The 2012 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event continued Wednesday as the final 207 from a 1,082-player field returned to the Casino Barcelona for Day 3. After five levels of play, the money bubble had burst and just 61 players remained. Leading the way going into Day 4 was Antonin Duda, who bagged up 1.47 million.
Duda got the vast majority of his chips by battling Guy Bachar, the Day 1b chip leader. Bachar carried his starting-flight momentum into Day 2 where continued to add to his stack, and he was trending upward early on Day 3 until he hit a major roadblock in the form of Duda. It happened when Bachar six-bet all in preflop and Duda called off for 574,000, creating a pot of nearly 1.2 million.
Bachar seemed content with the possibility of cracking kings, but the flop made that highly unlikely. Bachar mumbled a bit, rose from his seat and walked away from the table. He returned in time to see the turn give him a gut-shot straight draw, but the river would not complete it.
Duda finished off Bachar a short time later. With around 200,000 in the pot and a board reading , Bachar moved all in for approximately 300,000 and was called by Duda.
Bachar let it ride with the nut-flush draw, which he needed to hit in order to overcome Duda's trip nines. The dealer burned and put out the on the river. Bachar was left shaking his head as he made his way to the payout desk in 77th place.
Long before Duda went on a tear, the field had to lose 47 players to get down to the money. Barry Greenstein, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Theo Jorgensen, Saar Wilf, Elisabeth Hille and Sam Holden were among those who left empty handed.
On the money bubble, Australian Jonathan Karamalikis, called Aliaksei Boika’s all-in bet of 37,500 from the cutoff to put Boika at risk of being the bubble boy.
The dealer burned the first card and put out the flop — nothing for Boika. The on the turn and on the river were no good for Boika, and he became the official 2012 EPT Barcelona Main Event bubble boy. The rest of the field was guaranteed at least €8,400.
After Boika bubbled, the eliminations came fast and furious. Team PokerStars Pros João Nunes (157th - €8,400), Angel Guillen (153rd - €8,400) and Henrique Pinho (137th - €8,400) were just a few of the players to notch min-cashes, while Daniel Negreanu (118th - €9,950), Ana Marquez (115th - €9,950) and Juan Manuel Pastor (92nd - €11,550) finished with higher pay grades.
Other in-the-money finishers included Jason Wheeler (141st-€8,400), Petter Northug (136th-€8,400), Mohsin Charania (123rd-€8,400), Jake Cody (113th - €9,950), Xuan Liu (88th - €11,550) and Randal Flowers (80th - €11,550).
While many notables failed to survive, quite a few moved on to Day 4, including Day 2 chip leader John Juanda (968,000), online sensation Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies (1,269,000), the 2012 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final runner-up Lucille Cailly (902,000), Day 1a chip leader Aku Joentausta (862,000), and Team PokerStars Pros Fatima Moreira de Melo (955,000) and Matthias De Meulder (116,000).
Top Ten End-of-Day 3 Chip Counts
|Fatima Moreira de Melo||955,000|
As you can see from the chip count table above our very own Zimnan Ziyard, the current EPT Loutraki champion, is sat sixth in chips and now has a very legitimate shot at becoming the first-ever double EPT champion. Ziyard will be joined by fellow Brits Roberto Romanello (also in with a shout of a winning his second EPT title) and Ben "son of Paul" Jackson.
Unfortunately these are the only British players still in the field after the likes of Mathew Frankland (67th), Jason Tompkins (98th) and Jake Cody (113th) busted out — in the money — at various points during Day 3.
Each of the surviving 61 players have now locked up at least €14,150 but by the time the curtain comes down on proceedings later today this amount will have increased to €29,400.
Day 4 of the 2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona Main Event is set to kick off at 12:00 CET (06:00 EST). Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand at the Casino Barcelona to bring you all the hands and eliminations as they happen.