€5,300 Main Event
€5,300 Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Former EPT Champion Oleksii Khoroshenin Leads After Day 3

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

Day 3 of the 2015 European Poker Tour Barcelona €5,300 Main Event started out with excitement, as the €8,215,900 prize pool was announced. The remaining 343 players were made aware that the top 247 would reach the money, but it was the mouth-watering €1,420,500 first-place prize that had everyone's juices flowing.

Coming into Day 3, the man best positioned was Nick Petrangelo. At the end of the day, he was still alive, but had slipped back and finished on 400,000. Oleksii Khoroshenin took over as the tournament's overnight chip leader with a massive day and bagged up 1.708 million.

The Ukranian Khoroshenin has now put himself in prime position to win a second EPT title. In 2014, Khoroshenin won the EPT Vienna Main Event for €578,392.

Throughout the day, plenty of notables fell, some before the money and some after.

Those that hit the rail before a cash were Isaac Haxton, Jason Gray, David Vamplew, Lynn Gilmartin, Betrand "ElkY" Grospellier, and Max Greenwood. Then with 250 players left in the field, Jonas Lauck and Diego Ventura were eliminated to set the tournament on the official bubble.

With hand-for-hand play already underway, Anastasios Vrakas found himself all in and at risk with the {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades} against the {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} for Dmitry Yurasov. The board ran out {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{4-Spades}{2-Clubs}, and Vrakas was the tournament's official "bubble boy."

Once the money was reached, it was time for the eliminated players to begin filing in the payout line. Of those to bust with a cash were Fatima Moreira de Melo (240th - €8,800), Mike Watson (233rd - €8,800), Andras Nemeth (208th - €9,450), Tobias Peters (188th - €9,450), Hugo Pingray (182nd - €10,350), Jani Sointula (149th - €10,350), and Natalie Hof (135th - €11,500).

Another player to bust was Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden, who was making his record-tying 20th cash in an EPT main event. The other player with 20 is Luca Pagano. Lodden was eliminated on the final hand of the night by Andre Akkari, who bagged up 982,000.

Two names from the remaining players that jump off the page to us are Anthony Zinno and John Juanda.

Zinno is a three-time World Poker Tour champion that won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet this past summer. To say he's hot would be an understatement, and he continues to showcase his abilities time and time again in major events. He bagged up an impressive 949,000 in chips, thanks in large part to winning a huge flip late in the day against Nacho Barbero that busted the latter.

Juanda also finished strong as the five-time WSOP gold bracelet winner bagged 914,000 in chips. The consummate professional played a very solid game all day, regularly using position on his opponents to his advantage and constantly chipping up.

There's also Jude Ainsworth, Jason Les, Matthias de Meulder, Jens Kyllonen, Patrik Antonius, Jeremy Ausmus, and Ryan Riess amongst the final 110 remaining.

Day 4 will commence at 12 p.m. local time on Friday, when another five 90-minute levels are on the schedule. Be sure to stay tuned right here to PokerNews for continued coverage of the event as the field plays closer to a winner in the largest EPT main event in history.

Until then, check out this video about flyboarding with Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov:

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Day 4 Seat Draw and Start-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

donpeters • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
11Daniel DvoressCanada402,000
12Jaime Rueda SampedroSpain236,000
13Jonas ChristensenDenmark496,000
14Alexander IvarssonSweden217,000
15Saar WilfIsrael463,000
16Christian CampanRomania274,000
17Dmitry YurasovRussia1,219,000
18Pakinai LisawadThailand467,000
21Lauri VaronenFinland130,000
22Roman KorenevRussia280,000
23Rafael Wantanabe Do PradoBrazil510,000
24Mario LopezArgentina141,000
25Nir LevyIsrael377,000
26Stuart McdonaldAustralia891,000
27Oleksii KhorosheninUkraine1,708,000
28Diego Casco Del RiegoUruguay1,091,000
31Rainer KempeGermany781,000
32Denys ShafikovUkraine1,110,000
33Adrien TantaroFrance244,000
34Joep van den BijgaartNetherlands768,000
35Mario Sanchez CanoUK558,000
36Shyam SrinivasanCanada975,000
37David NovakCzech Republic109,000
38Aleksei PonomarevRussia129,000
41Steven WattsUK491,000
42Vebjorn MonstadNorway627,000
43Andreas SamuelssonSweden425,000
44Jonathan AbdellatifBelgium310,000
45Mikhail PetrovRussia133,000
46David Gonzalez DelgadoSpain770,000
47Scott MargeresonUK880,000
48Goran MandicCroatia497,000
51Kirill ShugaiRussia320,000
52Steven WarburtonUK910,000
53Nikolay FalRussia359,000
54Neil Van Der MerweUK156,000
55Yin ZhangItaly288,000
56Rui Miguel Nogueira Da Silva E SousaPortugal399,000
57Ryan RiessUSA132,000
58Patrik AntoniusFinland199,000
62Elliot SmithCanada263,000
63Jasper WetemansNetherlands438,000
64Mateusz ZbikowskiUK534,000
65Michael EilerGermany191,000
66Patrick CaveriviereFrance101,000
67Alessandro FurneriItaly131,000
68Benjmin RichardsonAustralia181,000
71Tom HallUK471,000
72Victor BogdanovLatvia266,000
73Abd El Mannan QasemIsrael315,000
74Andre AkkariBrazil982,000
75Boghean Andrei LucianRomania370,000
76Dominykas KarmazinasLithuania907,000
77Bernd GleissnerGermany459,000
78Kimmo KurkoFinland207,000
81Ran NivIsrael565,000
82Frederik JensenDenmark380,000
83John JuandaIndonesia914,000
84Miguel Cieri Di PentimaVenezuela108,000
85Jason MoUSA267,000
86Jeremy AusmusUSA197,000
87Concepcion TacoronteSpain224,000
88Bernd VogelhuberGermany251,000
91Joao BritoPortugal568,000
92Alexey BilyuchenkoRussia364,000
93Imad DerwicheFrance123,000
94Michel LeibgorinFrance623,000
95Aki VirtanenFinland339,000
96Heinz TrautGermany606,000
97Alen BilicBosnia and Herzegovina689,000
98Jens KyllonenFinland227,000
101Roman VoroninRussia1,017,000
102Cristinel SanduRomania207,000
103Liviu IgnatRomania214,000
104Mike McDonaldCanada549,000
105Noah NovickUSA96,000
106Maksim SemisoshenkoRussia328,000
107Matthew VolosevichCosta Rica1,067,000
108Bruno SoutavongFrance114,000
111Amir ToumaLebanon330,000
112Nick PetrangeloUSA400,000
113Sebastian TejadaUSA428,000
114Dong KimUSA365,000
116Anthony ZinnoUSA948,000
117Eric Jean LescotBelgium401,000
118Chris WalkerUK273,000
121Sergio Alonso CamunasSpain285,000
122Florian-Dimitrie DutaRomania337,000
123Kitty KuoChina288,000
124Mikalai VaskaboinikauBelarus1,042,000
125Pascal LefrancoisCanada644,000
126Jude AinsworthIreland564,000
127Jamel HassaniFrance210,000
128Markus CernyAustria1,037,000
131Philipp KoberAustria551,000
132Thore NordboeNorway56,000
133Robert FennerSouth Africa438,000
134Samir MoukawemLebanon167,000
135Jerome Kobina EvansGermany301,000
136Peter EichhardtSweden770,000
137Jiachen GongCanada257,000
138Sebastian Barhs MalecPoland202,000
141Matthias De MeulderBelgium300,000
142Jesper FeddersenGermany388,000
143Rodney RamalhoCanada1,138,000
144Mohamed MamouniFrance453,000
145Dietrich FastGermany509,000
146Jason LesUSA323,000
147Jaroslaw SikoraPoland360,000
148Denis TimofeevRussia494,000
Oleksii Khoroshenin ua
Oleksii Khoroshenin
ua 1,708,000 268,000
Dmitry Yurasov ru
Dmitry Yurasov
ru 1,219,000 119,000
Rodney Ramalho ca
Rodney Ramalho
ca 1,138,000 -82,000
Denys Shafikov ua
Denys Shafikov
ua 1,110,000 500,000
Diego Casco Del Riego UY
Diego Casco Del Riego
UY 1,091,000 1,025,600
Matthew Volosevich gb
Matthew Volosevich
gb 1,067,000 242,000
Mikalai Vaskaboinikau by
Mikalai Vaskaboinikau
by 1,042,000 332,000
Markus Cerny AT
Markus Cerny
AT 1,037,000 227,000
Roman Voronin RU
Roman Voronin
RU 1,017,000 900,600
Andre Akkari br
Andre Akkari
br 982,000 292,000
Shyam Srinivasan ca
Shyam Srinivasan
ca 975,000 -25,000
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 948,000 -62,000
John Juanda id
John Juanda
id 914,000 99,000
Steve Warburton gb
Steve Warburton
gb 910,000 270,000
Dominykas Karmazinas lt
Dominykas Karmazinas
lt 907,000 127,000
Stuart McDonald AU
Stuart McDonald
AU 891,000 576,700
Scott Margereson gb
Scott Margereson
gb 880,000 110,000
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 781,000 -79,000
Peter Eichhardt se
Peter Eichhardt
se 770,000 85,000
David Gonzalez Delgado es
David Gonzalez Delgado
es 770,000 -24,000
Joep van den Bijgaart nl
Joep van den Bijgaart
nl 768,000 68,000
Alen Bilic ba
Alen Bilic
ba 689,000
Pascal LeFrancois ca
Pascal LeFrancois
ca 644,000 379,000
Vebjorn Monstad NO
Vebjorn Monstad
NO 627,000 -163,000
Michel Leibgorin fr
Michel Leibgorin
fr 623,000 416,800

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Done for the Night

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

Play has ended for the night. The surviving players are bagging up their chips. Stay tuned for a recap.

Tacoronte Doubles Through Smith

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

Elliot Smith and Concepcion Tacoronte look down at a board of {j-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}. Smith checks and Tacoronte moves all in for his last 82,000. Smith thinks for well over 90 seconds before moving out calling chips.

Tacoronte: {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}
Smith: {j-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

Both players hold a pair of jacks but Tacoronte leads with his king kicker. The {2-Spades} finishes off the board and Tacoronte lives on. He now has about 235,000 to his name.

Elliot Smith ca
Elliot Smith
ca 265,000 -135,000
Concepcion Tacoronte ES
Concepcion Tacoronte
ES 235,000 -75,000

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Three More Hands

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

The number has been drawn, and each table will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Eiler Stays Alive

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

Former EPT Vienna winner Michael Eiler just doubled up to give himself another chance at making the fourth day of play. Eiler was all in for 69,000 chips and up against Pakinai Lisawad.

Lisawad: {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}
Eiler: {A-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

The board ran out {A-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{9-Spades} and Eiler lived to fight another orbit.

Pakinai Lisawad th
Pakinai Lisawad
th 361,000 -49,000
Michael Eiler de
Michael Eiler
de 150,000 109,000

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Yurasov Eliminates Mceathron

Webjoker • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Dmitry Yurasov
Dmitry Yurasov

Dmitry Yurasov opened for 16,000 from the cutoff and Oleksii Khoroshenin on the button made the call. Ryan Mceathron in the big blind squeezed to 48,000 and Yurasov four bet to 98,000. Khoroshenin folded and Mceathron shoved all in after some thinking. Yurasov asked for a count (it was 309,000 total) and called.

Dmitry Yurasov: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}
Ryan Mceathron: {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}

The board ran out {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{2-Spades}{10-Spades}{Q-Hearts} and Mceathron made his exit. Right after that hand the table broke, and Yurasov (with now 1.1 million in chips) was finally rid of Khoroshenin (with 1.4 million in chips) on his left.

Dmitry Yurasov ru
Dmitry Yurasov
ru 1,100,000 106,000
Ryan Mceathron ca
Ryan Mceathron
ca Busted

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Juanda Climbing

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

Alexander Ivarsson opened with a raise from late position only to have John Juanda come over the top with a three-bet to an unknown amount from the button. The blinds get out of the way and Ivarsson responds with a four-bet to 118,000. Juanda five-bets the action to 198,000 and Ivarsson calls.

The flop comes out {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} and Ivarsson checks to the aggressor. Juanda continues out for 100,000 and Ivarsson thinks for about 30 seconds before letting his hand go. Juanda takes down the pot and brings his stack up to 815,000.

John Juanda id
John Juanda
id 815,000 200,000
Alexander Ivarsson se
Alexander Ivarsson
se 490,000 -230,000

Tags: John JuandaAlexander Ivarsson