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PokerStars European Poker Tour -- Prague Day 3

Kevin MacPhee Soars To The Chip lead

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Chip leader Kevin MacPhee is hoping to become a two-time EPT champion.The PokerStars European Poker Tour Praque €5,300 main event is now down to 23 players, with 2010 EPT Berlin winner Kevin ‘ImaLuckSac’ MacPhee holding the chip lead.

The American won the EPT Berlin main event in March of 2010 for €1 million, and he’s in position to add another EPT trophy to his collection and pocket the top prize of €640,000. To accomplish that he’ll have to outlast experienced pros such as former EPT winners Rob Hollink and Salvatore Bonavena, as well as EPT familiars like Marcin Horecki and Roberto Romanello.

Luca Pagano was eliminated on Day 3, but not before he cashed for a tour record 17th time. He finished in 43rd place for €10,000. Also falling on the day were Day 1b and Day 2 chip leader Dirk Richter, EPT season seven points leader Fernando Brito, Matt Affleck, and bubble boy Dominik Nitsche.

Here’s a look at the leaderboard:

Kevin MacPhee — 2,096,000
Jan Bendik — 1,846,000
Peter Skripka — 1,216,000
Salvatore Bonavena — 1,166,000
Marco Leonzio — 1,064,000
Nikolay Losev — 971,000
Denis Kipnis — 912,000
Manuel Bevand — 849,000
Marcin Horecki — 739,000
Richard Toth — 680,000

Hand of the day:

While establishing himself as the chip leader of Day 3, Kevin MacPhee busted two players in one hand. Kevin Stani moved all in for 240,000 and Paul Knebel raised all in for 470,000 total. MacPhee called, having both players covered. Their hands:

MacPhee: AHeart SuitKHeart Suit
Stani: QSpade SuitQDiamond Suit
Knebel: 10Heart Suit10Club Suit

It appeared Stani would triple up with the board running 9Club Suit8Heart Suit3Club Suit6Club Suit through the turn, but the river brought the ASpade Suit to give MacPhee the best hand. He busted both opponents and saw his chip stack surpass 2 million.

Day 4

Day 4 will start back at noon local time, with the field playing down to the final 8. You can follow along with all of the action on the PokerStars blog feed. Check back tomorrow afternoon for another summary of the action.