Another day in beautiful Deauville, France saw the European Poker Tour (EPT) resume the PokerStars-sponsored €5,300 Main Event with 138 players hoping to survive past the money bubble of the top 87.
Dominik Panka and Jan Heitmann were both eliminated before making it in the money, and as Dimitar Danchev lost the last of his chips, the bubble was in sight. Play tightened up as the short stacks were motivated to sneak into the money, and hands were taking so long to play that the tournament director elected to start hand-for-hand play earlier than usual.
The bubble finally burst when Jannick Wrang got it all in with ace-nine and ran into the pocket tens of David Jaoui. With a ten showing up on the flop, Wrang's fate was sealed and he became the unluckiest player in the room — being the last player eliminated before making the money.
Once the bubble had burst, the eliminations started coming in quickly, as is usually the case. Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov was one of the first to go, earning the min-cash of €8,810. Fellow PokerStars Pros Marcin Horecki (58th — €9,950) and Ronan Monfort (47th — €11,100) were also unable to survive the day, while Bertrand Grospellier squeaked through with the third-shortest stack.
When play ended for the day, just 36 players remained, and Greece's Georgios Kapalas was in the lead with 1,398,000. Once again, hot on the heels of the top stack is EPT Champion and EPT runner-up Kevin MacPhee with 1,313,000 who has now finished the day with the second-best stack two days in a row.
The field still contains the likes of Day 1b chipleader Guillaume Darcourt, Ruben Visser, and Benjamin Pollack, and 17 of the final 36 players are from the host nation of France.
Day 4 will resume on Thursday, and we'll be back with another recap of the action as EPT Deauville gets one day closer to awarding the next EPT title.