PokerStars Festival Marbella: The Main Event sweet 16

We're deep into Day 3 of the PokerStars Festival Marbella Main Event, and there are just 16 players over two tables remaining.

The players have gone on a well-earned dinner break, and it's Fernando Curto who holds the chip lead currently with 3.77 million. When players return, the blinds will be 25K/50K, giving Curto a healthy 75-blind stack.

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Curto's the winner on dinner

The biggest name left in the field is undoubtedly Leo Margets. With $870K in live tournament winnings, her biggest career cash to date came back in 2009 at the World Series of Poker Main Event. She finished 27th that year for a cool $352K.

Since then Margets has been a regular on the PokerStars live circuit. She's still seeking her first big title though; could this be the one?

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Leo needs a little luck

Well, it's not looking great right now. Margets is coming back as the short stack with just 470K - less than ten big blinds.

Former chip leaders Juan Carlos Lopez is still in, although his stack his fallen to below average (1.26 million, 25 big blinds). The average stack right now is 1.485 million.

The plan is to play down to a final table of eight tonight, which means they could end up finishing around the 1am mark. Check out the full chip counts below:

Fernando Curto3,770,000
Fabrizio Privitena3,610,000
Marcos Peneda2,455,000
Ignacio Lopez de Maturana1,730,000
John Joseph Divers1,520,000
Ignacio Barcenas Romera1,435,000
Mazvydas Simaitis1,410,000
José Carlos López1,260,000
Iñigo Naveiro1,210,000
José Luis Calvo1,180,000
Diogo Veiga820,000
Miguei Coussoment805,000
Tom Aksel Bedell770,000
Marco Paul Lander705,000
Chris Howden620,000
Leo Margets470,000

Meanwhile, the €2,200 High Roller is also on a dinner break with seven players remaining. That'll be crowning a champion tonight.

Oh, and then there's the little matter of the Player's Party, which is just about to start...

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Jack Stanton is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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