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Day 3 Completed

David Peters Retains the Lead After Day 3 With 45 Players Remaining

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
David Peters still in the top spot in Monte-Carlo
David Peters still in the top spot in Monte-Carlo

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.

Adrian Mateos

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.

Jean-Jacques Zeitoun

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.

Federico Petruzzelli

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

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Ole SchemionGermany714,00071
12Ouassini MansouriFrance305,00031
13Davor LaniniItaly737,00074
14Eric SfezFrance744,00074
15Jan BednarCzech Republic164,00016
16Ekrem SaniogluTurkey195,00020
17Anton KrausBulgaria320,00032
18Thomas PetterssonSweden187,00019
      
22Stefan HuberSwitzerland449,00045
23Georgios KarakousisGreece455,00046
24Markku KoplimaaEstonia304,00030
25Gavin O'RourkeIreland450,00045
26Saar WilfIsrael450,00045
27Sadri SalehCanada165,00017
28Mark DemirdjianLebanon1,190,000119
      
31Krisztian GyorgyiHungary335,00034
32Alexis FleurFrance436,00044
33Davidi KitaiBelgium1,026,000103
34Francesco GriecoItaly194,00019
35Yorane KerignardFrance85,0009
36Danut ChisuRomania123,00012
37Javier Fernandez AlonsoSpain1,605,000161
38Andre AkkariBrazil218,00022
      
41Federico PetruzzelliItaly963,00096
42Sonny FrancoFrance169,00017
43Gary MillerUnited Kingdom1,020,000102
45Maxim PanyakRussia173,00017
46Tomas JozonisLithuania1,141,000114
47Ali ChaiebFrance303,00030
48Philipp GruissemGermany284,00028
      
51Ville Tapio SissonenFinland151,00015
52Dan AbouafFrance362,00036
53Aleksandr SheshukovRussia76,0008
54Chaofei WangChina127,00013
55Patrik AntoniusFinland778,00078
57Said ButbaRussia132,00013
58Nicolas DumontFrance341,00034
      
61Dimitar DanchevBulgaria753,00075
62Antoine SaoutFrance329,00033
63Honglin JiangNew Zealand561,00056
64Adrian MateosSpain614,00061
65Carl-Fredrik TingvallSweden392,00039
66David PetersUnited States1,839,000184
67Pierre MorinFrance236,00024
68Josip SimunicAustria1,547,000155

Tags: Adrian MateosAndre AkkariAntoine SaoutDavid PetersDavidi KitaiDimitar DanchevGary MillerHossein EnsanJavier Fernandez AlonsoJosip SimunicMark DemirdjianMark TeltscherOle SchemionPatrik AntoniusRandy Lew

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

KaleGozer • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

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.

David Peters us
David Peters
us 1,839,000 39,000
Javier Fernandez ES
Javier Fernandez
ES 1,605,000
Josip Simunic at
Josip Simunic
at 1,547,000 77,000
Mark Demirdjian lb
Mark Demirdjian
lb 1,190,000 -60,000
Tomas Jozonis lt
Tomas Jozonis
lt 1,141,000 391,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
be 1,026,000 46,000
Gary Miller gb
Gary Miller
gb 1,020,000 130,000
Federico Petruzzelli it
Federico Petruzzelli
it 963,000 290,000
Patrik Antonius fi
Patrik Antonius
fi 778,000 178,000
Dimitar Danchev bg
Dimitar Danchev
bg 753,000 -25,000
Eric Sfez fr
Eric Sfez
fr 744,000 -56,000
Davor Lanini it
Davor Lanini
it 737,000 -13,000
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
de 714,000 98,000
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
es 614,000 -62,000
Honglin Jiang nz
Honglin Jiang
nz 561,000 -17,000
Georgios Karakousis gr
Georgios Karakousis
gr 455,000 10,000
Saar Wilf il
Saar Wilf
il 450,000 225,000
Gavin O'Rourke ie
Gavin O'Rourke
ie 450,000 -50,000
Stefan Huber ch
Stefan Huber
ch 449,000 189,000
Alexis Fleur fr
Alexis Fleur
fr 436,000 16,000
Carl-Fredrik Tingvall se
Carl-Fredrik Tingvall
se 392,000 82,000
Dan Abouaf fr
Dan Abouaf
fr 362,000 142,000
Nicolas Dumont fr
Nicolas Dumont
fr 341,000 -284,000
Krisztian Gyorgyi HU
Krisztian Gyorgyi
HU 335,000 -161,000
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 329,000 -29,000

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Day 3 Completed

KaleGozer • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

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.

Fernandez Alonso Flushes Qu

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

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 {Q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{2-Clubs} flop and the big blind did so on the {A-Clubs} 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.

Eric Qu: {A-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}
Javier Fernandez Alonso: {6-Clubs}{4-Clubs}

The {8-Spades} on the river was a blank and Qu was sent to the rail in 46th place.

Javier Fernandez ES
Javier Fernandez
ES 1,605,000 225,000
Eric Qu fr
Eric Qu
fr Busted

Tags: Eric QuJavier Fernandez Alonso

Peters Pains Panyak; Chisu Doubles Through Chaieb

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

On a five-way flop of {10-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{4-Hearts} no betting action took place and David Peters then bet the {3-Hearts} turn for 75,000 out of the small blind, which only Maxim Panyak on the button called. The {9-Clubs} 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 {4-Spades}{3-Spades} 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 {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}. Chisu only had {A-Clubs}{2-Spades} but got there thanks to a board of {Q-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{3-Spades}{A-Hearts}{3-Clubs}.

David Peters us
David Peters
us 1,800,000 260,000
Ali Chaieb fr
Ali Chaieb
fr 300,000 -110,000
Maxim Panyak ru
Maxim Panyak
ru 180,000 -310,000
Danut Chisu ro
Danut Chisu
ro 110,000 -313,000

Tags: Ali ChaiebDanut ChisuDavid PetersMaxim Panyak

Miller Puts the Hurt on Sfez

KaleGozer • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Eric Sfez
Eric Sfez

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 {4-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{7-Spades} and Sfez bet 32,000. Miller check-raised to 102,000 and Sfez called with relative ease. The river brought the {Q-Hearts} 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 {5-Hearts}{5-Spades} for just a pair of fives and Sfez claimed to have folded ace-king.

Gary Miller gb
Gary Miller
gb 890,000 240,000
Eric Sfez fr
Eric Sfez
fr 800,000 155,000

Tags: Eric SfezGary Miller

Clock Paused; Four More Hands

KaleGozer • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

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.

Demirdjian Gets Value from Koplimaa

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

After defending his big blind against a raise by Mark Demirdjian, Markku Koplimaa checked the {9-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop and called a bet of 22,000 by Demirdjian. The same happened on the {A-Diamonds} turn for 64,000 and Komplimaa also check-called the final bet of 55,000 on the {5-Diamonds} river.

Demirdjian rolled over {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for the nut flush and raked in the pot.

Mark Demirdjian lb
Mark Demirdjian
lb 1,250,000 99,000
Markku Koplimaa ee
Markku Koplimaa
ee 219,000 -161,000

Tags: Mark DemirdjianMarkku Koplimaa

Mateos Sends Fatehi to the Rail

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Ali Reza Fatehi
Ali Reza Fatehi

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: {K-Spades}{J-Diamonds}
Adrian Mateos: {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}

Despite pairing his king on the {K-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} flop, Fatehi needed runner runner to avoid the elimination. The {Q-Clubs} turn was one of those outs, but a blank {4-Diamonds} on the river sent him to the rail.

Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
es 676,000 96,000
Ali Reza Fatehi ir
Ali Reza Fatehi
ir Busted

Tags: Adrian MateosAli Reza Fatehi