Day 3 of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Madrid Main Event was not the best of days for British poker players as all but one crashed out of the tournament at some point during proceedings. However, one man made it through to the penultimate day's play; step forward Ben Spraggons.
Spraggons' Hendon Mob page does not exactly set the world alight with just two entries on there, the first being a 34th place finish in a $1,500 event at the 2008 World Series of Poker and in August 2011 he finished 174th from 4,010 in the Dusk Till Dawn Grand Prix but if you do a little digging you will discover that the Northampton-based pro has some stellar results in the online poker world.
At the virtual felt Spraggons has almost $1,200,000 in tournament cashes with over $544,000 of those cashes coming from his play on PokerStars where he is known as Spraggs. He is also a regular on PartyPoker where under the moniker Spraggs12345 he has helped himself to more than $315,000 in winnings. With a bit of luck Spraggons will run a bit better on Day 4 then he did towards the end of yesterday as he lost three key all-in pots to end the day on 245,000, enough to put him 19/24.
Made day 4 of #Eptmadrid with 245k. Average is 550k. Lost last 3 all ins vs shortys had over 600k. Still in with a chance though.Follow @BenSpraggs
Spraggons has now locked up at least €13,000 for his efforts in this event but if he makes it through to the eight-handed final table he will be guaranteed €48,000 and will then be just seven opponents away from a bankroll-boosting €545,000. He will start the day over on Table 2 which lines up as follows:
The man Spraggons and everyone else need to catch is the Brazilian João Paulo Simão who has amassed a stack of 1,973,000, one of three men to have crossed the one million chip barrier; the other two being Ilan Boujenah (1,153,000) and the rapper Bruno Lopes (1,103,000).
Play resumes at 12:00 CET and will continue until the eight-handed final table is set, regardless of how long it takes to reach. With a bit of luck, tomorrow we will be writing about how Spraggons has made it there with a monster stack! You can follow all of the action over on the live reporting pages from noon and we will have a recap of the action once play has come to an end.
***Late Edit*** First of all a massive apology to Fraser Macintyre who is not only Scottish and is also well and truly still in the EPT Madrid Main Event with 717,000 chips! We somehow missed Macintyre whilst looking for Brits but we have now discovered him, maybe us not seeing him is an omen and he will now fly under the radar in this tournament and make it to the final table! Macintyre is on course to beat his best score of €16,900 that he won in a €400 side event at the World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes last year. Good luck sir!
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