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Lacay Leads as 61 Advance from Day 3; Schemion, Little & Engel Still in Contention

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Ludovic Lacay
Ludovic Lacay

Season 10 of the European Poker Tour continued on Sunday with Day 3 action from the EPT10 Prague Main Event. For the past few days, the Czech Republic’s largest city has played host to the largest field in EPT Prague history (1,007 players), but the final day in the weekend saw the returning 189 players reduced to the final 61.

During five 90-minute levels of play, the money bubble burst when just 151 player remained, and then the in the money finishes piled up. By the end of the night, Ludovic Lacay emerged as the chip leader with 1.7 million, though some stiff competition also advanced including Ole Schemion and Jonathan Little.

Action resumed in Level 15 (1,500/3,000/400), and it didn’t take long for one of the most accomplished players in the field to fall. In one of the first hands of the day, Team PokerStars Pro David Williams was crippled when his pocket kings were cracked when his opponent made a pair of aces on the river.

The next hand there was a raise in front of Williams to 6,500 and he shoved his last big blinds in. The call that followed was quick and Williams would soon find out his {3-Spades}{3-Hearts} was dominated by {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. The board ran out {4-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{2-Spades} and Williams left the tournament area empty handed.

Others who fell shy of the money were Martin Staszko, Erik Scheidt, Marcin Wydrowski, Sam Cohen, Rui Sousa, Bolivar Palacios, and Alexander Lakhov, who was sent to the rail as the bubble boy.

From there the in the money eliminations began to mount and include current EPT10 Player of the Year leader Thomas Muhlocker (149th - €8,600), Kitty Kuo (144th - €8,600), Paul Volpe (143rd - €9,000), Sylvain Loosli (140th - €9,000), Taylor Von Kriegenbergh (126th - €9,000), Dominik Nitsche (124th - €9,000), Team PokerStars Pros Henrique Pinho (109th - €9,900) and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (106th - €9,900), and Amir Lehavot (105th - €9,900).

From there, EPT10 Barcelona Super High Roller champ Vitaly Lunkin (102nd - €9,900); Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain (99th - €9,900), WSOP Europe Main Event champ Adrian Mateos (93rd - €11,100), Team Online’s newest member Marc-Andre Ladouceur (81st - €11,100); and Day 2 chip leader Walid Bou Habib (74th - €11,100) all hit the rail.

Two other players to fall before the end of the night were Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov and Jonathan Duhamel.

Katchalov was ousted in Level 19 (4,000/8,000/1,000) when he moved all in for 107,000 from early position and Lasell King moved all in over the top from the small blind. King, who won the Poker EM CAPT in Baden last October for €92,035, tabled {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} which was superior to Katchalov's {A-Spades}{10-Spades}. The {Q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{9-Spades} board didn't help Katchalov and he exited in 71st place. Duhamel, the last Team PokerStars Pro standing, would follow him out the door in 65th place.

Day 4 will kick off at Noon local time on Monday, which is also when the €10,000 High Roller gets under way. Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you updates from both.

Until then, check out this video of poker pros singing songs:

Tagovi: Ludovic Lacay

End of Day 3 Chip Counts

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Ludovic Lacay fr 1,700,000 190,000
Julian Track de 1,187,000 257,000
Lasell King DE 1,075,000 373,000
Ole Schemion de 1,030,000 -270,000
Ihar Soika by 957,000 722,000
Ciaran Burke ie 889,000 424,000
Ana Marquez es 870,000 142,000
Stephen Chidwick gb 869,000 164,000
Georgios Sotiropoulos gr 839,000 239,000
Vit Blachut CZ 826,000 -224,000
Ka Kwan Lau hk 747,000 447,000
Martin Wiklund SE 747,000 220,000
Tapio Vihakas fi 679,000 289,000
Andrew Chen ca 650,000 187,000
Tiberu-Florian Georgescu RO 643,000 150,000
Lars Dahlin SE 639,000 339,000
Romain Chauvassagne FR 610,000 390,000
Morten Klein no 594,000 416,000
Max Silver gb 554,000 29,000
Nikita Nikolaev ru 549,000 13,000
Sotirios Koutoupas gr 545,000 243,000
Emmanuel Francois Murgia BE 545,000 114,000
Tamer Kamel gb 515,000 -12,000
Szabolcs Mayer hu 503,000 -22,000
Artem Romanov RU 502,000 -73,000

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Three More Hands

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The tournament staff has just paused the clock and announced the remaining players will play three more hands before calling it a night. We're headed down to the floor to catch any late action and compile some chip counts. By the looks of it, EPT Sanremo champ Ludovic Lacay is a big chip leader.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the Day 3 action.

Chidwick Shows One But Not All

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

A very interesting hand just played out between Stephen Chidwick and Szabolcs Mayer with Chidwick showing one card at the end which may or may not have made things better for Mayer.

Pre-flop Chidwick raised to 22,000 from under-the-gun, Mayer three-bet to 50,00 from the cut-off and Chidwick smooth called. No one bet the {6-Clubs}{K-Spades}{4-Diamonds} flop and the {10-Clubs} hit the turn. It checked to Mayer he bet 50,000, Chidwick check-raised to 125,000 and Mayer asked Chidwick for a chip count. The Brit counted down his chips and it was established that Chidwick had 349,000 back. After a couple of minutes thought, Mayer - who had 595,000 back - made the call.

The {A-Clubs} completed the board and within five seconds Chidwick announced that he was all-in, it took Mayer a little longer to make his decision but he settled on a fold. As he took the pot Chidwick showed the {8-Hearts} and Mayer grinned.

Stephen Chidwick gb 705,000 5,000
Szabolcs Mayer hu 525,000 -145,000

One Flip Too Far

Webjoker • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Micha Hoedemaker
Micha Hoedemaker

Micha Hoedemaker won earlier with tens from jacks and with ace jack from jacks. Those weren't exactly flips but he had one just now and it wouldn't do him any good.

After a raise and a call, Hoedemaker squeezed all in for his last 18 big blinds from the big blind with {A-}{K-}. The initial raiser picked him up on the challenge and reshoved with pocket eights. Hoedemaker gained some additional outs along the way but a straight, flush or even a pair didn't materialize.

Micha Hoedemaker finishes in 69th place for €13,200.

Micha Hoedemaker nl Out

Tagovi: Micha Hoedemaker

“Show if I Fold?”

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The board was {a-Hearts}{10-Spades}{j-Spades}{10-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and there was just under 200,000 chips in the pot. Ari Engel checked it over to Georgios Sotiropoulos on the button who slid out two stacks of chips,a bet of 256,000. It represented the majority of both players stacks. A smile spread across Engel’s lips, amused yet horrified at the situation he found himself in, so he did what he does best and started talking to his opponent. “Show if I fold?” The qualifier from Greece sat stony faced. “I can’t believe you’ve done this.” He continued. He tried the “Show if I fold?” one more time, even adding “Please?” No dice and Engel released his hand. The table broke after that and Engel continued to badger his opponent wondering if he was beat but couldn’t get an answer.

Georgios Sotiropoulos gr 600,000 -80,000
Ari Engel ca 320,000 -280,000

Tagovi: Ari EngelGeorgios Sotiropoulos

Last Team PokerStars Pro Shot Down

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

We missed the elimination of 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, who was the last member of Team PokerStars Pro in the field. We did some asking around, and it appeared the Canadian was eliminated in a blind-versus-blind battle when his {q-}{8-} ran into {9-}{9-}. A lady would elude him and Duhamel's day was done.

Jonathan DuhamelJust busted #EPTPrague in 65th, real card dead at the end... #ohwell
Jonathan Duhamel ca Out

Tagovi: Jonathan Duhamel

Schemion Can't Lose

Webjoker • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Liutauras Armanavicius opened to 16,000 and Ole Schemion made the call on the button. The big blind came along for the ride as well but wouldn't be a factor in the rest of the hand.

Everybody checked on the {A-Spades}{4-Spades}{7-Spades} flop and the {5-Diamonds} hit the turn before they knew it. The big blind checked again to Armanavicius who bet 25,000. Schemion tossed in a yellow 25,000 chip, the big blind folded. The river completed the board with the {3-Diamonds} and the Lithuanian player checked. Schemion thought for a short period of time and than decided to bet 70,000. Now it was Armanavicius' turn to think and he did just so for a minute or three.

Eventually he called but he mucked as soon as Schemion showed his {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}. Almost with a blush of shame Schemion raked in the chips. If we counted correctly, which is not easy since he has so many, Schemion is now up to about 1.3 million.

Ole Schemion de 1,300,000 100,000

Tagovi: Ole SchemionLiutauras Armanavicius

Silver Strikes Gold Against Chidwick

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

It's been a rollercoaster day for Max Silver and his tournament journey is heading back in the right direction thanks to a hand against Stephen Chidwick

Max SilverLucky end of a cooler vs Stevie. My JTss vs his 33 on T43ss. JH turn.... Ks river! 525k average is 480. #EPTPrague
Max Silver gb 525,000 403,000

Tagovi: Max SilverStephen Chidwick