2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona

Main Event
Day: 3
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
800,000 / 1,600,000

Main Event

Day 3 Completed

Richardson Leads Last 70 After Day 3; Sorrentino and Akkari in Contention

Level 20 : 6,000/12,000, 2,000 ante
Benjamin Richardson
Benjamin Richardson

Day 3 of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona €5,300 Main Event is in the books and six levels of 90 minutes reduced the field of hopefuls from 287 to just 70 hopefuls. Each of them have already has €18,190 locked up for the efforts, but all eyes are set on the PokerStars Championship trophy and payday of €1,410,000 that comes along with it.

Best-positioned to claim the title in Casino Barcelona is Benjamin Richardson from Australia, who bagged up impressive 2,804,000. He is followed by Tsugunari Toma (2,448,000) while Scott Wellenbach is the third player above two million with 2,032,000. Other big stacks include Aleksandr Gofman (1,915,000), Patrick Leonard (1,785,000), Nadia Wanzi (1,657,000), Brian Kaufman Esposito (1,465,000), Albert Daher (1,382,000), Usman Siddique (1,296,000) and Alex DiFelice (865,000).

Raffaele Sorrentino, who lifted the PokerStars Championship trophy in Monte Carlo, also made it through with a healthy stack of 955,000 while PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari spent most of the day on the TV table and advanced with 566,000. Jeff Gross, the only other PokerStars Team Pro that headed into Day 3, was among the 40 players that left the annex of Casino Barcelona empty-handed still.

Other notables that didn't cash include Steven van Zadelhoff, Per Hildebrand, Joni Jouhkimainen, Mikita Badziakouski, Upeshka De Silva and Diego Ventura. The bubble lasted over more than two hours and it was Roi Pereira Conde that ended up as the bubble boy. After several double ups on other tables, the Spaniard put his hopes on ten-seven suited flush draw on a paired jack-high flop. Alexandros Papadopoulos had ace-three suited for the better flush draw and the river provided a third spade to eliminate Pereira Conde as last player without cash.

Soon after, Akin Tuna skyrocketed to the top of the counts after he won a big pot with pocket sixes against the pocket fours of Rafael Bertani. Frederico Spilimbergo Volpe became the next chip millionaire when he flopped trips and rivered a full house with jack-nine suited, Georges Hanna bluffed off his stack with eight-four suited for complete air. Tuna himself had a big clash with Scott Wellenbach and busted in the last level of the night, finishing 85th for €15,490.

Nadia Wanzi won several big pots, one of which saw the elimination of World Series of Poker bracelet winner Asi Moshe with ace-ten suited against her ace-king, and soon after the rise to the top of Benjamin Richardson began. Rosen Angelov's big stack melted in three hands against Richardson, and the Aussie eventually finished the job soon after. Richardson's big raise saw Angelov call all in with pocket eights, Dirk Gerritse moved all in over the top for heaps with pocket tens and Richardson quickly called with pocket kings to claim a massive pot.

Among those to cash were Sam Greenwood (223rd - €9,400), Dario Sammartino (211th - €9,400), Thomas Muehloecker (198th - €9,400), Tobias Peters (148th - €10,270), Saar Wilf (144th - €10,270), Day 1a chip leader Xavier Carriere (105th - €13,380), Govert Metaal (101st - €13,380), Mihails Morozovs (81st - €15,490), 2017 2017 PokerStars Championship Sochi 4th place finisher Dmitry Vitkind (80th - €15,490), Juha Helppi (79th - €15,490) and Jussi Nevanlinna (73rd - €15,490).

When all was done and dusted at the end of level 20, only 70 hopefuls bagged up chips and they will return tomorrow at 12 p.m. noon local time for Day 4 when at least five levels of 90 minutes each will be played. The action recommences with blinds of 8,000/16,000 and a running ante of 2,000, and the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor as usual.

Main Event Day 4 Seat Draw

TableSeatNameCountryChipsBig Blinds
11Sebastian Ruiz FigueroaChile423,00026
12Benjamin RichardsonAustralia2,804,000175
13Alexandros PapadopoulosGreece425,00027
14Niek MintenNetherlands289,00018
15Alex DifeliceCanada865,00054
16Giuliano BendinelliItaly214,00013
17Diogo VeigaPortugal129,0008
18Jonathan ProudfootUnited Kingdom1,173,00073
21Markus GrabherAustria321,00020
22Nick PetrangeloUSA576,00036
23Alan MehamedArgentina247,00015
24Sebastian SorenssonSweden269,00017
25Heorhii DoroshevUkraine1,260,00079
26Liow Ming KeeMalaysia362,00023
27Mauricio Salazar SanchezColombia1,124,00070
28David Algarra VidanaSpain176,00011
31Valentin AnghelRomania416,00026
32Jan-Eric SchwippertGermany404,00025
33Andre AkkariBrazil566,00035
34Ricardo GraellsSwitzerland191,00012
35Nuno Pereira AscensaoPortugal252,00016
36Gregory JaninFrance208,00013
37Johnny HansenDenmark260,00016
38Erik FribergSweden796,00050
41Lachezar Plamenov PetkovBulgaria525,00033
42Aleksandr GofmanRussia1,915,000120
43Mykhailo HladilinUkraine415,00026
45Brian Kaufman EspositoUruguay1,465,00092
46George McdonaldUnited Kingdom483,00030
47Jackson WhiteUSA917,00057
48Arezki BelaidiCanada357,00022
51Jose LatorreSpain534,00033
52Yaron Zeev MalkiIsrael1,100,00069
53Nadia WanziNetherlands1,657,000104
54Martin PradoArgentina93,0006
55Usman SiddiqueUnited Kingdom1,296,00081
56Kevin StaniNorway381,00024
57Gabriel ChivaRomania210,00013
58Jamie WhyteUnited Kingdom431,00027
61Daniel SmiljkovicGermany1,068,00067
62Scott WellenbachCanada2,032,000127
63Tibor NagygyorgyHungary965,00060
64Florian-Dimitrie DutaUnited Kingdom222,00014
65Kyle BowkerUSA280,00018
66Jakub SenkCzech Republic346,00022
67Hugo Gomes AndradePortugal650,00041
68Rens FeenstraNetherlands695,00043
71Matas CimbolasLithuania377,00024
73Andrew HedleyUnited Kingdom352,00022
74Albert DaherLebanon1,381,00086
75Benjamin RolleGermany685,00043
76Kent RoedNorway474,00030
77Donald Duarte SierraNicaragua1,000,00063
78Igor DubinskyyUkraine942,00059
81Pim KuipersNetherlands468,00029
82Victor IlyukhinUnited Kingdom328,00021
83Aeragan ArunanUnited Kingdom1,345,00084
84Paraskevas TsokaridisGreece380,00024
85Gustavo MastelottoBrazil733,00046
87Alexis FleurFrance466,00029
88James RomeroUSA612,00038
91Hady El AsmarLebanon177,00011
92Philippe D'AuteuilCanada348,00022
93Patrick LeonardUnited Kingdom1,785,000112
94Raffaele SorrentinoItaly955,00060
95Quentin LecomteFrance558,00035
96Tsugunari TomaJapan2,448,000153
97Frederico Spilimbergo VolpeBrazil597,00037
98Ramon Miquel MunozSpain725,00045

Tags: Akin TunaAlbert DaherAlex DiFeliceAlexandros PapadopoulosAndre AkkariAsi MosheBenjamin RichardsonBrian Kaufman EspositoDario SammartinoDiego VenturaDirk GerritseDmitry VitkindFrederico Spilimbergo VolpeGeorges HannaGovert MetaalJeff GrossJoni JouhkimainenJuha HelppiJussi NevanlinnaMihails MorozovsMikita BadziakouskiNadia WanziPatrick LeonardPer HildebrandRafael BertaniRaffaele SorrentinoRoi Pereira CondeRosen AngelovSaar WilfSam GreenwoodScott WellenbachSteven van ZadelhoffThomas MuehloeckerUpeshka De SilvaUsman SiddiqueXavier Carriere

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 20 : 6,000/12,000, 2,000 ante

The full chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Player Chips Progress
Benjamin Richardson au
Benjamin Richardson
2,804,000 104,000
Day 3 Chip Leader
Tsugunari Toma jp
Tsugunari Toma
2,448,000 48,000
Scott Wellenbach ca
Scott Wellenbach
2,032,000 -198,000
Aleksandr Gofman ru
Aleksandr Gofman
1,915,000 515,000
Patrick Leonard gb
Patrick Leonard
1,785,000 503,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Nadia Wanzi nl
Nadia Wanzi
1,657,000 87,000
[Removed:146] fr
1,552,000 -20,000
Brian Kaufman Esposito uy
Brian Kaufman Esposito
1,465,000 795,000
Albert Daher lb
Albert Daher
1,381,000 -119,000
Aeragan Arunan gb
Aeragan Arunan
1,345,000 285,000
Usman Siddique gb
Usman Siddique
1,296,000 732,000
Heorhii Doroshev ua
Heorhii Doroshev
1,260,000 477,000
Jonathan Proudfoot gb
Jonathan Proudfoot
1,173,000 473,000
Mauricio Salazar Sanchez co
Mauricio Salazar Sanchez
1,124,000 154,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Yaron Zeev Malki il
Yaron Zeev Malki
Daniel Smiljkovic de
Daniel Smiljkovic
1,068,000 -239,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Donald Duarte Sierra ni
Donald Duarte Sierra
1,000,000 20,000
Tibor Nagygyorgy hu
Tibor Nagygyorgy
965,000 150,000
Raffaele Sorrentino it
Raffaele Sorrentino
955,000 295,000
Day 5 Chip Leader
Igor Dubinskyy ua
Igor Dubinskyy
942,000 162,000
Jackson White us
Jackson White
917,000 7,000
Alex Difelice ca
Alex Difelice
865,000 -185,000
Erik Friberg se
Erik Friberg
796,000 121,000
Gustavo Mastelotto br
Gustavo Mastelotto
733,000 -152,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Ramon Miquel Munoz es
Ramon Miquel Munoz
725,000 465,000

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Lecomte Bests Patkovic

Level 20 : 6,000/12,000, 2,000 ante

Out of the small blind, Quentin Lecomte moved all in and Srdjan Patkovic called for around 220,000.

Srdjan Patkovic: {A-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Quentin Lecomte: {K-Hearts}{8-Spades}

The {Q-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop changed nothing yet, but Lecomte took the lead with the {K-Spades} turn. Patkovic needed an ace or jack to remain in contention, but the {8-Clubs} river instead gave Lecomte two pair.

Player Chips Progress
Quentin Lecomte fr
Quentin Lecomte
600,000 80,000
Srdjan Patkovic se
Srdjan Patkovic

Tags: Srdjan PatkovicQuentin Lecomte

Last 3 Hands

Level 20 : 6,000/12,000, 2,000 ante

And the day is done. We'll be back shortly with assorted end-of-day chip counts and a recap of today's action.

Loeffler and Nevanlinna Eliminated

Level 20 : 6,000/12,000, 2,000 ante

While details of the elimination of Kilian Hyun Woo Loeffler are unknown, Jussi Nevanlinna picked an unfortunate timing to shove from the button.

For approximately 265,000, he got it in with {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and Jackson White three-bet shoved in the small blind with {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades}. The board came {Q-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{5-Spades} and the Finn was drawing dead on the turn.

Player Chips Progress
Jackson White us
Jackson White
910,000 70,000
Kilian Hyun Woo Loeffler de
Kilian Hyun Woo Loeffler
Jussi Nevanlinna fi
Jussi Nevanlinna

Tags: Jacksion WhiteJussi NevanlinnaKilian Hyun Woo Loeffler

Docherty Busts; Veiga Doesn't

Level 20 : 6,000/12,000, 2,000 ante

Diogo Veiga was all in for 133,000 with the {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} and Ivan Kiselev called with {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}. The Portuguese was getting flashbacks from the previous big pot when a deuce came on the river, but this time the board ran out safely showing {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{10-Spades}.

The next hand, Florian-Dimitrie Duta shoved for 115,000 and David Docherty called all in for less from one seat over. Kiselev called on the button and the cards were tabled.

David Docherty: {K-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Florian-Dimitrie Duta: {A-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}
Ivan Kiselev: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades}

"Let's see if queens are good this time, I guess not," Kiselev said with a dry smile. The board came {8-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{A-Hearts} and Kiselev's prediction became reality.

Player Chips Progress
Ivan Kiselev ru
Ivan Kiselev
940,000 940,000
Florian-Dimitrie Duta ro
Florian-Dimitrie Duta
320,000 120,000
Diogo Veiga pt
Diogo Veiga
280,000 62,000
WSOP 1X Winner
David Docherty gb
David Docherty

Tags: David DochertyDiogo VeigaFlorian-Dimitrie DutaIvan Kiselev

Toma and Richardson Lead the Pack

Level 20 : 6,000/12,000, 2,000 ante
Rosen Angelov No More
Rosen Angelov No More

Samuel Vousden was all in for the remainder of his short stack and tabled {2-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}. Tsugunari Toma in the big blind called and tabled {A-Spades}{8-Spades}, and the board came {J-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{8-Diamonds}.

While Toma has a ton of chips, there is always one with more. Benjamin Richardson knocked out Rosen Angelov and Dirk Gerritse in a big pot. According to Richardson, he raised to four times the big blind and Angelov called all in for less from one seat over. Gerritse in the small blind reshoved for 600,000 with pocket tens and Richardson snapped him off with kings, Angelov only had pocket eights.

Player Chips Progress
Benjamin Richardson au
Benjamin Richardson
2,700,000 300,000
Day 3 Chip Leader
Tsugunari Toma jp
Tsugunari Toma
2,400,000 901,000
Samuel Vousden fi
Samuel Vousden
Rosen Angelov bg
Rosen Angelov
Dirk Gerritse nl
Dirk Gerritse

Tags: Benjamin RichardsonDirk GerritseRosen AngelovSamuel VousdenTsugunari Toma

Guerfi Doubles in Huge Pot

Level 20 : 6,000/12,000, 2,000 ante

[Removed:146] opened the hijack and his neighbor Arezki Belaidi in the cutoff 3-bet to 62,000. The button and both blinds folded and action was back on Guerfi. He 4-bet to 169,000 with 600,000 behind and called the 5-bet shove that followed.

Arezki Belaidi: {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}
[Removed:146]: {A-Clubs}{A-Spades}

The board came {4-Spades}{3-Spades}{10-Clubs}{8-Spades}{J-Diamonds} and Belaidi shipped over the majority of his chips.

Player Chips Progress
[Removed:146] fr
1,572,000 792,000
Arezki Belaidi ca
Arezki Belaidi
236,000 -694,000

Tags: Arezki Belaidi

Helppi Busts to Rolle

Level 20 : 6,000/12,000, 2,000 ante
Juha Helppi
Juha Helppi

Juha Helppi has been eliminated from the Main Event here at Casino Barcelona.

Helppi moved all in for 88,000 and Benjamin Rolle called from two seats over.

Juha Helppi: {K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}
Benjamin Rolle: {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {10-Spades}{9-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{7-Clubs} and Helppi, who had already left his chair on the flop despite improving his hand, headed to the rail.

Player Chips Progress
Benjamin Richardson au
Benjamin Richardson
2,400,000 550,000
Day 3 Chip Leader
Benjamin Rolle de
Benjamin Rolle
410,000 -90,000
Juha Helppi fi
Juha Helppi
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner

Tags: Benjamin RolleJuha Helppi