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Day 3 completed

Day 3 Done, Phomveha on Top

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Chip Leader Samphane Phomveha.
Chip Leader Samphane Phomveha.

Day 3 is done and just 54 of the 178 players who started this third day of the PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville Main Event remain.

The 128-player money bubble was reached midway through the day’s third level and the only thing building faster than the line-up at the cash out cage following the bubble appeared to be Ondrej Vinklarek’s stack.

The Czech National, who crushed the side events at EPT Prague this past October, quickly became the first player over the one-million chip mark using an uber-aggressive style of play and a little run-good.

However, that all came crashing down when he got in a pre-flop raising war with France's Samphane Phomveha and shoved king-five off-suit pre-flop into his pocket kings to hand Phomveha 1.471 million chips and the overnight lead.

EPT London finalist Martins Adeniya came into Day 3 as the clear chip leader and a steady day kept him near the top of the counts throughout.

After rivering the nut straight in a massive pot with Gereon Sowa, he pushed over the one-million chip mark and into the lead.

In the end, however, he bagged 893,000 in chips and will come into play within shouting distance of Phomveha.

While Adeniya was climbing relatively steadily, maniacal Frenchman Ludovic Lacay, no stranger to big moments after his 16th place finish in the 2009 WSOP Main Event, had the exact opposite kind of day.

At one point, he shot up to 950k and the top of the leaderboard by picking up aces against two shorter stacks jacks and tens.

But after Adeniya was moved to his table and took a chunk out of his stack, pushing him off a 200k pot on a four-flush board, Lacay seemed to spend the rest of the day hovering around the half million mark.

That is until the late stages when top ranked Pocket Fives online player Christopher Brammer rivered an ace against his pocket jacks to send him home.

Notables Joining Lacay in cashing, but busting throughout the day included 2010 EPT Vilamoura winner Toby Lewis, WPT and WSOP title holder James Dempsey, French Rap Mogul Bruno "Kool Shen" Lopes, and last woman standing Lucille Cailly.

Making the money certainly meant something that group and to the handful of PokerStars.fr and .com qualifiers still in when the bubble burst, but it also marked another big occasion for the final Team PokerStars Pro left standing.

Luca Pagano guaranteed himself a record 20th EPT cash making the money here, but picked up aces to double up soon after the bubble burst to stay alive even longer. In fact, he ended with a smallish 344k stack heading into Saturday’s Day 4.

Big stacks also still in contention for the €875,000 first-place prize include Brammer, France’s Olivier Rogez, and 2011 EPT San Remo 6th place finisher Yorane Kerignard.

Play will resume at 1200 CET (0300 PST) Saturday with plans to play down to 24.

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Tags: Samphane Phomveha

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

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Samphane Phomveha 1,471,000
Olivier Rogez 1,098,500 8,500
Chris Brammer gb 1,090,000 290,000
Yorane Kerignard fr 979,000 124,000
Martins Adeniya gb 893,000 30,000
Koen De Visscher be 880,000 360,000
Gereon Sowa de 787,000 46,000
Kevin Vandersmissen be 759,000 399,000
Julien Ehrhardt fr 748,000 -32,000
Rob Stain 740,000 -140,000
Michael Dogliani 700,000 470,000
Patrick Nataf 699,000
Paul Guichard fr 658,000 288,000
Vadzim Kursevich by 657,000 327,000
Denis Cheremisin 633,000 -217,000
Herve Boulan 625,000 405,000
Ignat Liviu ro 623,000
Christian Togsverd dk 623,000 -147,000
Nikolaus Teichert de 620,000
Sergio Castelluccio it 613,000 -17,000
Vuong Than Trong fr 611,000 41,000
Yoni Journo 611,000 316,000
Andre Corredoira 595,000 155,000
Antonio Guerrero us 546,000
Julian Kabitzke 522,000 237,000

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Vinklarek Punts, Phomveha Leads

Ondrej Vinklarek just punted his stack across the table to Samphane Phomveha, who now leads as play is wrapping up for the night.

After a bit of a pre-flop raising war, Vinklarek shipped it in and Phomveha made the 700k call for his tournament life with {K-Spades}{K-Hearts}. Vinklarek, who had held the chip lead for most of the last half of the day, had just {k-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}.

After the board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{6-Spades}{8-Spades}{A-Diamonds}, Vinklarek was left with under 300k as Phomveha shot up to 1.5 million.

Samphane Phomveha 1,500,000 860,000
Ondrej Vinklarek cz 250,000 -880,000

Tags: Ondrej VinklarekSamphane Phomveha

Last Five Hands

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

A card was drawn at random and each table will play five more hand before we end for the night.

Differing Fortunes for the Brits

News reached us that Martins Adeniya's amazing level continued as he flopped a full-house in a race to eliminate another player.

No such luck for Toby Lewis. He was crippled in hand when he turned top pair against an opponent who turned two-pair. He shoved the next hand with ace-seven and the same player called with ace-queen to end it for him.

Martins Adeniya gb 1,400,000 190,000
Toby Lewis gb Busted

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Brammer Spikes to Bust Lacay

Ludovic Lacay busted after a whirlwind day
Ludovic Lacay busted after a whirlwind day

Chris Brammer is up to around 800,000 after he hit a three outer to bust local favourite Ludovic Lacay.

The Frenchman raised to 20,000 and then moved all-in for 360,000 after Brammer three-bet to 55,000 from the big blind. Brammer looked down at his cards again, and called.

Brammer: {a-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}
Lacay: {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}

The board ran {q-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{a-Spades} to see Brammer pair his ace on the river.

"Oops," said Brammer, "I'd rather be lucky than good!"

Chris Brammer gb 800,000 360,000
Ludovic Lacay fr Busted

Tags: Chris BrammerLudovic Lacay