A total of 671 player bought in for the EPT Deauville Main Event over the course of two days and 630 of them were sent to the rail, while 44 of those eliminated won an amount ranging from $9,800 to $12,080. Remaining players compete for larger chunks of the $3.2 million prize pool, with the winner to collect $614 while the runner up is eligible for $380. Ekrem Sanioglu leads the pack of 41 remaining players at the end of Day 3, with a round stack of $1.3 million, ahead of PokerStars Team Pro Eugene Katchalov.
The Ukrainian took the chip lead from Anthony Lerust relatively early in the game after he overtook promising Hungarian player Norbert Szecsi. Katchalov didn’t give his opponents a chance to strip him of the honour, but Sanioglu’s aggressiveness paid off in the last hour. Eugene is the only PokerStars Team Pro left in the race and he keeps his followers up to date with everything important on Twitter:
Finished day 3 of #EPTDeauville main event with 1.194M good for 2nd in chips. 41/671 remain avg is 490k
— Eugene Katchalov (@EugeneKatchalov) January 29, 2014
Sotirios Koutoupas sits proudly in the 4th place, as the last player to have crossed the $1 million threshold and he needs just a few big blinds to overtake the runner-up. All these players are within striking distance of the chip leader and with blinds of 4,000/8,000 and a 1,000 chips ante, things could go either way when action resumes tomorrow. Other poker professionals weren’t that lucky and among those who were eliminated today we have to mention Julien Brecard, Alex Kravchenko, Jan Heitmann and Pierre Neuville. Only the first two made the money, while Gaelle Baumann also failed to finish within the first 95 places.
Bon départ sur le side 1k 1R/1Re-entry après un bon bol d’air pris sur la plage de Deauville ! pic.twitter.com/aJ9CYaaB7T
— Gaëlle Baumann (@_O_RLY) January 29, 2014
Despite the fact that the vast majority of players who bought in for EPT Deauville Main Even were French, there are no two players from the same country among those who finished in the top 10: