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EPT London Day 3

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40 players started, 8 survived. That was the theme of the day at the Vic in London as the 40 remaining players returned to the table to play down to the final table at the PokerStars European Poker Tour London Main Event. Surinder Sunar started off the day with a monster chip lead over second place Ben ‘milkybarkid' Grundy, but WSOP bracelet holders Alan Smurfit and Chris Moneymaker were lurking in the weeds looking for a chance to make their move. The top ten chip stacks looked like this when play resumed -

Surinder Sunar 403,400
Ben Grundy 220,000
Anthony Lellouche 213,800
Lam Trinh 207,400
Phidias Georgiou 200,200
Pascal Perrault 172,800
Josh Egan 162,300
Fredrik Haugen 152,400
Stuart Nash 125,100
Alan Smurfit 122,100

The surprise wasn't that Erik Friberg got all his chips in the middle almost immediately; the surprise was that he showed up to play them at all. Friberg found himself crippled on the last hand of Day 2, and there was some question as to whether or not he'd return to the Vic to make a last stand. But return he did, and he wasted no time making his stand with {A-Spades}{J-Clubs}. His opponent called with {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}, and hit the board. Friberg was gone.

The top 32 players made the money, and the last man to leave with nothing to show for his time was Carlo Citrone. The short-stacked Citrone made his move with {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}, but ran into Vijayan Nagarajan's {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}. Both players missed the board, and Nagarajan's big slick held up to bust the money bubble and send Citrone home empty-handed.

After the bubble popped, bustouts came in a flurry, with Fuat Can, Stuart Nash, Marc Goodwin and Martyn Reeve all heading to the cashier's cage shortly after Citrone went to the rail. Katja Svendsen was all-in in a three-way hand with Chris Moneymaker and Daniel Mangas, when Mangas cracked both Queens and Jacks with his {K-Spades}{J-Clubs}. Svendsen went all in with {J-Diamonds}{J-Spades}, Moneymaker called with {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}, and Mangas hit a King on the flop to triple up and bust Svendsen. Moneymaker managed a little profit from the side pot as Svendsen headed to the rail.

Mangas didn't last much longer, as all his chips found their way into the middle of the table a few hands later against Anthony Lellouche. Mangas made second pair on a flop of {3-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}, and Lellouche's top pair held up to send Mangas to the rail.

Ben Grundy started the day off strong, but found himself all-in and covered against Phidias Georgiou when Georgiou hit top set on a flop of {4-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}. Grundy's shove with {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts} ran into Georgiou's {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} and the milkybarkid was busted. His start-of-day leaderboard buddy Surinder Sunar also headed to the rail on Day 3, falling just short of the final table when his {Q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} couldn't win a coin flip against Joseph Mouawad's pocket sevens.

Also heading to the rail on Day 2 were Roland De Wolfe and Chris Moneymaker. De Wolfe busted when his Jacks lost a coin flip to Pascal Perrault's {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} on a board of {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{8-Spades}{A-Spades}, and Moneymaker couldn't catch a straight to crack Florian Langmann's top pair, top kicker. Perrault, Jason Hackett and Alan Smurfit all fell to the rail as the final table was set late in the evening.

When the players retired for the night. The final table chip stacks looked like this -

Florian Langmann - 927,000
Joseph Mouawad - 780,000
Marcel Baran - 583,000
Josh Egan - 477,000
Anthony Lellouche - 466,000
Paul Mendes - 282,000
Ian Cox - 234,000
Fredrik Haugen - 190,000

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