Kitai, Finger Among Top Stacks as 102 Advance to Day 4 of Barcelona Main Event

Andrei Konopelko, who finished seventh in the 2013 WSOPE Main Event, has another great shot at a big-time payday after grabbing the chiplead on Day 3 of the EPT100 Barcelona Main Event. (Photo c/o Rene Velli/PokerStars Blog)

Andrei Konopelko, who finished seventh in the 2013 WSOPE Main Event, has another great shot at a big-time payday after grabbing the chiplead on Day 3 of the EPT100 Barcelona Main Event. (Photo c/o Rene Velli/PokerStars Blog)

The money bubble has burst and the final table almost seems within reach for the last 102 players in the 2014 EPT Barcelona Main Event, but there are still a few more days of poker separating eight fortunate players from the ultimate destiny.

Day 3 had quite an impact on how the rest of the tournament will play out. Nearly two-thirds of those who started out as part of the field on Sunday afternoon were sent out over the course of five levels – some of them without anything to show for three days of poker. Andrei Konopelko certainly has something to show for his efforts, taking 1,451,000 with him into Day 4.

That stack puts Konopelko on top with just over 100 players left, just ahead of the likes of Piotr Sowinski (1,315,000 and Triple Crown winner Davidi Kitai (1,200,000). Kitai hopes to add a second EPT title and one of the largest paydays in the tour’s history, but he doesn’t stand alone in that pursuit; Martin Finger, who ended Day 3 in sixth place with 1,038,000, hopes to repeat his 2011 Prague performance and make it two repeat winners in three events on the EPT.

Jan Heitmann and Day 3 chipleader Vojtech Ruzicka are still in the mix as well, as are BLUFF POY contenders Mike McDonald and Dominik Panka. Each remaining player is guaranteed at least €12,050 ($15,906), but they’re all looking at more than 10 times that amount if they can make it down to the final eight.

Michael Mizrachi wasn’t so fortunate as the first to go out on Sunday afternoon, joining more than 50 other players who came back for Day 3 only to go home empty-handed. The five players who busted out during hand-for-hand play fared quite a bit better. Not only did they get to chop up four min-cashes, taking home a fair chunk more than their buy-in, but they got to play a five person freeroll for a seat into the upcoming Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and a guitar – a prize that was initially set for the person who bubbled.

Scott Seiver was one of the last players to be eliminated Sunday, going out 112th, but he was far from the only notable to fall. Dimitar Danchev (119th), Sylvain Loosli (125th), Dan Shak (129th), Max Pescatori (133rd), Andre Akkari (134th), Thor Hansen (152nd), Adam Levy (166th) and Ole Schemion (210th) are just a few whose dreams of a $1.66 million payday were quelched. Martin Jacobson, who’s currently preparing for a return to Vegas for the WSOP November Nine, logged his first cash since making the Main Event table, finishing 208th.

Play resumes at 12 pm CEST in Barcelona (6 am EST) and they’ll likely play down to 24 (or 16, time permitting) as the final table looms on Wednesday.

2014 EPT Barcelona Main Event – End of Day 3 Chip Counts

  1. Andrei Konopelko – 1,451,000
  2. Piotr Sowinski – 1,315,000
  3. Davidi Kitai – 1,200,000
  4. Diogo Mirada – 1,161,000
  5. Pawel Brzeski – 1,080,000
  6. Martin Finger – 1,038,000
  7. Daniel Dvoress – 1,010,000
  8. Pedro Marques – 973,000
  9. Jan Heitmann – 953,000
  10. Maximilian Senft – 884,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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