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It was a chaotic day at the felts of the $25,000 PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship (PSPC). Out of the 207 runners who began Day 3, only 38 survived the day’s proceedings.
With the money bubble looming since the start of play, it took a little more than 30 minutes for the money bubble to burst. Ireland’s Paul Leckey became the tournament bubble, but also won a package to the European Poker Tour (EPT) Monte Carlo as consolation prize.
Another 143 entrants were sent to the rail throughout the course of play, with Platinum Pass winner Dariusz Paszkiewicz becoming the last elimination of Day 3. The remaining 38 hopefuls will be reconvening later today, with Scott Baumstein (4,740,000) leading the way, along with Yiannis Liperis (4,210,000) and Julien Martini (3,250,000).
Baumstein commented on his position as chip leader stating, “It feels good. This is definitely a good tournament to run well in. I was chipping up pretty much all day. I lost an all-in near the end then made a run at it and won a big flip versus Farid [Jattin]. I was actually surprised he was as strong as he was, but it worked out for me.”
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As the PSPC reaches the business end of its proceedings, the $25,000 Single-Day High Roller I is already off to a thrilling start with big names like Sean Winter, Rainer Kempe, David Peters, Erik Seidel and Alex Foxen joining in the action.
Out of the 207 runners that returned for Day 3, only 181 were slated to finish in the money and it did not take long for the eliminations to start pouring in.
One of the first casualty of the day was PokerStars Platinum Pass winner Franz Ditz when his were cracked by Michael Robionek‘s .
Ditz was joined at the rail by several others including Ajay Gnanasambanthan, Yuka Asaka, PokerStars Team pro Celina Lin, Richard Seymour, Corentin Ropert and Indian-origin Shyam Srinivasan.
The money bubble burst on Irishman Paul Leckey when yet again his were overpowered by Tianle Wang‘s . However, Leckey efforts were not in vain as he won an EPT Monte Carlo package as consolation.
Less than 10 minutes after the money line was crossed, Anton Sulymka eliminated Fabio Freitas in a three-way all-in hand. Freitas picked up the min-cash of $25,450 for becoming the first player to finish in the money. Other notables who finished in the money included Platinum Pass ambassador Felix Schneiders (40th for $69,100), Felipe Oliveiri (43rd for $69,100), Sam Greenwood (49th for $69,100), Mustapha Kanit (56th for $56,800), Christoph Vogelsang (57th for $56,800), Ryan Riess (58th for $56,800), Indian-origin Ajay Chabra (60th for $56,800), Upeshka De Silva (75th for $45,700), Victor Ramdin (77th for $45,700) and Jack Salter (78th for $45,700).
On the last hand of the day Dariusz Paszkiewicz pitted his against Julien Martini‘s . Martini flopped a full house on the board that ended Paszkiewicz’s run in 39th place for $86,400.
American pro Scott Baumstein (4,740,000) narrowly pipped U.K.’s Yiannis Liperis (4,210,000) for the chip lead, making them the only two players to bag above 4 Million in chips.
Mikita Badziakouski (1,910,000), Griffin Benger (1,560,000), Talal Shakerchi (1,330,000), Kristen Bicknell (1,115,000) and Farid Jattin (640,000) are among the 38 survivors who bagged commendable stacks for Day 4.
1. Scott Baumstein – 4,740,000
2. Yiannis Liperis – 4,210,000
3. Julien Martini – 3,250,000
4. Louis Boutin – 3,040,000
5. Ramon Colillas – 2,895,000
6. Luigi Knoppers – 2,715,000
7. Jack O’Neill – 2,525,000
8. Jason Koonce – 2,235,000
9. Luke Marsh – 2,065,000
10. Marc Perrault – 1,935,000
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