Canadian poker player Timothy Adams emerged as the chip leader after the third day of 2019 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour €5,300 Main Event on Thursday evening. The remaining 30 survivors are returning to the tables for Day 4 on Friday, hoping to eventually win the tournament, which generated a total prize pool of €4,471,700.
Day 3 of the €5,300 Main Event wrapped up last night after six 90-minute levels of play and more than 70 eliminations. The tournament runs from Monday through Saturday as one of the highlights during the 2019 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT, which takes place this week at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort in Monte Carlo. The €5,300 buy-in Main Event is only one of over 40 tournaments on the schedule and it managed to attract hundreds of poker enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world.
Registration for the Main Event closed with a total of 922 entries who bought in during the two starting flights on Monday and Tuesday. Most of these players were, of course, eliminated over the course of a few days and the best 135 of them were guaranteed to cash (min. €8,800).
#EPTMonteCarlo Main Event Day 3 headlines:
📰 @Tim0theeAdams leads the 30 remaining players
📰 EPT champs Nicolas Chouity, Paul Michaelis & Remi Castaignon all advance
📰 Evy Kvilhaug – who qualified for €55 – still in and gtd €19,990
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— PokerStars LIVE (@PokerStarsLIVE) May 2, 2019
Many professionals were also sent home even before the beginning of Day 3 on Thursday, including Brits Benny Glaser (132nd place, €8,800) and Sam Grafton (123rd place, €8,800), Canada’s Daniel Dvoress (120th place, €8,800) and Mike Watson (110th place, €9,660), Gaelle Baumann from France (112th place, €9,660), and Argentina’s Diego Zeiter (111th place, €9,660).
When Day 3 of the tournament began at noon, 107 players returned to the felt but only 30 managed to survive and qualify for the fourth day of the event on Friday. Among those who left the tournament were the Chip Leaders from Day 1a and 1b, Ludovic Geilich (38th place, €17,310) and Sylvain Mazza (51st place, €14,800), respectively, while the first one to go that day was this year’s PokerStars Players Champion Ramon Colillas (107th place, €9,660). Finland’s top high-stakes player Patrik Antonius was also sent home, finishing 35th for €17,310.
3 Former EPT Champions Still in the Field
Timothy Adams, who won €25,000 Single-Day High Roller in Monte Carlo earlier this week and bagged €548,030 for his trophy, will be meeting a strong competition on Friday. Cards for Day 4 of 2019 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT €5,300 Main Event will be in the air at noon, with not one but three former EPT champions still in the field.
This includes 2010 EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final champion, Nicolas Chouity, who will start with a huge stack of 2,155,000, closely following Adams and his 2,190,000 in tournament chips. France’s Remi Castaignon, who won 2013 EPT Deauville Main Event, is also still in the challenge, although he is starting with only 680,000 in chips. The other former EPT Champion to compete for the Main Event trophy this week is Germany’s Paul Michaelis who took down EPT Prague Main Event in December last year. He is starting with a stack of 1,480,000 today.
Another player who will be having a huge advantage when the action starts on Friday is the Iranian beauty queen Melika Razavi (2,050,000). She finished third in chips, although still being considered a newcomer on the live poker scene. Polans’ Wiktor Malinowski (715,000), Canadian high roller Sam Greenwood (550,000), and German poker pro Christoph Vogelsang (625,000) are also returning to the felt today.