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Charalampos Kapernopoulos Leads Day 3 of EPT Loutraki

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante
Charalampos Kapernopoulos is our chip leader
Charalampos Kapernopoulos is our chip leader

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.

Final Standings

NameCountryChips
Charalampos KapernopoulosGreece892.500
David ElyasharIsrael503.500
Rupert ElderUK497.500
Mario PucciniGermany495.500
Pim Van RietNetherlands492.500
Frederic HebetteBelgium464.000
Zimnan ZiyardUk437.500
Panagiotis KoyloykakosGreece401.000
Andras KovacsHungary362.500
Dimitris MpinasGreece362.500
Evangelos ArmpatsisGreece315.500
Vitalijs ZavorotnijsLatvia300.500
Vasileios ChantzarasGreece271.500
Ioannis TaramasGreece270.000
Toni JudetRomania255.000
Hauke HesedingGermany241.500
Florian SchlepsAustria237.500
Jude AinsworthIreland233.000
Theofanis PoziopoylosGreece228.000
Koen De VisscherBelgium213.000
Bret WilliamsCanada199.500
Andreas PournarasGreece197.000
Pierre MothesGermany190.000
Georges YazbeckLebanon188.000
Viliyan PetleshkovBulgaria187.500
Robert CezarescuRomania180.000
Sergey SerafimovBulgaria172.500
Tobias GarpSweden170.500
Georgios GrigoropoylosGreece163.500
Fahredin MustafovBulgaria161.500
Christopher LastiwkaCanada150.000
Matthias KurtzGermany145.000
Jose Maria FelicesSpain114.000
Igal AugartenAustralia93.500
Julian HeroldGermany93.500
Stelios DrososGreece93.000
Carlos LopezSpain81.000
Grudi GrudevBulgaria49.500

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End of Day 3 Counts (full)

Charalampos Kapernopoylos 892,500 -107,500
David Elyashar 503,500 -86,500
Rupert Elder 497,500 -62,500
Mario Puccini 495,500 61,500
Pim Van Riet 492,500 75,500
Frederic Hebette 464,000 -42,000
Zimnan Ziyard 437,500 52,500
Panagiotis Koyloykakos 401,000 201,000
Dimitris Mpinas 362,500 22,500
Andras Kovacs 362,500 -47,500
Evangelos Armpatsis 315,500 240,500
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs 300,500 47,500
Vasileios Chantzaras 271,500 24,500
Ioannis Taramas 270,000 -37,000
Toni Judet 255,000 55,000
Hauke Heseding 241,500 26,500
Florian Schleps 237,500 -12,500
Jude Ainsworth 233,000 43,000
Theofanis Poziopoylos 228,000 -24,000
Koen De Visscher 213,000 -17,000
Bret Williams 199,500 -51,500
Andreas Pournaras 197,000 132,000
Pierre Mothes 190,000 15,000
Georges Yazbeck 188,000 132,000
Viliyan Petleshkov 187,500 -78,500

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Kevin MacPhee is Out! Kapernopoulos is Over a Million!

Kevin MacPhee has been eliminated from EPT Loutraki by the chip leader Charalampos Kapernopoulos.

MacPhee made a raise from early position, Mario Puccini called in middle position and Kapernopoulos also called in the big blind. The flop was {8-Spades} {8-Hearts} {3-Hearts}, Kapernopoulos checked, MacPhee bet 28,000, Puccini called and Kapernopoulos check-raised to 60,000. MacPhee thought for a brief while before making the call and Puccini folded.

The turn was the {3-Spades} and Kapernopoulos bet 60,000 and MacPhee made the call. The final card was the {4-Hearts} and no sooner had the card hit the felt Kapernopoulos moved all-in. MacPhee tanked for several minutes before calling and Kapernopoulos turned over {8-Diamonds} {5-Diamonds} for the full-house and a dejected looking MacPhee mucked his hand and headed for the exit.

Kapernopoulos moved up to one million chips and the only former EPT Champion left in the field is now Rupert Elder.

Charalampos Kapernopoulos 1,000,000
Kevin MacPhee Busted

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Great Comeback For Kovacs

Only fifteen hands ago Andras Kovacs was down to 11,000 chips and he now has 410,000!

Grudi Grudev raised to 13,000 in the cutoff and Bret Williams called on the button. The small blind folded but Kovacs squeezed for 42,500 in the big blind. Grudev moved all-in for 260,000, Williams folded and Kovacs called.

Kovacs{A-Hearts} {K-Spades}
Grudev{Q-Spades} {J-Spades}

Board: {A-Spades} {Q-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds} {5-Diamonds} {6-Spades}

Kovacs putting himself right back into the race.

Andras Kovacs 410,000 388,000
Grudi Grudev 94,000 -274,000

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Besiana Antoni Eliminated in 41st Place

The longest lasting female at EPT Loutraki
The longest lasting female at EPT Loutraki

Kevin Macphee opened with a raise from the button and Besiana Antoni moved all-in for her remaining ~30,000 stack. Macphee made the call and we had a showdown.

MacPhee{A-Clubs} {J-Spades}
Antoni{4-Clubs} {4-Hearts}

Board: {A-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds} {J-Diamonds} {9-Clubs} {8-Diamonds}

MacPhee is now up to 370,000 and our last female competitor is out.

Kevin MacPhee 370,000 110,000
Besiana Antoni Busted

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Vamplew Out

David Vamplew had moved all in on the river for a roughly pot-sized bet on the river of a {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} for 69,500 and Kapernopoulos tanked for several minutes before finally making a call.

Vamplew, "You win....I guess," and he turned over {A-Hearts}{J-Spades} but then the Greek chip leader flipped {K-Hearts}{3-Hearts} and Vamplew was a little shocked, "you took that long with top pair?"

Either way, Kapernopoulos increased his chip lead and just two former EPT champions (Rupert Elder and Kevin MacPhee) remain.

Charalampos Kapernopoulos 770,000
David Vamplew Busted

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Julian Herold Doubles Up

Our Day 1a chip leader is still hanging in there. He has just doubled up to 140,000 chips after his pocket sixes beat the pocket fives of Ioannis Papathanasioy in a race to the finish line.

Julian Herold 140,000 80,000
Ioannis Papathanasioy 40,000 -64,000

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Taramas Forces a Fold From Judet

Ioannis Taramas likes to take his time when he plays a pot...a lot of time!

He raised to 13,000 from under the gun and Toni Judet three-bet to 31,000 from the cutoff. Jose Maria Felices tank-folded in the big blind and Taramas made the call. Nobody broke sweat until the river, when on a board of {10-Spades} {10-Hearts} {4-Hearts} {5-Hearts} {9-Clubs} Taramas bet 30,000 and after at least a three-minute think Judet folded his hand.

Ioannis Taramas 307,000 167,000
Toni Judet 200,000 -30,000

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Elimination Update

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Jason Wheeler and Apostolos Chatzopoylos have been eliminated in 45th and 44th place respectively. Each player receives €6,600 for their troubles.

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