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PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona Main Event Day 3: Tom Middleton Leads the Final 79

Thomas Middleton

As if they weren’t already, things have got serious in the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event where only 79 players remain.

UK & Ireland PokerNews stated yesterday that we believe EPT Barcelona will be won by a British player, a decision made when we saw both Niall Farrell and Thomas Middleton sat at the top of the chip counts. Both players progressed to Day 4, with Middleton leading the final 79 players into battle and Farrell fifth in chips.

Leeds-based Middleton starts Day 3 with 1,030,000 chips and is the only player armed with a seven-figure stack, although there are a number of players within touching distance of the 26-year old. Middleton starts the day on Table 7 Seat 6 and should be quite happy with his table draw considering the poker Goliath’s still in this tournament.

Farrell started Day 3 second in chips and had what must have been a frustrating day at the felt despite finishing with 912,000 chips. Marc Convey commented on the live stream that Farrell had flirted with the one-million chip barrier on numerous occasions but could not push on and make it to 1.2 or 1.4 million. We have our fingers crossed he hoovers chips up when play resumes at 12:00 CET.

Farrell’s chip accumulation task will not be the easiest thanks to him having an awful table draw. Farrell starts on Table 1 Seat 2 and is sandwiched between some fantastic poker players. In Seat 1 is Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Seat 3 houses Kevin Iacofano, Seat 6 is the home to former EPT Barcelona champion Kent Lundmark while Seat 8 is where Frrell will find the shorter stacked Eli Heath, a fellow Brit.

The majority of the British and Irish players are now watching by the sidelines, but there are still a handful holding onto the dream of winning that €1,067,000 first place prize. Check out how your favourite player stacks up below.

PlayerChips
Tom Middleton1,030,000
Niall Farrell912,000
Ryan Spittles281,000
Dermot Blain230,000
Eli Heath139,000

Ryan Spittles and Dermot Blain start with 28 and 23 big blinds accordingly, which is not ideal but they are not going to be in a huge rush to double up. Of the two, Blain’s table draw has been kinder as Spittles will have to contend with Martin Staszko, Kimmo Kurko and Kevin Vandermissen, although he does have position on that trio of stars.

We will have a full recap of the action for you here tomorrow morning but for those of you who cannot wait for updates why not head over to our live reporting pages where you will be able to read all of the action, as it happens, from the EPT Barcelona Main Event.

EPT Barcelona Main Event End of Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerChips
1stTom Middleton1,030,000
2ndAlejandro Perez Torres990,000
3rdKevin Vandersmissen970,000
4thMichel Pecheux921,000
5thNiall Farrell912,000
6thAlejandro Belluccia871,000
7thMiklos Zsuffa840,000
8thDanny Covyn830,000
9thThomas Butzhammer827,000
10thAndreas Christoforou825,000

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