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Raul Mestre Leads as 39 Players Advance from Day 3; Three Former EPT Champs Remain

• Līmenis 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Raul Mestre
Raul Mestre

On Thursday, the remaining 115 players from a 556-player field returned to the Casino Sanremo nestled on the Italian Riviera for Day 3 of the 2014 PokerStars.it European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event. After five 90-minute levels of play, the field was whittled down to the final 39 with Spain’s Raul Mestre and his stack of 885,000 leading the way.

Others who are in good position to make a run at the €476,100 first-place prize are Andrija Martic (885,000), Lukas Berglund (867,000), Jorma Nuutinen (852,000), and Olivier Busquet (806,000).

The money bubble loomed large at the start of the day as only 79 players would earn a piece of the €2,480,872 prize pool. That meant 36 players would leave empty handed, and they included Muhamet Perati, Pierluigi Giglio, Matteo Taddia, Team Online's Mickey Petersen, Fabio Sperling, Darie Vlad, Paul Berende, 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Pius Heinz, former EPT Grand Final winner Nicolas Chouity, and Mark James.

James actually finished as the bubble boy in Level 16 (2,000/4,000/500) when Mitch Johnson opened under the gun with a min-raise. Action quickly folded to James, who was one of the shortest players still in the tournament. He shoved from the button for 30,500 total and both blinds quickly folded. Johnson made the call.

James: {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}
Johnson: {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}

What started out as a fair fight would soon turn sour for James, as Johnson hit his set on the {K-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} flop. James needed runner-runner something but was left drawing dead when the {4-Hearts} appeared on the turn. The {J-Spades} was run out on the river and James exited the tournament empty handed in 80th place.

From there the in-the-money eliminations came fast and included Dmitry Ponomarev (78th - €8,434), Jan Sjavik (77th - €8,434), Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin (73rd - €8,434), Roberto Romanello (64th - €9,180), Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden (61st - €9,180), Day 1b chip leader [Removed:17] (57th - €9,180), Alex Lindop (51st - €10,170), Alex Bilokur (48th - €10,170), and Dominik Nitsche (46th - €10,170).

The two Team PokerStars Pros mentioned both had interesting journeys in the EPT10 Sanremo. Ramdin finished his starting flight with a mere 9,200 in chips, but returned on Day 2 to work it up. By the end of the night he’d grown short again, but that didn’t stop him from finding his way to the money today. Oppositely, Lodden has had chips to work with most of the tournament, but today just didn’t go his way.

Lodden’s demise came in Level 17 (2,500/5,000/500) when he got his chips all in preflop against Thomas Miller. They both had very similar stack sizes of about 70,000. Lodden held the {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} and was ahead of the {9-Hearts}{7-Hearts} of Miller.

The board ran out {6-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{10-Hearts}{8-Spades}{8-Clubs} with the turn delivering Miller a straight. Lodden was left with 10,000, but a comeback was not in store as the Team Pro fell a couple hands later.

While many fell, a select few were able to punch their ticket to Day 4 including Jeff Hakim (651,000), Jordan Westmorland (638,000), Shyam Srinivasan (590,000), Ariel Celestino (480,000), and Stephen Chidwick (429,000). Likewise, two Team PokerStars Pros are still in contention in Alex Kravchenko (390,000) and Vicky Coren (455,000). Coren is actually one of three former EPT champs looking to become the first two-time champ. The others being Dimitar Danchev (302,000) and Michael Tureniec (213,000).

Day 4 action is set to kick off at Noon local time, which is also when the €10,000 High Roller will get underway. Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand in Sanremo to bring you updates from both. Join us then, but while you wait be sure to check out this video where Vanessa Selbst and Sorel Mizzi will give you some advice on pot-limit Omaha:

Etiķetes: Raul Mestre

Table Draw Day 4

Webjoker • Līmenis 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
TableSeatNameCountryChips
11Andrey LobzhanidzeRussia358,000
12Piotr ShautsouBelarus139,000
13Stefano GarbarinoItaly438,000
14Raul MestreSpain942,000
15Jordan WestmorlandUSA638,000
16Vicky CorenUK455,000
17Igor NekazakovRussia80,000
18Rocco PalumboItaly209,000
     
21Olivier BusquetUSA806,000
22Emmanuel ParisetFrance284,000
24Jorma NuutinenFinland852,000
25Giacomo FundaroItaly304,000
26Bruno StefanelliItaly489,000
27Louis SalterUK217,000
28Andrea BenelliItaly721,000
     
31Alex KravchenkoRussia390,000
32Andreas GoellerGermany643,000
33Dimitar DanchevBulgaria302,000
34Miguel Gurrea MontonSpain270,000
35Zachary KorikUSA342,000
36Vincenzo ScarcellaItaly226,000
37Eros NastasiItaly711,000
38Dan MurariuRomania165,000
     
41Oleg CazacMoldova304,000
42Pedro PellicerSpain178,000
43Ludovic RiehlFrance158,000
44Andrija MarticCroatia885,000
45Denis PisarevRussia395,000
46Ariel CelestinoBrazil480,000
47Shyam SrinivasanCanada590,000
48Pawel BrzeskiPoland116,000
     
51Stephen ChidwickUK429,000
52Jeffrey HakimLebanon651,000
53Federico CipolliniItaly177,000
54Xia LinItaly517,000
55Lukas BerglundSweden 851,000
56Dinesh AltSwitzerland 592,000
57Cristiano VialiItaly174,000
58Michael TureniecSweden 213,000

End Of Day Chip Counts (pilns)

Webjoker • Līmenis 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Raul Mestre es 942,000 322,000
Andrija Martic HR 885,000 255,000
Jorma Nuutinen fi 852,000 -28,000
Lukas Berglund us 851,000 -6,000
Olivier Busquet us 806,000 -64,000
Andrea Benelli it 721,000 -87,000
Eros Nastasi IT 711,000 251,000
Jeffrey Hakim lb 651,000 344,000
Andreas Goeller it 643,000 433,000
Jordan Westmorland us 638,000 59,000
Dinesh Alt ch 592,000 -178,000
Shyam Srinivasan ca 590,000 20,000
Xia Lin cn 517,000 392,000
Bruno Stefanelli IT 489,000 209,000
Ariel Celestino br 480,000 5,000
Vicky Coren Mitchell gb 455,000 -45,000
Stefano Garbarino IT 438,000 358,000
Stephen Chidwick gb 429,000 -283,000
Denis Pisarev ru 395,000 -95,000
Alex Kravchenko ru 390,000 292,500
Andrey Lobzhanidze ru 358,000 28,000
Zachary Korik us 342,000
Giacomo Fundaro it 304,000 39,000
Oleg Cazac MD 304,000 50,000
Dimitar Danchev bg 302,000 -68,000

Lasīt visu

Stay Tuned for Chips Counts & Recap

• Līmenis 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The players are currently bagging and tagging for the night. Stay turned for a complete list of chip counts, the Day 4 seat draw, and a full recap of the Day 3 action.

Last Four Hands On Day 3

• Līmenis 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Nothing extraordinary happened in the last ten minutes and the clock has just been stopped, four more hands will be played.

Alex Kravchenko won a medium sized pot with the {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} and top pair on the flop against Piotr Shautsou. Dan Murariu three-bet shoved twice against Jorma Nuutinen but the Finn mucked in both hands.

Last but not least we saw a {8-Hearts}{10-Spades}{3-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} turn between the two big stacks Andrea Benelli and Raul Mestre. The Spaniard check-raised from 57,000 to 135,000 and that did the trick to win the pot uncontested.

Etiķetes: Alex KravchenkoAndrea BenelliDan MurariuJorma NuutinenPiotr ShautsouRaul Mestre

Marroccoli Finnished

• Līmenis 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Filippo Marroccoli had three-bet and when Finnish PokerStars player Jorma Nuutinen four-bet shoved Marroccoli snapped him off with {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}. Nuutinen had his opponent covered but he also had {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {8-Spades}{10-Spades}{j-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and an apologetic Nuutinen dragged the pot as Marroccoli headed for the cashiers desk.

Jorma Nuutinen fi 880,000 440,000
Filippo Marroccoli IT Izkritis

Etiķetes: Filippo MarroccoliJorma Nuutinen

Benelli Versus Westmorland

Webjoker • Līmenis 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

From the hijack it was Andrea Benelli who raised it up to 16,000. Next door neighbor Jordan Westmorland made the call from the cutoff, Denis Pisarev on the button came along, and Vicky Coren in the big blind called as well.

Coren checked to Benelli on {9-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}. The seasoned Italian pro made a 26,000 continuation bet and just Westmorland made the call, Pisarev and Coren folded. Benelli checked the {6-Clubs} on the turn and called after Westmorland bet out 55,000. Both players checked the {3-Spades} river and Benelli's {K-Hearts}{9-Spades} proofed good enough for the win.

Not much later the two of 'em battled it out again. In a single raised pot it was Benelli who had the initiative. He bet out 15,000 on {K-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} and Westmorland made the call. Both players checked the {5-Diamonds} on the turn and the dealer burned and put the {5-Spades} on the river. Benelli now bet 24,000 and Westmorland made the call.

Benelli tabled {J-Spades}{J-Clubs} with some confidence, but that hand was no good. Westmorland turned over {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} and raked in the chips.

Andrea Benelli it 808,000 333,000
Jordan Westmorland us 579,000 -6,000

Etiķetes: Andrea BenelliJordan Westmorland

Nastasi Bombs the River

• Līmenis 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The flop was {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} and two players were facing off. Dimitar Danchev in the big bind checked and Eros Nastasi in position bet 14,000. Danchev called.

The turn card was the {5-Hearts} and again it went check Danchev bet Nastasi for 35,000. Danchev called.

The river card was the {6-Clubs} and Danchev pulled out some chips after some thought but they were soon back in his stack and he checked again.

Last chance for Nastasi to bet and he took a good few minutes to make up his mind. The result of all that thinking was a bet of 110,000. Danchev had just under 400,000 behind and couldn’t seem to work out what to do. Eventually he flicked his cards towards the dealer in frustration.

Etiķetes: Dimitar DanchevEros Nastasi