An eventful day in the EPT Grand Final saw the bubble burst as the returning field of 105 was reduced to less than a third of its original size by the close of Day 3.
Johnny Lodden sits on top of the chip counts for the second consecutive day, with much of that stack earned in a massive pot where he called down Panagiotis Gavriilidis with an overpair K K on a scary board to reach 1.4 million before the bubble burst. He lost a little of that back, but Lodden’s 1.232 million is the only stack that reached seven figures by the end of the day.
Many of the big names who were among the top stacks to close Day 2 finished Day 3 in the top 10, with Steve O’Dwyer (963,000), John Juanda (939,000), Noah Schwartz (756,000), Jason Mercier (746,000) and Daniel Negreanu (684,000) each putting themselves in prime position for a run towards this title. Freddy Deeb (670,000), Jake Cody (639,000) and Andrew Lichtenberger (512,000) each have an above-average stack with 34 players left as well, while Victor Ramdin, Mickey Petersen, Oleksii Kovalchuk, Paul Volpe and Noah Boeken have a bit more work to do on Day 4.
The field had to be reduced from 105 to 80 before they even reached the money on Day 3, with Davidi Kitai, Randy Lew and JC Alvarado among those who went home empty-handed. Chad Brown went out in 82nd, but ended up being the official bubble boy as both David Vamplew and Taylor Paur went out on the same hand of hand-for-hand play, forcing them to split up 80th place money. It was the second time in as many years that the bubble led to a split of the first spot in the money.
Alex Kravchenko (79th), Igor Kurganov (74th), Alec Torelli (48th), Andrew Chen (40th) and Calvin Anderson each managed to cash while failing to bag chips at the end of play Wednesday.
Play will resume at 3 pm local time in Monte Carlo (9 am ET), and they’ll play until they’ve reduced the field to the final two tables (16 players). Here are the top ten chip counts going into Day 4 of the 2013 PokerStars and Monte Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final Main Event.
- Johnny Lodden – 1,232,000
- Steve O’Dwyer – 963,000
- Andrew Pantling – 943,000
- John Juanda – 939,000
- Vasili Firsau – 837,000
- Goran Mandic – 822,000
- Noah Schwartz – 756,000
- Jason Mercier – 746,000
- Andreas Eiler – 709,000
- Daniel Negreanu – 684,000
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