With well over 90 stops already in the history books of the European Poker Tour, there has never been a repeat winner in the tour’s history. As the EPT nears the midway point of its 10th season, another hopeful has emerged in the search for a two-time champion.
French pro Ludovic Lacay surged into the chiplead during the latter stages of Day 3 of the 2013 EPT Prague Main Event and by the close of play he’d accumulated 1.7 million, good enough for the chiplead. Three other players bagged over 1 million chips at the end of play Sunday, including German wunderkind Ole Schemion.
Ana Marquez (870,000), Stephen Chidwick (869,000) and Andrew Chen (650,000) are each above the average, with Max Silver, Sigurd Eskeland, Kevin Iacofano and Jonathan Roy in the mix as well. Just two Americans remain among the final 61 – Ari Engel and Jonathan Little.
The bubble was sure to come quickly on Day 3, but it was virtually nonexistent. The 36 players who would go home without a dime from this tournament fell by the wayside quickly, to the point where there was no need for hand-for-hand play when the moment arrived. David Williams, who talked to BLUFF at the end of Day 2, was the most notable player to finish outside the money Sunday.
As is almost always the case, the pace picked up yet again as a line began to form at the payout desk. Kitty Kuo (144th), Paul Volpe (143rd), Sylvain Loosli (140th), Taylor Von Kriegenbergh (126th), Dominik Nitsche (124th), Bertrand Grospellier (106th), Amir Lehavot (105th), Vitaly Lunkin (102nd), Adrian Mateos Diaz (93rd), Marc-Andre Ladouceur (81st) and Eugene Katchalov each earned a little something for their three-days trouble, but they won’t be moving onto Day 4.
Jonathan Duhamel, who stopped to chat with BLUFF midway through the day Monday, went out just before the end of the day in 65th place.
Tuesday will serve as the playdown day to the final table, while Monday will see the field reduced to the last two tables. Day 4 will commence at 12 pm local time Monday.
2013 EPT Prague Main Event – End of Day 3 Chip Counts
- Ludovic Lacay – 1,700,000
- Julian Track – 1,187,000
- Lasell King – 1,075,000
- Ole Schemion – 1,030,000
- Ihar Soika – 957,000
- Ciaran Burke – 889,000
- Ana Marquez – 870,000
- Stephen Chidwick – 869,000
- Georgios Sotiropoulos – 839,000
- Vit Blachut – 826,000
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