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

Morten Hvam Leads the Final 16 Into Day 4 of the €5,300 Main Event at EPT Monte Carlo

MattHansen • Level 23: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Morten Hvam
Morten Hvam

Day 3 of the EPT Monte Carlo €5,300 Main Event has come to an end and 16 players are moving on to Day 4 of the flagship event of the 2022 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®.

A total of 1,073 runners turned out for the Main Event and only two tables remain from the 85 players started Day 3. The returning 16 players will play for a top prize of €939,840 from a total prize pool of €5,204,050.

Morten Hvam is the chip leader going into the penultimate Day 4 and he is followed closely by PokerStars Ambassador Ramon Colillas and bracelet winner Hugo Pingray. Nariman Yahgmai and Francky Magliocco round out the top five chip counts after Day 3.

Also alive are two PokerStars online qualifiers, Erkan Soenmez and Jussi Nevanlinna, and among the rest of the pack are Jaime Cervantes, Dragos Trofimov, Ferenc Deak, as well as bracelet winners Niall Farrell and Justin Saliba.

2022 EPT Monte Carlo €5,300 Main Event Day 3 Top Ten Chip Counts

RankNameCountryChip CountDay 4 Big Blinds
1Morten HvamDenmark3,895,000156
2Ramon ColillasSpain3,480,000139
3Hugo PingrayFrance3,360,000134
4Nariman YaghmaiIran2,600,000104
5Francky MaglioccoFrance2,550,000102
6Ferenc DeakHungary2,190,00087
7Erkan SoenmezGermany2,075,00083
8Marcelo SimoesBrazil1,845,00074
9Jussi NevanlinnaFinland1,710,00068
10Yannick CardotFrance1,525,00061

Day 3 Highlights

Hvam was the chip leader at the end of Day 1b and he has returned to the top after falling back from the pack on Day 2 and starting Day 3 with 465,000. He got started early and eliminated Lucas Sfez during a run that saw him get to over 2,000,000 just before the second break. The top stack scored another big hand late to cross 3,000,000 when Fausto Tantillo jammed with eights but ran into Hvam’s pocket kings.

Elsewhere in the room, Colillas was running it up at the featured table throughout the afternoon. The PokerStars Ambassador started the day in the top ten and kept pace several big hands, including a clash with Julien Martini that brought back memories of their heads-up battle in the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship, where Colillas came out on top for a $5,100,000 prize.

Ramon Colillas
Ramon Colillas

Colillas moved above 1,000,000 after the hand with Martini and climbed again later with a big pot against Arthur Conan, only to take the chip lead for a short time in the late stages of the day after picking up a double knockout on the featured table. The Spaniard will return in search of his first EPT title.

Ana Marquez was the last woman standing in the tournament after an impressive run that saw her bow out in 26th place for €26,230. Other players coming up short on Day 3 include Jonas Lauck, Gaelle Baumann, and bracelet winners Ole Schemion and Simone Andrian.

Remaining Payouts


Day 4 on Friday

Action will pick up on Day 4 at Noon local time on Friday with 24:38 left in Level 23 with blinds at 10,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante. The plan is to play down to the final six players and return to crown a champion at Saturday’s finale. All of the action can be seen on PokerStars TV via YouTube and Twitch, with livestreaming featured on a 30-minute security delay.

Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews team throughout the rest of the week for live updates from the floor of the EPT Monte Carlo €5,300 Main Event at Monte Carlo Sporting Complex on the shores of the French Riviera.

Tags: Ana MarquezArthur ConanFerenc DeakGaelle BaumannJaime CervantesJulien MartiniJustin SalibaMorten HvamNiall FarrellOle SchemionRamon ColillasSimone AndrianYannick Cardot

End-of-Day 3 Chip Counts

MattHansen • Level 23: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Morten Hvam dk
Morten Hvam
dk 3,895,000 595,000
Ramon Colillas es
Ramon Colillas
es 3,480,000 -310,000
Hugo Pingray fr
Hugo Pingray
fr 3,360,000 -280,000
Nariman Yaghmai ir
Nariman Yaghmai
ir 2,600,000 -50,000
Francky Magliocco fr
Francky Magliocco
fr 2,550,000 100,000
Ferenc Deak hu
Ferenc Deak
hu 2,190,000 -110,000
Erkan Soenmez de
Erkan Soenmez
de 2,075,000 295,000
Marcelo Simoes br
Marcelo Simoes
br 1,845,000 -75,000
Jussi Nevanlinna fi
Jussi Nevanlinna
fi 1,710,000 -65,000
Yannick Cardot fr
Yannick Cardot
fr 1,525,000 -125,000
Jaime Cervantes us
Jaime Cervantes
us 1,500,000 -740,000
Dragos Trofimov md
Dragos Trofimov
md 1,495,000 40,000
Alejandro Romero es
Alejandro Romero
es 1,195,000 15,000
Zhong Chen nl
Zhong Chen
nl 1,070,000 285,000
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 1,055,000 -60,000
Justin Saliba us
Justin Saliba
us 660,000

Nicola Grieco Eliminated in 17th Place (€41,680)

BrandonBloom • Level 23: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Nicola Grieco
Nicola Grieco

Nicola Grieco open-shoved his last 200,000 from the button and Justin Saliba looked him up from the small blind. The big blind folded and action was heads up with Grieco at risk.

Nicola Grieco: {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}
Justin Saliba: {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}

The board ran out {q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{2-Hearts} and the nines held to eliminate Grieco from the tournament in 17th place for €41,680.

With Grieco's elimination the tournament is now down to two tables and the evening has come to an end. Stay tuned to PokerNews for a full recap and chip counts for Day 4.

Justin Saliba us
Justin Saliba
us 660,000 270,000
Nicola Grieco it
Nicola Grieco
it Busted

Tags: Justin SalibaNicola Grieco

Marc Foggin Eliminated in 18th Place (€36,480)

BrandonBloom • Level 23: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Marc Foggin
Marc Foggin

Nariman Yaghmai opened to 55,000 from under the gun, Ramon Colillas called on the button, and Marc Foggin shoved in his 75,000 short stack in the big blind. Both opponents called.

The flop came {7-Spades}{4-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and Yaghmai check-folded to a bet of 75,000 by Colillas.

Marc Foggin: {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Ramon Colillas: {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}

Foggin was drawing dead to a chop, and the board ran out with the {a-Clubs} and {k-Diamonds} to confirm Foggin's elimination in 18th place for a €36,480 payday.

Ramon Colillas es
Ramon Colillas
es 3,790,000 -20,000
Nariman Yaghmai ir
Nariman Yaghmai
ir 2,650,000 -110,000
Marc Foggin gb
Marc Foggin
gb Busted

Tags: Marc FogginNariman YaghmaiRamon Colillas

Jason Wheeler Eliminated in 19th Place (€36,480)

zedmaster84 • Level 23: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Jason Wheeler
Jason Wheeler

Jason Wheeler raised to 60,000 from the cutoff and Marcelo Simoes three-bet to 180,000 from the button. The blinds folded and Wheeler responded with a shove for around 760,000. Simoes called and Wheeler was at risk.

Jason Wheeler: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}
Marcelo Simoes: {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

The board ran out {8-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and the queens held to eliminate Wheeler from the tournament in 19th place for €36,480.

Marcelo Simoes br
Marcelo Simoes
br 1,920,000 1,245,000
Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
us Busted

Tags: Jason WheelerMarcelo Simoes

Jacques Der Megreditchian Eliminated in 20th Place (€36,480)

zedmaster84 • Level 23: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Jacques Der Megreditchian
Jacques Der Megreditchian

Francky Magliocco opened to 50,000 from under the gun and then called the all-in by Jacques Der Megreditchian for the last 125,000 while the blinds got out of the way.

Jacques Der Megreditchian: {k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}
Francky Magliocco: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}

The {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{5-Hearts} flop gave Der Megreditchian more equity with the gutshot but he missed on the {4-Diamonds} turn and {7-Clubs} river to bow out in 20th place for €36,480.

Francky Magliocco fr
Francky Magliocco
fr 2,450,000 170,000
Jacques Der Megreditchian fr
Jacques Der Megreditchian
fr Busted

Tags: Francky MaglioccoJacques Der Megreditchian

Fausto Tantillo Eliminated in 21st Place (€31,280)

zedmaster84 • Level 23: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Fausto Tantillo
Fausto Tantillo

Over on the outer tables, Morten Hvam raised to 55,000 and then called the shove by Fausto Tantillo for what appeared to be 700,000 on the button.

Fausto Tantillo: {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}
Morten Hvam: {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}

The {10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Hearts} board brought no help to Tantillo and as neither player held a heart on their hand, the kings remained ahead to eliminate Tantillo in 21st place for €31,280.

Morten Hvam dk
Morten Hvam
dk 3,300,000 700,000
Fausto Tantillo it
Fausto Tantillo
it Busted

Tags: Fausto TantilloMorten Hvam