EPT8 Monaco: Cailly mashing, tempers fraying; 27 remain

ept-thumb-promo.jpgThe sole surviving female player in the main event, Lucille Cailly, has moved into third place after clashing with Sergio Castelluccio in a five-bet pot. The Italian had just been shifted from the TV table when he got involved in the action. John Andress opened from the cut-off and Cailly three-bet to 60,000 from the button. Castelluccio cold four-bet from the big blind to 130,000, Andress passed. Cailly came back over the top for 265,000 and Castelluccio mucked. Cheers of support from her rail broke her poker face as she raked the pot to chip up over the million chip mark.

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Lucille Cailly: could be the first female to make the EPT Grand Final final table

Cailly has a string of results which contribute to a total of $106,633 in live winnings, one of the smallest career totals in the field. So far the Frenchwoman has €35,000 locked up and with her 1,200,000 putting her in third her tournament expectation has to be worth somewhat more than that. It's not going to be easy though. Cailly is surrounded by the likes of Amit Makhija ($1,770,802), John Andress ($442,303), Ben Vinson ($703,370) and Sergio Castelluccio ($687,312), players whose live winnings give tell of their experience at the tables. Just three more players to bust before this long day comes to an end. This is the eighth 75-minute level of the day and it's starting to tell in the tighter areas between tables. Grumpy media types are slogging on.

Tournament snapshot
Level 22: blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000
Players: 27 of 665
Average stack: 739,000
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Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour