2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final

€5,300 Main Event
Day: 3
Event Info

2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
125,000 / 250,000

€5,300 Main Event

Day 3 Completed

Marcin Chmielewski Leads EPT Grand Final Main Event After Day 3

Level 19 : 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Marcin Chmielewski
Marcin Chmielewski

When play resumed for Day 2 of the 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €5,300 Main Event, 196 players from a field of 1,098 entries returned to the tables at the Monte-Carlo Bay Resort and Pierre Calamusa was leading the survivors. Only the top 159 spots were guaranteed a payday of at least €8,890 and the bubble burst at the very end of the second level of play.

Aaron Gustavson raised on the button and Jinfeng Huo defended from the big blind. Huo open jammed 100,000 on the {K-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{2-Hearts} flop, and Gustavson called with the {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts} for a baby flush. Huo's {K-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} for two pair had outs, but both {7-Spades} turn and {10-Hearts} river blanked.

Just prior to Huo's bubble-bursting exit, John Juanda soft-bubbled after running ace-king into the pocket aces of Juan Etcheverry. Other big names to bust before the money included David Peters, Salvatore Bonavena, Mike Watson, Ilan Boujenah, and Javier Zarco.

Once the money was reached, the seats began to empty, as one by one players hit the rail and headed to the payout window. Jake Cody and Max Silver had to settle for a min-cash, Dominykas Karmazinas joined them, and Dimitar Danchev also busted.

Erik Seidel lost a flip with king-queen against the deuces of Vanessa Selbst, and then Davidi Kitai also went out. Other notables to exit before the end of the day included Paul Hoefer, Dermot Blain, Steven van Zadelhoff, Sam Chartier, John Gale, and Yucel "Mad Turk" Eminoglu.

After five levels of 90 minutes each, the field was reduced to just 74 players, and leading the pack was Marcin Chmielewski. The Pole, who finished 21st in the France Poker Series High Roller a few days prior, bagged up 1.314 million to claim the overnight lead.

Natan Chauskin with 1.107 million and Roman Korenev with 1.091 million were the only other players to bag seven-figure stacks.

Despite not hitting seven figures, there were plenty of big stacks still left, including Dario Sammartino (902,000), Thiago Nishijima (848,000), Erwann Pecheux (818,000), Adrien Allain (810,000), Fatima Moreira de Melo (807,000), Govert Metaal (704,000), Antoine Saout (626,000), Vanessa Selbst (616,000), and Randy Lew (455,000).

Day 4 will commence Wednesday at 12 p.m. local time with another five 90-minute levels scheduled. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be there to cover all the crucial action, so make sure to tune back in when history is being written on the French Riviera.

Day 4 Seat Draw

11Paolo CompagnoSwitzerland241000
12Iacopo BrandiItaly436000
13Antonio RutiglianoItaly110000
14Benjamin PollakFrance486000
15Kristen BicknellCanada195000
16Diego ZeiterSwitzerland183000
17Thiago NishijimaBrazil840000
18Gun TaljoSweden388000
21Sebastien LebaronFrance99000
22Oren RosenIsrael525000
24Fatima Moreira de MeloNetherlands807000
25Neil StrikeUK156200
26Thi Xoa NguyenFrance670000
27Roman KorenevRussia1091000
28Erwann PecheuxFrance818000
31Kyle FreyUSA495000
32Pascal FaivreCanada105000
33Loc TuCanada330000
34Ihar SoikaBelarus258000
35Marco De VincentiItaly134000
36Alexios ZervosGreece700000
37Vanessa SelbstUSA618000
38Andrei BogheanRomania476000
41Fabio SperlingGermany800000
42Samu RiihelaFinland30000
43Jan BendikSlovakia576000
44Nikolas MenkeGermany85000
45Mohamed AissaniFrance926000
46Erik Van HoekNetherlands376000
48Georges HallakCanada169000
51Juan EtcheverryArgentina489000
52Ariel CelestinoBrazil311000
53Chris DowlingIreland493000
54Ruediger WeberGermany137000
55Antoine SaoutFrance626000
56Tomas JozonisLithuania233000
57Apostolos BechrakisGreece492000
58Hani BahnaCanada285000
62Andjelko AndrejevicUSA181000
63Natan ChauskinBelarus1107000
64Dario SammartinoItaly902000
65Albert DaherLebanon566000
66Omar LakhdariFrance230000
67Jimmy GuerreroFrance750000
68Michel AbecassisFrance151000
71Marcin ChmielewskiPoland1314000
72Asan UmarovKazakhstan301000
73Rintaro KagawaJapan580000
74Randy LewUSA455000
75Andrea RocciItaly388000
76Nicolas CardynFrance131000
78Oleh CherepianyiUkraine234000
81Markus DurneggerAustria226000
82Pierre TilmantBelgium271000
83Pierre CalamusaFrance580000
84Koichi NozakiJapan383000
85Joseph MouawadUSA205000
86Paul-Francois TedeschiFrance661000
87Ivan SoshnikovRussia372000
88Aaron GustavsonUSA458000
91Benjamin PhilippsUK376000
93Fady KamarLebanon103000
94Albert SebagFrance159000
95Nacho BarberoArgentina461000
96Evangelos TerzoudisGreece985000
97Jan BengelmannGermany667000
98Kiryl RadzivonauBelarus331000
101Youssef FinianosLebanon112000
102Jason GrayAustralia287000
103Matthew DavenportUK617000
104Adrien AllainFrance810000
105Enver AbduraimovGermany235000
106Joao VieiraPortugal313000
108Govert MetaalNetherlands704000

Tags: Aaron GustavsonAdrien AllainAntoine SaoutDario SammartinoDavid PetersDavidi KitaiDermot BlainDimitar DanchevDominykas KarmazinasErik SeidelErwann PecheuxEvangelos TerzoudisFatima Moreira De MeloGovert MetaalIlan BoujenahJake CodyJavier ZarcoJohn GaleJohn JuandaJuan EtcheverryKristen BicknellMarcin ChmielewskiMax SilverMike WatsonNatan ChauskinPaul HoeferPierre CalamusaRandy LewRoman KorenevSalvatore BonavenaSam ChartierSteven van ZadelhoffThiago NishijimaVanessa SelbstYucel Eminoglu

End-Of-Day Counts (full)

Level 19 : 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Marcin Chmielewski pl
Marcin Chmielewski
1,314,000 14,000
Natan Chauskin by
Natan Chauskin
1,107,000 32,000
Roman Korenev ru
Roman Korenev
1,091,000 1,000
Evangelos Terzoudis gr
Evangelos Terzoudis
985,000 69,000
Mohamed Aissani fr
Mohamed Aissani
926,000 26,000
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
902,000 82,000
Thiago Nishijima br
Thiago Nishijima
840,000 -100,000
Erwann Pecheux fr
Erwann Pecheux
818,000 10,000
Adrien Allain fr
Adrien Allain
810,000 -66,000
Fatima Moreira de Melo nl
Fatima Moreira de Melo
807,000 -73,000
Fabio Sperling de
Fabio Sperling
800,000 305,000
Jimmy Guerrero fr
Jimmy Guerrero
750,000 570,000
Govert Metaal nl
Govert Metaal
704,000 -11,000
Alexios Zervos gr
Alexios Zervos
700,000 -100,000
Thi Xoa Nguyen fr
Thi Xoa Nguyen
670,000 105,000
Jan Bengelmann de
Jan Bengelmann
667,000 35,000
Paul-Francois Tedeschi fr
Paul-Francois Tedeschi
661,000 311,000
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
626,000 276,000
Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst
618,000 73,000
Matthew Davenport gb
Matthew Davenport
617,000 23,000
Rintaro Kagawa jp
Rintaro Kagawa
580,000 125,000
Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
580,000 -100,000
Jan Bendik sk
Jan Bendik
576,000 101,000
EPT 1X Winner
Albert Daher lb
Albert Daher
566,000 -54,000
Oren Rosen il
Oren Rosen
525,000 117,000

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Chmielewski and Aissani Thriving

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

Marcin Chmielewski just clashed with Kiryl Radzivonau in a three-bet pot according to the colleagues of the PokerStars blog where Radzivonau three-bet big to 125,000 from the cutoff. Only the Pole called and the duo checked the {A-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{3-Clubs} flop. On the {Q-Hearts} turn, Chmielewski bet 110,000 and was called before the board completed with the {2-Diamonds} river.

Radzivonau was put all in for around 330,000 and the Belorussian folded after plenty of consideration, claiming to have had ace-queen.

Also thriving at the end: Mohamed Aissani. He had an opponent four-bet jam for 300,000 with ace-king and Aissani snap-called with pocket aces.

Player Chips Progress
Marcin Chmielewski pl
Marcin Chmielewski
1,300,000 450,000
Mohamed Aissani fr
Mohamed Aissani
900,000 383,000
Kiryl Radzivonau by
Kiryl Radzivonau
330,000 -62,000

Tags: Kiryl RadzivonauMarcin ChmielewskiMohamed Aissani

Selbst Big, Not Bigger

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

Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst was looking to bag huge, but she might have to settle for just bagging big, after doubling up Joseph Mouawad with the clock getting short in the day's final level.

He shoved close to 90,000 and she pushed in to isolate with the {2-Spades}{2-Clubs}. Selbst was shaking her head the whole way as the board rolled out {6-Clubs}{9-Spades}{7-Spades}{7-Diamonds} to the turn, giving Mouawad's {a-Spades}{5-Diamonds} multiple ways to win.

The {8-Diamonds} was one of them, with Mouawad making a straight to double up.

Player Chips Progress
Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst
545,000 -295,000
Joseph Mouawad lb
Joseph Mouawad
180,000 120,000
EPT 1X Winner

Turning Down The Heat

Level 19 : 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Thi Xoa Nguyen
Thi Xoa Nguyen

Thi Xoa Nguyen had been on a massive heater since the bubble, but just cooled off a bit.

She made it 17,000 under the gun and Andrea Rocci defended his big blind.

She continued on the {8-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{7-Spades} flop and bet a healthy 63,000 after Rocci checked the {3-Spades} turn. Rocci called again and they both checked the {q-Diamonds} river. Rocci showed the {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts} and Nguyen mucked.

Player Chips Progress
Thi Xoa Nguyen fr
Thi Xoa Nguyen
565,000 -85,000
Andrea Rocci it
Andrea Rocci
350,000 -43,000

Tags: Andrea RocciThi Xoa Nguyen

Moreira de Melo Gets Over On Gale

Level 19 : 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
John Gale
John Gale

Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo is back in the black here after busting the venerable John Gale.

The multiple bracelet winner and brain cancer survivor shoved in on the turn of an {a-Spades}{4-Spades}{k-Spades}{5-Clubs} board for 160,000 with about 90,000 in the middle already.

Moreira de Melo didn't call quickly, but she did call with the {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts}. Gale was on the {a-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} and graciously said good game on his way out the door when the {k-Hearts} river bricked.

Player Chips Progress
Fatima Moreira de Melo nl
Fatima Moreira de Melo
880,000 575,000
John Gale gb
John Gale

Tags: Fatima Moreira De MeloJohn Gale

Guenoun Loses Flip to Daher

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

Bertrand Guenoun was all in and at risk for around 90,000 chips with pocket tens, facing the {Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs} from Albert Daher.

The {Q-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop improved Daher and it got even worse for the Frenchman on {2-Clubs} turn and {K-Clubs} river, improving Daher to a flush and sending Guenoun to the rail.

Player Chips Progress
Albert Daher lb
Albert Daher
620,000 110,000
Bertrand Guenoun fr
Bertrand Guenoun

Tags: Albert DaherBertrand Guenoun