Only 287 players out of a 1,682-entry strong field remain for Day 3 of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona €5,300 Main Event and they all eye the trophy and first-place payout of €1,410,000 that comes along with it in the annex of Casino Barcelona. However, the first goal for today is securing a portion of the prize pool of €8,157,700 as just the top 247 spots will guarantee at least €8,740 for the efforts.
Leading the field of survivors into money day is Colombia's Mauricio Salazar Sanchez with 507,000, closely followed by Rosen Angelov (497,500) and Sergey Sergeev (470,500). Other big stacks include World Series of Poker Bracelet winner Asi Moshe (411,500), Mark Roovers (406,500), Jussi Nevanlinna (394,000), Patrick Leonard (394,000), Kyle Bowker (392,500), Dario Sammartino (355,500) and Juha Helppi (335,000). Raffaele Sorrentino, who took down the 2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino before the summer break, is also still in contention with a big stack of 300,000.
The last ever European Poker Tour Main Event champion Jasper Meijer van Putten made it through with 242,500 while two PokerStars Team Pros advanced in Andre Akkari (202,500) and Jeff Gross (29,000). Action will resume at 12 p.m. local time with level 15 and blinds of 2,000/4,000 and an ante of 500. At least five levels of 90 minutes with a break after each level are scheduled for Day 3 and the money bubble is expected to burst in the first two levels of the day before the field will get cut down further.
Day 3 Level Structure
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