EPT8 Campione: Jannick Wrang on top with 24 remaining
The plan was to play down to 24. Then, like responsible parents curtailing playtime, it was decided to play six levels and call it a night. Then, like an irresponsible parent, they were allowed to play on until 24, and that meant a late finish. Then it was decided that the seventh level would actually be the last (this presumably being the responsible parent returning to find everyone still up and trashing the living room). But then we reached 24 with a few minutes to spare on the level anyway, so there are 24 players left at the end of Day 3, which was the plan in the first place.
Happiest after all this is Jannick Wrang who bags up 1,742,000 and the chip lead tonight, one of a handful of players finishing with more than a million. He leads going into the penultimate day after a profitable few levels.
Chip leader: Jannick Wrang
The others leaders include Olivier Busquet who had himself led earlier, only to be mugged several times tonight. Still, he managed to keep his head, finishing strong with 973,000, a far cry from the short stack torture he endured in Madrid.
Players can get some rest now after a fraught day that reduced the field from 99, 11 of those leaving empty handed. Benas Molis finished on the bubble, leaving everyone else a guaranteed €7,500 after just one hand of hand-for-hand play.
Benas Molis beaten on the bubble
At that stage it seemed the former EPT winners were going to make the last two days of this event interesting, but from the eight that started the day only David Vamplew and Ronny Kaiser remain, and Kaiser is close to abdication. The likes of Liv Boeree, Rupert Elder, Roberto Romanello, Bertrand Grospellier, Nicolas Chouity and Martin Finger all made their way to the rail today.
Short on former champions we may now be, but the line up tomorrow has strength up and down the chip count list, with Fabrice Soulier and and Koen de Visscher always a threat. The likes of Panagiotis Gavriulidis, using brute force rather than finesse, should also make things lively.
For the action from today check out our live coverage page, where you'll also find chip counts, while feature articles from today can be found below.
Back on dry land to play down to 24
Day 3 seat draw
Keeping your head as everyone else loses theirs
The bubble bursts. Oh no it doesn't. Oh yes it does!
It's not about the money (it is about the money)
Chasing the double crown
De Visscher chasing second final table
Jannick Wrang hops into the chip lead
Play continues tomorrow when the final 24 return to play down to eight (we're almost certain of this) who will then contest the final table on Saturday.
Casino di Campione this evening
Play starts at 2pm. Until then it's bed time. Goodnight from Campione.
All photography © Neil Stoddart