Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
The final PokerStars European Poker Tour Main Event is down to just 65 runners in Prague, and it's American star David Peters who lapped the field on Day 3 of the event to build a monstrous chip lead.
Peters is eyeing his first EPT Main Event crown, though he did win a €10,000 High Roller in Malta last year for €597,000. If he's able to win, it would be a fitting end to what's been a spectacular year for Peters. He has banked a staggering $6.85 million in cashes and also bagged his first bracelet by winning a $1,500 World Series of Poker event for $412,557.
The Ohio native finished the five levels of play with 2,036,000. Nobody is within shouting distance of that, with other big stacks including Stoyan Obreshkov (1,356,000), Andrew Hulme (1,050,000), Apostolos Bechrakis (985,000), and Kyosti Isberg (960,000).
Peters entered the day with 305,000 and had that doubled in the second level. He was seated at by far the deepest-stacked table in the room, which worked to his advantage when he was able to bust Oleg Vasylchenko. Peters had called an opening raise, and Vasylchenko three-bet from the cutoff. The two saw a flop and got stacks in with Peters' set of sevens trailing his opponent's for a flopped straight. No waiting for Peters, as he found a six on the turn to lock up the massive pot and move to almost 200 big blinds.
Another victim of the Peters show was Joseph Sabe, who provided the last boost to Peters' stack when he jammed 14 big blinds in late with deuces and had Peters wake up with tens in the blinds to bust him moments before bagging time.
Matas Cimbolas, PokerStars Team Pro Felipe Ramos, Martin Kabrhel, Maxim Lykov, Salvatore Bonavena, Simon Charette, Fabrice Soulier and Benjamin Pollak all remain in contention.
Kabrhel battled for much of the day with Philipp Gruissem, who was seated on his left. The two spent some time at the featured table and butted heads in a number of pots. Eventually, Kabrhel got the better of the German high-rolling star, but he had a stroke of good fortune to thank. The two got stacks in from late position with Kabrhel's ace-ten dominated by ace-king, but a ten-high flop doomed Gruissem.
Gruissem did get paid for his efforts as everyone who busted on Day 3 was in the money. Others making their way to payouts included [Removed:17], Ludovic Lacay, Thomas Muehloecker, Juha Helppi, Jason Wheeler, Ari Engel, Anton Wigg, PokerStars Team Pro Vanessa Selbst, and start-of-day leader Nicolas Chouity.
Action continues Saturday with five more levels of 90 minutes apiece, so come on back to PokerNews for more coverage.
|1||4||Roman Papacek||Czech Republic||128,000|
|4||2||Vojtech Horut||Czech Republic||306,000|
|6||6||Kees van Brugge||Netherlands||294,000|
|7||1||Viteszlav Pesta||Czech Republic||1,025,000|
|7||5||Josef Pavelka||Czech Republic||188,000|
|8||1||Kayhan Mokri Roshanfekr||Norway||738,000|
|8||7||David Lopez Llacer||Spain||862,000|
|9||3||Jasper Meijer Van Putten||Netherlands||805,000|
|9||8||Martin Kabrhel||Czech Republic||602,000|
|David Lopez Llacer||862,000||162,000|
|Jasper Meijer van Putten||805,000||230,000|
|Kayhan Mokri Roshanfekr||738,000||488,000|
The tournament screen shows 65 players remaining and they are currently bagging and tagging. The full chip counts as well as a recap of today's action is to follow.
Joseph Sabe shoved second to act for 142,000, and action folded to David Peters, who reshoved in the small blind. The big blind folded and Peters showed down . He was way ahead of Sabe's , and a board of did nothing for Sabe.
The TV crew had been several times over to catch the action on the previous live stream table, mainly because Martin Kabrhel was running the show over there with plenty of table talk. He said in table chat "Philipp? I would bust him with pleasure," referring to table neighbor Philipp Gruissem.
He then raised to 22,000 from the button and Gruissem three-bet to 56,000 from the button with a stack of around 235,000. Kabrhel had that covered with 275,000 and moved all in, Gruissem called.
"You think you gonna hit your three outer?" Kabrhel said even though he was behind and needed to improve himself. The flop fell and Kabrhel quickly said "see?" Neither the turn nor the river improved Gruissem and he was eliminated.
Kiryl Radzivonau raised from the button and Jasper Meijer van Putten defended the big blind to check a flop of . Radzivonau checked behind and van Putten then bet the turn for 32,000, Radzivonau called.
On the river, the Dutchman fired 96,000 and received the call to show for a straight. Radzivonau mucked and said he had pocket jacks.
Andrew Hulme also took a decent pot on a table nearby when Maxim Lykov fired a queen-high river for 105,000 and then mucked to the call of Hulme. "Do I have to show?" Hulme asked and the dealer shook his head, the cards of the Brit also went to the muck and he claimed the pot without showdown.
|Jasper Meijer van Putten||575,000||172,000|
The clocks have been stopped and another three hands will be played before bagging and tagging.
Towards the end of the day, a few of the shorter stacks were eliminated still and among them were [Removed:17] and Artur Rudziankov.
Yan defended his big blind against the under-the-gun raise of Viteszlav Pesta and shoved the flop for a few big blinds remaining. Pesta called with and Yan only had , the turn and river bricked.
Eduards Kudrjavcevs raised from under the gun and Rudziankov shoved for only 60,000 with the . Kudrjavcevs Looked him up with and the board came .
Nicolas Chouity was one of four remaining former EPT champions in the field and has just been eliminated by Kiryl Radzivonau. The latter opened to 24,000 from the cutoff and Chouity shoved in the big blind for around 260,000, Radzivonau called.
The board came to complete a runner runner straight for Radzivonau and eliminate Chouity in the process.