€5,300 EPT Paris Main Event
€5,300 EPT Paris Main Event
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Konstantin Held Holds Big Lead After Day 3 in EPT Paris Main Event

• Nivel 21: Blinds 10,000-15,000, 15,000 ante
Konstantin Held
Konstantin Held

The European Poker Tour is one day closer to crowning the first-ever EPT Paris Main Event champion after five and a half 90-minute levels of play on Day 3 that saw Germany's Konstantin Held bagging a big chip lead with 2,935,000. Held's nearly 150 big blinds put him atop the remaining field of 47 players and in front of big stacks Fabrice Bigot (2,235,000), Brian Delaney (2,180,000) and Denzel Spekman (2,075,000).

The German held up better than his brother, Justus Held, who was also in the Day 3 field but bowed out in 109th place for €14,100. The other Held looks for his first major title as, Bigot, the player second in chips, seeks to continue this month's heater after he took down the €1,100 WPT Prime Paris Main Event for €177,240.

There are still plenty of big names fighting for the top prize of €1,170,000 in the €5,300 buy-in event, which drew the largest-ever EPT Main Event field outside of Barcelona. EPT champion Manig Loeser bagged a stack of 1,670,000 as he looks for a second title, while online crusher Niklas Astedt and high-stakes stars Ben Heath and Alex Kulev are also in contention after Kulev eliminated fellow high-roller Mike Watson in the final minutes of play.

€5,300 EPT Paris Main Event End of Day 3 Top Ten

 RankPlayerCountryChip CountDay 4 Big Blinds
 1Konstantin HeldGermany2,935,000147
 2Fabrice BigotFrance2,235,000112
 3Brian DelaneyUnited Kingdom2,180,000109
 4Denzel SpekmanNetherlands2,075,000104
 5Niklas AstedtSweden1,795,00090
 6Harry LodgeUnited Kingdom1,775,00089
 7Manig LoeserGermany1,670,00084
 8Miroslav AlilovicFrance1,610,00081
 9Daniel WilsonIreland1,550,00078
 10Arthur ConanFrance1,550,00078

Stars Fall on Day 3

The Day 3 field started off sizeable enough with 174 players and, like in the days that came before it, it didn't take long for that number to drop drastically. Some of those who fell early in the day included Fabian Gumz (172nd - €10,650), Sam Greenwood (154th - €10,650), Day 1a chip leader Omar Gonzalez (148th - €10,650) and Nick Petrangelo (135th - €12,250).

Popular French poker vlogger Johan Guilbert, who was roundly criticized on social media for his excessive tanking on Day 2, had to adapt his strategy a bit on Day 3 with 30-second shot clocks coming into play. "YoH ViraL" took a tough beat on the feature table when he got it in with ace-king against the ace-nine of Alexandros Kolonias, who managed to turn a nine to eliminate Guilbert ahead of the dinner break.

Johan Guilbert
Johan Guilbert

Benny Glaser was seeking another big score after the Brit finished runner-up in December 2022's WPT World Championship for $2.8 million. The recent millionaire had to settle for €18,650 this time as he went out in 69th place when he couldn't pair his ace-jack against the pocket eights of recent EPT Prague €3,000 Mystery Bounty champ Mathieu Di Meglio.

EPT Main Event champion Roberto Romanello was after his second title but fell in 62nd place before the final break of the day when his ace-four couldn't pull ahead of the queens of Murad Akhundov, despite the Welshman flopping a backdoor flush draw.

Roberto Romanello
Roberto Romanello

Others who were unable to survive the day include Orpen Kisacikoglu, Jonathan Pastore, Paulina Loeliger, Andrew Lichtenberger and Masato Yokosawa.

Day 4 will commence at noon local time on Feb. 24 with blinds of 10,000/20,000/20,000 and the tournament is scheduled to play two more days after that before a winner takes home the trophy and the lion's share of the €7,708,800 prize pool.

That's all the action for Day 3, but stay tuned as the PokerNews live reporting team will be back on-site tomorrow here at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile as the march continues to an inaugural EPT Paris Main Event champion being crowned.

Taguri: Alexandros KoloniasAndrew LichtenbergerBen HeathBenny GlaserDenzel SpekmanHarry LodgeJohan GuilbertJonathan PastoreJustus HeldMasato YokosawaMathieu Di MeglioMurad AkhundovNick PetrangeloNiklas AstedtOmarOmar GonzalezRoberto RomanelloSam Greenwood

Day 4 Seat Draw

• Nivel 21: Blinds 10,000-15,000, 15,000 ante
 11Kenny HallaertBelgium1,195,00060
 12Manig LoeserGermany1,670,00084
 13Stefan SchillhabelGermany700,00035
 14Elias FiszNetherlands925,00046
 15Michael RodriguesPortugal470,00024
 16Timo KamphuesGermany735,00037
 17Hala KaramLebanon675,00034
 18Piotr NurzynskiPoland670,00034
 21Niklas AstedtSweden1,795,00090
 22Aurelien RussoFrance1,130,00057
 23Denzel SpekmanNetherlands2,075,000104
 24Gaelle BaumannFrance665,00033
 25Miroslav AlilovicFrance1,610,00081
 26Konstantin HeldGermany2,935,000147
 27Daniel WilsonIreland1,550,00078
 28Bernard VuFrance355,00018
 31Klemens RoiterAustria335,00017
 32Nicolae PaunescuRomania770,00039
 33Fabrice BigotFrance2,235,000112
 34Chaofei WangHong Kong575,00029
 35Mathieu Di MeglioFrance1,170,00059
 36Harry LodgeUnited Kingdom1,775,00089
 37Arthur ConanFrance1,550,00078
 38Carlos RibeiroBrazil470,00024
 41Razvan BeleaRomania975,00049
 42Henri KasperEstonia580,00029
 43Malo LatinoisFrance1,055,00053
 44Karim AbdelmoumeneFrance505,00025
 45Sergei PetrushevskiiRussia1,470,00074
 46Askar BekbayevKazakhstan400,00020
 47Brian DelaneyUnited Kingdom2,180,000109
 48Ben HeathUnited Kingdom515,00026
 51Saar WilfIsrael420,00021
 52David TousSpain680,00034
 54Sven StokNetherlands730,00037
 55Corentin RopertFrance1,065,00053
 56Peter JorgneSweden1,240,00062
 57Alex KulevBulgaria1,475,00074
 58Wooseok KimSouth Korea840,00042
 61Sachin JoshiUnited Kingdom420,00021
 62Florent EstegassyFrance865,00043
 63Guy TaylorUnited Kingdom585,00029
 64Frederik BrinkDenmark735,00037
 65Mehdi ChaouiMorocco1,500,00075
 66Teun MulderNetherlands393,00020
 67Mark RooversNetherlands500,00025
 68Johan Schultz-PedersenDenmark875,00044

End of Day 3 Chip Counts (complet)

• Nivel 21: Blinds 10,000-15,000, 15,000 ante
Konstantin Held de
Konstantin Held
de 2,935,000 -15,000
Fabrice Bigot fr
Fabrice Bigot
fr 2,235,000 105,000
Brian Delaney gb
Brian Delaney
gb 2,180,000 380,000
Denzel Spekman NL
Denzel Spekman
NL 2,075,000 -650,000
Niklas Astedt se
Niklas Astedt
se 1,795,000 170,000
Harry Lodge gb
Harry Lodge
gb 1,775,000 75,000
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
de 1,670,000 70,000
Miroslav Alilovic fr
Miroslav Alilovic
fr 1,610,000 185,000
Daniel Wilson ie
Daniel Wilson
ie 1,550,000 25,000
Arthur Conan fr
Arthur Conan
fr 1,550,000 50,000
Mehdi Chaoui ma
Mehdi Chaoui
ma 1,500,000
Alex Kulev bg
Alex Kulev
bg 1,475,000 -135,000
Sergei Petrushevskii ru
Sergei Petrushevskii
ru 1,470,000 -210,000
Peter Jorgne se
Peter Jorgne
se 1,240,000 540,000
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
be 1,195,000 555,000
Mathieu Di Meglio fr
Mathieu Di Meglio
fr 1,170,000 115,000
Aurelien Russo fr
Aurelien Russo
fr 1,130,000 377,000
Corentin Ropert fr
Corentin Ropert
fr 1,065,000 65,000
Malo Latinois fr
Malo Latinois
fr 1,055,000 -145,000
Razvan Belea ro
Razvan Belea
ro 975,000 450,000
Elias Fisz nl
Elias Fisz
nl 925,000 590,000
Johan Schultz-Pedersen dk
Johan Schultz-Pedersen
dk 875,000 358,000
Florent Estegassy fr
Florent Estegassy
fr 865,000 85,000
Wooseok Kim kr
Wooseok Kim
kr 840,000 132,000
Nicolae Paunescu ro
Nicolae Paunescu
ro 770,000 -218,000

Citeşte tot

Voila, C'est Tout!

• Nivel 21: Blinds 10,000-15,000, 15,000 ante

Well, that's all for Day 3. The final 47 players are bagging up for the night. They'll return at noon Friday for Day 4.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for complete end-of-day chip counts and a full recap of the day's action.

Brink Busts Bechahed

• Nivel 21: Blinds 10,000-15,000, 15,000 ante

On the second of four final hands of the day, Sam Bechahed got all in for 265,000 from early position, getting action from Frederik Brink on the button.

Sam Bechahed: {a-Hearts}{j-Spades}
Frederik Brink: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}

Board: {8-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{6-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}

Bechahed failed to connect with the board and Brink's pocket tens help up to earn him the pot late on Day 3. Brink headed for the exit, leaving 47 players still in action as the last hands play out.

Frederik Brink dk
Frederik Brink
dk 735,000 410,000
Sam Bechahed
Sam Bechahed

Taguri: Frederik BrinkSam Bechahed

Watson Eliminated by Kulev

• Nivel 21: Blinds 10,000-15,000, 15,000 ante
Mike Watson
Mike Watson

Mike Watson moved all in for his last 165,000 from the cutoff and was called by Alex Kulev in the small blind.

The PokerStars TV crew gathered to capture the potential elimination of the multi-time EPT event winner.

Mike Watson: {k-Spades}{4-Spades}
Alex Kulev: {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}

The board came {j-Spades}{10-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{8-Hearts}, bringing no help to the Canadian star as his elimination brought the field under 50 as the night wound down.

Alex Kulev bg
Alex Kulev
bg 1,610,000 220,000
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca Eliminat

Taguri: Alex KulevMike Watson

Last Four Hands

• Nivel 21: Blinds 10,000-15,000, 15,000 ante

The tournament director has paused the clock and it has been announced that there will be four more hands before the players bag up for the evening.

Malinov's Tens Cracked As Day 3 Winds Down

• Nivel 21: Blinds 10,000-15,000, 15,000 ante
Atanas Malinov
Atanas Malinov

Atanas Malinov raised from early position, Carlos Ribeiro reshoved from the big blind and Malinov called. Players flipped their cards.

Atanas Malinov: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}
Carlos Ribeiro: {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds}

The two players were flipping, with Malinov at risk. The board ran out {3-Clubs}{q-Spades}{2-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{3-Spades}. The flop gave Ribeiro a pair of queens and by the river he had further improved to a full house. Malinov was eliminated in 50th place.

Carlos Ribeiro br
Carlos Ribeiro
br 400,000 -200,000
Atanas Malinov bg
Atanas Malinov
bg Eliminat

Taguri: Atanas MalinovCarlos Ribeiro

Chaoui Chips Up to Around 1.5 Million

• Nivel 21: Blinds 10,000-15,000, 15,000 ante
Mehdi Chaoui
Mehdi Chaoui

Mehdi Chaoui raised from under the gun and Fabio Sperling reraised from the big blind. Chaoui called.

The flop came {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}. Chaoui stared across at Sperling as both players checked. The turn was the {4-Spades}. Sperling led for 30,000 and Chaoui called.

The river was the {8-Clubs}. Sperling used a time bank card before checking. Chaoui, his eyes having never really left his opponent, made a bet of 250,000, which was, for all intents and purposes, Sperling's entire stack. Sperling folded the hand.

Chaoui has had an excellent day at the tables, building his stack from being relatively short to around 1.5 million.

Mehdi Chaoui ma
Mehdi Chaoui
ma 1,500,000 200,000
Fabio Sperling de
Fabio Sperling
de 260,000 -60,000

Taguri: Fabio SperlingMehdi Chaoui