The EPT Deauville Main Event is down to just 54 players and amongst those faces are a trio of Brits, each of them with a very realistic shot of the €875,000 first place prize.
The best placed of the trio is Chris Brammer who ended the third day of play with a monster stack of 1,090,000, enough to put him in third place when the dust had settled at the end of the day. Brammer, the number one ranked online tournament player, had a piece of good fortune towards the end of the day when he sent Ludovic Lacay to the rail.
In the hand Lacay min-raised to 20,000, Brammer three-bet to 55,000 and then called when Lacay moved all in for 360,000. Lacay turned over and was up against the Brit's abd when the board ran out it was all over for the Frenchman and a slightly embarrassed Brammer said,
"Oops. I'd rather be lucky than good!"
Also still in with a shout is the talented Martins Adeniya, who will return to his seat today armed with a 893,000 chip stack, which puts him in the top five chip counts. This is Adeniya's fourth cash in an EPT Main Event, his previous finishes being a 15th place at Snowfest, a seventh place at EPT London and more recently a 50th place finish at EPT Prague. Can he reach another EPT final table in Deauville? We certainly hope so.
Last of the Brits but certainly not least is Rob Stain who bagged and tagged a more than respectable 740,000 chips at the end of Day 3. We do not know much about Stain but according to his hendon Mob page he has three cashes in major live events, a runner-up finish in a $2,000 buy-in WPT side event back in 2007 that netted him $167,365, a 20th place finish in the $200 buy-in Black Belt Poker Live tournament and a fourth place finish in another $5,000 buy-in WPT side event in December 2011 that added $34,542 to the coffers.
Play resumes at 1200CET and will continue until just 24 players remain. Although the players are not thinking about it right now they have locked up €15,000 for their efforts thus far and that will increase to €23,000 by the time Day 4 comes to a conclusion. Hopefully all three Brits will make it through unscathed, follow the action live to see if they do but check back tomorrow for a little report of the action.
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