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The Force is Still with Forsmo as He Maintains EPT Sanremo Lead Heading into Day 4

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante
Inge Forsmo - chip leader
Inge Forsmo - chip leader

After two long days of poker the players were treated to a relatively short day on Day 3 of the PokerStars.com EPT Sanremo. There was a whole lot of excitement packed into nearly seven hours of play though. The two headline makers of the day were the end of day chip leader (Inge Forsmo) and the unfortunate player to bubble (Renaud Desferet).

Inge Forsmo started the day as chip leader, lost it for a while, but managed to abuse the bubble and finish strong to end the day with 1,021,000 chips. Not bad for a player who admits to having little patience in live tournaments, highlighted by the fact he was all in with ten-high just 45 minutes into Day 1.

Chasing the likeable Norwegian are Angelo Recchia (851,000), Carmelo Vasta (844,000), Laurent Polito (717,000), David Vamplew (547,000), Alex Roumeliotis (505,000) and Isaac Haxton (488,000). The latter on these was set to be a top-three stack until he lost 375,000 off his stack on the last hand of the night. Also still in contention are the likes of Ludovic Lacay, Shaun Deeb, Matt Salsberg, Justin Bonomo, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Roberto Romanello.

Team PokerStars had a mixed day. The only player to make it through to Day 4 was Luca Moschitta from Team Online, and he will come back with 289,000. The fortunes of the others can be read below.

There were three all ins and calls before the bubble burst, and remarkably all three players at risk had pocket aces. Michele Di Lauro, Maksim Semisoshenko and Samuel Panzica held their breaths, and all managed to survive. When Desferet made his move he was not so strong ({a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}), and he was called by Michael Benvenuti with a lot stronger ({a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}). The board ran out {10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} to offer him huge hope before the river washed all that hope, and money, away.

Rupert Elder and Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree came back to today with dreams of breaking two records on the EPT: to be the first double EPT winner, and the first to claim two EPT Sanremo titles. Elder was one of the first to bust when his pocket eights failed to outdraw an opponent’s pocket tens. Boeree faired a lot better and managed to make the money before busting in 120th when she lost a race to Mike Watson.

Those who finished outside of the money included Jude Ainsworth (a cruel 122nd), Andre Akkari (144th), Rob Yong, Pius Heinz, Sam Trickett, Jose “Nacho” Barbero, Bryan Paris and Kyle Cheong.

Players luckier than these who we will not see tomorrow include Chris Moneymaker (116th), Chris Brammer (115th), Ana Marquez (104th), Marc-Andre Ladouceur (91st), Fabian Quoss (86th), Stephen Chidwick (83rd), Ben Vinson (72nd) and Sam Razavi (70th).

The players will return at 2:00 PM CET tomorrow where they will play down to 24 players remaining. We expect it to be an even shorter day than today and, as ever, the PokerNews reporting team will be on hand to bring you all the action at this major event heats up. Talking of major events, the whole team are taking part in the media poker tournament tonight. We hope to represent well and will bring you a full report tomorrow.

From the Italian Riviera it’s goodnight.

Tags: Inge Forsmo

End-of-Day Chip Counts

[user153638]
Inge Forsmo 1,021,000 414,900
Angelo Recchia 851,000 659,000
Carmelo Vasta it 844,000 560,800
Giuseppe Ottaviani 810,000 185,000
Eric Nhouyvanisvong 763,000 -1,000
Michele Di Lauro it 721,000 361,000
Laurent Polito fr 717,000 390,600
Jason Tompkins ie 681,000 181,000
Michele Bianchi ch 614,000 441,600
Charly Maracchione 596,000 90,200
Sebastian Sturmer 587,000 303,600
David Vamplew gb 547,000 252,200
Lorenzo Sabato 535,000 147,100
Ismael Bojang DE 522,000 253,800
Alex Roumeliotis 505,000 217,200
Alexander Zayonts 491,000 336,000
Ludovic Lacay fr 489,000 177,000
Isaac Haxton us 488,000 339,200
Giuseppe Cefalu 442,000 323,600
Sofia Lovgren se 431,000 207,200
Michael Benvenuti us 429,000 331,400
Simon Mattsson se 417,000 309,700
Shaun Deeb us 402,000 213,200
Atanas Kavrakov bg 401,000 330,700
Kent Roed no 393,000 83,000

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Haxton Loses Huge Chunk in Last Hand

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Eric Nhouyvanisvong and Isaac Haxton just played a big one on the last hand of the night at their table... a really big one.

From the cutoff seat, Haxton raised to an unknown amount before Nhouyvanisvong three-bet to 34,000 from the small blind. Play got back to Haxton, and he reraised to 85,000. Nhouyvanisvong moved all in for 375,000, and Haxton called.

Haxton showed the {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} for two overcards against Nhouyvanisvong's {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs} in this flip for a 750,000 pot.

The flop was an interesting one with the {Q-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} coming down. Nhouyvanisvong landed top set, but Haxton flopped a flush draw, and he could still get there.

The turn was the {6-Spades}, leaving Haxton needing a diamond on the river that didn't pair the board. The {2-Clubs} came on fifth street, and Nhouyvanisvong had won the huge pot to put an exclamation point on his day. Haxton dropped all the way back to 488,000.

Eric Nhouyvanisvong 764,000 454,000
Isaac Haxton us 488,000 -407,000

Tags: Eric NhouyvanisvongIsaac Haxton

Three More Hands

[user153638] • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

The tournament staff has announced that the remaining players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Full House for Nhouyvanisvong

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Eric Nhouyvanisvong raised to 14,000 from the cutoff seat before the flop and Dimitar Danchev three-bet to 32,000 from the big blind. Nhouyvanisvong called and they went two-handed into the flop.

The dealer opened {A-Spades} {A-Hearts} {A-Clubs} and Danchev bet 18,000. Nhouyvanisvong replied and the two saw the {5-Clubs} come on the turn. Both players checked and the dealer flipped {Q-Spades} on the river.

Danchev checked and after thinking about it for a while Nhouyvanisvong did the same opening {6-Spades} {6-Clubs} for aces full of sixes. Danchev flipped {J-Diamonds} {9-Hearts} and saw Nhouyvanisvong collec the pot.

Eric Nhouyvanisvong 310,000 177,900
Dimitar Danchev bg 103,000 -102,000

Tags: Dimitar DanchevEric Nhouyvanisvong

Colantoni Doubles Through Kontonatsios

We found Matteo Colantoni all in before the flop for his last 135,000. Colantoni was called by Ioannis Kontonatsios and the two were off to the races. Colantoni held {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} and was racing with Kontonatsios' {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}.

Colantoni jumped into the lead on the {Q-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{5-Spades} flop by pairing his king. The {2-Spades} came on fourth street and the {3-Diamonds} on fifth, allowing Colantoni to double up. Kontonatsios, on the other hand, has fallen to about 80,000.

Matteo Colantoni 290,000 132,900
Ioannis Kontonatsios 80,000 -63,300

Tags: Ioannis KontonatsiosMatteo Colantoni

Huge Pot for Recchia

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THe Italians may have a new hero in the field as Angelo Recchia just captured a huge pot.

We didn't catch the action until the river on a board reading {A-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{9-Spades}{8-Clubs}. With 250,000 already in the pot, Angelo Recchia moved all in from the big blind for 301,000 and put the pressure on Ben Vinson. After getting a count, the latter called and Recchia rolled over {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}. He didn't seem too confident, but then Vinson mucked his cards. Given it was an all-in-and-call situation, the dealer properly exposed the hand... {8-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}.

Angelo Recchia 850,000 658,000
Ben Vinson gb 54,000 -551,000

Tags: Angelo RecchiaBen Vinson