Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
The money bubble has burst on Day 3 of the 2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino €5,300 EPT Main Event and after almost five full levels of 90 minutes each, it was a very familiar name at the top of the counts with 45 players still in contention. David Peters held the top spot when the cards got in the air, and he remained right there at the end of level 18.
Peters bagged up 1,839,000, one of seven players to claim at least one million in chips to their name at the end of Day 3. Second in chips is Javier Fernandez Alonso with 1,650,000 closely followed by Austria's Josip Simunic with 1,547,000. Among the other chip millionaires are Day 1a chip leader Mark Demirdjian (1,190,000), Tomas Jozonis (1,141,000), Triple Crown Champion Davidi Kitai (1,026,000) and Gary Miller (1,020,000).
Three further former EPT Champions are in the hunt to become the second-ever player to win two Main Event titles of the popular live series: Patrik Antonius (778,000), Dimitar Danchev (753,000) and Adrian Mateos (614,000). After the bubble had burst, Mateos was down to a mere 15,000 before mounting an incredible comeback.
Other notables in a field filled with the who is who of the European and international poker circuit are Ole Schemion (714,000), Stefan Huber (449,000), two-time WSOP Main Event finalist Antoine Saout (329,000), Philipp Gruissem (284,000), Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari (218,000) and Maxim Panyak (173,000).
Two former EPT champions took home a share of the €3,768,450 prize pool in Hossein Ensan (80th for €10,300) and Mark Teltscher (48th for €13,600), while other notables to bust in the money on Day 3 included Ryan Riess, Erik Seidel, Leo Margets, Jack Salter, PokerStars Team Pro Randy Lew,Jason Wheeler, Sam Greenwood, Rainer Kempe, Nick Petrangelo and Day 1b chip leader Ali Reza Fatehi.
Among those to miss out on the min cash of €9,400 were such big names as [Removed:17], Pete Chan and Emil Patel. Yan was the first to fall, losing a flip Javier Fernandez Alonso, while Patel was one of two players to send over their stack to Philipp Gruissem in quick succession.
Three players were all in and at risk at different tables, but only Sosia Jiang departed when her pocket kings ended up second-best to the pocket aces of Fernandez Alonso. The money bubble then burst in the second level of the day and it was Jean-Jacques Zeitoun who became the last casualty without anything to show for. Down to fewer than four big blinds, Zeitoun was all in with pocket jacks and Sam Greenwood called with ace-eight to spike an ace on the flop to secure all remaining 111 players a min-cash of €9,400.
The floodgates opened soon after with several of the shorter stacks joining the rail in quick succession. Two big clashes vaulted Peters and Simunic to the top of the counts and both times it involved pocket kings and pocket aces. Peters benefited from a three-way all in with aces against the kings of Team PokerStars Pro Randy Lew and the queens of Lukasz Cygan, while big stack Mazin Khoury ran with his kings into the only better pair of EPT11 Deauville €10,300 High Roller champion Simunic.
Hossein Ensan's bid for a second EPT title came to an end when his pocket jacks failed to get there against the pocket kings of Alexis Fleur. National Championship €1,100 Main Event runner-up Federico Petruzzelli, who missed out on a Platinum Pass twice during the festival so far, scored a big double through Pablo Melogno with flush versus straight before his set of sixes ran into the set of aces of Dimitar Danchev. Petruzzelli (pictured below) roared back after winning a flip against Nick Petrangelo, though, and has another shot at the free trip to the Bahamas.
In the last level of the night, Mark Teltscher lost the vast majority of his stack with jacks against the pocket kings of Markku Koplimaa and Maxim Panyak took the remaining chips with eight-seven versus king-jack.
Ultimately, only 45 hopefuls bagged up chips and will be back for level 19 and blinds of 5,000/10,000 with a big blind ante of 10,000 when the action resumes on May 2 at noon local time. The PokerNews live reporting team will be there to provide all the action from the floor.
Main Event Day 4 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||5||Jan Bednar||Czech Republic||164,000||16|
|3||7||Javier Fernandez Alonso||Spain||1,605,000||161|
|4||3||Gary Miller||United Kingdom||1,020,000||102|
|5||1||Ville Tapio Sissonen||Finland||151,000||15|
|6||3||Honglin Jiang||New Zealand||561,000||56|
|6||6||David Peters||United States||1,839,000||184|
A full recap of today's action is to follow, as David Peters has retained the top spot he held at the start of Day 2 already.
Day 3 at the 2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino €5,300 EPT Main Event is officially done. 45 players have made their way to Day 4, with David Peters as the overall chipleader.
All chip counts and an extensive recap follow.
In the last hand on their table, Javier Fernandez Alonso raised and picked up two callers in Eric Qu from one seat over and the big blind. The trio checked the flop and the big blind did so on the turn. Fernandez Alonso bet and Qu moved all in for 120,000, which prompted a fold from the big blind and a snap-call from Fernandez Alonso.
Javier Fernandez Alonso:
The on the river was a blank and Qu was sent to the rail in 46th place.
On a five-way flop of no betting action took place and David Peters then bet the turn for 75,000 out of the small blind, which only Maxim Panyak on the button called. The fell on the river and Peters let his clock run down to three seconds before making it 120,000 to go.
Panyak used one time bank extension and called, then mucked when he was shown the for two pair by Peters.
One table over, Ali Chaieb raised to 22,000 and Danut Chisu jammed in the small blind for 50,000, Chaieb snap-called and tabled the . Chisu only had but got there thanks to a board of .
Gary Miller isn't afraid to pull out monster bluffs from time to time, as he shown yesterday against Antoine Saout. The hurt was also put on Eric Sfez in the late stage of the day.
On the turn, the board read and Sfez bet 32,000. Miller check-raised to 102,000 and Sfez called with relative ease. The river brought the and Miller slid a tower of chips worth 216,000 forwards.
Sfez went extremely deep in the tank and blasted through three of his time extensions. Eventually, he ended up folding.
"Wanna see?," asked Miller and Sfez jumped on the opportunity. Miller casually tabled for just a pair of fives and Sfez claimed to have folded ace-king.
The clock has been paused with ten minutes remaining in the level. Four more hands will be played until chips are bagged for the night.
After defending his big blind against a raise by Mark Demirdjian, Markku Koplimaa checked the flop and called a bet of 22,000 by Demirdjian. The same happened on the turn for 64,000 and Komplimaa also check-called the final bet of 55,000 on the river.
Demirdjian rolled over for the nut flush and raked in the pot.
With some delay, Adrian Mateos has finished the job he had started after doubling through Ali Reza Fatehi and leaving the businessman from Iran short. Fatehi managed to spin up his two big blinds to 140,000 and just shoved from the cutoff, Mateos looked him up from the button.
Ali Reza Fatehi:
Despite pairing his king on the flop, Fatehi needed runner runner to avoid the elimination. The turn was one of those outs, but a blank on the river sent him to the rail.