Players inch closer to the final table at the Main Event for European Poker Tour (EPT) Malta. At the end of Day 3, the money bubble has long since burst, and only 56 players remain in contention for the title.
Spanish player Javier Gomez is at the top of the chip counts at the end of Day 3 on Wednesday, and one of only five players to amass more than a million chips after 18 levels of play. His nearly 1.7 million chips put him well ahead of Frenchman Valentin Messina in second with 1,362,000. Sweden's Alexander Ivarsson bagged the third-biggest stack with 1,199,000.
Only four Canadians remain in the tournament with Noah Vaillancourt, the top Canadian from Day 1b, ending Day 3 as the top Canadian, nearly tripling the stack he built on Day 2. Vaillancourt will take 629,000 into Day 4. Top Canadian from Day 2, Sam Chartier, had the second-most chips for our country, bagging 536,000. The other two Canadians to bag chips were Yann Dion with 266,000 and Jean-Christophe St-Pierre with 206,000.
Day 3 saw a lot of "name brand" players fall by the wayside, but a few familiar faces remain in the hunt. Andrey Shatilov is still looking for his first EPT title, after placing fifth in Barcelona earlier this season. He ended the day with 702,000 while Mexican J.C. Alverado takes 274,000 chips into Day 4. PokerStars-sponsored player Dominik Panka is coming back for Day 4, playing 176,000 chips.
Canadians who will be taking home money from Malta include Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel and Francois Billard who both won €10,850 for 85th and 86th place. Sorel Mizzi also collected €10,850 for his 94th place. Griffin Benger, who jumped into the Main Event after coming second in a Full Tilt Online Poker Series event, finished 103rd for €9,550. Marc-Etienne McLaughlin brings €9,120 back home to Canada for his 122nd-place finish.
Duhamel, at least, seemed to find the silver lining in his bust out, tweeting his intention to jump into the High Roller.
Out in 85th, oh well, good momentum for tomorrow's high roller! #EPTMaltaFollow @JonathanDuhamel
Check back here tomorrow for all the news on Vaillancourt, Chartier, and all the Canadians as they play down towards the final table.