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PokerStars European Poker Tour -- Barcelona Day 3

German Comes to The Fore as Big Names Hit The Rail on Day 3

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Giuseppe Pantaleo. Credit: Neil Stoddart and PokerStarsDay 3 of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona saw 112 players become 24 as the race continues towards the €825,000 top prize.

The day was filled with highs and lows for many familiar faces, and as it progressed the field changed drastically. While big names plummeted towards the rail, German PokerStars qualifier Giuseppe Pantaleo did the exact opposite. Twenty-two-year-old Pantaleo, who won the Sunday Warm-Up earlier this year, started the day with 622,500 in chips and ended it with an enormous 2.3 million for chip leader. His final lump sum came from Thomas Finneran when he called the Irishman’s all in with A-8 versus A-7 respectively. An eight dropped on the river and sent Finneran home in 25th place for €17,000, closing play for the day.

It was a tough flurry of levels particularly for start of day chip leader Bryn Kenney, who had a short-stacked Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier to his left. Things were only going to get more difficult when the Frenchman doubled his ammo, but up to that point Kenney had recovered successfully from quite a few early hits to his stack. That was until he ran head first into Alessandro Longobardi’s rivered straight.

Disbelieving Longobardi’s check-raise (from 44,500 to 144,500) on a board showing QClub Suit 10Club Suit 8Heart Suit 4Heart Suit KDiamond Suit, Kenney made the call only to see the Italian reveal AClub Suit JClub Suit. Longobardi had needed the KClub Suit on the river for a royal flush, however the KDiamond Suit gave him a straight, which was enough to win the large pot.

Kenney dropped to the 350,000 mark, but wasn’t going to take it lying down. With plenty of chips in the middle and the action reaching the river on a board showing 8Spade Suit 4Club Suit 2Spade Suit 10Heart Suit 5Club Suit Kenney bet 72,000 and Marco Bognanni raised it up to 186,000. Kenney made the call and showed 8Heart Suit 7Heart Suit to scoop the pot away from a bluffing Bognanni and his J-3.

Later in the day however, Kenney made a bluff of his own which cost him his tournament life as after moving all in with a missed flush draw, Thor Stang called with top pair, sending the American out of the event in 32nd place for €17,000.

Others who hit the rail throughout the day were Carlos Mortensen, Leo Margets, EPT Grand Final winner Nicolas Chouity, Per Linde, and Roberto Romanello, plus Team PokerStars Pro members Alex Gomes, Ruben Visser, Leo Fernandez, Matthias de Meulder, and ElkY.

ElkY’s last stand came when he bet 22,000 from under the gun and Jesus Cortes Lizano raised to 50,000. ElkY then made it 160,000, and after a moment of thought, Lizano moved all in. ElkY called but winced when he saw Lizano table AClub Suit ADiamond Suit. The Frenchman revealed QHeart Suit QClub Suit and the board came 10Diamond Suit 10Club Suit 4Club Suit 5Club Suit 2Spade Suit putting Grospellier out in 56th place for €13,000.

Both ElkY and Kenney’s destroyers now sit among the top 10, which is mostly made up of Italians and Spaniards.

A German leads the remaining 24 into battle on day 4, which will see 16 casualties before the final table of eight is found. You can follow all the action as it happens on the PokerStars blog feed.