Main Event
Main Event
Dia 3 Terminado

That's the End of Day 3; 26 Remain, Potijk Leads

donpeters • Nível 21: 6,000-12,000, 1,000 ante
Geert-Jan Potijk leading the way
Geert-Jan Potijk leading the way

The PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final Main Event stormed through Day 3 and the final 26 players remain. It was a spectacular day on the felt and one that saw the bubble burst, the €100,000 Super High Roller winner make an extremely impressive deep run and Geert-Jan Potijk claim the chip lead with 1.32 million in chips.

When the day began, 130 players remained and the money line was set at 96. Due to a double elimination with one player falling at two separate tables during hand-for-hand play, Adam Levy was the bubble boy in 98th place. Andrew Badecker and Martin Finger were the two players eliminated during the same hand of hand-for-hand action and chopped up the €15,000 awarded to the first payout spot.

Six Team PokerStars Pros made the money today, but none of them made it to Day 4. Nacho Barbero, Angel Guillen, Sandra Naujoks, Max Martinez, Richard Toth and Matthias De Meulder all finished with a cash, but the dream of becoming EPT Grand Final champion is dead for this year.

Other notables eliminated on the day, but in the money, included Bryan Piccioli, Guillaume Darcourt, Erik Seidel and Griffin Benger.

Day 4 will commence at 12:00 PM local time here in Monaco. The plan is to whittle the field down to the final table of eight, so however long that takes, PokerNews will be here. Be sure to stay tuned to the action and we'll see you tomorrow.

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End of Day 3 Chip Counts (Completo)

Geert-Jan Potijk nl 1,320,000 -286,000
Bernard Guigon fr 1,212,000 -143,000
Georges Dib 1,118,000 118,000
Andoni Larrabe 1,071,000 393,000
Ben Vinson gb 1,039,000 219,000
Lucille Cailly fr 999,000 -201,000
Pratyush Buddiga us 970,000 -207,000
Anatoly Gurtovoy 945,000 119,000
Sergio Castelluccio it 944,000 264,000
Vadzim Markushevski 922,000 48,000
Jason Wheeler us 903,000 33,000
Mohsin Charania us 875,000 -88,000
Fady Kamar lb 849,000 192,000
Tudor Grangure 828,000 -180,000
Alex Mostafavi 725,000 87,000
Michael Dietrich ca 719,000 -181,000
John Andress us 599,000 -26,000
Clayton Mozdzen ca 571,000 -139,000
Vadzim Kursevich by 546,000 175,000
Rodrigo Caprioli br 525,000 -80,000
Dan Abouaf fr 448,000 250,000
Dimitar Danchev bg 447,000 59,000
Jesse Martin us 438,000 -187,000
Daniel Gomez 332,000 -114,000
Andrew Pantling ca 322,000 -78,000

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Play to Conclude at the End of This Level

• Nível 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

The tournament directors have shown some discretion to all involved and have said that play will conclude at the end of this level (roughly 15 minutes) even if we don't lose two more players.

This is just as well as the action is so dry, and understandably so as everyone is very tired.

A Quick Collection of Hands

• Nível 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Sergio Castelluccio raised to 36,000 in the small blind and Ben Vinson called in the big blind. The flop was {Q-Clubs} {9-Spades} {5-Hearts} and Vinson took the pot with an uncontested 42,000 bet.


Sergio Castelluccio raised to 32,000 in the cutoff, Georges Dib called in the small blind as did Amit Makhija in the big blind. The flop was {9-Hearts} {5-Hearts} {5-Diamonds} and the action checked to Castelluccio who bet 35,000. Back to Dib and he check-raised to a clean 100,000. Makhija was in one hell of a funk as he tanked for a long while before eventually making the call. Castelluccio folded and that was the end of the action. Both the {K-Hearts} and {10-Diamonds} was checked through and both players split the pot holding ace-nine.


Vadzim Markushevski raised to 32,000 in the cutoff, Tudor Grangure three-bet to 88,000 on the button and Markushevski four-bet to 180,000 to put an end to the action.


Fady Kamar raised to 36,000 in early position and Bernard Guigon defended his big blind. The action checked through to the river on a board of {A-Spades} {Q-Spades} {6-Clubs} {5-Diamonds} {Q-Clubs} and Kamar took the pot with {K-Hearts} {J-Spades}; Guigon tabled {K-Clubs} {9-Diamonds}.

Franck Blanc Has Been Eliminated

Jason Wheeler is a dream stealer today. His latest victim is Franck Blanc and this is how the end came for the larger than life Frenchman.

We joined the action on a flop of {8-Hearts} {8-Diamonds} {2-Hearts} between Franck Blanc and Clayton Mozdzen. Mozdzen held {10-Spades} {10-Hearts} and Blanc was chasing the flush draw holding {K-Hearts} {4-Hearts}. The heart never materialised and as Mozdzen moved up to 710,000, Blanc moved down to 235,000.

Then a few hands later Jason Wheeler opened up in 2nd position with {10-Spades} {10-Clubs} and Blanc moved all-in from the button with {K-Clubs} {Q-Hearts}. The board ran out {7-Hearts} {7-Spades} {4-Clubs} {5-Diamonds} {A-Spades} and Blanc was out. Wheeler glides up to 870,000.

Jason Wheeler us 870,000
Clayton Mozdzen ca 710,000
Franck Blanc Eliminado

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Updated Chip Counts After Level 21 (Completo)

Geert-Jan Potijk nl 1,606,000 54,000
Bernard Guigon fr 1,355,000 115,000
Lucille Cailly fr 1,200,000 270,000
Pratyush Buddiga us 1,177,000 12,000
Tudor Grangure 1,008,000 258,000
Georges Dib 1,000,000 -25,000
Mohsin Charania us 963,000 92,000
Michael Dietrich ca 900,000 -85,000
Vadzim Markushevski 874,000 -47,000
Anatoly Gurtovoy 826,000 -49,000
Ben Vinson gb 820,000 -60,000
Sergio Castelluccio it 680,000 -69,000
Andoni Larrabe 678,000 85,000
Fady Kamar lb 657,000 287,000
Alex Mostafavi 638,000 -352,000
John Andress us 625,000 -10,000
Jesse Martin us 625,000 -178,000
Rodrigo Caprioli br 605,000 430,000
Franck Blanc 575,000 300,000
Amit Makhija us 480,000 -20,000
Clayton Mozdzen ca 456,000 -84,000
Jason Wheeler us 452,000 -28,000
Daniel Gomez 446,000 1,000
Dimitar Danchev bg 388,000 158,000
Vadzim Kursevich by 371,000 -413,000

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Break Post

• Nível 21: 6,000-12,000, 1,000 ante

The players are on a 15-minute break.

Bonomo's Double Dream Over

Justin Bonomo started the level as the short stack with 125,000 and got his way all the way up to 418,000 and then it all went very wrong.

This happened on the TV table so the details are vague. What we do know is that Bonomo shoved for 554,000 before Geert-Jan Potijk and Andrew Pantling shoved behind.

Bonomo: {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}
Potijk: {q-}{q-}
Pantling: {a-}{k-}

We didn't catch the board but it seemed to run blank.

Geert-Jan Potijk nl 1,552,000 1,015,000
Andrew Pantling ca 400,000
Justin Bonomo us Eliminado

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