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European Poker Tour Vienna -- Day 3

Greek Pro Nanos Edges Ahead of Negreanu Going into Penultimate Day

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Daniel Negreanu is near the top of the leader board and making a push for the final table. You can watch him go for it right now on EPT Live.

Konstantinos Nanos. Credit: Neil Stoddart and PokerStarsDay 3 of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Vienna €5,300 buy-in main event almost ended in a similar fashion to day 2 with Daniel Negreanu king of the Kursalon Palace. However, PokerStars qualifier Konstantinos “arxigos” Nanos edged slightly ahead after a big hand just before close of play.

The Greek pro, who lives in Germany, had a good run late in the day and after busting Ville Mattila with A-K versus pocket queens respectively, he bagged up a nice stack of 2,007,000. The 35-year-old eye doctor turned pro six months ago, and in the past year alone has accumulated more than $200,000 on PokerStars.

Nanos hasn’t seen much success in EPT main events, but he has done quite well in the Tour’s side events with a first place in the €400 no-limit hold’em turbo bounty event in Tallinn, for €7,240, and a fourth place in the £300 no-limit hold’em turbo event at EPT London, for £2,300. Whatever happens next, he will leave with his biggest score on the Tour.

Negreanu and Nanos now lead a total field of 24 after losing 56 players on day 3. Among those who hit the rail early, taking home €8,000 for their efforts, were Team PokerStars Pro player Jose Barbero, Maria Maceiras, Jeff Williams, and British youngster Luke Schwartz who goes home with the bonus of beating American Harrison Kaczka in a last longer bet.

Team PokerStars pro Angel Guillen walked away with €9,500 for 52nd place, as did Santiago Terrazas (60th), and Georgios Kapalas (61st). 2010 bracelet winner Tomer Berda managed to hang on a little longer, and finished in 32nd place for €13,500.

With 24 players remaining, the next payout is €16,000. This, however, is not what the day 4 field is focusing its attention on. With a €700,000 top prize up for grabs, the tension could now be cut with a knife as the event enters the penultimate day.

Here are the top 10 in chips going into day 4:

Konstantinos Nanos Germany  PokerStars qualifier 2,007,000
Daniel Negreanu Canada Team PokerStars Pro 1,954,000
Umberto Vitagliano Italy 1,558,000
Martin Hruby Czech Republic Team PokerStars Pro 1,403,000
Michael Eiler Germany  PokerStars qualifier 1,299,000
Andreas Wiese Germany 1,047,000
Toni Judet Romania Team PokerStars Pro 958,000
Antonio Buonanno Italy 818,000
Balazs Botond Hungary 760,000
Giacomo Maisto Italy  623,000

Visit the PokerStars blog feed for updates as day 4 plays out or catch all the action as it happens via EPT live. CardPlayer.com will continue to bring you daily recaps until the second EPT Vienna champion is crowned.