2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

Main Event
Day: 3
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
100,000 / 200,000

Main Event

Day 3 Completed

ElkY Among Top Stacks After Day 3; Negreanu, Antonius and Petrangelo eliminated

Level 18 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Advances to Day 4 With a Top Five Stack
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Advances to Day 4 With a Top Five Stack

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

1Michael KolkowiczFrance1,445,000
2Stefan SchillhabelGermany1,380,000
3Davidi KitaiBelgium1,087,000
4Maxim PanyakRussia921,000
5Marius-Catalin PerteaRomania860,000
6Moritz DietrichGermany821,000
7"Bertrand ""ElkY"" Grospellier"France766,000
8Sergio AidoSpain719,000
9Hossein EnsanGermany718,000
10Alexandru PapazianRomania670,000

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

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
11Diego VilelaBrazil358,000
13Moritz DietrichGermany821,000
14Raffaele SorrentinoItaly197,000
15Diego ZeiterSwitzerland476,000
16Remi CastaignonFrance142,000
17Vicente DelgadoSpain501,000
18Peyman LuthGermany533,000
21Lukasz KubickiPoland315,000
22Marius-Catalin PerteaRomania860,000
23Sergio AidoSpain719,000
24Sergei PetrushevskiiRussia541,000
25Hossein EnsanGermany718,000
26Arne CoulierBelgium394,000
27Jeffrey HakimLebanon511,000
28Maxim PanyakRussia921,000
31Dan SmithUSA99,000
32"Bertrand ""ElkY"" Grospellier"France766,000
33Sebastian MalecPoland509,000
35Paul TestudFrance100,000
36Alexandru PapazianRomania670,000
37Marius GierseGermany383,000
38Dmytro ShuvanovUkraine604,000
41Lee Hon CheongHong Kong637,000
42Michael KolkowiczFrance1,445,000
44Stefan SchillhabelGermany1,380,000
45Shijirbaatar SanjaasurenMongolia145,000
46Paul-Francois TedeschiFrance560,000
47Krisztian FejerdiHungary130,000
48Douglas Ferreira SouzaBrazil428,000
51Andrey BondarRussia180,000
52Jerome BrionFrance406,000
53Chebli ChebliLebanon291,000
54Stefan HuberSwitzerland235,000
55Manig LoeserGermany350,000
56Gianluca SperanzaItaly347,000
57Jan BendikSlovakia223,000
58Diego VenturaPeru371,000
61Philipp KoberAustria149,000
62Davidi KitaiBelgium1,087,000
63Romain NardinFrance577,000
64Karim SouaidFrance510,000
65Luiz DuarteUSA204,000
66Andreas KlattGermany254,000
67Shakhabiddin MuradovLatvia170,000

Tags: Alexandre LuneauAlexandru PapazianAndreas HoivoldArne CoulierBertrand "ElkY" GrospellierCelina LinDaniel NegreanuDavidi KitaiFabrice SoulierHossein EnsanIgor YaroshevskyyJason WheelerJeff HakimLiv BoereeMaria HoMark TeltscherMartin JacobsonMichael KolkowiczNick PetrangeloNicolas Fuentes VidalPatrik AntoniusPreben StokkanRocco PalumboRomain NardinSebastian MalecStefan HuberStefan SchillhabelTsugunari TomaUsman SiddiqueViliyan Petleshkov

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 18 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Michael Kolkowicz fr
Michael Kolkowicz
1,445,000 -5,000
Stefan Schillhabel de
Stefan Schillhabel
1,380,000 80,000
WPT 1X Winner
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
Winamax Team Pro
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Maxim Panyak ru
Maxim Panyak
921,000 46,000
Marius-Catalin Pertea ro
Marius-Catalin Pertea
Moritz Dietrich de
Moritz Dietrich
821,000 291,000
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier fr
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
766,000 -33,000
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
719,000 214,000
Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
718,000 -2,000
WSOP 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Alexandru Papazian ro
Alexandru Papazian
670,000 -293,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Lee Hon Cheong hk
Lee Hon Cheong
637,000 232,000
Dmytro Shuvanov ua
Dmytro Shuvanov
604,000 -116,000
Romain Nardin fr
Romain Nardin
577,000 -73,000
Paul-Francois Tedeschi fr
Paul-Francois Tedeschi
Sergei Petrushevskii ru
Sergei Petrushevskii
541,000 11,000
Peyman Luth de
Peyman Luth
533,000 3,000
Jeffrey Hakim lb
Jeffrey Hakim
511,000 46,000
Karim Souaid fr
Karim Souaid
510,000 25,000
Sebastian Malec pl
Sebastian Malec
509,000 134,000
EPT 1X Winner
Vicente Delgado es
Vicente Delgado
501,000 53,000
[Removed:43] fr
477,000 147,000
Diego Zeiter ar
Diego Zeiter
476,000 -89,000
Douglas Ferreira Souza br
Douglas Ferreira Souza
428,000 98,000
Jerome Brion fr
Jerome Brion
406,000 33,000
Arne Coulier be
Arne Coulier
394,000 53,000

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End of Day 3

Level 18 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante

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.

Pertea Shoves into Tedeschi

Level 18 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante

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 {10-Spades}{8-Spades}{7-Spades}{5-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}. 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.

Player Chips Progress
Marius-Catalin Pertea ro
Marius-Catalin Pertea
860,000 215,000
Paul-Francois Tedeschi fr
Paul-Francois Tedeschi
560,000 -25,000

Tags: Marius-Catalin PerteaPaul Tedeschi

Tomovic Last One to Bust

Level 18 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante
Hossein Ensan
Hossein Ensan

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.

Hossein Ensan: {A-Spades}{K-Spades}
Aleksandar Tomovic: {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}

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.

Player Chips Progress
Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
WSOP 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Aleksandar Tomovic rs
Aleksandar Tomovic

Tags: Aleksandar TomovicDiego VilelaHossein Ensan

Kitai Busts Saber and Takes Some More

Level 18 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante

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.

Davidi Kitai: {A-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}
Makram Saber: {A-Hearts}{2-Hearts}

The board of {K-Spades}{8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} 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 {Q-Spades}{J-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} and Kubicki mucked to forfeit the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
Winamax Team Pro
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Lukasz Kubicki pl
Lukasz Kubicki
Makram Saber lb
Makram Saber

Tags: Davidi KitaiMakram Saber

Kubicki Finds a Double

Level 18 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante

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."

Michael Kolkowicz: {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}
Lukasz Kubicki: {A-Spades}{J-Hearts}

The board ran out {J-Spades}{7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{8-Spades}{7-Spades} and Kubicki found a jack on the flop to double up.

Player Chips Progress
Michael Kolkowicz fr
Michael Kolkowicz
1,450,000 -160,000
Lukasz Kubicki pl
Lukasz Kubicki
470,000 230,000

Tags: Lukasz KubickiMichael Kolkowicz

Klatt Doubles Through Smith

Level 18 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante

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 {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades} and called the 128,000 shove from Klatt. The German had Smith coolered with {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} and added his chips five blanks later.

Player Chips Progress
Andreas Klatt de
Andreas Klatt
280,000 -40,000
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
110,000 -140,000
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner

Tags: Andreas KlattDan Smith