When we started Day 3 of EPT Loutraki there were 100 players all hoping and praying that they would make it into the money. Back when the sun was shining it was Team PokerStars Pro Toni Judet who was leading the way with 288,200 chips and a certain Charalampos Kapernopoulos was not doing to badly with 174,900.
The action was hot and heavy in the first part of the day and we lost former EPT Champion Roberto Romanello and McLean Karr early doors. Romanello wasn't the only former EPT Champion plying his trade. A certain Rupert Elder was exerting his influence and he screamed into the chip lead holding over 700,000 at one point in the competition.
We then entered the bubble and it was burst in peculiar circumstances. Roman Makhlin, who we last saw cashing in EPT Barcelona in 2010, moved his last few chips into the middle and then did a runner! The expectant crowds flocked around the table but Makhlin was nowhere to be seen! He eventually returned to his seat to see his pocket kings cracked by the ace-king of Chris Lastiwka and Makhlin was christened the bubble boy.
As we headed into the final part of the day Charalampos Kapernopoulos won a monster pot while eliminating Kevin Macphee and at the same time confirmed himself as the chip leader.
38 players will return at 12.00 (CET) on Saturday where we will play down to a final table of eight players. Pokernews will bring you all of the action.
|Pim Van Riet||Netherlands||492.500|
|Koen De Visscher||Belgium||213.000|
|Jose Maria Felices||Spain||114.000|