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

Spain's Javier Gomez Zapatero Leads Surviving 56 Players at the End of Day 3

Chad_Holloway • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Javier Gomez Zapatero
Javier Gomez Zapatero

Day 3 of the European Poker Tour Malta Main Event saw 186 of a 895-player field return for five 90-minute levels of play, during which time the money bubble burst and the top 127 earned a piece of the €4,340,750 prize pool. By the time players bagged and tagged for the night, just 56 remained in contention for the €810,400 first-place prize.

After the dust had settled, it was Spain's Javier Gomez Zapatero and his stack of 1.698 million leading the way.

Gomez Zapatero began his ascent in Level 15 (1,500/3,000/400) when he opened under the gun and then four-bet to 35,000 after Nandor Solyom three-bet to 15,400 from the cutoff seat. A call was made, the flop fell {10-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}, and Gomez Zapatero continued for 33,000. Another call followed and Gomez Zapatero fired another 54,000 on the {6-Spades} turn. Again Solyom called, and then the {5-Clubs} river saw both players check. The Spaniard showed the {A-Spades}{5-Spades} for a pair of fives, and surprisingly it was good as Solyom mucked his cards. From there, Gomez Zapatero just continued to build.

Over the first two levels of the day, 59 players hit the rail without a penny to show for it including Artem Litvinov, Jan Bendik, Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, Sotirios Koutoupas, Sami Shetta, Senh Ung, and EPT Grand Final runner-up Jack Salter, who became free to attend the European Poker Awards, for which he is a "Breakout Player of the Year" nominee, later in the evening.

In Level 16 (2,000/4,000/500), Bulgarian Atanas Kavrakov, winner of the World Poker Tour National Cyprus back in January, was eliminated from the tournament in 128th position. It happened when he shoved his last 36,000 holding the {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} and Brazil's Bruno Volkmann called with the {j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}. The {5-Hearts}{6-Spades}{7-Hearts} flop gave Kavrakov an added flush draw to go with his overs, but he blanked as the turn and river were running sevens, thus guaranteeing the remaining players at least €9,120.

From there, the in-the-money eliminations came at a rapid pace and included EPT Malta €25,000 High Roller runner-up Connor Drinan; EPT veteran Dan Smith; Olivier Busquet, who was just a part of a One Drop poker delegation; Shark Cage winner Griffin Benger; high roller Sorel Mizzi; Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel; former EPT champ Benny Spindler; the UK's Sam Trickett; and reigning World Series of Poker champ Martin Jacobson.

For a thorough look at the history of poker in Malta, check out our feature post titled EPT Malta Shakes Up Portomaso Casino's All-Time Money List.

While many fell, some notable players punched their ticket to Day 4 including Jorma Nuutinen (1.121 million), Sergio Aido (833,000), Antonin Duda (681,000), Noah Vaillancourt (629,000), Sam Chartier (536,000), former EPT London champ Robin Ylitalo (487,000), Fedor Holz (422,000), Ignat "0Human0" Liviu (312,000), JC Alvarado (274,000), and PokerStars-Sponsored Player Dominik Panka (176,000).

Day 4 will kick off at 12 p.m. local time on Thursday, and the plan is to either play five 90-minute levels or down to the final 16 players, whichever comes first. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be there every step of the way.

While you wait, check out this video of Sarah Herring taking a Jeep tour of Malta:

Tags: Antonin DudaArtem LitvinovAtanas KavrakovBenny SpindlerBruno VolkmannConnor DrinanDan SmithDominik PankaEPT MaltaEuropean Poker AwardsFedor HolzGriffin BengerIgnat LiviuJack SalterJake CodyJan BendikJavier Gomez ZapateroJC AlvaradoJonathan DuhamelJorma NuutinenLiviu IgnatMartin JacobsonNandor SolyomNoah VaillancourtOlivier BusquetPortomaso CasinoRobin YlitaloSam ChartierSam TrickettSami ShettaSamuel ChartierSenh UngSergio AidoSorel MizziSotirios Koutoupas

End-of-Day 3 Chip Counts (full)

Chad_Holloway • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Javier Gomez Zapatero es
Javier Gomez Zapatero
es 1,698,000 318,000
Valentin Messina fr
Valentin Messina
fr 1,362,000 387,000
Alexander Ivarsson se
Alexander Ivarsson
se 1,199,000 -51,000
Jorma Nuutinen fi
Jorma Nuutinen
fi 1,121,000 -29,000
Manuel Zapf mt
Manuel Zapf
mt 1,086,000 166,000
Bruno Volkmann br
Bruno Volkmann
br 903,000 -47,000
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
es 833,000 -147,000
Andrea Cortellazzi it
Andrea Cortellazzi
it 799,000 -1,000
Glib Kovtunov UA
Glib Kovtunov
UA 744,000 -256,000
Nir Levy il
Nir Levy
il 719,000 -81,000
Andrey Shatilov ru
Andrey Shatilov
ru 702,000 2,000
Antonin Duda cz
Antonin Duda
cz 681,000 231,000
Dennis Kaj Smit NL
Dennis Kaj Smit
NL 671,000 251,000
Rudolf Wilhelm Zintel DE
Rudolf Wilhelm Zintel
DE 669,000 149,000
Noah Vaillancourt ca
Noah Vaillancourt
ca 629,000 114,000
Koray Aldemir de
Koray Aldemir
de 626,000 76,000
Stefan Schillhabel de
Stefan Schillhabel
de 561,000 151,000
Remi Wyrzykiewicz pl
Remi Wyrzykiewicz
pl 560,000 -40,000
Sam Chartier ca
Sam Chartier
ca 536,000 -55,000
Mateusz Moolhuizen nl
Mateusz Moolhuizen
nl 515,000 318,000
Gregoire Boissenot fr
Gregoire Boissenot
fr 513,000 200,000
Robin Ylitalo se
Robin Ylitalo
se 487,000 67,000
Niccolo Ceccarelli it
Niccolo Ceccarelli
it 460,000 35,000
Jacek Ladny pl
Jacek Ladny
pl 451,000 296,000
Miltiadis Kyriakides cy
Miltiadis Kyriakides
cy 434,000 94,000

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Panka Shoves the Last Hand

zedmaster84 • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The table of Dominik Panka took the longest and still had three hands to go when everyone else was already pretty much dong with bagging and tagging. The PokerStars Sponsored Player opened to 17,000 from under the gun and was called three ways including Jannick Wrang in the cutoff and Mateusz Moolhuizen on the button.

On the {K-Hearts} {7-Spades} {6-Hearts} flop, the action checked to Moolhuizen and he bet 37,000 to receive calls from Panka and Wrang. On the {8-Diamonds} turn, Moolhuizen then fired 120,000 and that eventually won the pot.

In the penultimate hand, Andrea Cortellazzi limped from under the gun and Panka checked out of the big blind to see a flop of {4-Hearts} {8-Diamonds} {4-Diamonds}. Both players checked and Panka's bet of 14,000 on the {3-Spades} turn was called. After the {J-Clubs} river, Panka led for 25,000 and Cortellazzi made the call to win the pot with {9-Diamonds} {9-Hearts} versus {5-Hearts} {8-Hearts}.

The very last hand of Day 3 then saw Moolhuizen with a raise to 18,000 and Panka shoved the small blind for 143,000. Moolhuizen counted his stack carefully and the all in was about one fourth of his total stack to call. Two minutes passed by and the Dutchman with Polish roots then mucked to see Panka flash his {K-Clubs} {K-Spades}.

Dominik Panka pl
Dominik Panka
pl 176,000 -214,000

Tags: Andrea CortellazziDominik PankaJannick WrangMateusz Moolhuizen

Remko Report Episode #10: Hermance Blum and Frank Op de Woerd

donpeters • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The World Poker Tour is headed to Amsterdam, and this is huge news for the Netherlands.

Host Remko Rinkema talks with WPT Europe General Manager Hermance Blum and PokerNews.NL leading man Frank Op de Woerd about the exciting news and what this really means for Holland.

You can subscribe to the entire iBus Media Network on iTunes here, or you can access the RSS feed here. The PokerNews family of podcasts is now available on Stitcher.

Tags: Frank Op de WoerdHermance BlumRemko ReportRemko Rinkema

Solyom Busts in Last Hands of the Day

zedmaster84 • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Nandor Solyom
Nandor Solyom

Nandor Solyom appears to be the last player to join the rail on Day 3 after four-bet shoving for 180,000 into the three-bet of Fedor Holz. The WCOOP champion looked him up with {A-Diamonds} {K-Diamonds} and Solyom held the {K-Hearts} {10-Spades}.

The Romanian did make a straight on the river of a {9-Clubs} {4-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds} {6-Spades} {J-Diamonds} board, but the very same card also gave Holz the nut flush.

Fedor Holz de
Fedor Holz
de 420,000 100,000
Nandor Solyom hu
Nandor Solyom
hu Busted

Tags: Fedor HolzNandor Solyom

Four Hands to Go

zedmaster84 • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The clock has been stopped and the screens show 57 players remaining. Four hands have been drawn and that means bagging and tagging will take place in a few minutes. Stay tuned for any last-minute action, chip counts, and a full recap of the Day 3 action.

On The Occasion Of Ori Miller’s Birthday

Chad_Holloway • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Courtesy of PokerStars Blog
Courtesy of PokerStars Blog

Poker is not really known as a team game, except on occasion. But it can be in other ways. For sometimes it’s the people or person behind the player who makes the player, as the PokerStars Blog, prone to a bit of schmaltz, is happy to report.

Tags: PokerStars Blog

Reigning World Series of Poker Main Event Champ Sent to the Rail

Chad_Holloway • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Martin Jacobson
Martin Jacobson

The betting details of reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champ Martin Jacobson's demise escaped us, but it appeared he three-bet jammed over the top of Jorma Nuutinen's open. The latter player made the call to put Jacobson at risk.

Jacobson: {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
Nuutinen: {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}

It was a classic race, but Jacobson was the one that needed to improve to stay alive.

The {4-Hearts}{5-Spades}{2-Hearts} flop was as dry as could be, and the {4-Spades} turn didn't do him any favors. Jacobson needed either an ace or nine on the river to survive, but it wasn't in the cards as the {4-Clubs} blanked. Jacobson, who is nominated for "Tournament Performance of the Year" in tonight's European Poker Awards, made his way to the payout desk and confirmed that he will be making an appearance at the award ceremony being held next door in the Hilton Hotel.

Jorma Nuutinen fi
Jorma Nuutinen
fi 1,150,000 200,000
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se Busted

Tags: Jorma NuutinenMartin Jacobson

Trickett Trounced By Shatilov

Chad_Holloway • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Sam Trickett
Sam Trickett

A big hand just took place up on the feature table, one that saw the elimination of Sam Trickett.

It began when Trickett opened for 16,000 from early position and Andrey Shatilov three-bet to 41,000 from the cutoff. Action folded back to Trickett, and he thought for well over a minute before four-betting all in for 357,000. Shatilov, who barely had the bigger stack, snap-called.

Shatilov: {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Trickett: {7-Hearts}{7-Spades}

As it turned out, Trickett picked a bad spot to shove, and he paid the ultimate price after the board ran out {q-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{8-Clubs}. The stacks were counted down to make sure, and when all was said and done Trickett had been eliminated from the EPT Malta Main Event.

Andrey Shatilov ru
Andrey Shatilov
ru 700,000 340,000
Sam Trickett gb
Sam Trickett
gb Busted

Tags: Andrey ShatilovSam Trickett