Simon Mattsson Surges to European Poker Tour Prague Main Event Lead

Simon Mattsson bagged up the Day 3 chip lead at EPT Prague. (Neil Stoddart photo)

Simon Mattsson bagged up the Day 3 chip lead at EPT Prague. (Neil Stoddart photo)

As Day 3 action was wrapping up in the EPT Prague Main Event, Simon Mattson was getting ready to bag up a little more than double the average stack. Then he found himself in a raising war with Miha Travnik that ended up with Travnik risking his tournament life on a coinflip. Travnik didn’t win the hand and Mattsson suddenly found himself as the chipleader with just 61 players remaining.

Mattsson finished with 1,790,000 which pushed him past Stephen Graner and his 1,713,000. Triple Crown winner Davidi Kitai finished with 1,364,000, the third biggest stack. Vanessa Selbst finished the day with 1,007,000 to squeak into the top ten.

Mattsson’s final hand of the day might have been the headline stealer but the big story of the day was the bursting of the bubble. Christian Favale wasn’t able to make his ace-king work against pocket aces and he was the final player sent home with no money.

Sam Grafton is just outside of the top ten, finishing with 859,000 while Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer finished with just 156,000. American Brian Altman started Day 2 with the chip lead but struggled to hold on to his chips, finishing with 294,000 – well below the 545,000 average.

Of the 139 players eliminated on Sunday were Eugene Katchalov, Olivier Busquet, Mustapha Kanit and Liv Boeree. All four players busted after the money bubble burst though so they are leaving Prague with some consolation cash.

Day 3 Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Simon Mattsson 1,790,000
  2. Stephen Graner – 1,713,000
  3. Davidi Kitai – 1,364,000
  4. Jonathan Wong – 1,295,000
  5. Petr Jelinek – 1,191,000
  6. Miltiadis Kyriakides – 1,178,000
  7. Bjorn Wiesler – 1,084,000
  8. Pablo Sanz Quiles – 1,075,000
  9. Francesco Grieco – 1,054,000
  10. Vanessa Selbst – 1,007,000
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Lance Bradley

Editor in Chief at BLUFF.com
Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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