$5,300 MPP Main Event
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$5,300 MPP Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Jeschka Leads Final 21 After Wild Ending to Day 3 of the MPP Main Event

jeffmcmillan • Level 28: Blinds 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Hannes Jeschka
Hannes Jeschka

Day 3 of the $5,300 Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party Main Event has come to its end after 14 hours of play time here at the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel on the shores of Northern Cyprus. A day that started with 163 players ended with just 21, who still remain from the total field of 1,032.

It was a day packed with action and three key hands ended up defining the day and setting the stage for tomorrow. One of those hands established the end-of-day chip leader as Hannes Jeschka with 11,045,000. He flopped two-pair to win a huge hand against top pair top kicker on the final hand of the night to put himself in the catbird seat.

Another beneficiary of the big final hands was Italian Riccardo Saraniero as he rocketed up the chip counts to 7,260,000 where he also had two-pair against the top pair of Arsenii Karmatckii..

Not to be outdone however, Karmatckii would not be licking his wounds for very long as he got in a huge confrontation on the very last hand of the night with pocket sevens vs ace-king. The flop was something out of a dream for Karmatckii as it gave him quads and moved him into third place on the chip counts to end the day.

Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Hannes JeschkaGermany11,045,00069
2Kyle MaguireUnited Kingdom9,400,00059
3Arsenii KarmatckiiRussia9,100,00057
4Erik CajelaisCanada8,130,00051
5Riccardo SaranieroItaly7,260,00045
6Alexander GofmanRussia7,100,00044
7Koray KorkmazTurkey6,750,00042
8Manuel FritzAustria5,800,00036
9Natalya NikitinaRussia5,175,00032
10Steven WarburtonUnited Kingdom4,625,00029

The other two top five stacks who did not need a late dramatic hand to boost themselves up there were Kyle Maguire in second place with 9,400,000 who had a very solid day and built his stack gradually throughout; as well as Erik Cajelais who finished fourth in chips with 8,130,000.

Others to highlight amongst the final 21 include the last woman remaining Natalya Nikitin (5,175,000), Steve Warburton (4,625,000) and Gabriel Akiki (3,620,000) who has seemingly had the most fun of the remaining players, being the most animated in his reactions.

The day began as the field was only eight away from the bubble and the hand-for-hand portion happened early on. The bubble would be a long affair as it took nearly an hour and a half to get the three eliminations necessary to reach the money wherePaul Phua would bring the filed to within one of the money when he was the penultimate bubble boy, eliminated two away from the burts to set up the one and only Tony G becoming the bubble boy.

Eliminations would come steadily after that as the field shrunk at a solid pace as players such as Paulina Loeliger (83rd), Sofia Lovgren (77th), Day 1 chip leader Dmitry Yurasov (62nd) would hit the rail.

Two of the bigger names in the field would do down later in the night as. Niall Farrell would fall in 50th place while David Peters went out in 47th to Jeschka.

Play would slow down some in the final few levels as there became a question of how much longer the day would go on in consideration of tomorrow as eliminations hit a big of a snag with four tables remaining. But things picked some life back up in the last level of the night, as there were the aforementioned key hands to set the stage for tomorrow.

The players return at 12 noon tomorrow at Level 29 with blinds at 80,000/160,000 and will play down to a winner and the $750,000 grand prize.

PokerNews will be back on the felt with the players at that time as all the action will be brought to you.

Tags: Arsenii KarmatckiiDavid PetersDmitry YurasovErik CajelaisGabriel AkikiHannes JeschkaKyle MaguireNatalia NikitinNiall FarrellPaul PhuaPaulina LoeligerRiccardo SaranieroSofia LovgrenSteve Warburton

End of Day 3 Chip Counts

dsalituro • Level 28: Blinds 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Hannes Jeschka de
Hannes Jeschka
de 11,045,000
Kyle Maguire gb
Kyle Maguire
gb 9,400,000 -350,000
Arsenii Karmatckii ru
Arsenii Karmatckii
ru 9,100,000
Erik Cajelais ca
Erik Cajelais
ca 8,130,000 730,000
Riccardo Saraniero it
Riccardo Saraniero
it 7,260,000 30,000
Alexander Gofman RU
Alexander Gofman
RU 7,100,000 -500,000
Koray Korkmaz tr
Koray Korkmaz
tr 6,750,000 850,000
Manuel Fritz at
Manuel Fritz
at 5,800,000 400,000
Natalya Nikitina ru
Natalya Nikitina
ru 5,175,000 -325,000
Steven Warburton gb
Steven Warburton
gb 4,625,000 925,000
Yiannis Liperis cy
Yiannis Liperis
cy 4,400,000 140,000
Gabriel Akiki lb
Gabriel Akiki
lb 3,620,000 640,000
James Harvey cr
James Harvey
cr 3,545,000 -355,000
Aleksei Petrov ru
Aleksei Petrov
ru 3,450,000 250,000
Rachid Amamou ch
Rachid Amamou
ch 3,000,000 -1,100,000
Juozas Bizokas lt
Juozas Bizokas
lt 2,500,000 -250,000
Ghanim Dashti kw
Ghanim Dashti
kw 2,300,000 200,000
Oleg Netaliev ru
Oleg Netaliev
ru 1,975,000 -155,000
Nuri Hadioglu tr
Nuri Hadioglu
tr 1,800,000 -870,000
Nikolay Fal ru
Nikolay Fal
ru 1,155,000
Daniel Thaller gb
Daniel Thaller
gb 780,000

Play Concludes

dsalituro • Level 28: Blinds 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

Play has ended for the night and the final 21 players are bagging up their chips for Day 4.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's action.

Jeschka Takes a Big One at the End

dsalituro • Level 28: Blinds 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Hannes Jeschka
Hannes Jeschka

On the last hand of the night, Nikolay Fal bet 875,000 from the cutoff on a board of {6-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{a-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and was called by Hannes Jeschka in the small blind.

The river came the {2-Spades} and Jeschka checked over to Fal, who bet another 1,200,000. Jeschka snap-called and Fal opened up {a-Spades}{k-Hearts} for top pair. Jeschka, though, showed {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} for two pair to take the tournament chip lead into the final day.

Hannes Jeschka de
Hannes Jeschka
de 11,045,000 4,295,000
Nikolay Fal ru
Nikolay Fal
ru 1,155,000 -3,195,000

Tags: Hannes JeschkaNikolay Fal

Karmatckii Flops Quads on Last Hand of the Night

jeffmcmillan • Level 28: Blinds 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Arsenii Karmatckii
Arsenii Karmatckii

Daniel Thaller raised to 250,000 from the cutoff. Arsenii Karmatckii made a big shove of 4,480,000 over the top from the small blind. Thaller got a count and thought for a few moments before calling to set up a huge clash on the final hand of the night.

Arsenii Karmatckii: {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}
Daniel Thaller: {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}

Karmatckii was at risk but not for long as the flop came down {4-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{7-Hearts} to end things right there. The {j-Clubs} and {4-Spades} filled out the board as Karmatckii gathered the massive pot and Thaller was decimated.

Arsenii Karmatckii ru
Arsenii Karmatckii
ru 9,100,000 4,450,000
Daniel Thaller gb
Daniel Thaller
gb 780,000 -4,420,000

Tags: Arsenii KarmatckiiDaniel Thaller

Sergey Bobrik Eliminated in 22nd Place ($30,000)

dsalituro • Level 28: Blinds 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Sergey Bobrik
Sergey Bobrik

Sergey Bobrik picked up his spinning top and shoved all in for 885,000 from under the gun. Aleksei Petrov then reshoved for 2,275,000 from the cutoff and Riccardo Saraniero tanked for nearly a minute in the blinds before folding.

Sergey Bobrik: {k-Spades}{8-Hearts}
Aleksei Petrov: {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

Petrov hit two pair on the {a-Clubs}{10-Spades}{3-Hearts} flop to leave Bobrik way behind, then improved to a full house on the {10-Clubs} turn. Bobrik was drawing dead heading to the {2-Clubs} river and the overnight chip leader was eliminated in 22nd place.

Saraniero admitted he folded ace-queen after the hand.

Aleksei Petrov ru
Aleksei Petrov
ru 3,200,000 1,100,000
Sergey Bobrik ru
Sergey Bobrik
ru Busted

Saraniero Scores Big Double With Two Pair

jeffmcmillan • Level 28: Blinds 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

Action was joined on the turn with the board reading the {2-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{6-Spades}{a-Spades}. From under the gun, Arsenii Karmatckii bet 675,000 into a pot that was around 900,000. Riccardo Saraniero was in the big blind and took two time extensions before moving all in, Karmatckii snap-called.

Saraniero turned around to his Italian rail and tabled the {a-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} with the lead over the {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts} of Karmatckii.

The river was the {5-Diamonds} and Saraniero celebrated with his rail and gathered the big pot.

Riccardo Saraniero it
Riccardo Saraniero
it 7,230,000 5,930,000
Arsenii Karmatckii ru
Arsenii Karmatckii
ru 4,650,000 -3,850,000

Tags: Arsenii KarmatckiiRiccardo Saraniero

Zolbayar Batbold Eliminated in 23rd Place ($30,000)

dsalituro • Level 28: Blinds 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Zolbayar Batbold
Zolbayar Batbold

Zolbayar Batbold raised to 250,000 and Arsenii Karmatckii, next to act, reraised to 700,000. Batbold then shoved for 1,300,000 and Karmatckii called.

Zolbayar Batbold: {j-Hearts}{j-Spades}
Arsenii Karmatckii: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}

The {9-Clubs}{5-Spades}{k-Spades}{6-Hearts} board was safe for Batbold, but Karmatckii spiked the {a-Clubs} on the river to eliminate the Mongolian native in 23rd place.

Arsenii Karmatckii ru
Arsenii Karmatckii
ru 8,500,000 1,000,000
Zolbayar Batbold mn
Zolbayar Batbold
mn Busted

Tags: Arsenii KarmatckiiZolbayar Batbold

Juan Jose Membreno Orellana Eliminated in 24th Place ($30,000)

dsalituro • Level 28: Blinds 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Juan Jose Membreno Orellana
Juan Jose Membreno Orellana

Erik Cajelais raised to 240,000 from middle position before Juan Jose Membreno Orellana moved all in from the small blind for 1,600,000. Cajelais snap-called.

Juan Jose Membreno Orellana: {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Erik Cajelais: {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}

Orellana had run into a massive cooler and didn't get any help on the {10-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{a-Spades}{2-Spades} board. Cajelais turned a set of aces and left Orellana drawing dead as he was eliminated in 24th place.

Erik Cajelais ca
Erik Cajelais
ca 7,400,000 1,260,000
Juan Jose Membreno Orellana PA
Juan Jose Membreno Orellana
PA Busted

Tags: Erik CajelaisJuan Jose Membreno Orellana