Main Event

Day 3 Table Draw

Table 1
Seat 1: Davidi Kitai (143500)
Seat 2: Kevin MacPhee (76000)
Seat 3: Oleksander Vaserfirer (123000)
Seat 4: Pierre Neuville (118500)
Seat 5: El Mostafa Bel Khayate (362000)
Seat 6: [Removed:39] (387000)
Seat 7: Christopher McCormack (150000)
Seat 8: Eric Ladny (72000)

Table 2
Seat 1: Greg Dyer (269000)
Seat 2: Martin Hruby (155500)
Seat 3: Ronald Grauer (326000)
Seat 4: James Mitchell (220000)
Seat 5: David Paredes (466500)
Seat 6: Salvatore Bonavena (175000)
Seat 7: Domenico Iannone (536000)
Seat 8: Andrew Chen (71500)

Table 3
Seat 1: James Bowey (113000)
Seat 2: Sami Kelopuro (552000)
Seat 3: Nicolas Chouity (215500)
Seat 4: Owen Crowe (145000)
Seat 5: Stefano Marzocchi (101500)
Seat 6: Teddy Sheringham (117000)
Seat 7: Gilles Haddad (190500)
Seat 8: Anthony Guetti (71000)

Table 4
Seat 1: David Peters (206500)
Seat 2: Andrey Zaichenko (178500)
Seat 3: Matt Perrins (568000)
Seat 4: Matthew Szymaszek (154000)
Seat 5: Melanie Weisner (423500)
Seat 6: Eric Mutrie (80000)
Seat 7: Roger Hairabedian (267500)
Seat 8: Konstantin Puchkov (70500)

Table 5
Seat 1: Lex Veldhuis (194000)
Seat 2: Filip Nechansky (169500)
Seat 3: Dmitry Vitkind (150000)
Seat 4: Aleh Plauski (501000)
Seat 5: Bruno Lopes (78500)
Seat 6: Alexander Debus (371500)
Seat 7: Daniel Groth (101000)
Seat 8: Jean Francois Talbot (635000)

Table 6
Seat 1: Matthew Kay (115000)
Seat 2: Sander Lylloff (286000)
Seat 3: Ramzi Jelassi (411000)
Seat 4: Rony Halimi (131500)
Seat 5: Bjorn Verbakel (159000)
Seat 6: Cristiano Guerra (362000)
Seat 7: Toby Lewis (126000)
Seat 8: Nicolas Dervaux (54500)

Table 7
Seat 1: Claudiu Saizu (375000)
Seat 2: Christoph Pereira (320500)
Seat 3: Aleksandr Val (147000)
Seat 4: Omar Baioumi (287000)
Seat 5: Andrei Vlasenko (204000)
Seat 6: Alin Gabriel Grasu (88000)
Seat 7: Fernando Brito (158500)
Seat 8: Marc Uzan (51500)

Table 8
Seat 1: Hicham Berdai (90000)
Seat 2: Guillaume Darcourt (171000)
Seat 3: Alex Gomes (141500)
Seat 4: Gilbert Diaz (350800)
Seat 5: Mesbah Guerfi (159000)
Seat 6: Joshua Goldstein (159000)
Seat 7: Simon Munz (213500)
Seat 8: Paul Berende (51000)

Table 9
Seat 1: Nathan Royce Tuthill (507500)
Seat 2: Chris Bjorin (120500)
Seat 3: Dominykas Karmazinas (331000)
Seat 4: Rino Mathis (181000)
Seat 5: Manuel Bevand (80000)
Seat 6: Jonathan Tare (104500)
Seat 7: Ekaterina Kolobekova (291500)
Seat 8: Henri Kasper (50000)

Table 10
Seat 1: Kenny Hallaert (198500)
Seat 2: Bryan Piccioli (368000)
Seat 3: Juan Manuel Pastor (193500)
Seat 4: Oscar Blanco (127500)
Seat 5: Craig Mccorkell (381000)
Seat 6: Riu Cao (166500)
Seat 7: Paul Testud (93000)
Seat 8: Randall Mccowan (49500)

Table 11
Seat 1: Jerome Zerbib (312000)
Seat 2: Nikita Nikolaev (390000)
Seat 3: Olivier Daeninckx (163500)
Seat 4: Thiago Nishijima (411000)
Seat 5: Vlad Mezheritsky (222500)
Seat 6: Eric Fourniois (101500)
Seat 7: Moritz Kranich (150500)
Seat 8: Alexander Jung (34500)

Table 12
Seat 1: Anton Wigg (117000)
Seat 2: Victoria Coren (236500)
Seat 3: Mel Judah (112500)
Seat 4: Herve Costa (208500)
Seat 5: Nicolas Levi (247000)
Seat 6: Chris Moneymaker (457000)
Seat 7: Josef Klinger (268000)

Table 13
Seat 1: Petter Jetten (434500)
Seat 2: Mikhail Lakhitov (135000)
Seat 3: David Sesso (642500)
Seat 4: Kevin Eyster (248500)
Seat 5: Lauri Meidla (139000)
Seat 6: Emanuele Rugini (162000)
Seat 7: Imre Leibold (159500)

Table 14
Seat 1: Antonio Palma (230000)
Seat 2: Carsten Joh (221000)
Seat 3: Mikhail Shalamov (124500)
Seat 4: Gianni Giaroni (161500)
Seat 5: Neil Channing (105000)
Seat 6: Stephane Benadiba (115500)
Seat 7: Klaus Pautrot (228500)

Table 15
Seat 1: Mikhail Smirnov (333000)
Seat 2: Felipe Montenegro (148500)
Seat 3: Sergey Lebedev (432000)
Seat 4: Dieter Albrecht (200500)
Seat 5: Andre Santos (346000)
Seat 6: Laurent Olive (190000)
Seat 7: Nick Schulman (742000)
Main Event
Day 2 completed

Day 2 Is Done, Schulman Leads the Pack

Schulman - out in front
Schulman - out in front
Wow, that was unexpected.

We came back today with 413 players and didn't really expect even to make the money, but in the event we smashed that bubble at 128th place in no time at all. After seven levels the number on the board when we went to our last three hands was 117, meaning that somewhere in the region of probably 115 will be returning tomorrow when we start to battle it out for the serious money.

Chip leader as we head into Day 3 seems to be Nick Schulman, who wrote the princely sum of 742,500 on his bag as he headed to bed. Close behind him, though, are Jean Francois Talbot on 635,000 and David "Doc" Sands on 642,000, and among those still in the running are Vicky Coren, Sami "LarsLuzak" Kelopuro and Chris Moneymaker.

Players, press and tournament staff alike are now heading to their respective hotels and slumping into their respective beds after a long and intense day of poker, but we'll be back here in the Salle des Etoiles tomorrow at noon CET to see how this turns out. 'Til then from Monte Carlo it's bon nuit et au revoir.

Assorted Chip Counts Towards the End of Play

MacPheeling AWESOME
MacPheeling AWESOME
Big

Nick Schulman - 750,000
David Sands - 642,000
Jean Francois Talbot - 635,000
Chris Moneymaker - 457,000

Medium

Sander Lylloff - 285,000
Vicky Coren - 220,000
Greg Dyer - 260,000
Lex Veldhuis - 195,000
Rino Mathis - 180,000
Martin Hruby - 160,000


Small

Davidi Kitai - 120,000
Andrei Vlasenko - 102,000
Andrew Chen - 75,000
Paul Testud - 60,000
Kevin MacPhee - 76,000

Last Three Hands

We've managed to lose another seven players since the bubble burst, and Mr, Thomas Kremser has ordered the clock paused as we deal the last three hands of the night.

Tuthill Takes Another One Out

No quads and no shouting this time, but Nathan Tuthill is still running well.

Rui Cao opened for 13,000 under the gun and Tuthill made it 28,500 behind. The short-stacked gent in the small blind shoved for his last 59,000, Cao folded, and Tuthill made the call.

Showdown.

Tuthill: {A-Spades} {Q-Clubs}
Small Blind Shortie: {J-Clubs} {J-Hearts}

Board: {5-Diamonds} {A-Hearts} {2-Clubs} {2-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds}

With that, another one bit the proverbial tournament dust and Tuthill took possession of his chips.

Show Them the Money!

With the elimination of Ake Olsson, the remaining 128 players are now in the money and guaranteed a paycheck upon their eventual exits.

We'll play on until the end of the current level before calling for the chip bags and the ball-point pens.

Olsson Last To Leave With Nothing

Ake Olsson is the unfortunate person to play the longest in the tournament yet leave with an empty wallet.

The Swede was short-stacked and pushed all-in for 15,500 from the small blind. Giles Haddad made a fairly automatic call from the big blind and the crowd dashed over from the Rui Cao hand to this table.

Tournament Director Thomas Kremser made his way through the crowd to announce the bubble.

"The all-in player shows {Q-Diamonds} {J-Hearts} and he has been called by {10-Spades} {6-Hearts}..."

The crowd sensed it was not much more than a coinflip and they cheered when the flop came out {10-Clubs} {5-Spades} {6-Spades}.

"The {10-Spades} {6-Hearts} has hit two pair," Kremser continued with cold efficiency, "the all-in player needs running cards to stay alive."

The {Q-Clubs} turn prompted a few "Oohs" and "Aahs" as now any Queen, Jack or Five would save Olsson from elimination.

But the river was the {4-Hearts} and a mixtures of cheers and applause filled the room as Olssn was officially confirmed as the 129th place finisher.

We're now playing out the rest of the level before finishing for the night.

Cao Escapes Bubblehood

Rui Cao
Rui Cao
So two players managed to get their chips in on the bubble, and the one with the larger stack was Rui Cao.

Cao: all in for 73,500 with {A-Diamonds} {K-Clubs}
Cao's opponent: {A-Hearts} {J-Clubs}

Board: {Q-?} {5-?} {6-?} {5-?} {9-?}

Cao escaped the slow walk back to his hotel, and on to the other bubble-time all in...

Bubblicious

Stop! We are down to 129 players and all media have been ordered to the periphery until one unlucky individual busts out. Please stand by.