€10,600 Main Event
€10,600 Main Event
Day 3 completed

Malte Moennig Leads the EPT Grand Final into Day 4

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Malte Monnig
Malte Monnig

Day 3 of the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €10,600 Main Event saw the levels increased from 75 minutes to 90 minutes as the number of players involved decreased from 123 to just 41. It was an action-packed day for the EPT as the bubble was burst and numerous stars were sent to the rail while others were able to amass huge stacks with a €1.24 million first-place prize on offer.

Malte Moennig is the chip leader with 1,150,000. Moennig, a 27-year old from Cologne in Germany, won his seat in a 25,000 FPP EPT-Grand Final Qualifier online on PokerStars.com. After the end of play, he briefly spoke to PokerNews about how he'd finished at the top.

“At the early tables I had a really tough set up with tough competition, but it was quite easy going. I chipped up constantly. I won a big one with ace king but that was without showdown. And I won one with ace-queen suited against ace-jack right after I moved here. He hit a jack on the turn, but I hit a queen on the river.”

Elsewhere Ville Wahlbeck (283,000) and David Williams (253,000) are the last two players flying the flag for Team PokerStars Pro. Williams hit crucial double ups against both Philipp Gruissem ({A-Hearts}{K-Spades} against {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}) and then later when he flopped a straight draw against Talal Shakerchi's top pair and managed to turn a straight. Wahlbeck was not involved in as much open action, instead gradually chipping up throughout the day.

They did fare better than their fellow pro Andre Akkari, who had queens cracked early on and was unable to recover, while both Angel Guillen (86th) and Johnny Lodden (73rd) had to content with the min-cash of €19,200 – still a sizable sum. Lodden was surprisingly the only player from last year's final to make it into Day 3.

The bubble itself went on for around 45 minutes and while there were two players in the tournament with just a single big blind left, both would survive the bubble as on two different tables much bigger stacks clashed. On one of them, a player would bust, and it wasn't pretty. Kenny Hicks shoved all in on the turn of a board reading {9-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{10-Spades} and Aghsin Rasulov called all in for less.

Hicks: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}
Rasulov: {A-Spades}{10-Clubs}

Rasulov could only hit an ace on the river to survive, but a king arrived instead. Rasulov was eliminated as the bubble boy and everyone else went into the money.

With the bursting of the bubble, the exits came quickly and a multitude of big names were quickly making their way to the payouts desk. They included Salvatore Bonavena, Stephen Chidwick, Niall Farrell, Jason Duval, Sam Trickett, Philipp Gruissem, Talal Shakerchi, JC Alvarado, Nick Maimone, Igor Kurganov and Johannes Strassmann. EPT10 Player of the Year Ole Schemion was also knocked out, eliminated in one of thelast hands of the night.

Stacks who did make it through included [Removed:17] (599,000) on yet another deep EPT run; the experienced Dani Stern (454,000); and Scott Clements (797,000), who is looking for the title to complete poker's Triple Crown. Meanwhile, Noah Boeken (200,000) and Mark Teltscher (350,000) are the only former EPT champions still in the hunt.

Tomorrow the tournament will either play down to the final 16 players or five levels, whichever happens sooner. The €25,000 High Roller Event will also be starting tomorrow with another big field expected for the three-day event. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will return tomorrow to cover both events as the EPT Grand Final continues at noon while the High Roller will begin at 1pm (both local times). Be sure to join us then!

Official End of Day Chip Counts & Table Draw Day 4 (full)

[user153638] • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
TableSeatNameCountryChips
11David WilliamsUnited States253.000
12Ivan SoshnikovRussia631.000
13Nicholas PetrangeloUSA840.000
14Henri KasperEstonia60.000
15Dylan HoneymanAustralia254.000
17Sebastian BredthauerGermany241.000
18Morten KleinNorway154.000
     
21Heinz KamutzkiGermany326.000
22Martins SeilisLatvia599.000
24[Removed:17]New Zealand 599.000
25Maximos PertsinidisGreece227.000
26Kenny HicksUSA738.000
27Scott ClementsUSA797.000
     
31Mayu RocaColombia946.000
32Miroslav AlilovicFrance700.000
33Vasili FirsauBelarus290.000
34Sebastian Von ToperczerGermany996.000
35Steven SilvermanUSA605.000
37Mark TeltscherUK356.000
38Emil PatelUSA336.000
     
41Grzegorz WyrazPoland 414.000
43Dani SternUSA454.000
44Jack SalterUK97.000
45Idris AmbraisseFrance462.000
46David CowlingCanada83.000
47Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussia572.000
48Conor ShellyCanada322.000
     
52Narendra BanwariUnited States479.000
53Eros NastasiItaly995.000
54Noah BoekenNetherlands200.000
55Malte MonnigGermany1.150.000
56Bryan ParisUSA138.000
57Antonio BuonannoItaly211.000
58Magnus KarlssonSweden590.000
     
61Chistoph VogelsangGermany410.000
62Ville WahlbeckFinland289.000
63Matias RuzziArgentina746.000
64Yulius SepmanRussia207.000
65Hendrik LatzGermany680.000
67Nikita NikolaevRussia575.000
68Fabiano KovalskiBrazil404.000
Malte Moennig DE 1,150,000 50,000
Sebastian von Toperczer de 996,000 96,000
Eros Nastasi IT 995,000 -25,000
Mayu Roca CO 946,000 316,000
Nicholas Petrangelo US 840,000 210,000
Scott Clements us 797,000 157,000
Matias Ruzzi ar 746,000 6,000
Kenny Hicks US 738,000 338,000
Miroslav Alilovic FR 700,000 30,000
Hendrik Latz DE 680,000 80,000
Ivan Soshnikov ru 631,000 -69,000
Steven Silverman us 605,000 95,000
[Removed:17] NZ 599,000 -201,000
Martins Seilis LV 599,000 9,000
Magnus Karlsson SE 590,000 60,000
Nikita Nikolaev ru 575,000 315,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru 572,000 82,000
Narendra Banwari US 479,000 -52,000
Idris Ambraisse fr 462,000 -108,000
Dani Stern us 454,000 -246,000
Grzegorz Wyraz pl 414,000 104,000
Christoph Vogelsang de 410,000 40,000
Fabiano Kovalski br 404,000 -91,000
Mark Teltscher gb 356,000 -44,000
Emil Patel us 336,000 66,000

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Slusarek Falls at The Last

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

On the last hand to be played on his table tonight Patryk Slusarek was all in preflop with {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} against the {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}of Nikita Nikolaev.

The cards ran out {7-Spades}{j-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Spades}{k-Hearts}. Dead to the flush on the turn, the river king was no good to him in the end and he will Slusarek will not be returning to re-join the remaining players tomorrow.

Patryk Slusarek pl Busted

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Schemion Busts at the Death

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Ole Schemion
Ole Schemion

Having lost a blind-on-blind battle with {A-}{10-} to {A-}{K-}. Ole Schemion moved all in for his last 73,000 over the top of a 16,000 raise from Martins Seilis. The Latvian made the call.

Seilis: {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}
Schemion: {K-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}

The board came {4-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} and Schemion was sent to the rail. No doubt he'll be having a crack at the High Roller Event tomorrow.

Martins Seilis LV 590,000 30,000
Ole Schemion de Busted

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A Blast From The Past With Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

He was 19 years old when he first came to Monaco as a PokerStars qualifier in Season 1, and made the final table to win close to €100,000. But Abdulaziz Abdulaziz had never returned to the scene of his greatest triumph until this week. PokerStars Blog finds out where he's been, and why he is now staking a claim to be poker's Omar Little.

Six More Hands

[user153638] • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The tournament staff has just announced that the remaining players will play six more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed down to the tournament floor to catch any last-minute action, so stay tuned for that as well as chip counts and a full recap of the Day 3 action.

Demidov's Day is Done

[user153638] • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Emil Patel opened for 11,000 only to have Andrei Demidov three-bet all in for 148,000 from the hijack. Action folded back to Patel, and he called off for 132,000.

Patel: {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}
Demidov: {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

Patel was in great shape to double, which he did after the board ran out a clean {2-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{j-Spades}.

Demidov was left with 16,000 in chips after the hand, but they went in the next hand when he looked down at {q-}{8-}. Unfortunately for him, another player woke up with the {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs} and Demidov was unable to improve.

Emil Patel us 270,000 71,000
Andrei Demidov ru Busted

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