Main Event

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

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
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