Day 3 completed
Day 3 completed
The third day of a PokerStars EPT Main Event is traditionally the day the money is reached. Day 3 Deauville 2015 was no exception, within a couple of hours of play some left with a sad face while others celebrated. The day started with 138 players hopeful of making the money. In the end, only 87 would succeed in that endeavor.
Benjamin Pollak arrived at the table to find his bag of chips wrapped in another bag. When he opened them he discovered that he didn't have as much as he had written on the bag the night before. He thought he had 275,400, but at the start of the day he counted 267,000, a shortfall of just under three big blinds. The floor was called over and it was explained that an extra bag was sometimes used when it was felt the first one wasn't secure enough for some reason. The floor went off to investigate and came back shortly after to say there were no unaccounted for chips, and therefore nothing could be done.
That got the first bit of "excitement" out of the way. All other commotion today would come from play at the tables.
PokerStars sponsored player Dominik Panka was the first of many notables to get eliminated. His ace-king couldn't win against Pierre Peretti's queens. Team PokerStars Pro Jan Heitmann wouldn't reach the money either. He first lost a big pot to a flopped straight, and eventually lost the rest of his chips limp reraising ace-king into jacks.
EPT Berlin winner and EPT London runner up Kevin MacPhee lost some chips early on, only to bust Bernd Vogelhuber an hour later and pocket 160,000 doing so. That wasn't even the biggest pot MacPhee would win today. He made a straight flush holding eight-seven suited and got paid off by Robert Schulz to get close to 600,000 in chips. He just about doubled that in the levels that followed.
After PCA champion Dimitar Danchev busted (tens to queens), the bubble was in sight. This reduced the speed of play as people were eager to take their time and attempt to sneak into the money. At one point hands were taking so long that the tournament director decided to start hand-for-hand a bit earlier than normal.
Luciano Santos De Hollanda would bust in 89th place, not being able to outrun aces with his ace-queen suited. EPT Campione winner Jannick Wrang became the unluckiest player in the room some time later. With the cameras of the feature table buzzing around him, he made his move with ace-nine and ran his short stack into David Jaoui's pocket tens. The ten-high flop hurt Wrang and he wouldn't recover, despite picking up a gutshot on the turn. Wrang became Deauville's bubble and the 87 others celebrated.
As per usual, right after the bubble short stacks bust left and right. Some got eliminated in dramatic fashion, others quietly committed the last big blinds they saved to get into the money.
Eugene Katchalov, runner up in this event here last year, was one leaving in silent fashion. He was one of the first to go after the bubble, ending his run in 86th place (€8,810). Simon Ravnsbæk was next on the list. The Dane spend the least time in the Main Event to earn that €8,810 as he was the last player registering for the tournament at the start of Day 2.
Katchalov's good friend Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier would do much better, keeping his stack up to par for most of the day. Just the last two levels saw Grospellier slipping, losing coin flips and hands that he was originally dominating. Grospellier seemed frustrated as he ended the day with 120,000 (12 big blinds).
Romanian player Dany Parlafes catapulted into the chip lead early on when he won a huge three-way all in with aces to the fours of shorty Jerome Zerbib and the queens of fellow big stack Vadim Shlez. He busted Tobias Peters with an over pair to the Dutchman's open-ended not much later to get to 1.4 million. He ended the day with 1,220,000, just not enough for the chip lead.
Parlafes wasn't the first to get to the million mark and wasn't the one with his name on top if the final list. That honor went to Georgios Kapalas from, you guessed it, Greece. The biggest pot Kapalas won was a hand where he flopped a pair and flush draw and got it in against pocket aces. Kapalas rivered trips to bust Boutros Naim, and boost his stack considerably. Kapalas ended the day with 1,398,000, just ahead of MacPhee who collected 1,313,000.
Day 4 Seat Draw
|8||2||Joseph El Khoury||Lebanon||362,000|
|10||6||David van den Berg||Netherlands||426,000|
|12||5||Milan Tomasz Rabsz||Poland||1,005,000|
Georgios Kapalas raised to 16,000 and was called by Ognyan Dimov on the button as well as Lionel Rozenberg tossed in the chips from the big blind as well. On the flop the action was checked to Kapalas and he bet 27,000, which Dimov called. Rozenberg check-raised to 70,000 and still both opponents stuck around.
After the turn, only Rozenberg check-called a 127,000-bet of Kapalas before checking the river for a third time. Kapalas decided to check behind with for the straight whereas Rozenberg had flopped middle set with .
The clock has been stopped and after the next three hands, we will know how many players advance to Day 4.
Saoud Mnahi was all in and at risk before the flop for exactly 100,000 against Omar Dahmani. The hands were exposed to find Mnhai out in front.
A run out of ensured that Mnahi's pocket kings would hold up as the best hand. He scored the double and now has about 220,000 to Dahmani's 170,000.
The board was already complete and Sergio Aido moved all in for 160,000, which pretty much equaled the amount of chips in the middle of the table. Benjamin Pollak tanked for ages but couldn't get any read. He suspected an ace and folded, Aido showed him the .
We came upon Carlo Savinelli and Milan Tomasz Rabsz looking at a completed board of . With a full house of aces full of jacks on the board, Savinelli checked the action over to Rabsz. He cut out a bet of 75,000, sending Savinelli deep into the tank.
After just under three minutes in the tank, Savinelli came out with a check-raise to 325,000. Rabdz instantly threw his hand away and Savinelli took the pot.
Yannick Chevrier and Matas Cimbolas faced off over a flop of .
Chevrier check-raised Cimbolas to 40,000 after a 15,000 bet and Cimbolas called. The turn card saw Chevrier lead out now for 60,000 and Cimbolas made the call.
The river card was the and Chevrier moved all in for a little over 100,000. Cimbolas threw in one chip to indicate a call. He didn’t really want to show but then turned over his bluff. Cimbolas had busted him with .