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European Poker Tour Deauville -- Day 3

Leader Board Fluctuates Wildly as Big Stacks Hit the Rail and Bigger Names Come to the Fore

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Nicolas LeviOn day 3 of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Deauville, the tone got serious and the atmosphere tense as play strove towards the money. Only 104 would be paid meaning 29 would go home with nothing, and only 24 of the 104 would be going through to the next day. Nothing is certain in poker, and it didn’t take long for the leader board from the previous night to be completely turned on its head.

The unfortunate bubble was Frenchman Daniel Millar. Millar was painfully short on the big blind, and after he paid the 6,000, he only had 3,500 behind. If that wasn’t bad enough, Peter Eastgate was in the small blind but when it came to the Dane, he simply called. Millar then put the rest in and Eastgate followed.

The player at risk turned over ASpade Suit 3Spade Suit while Eastgate showed 8Spade Suit 4Heart Suit. The 10Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit 2Club Suit flop brought something for everyone with a straight draw for Millar and a pair for Eastgate. The QSpade Suit turn added a flush draw to Millar’s chances, but the 6Club Suit on the river ensured Millar had nothing in his pockets when he made his exit.

Nicolas Levi [pictured above right] who started the day as chip leader hung around as long as he could but left the event late-session in 28th place for a payday of €16,500. His ultimate hand came when he shoved under the gun and received action from Mike McDonald in the big blind who instantly called. McDonald turned over pocket kings while Levi revealed QDiamond Suit JDiamond Suit. The board fell 9Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit 4Spade Suit 10Diamond Suit 2Club Suit and the high hoper hit the rail, greatly improving McDonald’s stack in the process.

Luca PaganoThroughout the day it wasn’t unusual to see many of the big stacks from earlier on making their way towards the cash desk. It saw the backs of Italian movers and shakers Luca Pagano [pictured left] and Dario Minieri, and French aggressor Ludovic Lacay, but it also saw the rise of Alexia Portal, Mike McDonald, and Team PokerStars Pro players Bertrand Grospellier and Peter Eastgate.

With this event, Pagano had his 14th cash at the EPT adding €10,900 for 72nd place to his poker repertoire. Minieri hit the rail in 49th for €12,500, and Lacay, whose stack was once the third largest in the field, failed to last also – he received €14,700 for 40th place.

PokerStars qualifier Craig Bergeron was the first to accumulate one million in chips in this event. This happened after he called an all-in from one of the former chip leaders, Goghan Soysan, and the two revealed their cards.

Bergeron: KHeart Suit KDiamond Suit
Soysan: AClub Suit KClub Suit

The board brought a king and nothing much else, and with that the event said goodbye to another former chip leader, and hello to a new one. However, the American did not last long at the top of the charts either in this rollercoaster-like day.

A big hand late-session created a brand new leader in the form of Teodor Caraba. Brit Luke Marsh raised to 51,000 and Caraba made the call from the big blind. Bergeron also called from the button. The flop was dealt AHeart Suit QHeart Suit 2Club Suit and Caraba checked. Marsh bet 95,000 and Bergeron called. Caraba then made things interesting by raising it up to 400,000. Marsh thought for a short while and then moved all in. Bergeron folded. Caraba called and showed pocket deuces for bottom set while Marsh revealed ADiamond Suit KDiamond Suit for top pair. The turn and river didn’t change anything and Marsh hit the rail in 27th place for €16,500, creating a chip monster in Caraba.

The last hand of the night saw yet another former top 10 chip stack holder, Stefan Fuchs, go bust when his pocket queens ran straight into Hugo Lemaire’s pocket aces. He received €16,500 for 25th place and this wrapped things up for the night.

Here is what the leader board now looks like for day 4:

Teodor Caraba: PokerStars qualifier 3,220,000
Hugo Lemaire: 2,301,000
Mike McDonald: PokerStars qualifier 1,895,000
Peter Eastgate: Team PokerStars Pro 1,682,000
George Claudius Secara: 1,525,000
Craig Bergeron: PokerStars qualifier 1,447,000
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier: Team PokerStars Pro 1,220,000
Jake Cody: 1,108,000
David Morante: PokerStars qualifier 883,000
Alexia Portal: 820,000

With so many great players left in the field it is bound to get even more interesting, so check back with Card Player tomorrow for a recap of day 4 when EPT Deauville finds its final table.