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With big names in the field jostling with newbies to carry a bag for the next day, the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) €10,350 Main Event was stage to gripping action, replete with surprise eliminations and unexpected double-ups on Day 3.
Indian challenger Shravan Chhabria was the lone Indian to advance to Day 3. Chhabria returned to the felts with a healthy stack of 239,000, however, he suffered a few big setbacks that resulted in him hitting the rail short of the money.
Meanwhile, the tournament is heading fast towards its culmination and from the 165 players who had resumed play on Day 3, only 50 have managed to carry forward. Leading the group of survivors on Day 4 will be 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (cover image), who holds a massive 4,233,000 in chips.
The top 81 spots were assured a minimum €15,074 and midway through the day the money bubble burst with the elimination of Viktor Taranenko from Russia. Incidentally, Taranenko had won his seat in the event through a €0.01 satellite on partypoker.
Day 3 Recap
From an initial field of 534 entries that came in through two starting flights, the €10,350 Main Event came down to 50 survivors at end of Day 3.
Team India’s Shravan Chhabria, who had stormed into Day 3 with a stack of 239,000, saw his tournament run ending in Level 16, after he ran his ace-king into pocket queens.
Meanwhile, sitting comfortably on the top of the rankings is American pro Ryan Riess (4,233,000) who went into beast mode towards the latter part of the day to accumulate a massive chip lead over the rest of the field. The next two players i.e. Ivan Gabrieli (2,412,000) and Gary Hasson (2,198,000) are a distant second and third in chips to Riess.
If Riess can carry the momentum all the way to the finish line and win the event, he will become the second player in the history of poker to win both the WSOP as well as WSOPE Main Event; Phil Hellmuth was the first player to win this distinction.
“I want to win – I hope so! I’m going to try my best!”Riess said but went on to add, “The WSOP is a little bit different here than it is in Vegas. It’s actually a lot different than Vegas. But it’s still the same tournament, it’s still the same old Main Event. The buzz is different around it here in Rozvadov, but it’s still a very prestigious tournament.”
Talking about his run on Day 3, Riess said, “Today was great. It started really badly. I had 150,000 at 3,000/6,000, and then this guy moved to my right with just a ton of chips, and I got really lucky against him. I doubled through him a lot, and it was just a good day.”
He admitted it was a tough Day 3 field. “I thought Ben Heath played amazing, he always plays great. I’m really impressed by him. Jack Salter is also always really hard to play against because he limps a lot. There’s just been a lot of really tough players.”
Former WSOPE ME champion Spain’s Adrian Mateos was among the notables to exit empty-handed from the event. Mateos was eliminated in a hand where Michel Dattani opened to 20,000 from the cutoff and Mateos 3-bet all in from the big blind for 329,000, prompting Dattani to call. Mateos tabled versus Dattani’s . Dattani was clearly in the lead and Mateos saw no relief coming from the board .
Russia’s Viktor Taranenko who had come into the Main Event after qualifying online on partypoker via a €0.01 satellite saw his dream run ending right on the bubble. Taranenko was forced to move all in from the big blind with ten-four that came up against Garry Hasson’s ace-king. There was no help coming from the board for Taranenko who went out on the money bubble.
Right after the bubble, a key hand was seen where Riess who held ace-jack of spades flopped the nut flush against Piotr Nurzynski who had moved all-in on the flop. On a blank turn, Riess pushed the rest of his stack in against Robert Skopalik who had flopped a lower flush. Nurzynski had two pair and the river brought another blank. Riess scooped the roughly 4-Million pot, while Nurzynski was eliminated.
Among the notables who hit the rail in the money were Rainer Kempe (52nd for €18,210), Tobias Peters (53rd for €18,210), Dietrich Fast (59th for €16,723), Jan-Eric Schwippert (67th for €15,700), Will Givens (76th for €15,074), Mustapha Kanit (78th for €15,074), and Ben Heath (80th for €15,074).
The last elimination on Day 3 was that of Van Der Marel (51st for €18,210) who in the penultimate hand of the day moved all in preflop from middle position against Igor Kurganov who was in the hijack. The pot had nearly 2 Million in chips and Kurganov pushed the majority of his stack in the middle. Marel tabled AxKx versus Kurganov’s QxQx and couldn’t improve on the board. Kurganov managed to progress to Day 4, while Marel`s campaign came to a premature end.
Also returning for Day 4 action are Igor Kurganov (2,000,000), Day 2 chipleader Dario Sammartino (1,503,000), Niall Farrell (1,350,000), Andy Black (1,214,000), Jack Sinclair (1,202,000), Allen Kessler (628,000), Jack Salter (445,000), and Julian Thomas (221,000).
Top 10 Chip Counts At The End of Day 3
1.Ryan Riess – 4,233,000
2. Ivan Gabrieli – 2,412,000
3. Gary Hasson – 2,198,000
4. Michal Schuh – 2,056,000
5. Igor Kurganov – 2,000,000
6. Sylvain Loosli – 1,927,000
7. Liwei Sun – 1,656,000
8. BahramChobineh – 1,560,000
9. Dario Sammartino – 1,503,000
10. Joel Ettedgi – 1,500,000
Image/Content Courtesy: wsop.com
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