Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
With just 56 players left in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event, it is Irishman Mark Buckley who is chip leader.
The chip lead jumped between half a dozen players in the final few levels of the day before Buckley bagged 2,650,000 to top the pile heading into Day 4.
Close behind him is Brazilian Fabiano Kovalski (2,530,000) and Matthias Tikerpe (2,325,000), the latter of which eliminated Shaun Deeb (61st - €19,760) in the last level of the night to move to around the two million mark.
There are plenty of big names also still in contention including EPT champion Ognyan Dimov (1,730,000) and 2015 EPT Barcelona champion John Juanda (1,210,000). PokerStars Championship Prague winner Kalidou Sow started the day with just five big blinds, but ended up bagging a comfortable 1,450,000. But today saw the last remaining PokerStars Team Pro bust in brutal fashion. Jaime Staples (60th - €19,760) flopped a set of fours against the set of sixes of Ben Heath and when the board paired on the turn, the pair proceeded to get it in on the river and Staples was eliminated.
Unfortunately, former EPT Champions Benny Spindler (204th - €9,740), Patrik Antonius (196th - €9,740), Niall Farrell (149th - €10,770), Jens Kyllonen (137th - €12,080), Michael Tureniec (76th - €16,670) and Dominik Panka (64th - €19,760) won’t be adding another title to their poker resumes.
Short-stacked at the beginning of the day, Viktor Blom was among the early casualties collecting a Day 2 min-cash of €8,900, with last year’s PokerStars Championship Barcelona winner Sebastian Sorensson not far behind them (197th - €9,740), with Sorensson losing out to Frenchman Julien Sitbon in the early stages of the day.
Other notables include former professional footballer [Removed:30] (174th - €10,770), Anatoly Filatov (162nd - €10,770), Pedro Cairat (120th - €12,080), Leo Margets (€14,330), Day 2 Pineapple Flip Out Platinum Pass winner Eric Lenoir (117th - €14,330), Fernando Pons (100th - €14,330), Mustapha Kanit (92nd - €16,670), former EPT San Remo runner-up Jason Lavallee (77th - €16,670) and Mark Radoja (58th - €19,760).
Other eliminations today included Day 2 chip leader Ben Wilinofsky, who was eliminated in 123rd place (€12,080)when both he and Renato Kaneoya flopped trips, with Kaneoya emerging as the first major contender for overall chip leader.
Victor Chong and Ognyan Dimov were both among the big stacks in the room before Buckley’s first big break came when he eliminated Tony Broekhof in Level 19. Broekhof held top pair and called the shove from Buckley, but the Irishman showed an overpair in kings to send his opponent to the rail.
He chipped up further with pocket aces against Simon Mattsson, before a set of twos eliminated Yi Ang Lin from the Main Event.
There was a late surge from Fabiano Kovalski, and Buckley was not infallible in the latter stages, but he held on and will take a healthy stack of 132 big blinds through to Day 4.
You can catch all the updates live on PokerNews.com from the Casino Barcelona as we get closer to crowning the latest EPT Champion.
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||3||Enrico De Rosa||Italy||1,925,000||96|
|2||4||Jiri Horak||Czech Republic||435,000||22|
|3||5||David Petrzelka||Czech Republic||1,105,000||55|
|3||7||Rodrigo Marques Carmo||Portugal||2,175,000||109|
|4||3||David Pedro Leja||Spain||1,325,000||66|
|4||5||Upeshka De Silva||USA||615,000||31|
|6||2||Michael Chi Zhang||UK||180,000||9|
|6||8||Joel Isla Gonzalo||Spain||485,000||24|
|Enrico De Rosa||1,925,000||-175,000|
|David Pedro Leja||1,325,000||610,000|
|Rui Neves Ferreira||1,160,000||-182,000|
Players in the PokerStars EPT Barcelona Main Event will play three more hands before they bag at the end of Day 3.
On a flop Shakhabiddin Muradov bet 60,000 and Georges Hanna raised to 200,000. Muradov three-bet all in for 356,000 and Hanna called.
Both players had flopped two pair, but Muradov's was best as the runout didn't harm him.
Jaime Staples raised to 35,000 and Ben Heath called on the button. The flop came and Staples check-called 33,000.
The turn was the and Staples again check-called 94,000.
The river was the . Staples checked for a third time and Heath moved all in. Staples rechecked his cards before calling with for his last 399,000. Unfortunately for him, Heath held for a bigger full house and the last Team PokerStars Pro in the EPT Barcelona Main Event was eliminated.
Martin Alfonsin shoved his last chips in the middle and got called by Alexandre Reard in the big blind.
With , Alfonsin was in good shape for a double up, facing for Reard, which he dis after the run out, improving his hand into trip aces.
John Juanda opened and Jiri Horak three-bet from the blinds. Juanda called and the flop came . Horak put out a continuation bet and Juanda called.
Horak bet again on the turn and Juanda moved all in for just over 350,000. Horak called.
The river was the and Juanda doubled up with 15 minutes left in the day.
Danny Tang opened to 34,000 and Victor Chong three-bet to 110,000 from the small blind. Tang called.
Chong check-called a bet from Tang on the flop and the turn was the . Both players checked.
The river was the . Chong moved all in and Tang eventually called for his last 309,000.
"Good call Danny," said Chong turning over as Tang showed to win the pot.