€5,300 EPT Main Event
€5,300 EPT Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Kim Leads 42 Survivors After Day 3; Three Former EPT Champions In Contention

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Gab Yong Kim
Gab Yong Kim

The 2021 PokerStars EPT Prague €5,300 Main Event is one step closer to crowning a champion. After five levels of 90 minutes each, the 1,190 entry strong field has been cut down to the final 42 hopefuls in the King's Casino at the Hilton Hotel Prague. Three EPT champions of the popular live poker circuit remain in contention to potentially become the third two-time winner and this also includes Hossein Ensan, who lifted the coveted trophy back in 2015.

However, it is South Korea's Gab Yong Kim at the top of the leaderboard with a stack of 2,300,000. Kim knows what it takes to run deep in the marquee event in the capital of the Czech Republic as he finished 9th for €74,770 in the last live edition back in 2019. Trailing Kim by only five big blinds is Dawid Kuliberda (2,200,000) while Demetrio Caminita follows not far behind with 1,850,000.

EPT Prague €5,300 Main Event Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Gab Yong KimSouth Korea2,300,000115
2Dawid KuliberdaPoland2,200,000110
3Demetrio CaminitaItaly1,850,00093
4Duco ten HavenNetherlands1,550,00078
5Teun MulderNetherlands1,510,00076
6Leonardo RomeoItaly1,400,00070
7David HuspekaCzech Republic1,350,00068
8Erik BauerNetherlands1,310,00066
9Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom1,230,00062
10Mario NavarroSpain1,230,00062

The overnight top ten also includes Dutch High Roller Teun Mulder (1,510,000) and the 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Jack Sinclair (1,230,000). Dimitar Danchev leads the trio of former EPT Main Event winners with a stack of 845,000, followed by Ensan (765,000) and Adrian Mateos (495,000). Fellow former champions Dominik Panka and Piotr Nurzynski were sent to the rail in the penultimate level of the night.

Notables returning for Day 4 include Armin Rezaei, Robert Heidorn, Bruno Fitoussi, Paul Tedeschi, Antoine Saout, Luigi Shehadeh and Alexandros Kolonias. PokerStars ambassador Rafael Moraes was among the 119 returning contenders but ran out of chips early on, finishing in 102nd place for €11,140. He was joined on the rail by the likes of Jorryt van Hoof, Ana Marquez, Conor Beresford, Martin Kabrhel, Masato Yokosawa, Simeon Naydenov, and Daniel Dvoress.

Moraes lost a flip to Mario Navarro when ace-king failed to catch any help against pocket tens. Kabrhel was also among the early casualties when he was unable to solve a kicker problem with a dominated ace. The popular Youtuber and GPI award winner Yokosawa saw his hopes vanish after he flopped top pair only for Boris Angelov to turn two pair.

Eventual chip leader Kim consistently added chips to his growing stack and scored several knockouts including a memorable double elimination. The biggest pot of the day was awarded to Caminita over on the feature table when Germany's Andreas Boelling got it in with top pair and the nut flush blocker.

In the late stages of the day, the pace of eliminations slowed down. High-profile casualties included the two former EPT champions Panka and Nurzynski, who departed within a few minutes from each other. Nurzynski saw his pocket aces cracked by ace-ten when Alexandre Amiel hit running cards to a straight.

The remaining 42 contenders have locked up a payday of €17,780 so far but all eyes are set on the top prize worth €1,033,520. Another three tournament days remain to crown a champion and Day 4 will commence on Monday, March 14, 2022, at noon local time. The blinds will then continue in level 22 at 10,000/20,000 and a big blind ante of 20,000.

It is expected that Day 4 will consist of up to five 90-minute levels or stop at the final two tables while Day 5 will then play down to the official final table. PokerStars will be broadcasting the live stream action on a security delay of 30 minutes on the YouTube and Twitch channels. Furthermore, the PokerNews team will be on the floor from start to finish.

Hossein Ensan
Hossein Ensan is chasing another EPT title in Prague

Tags: Adrian MateosAlexandros KoloniasDaniel DvoressDawid KuliberdaDemetrio CaminitaDimitar DanchevDominik PankaGab Yong KimHossein EnsanJack SinclairMartin KabrhelMasato YokosawaPiotr NurzynskiRafael MoraesRobert HeidornTeun Mulder

EPT Prague €5,300 Main Event Day 4 Seat Draw

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
TableSeatNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
12Carl ShawUnited Kingdom635,00032
13Viktor KatzenbergerHungary550,00028
14Luigi ShehadehItaly380,00019
15Juan Carlos VecinoSpain455,00023
16Osman AksuTurkey520,00026
17Jacek PustulaPoland285,00014
18Dawid KuliberdaPoland2,200,000110
21Anton MarkovBulgaria340,00017
22Alexandre AmielFrance2,200,000110
23David VinayagamoorthyNorway590,00030
25Grzegorz GlownyPoland425,00021
26Duco ten HavenNetherlands1,550,00078
27Demetrio CaminitaItaly1,850,00093
28Jelle MoeneNetherlands381,00019
31Antoine SaoutFrance470,00024
32David HuspekaCzech Republic1,350,00068
33Alexandros KoloniasGreece195,00010
34Adrian MateosSpain495,00025
35George ChiriacRomania230,00012
37Robert HeidornGermany935,00047
38Valentino KonakchievBulgaria860,00043
41Justin SteinbrennerGermany790,00040
43Gab Yong KimSouth Korea2,300,000115
44Andrea CortellazziItaly1,065,00053
45Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom1,230,00062
46Elvis PetcuRomania400,00020
47Leonardo RomeoItaly1,600,00080
48Bruno FitoussiFrance725,00036
51Nikolai TulinRussia235,00012
52Symeon AlexandridisGreece900,00045
53Erik BauerNetherlands1,310,00066
55Manuel LabousFrance1,030,00052
56Omer GabayIsrael1,015,00051
57Sharon SadeIsrael670,00034
58Hossein EnsanGermany765,00038
61Mateusz SzymanskiPoland650,00033
62Teun MulderNetherlands1,510,00076
63Paul TedeschiFrance695,00035
64Armin RezaeiAustria1,155,00058
66Mario NavarroSpain1,230,00062
67Dimitar DanchevBulgaria845,00042
68Ezequiel WaigelArgentina952,00048

End-of-Day 3 Chip Counts (full)

poolshir • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Gab Yong Kim kr
Gab Yong Kim
kr 2,300,000 50,000
Dawid Kuliberda pl
Dawid Kuliberda
pl 2,200,000 -100,000
Demetrio Caminita it
Demetrio Caminita
it 1,850,000 -25,000
Duco ten Haven nl
Duco ten Haven
nl 1,550,000 450,000
Teun Mulder nl
Teun Mulder
nl 1,510,000 254,000
Leonardo Romeo it
Leonardo Romeo
it 1,400,000 215,000
David Huspeka cz
David Huspeka
cz 1,350,000 200,000
Erik Bauer nl
Erik Bauer
nl 1,310,000 10,000
Mario Navarro es
Mario Navarro
es 1,230,000 40,000
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 1,230,000 300,000
Armin Rezaei at
Armin Rezaei
at 1,155,000 -165,000
Andrea Cortellazzi it
Andrea Cortellazzi
it 1,065,000 -35,000
Manuel Labous fr
Manuel Labous
fr 1,030,000 -30,000
Omer Gabay il
Omer Gabay
il 1,015,000 -195,000
Ezequiel Waigel ar
Ezequiel Waigel
ar 955,000 -45,000
Robert Heidorn de
Robert Heidorn
de 935,000 360,000
Symeon Alexandridis gr
Symeon Alexandridis
gr 900,000 -70,000
Valentino Konakchiev bg
Valentino Konakchiev
bg 860,000 -215,000
Dimitar Danchev bg
Dimitar Danchev
bg 845,000 -115,000
Justin Steinbrenner de
Justin Steinbrenner
de 790,000 230,000
Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
de 765,000 -118,000
Bruno Fitoussi fr
Bruno Fitoussi
fr 725,000 415,000
Paul Tedeschi fr
Paul Tedeschi
fr 695,000 75,000
Sharon Sade il
Sharon Sade
il 670,000 -60,000
Mateusz Szymanski pl
Mateusz Szymanski
pl 650,000

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Day 3 Completed

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

The final 42 players have bagged and tagged their chips for the night. Full chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Szymanski Claims Big Pot from Chiriac in Last Hand of the Night

poolshir • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

Mateusz Szymanski raised to 32,000 from the hijack with the {a-Clubs}{j-Spades} and George Chiriac three-bet to 85,000 from the small blind with the {q-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}. The big blind folded and Szymanski called.

The flop came {10-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{a-Spades}, Chiriac picked up the gutshot to Broadway but Szymanski had hit top pair, Chiriac bet 52,000 for Szymanski called.

The turn was the {5-Spades} and Chiriac bet 110,000 for Szymanski to call.

The river completed the board with the {10-Spades}, Chiriac used a time bank card and checked. Szymanski checked too to claim the pot before they all had to bag up.

Mateusz Szymanski pl
Mateusz Szymanski
pl 650,000 377,000
George Chiriac ro
George Chiriac
ro 230,000 -183,000

Tags: George ChiriacMateusz Szymanski

Late Double for Markov

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

Dawid Kuliberda raised enough out of the small blind to give Anton Markov in the big blind the option to fold or call all-in with his short stack. Markov opted for the latter as he called it off for 153,000.

Anton Markov: {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts}
Dawid Kuliberda: {3-Spades}{3-Clubs}

The board ran out {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{10-Hearts} and Markov doubled.

Dawid Kuliberda pl
Dawid Kuliberda
pl 2,300,000 -300,000
Anton Markov bg
Anton Markov
bg 330,000 90,000

Tags: Anton MarkovDawid Kuliberda

Vinayagamoorthy Loses Some to Caminita

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

David Vinayagamoorthy opened to 33,000 in the cutoff and then called a three-bet to 75,000 by Demetrio Caminita on the button. Both checked the {q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} flop and Vinayagamoorthy led the {7-Hearts} turn for 80,000, which Caminita called. The {5-Diamonds} river was checked again and Vinayagamoorthy tabled the {7-Clubs}{7-Spades} for a set.

However, Caminita had that beat with the {k-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} for the king-high flush to win the pot.

Demetrio Caminita it
Demetrio Caminita
it 1,875,000 275,000
David Vinayagamoorthy no
David Vinayagamoorthy
no 720,000 263,000

Tags: David VinayagamoorthyDemetrio Caminita

Last Three Hands

MattHansen • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

The tournament staff has announced that the tournament will be playing the last three hands of the evening.

Labous Keeps on Betting

poolshir • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

Jelle Moene raised to 32,000 from under the gun with the {8-Spades}{8-Hearts} and George Chiriac three-bet to 92,000 from the hijack with the {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}. Manuel Labous used two time bank cards before opting to four-bet to 175,000 from the cutoff with the {j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}. The action folded back to Moene who folded but Chiriac made the call after looking at his cards once more.

The flop came {5-Spades}{6-Hearts}{2-Clubs} to keep Labous ahead. Chiriac checked and Labous continued with a bet of 146,000. Chiriac took his time and then opted to fold.

Manuel Labous fr
Manuel Labous
fr 1,060,000 206,000
George Chiriac ro
George Chiriac
ro 413,000 -23,000
Jelle Moene nl
Jelle Moene
nl 337,000 -64,000

Tags: George ChiriacJelle MoeneManuel Labous