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EPT -- Grand Final Day 3

The Field Plays into the Money and Down to 31 Players Remaining


Day 3 at the 2009 PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo began at noon with 138 players in the mix. By the end of the night 88 of them would have prize money in their pocket or dreams of a larger piece of the pie tomorrow. A total of 31 players will advance to day 4 tomorrow.

Day 3 started out fast, and not event the money bubble could slow things down. It took 2 hours and 40 minutes for the bubble to burst last year, but in 2009 the bubble burst in just a few hands time. The unfortunate bubble boy was Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske. Joining Luske as pros that just missed the money were: Michael Watson, Fabrice Soulier, Nenad Medic, Team PokerStars Pro Lee Nelson, Benjamin Spindler, Team PokerStars Pro Isabelle Mercier, Sorel Mizzi, Ilari “Zigmund” Sahamies, Carl Olson, Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akaari, and former world champion and Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem.

Many notable professionals finished in the money once the bubble burst and action kept a steady pace all day long. Here is a list of the notable in the money finishes:

Luca Pagano84: Tristan Clemenon — €20,000

78: Liya Gerasimova — €22,000

76: Andreas Hoivold — €22,000

75: Farzad Bonyadi — €22,000

71: Michael Greco — €25,000

69: Phil Laak — €25,000

64: Samuel Chartier — €28,000

63: Vitaly Lunkin — €28,000

59: Dag Palovic — €28,000

55: Luca Pagano — €31,000

44: J.J. Liu — €35,000

41: Steve Sung — €35,000

38: Alex Kravchenko — €40,000

36: Sandra Naujoks — €40,000

35: Anthony Venturini — €40,000

34: Sebastian Ruthenberg — €40,000

The final 31 were reached a little after 11 p.m. and here is how the chip counts stood when the final bell rang:

Name Country PokerStars Status Chips Table Seat
Matthew Woodward USA   2,726,000 4 2
Ludovic Lacay France   2,235,000 3 2
Marc Naalden Holland   1,770,000 3 6
Johannes Strassmann Germany ShootingStar 1,612,000 2 3
Steven Silverman USA PokerStars player 1,509,000 1 4
Peter Traply Hungary PokerStars Qualifier 1,449,000 1 6
Bart Spijkers Holland   1,377,000 4 1
Grayson Physioc USA   1,340,000 1 2
Grigory Zima Russia   1,313,000 3 3
Alexander Morozov Russia PokerStars player 1,202,000 3 4
George Danzer Germany ShootingStar 881,000 1 5
Alem Shah Germany PokerStars Qualifier 846,000 4 3
Jason Somerville USA PokerStars Qualifier 845,000 1 7
Olivier Douce France   788,000 2 5
Daniel Zink Germany   723,000 3 8
Roger Hairabedian Morrocco   676,000 4 8
Annette Obrestad Norway   668,000 3 5
Christopher Rossiter UK PokerStars Qualifier 645,000 4 6
Amicha Barer Canada   578,000 3 7
Leonardo Patacconi Italy PokerStars Qualifier 578,000 2 8
Pieter De Korver Holland PokerStars sponsored player 565,000 2 4
Dag Martin Mikkelsen Norway   553,000 4 4
Vadim Shlez USA   518,000 4 5
Alain Roy France   507,000 3 1
Gilbert Diaz France   495,000 2 1
Sergio Castelluccio Italy   466,000 1 3
Eric Qu France   321,000 1 1
Mikhail Tulchinskiy Russia   256,000 2 2
Jaime Vilela South Africa   253,000 2 7
Patrick Wymann Switzerland PokerStars Qualifier 225,000 1 8
John Cernuto USA   166,000 4 7

Day 4 begins at noon CEST (3 a.m. PDT) tomorrow, when these players start their march to the final table of eight. You can watch all of the action live by checking out the EPT Live video feed on You can also catch everything in live updates, chip counts, and photos from the event.

Here is a look at the highlights from day 3 as featured in’s live updates:

Ilari "Zigmund" Sahamies Eliminated

Ilari Sahamies moved all in from the big blind on a board of 1010543 and seat 5 went into the tank UTG+1. He was in the tank for a while and then Sahamies called the clock. Seat 5 then made the call as time expired and he turned up K10. Sahamies mucked and promptly exited the tournament floor.

Joe HachemJoe Hachem Eliminated

Joe Hachem is the latest casualty of EPT Grand Final day 3. He called Luca Pagano’s all-in for his last 40,000. Hachem was priced in but still thought about making the call. He muttered something about a full house, and showed two pair, which ran straight into Pagano’s trip kings. Hachem is now on the other side of the rail.

Marcel Luske Out on the Bubble

On a flop of 10 3 2, Marcel Luske is all-in and Sebastian Ruthenberg calls. Luske has A9 and Ruthenberg has 2-2 for the set. The turn is the J, and the river is the A. Luske goes home one outside the money.

Ludovic LacayLudovic Lacay Takes the Lead

Ludovic Lacay and Andreas Hoivold got all of their chips into the middle of the preflop and then turnd up their cards. Lacay had Hoivold covererd and the pot was massive.

Hoivold: 88

Lacay: AA

Board: K532Q

Lacay won the hand to grow his stack to 1.2 million and Hoivold was eliminated from the tournament.

Phil Laak Eliminated

Phil Laak is all-in with K 8 versus Vadim Shlez’ pocket jacks. The board comes Q J 4 2 2 and the event sees one of its greatest personalities hitting the rail.

Sandra Naujoks Eliminated

Naujoks raises preflop and Matthew Woodward calls. The flop is K 8 4, Naujoks bets out again, and Woodward makes the call.

Alexander KravchenkoThe turn is a 10 and Naujoks shoves with K-Q. Woodward calls with K-10. The river is a brick and the EPT German Open champion Sandra Naujoks hits the rail.

Alexander Kravchenko Eliminated

Alexander Kravchenko has only three big blinds left and moves all-in with Q-J. The player in the big blind calls with A-J and nothing else happens from there. Kravchenko is beaten by ace high and makes his exit.