Day 3 at EPT London was a study in contrasts as play alternated between a blisteringly fast pace and an almost motionless crawl. After all was said and done 32 players made it through to Thursday, with each hoping the $1 million first place prize has their name written on it.
Pasi Sormunen and Niall Farrell each have a small head start in the lead pack after each plowed their way through the competition Wednesday, but Sormunen edged out Farrell to claim the overnight chiplead. 2010 EPT Grand Final winner Nicolas Chouity enters Day 4 in third place as one of three players in the field who already own an EPT title, along with a couple of you guys you may have heard of in Jason Mercier and Mike McDonald.
Steve O’Dwyer was the runner-up at EPT London the last time it was held all the way back in 2011, and he has well over average going into Thursday as well. He and Theo Jorgensen each made their way into the top 10 by the end of the night Wednesday, with each of them hoping to take their previous EPT final table experiences and channel them into their first win on the tour.
Russell Carson has a shorter stack than O’Dwyer or Jorgensen, but he too has felt the sting of a deep EPT finish with no win, having finished second at EPT Snowfest back in 2010. Annette Obrestad makes three EPT runner-ups remaining in the field, finishing second at EPT Dublin in 2007 just weeks after her WSOP Europe Main Event victory. Other notables still remaining include Ruben Visser, Chris Moorman, Day 2 chipleader Mantas Visockis and American Steven Silverman.
When Day 3 began Wednesday afternoon in London, there was still the small matter of getting into the money. The 113 Day 2 survivors were quickly whittled down to 97 to reach the money bubble, with Griffin Benger, Peter Jetten, Marcel Luske and Vicky Coren each falling in the early stages. Things then came to a screeching halt, as they often do on the bubble, for over 70 minutes of play. It took Matthew Ashton getting called by three players, and even then his flopped two pair only lost when a runner-runner four card straight appeared on board.
In the remaining levels of the day the pace reached an almost unbelievable pace, with two-thirds of the field of 96 falling by the time the chips went into bags. Jeff Sarwer, Leo Margets, David Vamplew, Lars Bonding, Anton Wigg, Nicolas Levi and David Williams each earned a small cash for their efforts in London, but a deep run was not to be Wednesday. They were followed soon after by Barny Boatman, Sandra Nujoks, Liv Boeree, Philipp Gruissem, Surinder Sunar, Viktor Blom and Adam Levy.
Play will resume at 12 pm local time from the Grosvenor Victoria Casino, and they’ll play until they cut the field in half to 16. Those 16 will make it to the final table of eight on Friday, and champion will be crowned Saturday night.
Here are the top ten chip counts after Day 3 of the 2013 PokerStars European Poker Tour London Main Event.
- Pasi Sormunen – 1,578,000
- Niall Farrell – 1,510,000
- Nicolas Chouity – 1,143,000
- Christopher Frank – 1,098,000
- Mantas Visockis – 983,000
- Bassel Moussa – 872,000
- Steve O’Dwyer – 800,000
- Theo Jorgensen – 778,000
- Tamer Kamel – 762,000
- Daniel Erlandsson – 707,00
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