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2015 EPT Barcelona Main Event Day 3: Steven Warburton Leads British Charge

Steven Warburton


  • Each of the returning players is guaranteed €13,475 but €1,420,500 awaits the champion

  • 2014 EPT Vienna champion, Oleksii Khoroshenin leads the final 110 players

  • Jude Ainsworth the last player flying the Irish flag

Seven players from the United Kingdom and Ireland are among the final 110 in the 2015 European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event where the eventual champion returns home with a gargantuan €1,420,500 to show for their substantial effort. Leading those seven is Steven Warburton whose 910,000 stack places him just outside the top 10 and gives him a legitimate shot at the life-changing first place prize.

Warburton may be a live cash game player by trade, but he still knows his way around a tournament table. The Manchester-based grinder has more than $500,000 in live tournament winning a figures helped by his 182nd place finish in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event and, more recently, his runner-up finish in the WPT Amsterdam Main Event, the latter netting Warburton a career-best €150,000.

Also nicely chipped up is the man known in online poker circles as “Aggro Santos.” Scott Margereson returns to the fray armed with 880,000 chips and is definitely one to watch on Day 4 and hopefully beyond.

If you’re checking out our live reporting pages and following all of the action, keep an eye open for Ireland’s Jude Ainsworth (564,000) who is still there or thereabouts, as is recent addition to the Daddy Club, Steve Watts (491,000).

Tom Hall (471,000), Chris Walker (273,000) and Neil Van Der Merwe (156,000) make up the remainder of the UK & Ireland players.

2015 EPT Barcelona Main Event End-Of-Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Oleksii KhorosheninUkraine1,708,000
2Dmitry YurasovcRussia1,219,000
3Rodney RamalhoCanada1,138,000
4Denys ShafikovUkraine1,110,000
5Diego Casco Del RiegoUruguay1,091,000
6Matthew VolosevichThailand1,067,000
7Mikalai VaskaboinikauBelarus1,042,000
8Markus CernyAustria1,037,000
9Roman VoroninRussia1,017,000
10Andre AkkariBrazil982,000

Way out in front going into Day 4 is Ukraine’s Oleksii Khoroshenin who ended the night with 1,708,000 chips, almost 500,000 more than his nearest rival. Khoroshenin has been a regular on the EPT for a few seasons now and bagged himself a main event title when he took down the Vienna leg in 2014 for €578,392.

Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari continues to run and play well, finishing Day 3 with 982,000 chips, enough for a top 10 count. While the likes of Shyman Srinivasan (975,000), Anthony Zinno (948,000), John Juanda (914,000), Mike McDonald (549,000), Nick Petrangelo (400,000), Matthias de Meulder (300,000), Liviu Ignat (214,000), Patrik Antonius (199,000), and the 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (132,000) are some of the big names to progress.

Each of the 110 returning players is guaranteed at least €13,475 after the money bubble burst on Day 3. Anastasios Vrakas was the unfortunate bubble boy, committing his chips with {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades} and running into the {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} of Dmitry Yurasov. A final board reading {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{4-Spades}{2-Clubs} sent Vrakas to the rail and everyone else into the money.

Roberto Romanello, Haresh Thaker, Peter Murphy, Chun Law, Will Kassouf, Emran Hussain, Fergal Coyle, Phil Souki, Dara O’Kearney, and Ben Heath were among those who cashed.

Play resumes at noon local time (11:00a.m UK time) and continues until five 90-minute levels are in the bag. Follow the action via our live reporting pages and return here on Saturday to see if Warburton and Co. have progressed to Day 5 of the EPT Barcelona .

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