EPT Barcelona Main Event Day 3:Kunal Punjwani, Lone Indian Survivor
Continuing from Day 2, 259 entries remain in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona €5,300 Main Event which started with 1,931 players. After an exciting and grueling Day 2, the remaining players will battle it out on the felt for the massive €9,365,350 prize pool which is being shared by the top 296 players. The winner of this edition of the EPT will take home €1,611,500.
All 259 players are in the money, so now the focus is to run deep and keep your wits on to reach the final table. Each player through to Day 3 has a minimum guaranteed cash out of €8,900. However, all eyes will be on the mammoth €1,611,500 payday for the first prize. This is a record for an EPT Main Event outside of the PCA and Monte Carlo Main Events.
From the Indian contingent, there were 5 players that made it to Day 2 of the Main Event. Muskan Sethi, Samay Parikh, Charu Vikram Kaushik, Abhinav Iyer and Kunal Punjwani. Sadly, only Punjwani survived and went into Day 3 with a stack of 232,000 chips. The bubble burst on Guillaume Diaz, who went out in 297th place, one shy of the €8,150 min-cash on Day 2. Kunal Punjwani was placed 176th with a cash prize of €10,770.
Getting into the action in Day 3, former EPT Berlin Main Event winner, Ben Wilinofsky was in the lead with 850,000 chips, followed by David Petrzelka (771,000), Almedin Imsirovic (723,000), Michal Lubas (712,000) and Tony Broekhof (703,500). Other popular players in the fray were Dominik Panka (603,000), Mark Radoja (511,000), Ben Heath (476,000), Shaun Deeb (363,000), Taylor Black (313,000), Niall Farrell (220,000), Alexandre Reard (216,500), Seth Davies (198,000), Jaime Staples (196,000), Sebastian Sorensson (84,000), Patrik Antonius (310,000) and Viktor Blom (50,000).
Day 3 saw many notable players getting eliminated like Day 2 chip leader Ben Wilinofsky (123rd place - €12,080), Benny Spindler (204th - €9,740), Sebastian Sorensson (197th - €9,740), Patrik Antonius (196th - €9,740), Niall Farrell (149th - €10,770), Dominik Panka (64th - €19,760), Jason Lavallee (77th - €16,670), Shaun Deeb (61st - €19,760) and Jaime Staples (60th - €19,760).
The chip lead jumped between half a dozen players in the final few levels of the day. Finally, it was Mark Buckley who headed the chip count with 2,650,000 chips to finish Day 3.