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€5,300 Main Event
Day 3 Completed

The Money Bubble Bursts; Simon Mattsson Leads After Day 3

Mateusz_Pater • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Simon Mattsson
Simon Mattsson

Day 3 of the Season 11 European Poker Tour Prague Main Event played out today after 200 players returned to action and aimed to make the money in the top 159. After five 90-minute levels of play, just 61 remained with Simon Mattsson and his stack of 1,790,000 leading the way.

Mattsson became the chip leader in the second-to-last last hand of play when he and Miha Travnik had a raising war preflop and committed their chips. Travnik was in for around 300,000 and at risk holding the {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} against Mattsson’s {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. The board ran out {q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{7-Spades}{2-Clubs} to see Travnik miss all his outs as he was eliminated from the tournament. Mattsson would hold onto the slight chip lead with one more hand remaining in the day.

Not everyone was as fortunate as Mattsson on Day 3. Some who fell short of the money were Christian Harder, Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden, and both Paul Newey and Brian Roberts, who finished second and seventh, respectively, in the €50,000 Super High Roller event that concluded earlier in the week.

When 160 players remained, the money bubble was in effect and hand-for-hand play was started. It took a fair amount of time, but eventually the bubble burst. It happened when Mustapha Kanit raised from the cutoff seat, and Christian Favale three-bet to 25,000 from the button. Kanit then bumped it up to 63,000, and the decision fell back on Favale. He tanked for a few minutes before sliding out 105,000 in chips. Favale was not too pleased when Kanit moved all in a few seconds later, but he reluctantly made the call and the cards were tabled.

Kanit showed the powerful {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}, and those bullets had Favale's {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} in a world of hurt. The board ran out {3-Hearts}{8-Spades}{6-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}, and the Team PokerStars Online Pro exited as the bubble boy, ensuring the remaining 159 players a guaranteed €8,970 payday.

From there, the eliminations came in quick succession including Mickey Petersen (159th), Isaac Haxton (140th), Liv Boeree (118th), and Eugene Katchalov (63rd). Even though she didn't managed to make it to Day 4, PokerNews did catch up with Boeree to talk about her 2014 poker campaign, REG charity, and her love life:

Shannon Shorr (153rd), Olivier Busquet (82nd), Vladimir Troyanovskiy (79th), Mustapha Kanit (78th), and Thomas Muehlocker (64th) also fell as the day neared close. It was during this grind to the end of the day that others such as Davidi Kitai, Petr Jelinek, and Vanessa Selbst thrived — all three building up to over 1,000,000 in chips to finish the day.

Other notables managing to progress though to another day included George Danzer, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Dylan Linde, Sam Grafton, and Balazs Botond.

Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

PlaceNameChip Count
1Simon Mattsson1,790,000
2Stephen Graner1,713,000
3Davidi Kitai1,364,000
4Jonathan Wong1,295,000
5Petr Jelinek1,191,000
6Militiadis Kyriakides1,178,000
7Bjorn Wiesler1,084,000
8Pablo Sanz Quiles1,075,000
9Francesco Grieco1,054,000
10Vanessa Selbst1,007,000

Day 4 of the EPT Prague Main Event is set to begin at 12:00 CET on Monday, and the plan is to play down to the final 24 players. Be sure to join us then as we bring you all the action straight from the floor of the Hilton Prague Hotel.

Day 4 Table and Seat Draw

TableSeatNameCountryChips
11Alexander RoumeliotisSweden184,000
12Remi CastaignonFrance511,000
13Oleksandr ZhyrnovUkraine321,000
14Igor DubinskyyUkraine206,000
15Miltiadis KyriakidesGreece1,178,000
16Jonathan WongUK1,295,000
17Klaus PautrotFrance259,000
18Stephen GranerUSA1,713,000
     
21Sam GraftonUK859,000
22Vanessa SelbstUSA1,007,000
23Jakub SlemrCzech Republic338,000
24Petr JelinekCzech Republic1,191,000
26Artem MetalidiUkraine742,000
27Panagiotis PapaisidorouUSA537,000
28Pavel VekslerIsrael427,000
     
31George DanzerGermany156,000
33Domenico DrammisItaly457,000
34Tamer KamelUK893,000
35Christian JeppssonSweden335,000
36Ji ZhangGermany114,000
37Thomas ButzhammerGermany186,000
38Pablo Sanz QuilesSpain1,075,000
     
41Oscar KroonSweden425,000
42Evgenii StarikovRussia80,000
43Magnus NordmarkSweden226,000
44Oskar FogelSweden143,000
45Nandor SolyomRomania276,000
46Roman PavliukUkraine572,000
47Georgios VrakasGreece862,000
48Claude MetaisFrance203,000
     
51Peter TurmezeyHungary346,000
52Dylan LindeUSA180,000
54Marton CzuczorHungary217,000
55Francesco GriecoItaly1,054,000
56Dobromir NikovBulgaria265,000
57Brian AltmanUSA294,000
58Andras NemethHungary203,000
     
61Andy SethUSA401,000
62Tatiana BarausovaRussia372,000
63Davidi KitaiBelgium1,364,000
64Sergey LebedevRussia618,000
65Zoltan SzaboHungary130,000
66[Removed:2]Lebanon243,000
67Pascal HartmannGermany425,000
68Fabio SperlingGermany934,000
     
71Omar LakhdariFrance487,000
72Alfie AdamUK204,000
73Idan RavivIsrael504,000
74Pascal PflockGermany537,000
75Ilkin AmirovAzerbaijan704,000
76Robert SchulzGermany108,000
77Jerry WongUSA916,000
78Albert DaherLebanon777,000
     
81Bjorn WieslerGermany1,084,000
82Milan SasekCzech Republic473,000
83Bertilsson AntonSweden233,000
84Martin MulsowGermany383,000
85Simon MattssonSweden1,790,000
86Georgios SotiropoulosGreece324,000
87Romain FolletChile250,000
88Balasz BotondHungary682,000

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

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

An extensive recaps of todays action to follow.

Simon Mattsson se
Simon Mattsson
se 1,790,000
Stephen Graner us
Stephen Graner
us 1,713,000 13,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
Winamax Sponsored Pro
be 1,364,000 -36,000
Jonathan Wong gb
Jonathan Wong
gb 1,295,000 155,000
Petr Jelinek CZ
Petr Jelinek
CZ 1,191,000
Miltiadis Kyriakides cy
Miltiadis Kyriakides
cy 1,178,000 -22,000
Bjorn Wiesler de
Bjorn Wiesler
de 1,084,000 79,000
Pablo Sanz Quiles es
Pablo Sanz Quiles
es 1,075,000 235,000
Francesco Grieco it
Francesco Grieco
it 1,054,000 94,000
Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst
us 1,007,000 120,000
Fabio Sperling de
Fabio Sperling
de 934,000 214,000
Jerry Wong us
Jerry Wong
us 916,000 820,000
Tamer Kamel gb
Tamer Kamel
gb 893,000 243,000
Georgios Vrakas gr
Georgios Vrakas
gr 862,000 -38,000
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb 859,000 324,000
Albert Daher lb
Albert Daher
lb 777,000 257,000
Artem Metalidi ua
Artem Metalidi
ua 742,000 567,000
Ilkin Amirov az
Ilkin Amirov
az 704,000 154,000
Balazs Botond hu
Balazs Botond
hu 682,000 -18,000
Sergey Lebedev ru
Sergey Lebedev
ru 618,000 -62,000
Roman Pavliuk ua
Roman Pavliuk
ua 572,000 172,000
Pascal Pflock de
Pascal Pflock
de 537,000 52,000
Panagiotis Papaisidorou US
Panagiotis Papaisidorou
US 537,000 -283,000
Remi Castaignon fr
Remi Castaignon
fr 511,000 281,000
Idan Raviv il
Idan Raviv
il 504,000 104,000

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Muhlocker Busts In Three Way All In

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

Thomas Muhlocker was all in preflop with {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades}. Adrian Ionescu had the rest of his chips in the middle too with {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}. Petr Jelinek had them both covered and he tabled {a-Spades}{q-Spades}.

The cards fell {9-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{9-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and Jelinek hit his queen to bust two players in one fell swoop to take a stack over a million into the next day.

Petr Jelinek CZ
Petr Jelinek
CZ 1,191,000 491,000
Thomas Muehlocker at
Thomas Muehlocker
at Busted
Adrian Ionescu ro
Adrian Ionescu
ro Busted

Tags: Petr JelinekThomas Muhlocker

Smit Busts Near the End

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

Dennis Kaj Smit moved all in on one of the last hands of the night holding {a-Hearts}{8-Spades} from the button and got called by the {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts} of Christian Jeppsson on the small blind.

The cards ran out {3-Hearts}{q-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{4-Hearts} and Smit relinquished the least of his chips.

Dennis Kaj Smit NL
Dennis Kaj Smit
NL Busted

Tags: Dennis Smit

Mattsson Wins Big Pot To Capture Lead at the Death

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

In the second last hand of play both Simon Mattsson and Miha Travnik were involved in a raising war pre flop that saw the latter commit approximately 300,000 in chips all in and was called.

Mattsson: {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}
Travnik: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

Travnik was at risk against the pair of tens and would find no help as the board ran out {q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{7-Spades}{2-Clubs} to see him eliminated so close to the end of days play.

With that pot Mattsson moved up to 1,790,000 in chips and would snatch the chip lead with one hand to go.

Simon Mattsson se
Simon Mattsson
se 1,790,000 735,000
Miha Travnik si
Miha Travnik
si Busted

Tags: Miha TravnikSimon Mattsson

Not Bossing Around Anymore

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

Oscar Kroon opened for 17,000 and Idan Raviv in the cutoff made the call. Simon Boss in the big blind shoved all in for 147,000 and Kroon shoved over the top. Raviv knew enough and folded.

Kroon had by far the best hand holding {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, Boss had {K-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}. Some table mates would describe him as on semi tilt afterwards, and the tilty move did not get rewarded: {6-Spades}{8-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{5-Hearts}{2-Clubs}.

Oscar Kroon SE
Oscar Kroon
SE 532,000 22,000
Simon Boss CH
Simon Boss
CH Busted

Tags: Oscar KroonSimon BossIdan Raviv

Eugene Katchalov Eliminated in One of the Last Hands of the Day

Webjoker • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Eugene Katchalov
Eugene Katchalov

In the penultimate hand of the day the tournament lost one of Team PokerStars Pro's most prolific members.

Eugene Katchalov just lost the big hand with a flopped straight to a turned flush (and rivered straight flush), and moved the remainder of his stack in before the flop not much later. His opponent was once again Georgios Sotiropoulos.

Katchalov had {A-Clubs}{Q-} and was up against the jacks of Sotiropoulos. No help on the board for Katchalov and with just one hand to go the Ukrainian made his exit.

Eugene Katchalov ua
Eugene Katchalov
ua Busted

Tags: Eugene KatchalovGeorgios Sotiropoulos

Lakhdari Loses with Aces

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

Omar Lakhdari three-bet a raise from 20,000 to 60,000 in the cutoff and was called to continue with a bet of 50,000 on the {K-Diamonds} {6-Diamonds} {J-Spades} flop. His opponent called and the {J-Clubs} on the turn was checked. The {Q-Hearts} river saw the Frenchman lose another 100,000 chips with pocket as his opponent check-called and then showed {A-} {10-} for a gutshot that completed on the river.

Omar Lakhdari fr
Omar Lakhdari
fr 460,000 60,000

Tags: Omar Lakhdari