2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT

Main Event
Dias: 3

David Peters Retains the Lead After Day 3 With 45 Players Remaining

Nível 18 : 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
David Peters still in the top spot in Monte-Carlo
David Peters still in the top spot in Monte-Carlo

The money bubble has burst on Day 3 of the 2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino €5,300 EPT Main Event and after almost five full levels of 90 minutes each, it was a very familiar name at the top of the counts with 45 players still in contention. David Peters held the top spot when the cards got in the air, and he remained right there at the end of level 18.

Peters bagged up 1,839,000, one of seven players to claim at least one million in chips to their name at the end of Day 3. Second in chips is Javier Fernandez Alonso with 1,650,000 closely followed by Austria's Josip Simunic with 1,547,000. Among the other chip millionaires are Day 1a chip leader Mark Demirdjian (1,190,000), Tomas Jozonis (1,141,000), Triple Crown Champion Davidi Kitai (1,026,000) and Gary Miller (1,020,000).

Three further former EPT Champions are in the hunt to become the second-ever player to win two Main Event titles of the popular live series: Patrik Antonius (778,000), Dimitar Danchev (753,000) and Adrian Mateos (614,000). After the bubble had burst, Mateos was down to a mere 15,000 before mounting an incredible comeback.

Adrian Mateos

Other notables in a field filled with the who is who of the European and international poker circuit are Ole Schemion (714,000), Stefan Huber (449,000), two-time WSOP Main Event finalist Antoine Saout (329,000), Philipp Gruissem (284,000), Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari (218,000) and Maxim Panyak (173,000).

Two former EPT champions took home a share of the €3,768,450 prize pool in Hossein Ensan (80th for €10,300) and Mark Teltscher (48th for €13,600), while other notables to bust in the money on Day 3 included Ryan Riess, Erik Seidel, Leo Margets, Jack Salter, PokerStars Team Pro Randy Lew,Jason Wheeler, Sam Greenwood, Rainer Kempe, Nick Petrangelo and Day 1b chip leader Ali Reza Fatehi.

Among those to miss out on the min cash of €9,400 were such big names as [Removed:17], Pete Chan and Emil Patel. Yan was the first to fall, losing a flip Javier Fernandez Alonso, while Patel was one of two players to send over their stack to Philipp Gruissem in quick succession.

Three players were all in and at risk at different tables, but only Sosia Jiang departed when her pocket kings ended up second-best to the pocket aces of Fernandez Alonso. The money bubble then burst in the second level of the day and it was Jean-Jacques Zeitoun who became the last casualty without anything to show for. Down to fewer than four big blinds, Zeitoun was all in with pocket jacks and Sam Greenwood called with ace-eight to spike an ace on the flop to secure all remaining 111 players a min-cash of €9,400.

Jean-Jacques Zeitoun

The floodgates opened soon after with several of the shorter stacks joining the rail in quick succession. Two big clashes vaulted Peters and Simunic to the top of the counts and both times it involved pocket kings and pocket aces. Peters benefited from a three-way all in with aces against the kings of Team PokerStars Pro Randy Lew and the queens of Lukasz Cygan, while big stack Mazin Khoury ran with his kings into the only better pair of EPT11 Deauville €10,300 High Roller champion Simunic.

Hossein Ensan's bid for a second EPT title came to an end when his pocket jacks failed to get there against the pocket kings of Alexis Fleur. National Championship €1,100 Main Event runner-up Federico Petruzzelli, who missed out on a Platinum Pass twice during the festival so far, scored a big double through Pablo Melogno with flush versus straight before his set of sixes ran into the set of aces of Dimitar Danchev. Petruzzelli (pictured below) roared back after winning a flip against Nick Petrangelo, though, and has another shot at the free trip to the Bahamas.

Federico Petruzzelli

In the last level of the night, Mark Teltscher lost the vast majority of his stack with jacks against the pocket kings of Markku Koplimaa and Maxim Panyak took the remaining chips with eight-seven versus king-jack.

Ultimately, only 45 hopefuls bagged up chips and will be back for level 19 and blinds of 5,000/10,000 with a big blind ante of 10,000 when the action resumes on May 2 at noon local time. The PokerNews live reporting team will be there to provide all the action from the floor.

Main Event Day 4 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Ole SchemionGermany714,00071
12Ouassini MansouriFrance305,00031
13Davor LaniniItaly737,00074
14Eric SfezFrance744,00074
15Jan BednarCzech Republic164,00016
16Ekrem SaniogluTurkey195,00020
17Anton KrausBulgaria320,00032
18Thomas PetterssonSweden187,00019
22Stefan HuberSwitzerland449,00045
23Georgios KarakousisGreece455,00046
24Markku KoplimaaEstonia304,00030
25Gavin O'RourkeIreland450,00045
26Saar WilfIsrael450,00045
27Sadri SalehCanada165,00017
28Mark DemirdjianLebanon1,190,000119
31Krisztian GyorgyiHungary335,00034
32Alexis FleurFrance436,00044
33Davidi KitaiBelgium1,026,000103
34Francesco GriecoItaly194,00019
35Yorane KerignardFrance85,0009
36Danut ChisuRomania123,00012
37Javier Fernandez AlonsoSpain1,605,000161
38Andre AkkariBrazil218,00022
41Federico PetruzzelliItaly963,00096
42Sonny FrancoFrance169,00017
43Gary MillerUnited Kingdom1,020,000102
45Maxim PanyakRussia173,00017
46Tomas JozonisLithuania1,141,000114
47Ali ChaiebFrance303,00030
48Philipp GruissemGermany284,00028
51Ville Tapio SissonenFinland151,00015
52Dan AbouafFrance362,00036
53Aleksandr SheshukovRussia76,0008
54Chaofei WangChina127,00013
55Patrik AntoniusFinland778,00078
57Said ButbaRussia132,00013
58Nicolas DumontFrance341,00034
61Dimitar DanchevBulgaria753,00075
62Antoine SaoutFrance329,00033
63Honglin JiangNew Zealand561,00056
64Adrian MateosSpain614,00061
65Carl-Fredrik TingvallSweden392,00039
66David PetersUnited States1,839,000184
67Pierre MorinFrance236,00024
68Josip SimunicAustria1,547,000155

Tags: Adrian MateosAndre AkkariAntoine SaoutDavid PetersDavidi KitaiDimitar DanchevGary MillerHossein EnsanJavier Fernandez AlonsoJosip SimunicMark DemirdjianMark TeltscherOle SchemionPatrik AntoniusRandy Lew