The World Poker Tour Merit Cyprus Classic has now seen its third day completed and the field reduced to just 14 players. Day 3 saw 31 players return to the felt in order to attempt to squeeze into the 27 paying positions but as we know there had to be four that went home with nothing.
Those four were Artem Vezhnekov, Jacoues Torbey, Rami Shouman and Asaf Avci, with the latter being the unfortunate bubble boy in this event. Once they were gone, the rest of the players knew that at least they were not out of pocket and could now concentrate on earning as much as possible.
The player who started the day with the chip lead finished in exactly the same position. Alexey Rybin has now finished as the chip leader in each of the days that he has started and will go into Day 4 with a chip count of 1,736,000, more than 500k clear of Kayhan Tugrul in second place.
Others in the top ten include Andrei Nikonov, Bernard Samaha, Kfir Yamin and Oleg Suntsov, though they will have to up their game at the right time to try and challenge Rybin.
Manig Loeser was the biggest name that was eliminated on Day 3 after he finished in 23rd place for a payout of $8,800. He was quickly followed out of the door by another big name on the scene in Tobias Peters for the same amount.
The event has been a great advertisement for the game thus far and a great way to kick off the World Poker Tour season. Day 4 looks set to continue that, something that we are highly anticipating.
The Remaining 14
1st) Alexey Rybin – 1,736,000
2nd) Kayhan Tugrul – 1,200,000
3rd) Sergey Rybachenko – 1,006,000
4th) Andrei Nikonov – 959,000
5th) Bernard Samaha – 741,000
6th) Maximilian Droege – 618,000
7th) Jerfi Firatli – 422,000
8th) Albert Daher – 354,000
9th) Kfir Yamin – 310,000
10th) Alexandr Lakhov – 287,000
11th) Pierre Sayegh – 270,000
12th) Barış Topkaya – 122,000
13th) Oleg Suntsov – 120,000
14th) Natalya Nikitina – 114,000
Day 4 will see the field condensed down even further as the aim is to see the official final table of six created. It gets underway at 1pm local time, with Rybin looking to obviously make it another day that he leads the chip counts, can anyone stop him? Check with us tomorrow to find out!