2017 PokerStars Championship Prague

Main Event
Day: 3
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Championship Prague

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
1010
Prize
€675,000
Event Info
Buy-in
€5,300
Prize Pool
€4,146,750
Entries
855
Level Info
Level
31
Blinds
80,000 / 160,000
Ante
20,000

Main Event

Day 3 Completed

Michaelis Stays Top Dog, PokerStars Pros Moreira de Melo and Horecki Remain in Prague Main Event Hunt

Level 19 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante
Paul Michaelis
Paul Michaelis

Paul Michaelis had to be rightfully hopeful for a good Day 3 of PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event considering he came in as chip leader, but he's likely positively thrilled with his performance after he finished in the top spot once again.

The young German bracelet winner wrapped up a profitable five-level grind with 1,270,000 in chips, giving him the lead among the remaining 49 players who will see Day 4's dawn.

Michaelis maintained his spot despite some late adversity, with opponents playing back at him and hitting him with coolers for doubles. There simply wasn't anyone close enough to challenge him.

Still, Michaelis' run isn't the only notable storyline among the final 49.

For one thing, PokerStars Team Pros Fatima Moreira de Melo and Marcin Horecki remain in the hunt. Moreira de Melo in particular had a fantastic and eventful Day 3. In an indication of how hot she'd run, she won an early all-in pot with ace-king suited against ace-king offsuit, flopping her foe dead.

Then, she won two separate three-way all ins. The first time, ace-king suited was good to her again as she outran queens and nines by flopping an ace and holding. The second time, she sent experienced foes James Akenhead and Martin Staszko to the rail when queens held against ace-queen and ace-ten.

Fatima Moreira de Melo
Fatima Moreira de Melo

Moreira de Melo finished with 723,000 while her teammate Horecki finished with 450,000.

Fresh off a second-place finish for over $1.1 million in WPT Five Diamond at Bellagio, Alex Foxen is also looking to continue a breakout 2017. He flew over for Day 1b right after the big score, fought off jet lag to make it through the first two days, and appears to be hitting his stride now and looking like a player to watch closely. He bagged up 761,000.

Also of import on Day 3 was the money bubble bursting. Although it took longer than expected as a number of all-in players survived, eventually someone had to go home empty-handed — except the bubbling players actually didn't since they received hefty promotional packages worth $30,000 courtesy of PokerStars.

Some of those who cashed on Day 3 included PokerStars Team Pros Jake Cody and Igor Kurganov, as well as Nick Maimone, Asi Moshe, Georgios Zisimopoulos, Ali Reza Fatehi, and pro racing driver Dani Juncadella.

Day 4 plays out starting at noon on Saturday and should feature an identical format to Day 3, except with heftier blinds starting at 6,000/12,000/2,000. Be sure to tune back in to PokerNews for more live updates.

Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerHome CountryStack
1Paul MichaelisGermany1,270,000
2Michal MrakesCzech Republic1,032,000
3Jason WheelerUSA931,000
4Navot GolanIsrael888,000
5Anatolii ZyrinRussia825,000
6Serhii PopovychUkraine812,000
7Gavin O'RourkeIreland803,000
8Assaf Ben YosefIsrael793,000
9Alex FoxenUSA761,000
10Dario BarriocanalSpain740,000

End of Day 3 Counts; Day 4 Seats (full)

Level 19 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante
TableSeatNameCountryChips
11Fatima Moreira De MeloNetherlands723,000
12John MooneyUK120,000
14Jason WheelerUSA931,000
15Matas CimbolasLithuania630,000
16Ji ZhangGermany592,000
17Nir LevyIsrael480,000
18Lawrence BayleyUK453,000
     
21Dmitry PonomarevRussia478,000
22Walter OaquimBrazil328,000
23Colin RobinsonUSA263,000
25Hon Cheong LeeHong Kong564,000
26Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus168,000
27Daniel Barriocanal De La IglesiaSpain740,000
28James MitchellUK477,000
     
31Pierre CalamusaFrance690,000
32Valentyn ShabelnykUkraine603,000
34Diego ZeiterSwitzerland644000
35Alex FoxenUSA761,000
36Petr TargaCzech Republic481,000
37Mathew FranklandUK230,000
38Omid MojaverianIran231,000
     
41Robert HeidornGermany660,000
42Louis SalterIreland575,000
43Navot GolanIsrael888,000
44Harry LodgeUK220,000
45Xixiang LuoChina461,000
46Valery YantsevichBelarus442,000
47Ivan SoshnikovRussia427,000
     
51Michal MrakesCzech Republic1,032,000
52Alessio IsaiaItaly271,000
53Dermot BlainIreland275,000
54Petar KalevBulgaria175,000
55Jack SinclairUK259,000
57Aleksandr MordvinovRussia506,000
58Gianluca SperanzaItaly508,000
     
62Thomas LentrodtGermany370,000
63Serhii PopovychUkraine812,000
64Marcin HoreckiPoland450,000
65Dimitrios KalaroutisGreece425,000
66Assaf Ben YosefIsrael793,000
67Dominik PankaPoland585,000
68Kalidou SowFrance550,000
     
71Konstantin FarberGermany600,000
72Gavin O'RourkeIreland803,000
73Gabriele LeporeItaly377,000
74Jukka PaloniemiFinland357,000
76Anatolii ZyrinRussia825,000
77Paul MichaelisGermany1,270,000
78Jean MonturyFrance227,000
Player Chips Progress
Paul Michaelis de
Paul Michaelis
1,270,000
-70,000
-70,000
Day 3 Chip Leader
Michal Mrakes cz
Michal Mrakes
1,032,000
492,000
492,000
Day 4 Chip Leader
Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
931,000
1,000
1,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Navot Golan il
Navot Golan
888,000
56,000
56,000
Anatolii Zyrin ru
Anatolii Zyrin
825,000
210,000
210,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Serhii Popovych ua
Serhii Popovych
812,000
12,000
12,000
Gavin O'Rourke ie
Gavin O'Rourke
803,000
93,000
93,000
Assaf Ben Yosef il
Assaf Ben Yosef
793,000
93,000
93,000
Alex Foxen us
Alex Foxen
761,000
247,000
247,000
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Daniel Barriocanal es
Daniel Barriocanal
740,000
205,000
205,000
Fatima Moreira de Melo nl
Fatima Moreira de Melo
723,000
-99,000
-99,000
Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
690,000
-128,000
-128,000
Winamax
Robert Heidorn de
Robert Heidorn
660,000
52,000
52,000
Diego Zeiter ch
Diego Zeiter
644,000
-156,000
-156,000
Matas Cimbolas lt
Matas Cimbolas
630,000
9,000
9,000
WPT 1X Winner
Valentyn Shabelnyk ua
Valentyn Shabelnyk
603,000
153,000
153,000
Konstantin Farber de
Konstantin Farber
600,000
80,000
80,000
Ji Zhang de
Ji Zhang
592,000
238,000
238,000
Dominik Panka pl
Dominik Panka
585,000
-128,000
-128,000
WSOP 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Louis Salter gb
Louis Salter
575,000
-225,000
-225,000
Hon Cheong Lee hk
Hon Cheong Lee
564,000
-236,000
-236,000
Kalidou Sow fr
Kalidou Sow
550,000
-54,000
-54,000
Day 5 Chip Leader
Gianluca Speranza it
Gianluca Speranza
508,000
192,000
192,000
Aleksandr Mordvinov ru
Aleksandr Mordvinov
506,000
-164,000
-164,000
Petr Targa cz
Petr Targa
481,000
202,000
202,000

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Four More Hands

Level 19 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante

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

Cimbolas Pulls the Trigger

Level 19 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante

Matas Cimbolas opened the button for 22,000 and small blind Paul Michaelis three-bet to 75,000. The big blind folded, Cimbolas called.

As the flop came {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{4-Spades}, Michaelis bet 50,000. Cimbolas called.

The {7-Clubs} hit the turn and Michaelis checked. Cimbolas bet a modest 55,000 and Michaelis called.

With the {2-Hearts} completing the board, Michaelis checked. Cimbolas shoved for 243,000 and Michaelis went deep into the tank before folding.

Player Chips Progress
Paul Michaelis de
Paul Michaelis
1,340,000
-150,000
-150,000
Day 3 Chip Leader
Matas Cimbolas lt
Matas Cimbolas
621,000
121,000
121,000
WPT 1X Winner

Tags: Matas CimbolasPaul Michaelis

Popovych Clocks Himself

Level 19 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante

Serhii Popovych and Assaf Ben Yosef saw a board of {q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} in a battle of blinds. Popovych checked and Ben Yosef jammed for about 450,000 into a pot of about 250,000. Popovych went deep into the tank.

"Time, please."

That call came from Popovych himself rather than another player.

"Queens?" he asked after the supervisor arrived and began tracking the final minute of the hand.

Popovych allowed his clock to expire without acting.

"You show two, I show one," Ben Yosef offered.

Popovych obliged, turning over {a-Spades}{j-Spades}. Ben Yosef showed {j-Clubs}.

Player Chips Progress
Serhii Popovych ua
Serhii Popovych
800,000
-250,000
-250,000
Assaf Ben Yosef il
Assaf Ben Yosef
700,000
203,000
203,000

Tags: Assaf Ben YosefSerhii Popovych

Shabelnyk Eliminates Walfridsson

Level 19 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante

Moments after doubling with kings against a hand we didn't see, Valentyn Shabelnyk had Erik Walfridsson all in and at risk with the latter holding {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and the former {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}. The board ran out dead for Walfridsson and he headed for payouts.

Player Chips Progress
Valentyn Shabelnyk ua
Valentyn Shabelnyk
450,000
269,000
269,000
Erik Walfridsson se
Erik Walfridsson
Busted

Tags: Erik WalfridssonValentyn Shabelnyk

Soshnikov More Than Doubles

Level 19 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante

On a flop of {4-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}, Ivan Soshnikov in the small blind, and the player in the big blind checked. The hijack bet 38,000 and Kalidou Sow in the cutoff called. Soshnikov shoved all in for 145,000 and the big blind and initial bettor both folded. Sow called.

Kalidou Sow: {K-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
Ivan Soshnikov: {6-Clubs}{6-Spades}

Then {J-Spades} on the turn and {8-Clubs} on the river were good cards for Soshnikov and he doubled.

Player Chips Progress
Kalidou Sow fr
Kalidou Sow
604,000
-196,000
-196,000
Day 5 Chip Leader
Ivan Soshnikov ru
Ivan Soshnikov
416,000
240,000
240,000

Tags: Ivan SoshnikovKalidou Sow