst, but lady luck was on his side in a key hand against Matthias Tikerpe. Faced with a raise and two calls, Mercier squeezed all in for roughly 40 big blinds from the big blind. Tikerpe, the original raiser, re-shoved, and the rest of the players folded. Tikerpe turned over two queens, which dominated Mercier’s ace-queen, but there was an ace on the river to save Mercier.

Mercier finished the day with 309,000 chips, and a brand-new iPhone 5. Two other EPT winners, Mike McDonald (684,000) and Nicolas Chouity, are still in contention. No player has ever won two EPT Main Events.

The bubble began right before the start of Level 16, and lasted well over an hour. A severely short-stacked Stefan Borman found himself all in and at risk for just four big blinds holding two kings. Flavien Kevin Luc Guenan couldn’t crack the kings with jack-ten, and Borman snuck into the money, pocketing £8,000 for a 91st-place finish.

The actual bubble boy was Englishman Matthew Ashton, who was all in for less than two big blinds preflop. Stephen Lacey, Loeser, and Sormunen all called him, and the three players checked it down until the river, where Lacey fired out a bet. Sormunen called with top two-pair, Lacey showed Broadway, and before exiting, Ashton flashed a lesser two pair.

Per usual, there were dozens of eliminations once the bubble burst. Team PokerStars Pro Leo Margets ran her last 10 big blinds into two kings, former EPT London Main Event winner David Vamplew ran ace-queen into two kings, and Nicolas Levi lost a race with ace-king against Russell Carson’s pocket threes.

Of the many eliminations on Day 3, non were more brutal than Jamie Burland’s. Burland called a five-bet shove for effectively 300,000 preflop holding two red tens, and he was racing against Nicolas Chouity’s ace-king. Burland turned a queen-high straight, leaving Chouity with two outs, and low and behold a ten spiked on the river. In shock, Burland sprung out of his chair, but he quickly collected himself and wished the table, particularly Chouity, good luck.

Mercier and Theo Jorgensen will be representing Team PokerStars Pro on Day 4. Team Pros who snuck into the money but were unable to survive the day include Rino Mathis, David Williams, Marcin Horecki, Sandra Naujoks, and Liv Boeree. Horecki tried to get a three-bet shove through with ten-nine suited, but was called by Carson. The Canadian’s big slick held, sending Horecki out in 71st place.

Full Tilt Poker’s Professional Viktor Blom’s rollercoaster tournament came to a crashing end at the feature table in Level 18. He was all in on a ten-high flop with a pair of eights and an open-ended straight draw, and Mantas Visockis had him at risk with a set of tens. The turn and river both produced deuces, and the Swedish wunderkind was eliminated.

Day 4 of the EPT9 London Main Event will begin on Thursday at 12:00 GMT. Check back for exclusive, up-to-the-minute live updates straight from The Vic right here at PokerNews.com

Tags: Pasi Sormunen

Chip Counts (full)

Homer • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Pasi Sormunen fi
Pasi Sormunen
fi 1,578,000 -22,000
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 1,510,000 10,000
Nicolas Chouity lb
Nicolas Chouity
lb 1,143,000 13,000
Christopher Frank de
Christopher Frank
de 1,098,000 -52,000
Mantas Visockis lt
Mantas Visockis
lt 983,000 -77,000
Bassel Moussa lb
Bassel Moussa
lb 872,000 372,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie 800,000 -30,000
Theo Jorgensen dk
Theo Jorgensen
dk 778,000 294,000
Tamer Kamel gb
Tamer Kamel
gb 762,000 514,000
Daniel Erlandsson se
Daniel Erlandsson
se 707,000 187,000
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca 684,000 239,000
John O'Shea IE
John O'Shea
IE 671,000 -4,000
Raoul Refos nl
Raoul Refos
nl 647,000 -58,000
Olof Haglund se
Olof Haglund
se 629,000 -1,000
Mikhail Korotkikh ru
Mikhail Korotkikh
ru 554,000 -72,000
Ruben Visser nl
Ruben Visser
nl 551,000 -149,000
Max Greenwood ca
Max Greenwood
ca 546,000 -115,000
Matthias Tikerpe ee
Matthias Tikerpe
ee 528,000 -152,000
George Meitanis cy
George Meitanis
cy 503,000 -397,000
Rumen Nanev bg
Rumen Nanev
bg 465,000 280,000
Yury Gulyy ru
Yury Gulyy
ru 437,000 437,000
Russell Carson ca
Russell Carson
ca 372,000 92,000
Albert Daher lb
Albert Daher
lb 364,000 19,000
Giuseppe Sammartino it
Giuseppe Sammartino
it 342,000 342,000
Steven Silverman us
Steven Silverman
us 319,000 5,000

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Negreanu Busto From The 8-Game

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

Daniel Negreanu was first out of the EPT £10k 8-Game Championship today. Find out which big names are still in by clicking here.

Pesonen Busto

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

Lauri Pesonen raised to 16,000 and Chris Moorman made the call. Mantas Visockis three-bet to 55,000 and the action was folded back to Personen. The Finnish player moved all in for 232,000 and Moorman went into the tank. After a while he decided to fold and Visockis made the call instantly.

Visockis: {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts}
Pesonen: {A-Hearts}{K-Spades}

The board ran out {Q-Hearts}{3-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} and Pesonen was knocked out.

Mantas Visockis lt
Mantas Visockis
lt 1,060,000 270,000
Lauri Pesonen
Lauri Pesonen
Busted

Tags: Chris MoormanLauri PesonenMantas Visockis

Last Three Hands

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

Pasi Sormunen looks to be the current chip leader as we begin to wind up for the day.

Pasi Sormunen fi
Pasi Sormunen
fi 1,600,000 320,000

Refos Gets Funky

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

Raoul Refos just got a little funky versus chip leader Niall Farrell. Farrell raised to 18,000 preflop and Refos kicked it up to 29,000 from the small blind. The big blind folded and Farrell made it 68,000 to go. Refos went into the tank and then put in 107,000.

Farrell went into the tank for quite some time but eventually folded. Refos flipped up the {5-Diamonds} and casually raked in this big pot. He's now in the top 10 with just 20 minutes left in the day.

Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 1,500,000
Raoul Refos nl
Raoul Refos
nl 705,000 90,000

Tags: Niall FarrellRaoul Refos

O'Dwyer Gets Lucky to Double Through Moorman

MarcC • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Steve O'Dwyer
Steve O'Dwyer

About this stage of EPT London last season Steve O'Dwyer won a big pot where his ace was dominated but he managed to hit a three-outer. That helped him into a position where he was able to make a run all the way to the final table for a second place finish. Is he in for a repeat run this year?

Action had already taken place but Chris Moorman (big blind) had 61,000 out in front and O'Dwyer (hijack) had 143,000 in front of him. Moorman gave the situation some thought and moved all in. O'Dwyer quickly committed his 397,000 stack.

Moorman: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}
O'Dwyer: {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}

The board ran {6-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} to see O'Dwyer spike an ace on the river to double up. Moorman quietly handed over the chips.

Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie 830,000 400,000
Chris Moorman gb
Chris Moorman
gb 300,000 -380,000

Tags: Chris MoormanSteve O'Dwyer