The 2017 edition of the Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event is down to its final three tables. The 17 remaining players took just under twelve levels to be reached, and they are lead by Matthieu Vincendeau.
Vincendeau made the tournament his own in the final few levels of the night, culminating in him eliminating [Removed:44] in 19th place in the last hand of the night. He will certainly be buoyed by a vocal rail over the course of the final day.
We asked Vincendeau to describe the event to us and he replied simply: "It's my event!"
"I'm the player for this event! What can I say? The Winamax Poker Open is a week not just for the Main Event or the HIgh Roller, it's a week with friends and a week with fun.
"I think if you like poker, if you like life, you come here and have fun. That means you can play big poker!"
There is naturally a strong French contingent left, but the rest of the world are well represented with Jason Tompkins, Teunis Kooij and Lozano Manzanares all still in contention.
Today started with 231 players, and were led by Team Winamax Pro Bruno Lopes. Lopes's day got off to the worst possible start as he ran into the Aces of Romain Lewis in the very first hand on the feature table, and was forced to hand over his chips to his opponent.
The chip lead would go change hands through a number of players throughout the day, including Laurent Decauwert, Jean-Robert Autran and even Davidi Kitai.
As the day went on play got closer to the 125 players who were to make the money. The unfortunate bubble boy was Laurent Donfut, who got his stack in with two pair against the pocket fives of Keveen Zumelaga. However, Zumelaga hit running diamonds to make a flush and eliminate Donfut.
The pace of eliminations was rapid over the entire day, so the post-bubble bustout pace was not noticeably any quicker.
As the evening drew on, several Team Winamax Pros hit the rail including Day 1A chip leader Bruno Lopes. His pair of Aces was no good against his opponent's two pair, and Lopes was soon joined on the rail by Patrick Bruel, Aladin Reskallah, Ivan Deyra, Romain Lewis and Davidi Kitai, all of whom made the money.
With just a handful of eliminations needed, Vincendeau was moved to the feature table, and flexed his chip lead to end the day with 7,500,000 good enough for 94 big blinds tomorrow.
Stay tuned to PokerNews as we play down to a winner tomorrow. Cards are in the air from 12 p.m. local time.