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Marcin Chmielewski Leads EPT Grand Final Main Event After Day 3

zedmaster84 • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Marcin Chmielewski

When play resumed for Day 2 of the 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €5,300 Main Event, 196 players from a field of 1,098 entries returned to the tables at the Monte-Carlo Bay Resort and Pierre Calamusa was leading the survivors. Only the top 159 spots were guaranteed a payday of at least €8,890 and the bubble burst at the very end of the second level of play.

Aaron Gustavson raised on the button and Jinfeng Huo defended from the big blind. Huo open jammed 100,000 on the {K-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{2-Hearts} flop, and Gustavson called with the {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts} for a baby flush. Huo's {K-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} for two pair had outs, but both {7-Spades} turn and {10-Hearts} river blanked.

Just prior to Huo's bubble-bursting exit, John Juanda soft-bubbled after running ace-king into the pocket aces of Juan Etcheverry. Other big names to bust before the money included David Peters, Salvatore Bonavena, Mike Watson, Ilan Boujenah, and Javier Zarco.

Once the money was reached, the seats began to empty, as one by one players hit the rail and headed to the payout window. Jake Cody and Max Silver had to settle for a min-cash, Dominykas Karmazinas joined them, and Dimitar Danchev also busted.

Erik Seidel lost a flip with king-queen against the deuces of Vanessa Selbst, and then Davidi Kitai also went out. Other notables to exit before the end of the day included Paul Hoefer, Dermot Blain, Steven van Zadelhoff, Sam Chartier, John Gale, and Yucel "Mad Turk" Eminoglu.

After five levels of 90 minutes each, the field was reduced to just 74 players, and leading the pack was Marcin Chmielewski. The Pole, who finished 21st in the France Poker Series High Roller a few days prior, bagged up 1.314 million to claim the overnight lead.

Natan Chauskin with 1.107 million and Roman Korenev with 1.091 million were the only other players to bag seven-figure stacks.

Despite not hitting seven figures, there were plenty of big stacks still left, including Dario Sammartino (902,000), Thiago Nishijima (848,000), Erwann Pecheux (818,000), Adrien Allain (810,000), Fatima Moreira de Melo (807,000), Govert Metaal (704,000), Antoine Saout (626,000), Vanessa Selbst (616,000), and Randy Lew (455,000).

Day 4 will commence Wednesday at 12 p.m. local time with another five 90-minute levels scheduled. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be there to cover all the crucial action, so make sure to tune back in when history is being written on the French Riviera.

Day 4 Seat Draw

TableSeatNameCountryChips
11Paolo CompagnoSwitzerland241000
12Iacopo BrandiItaly436000
13Antonio RutiglianoItaly110000
14Benjamin PollakFrance486000
15Kristen BicknellCanada195000
16Diego ZeiterSwitzerland183000
17Thiago NishijimaBrazil840000
18Gun TaljoSweden388000
     
21Sebastien LebaronFrance99000
22Oren RosenIsrael525000
24Fatima Moreira de MeloNetherlands807000
25Neil StrikeUK156200
26Thi Xoa NguyenFrance670000
27Roman KorenevRussia1091000
28Erwann PecheuxFrance818000
     
31Kyle FreyUSA495000
32Pascal FaivreCanada105000
33Loc TuCanada330000
34Ihar SoikaBelarus258000
35Marco De VincentiItaly134000
36Alexios ZervosGreece700000
37Vanessa SelbstUSA618000
38Andrei BogheanRomania476000
     
41Fabio SperlingGermany800000
42Samu RiihelaFinland30000
43Jan BendikSlovakia576000
44Nikolas MenkeGermany85000
45Mohamed AissaniFrance926000
46Erik Van HoekNetherlands376000
48Georges HallakCanada169000
     
51Juan EtcheverryArgentina489000
52Ariel CelestinoBrazil311000
53Chris DowlingIreland493000
54Ruediger WeberGermany137000
55Antoine SaoutFrance626000
56Tomas JozonisLithuania233000
57Apostolos BechrakisGreece492000
58Hani BahnaCanada285000
     
62Andjelko AndrejevicUSA181000
63Natan ChauskinBelarus1107000
64Dario SammartinoItaly902000
65Albert DaherLebanon566000
66Omar LakhdariFrance230000
67Jimmy GuerreroFrance750000
68Michel AbecassisFrance151000
     
71Marcin ChmielewskiPoland1314000
72Asan UmarovKazakhstan301000
73Rintaro KagawaJapan580000
74Randy LewUSA455000
75Andrea RocciItaly388000
76Nicolas CardynFrance131000
78Oleh CherepianyiUkraine234000
     
81Markus DurneggerAustria226000
82Pierre TilmantBelgium271000
83Pierre CalamusaFrance580000
84Koichi NozakiJapan383000
85Joseph MouawadUSA205000
86Paul-Francois TedeschiFrance661000
87Ivan SoshnikovRussia372000
88Aaron GustavsonUSA458000
     
91Benjamin PhilippsUK376000
93Fady KamarLebanon103000
94Albert SebagFrance159000
95Nacho BarberoArgentina461000
96Evangelos TerzoudisGreece985000
97Jan BengelmannGermany667000
98Kiryl RadzivonauBelarus331000
     
101Youssef FinianosLebanon112000
102Jason GrayAustralia287000
103Matthew DavenportUK617000
104Adrien AllainFrance810000
105Enver AbduraimovGermany235000
106Joao VieiraPortugal313000
108Govert MetaalNetherlands704000

Tags: Aaron GustavsonAdrien AllainAntoine SaoutDario SammartinoDavid PetersDavidi KitaiDermot BlainDimitar DanchevDominykas KarmazinasErik SeidelErwann PecheuxEvangelos TerzoudisFatima Moreira De MeloGovert MetaalIlan BoujenahJake CodyJavier ZarcoJohn GaleJohn JuandaJuan EtcheverryKristen BicknellMarcin ChmielewskiMax SilverMike WatsonNatan ChauskinPaul HoeferPierre CalamusaRandy LewRoman KorenevSalvatore BonavenaSam ChartierSteven van ZadelhoffThiago NishijimaVanessa SelbstYucel Eminoglu