Main Event
Main Event
Day 3 Completed

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

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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)

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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
Paul Michaelis de
Paul Michaelis
de 1,270,000 -70,000
Michal Mrakes cz
Michal Mrakes
cz 1,032,000 492,000
Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
us 931,000 1,000
Navot Golan il
Navot Golan
il 888,000 56,000
Anatolii Zyrin ru
Anatolii Zyrin
ru 825,000 210,000
Serhii Popovych UA
Serhii Popovych
UA 812,000 12,000
Gavin O'Rourke ie
Gavin O'Rourke
ie 803,000 93,000
Assaf Ben Yosef IL
Assaf Ben Yosef
IL 793,000 93,000
Alex Foxen us
Alex Foxen
us 761,000 247,000
Daniel Barriocanal es
Daniel Barriocanal
es 740,000 205,000
Fatima Moreira de Melo nl
Fatima Moreira de Melo
nl 723,000 -99,000
Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
Winamax Team Pro
fr 690,000 -128,000
Robert Heidorn de
Robert Heidorn
de 660,000 52,000
Diego Zeiter ar
Diego Zeiter
ar 644,000 -156,000
Matas Cimbolas lt
Matas Cimbolas
lt 630,000 9,000
Valentyn Shabelnyk ua
Valentyn Shabelnyk
ua 603,000 153,000
Konstantin Farber de
Konstantin Farber
de 600,000 80,000
Ji Zhang de
Ji Zhang
de 592,000 238,000
Dominik Panka pl
Dominik Panka
pl 585,000 -128,000
Louis Salter gb
Louis Salter
gb 575,000 -225,000
Hon Cheong Lee hk
Hon Cheong Lee
hk 564,000 -236,000
Kalidou Sow fr
Kalidou Sow
fr 550,000 -54,000
Gianluca Speranza it
Gianluca Speranza
it 508,000 192,000
Aleksandr Mordvinov ru
Aleksandr Mordvinov
ru 506,000 -164,000
Petr Targa cz
Petr Targa
cz 481,000 202,000

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Four More Hands

Webjoker • 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

Webjoker • 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.

Paul Michaelis de
Paul Michaelis
de 1,340,000 -150,000
Matas Cimbolas lt
Matas Cimbolas
lt 621,000 121,000

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Popovych Clocks Himself

mnuwwarah • 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}.

Serhii Popovych UA
Serhii Popovych
UA 800,000 -250,000
Assaf Ben Yosef IL
Assaf Ben Yosef
IL 700,000 203,000

Tags: Assaf Ben YosefSerhii Popovych

Soshnikov More Than Doubles

Webjoker • 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.

Kalidou Sow fr
Kalidou Sow
fr 604,000 -196,000
Ivan Soshnikov ru
Ivan Soshnikov
ru 416,000 240,000

Tags: Ivan SoshnikovKalidou Sow