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European Poker Tour German Open Day 3 Update
Day 3 Sees Many Casualties as Final Table of Pros Comes to Light
After a roller-coaster day of ups and downs, the PokerStars.com EPT German Open found its final table, and what a table it is. But, of course, the day did not have its casualties:
18. Jan Collado-Fernandez (Germany) -- €17,000
19. Amir Sarughieh (Germany) -- €17,000
20. Jochen Lucke (Germany) -- €17,000
21. Moritz Kranich (Germany) -- €17,000
22. Ismael Bojang (Germany) -- €17,000
23. Nasr El Nasr (Germany) -- €17,000
24. Gregor Waltermann (Germany) -- €17,000
25. Alessandro Meoni (Italy) -- €13,300
26. Jacek Ladney (Poland) -- €13,300
27. Umberto Vitagliono (Italy) -- €13,300
28. Martin Hansen,(Denmark) -- €13,300
29. Constantin Meyer (Germany) -- €13,300
30. Marco Noll (Germany) -- €13,300
31. Than Minh Pham (Germany) -- €13,300
32. Brandon Hall (USA) -- €13,300
33. Falko Bertheau (Germany) -- €11,600
34. Riccardo Mazzitelli (Italy) -- €11,600
Then, as things got more serious, Johan Percival was the next to go as the cream of the crop rised to the top. Last year's champ, Mike McDonald, put Percival on the other side of the rail in 16th place for €20,000.
U.K. young gun Richard Kellett ran queens into kings and was left with 252,000. Shortly thereafter, Marc Gork (pictured left) finished him off in 15th place for €20,000.
Luca Pagano then went on to knock Steve Jelinek out with pocket rockets, A A. He made his exit with €25,000 for 14th place, while William Thorson doubled through chip leader Cengizcan Ulusu.
The gentle giant Andreas Hoivold failed to repeat history and break the record of winning two EPTs. He busted out when his A K failed to hit against Storaker's pocket nines. He collected €25,000 for busting out in 13th place. He was sad, however, because he left the recent EPT Scandinavian Open in 12th.
Mykola Chornyi then became the 12th-place finisher, taking home €33,300, followed by Matthias Kurschner in 11th place, who also took home €33,300 for his efforts, as did Waldemar Kopyl in 10th.
Cengizcan Ulusu and Marc Gork then butted heads and there was a chance that Gork could be the final-table bubble boy.
Their cards were:
Ulusu: A J
Gork: 7 7
Board: K K 3 9 7
Gork avoided the ace and the flush, however, and doubled through Ulusu. He managed to escape the bubble, but Florian Langmann was not so lucky:
Florian Langmann (pictured right) pushed all in and was called by Luca Pagano, who is hoping for his first EPT win today.
Langmann only had 170,000, so he really needed to improve to stay in the tournament.
Pagano: A 9
Langmann: 4 3
Board: Q 9 4 6 A
Pagano breathed out deeply, and Langmann smiled sadly, hitting the rail as the final-table bubble boy with €50,000 for a consolation prize.
The final table is definitely one to look forward to, and perhaps the best in a long time. Here are the players and their chips:
William Thorson: 829,000
Luca Pagano: 1,115,000
Johan Storakers: 1,615,000
Mike McDonald: 746,000
Holger Kanisch: 661,000
Sandra Naujoks: 586,000
Marc Gork: 540,000
Cengizcan Ulusu: 537,000
EPTLive.com will be broadcasting highlights from the final table at today's German Open live from Casino Hohensyburg from 2 p.m., so be sure to check in for all the action from Dortmund.
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