Georgios Kapalas in Front, Macphee Ends in 2nd Again on Day 3 in Deauville

Georgios Kapalas leads with just 36 players left in the 2015 EPT Deauville Main Event. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart / PokerStars Blog)

Georgios Kapalas ended Day 3 of the EPT Deauville Main Event with the chiplead; just 36 players remain in the field. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart / PokerStars Blog)

Georgios Kapalas has been close to a major title before. In 2009 he made a final table at the World Series of Poker, and followed it up with an eighth place finish at EPT Barcelona. Kapalas finished fourth in another WSOP event in 2010, won a 2012 PCA side event and bubbled a final table at the 2014 WSOP, and he’s got another chance at next level success following a strong Day 3 performance in the EPT Deauville Main Event.

With a couple antes shy of 1.4 million, Kapalas has the chiplead following Wednesday’s action in Deauville. He’s joined by just 35 others in advancing to Day 4, with two days of poker separating them all from Saturday afternoon’s final table.

For the second consecutive night Kevin Macphee ended just shy of the top stack, and the Season 6 EPT Germany champion has his sights set on a fifth career EPT final table after winning some big pots late in the day.

Three others cracked 1 million by the end of the night – Dany Parlafes (1,220,000), Olivier Piechaczyk (1,099,000) and Milan Tomasz Rabsz (1,005,000). French pro Guillaume Darcourt (801,000), Season 9 EPT London champion Ruben Visser (569,000) and Benjamin Pollak (519,000) are also among the biggest stack remaining in the race for the title in Deauville.

Ognjen Sekularac (392,000) and Sergio Aido (341,000) are a bit further down the counts, but they’re well ahead of Bertrand Grospellier, the last PokerStars Team Pro remaining in the field. The Triple Crown winner (and 2008 PCA champion) has 12 big blinds going into Day 4 Thursday, putting him in 34th of 36 to start.

Grospellier’s standing is still far better than the fates of some 102 players who fell on Day 3 – some of whom failed to even reach the money. Dominik Panka, Jan Heitmann, Dimitar Danchev and Remi Castaignon each went home empty-handed, as did former EPT Campione champion Jannick Wrang, who went out on the stone cold bubble.

Eugene Katchalov was one of the first to finish in the money in 86th, followed out the door by Paul Tedeschi (81st), Vladimir Troyanovskiy (74th) and Marcin Horecki (58th).

Thursday’s action gets underway at 12 pm local time in Deauville (6 am ET), with a full day’s worth of coverage streamed on EPT Live.

2015 EPT Deauville Main Event – End of Day 3 Chip Counts

  1. Georgios Kapalas – 1,398,000
  2. Kevin MacPhee – 1,313,000
  3. Dany Parlafes – 1,220,000
  4. Olivier Piechaczyk – 1,099,000
  5. Milan Tomasz Rabsz – 1,005,000
  6. Guillaume Darcourt – 801,000
  7. Daniel Carlsson – 735,000
  8. Ognyan Dimov – 677,000
  9. Miroslav Alilovic – 654,000
  10. Matas Cimbolas – 617,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

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