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European Poker Tour Warsaw Day 3

The Money Bubble Bursts in Poland

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Luca PaganoDay 3 at the 2009 PokerStars European Poker Tour Warsaw main event saw 55 players return, and it took them just over eight hours to play down into the money. Each of the 24 players who survived today will walk away with at least 28,620 PLN in prize money tomorrow. You can catch all of the action live tomorrow on the EPT Live video feed, which has been provided to Card Player by PokerStars.

Notable professionals who busted out of the tournament today include Team PokerStars pros Peter Eastgate and Thierry Van Den Berg, Sorel Mizzi, Carter Phillips, and Mel Judah. French professional Anthony Lellouche climbed back into the top 10 with a stack worth 360,000. Jeffrey Sarwer leads the way with 900,000. Notable players who are still in the tournament include Shaun Deeb (210,000), Luca Pagano (203,000 — pictured above right), Jani Sointula (182,500), Vitaly Lunkin (140,000), and Peter Hedlund (58,000).

Day 4 will begin tomorrow at noon local time in Poland, and the final 24 will play down to the final table of eight. Here is a look at the tournament statistics for day 3:

Top Day 3 Chip Counts:

Jeffrey Sarwer (Canada) — 956,500
Clayton Mozdzen (Canada) — 574,000
Alexander Debus (Germany) — 479,500
Anatoly Gurtovoy (Russia) — 425,000
Antony Lellouche (France) — 332,500
Ruslan Prydryk (Ukraine) — 325,500
Aleksey Yuzikov (Russia) — 322,000
Konstantin Puchkov (Russia) — 300,000
Oleksandr Vaserfirer (Ukraine) — 285,500
Dani Vargas (Spain) — 256,000

Hand of the Day:

Luca Pagano Climbs Above 200,000

With blinds at 2,500-5,000 with a 500 ante, Luca Pagano raised to 12,000 from the button, and Alfio Battisti called from the big blind. The flop was dealt QClub Suit 10Heart Suit 6Diamond Suit, and both players checked. The turn fell 7Diamond Suit, and Battisti bet 16,500. Pagano made the call, and the river fell 6Spade Suit. Battisti checked. Pagano bet 30,000, and Battisti went into the tank. He eventually mucked, and Pagano won the hand to grow his stack above 200,000. He showed the 6Club Suit as he collected the pot.