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PokerStars EPT Grand Final -- Day 3

Kevin Eyster Leads Final 24 Players


Kevin EysterFollow this event right now with Card Player’s live updates from Monte Carlo, and see who will take down the first place prize of €1,700,000.

It was another fine day in Monte Carlo at the PokerStars EPT Grand Final, though this one was a bit shorter than the others. A total of 116 players entered the Salles des Etoiles with the goal of making it to the final three tables.

With €15,000 already locked up, it wasn’t long before the players were gambling it up in hopes of climbing the leader board. Without question, the majority of those players soon found themselves in a long queue, waiting to collect their winnings.

In the first three levels of the day, the field more than halved itself down to the final five tables. Among the fallen were notables such as Chris Bjorin, Teddy Sheringham, Matt Kay, Owen Crowe, Kevin MacPhee, Neil Channing, Chris Moneymaker, Davidi Kitai, Mel Judah Lex Veldhuis, and Alexandre Gomes.

During that stretch, a few players began to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Kevin Eyster, (Pictured Above Right) made an early run by busting Nicolas Levi when his trips held against a pair and a flush draw. Eyster continued to cruise throughout the day and ended with the overall chip lead and a stack of 2,768,000.

Eyster is followed closely by Matt Perrins, who hit a one-outer with pocket kings to crack aces and give himself over 2 million in chips. Perrins picked up a few more knockouts before the day ended and finished with 2,518,000.

Martin HrubyAfter Vicky Coren’s straight-flush draw failed to come in against Herve Costa’s two pair, that left only one Team PokerStars pro left in contention in Martin Hruby. (Pictured Left) The Czech pro finished the day with 720,000, good for 13th in chips.

Other notables still remaining include Nick Schulman, Andrew Chen, Ramzi Jelassi, Sami Kelopuro, and David Sesso.

The action will continue on Thursday as the field returns to battle down to the final table of eight. All of the action will be televised on EPT Live, which you can watch right here on

Here is a look at all 24 remaining players and their chip counts.

Rank Player Name Chip Count
1 Kevin Eyster 2,768,000
2 Matt Perrins 2,518,000
3 Jean Francois Talbot 2,427,000
4 Nicolas Chouity 2,037,000
5 Aleh Plauski 1,638,000
6 Craig McCorkell 1,498,000
7 Claudiu Saizu 1,220,000
8 Herve Costa 1,105,000
9 Sami Kelopuro 1,094,000
10 Laurent Olive 1,035,000
11 David Sesso 850,000
12 Mesbah Guerfi 758,000
13 Martin Hruby 720,000
14 Domenico Iannone 713,000
15 Roger Hairabedian 675,000
16 Salvatore Bonavena 640,000
17 Josef Klinger 622,000
18 Ramzi Jelassi 590,000
19 Nick Schulman 578,000
20 Emanuele Rugini 575,000
21 Manuel Bevand 490,000
22 Andrew Chen 387,000
23 Dominykas Karmazinas 366,000
24 Paul Berende 148,000