EPT12 Prague: Abbas Moradi leads Main Event at end of Day 3

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Abbas Moradi - chip leader

Today was the day where things really started to roll in the Main Event. The day things moved up a notch. The day the bubble burst and significant stacks began to emerge.

The player who built the highest today was Abbas Moradi, from Canada, who bagged an end of day 1,384,000. He's already had one big result in Prague in December, finishing third in a €1,000 event across town, worth €16,963. That'll seem like pocket change should he go on to win here.

He's being chased by some quality players, Preben Stokkan (1,175,000) is his closest challenger, whilst Vlado Banicevic (1,096,000), Samuel Vousden (1,010,000) and Hossein Ensan (1,120,000) all have seven-figure stacks and did their chances of a deep run in this tournament the world of good during today's five levels. If Ensan should go on to make the final table it will be his third EPT Main Event final table in the past 16 months.


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Below are the stacks of some of those who still retain a chance of winning the tournament and the €921,540 that comes with the trophy. You'll find full overnight chip counts here shortly. It's a talented bunch including EPT12 Malta champion Niall Farrell and Team PokerStars Pro Ivan Demidov. Blinds will be 5,000/10,000 ante 1,000 when play restarts tomorrow.

Abbas Moradi, 1384000
Preben Stokkan, 1175000
Hossein Ensan, 1120000
Vlado Banicevic, 1096000
Samuel Vousden, 1010000
Ori Miller, 1000000
Ivan Deyra, 877000
Sebastian Gohr, 868000
Ka Kwan Lau, 862000
Marc Macdonnell, 841000
Niall Farrell, 828000
Sam Chartier, 817000
Iliodoros Kamatakis, 770000
Slaven Popov, 757000
Benjamin Lamprecht, 714000
Gleb Tremzin, 671000

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Farrell's deep in another EPT Main Event

Gavin O'Rourke, 634000
Onur Unsal, 609000
Iaron Lightbourne, 550000
Henri Jaakkola, 504000
Thomas Butzhammer, 409000
Ghattas Kortas, 368000
Ben Dobson, 354000
Kitty Kuo, 340000
Christopher Andler, 339000
Andrew Chen, 259000
Jaroslaw Sikora, 227000
David Boyaciyan, 188000
Anton Astapau, 176000
Ivan Demidov, 154000
Jeffrey Hakim, 150000
Ramin Hajiyev, 133000
Clyde Tjauw Foe, 79000

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Demidov - still in, but short

Of course poker is a zero sum game and someone had to be the last person to leave with zero. We returned today with 218 players of whom 151 would cash for at least €8,910. The respective talents of Chris Moneymaker, Mickey Petersen, James Akenhead, Jean Montury, David Vamplew, Fabrice Soulier, Christian Jeppsson, Fabio Sperling, Osman Mustanoglu, Alex Bilokur, Morten Mortensen, Roberto Romanello, Konstantin Puchkov and Rainer Kempe all fell before the bubble.

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The Welshman missed out today

The unwanted role of bubble boy fell to Jesus Muriel Gracia and, as Brad Willis reported, Garcia had nowhere to hide as his demise took place under the bright lights of #EPTLive on the TV table. Forced all-in in the big blind he'd have hoped to look down at better cards than 3♠2♦ he at least had live cards against the A♣T♣ of Anton Sulymka but when the Ukrainian flopped a ten he knew the jig was up.

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Jesus Muriel Garcia

Among the familiar faces to make the money, but to go no further, are the following: Vitaly Lunkin (150th), Dara O'Kearney (148th), Rainer Kempe (144th), Anton Wigg (133rd), Jorma Nuutinen (126th), Jannick Wrang (125th), Johnny Lodden (117th), Juha Helppi (114th), Joseph El Khoury (108th), Ollie Price (97th), Ivan Soshnikov (89th), Jude Ainsworth (84th), Elena Stover (82nd), Adrian Mateos (81st), Sam Greenwood (80th), Bryan Paris (79th), Ruben Visser (77th) and Matthias De Meulder (74th).

Another cash for Lodden then, his 22nd in EPT Main Events.

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The Main Event master

You can catch up on all today's side event action here. As for the Main Event, tomorrow they'll play down to 16 and move a step closer to the final table on Wednesday. Coverage will continue here on the PokerStars Blog, where you'll find live updates and live coverage every step of the way from 12pm.

Join us then.

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour