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European Poker Tour -- Vilamoura Day 3

Swedish Pro Martin Jacobson Leads the Field with 24 Remaining

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Martin Jacobson -- Photo Courtesy of PokerStarsDay 3 has come to a close at the European Poker Tour Vilamoura €5,000 no-limit hold’em main event and there are just 24 players remaining from the original 384 players that entered the event. Today was especially tough on the professionals, particularly day 2 chip leader Brandon Cantu. He came into the day with 557,400 but he eventually fell in 36th place.

The remaining players will return tomorrow and play down to the final table of eight. You can watch all of the action live on the EPT Live video feed, which will bring you every minute of the tournament. You can also follow the tournament live on the PokerStars blog feed.

The overnight chip leader is Swedish professional Martin Jacobson. He will be looking to take his career earnings above $1 million at this event and he is in a good position to do so with only two days left on the journey to the championship. Another familiar face remaining is the first EPT Grand Final champion Rob Hollink. He holds 696,000. Other notables still in the mix include England football star Teddy Sheringham (381,000) and Nicolo Calia (609,000), who took seventh place at EPT Tallinn. He can make back-to-back EPT final tables if he survives tomorrow.

Check back at CardPlayer.com tomorrow for another summary of the action. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from EPT Vilamoura Day 3:

Day 3 Top Chip Counts:

Martin Jacobson — 1,362,000
Marco Leonzio — 778,000
Guillermo Garcia — 766,000
Sam Trickett — 712,000
Rob Hollink — 696,000
Sergio Coutinho — 635,000
Nicolo Calia — 609,000
Jason Lee — 600,000
Erik Van Den Berg — 554,000
Tom Johansen — 521,000

Notable Cashes:

56: Joe Ebanks — €7,263
52: Luca Pagano — €7,263
36: Brandon Cantu — €8,381
35: Marcin Horecki — €8,381
29: J.P. Kelly — €9,312
26: William Thorson — €9,312

Hand of the Day:

William Thorson Eliminated

William Thorson raised to 25,000 preflop and Guillermo Garcia reraised all in. Thorson made the all-in call and they flipped over their cards:

Thorson: QHeart Suit QDiamond Suit
Garcia: ADiamond Suit QSpade Suit

Board: AClub Suit 6Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit AHeart Suit 7Club Suit

Garcia had three outs in the deck and two of them were delivered by the board. Thorson was eliminated on the hand in 26th place and he took home €9,312 in prize money.

Remaining Payout Structure:

1: €467,835
2: €297,984
3: €186,240
4: €139,680
5: €93,120
6: €74,496
7: €55,872
8: €37,248
9-10: €27,936
11-12: €20,486
13-14: €16,762
15-16: €13,968
17-24: €11,174