Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
Day 3 of the 2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino €5,300 Main Event® was an exciting day that saw a field of 134 players being reduced to just 45 hopefuls. Each of them will be back tomorrow with €15,420 already locked up, although all eyes will be set on the first-place prize of €500,800. The massive amount of money will be handed out to the victor of the first European PokerStars Championship Main Event this Friday night in "Le Sporting" at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort.
The 45 survivors are led by Michael Kolkowicz, who ended Day 3 on top with 1,445,000 in chips. Stefan Schillhabel is second with 1,380,000, Belgian crusher Davidi Kitai sits in third with 1,087,000. Other notables that made it through include Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (771,000), Alexandru Papazian (670,000), Jeff Hakim (511,000), Sebastian Malec (509,000), Arne Coulier (394,000), Manig Loeser (350,000), Stefan Huber (235,000) and last year's champion Jan Bendik (223,000). Dan Smith starts Day 4 as the short stack with 99,000 in chips.
Daniel Negreanu and Patrik Antonius failed to make it to Day 4. They were joined on the rail by start-of-the-day chipleader Nick Petrangelo, who had to bow out early after losing a couple of big hands in short succession.
Top 10 stacks after Day 3
|7||"Bertrand ""ElkY"" Grospellier"||France||766,000|
At noon local time, 134 players took their seats with money already in the bag. Early exits that received the minimum cash of €7,580 included Alex Luneau, Preben Stokkan, Rocco Palumbo, Usman Siddique, Tsugunari Toma and Viliyan Petleshkov.
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree also left with the minimum amount. Short stacked, Boeree shoved king-nine into Sebastian Malec's ace-queen and failed to catch up. Shortly after, Maria Ho busted as well after losing a coin flip situation with king-jack against pocket eights.
During the second level of the day, Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin flipped out with ace-queen against pocket tens. It was also the level that spelled the end for Nick Petrangelo. The American high roller found his nemesis in Romain Nardin and shockingly hit the rail early on. Nardin first got lucky with ace-eight against Petrangelo's ace-king, then won a massive confrontation with ace-king against Petrangelo's pocket jacks which also saw 2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson bite the dust. Just like that, Petrangelo was out.
Patrik Antonius, Mark Teltscher, Luke Schwarz, Andreas Hoivold, Igor Yaroshevskyy, Jason Wheeler and Fabrice Soulier joined Petrangelo soon after. Nicolas Fuentes Vidal joined them as well with a story to tell: a lost pot of more than one million chips with kings against Stefan Schillhabel's aces ended Vidal's run in one big blow.
Team PokerStars Pro's Daniel Negreanu and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier were seated at the feature table the entire day. ElkY had a fantastic day and ran his stack up to 771,000 in chips, courtesy of two massive hands with pocket aces. In the first, he doubled through Daniel Negreanu's king-queen, only to double again later on through Hossein Ensan, who misstepped with ten-seven.
After losing some of his chips to ElkY, Negreanu found himself on the downward slope. With queen-jack, his last chips went in on a jack-six-five board against Ensan. Unfortunately for the Canadian superstar, Ensen held pocket fives for bottom set and forced Negreanu out the door.
The remaining players will return tomorrow at 12 p.m. noon local time to play five scheduled levels of 90 minutes each with a 20-minute break after every level. Play will resume in level 19 with blinds of 5,000/10,000 and a running ante of 1,000. Follow PokerNews for all the live reporting action from the floor until the PokerStars Championship Main Event winner is crowned on Friday night.
Day 4 Seat Draw
|3||2||"Bertrand ""ElkY"" Grospellier"||France||766,000|
|4||1||Lee Hon Cheong||Hong Kong||637,000|
|4||8||Douglas Ferreira Souza||Brazil||428,000|
Gus Hansen resides in Monaco and is playing some cash games at the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®. He chats to Laura about the cash games he plays in and some interaction he had with Jungleman Dan recently.
Day 3 has concluded after four levels of 90 minutes. 45 players have made their way to Day 4. All chip counts and an extensive recap will follow shortly.
After a raise by Paul-Francois Tedeschi and a call by Marius-Catalin Pertea from one seat over, the former fired three barrels on a board of . The last bet was worth 140,000 and Pertea moved all in for 537,000, thus 397,000 on top of Tedeschi's last bet.
It was the last hand of the night and Tedeschi had his opponent covered. After three minutes of consideration, Tedeschi elected to fold while Pertea was hiding his face below the hoodie. "Show the bluff!" someone at the table demanded, but Pertea just sent his cards into the muck before everyone bagged up.
Over at the feature table, Aleksandar Tomovic raised to 22,000 in first position. Action folded to Hossein Ensan in the small blind, who simply shoved his entire stack in. Behind him, Diego Vilela was sitting with a stack of 50 big blinds and it appeared the Brazilian had a decision.
"Big problem or little problem?" laughed Ensan.
"Big." smiled Varela.
"I have a good hand" entrusted Ensan the Brazilian. Vilela believed it and let it go, Tomovic called it off for 145,000 total.
Ensan found a king on the flop to make Tomovic the last casualty of the day. 45 players will return tomorrow to play on Day 4.
After a raise by Davidi Kitai from under the gun, short stack Makram Saber moved all in for 60,000 and the action folded back to Kitai, who called.
The board of ensured that the kicker played and Saber headed to the rail in 47th place.
In the last hand of the night, Kitai then check-called a bet of 55,000 by Lukasz Kubicki on the river of a board and Kubicki mucked to forfeit the pot.
Michael Kolkowicz raised to 23,000 and Lukasz Kubicki then moved all in for 222,000 from the button. Kolkowicz took a long time to call and when he did so and saw the cards of the Pole, Kolkowicz said "because you smile."
The board ran out and Kubicki found a jack on the flop to double up.
During the last three hands of the day, PokerStars National Championship winner Andreas Klatt found a much-needed double-up at the expense of Dan Smith.
Smith had opened with and called the 128,000 shove from Klatt. The German had Smith coolered with and added his chips five blanks later.