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EPT Deauville Day 3: Sam Grafton Third in Chips, James Mitchell Second; 51 Remain

Sam Grafton

Just 51 players remain in the European Poker Tour Main Event and the UK & Ireland have five heroes to cheer on as the tournament progresses to its final stages. The best placed of our boys is Sam Grafton who goes into Day 4 armed with 985,000 chips, enough to put him in third place at the start of play.

The highly entertaining Grafton was a constant thorn in the side of his opponents all day long, in fact that has been the case since the moment he sat down on Day 1. His happy-go-lucky demeanour has lured in many victims this week and is a front for a cruel beast of a poker player! Grafton, known in online circles as “SamSquid” now has one tentacle on the trophy here in Deauviille.

Hot on Grafton’s heels is James Mitchell, the former Irish Open champion will start the day in fourth place with a 983,000 stack. Mitchell was out of view for most of Day 3 thanks to him being on the feature table, but things obviously went well for him judging by his impressive stack.

Other UK & Ireland players to look out for are Mathew Frankland (606,000); Gordon Huntly (387,000); Lucas Reeves (307,000) and David Kilmartin (239,000).

Starting the day as the overall chip leader is Israel’s Shahaf Hadaya and his 1,237,000 stack. The only other player to have a seven-figure stack is Matthieu Herve.

Play resumes in the Main Event at 12:00CET and will continue until just 24 players remain. How many of heroes will be in the final 24? Tune in tomorrow to find out, but do not forget you can follow the Live Reporting team as they bring you all of the action as it happens from the EPT Deauville Main Event.

EPT Deauville End-of-Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Shahaf Hadaya1,237,000
2Matthieu Herve1,050,000
3Sam Grafton985,000
4James Mitchell983,000
5Aurelien Guiglini942,000
6James Bills877,000
7Hugo Pingray768,000
8Jeffrey Hakim714,000
9Cyril Andre669,000
10Enrico Rudelitz643,000

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