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European Poker Tour -- Berlin Day 3

Kevin MacPhee Leads the Way with 2,526,000 as the Field Marches Down to the Final 24

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Kevin MacPheeThe third day of play at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Berlin €5,000 no-limit hold’em main event has ended with 24 players. Action was brisk to start the day thanks to the fact that the field played into the money late yesterday, so the field shrunk down to the prescribed goal of 24 quickly. Those survivors will return tomorrow and play down to the final table of eight.

The chip leader at the end of the night on day 3 was Kevin MacPhee (pictured left), who ends the night with 2,526,000. Right behind him is Theo Jorgensen with 2,408,000. The chip leader from yesterday, Stefan Huber, had another strong day and finished in fifth chip-position with 1,850,000. Other notables that have made it this far include Team PokerStars pros Johannes Strassmann (515,000), and Jude Ainsworth (539,000), as well as Joao Barbosa (794,000).

Check back at CardPlayer.com tomorrow for another summary of play, and be sure to follow along with the action from the PokerStars blog feed daily during the event. Starting tomorrow you can also watch all of the action from Berlin on the EPT Live video feed. The remaining players will begin again tomorrow at noon local time. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from EPT Berlin Day 3:

Day 3 Top Chip Counts:

Kevin MacPhee: 2,526,000
Theo Jorgensen: 2,408,000
Marc Inizan: 2,109,000
Ketul Nathwani: 2,056,000
Stefan Huber: 1,850,000
Iikka Tahkokallio: 1,564,000
Paul Thomas Otto: 1,546,000
Jonas Gutteck: 1,486,000
Marko Neumann: 1,448,000
Artur Wasek: 1,405,000

Notable Day 3 Cashes:

25: Jan Collado — €21,000
27: Team PokerStars pro Vlad Zguba — €21,000
44: Team PokerStars pro Julian Thew — €17,500
48: Team PokerStars pro Marcel Luske — €17,500
68: Sam Chartier — €14,000
72: Dag Palovic — €14,000
73: Chris Dombrowski — €13,000
89: Team PokerStars pro William Thorson — €11,000
94: Team PokerStars pro Benjamin Kang — €11,000
99: Christer Johansson — €10,000
103: John Kabbaj — €10,000
109: Bruno Fitoussi — €9,000
110: Guillaume De La Gorce — €9,000

Hand of the Day:

Kevin MacPhee Locks in the Chip Lead

Christophe Gross raised preflop and Kevin MacPhee reraised behind him. Gross then reraised all in and MacPhee made the call. Their cards:

MacPhee: ADiamond Suit KDiamond Suit
Gross: 10Club Suit 10Heart Suit

Board: QDiamond Suit 8Club Suit 5Heart Suit KClub Suit 5Diamond Suit

Gross was eliminated on the hand and MacPhee grew his chip stack toward 2.5 million near the end of the night.

Remaining Payout Structure:

1 – €1,000,000
2 – €600,000
3 – €350,000
4 – €280,000
5 – €210,000
6 – €165,000
7 – €120,000
8 – €72,000
9-10 – €50,000
11-12 – €40,000
13-14 – €30,000
15-16 – €25,000
17-24 – €23,500