2015 EPT Barcelona Main Event Day 3: Montreal's Rodney Ramalho Bags Third-Best Stack

Rodney Ramalho EPT Barcelona

Day 3 of the 2015 European Poker Tour Barcelona €5,300 Main Event started out with plenty of excitement as the €8,215,900 prize pool was announced. The remaining 343 players were made aware that the top 247 would reach the money, but it was the mouth-watering €1,420,500 first-place prize that had everyone excited to resume play and battle their way to the top.

Coming into Day 3, the man best positioned was Nick Petrangelo. At the end of the day, he was still alive, but had slipped back and finished with 400,000 chips. Oleksii Khoroshenin took over as the tournament's overnight chip leader with a massive day and bagged up 1.708 million.

The Ukranian Khoroshenin has now put himself in prime position to win a second EPT title. In 2014, Khoroshenin won the EPT Vienna Main Event for €578,392.

Top 10 End-of-Day 3 Chip Counts

1Oleksii Khoroshenin1,708,000
2Dmitry Yurasov1,219,000
3Rodney Ramalho1,138,000
4Denys Shafikov1,110,000
5Diego Casco Del Riego1,091,000
6Matthew Volosevich1,067,000
7Mikalai Vaskaboinikau1,042,000
8Markus Cerny1,037,000
9Roman Voronin1,017,000
10Andre Akkari982,000

Sitting in third place is the top Canadian of the day. Rodney Ramalho is a relatively unknown player from Montreal, Quebec who has only a little more than $30,000 in previous live tournament cashes, but is positioned to make a deep run and is already guaranteed to earn the best tournament cash of his life.

Just outside of the top 10 is Day 2's top Canadian, Shyam Srinivasan, returning to Day 4 with 975,000 chips — the 11th-best stack in the room. Pascal Lefrancois (644,000) will also return, as will Mike McDonald (549,000) who is fresh off a nice cash in the €25,000 High Roller. Daniel Dvoress finished the day with 402,000, and Elliot Smith (263,000) and Jiachen Gong (257,000) are the final two players from our nation who will be back on Day 4 and already guaranteed to make at least €13,475.

Throughout the day, plenty of notables fell, some before the money and some after.

Those that hit the rail before a cash were Isaac Haxton, Jason Gray, David Vamplew, Lynn Gilmartin, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, and Max Greenwood. Then with 250 players left in the field, Jonas Lauck and Diego Ventura were eliminated to set the tournament on the official bubble.

With hand-for-hand play already underway, Anastasios Vrakas found himself all in and at risk with the {a-Clubs}{q-Spades} against the {a-Spades}{k-Clubs} for Dmitry Yurasov. The board ran out {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{4-Spades}{2-Clubs}, and Vrakas was the tournament's official "bubble boy."

Once the money was reached, it was time for the eliminated players to begin filing in the payout line. Of those to bust with a cash were Fatima Moreira de Melo (240th — €8,800), Andras Nemeth (208th — €9,450), Tobias Peters (188th — €9,450), Hugo Pingray (182nd — €10,350), Jani Sointula (149th — €10,350), Natalie Hof (135th — €11,500), and Canadians Jason Lavallee (114th — €13,475), Ryan McEathron (119 — €13,475), Rayan Chamas (154th — €10,350), Peter Chien (162nd — €10,350), Natasha Barbour (179th — €10,350), Chris Symesko (226th — €8,800), Francois Goulet (232nd — €8,800), Mike Watson (233rd — €8,800), and Vittorio Dicrisco (247th — €8,800).

Another player to bust was Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden, who was making his record-tying 20th cash in an EPT main event. The other player with 20 is Luca Pagano. Lodden was eliminated on the final hand of the night by Andre Akkari, who bagged up 982,000.

Day 4 will commence at 12 p.m. local time on Friday, when another five 90-minute levels are on the schedule. Be sure to stay tuned right here to PokerNews Canada for continued coverage of the event as the field plays closer to a winner in the largest EPT main event in history.

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