A total of 189 players came back today to play Day 3 of the EPT Main Event in Vienna. Of those 189, 54 busted out without cashing, while 135 were guaranteed to walk away with at least the min-cash of more than €8,000. As anticipated, the money bubble did not slow players down too much, as most have their eyes set on the final table. For that reason, the hand-for-hand stage of play did not last long before the bubble burst.
Even so, it is never a nice feeling to be the player who gets eliminated just before finishing in the money, yet every poker tournament has the infamous bubble boy. Today it was Ronny Kaiser, who got his chips in with Ace-King suited, but couldn’t improve against the pocket tens of Metalidi. Unlucky, for sure, but it’s the nature of the beast.
Once the bubble phase was over, short stacks had nothing to wait for, so we saw quite a few eliminations in a short time span. One of those was Sam Trickett, who lost a huge pot in an earlier cooler hand and was hanging around with a couple of blinds. This, combined with his tweets from the start of day, indicate that things are not going too well for Sam here in Vienna overall, but a player of his reputation is probably not too concerned about some bad luck coming his way.
Gus Hansen has been going strong for most of the tournament and we wouldn’t be at all surprised had he made it all the way to the final table. However, Lady Luck turned her back today on the Great Dane, as he finished in 71st place after losing a few key pots. Among the other names that we will not be seeing at the tables tomorrow are Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Viktor Blom, Alex Kravchenko and Vladimir Geshkenbain, who lost a huge pot to Harig after they both flopped a set, creating the biggest pot of the tournament so far.
Fifty players did survive today, and they will be coming back tomorrow to resume their quest for the coveted first place title and prize money of €816,000. Of those survivors, the man who will be returning with the biggest hopes is Pablo Gordillo, the current chip leader with 2,111,000 in his stack. He has a substantial advantage over his pursuers such as second place Anatoly Filatov (1,500,000) and Timo Pfutzenreuter (1,065,000). The more notable names that will be taking their seats tomorrow include Marcel Luske (512,000) and Johnny Lodden (477,000).
The play is scheduled to start again at noon tomorrow and we will be bringing you all the updates as the players approach the final table. Also scheduled for tomorrow is the €10,000 High Roller event and we are certain to see some big names in that one. Poker fans have a lot to look forward to as the Main Event progresses into its final stages and the High Roller gets underway.